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Exit 4 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Reviews: 260
Hads: 660
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 26
Gots: 87 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of thepenguin
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2/20/12

L: Pours a pale, straw-like color with some visible yeast. Fairly large bubbles.

S: Surprisingly crisp, assertive hoppiness. Aroma is fresh, lemony, and grassy, with some Belgian-character tucked in the back somewhere with an indescribable horse blanket funk.

T: Crisp, lemony hoppiness blends with a semi-dry and spicy maltiness. This tasty, interesting beer has a fairly dry finish and leaves a mild bitterness on the tongue; surprisingly subtle given the hop taste upfront. The malt has a bisquity character. Although the alcohol is apparent in the feel, it is nowhere to be found taste-wise.

F: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Leaves a sort of slickness on the palate, which is surprising given its relatively light body. A good deal of alcoholic warmth.

Overall: It’s not difficult to see why this beer is marketed as an “American Trippel”. The fresh hop aroma and subtle yet crisp hop taste is distinctly American. This beer was quite enjoyable and drinkable in every aspect except for a bit too much heat perhaps.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this from the bottle in a tulip chilled.

The color is golden with hazed appearance and apricot shade with thick white head that falls to a ring of beads with wavy lace pattern. The smell has a tropical aroma in the yeast esters with light candied sugar smell and mild spice scent with very light alcohol. The feel is moderately full in body with medium high carbonation and light sweetness with mild alcohol mid palate into a spicy semi-dry finish.

The taste is gently pineapple up front with woody hop flavor and slight malt element in the initial flavor with mild caramel in the malt. The candy-like sweetness in the back with a yeast driven fruity taste and mild alcohol which brings a spice/peppery aspect into the back with light pear-like taste in the semi-dry finish. This is a very good Tripel, I would love to have the chance to try this on draft -nice spice profile from the yeast and candy sugar elements to balance -excellent drinkability +not too boozy which is why I tend to shy away from this style at times.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is cloudy golden yellow.

Aroma is spicy Belgian white with a thin head.

Aroma is wheat with Belgian wheat do not taste the 9% alcohol.

Excellent Belgian if it was 4 percent less alcohol but at 9% its a little deadly.

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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 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 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 FrancisM12
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It has a fruity flavor. Definitely more hoppy than your typical trippel. But just as strong. Finish is crisp. Look is bronze in color and a white foamy head. I really enjoy the balance of sweet and hops. One of my favorites, but it might be my jersey biased. Either way, beer lovers should at least try it. Just not too many, it is a trippel.

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Photo of SmashAdams
2/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not a fan of yeasty beers but this one isn't bad. Some noticeable hops help it out. Smell is all yeast for me. Taste is fruity up front followed by some nice hops and then aftertaste is lingering yeast. Not my style. nb

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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 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 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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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 LancasterSteve
4.85/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very interesting beer almost a hybrid beer with 95% tripel with an inventive infusion of hops to add a new dimension to the tripel style. This viscous brew coats the palate with a wide spectrum of flavors as others here have described. The brewers at Flying Fish have definitely created a dynamic beer that is outside of the box and is a great brew to drink slowly and enjoy.

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Photo of craft4mike
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Was close to drain pouring this on first taste but it got a good bit better as it warmed. Lots of citrus hops and alcohol. The biggest problem with this beer is the alcohol actually is stronger than the 9.5 percent that it checks in at.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

beautiful clear golden color..moderate carb and a little white frothy head. Smells of beligiany yeast..kind of like a saision with the apple,clementine,coriander, and behind all that a sweet sugary candy sweetness pokes through. maybe a little bit of artificial banana type scent too....wow this is tasty........not a very big hop presence at all.....a TOUCH of bitterness...not even......kind of sweet...crisp....towards the end a boozy kick comes in but is knocked out quick by sweetness, making this beer quite drinkable for a 9.5. mouthfeel is very light,smooth....medium amount of carbonation.. tasty!!! ...and I'm not a big triple guy. Overall, a super drinkable beer, with some saison characteristics...mainly in the nose. pick this one up give it a try!

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Photo of JustShutUpStupid
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Looks like most light beers, smells like the real deal and will knock you down like a left hook from Joe Frazier or make you try to sing like Frank Sinatra if he still lived in Hoboken, Toxic State. For the price that I got it in Ca. it was worth every oz. Jersey ain't known for it's clean water so this is a the best option for drinking beer in NJ.. Have a few before you take that canoe trip down the awesome Delaware river, hope you can swim good though.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Draft at Lures Bar and Grill

A-Pours a mostly clear golden color with a one finger white head. Great lacing.

S-Aromas of banana and oranges, some grains.

T-The flavor has orange, citrus, banana and pepper with a hops that leave no bitterness.

M-Mouthfeel is medium body with soft carbonation.

O-Overall a nice tripel with a little bit of hops, awesome.

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Photo of dank203
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

out of 12 oz bottle into tulip. slightly hazy yellow orange. aromas of apple, orange marmalade, cinnamon, nut, hint of vanilla. flavor has a hint of fruity liqueur, licorice, melon, lemon, orange, clementine. good amt of sweetness vanilla esque. has everything a tripel should and more, just a little bit more acidic than I like.

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

Bottle dated 06-17-16 into pint glass. Light amber color, eggshell head, medium-high carbonation. Initial impression is sweetish pineapple, quickly followed by lemon and banana. Finishes slightly citrus bitter. Alcohol is very well hidden, making it a very drinkable, very enjoyable tripel. I'd like to cellar this but I only bought a single; might have to go back and grab another.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy, medium gold. Moderate visible carbonation present along with some floaters, capped with a half-finger of white fluffy head.

S: Belgian yeast esters predominate (apple, spices, banana, clove) over a light cracker malt base. Overall impression is that of moderate sweetness.

T: Follows the nose – nice fruity sweetness (apple, clove, pear, light banana and bubblegum) with light cracker and crystal malts. Maybe a bit of pilsner malt character as well. Mild hop bitterness near the swallow. Finishes relatively dry with some alcohol heat.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation. The alcohol presence seems relatively restrained for a tripel.

O: Not a bad beer, but seems a little odd for a tripel. Less pilsner character, less alcohol heat, less big flavors than expected for the listed style. It tastes more like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale to me. This bottle didn't seem to have much in the way of the promised hoppiness, but there's no freshness information on the bottle either. Still, a tasty beer, if nothing outstanding.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Copper orangeish hazy color small head not much lacing.

S: As stated on the bottle, hoppy. Also banana notes in there

T: I'm definitely not used to a hoppy tripel... Fruity esters and alcohol are dominant in the beginning before giving way to a bit of a citrusy hop characteristic - which kind of goes ok with the banana quality. Lingering bitterness.

M: medium/full bodied with a mostly dry finish.

O: Tough to rate this one since it is much hoppier than any other tripel I'ved tried. The tastes are pretty good and the alcohol is not too well hidden. (at 9.5% thats not a big surprise). Overall, I'm happy I've tried it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 11/11/14.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, yeast, spice, and citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, citrus, and Brett like flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but slightly boozy.

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Photo of threeviews
4.88/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Best By Date of 12/11/14...so it was bottled 12/11/13) into a Lost Abbey branded Rastal Teku 2.0 glass...

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange hue with a single finger worth of a white head, dissipating quickly...noticeable sediment suspended in the liquid. 3.75

S- The 'American Trippel' designation does not disappoint as the aroma is wonderfully unique and massively complex.. Instead of the familiar aromas dominated by esters from the yeast and other adjuncts (i.e. spices), Exit 4 blooms with a bold aroma dominated by a combination of honey-like sweetness and a hop cocktail courtesy of Simcoe, Columbus, Palisade and Amarillo varieties. Depending on what you look for and how your palate is behaving...citrus (orange, lemon/lime, grapefruit), fleshy tropical fruits (white grape, pear, peach, passionfruit), pine as well as some classic yeast producing esters: banana and bubblegum...simply amazing! Without a doubt, this one of my favorite aromas for a beer (and especially a Trippel). 5.0

T- The palate is immediately met with those sweet tropical flavors found in the nose. A hint of spice is detected mid-palate which quickly morphs into a dry piney finish courtesy of the triumphant blending of Columbus hops, acidulated malt and Demerara sugar. Despite being 9.5% ABV, the alcohol is undetectable. Flying Fish defines Exit 4 as a 'hoppy trippel' and just like the aroma, does not disappoint in the flavor. Another perfect score! 5.0

M- Light-to-Moderate carbonation and light body makes this beer extremely quaffable. At this elevated ABV, Exit 4 stands to be a dangerous offering. Simply stated, this the best Belgian inspired beers I've ever tasted...awesome stuff! 5.0

O- Exit 4 is the epitome of a blend between a Belgian Trippel and an American IPA. Being that these are my two of my top three beer styles, Exit 4 ranks as one of my top beers of all time...and for it to be a year-round offering makes me smile. I am never without less than a 6-pack (and more like a case) at any given time. The ability to harness the profile of a Belgian Trippel/Tripel/Triple and combine it with the hop aroma/flavor from Pacific Northwest hops makes it one outstanding offering. Exit 4 is one (among many) reason to rejoice being born and raised in New Jersey...get it if you can! What's more, you cannot beat the value for a Trippel of this caliber (~$10.99 a 6-Pack)...simply amazing! 4.75

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Snagged this on in the mix six section. Into a pint glass.

A - Hazy and very bubbly with a solid inch of head that makes for great lacing. Beer itself is a bright yellow.
S - mmm interesting this triple seems to have a good hoppy base making for a very nice citrus edge to the fruity dry aspect. Almost apple cider like smell.
T - Slightly dry fruity hops with a fruity belgium yeast. I am actually surprised how balanced the body is. Crisp refreshing and tasty. Tasty stuff.
M - Best part of the beer it drinks with a medium body and no noticeable ABV. Great!

Overall this is one great Triple very hoppy and balanced with little to no ethanol bite. Worth trying I may even get it again!

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Photo of ISmith87
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - almost always give a 4 on this unless the beer looks extra shitty or amazing. Deep golden amber on this one, crystal clear with white head that leaves great lacing.
S - NIce citrusy hops, orange, lemon, lime, banana, pineapple, some breadiness in the background.
T - Taste basically follows the nose. This is a very citrusy trippel. Orange, lemon, lime, pineapple, just a ton of fruity goodness.
M - Very light mouthfeel for what it is. Alc completely covered. Aftertaste is citrusy fruit.
O - It's great, but I'll be the first to admit it's not that complex. Like drinking orange pineapple juice, almost exactly.

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Exit 4 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.