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Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
flyingfish.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Although usually identified with landfills and pipelines, the Hackensack Meadowlands is an amazingly diverse ecosystem providing vital animal and plant habitat. In a nod to a once common food plant here, we’ve brewed this beer with wild rice. We also added organic brown and white rice, as well as pils and pale malts.

Rice helps the beer ferment dry to better showcase the five different hops we added. Lots and lots of them. We then dry-hopped this Double IPA with even more–generous additions of Chinook and Citra hops to create a nose that hints at tangerine, mango, papaya and pine. This beer pairs extremely well with spicy foods and all kinds of seafood. And of course, it’s quite enjoyable all by itself.

Added by donniecuffs on 03-10-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
846
Reviews:
242
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
9.76%
 
 
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80
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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Photo of silverking
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A- Bright, clear gold with lots of active carbonation. two fingers of head, which receds at a moderate rate. Not too much lacing.

S- orange, tropical fruits, and a touch of pine.

T- it comes across a bit creamy, the rice that they used makes for a really light body, with a lot of hop flavor. The nose transfers well to the palate. Orange peel, some hints of tropical fruit, nice hop biterenes in the finish.

M- Fresh, light bodied. refreshing. creamy. wonderful.

O- Very good.

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single of this in Totowa last week, having never tried this before. I liked the other beers from the Exit Series and didn't know what to expect with this, given the Wild Rice bend that this beer had. Amazingly, this as NOT as strong as other Doubles and Imperial IPAs and this did not go the "arms race" route that so many other beers of this style have taken. It was strong but the balance is so strong here that the alcohol took a back seat, much to my delight.

The pour to this was lighter than I expected, with a crisp, golden hue that would have seemed more in line with a Pilsener. Not a lot of head here and the lacing was nearly nowhere to be seen but that was about the only drawback to this. The bottle said that this had notes of papaya, pine, tangerine, and mango and even though all of these were present, the wild rice gave this a very grassy and dry bent that hid these flavors for the most part. The tropical flavors were more easily discernible in the nose while the wild rice came out in the taste, giving this a dual nature that reminded me of the Southern Tier Hop Sun. The brightness and crisp aspects of a Lager were certainly present but the wet, tropical flavors that subtly re-emerged in the aftertaste helped remind me what style of beer this was.

To be sure, this was strong but I didn't even notice it until I finished the bottle off. Big-time props to Flying Fish to making the Turnpike cool again and not the punch line of a bunch of jokes told by out-of-staters. This was an IPA in every sense but unlike the offerings from Troegs, Lagunitas, or Green Flash, had enough body, lack of carbonation, and overt booziness to show me that a more earthy take on this style was possible. I rip my state enough but if I were to praise it, this would be one of the reasons why. Flying Fish really impressed me with this one, even if my Devils no longer call 16W home.

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Photo of gr0g
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light amber in color with a nice, sticky head. A ring of patchy lace curtains adorn the glass. The aroma is big and beautiful, among the best smelling IPAs I've yet had. Pineapple and other tropical fruit notes explode out of the glass. Underlying fresh pine note.

Tastes quite dry for a DIPA, the rice helping with that. This really puts the focus squarely on the hops. I know those are the talking points from the brewery, but it certainly holds true. Bitterness is high but not really intense. Bright, grassy and citrusy flavors really pop. It's a very clean flavor profile, with no intrusion at all from the alcohol. Carbonation, soft but not "creamy" soft, is almost perfect - could maybe be slightly more carbonated.

Flying Fish did hopheads a service by making this a regular offering, available in six packs. A top notch DIPA that stays out of the high ABV stratosphere. Crisp, clean, hoppy goodness.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy yellow to light brown color in the glass. Ample head at pour retains a nice film on top of this beer. Some spotted lacing but not much.

S: Hops, spices.

T: Nice spicey hop flavor from front to back. Bold yet refined. Balance is there with a slight malt sweetner on the finish.

M: Swished this beer reveals a very fine carbonation - creamy.

O: Great brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 5.14.13

A - Pours a hazy dark yellow with a 1/2 inch off-white head with good retention.

S - Pine, citrus, mostly lemons with some sweetness.

T - Light lemon zest, some sweetness from the rice. Unique.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Sweeter, light citrus and refreshing.

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Exit 16 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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