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Exit 4 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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very good

261 Reviews
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Reviews: 261
Hads: 664
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 20.53%
Wants: 27
Gots: 90 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Foxman on 03-10-2009

This inspired Belgian-style Trippel has a hazy golden hue and the aroma of citrus with hints of banana and clove. Predominant Belgian malt flavors give way to a subdued bitterness in the finish.
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Reviews: 261 | Hads: 664
Reviews by phantomwyse:
Photo of phantomwyse
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of JasW
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American "trippel," indeed. Very good for an American take on the style, gorgeous color, body, and mouthfeel, and most notable of all, a hearty yeasty tripel taste whose malt is unexpectedly balanced with a delightful infusion of hops. Hence, the "American" part. This is a solid ale.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Okay, so I've had a bottle of this sitting in my cellar for at least 5 years, maybe even 6 or 7 years by this point, and I finally got the urge to open it and drink it. Poured into a tulip glass out of a 12 oz bottle, this beer pours a fairly hazy, deep medium golden color with lots of little pieces of yeast floating around in the beer and many streams of tiny bubbles continuously rising to the beer's surface. Has a fluffy, creamy looking white head that is about 3/4 of an inch thick when poured with the best retention I've seen in any beer in quite a long time. Aromas of caramel malt sweetness, some clove spice, orange citrus, banana, dates, figs, and Belgian candy sugars that is all rounded out with some nice yeasty esters. The taste is pretty much the same, with caramel malt sweetness upfront along with clove spice and sweet fruit notes of banana, dates, and figs. Also some citrus orange and certainly some Belgian candy sugars. No discernible hop presence at all. Pretty good mix of different flavors overall here. This aged pretty well I must say. I remember liking this fresh when I had it, so much in fact that I took one bottle out of the 6 pack to age. Never intended to age it for so long, and it ended up working out well. Has a mainly smooth, creamy, frothy, slightly crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. A pretty sold American take on this style.


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Photo of Jacobob10
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Left Bank Burger Bar in Jersey City, NJ.

Served in a tulip glass. Hazy yellow color with a large white head with great retention. Aroma is strong and satisfying. Clove spice, orange citrus, and banana. The flavor adds a bit of alcohol into the mix. Sweet and fruity, but with big spicy overtones. Long-lasting flavor that is warming without being overbearing. Medium bodied that feels even lighter thanks to the strong carbonation.

One of the better American tripels I've had, right up there with Allagash.

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Photo of Act25
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm not yet a fan of Flying Fish, tho I live in NJ and a favorite brewer is local Carton.
This is the best FF beer I've tried.

A: The pour is a amber golden color with an energetic white head that clings to and laces the glass.

S: Mix of hops and sweet tripel. The hops provide citrus and floral notes.Fruit, no quite banana (yay!), more like plums and apricots, yeast and esters.

T: Follows aroma, the hops provide floral flare - flower shop, with apricot jam on toast. Sweetness with apricots, pears, and sugar, balanced by the spice from the yeast. The hops are plentiful, citrusy, and fruity, but are a back ground, and offer plenty of pepper in the finish.

F: 4.0 - body, mouth feel, long peppery finish. check.

M: Medium in body with a fairly crisp carbonation, given how sweet and high alcohol this beer is.

D: This is a very nice beer, and a very interesting take on the style. Certainly not traditional, but very tasty.
In a re-taste vs Allagash, (More true Belgian) this fairs better, with higher score for look, and it gets better as it warms.

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Photo of Slack
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden in color with a large amount of head that settles down to about a quarter inch. Minor lacing present as well.
Smell is hops, banana, lemon and oddly enough blueberry.
Taste is sweet fruit up front with spice notes and a hoppy backbone.
Mouthful is light to medium with a higher amount of carbonation. Finish is crisp.
Overall, this reminds me more of an IPA than tripel which makes this a good mix of both worlds.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taking from a bottle I found this Tripel to be rather good. Classic golden color with good lacing and head in the tulip with very active bubbles from the etching. Has the usual sweet and pleasant aroma of a Belgian (even if this is labelled an American Tripel) that leads into the taste. The traditional banana and clove is there balanced with the slightest of bitterness in the back as the bubbles go down after drinking. Finishes clean and leaves only a slight sweetness on your tongue. Very good tripel IMO

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Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Mac19872
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of LSUExplorer03
2.33/5  rDev -38.7%
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!


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Photo of dacubz
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Afroman
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Guden
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Milt2112
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm from South NJ - so I love to support Flying Fish, but this comes off to me as closer to a DIPA than a tripel. First of all - the color is more amber than light golden. Smell is very good - but more floral that a typical tripel. I like the taste - and am not disappointed, but this tastes nothing like your world class tripels - i.e. La Fin Du Monde, Hennepin, Tripel Karmeliet, Long Strange, Westmalle. It has that sweet, slightly hoppy flavor of a DIPA. Nice carbonation and mouthfeel.
Like I said - not disappointing at all, just not your typical tripel. I would buy again, but wouldn't drink if I was jonesing for a tripel.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BeerCrack
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of KOP_Beer_OUtlet
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Mikkiicky
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Jsonta
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KaitLee
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jamisonspitzer
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Bizoneill
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Exit 4 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.