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Exit 4 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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260 Reviews
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Reviews: 260
Hads: 660
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 26
Gots: 86 | 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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Photo of dheacck11
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a pale orange gold, quite bright and clear. No head.

nose is pretty light and soft. Some notes of honey, coriander, soft spice. Little bit of breadiness.

Taste is decent. Little bit of breadiness up front, with a lot of dry sweet malt. Little bit of creaminess as well

Feel is pretty medium thick. Little bit of syrup.

Overall, a decent Trippel. Little light on the yeasty goodness, a bit more like a golden belgian or a blonde. Could use a little more punch.

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

12 ounce bottle into chalice, best before 3/1/2014. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, pineapple, tangerine, peach, pear, clove, pepper, light banana, floral, light honey, light pine, bread, candi sugar, and floral/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, pineapple, peach, pear, clove, banana, pepper, floral, bread, light honey, candi sugar, light bubblegum, and floral/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, clove, pepper, bread, light banana, light honey, candi sugar, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice dry hopped Tripel style. All around nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Wegmans mix a six pick up.

Pours light gold, partially see through. Low foam. Notes of sugar and hints of clove. Banana citrus too. Taste is a complex fruity blend with a unique pointed hop. All works together. Embedded spices make for a very good beer.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: clean golden yellow. very much reminds me of an amber straw. 2-3 finger rocky white head that fades pretty quickly

s: spicy yeast, coriander, pepper, huge bready sweet malt backbone to the aroma. earthy - this smells quite earthy. some wheat and sweet citrus in here as well

t: NOTE: i am drinking this at room temp. alcohol up front which quickly fades to sweet malt, clove, coriander and wheat. there is an almost berry-like flavor and sweet tangerine and apricot in here as well. finishes spicy with a slight alcohol tang

m: lighter side of medium, tons of carbonation. it really pops in your mouth

o: good not great. like i said, i started this at room temperature. the sweetness and fruitiness is nice, but i would have like a little more of a wheaty/banana flavor in here..oh well. also a little less alcohol in the flavor would have been nice (though was room temp). overall all though, i would give this a thumbs up, though i feel there are better representations of the style

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Photo of JimTeal
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Exit 4 is an American craft tripel, nice construction, very pretty pour, definite citrus taste and aftertaste, moderate carbonation for the ABV. Without echoing much of what has already been said, this beer is well worth buying, Flying Fish appears to be a fine brewery. I must hole back from the comparisons to Belgian tripels(they brought it up on their label), but as a warm afternoon enjoyment beverage this one works for me.

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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden yellow with a small white head and some lacing. Aroma is of sweet spicy fruity notes, citrus and grapefruit, yeast with some biscuit malt. Taste has a nice mildly spicy fruitiness, tangy grapefruit flavor with some light bitter hops, some ripe fruit flavor. A medium body, crisp, refreshing, bubbly carbonation on the palate. Finishes with a nice combination of sweet biscuit malt, yeast, tangy grapefruit and citrus flavors, some spiced fruity notes ending has some zesty mild hops bitterness for balance. A nicely balanced, flavorful and enjoyable drinking brew

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not too shabby a triple. Definitely American in style, with its bready sweetness dominating things. A bit thick. Feel is fairly smooth. Mildly biting carbonation. A pretty pleasant tripel. Things seem to be looking up at Flying Fish as of late. I can suggest this one.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Exit 4 pours a hazy golden color, with a small lacing head. There is a mellow aroma that contains hints of yeast, banana and lemon. The taste has a nice smooth banana and lemon taste, with a yeasty and candy like finish. Very easy to drink, great full flavors, complex as well. Overall a very tasty fruity and full bodied tripel.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly clear dark yellow with a moderate white frothy head that shrinks down to a thin head pretty quickly. Lots of sticky lacing down the glass.

The usual spicy banana clove aroma, with some sweet malt undertones, and a grainy earthy background. A bit of a lemony smell to it too. Pretty nice.

Much hoppier than I expected, more so than the usual Tripel. Not a bad thing, just not really expected. Citrusy and slightly bitter. Lots more lemon in the taste than the banana/clove combo. Some of the grainy malts there too. This really doesn't taste much like a Tripel to me - more like an American take on a Belgian IPA. But pretty good.

Not as heavily carbonated as the style normally calls for either - with a slightly heavier body too. But the feel is fine for whatever style this is.

As I've already said, this doesn't taste like a Tripel to me at all, but they do call it an "American Trippel", so I guess it's kind of their own take. For what it is, I think it works pretty nicely for the most part. Kind of refreshing and warming at the same time. Sweet but not too crazy, with some nice American hops rounding it out. I like it.

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Photo of JayQue
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasty beer. Not great as Tripel, but a worthwhile summer drink. Pours a cloudy gold color into my Chimay goblet with a small white, bubbly head. Head retention is above average. Some mild spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is malty with some spiciness (pepper). Fairly light when compared to the really good Belgian or American Tripels.

Flavor is not up to any of the great Tripels, but still tasty and refreshing. There is definitely a mild hops presence in a malty and spicy beer. Black pepper, mild hops bitterness, some Belgian yeast and maltiness make up most of the flavor. The usual light fruit, Belgian flavor and almost a ripe cheese like flavor found in the best Tripels are missing in this beer.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich and very smooth. Hiding the alcohol, a wery common characteristic in Tripels is accomplished here. You could swill this beer for a while without noticing the 9.50% abv.

Worth having, but not great. A pretty enjoyable drink.

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Photo of silverking
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- It pours a clear golden amber with a nice thick white head. head retention is very nice. Lacing is excellent.

S- Aromas of lemon and grains entice the nose along with subtle hints of hops.

T- The taste it malty, with strong, sweet notes of molasses. A slight bitterness is present throughout the entire taste. towards the finish, the molasses gives way to a more nectar-like honey sweetness, and then eventually fades into floral hops for a slightly bitter finish.

M- medium/full bodied. the carbonation is moderate and gentle.

O- This is my first beer from flying fish, but it won't be my last.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass. Almost a finger of head on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is mild; only a little grain and lemon.
The taste is barnyardish and alcohol with a little lemon thrown in.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An average beer in a tough category.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color that's not particularly cloudy, but has plenty of yeast particles suspended in the body. However, it doesn't look particularly carbonated. The head is a two finger white color. The texture is quite good, the retention is solid, and the lacing left down the glass is attractive if sparse.

S: Wow, I'm finding myself enjoying the subtle grapefruity hop qualities here. They really blend well with the pale malts and candied sugar expected from a tripel. Even better, the aroma is evidently strong, emanating from far beyond the glass.

T: Light grapefruit hops open things up very nicely, before the stone fruit esters and candied sugar finish the flavor profile - even though the sweetness is a bit much, it conceals the alcohol fantastically. There is a modicum of complexity here, but it lacks elite depth. I also wish this had just a bit more in the way of hops, but hey, it's an older bottle.

M: This doesn't feature the zealous carbonation I'd expect from the style. As such, it comes off a bit too syrupy (combined with its sweetness and thick texture). Still, it lightens/dries up on the finish and aftertaste some.

O: Quite the pleasant surprise for me. I'm enjoying the hell out of the American bent to this (read: citrusy hops) otherwise standard-issue tripel. Ramp up the carbonation slightly and we could be really looking at something spectacular here. Having said that, it does more than enough to make it a worthy alternative to La Fin Du Monde.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - hazy straw yellow with a white head that thinned to a ring.

S - sweet tangerine with a whiff of yeast.

T - the sweet tangerine flavor is upfront with some tart citrus comes into play before taking things back to a sticky sweet finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - fine enough example of the style.

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Photo of MrCee
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light in color. It almost looks like a lager. Good frothy head. Nice strong odor, almost tangerine-like. It puts you in the mind of clementines.A tad hoppier than I would have liked but that may appeal to some. One of its most interesting aspects is that it rather high in alcohol but doesn't taste like it.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Willie McBride's in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of bananas and pale malts upfront but the smell is really dominated by the citrus hops - both grapefruit and orange.

T: The overall taste of this beer is slightly sweet with pale malts and banana, bubble gum, and honey upfront. Again, like the smell, the taste is dominated by the citrus hops - orange and grapefruit. Very light hints of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: A very enjoyable beer, I like the combination of the IPA hoppiness with a traditional Belgian tripel and the citrus hops really pop for me. The beer is pretty easy to drink considering the strength but there are some light hints of the alcohol. I think I need to limit myself with this beer as it can really sneak up on you.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with a short lived white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, lemongrass, pale malt, pears, apples and yeast. Body is full and crisp. Taste is citrusy hops, lemon zest, spices, biscuit malt, ripe fruit and alcohol. Finish is long, bitter and spicy. Nice take on tripel.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear pale yellow with two-finger, white, foamy head that lasted several minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Hops, spice, and fruit.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Sweet malt and pine hops.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Slightly warm going down.

O: Not my favorite Tripel, but definitely a good one.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with light peppery yeast and sweet malt is quite nice. Taste is a nice balanced mix between some sweet malt with notes of peppery yeast and fruity ester and a dry finish. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very good interpretation of the style and nice level of complexity.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im sampling a 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature. The beer pours a bright clear golden hue with minimal bleached white head foaming up and quickly fading to a minimal edge layer.
Aroma is white grapes and some grain, with a decent hit of booze mixed in to boot. Not a very complex or robust nose, and the more sniffs I take the more the booze is evident.
First sip reveals a light body with almost no carbonation. Texture is smooth with just a little stickiness on my lips after each sip.
Flavor is similar to nose advertising and is typical tripel notes.
Light grainy malt, some white grape notes and other light fruitiness, followed by some peppery booze that is slightly bitter at the end of each sip.
The booze is a little warm on each swallow which makes this a sipping beer,
I find the beer enjoyable and tasty, not overly complex but good. It isnt an outstanding tripel, but it certainly isnt flawed either. Worth a purchase if you like the style.

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Photo of ckollias
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden hue with a very thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving no trail down the glass and ends in a trace of a lace.

S: Great hoppy aroma with a Belgian malt background and hints of bananas.

T: Alcoholic hoppy flavor with a smooth Beligan Tripel malt backbone.

M: Very strong and boozy. Thick chewy body and minimal carbonation.

O: Wow – a Belgian Tripel with a hop twist – yes please. I love these American brews.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A) Slow pour leads to big foamy head, slowly recedes but leaves a cap of foam with some lacing. Beer is the cloudy golden amber you'd expect.

S) Needs to warm a bit to get full effect, but you get sweet scents, almost banana, first, followed by the piney citrus you might expect.

T) Sweeter than you might expect, some fruity flavors, some malt. Definite alcohol heat on finish. Moderate carbonation. Finish only a tiny bit bitter, low IBU.

M) Pretty full, moderate carbonation, dry on finish from high ABV.

O) Still giddy The Garden State is producing decent beer; sad I missed some of their earlier Exit offerings. This is a solid Tripel - drink while it's still available.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While in northern NJ for the Greenwood Lake Airshow (18-19Aug12) I snagged a sixer of this at a local beer shop (~$13 ?).

Poured one into a small tulip... Was a bit of a flattish golden hue, with a little haze. Carbo was of the fine, minuscule variety, and lots of it was ascending within. Topside was a stark white layer of foam, sitting at a steady 1/4", with A-1 lacing left behind. Nose was restrained but I did pick up some crockery malt and light fruitiness. Body was medium, and some bubbly, prickliness did not lessen the enjoyment.

Upon tasting I got some doughy, bready malt action to start, with a touch of sweetness. Had some green fruitiness present, akin to pear, apple and honeydew. A little candy-sugar character was there, and it had a Belgian IPA type of rindyness. The dryish finish also offered up a bit of yeasty spiciness.

Pretty good, for an American version. Prosit!!

3.93/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of HalfFull
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another review I guess I wasn't fast enough with. Gone....

This 'American Trippel' I pour into a Belgian globe glass. Pours a clear golden with a minimal cap of foam and light retention.

Aroma of pils malt and candi sugar. Warms to offer some nice yeast components but the lack of carbonation keeps things at bay.

Taste follows with some neutral pils malt and some piney hops. With warming this beer offers some hope as for the American Trippel but it is still lacking. Feel starts off quite light and warms up to moderate.

Overall a decent stab but let it warm up to 50 or more before you open the bottle. Quite undercarbonated below that temp.

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Photo of Dennycurr
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Didn't know what I was getting into when I ordered this beer. I was at a place that had all these diff beers and grabbed a bunch. This one was in the mix.
I poured it into a 22 oz Duval Tulip glass so I can got a good head and,,,after a vigorous pour...there was a small white head.
Didn't look too impressive.
Didn't know what to expect when I tasted it...


I was blown away by all the flavors this beer had to offer. Incredibly lively and very pleasent. Every sip of this beer reminded me of a great Belgian Beer I ran across in Paris...but, I'll be damned if I remember the name. I'll come across that beer again sometime----and I'll edit this review to tell you the Belg Beer I'm thinking of.
That will make an observer, (reader), get an idea of what this beer tastes like.

It is definitely a beer I would drink again.


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