Exit 4 - Flying Fish Brewing Company
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4.4/5 rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
It pours a slightly hazy bright gold with copious carbonation. Three fingers of frothy light beige head sink at a glacial pace. Jackson Pollack seems to have splattered lacing along the inside of the glass.
In the aroma, toasted malt is sweet, underlaid with a mild tartness, and spiced with clove, fruited with banana and berry, and crisped by green apple esters. A broad, citrusy bitterness muddles a bubble of alcohol.
Upon sipping, the malt is sweet with candy sugar, light berries, and currants. A mild yeastiness goes ester-rific, crisping with tart apple and spicy clove, and zesting with lemon and banana. Hops are bodacious, with grapefruit, orange, and an enveloping bitterness that tussles well with a warm vent of alcohol. Residual sweetness is slowly dried by the insistent hops before a bitter snap cracks quick and wise just as the finish starts to fade. This is a big kid's boast of Belgian-ish brassy brashness.
Full bodied, it's creamy and carbonated, and slinks along as a burgeoning arid glow happily sears the palate.
I wanted very much to like this, so I tried especially hard to be utterly and brutally objective. And still, I can say only very good things, pretty much across the board. It's a ballsy American take on a classic style, and it's done with an artful eye toward blending and craft. The ABV, while grandiose, does little to slow the steady flow of beer from the bottle. So I'm granting no home field advantage, yet I say this is a damned good brew, with a boatload of character. And it's brewed in my backyard, I'm proud to say.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2009 11:22:19 | More by Foxman
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Exit 4 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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