Exit 4 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Ratings: 613
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 23
Gots: 55 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Foxman on 03-10-2009)
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Reviews by phantomwyse:
Photo of phantomwyse
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out a dark marigold yellow with muddy yellow highlights. Three quarters turgid. Topped with a dense and very frothy head of eggshell white – in one word: luscious.

S: Citrus and sweet at the nose, orange zest, lemons, grapes skins, and grapefruit. There’s an earthy undercurrent of dried grass and some musty yeast.

T: The alcohol hits right away, it’s vaguely abrasive and reminds me of everclear. But, this transitions real quick into apple cider, lemongrass, and then a heavy dose of candied sugar.

M: Full medium bodied, moderately chewey, finishing on a dry note.

O: Flying Fish went from being mediocre to being decent in the span of a year or two. Being from NJ originally, I appreciate their craft series having a Jersey Turnpike theme, at last something from the TP that isn’t frustration. All in all, not a bad beer. A little bit heavy handed on the alcohol. But, this is a perfect I just sat in traffic for two hours beer, come home, pop one open, instant calm.

So apparently I've reviewed this beer before circa 6.18.09.

A: pours a muted honey color with just a touch of haze. Good billowy head of pure white at about a finger and a half. Leaves some pretty nasty lacing.

S: At first I get a sort of sharp yeast smell that is quickly followed by a sweet turning sour citrus fruit character -- a little banana, a little lemon, a little orange. At the dead end of an inhale just a touch of alcohol comes into play.

T: There's a sharp citrus fruit presence, biting lemon, pre-ripe banana, fizzy orange. There's a solid yeast taste in the middle, borderline funky that ,at times, is a bit unpleasant. There's a decent wash of light hops at the end that are fairly cleansing. Dry wheat and dead grass pop in occasionally, as well.

M: Alcohol sprints towards the sinus', lighter side of medium bodied, finishes off dry.

D: At 9.7% this beer is approaching dangerous territory, it's pretty well hidden for the most part, but must be respected. Not exactly a tripel in the purest sense of the style, still something generally pleasing, though. I look forward to future beers from this interesting concept for a series.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see Flying Fish down here in NC,I used to drnk alot of their stuff back in my Philly days.Poured into a goblet a hazed peach color with a nice fluffy bone white crown that left two nice rings of lace as it settled very slowly into a frothy mass.Spicey phenols and citrus fruit mainly in the nose,the phenols really hit hard.Pretty sharp in the mouth at first,it does mellow after a bit but it takes awhile,phenolic spice,white pepper,and a healthy dose of citric hop on the palate,the phenols seem to take over to much of the profile for me after mid glass.Eh,its ok but the phenols are just to big for me to enjoy very much.

Photo of Mac19872
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of LSUExplorer03
2.28/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

poured from a 750ml bottle into a Philly "BEER" pint glass

A - Appearance was a murky, golden hue

S - Smell was a strong citrus with apparent orange, lemon, apricot, and spice -- the alcohol was definitely coming through also!

T - I was not impressed with the taste -- this beer was not too balanced imho. The citrus taste hits you right up front, followed by a strong taste of the alcohol -- I was most disappointed that the alcohol was not well masked.

M - Mouthfeel was a little abrasive -- not very smooth. Again, I did not feel this beer was very well balanced.

D - Drinkability was low -- I choked down my pint glass. I have to be fair though and say that as the beer warmed up, I began to enjoy it slightly more. I've had Exit 11 prior to Exit 4 and I was much, much more impressed with Exit 11!


Photo of dacubz
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Afroman
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Guden
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Looks like a nice tripel, golden with a hint of copper. A 1 inch white head sits on top and fades slowly, leaving good lacing.

S- Huh, a lot going on. Very cidery with some alcohol coming through and american hops. A little like someone mixed a hard cider with an IPA, not very enjoyable but the belgian yeast notes of pear and apricot bring it a little bit back, still kind of weird.

T- Similar to the smell but without the alcohol being noticeable and the fruity yeast character going more in the direction of pear than apple. The flavors are all bold and in a lot of different directions (fruity yeast, sweet lager like malt and citrusy american hops). Overall it doesn't taste bad but it seems like some of the flavors are unnecessary. Were it a little more bitter it would be a cidery belgian IPA, but as is it's just a strange take on a tripel.

M- Feels right, lots of good carbonation with a fairly thin but perky sip.

D- For how strong in ABV this beer is it certainly is drinkable, that said the flavors never came together in the way I would've liked and the belgian yeast notes were not quite where they should have been. A nice try but not something I would buy again.

Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle capped and red foil over the top. No freshness info. Pours medium amber with an apricot hue. The head is off white, appropriatly huge initially, decent retention showed then spotted lace left behind. Fruity candy sugar sweet nose. Got to respect em for swinging for the fences with a take on this outstanding style, but this one does not make it out of the middle of the road. Some phenolic tendencies, but not enough, some hoppy feel but not enough. All in all a decent tasting brew, but ends up being a lower level American tripel, compared to the all stars of the style.

Photo of alip
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of KOP_Beer_OUtlet
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Mikkiicky
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of KaitLee
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jamisonspitzer
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Bizoneill
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet light malts with large amounts of light fruits - bananas and tropical. Also present are slight amounts of honey and even slighter amounts of herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells though not quite as complex. Crisp and light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by bright tropical fruits. Midway through the sip hints of banana and orange peel flavors work their way into things and the flavor profile sweetens with the addition of honey. Finally, slight amounts of earthy hop flavors come into play before fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall I thought this was closer to a Belgian IPA than a tripel due to the high amount of tropical fruit influence but whatever it is it's a nicely made beer. Well worth a shot.

Photo of ianjsullivan
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

ST: 12oz poured into a snifter.

A: Dark gold (it looks like dark honey in a jar) with a very thin head; though, it does leave decent lacing, and it has steady carbonation.

S: Surprisingly, hops dominate the aroma. Citrus and pine stand out. There is some malt and clove in the background.

T: Deep sweet malt with large bread flavors dominate the starting flavors. Some clove and fruit meet in the middle. The finish is a lot of spice and bitterness from the hops. There is also warmth from the alcohol.

M: Very light for a Tripel.

O: This is a bit of a disappointment as a Tripel. I have enjoyed other things Flying Fish has brewed, but this beer does not have near the quality of other Tripels I have had. It is very dark (darker than most Tripels I have had that are brewed with Belgium candied sugar). The aroma and the flavor is not as complex as other Tripels, and the beer is not as heavy as it should be (I am not saying it needs to be syrup, but it should have some larger body).

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of wander4
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Triklino
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Ryanm1
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love Begian Triples and this one is no exception.

Poured from a bottle to a glass. It was bubbly, moderate head. Golden and slight cloudy. Hazy as the bottle describes it. Slight floral undertone, but can taste/smell clove like its an Easter ham. Slightly bitter at the finish. Not too overpowering for the 9.7% abv.

Like and recommend it!

Photo of epk
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml into two separate tulip-style chalices (one for me and one for my wife). A very nice looking beer of a copper color that bubbles up with a frothy head and leaves you with a healthy lacing. Carbonation seems moderate and I noted quite a bit of sediment - obviously heavy as it settled immediately - on the bottom of my glass.

From here on this beer is very deceiving. The side panel of the label gives the impression of a Belgian style brew yet at first whiff hops evade my nostrils. Perhaps the front of the label can explain this as it is clearly denoted this is an "American Trippel". Ok, fine - it's a take on a Belgian style, and obviously hops are a big part of American craft brewing. This beer is really more of a "Belgian IPA" and I'll try to review it as such (otherwise it would have been scored much lower).

The taste is more of the same, hops. I was hoping for some Belgian attributes to shine through, but they really weren't there for me as the bitterness knocks out these other elements like Chuck Norris's roundhouse. However that seems to be the ticket for a Belgian IPA - so I suppose we can call it average. A bit on the dry side with earthy yeast on the back end. The mouthful warms with spicy alcohol biting the tongue, I wished for more.

As someone who enjoys hops, I'm going to be more forgiving on the drinkability. It's a good drink, just very elusive in its labeling. Where is that % abv anyway?

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Flying Fish- Exit 4

A- Bright golden yellow orange with a thick billowy white head. Good solid head, little lacing.
S- Sweet citrusy fruits, sugar, banana, and alcohol.
T- Sweet sugary fruits, mostly citrus lemon and orange with banana and sweet buttery caramel malt.
M- Starts off sweet and sugary but quickly becomes dry, chalky, and calciumy.

Overall- Decent overall but I wouldn't purchase again. Hopefully the Exit series gets better!

Photo of Varkias41
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Exit 4 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.