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580 Ratings
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Ratings: 580
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 21
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
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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:
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(Beer added by: Foxman on 03-10-2009)
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Photo of dfclav
3.4/5  rDev -11%

Poured into a snifter..

A - pours a golden copper color with a one finger head and active carbonation. 

S - they used simcoe in this? That's what I get first sniff. Smells also of malt, tropical fruits, and grapefruit. I also smell papaya and white grape juice.

T - wow this is a really boozy take on a tripel. Matter of fact if I was blindfolded I would have said this was an IPA with Belgian yeast. It's not a hot alcohol finish as it seems to fade away as soon as it's noticed.  Bread is really noticeable as well as grapefruit, and sweet malts. Very strange. I read that this won a double blind taste test compared with about 30 other tripels, and I am very shocked at that.

M - extremely light, but again, heavy - oddly smooth and pleasant. A lot of flavors unlock as this beer progresses through the levels. This is one strange brew. 

D - As it warms up to room temp, this beer becomes overpoweringly sweet. I don't really think I would have one again, but it's not a bad beer. Very odd take on the style though.

dfclav, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

glid02, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

A: A dark hazy orange body with a decent size, very thick, white head. Amazing amount of lace.

S: Reminds me very much of an IPA. A strong hoppy aroma of grapefruit, flowers, clove, banana, and other citrus fruits. Amarillo hops really come out in this one. There are some malty sweetness in there, but not much.

T: Not what I expected coming from the nose. Orange flavors dominate the palate with grapefruit and candy sugar notes. Again, barely any malts are coming out, until the end- dry bready, almost grainy, finish (you can pick up on the Belgian yeast). Nicely balanced. I know a lot of people talk about the ABV, but I'm not noticing it.

M: Medium to light body with light carbonation. Crisp and smooth, but ends dry.

D: This is the 2nd Flying Fish that I've had that makes me think of another style. Put that aside and I think it's a great beer that's extremely easy to drink. Could definitely put 6 of these down in one sitting.

BrewCrew2010, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Beejay
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

Thanks DmanGTR. Really been waiting to try this brewery!

A: Slightly hazy, a medium amber color with a slight orange glow. There is a small head on this, but what is there seems to stick around a bit, and is pure white.

S: A very citrusy smelling beer. I am picking up a huge whiff of grapefruit. There is a bit of raison aroma as well as a sweetness from the malt. A touch of yeast.

T: The citrus follows through, but in a very gentle way. Starts out with grapefruit, then a sugary sweetness dominates the palate. Raisons and dark fruit, with a touch of yeast. I am pulling a lot of strawberries, and a hint of banana. Very interesting. Very tasty.

M: Low to medium body, very drying finish. Carbonation is plentiful, but not as strong as some other belgian styles I have had.

D: This thing is a hell of a beer. There is a touch of the booze, but this thing really could fly under the radar until it was too late. Citrus and sweet make a wonderful combination, but I am not sure I could do any more than 12oz, due to the sweetness. Still very tasty!

Beejay, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.63/5  rDev -5%

This beer is more like a strong ale rather than a triple.
Pours a straw-amber with a short lived head.
The nose is somewhat floral with an overall hops motif.
The flavor is bitter hops, yeast and some malt underpinning-- along with alcohol.

Mouthfeel is cordial with a long lasting finish that reverberates it's hops origins on the palate.

Drinkability is marred cheifly by the 9.5-9.7% ABV.

This is a beer worth trying but I wouldn't walk a hundred yards for it.

gueuzeonhigh, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of droomyster
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

I immediately find myself battling a bias against this beer for calling itself an "American Tripel," as if it were trying to evade comparisons to Belgian competitors. Pours a clear gold with a small white head. Aromas and flavors bear a strong resemblance with those of a double IPA. They might be sweeter than those of a DIPA by just a tad. I consider this beer to be a serious case of a stylistic misnomer. Nevertheless, it's very aggressive and unapologetic about it's well-constructed character, which makes me like it anyway.

droomyster, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

Quite a nice beer- nice tripel underpinnings with a huge hop prsence on top. An "American Tripel" according to the label. Pours golden with a glow to it and a fairly nice white head that fades to a thin swirly cap. Smells of nice citrusy hops with a zing of pine tossed in and a sweet malt and estery base, with further fruit smells developing. Fairly dry in the nose. Nicely balanced in the mouth. Honeyed malt, nice Belgian yeasty notes with some banana and spice as well as some plum, some wax, and quite a nice citrusy hop presence with nice red grapefruit and orange flavors. I'm really enjoying this. There is a nice lingering bitterness. Not super sweet, which I like, and the hops help balance everything. The citrus flavors are great, and the alcohol is very well hidden. I'd drink this again and again.

Georgiabeer, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Flying Fish is a new arrival in Florida.

Pours a light amber in color with a thin white head.

Nice fruity aroma with notes of spices.

Complex, sweet Belgian flavors of bread, spices, grain, fruit and more mix with just a hint of alcohol.

Smooth and glassy body.

Overall this is a fine beer.

Shaw, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of JAXSON
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

2009 rate from a 750ml bottle.

Bottle. Poured a deep gold, somewhat hazy. Big, fruity nose with a nice hop presence and a strange, "round" note. Very lively and effervescent in the mouth. Big orange, banana, some butterscotch maybe, tropical fruits. Despite all these fruit sugars it finishes extremely dry and short, which was awesome. Champagne like at times. Excellent.

JAXSON, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of u2carew
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

12 oz. Longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Clear body. Gold in color. Mellow upward carbonation.
S) For being a trippel this brew has a very hoppy nose - American choppy. Floral and some great fruity esters.
T) Orange tones. Subtle caramel. The alcohol is definitely in the mix. Finishes with sweet grain and citrus fruit.
M) Crisp and fizzy up front then finishes smooth and creamy. Medium body. Slighty boozy in the finish.
D) A delicious brew. Pour me another!

u2carew, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of jc85
3.78/5  rDev -1%

Poured from a 12oz into a weizen glass.

Appearance- Hazy light orange, less than an finger of head that went away quickly, almost no lacing on the glass.

Smell- Citrus, oranges and something else cant really put my finger on it. The smell of hops and alcohol.

Taste- Oranges just like the smell, definitly hoppy. Not bitter at all, and the sting of alcohol comes in right at the end.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and a little sticky. Not very carbonated.

Drinkability- It goes down pretty smooth, not completely, as the alcohol burn is still there, but very drinkable non the less.

jc85, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of rapidsequence
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

12 oz bottle from Total Wine in NoVA. $7 something a six pack I think.

Appearance: More orange than a typical Belgian tripel which tends more toward yellow. Brilliant clarity though and a big fluffy head with average to below average retention for a tripel. There is lacing, but it is less than sticky. Overall it looks excellent as a beer, but only pretty good for a tripel.

Smell: So, it definitely has Amarillo (one of only a few hops I can immediately detect). Not sure what else, but a tropical fruit hop aroma with orange, maybe pineapple, and apricot. Any fruity yeast esters are swirled in with fruity hops. I smell nothing bad, but WTF?

Taste: Fruity hops with mid level bitterness. Clean malt flavor. Yeast flavor comes through with fruit and light breadiness. Medicinal, a little.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good really. Soft and a little sticky.

Drinkability: I don't dislike it at all, but I'm not in love. I don't think this hop bill is quite right. Too assertive. I do like a hoppy tripel (see La Chouffe), but this aint quite right.

rapidsequence, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%

12 ounce bottle - Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out an ever so slightly hazed, darkened golden body with a medium-sized, snow white head that thins out but lasts the ride down.

Smell: Pilsner malts, a whiff of crunchy, raw grains splashed with grain alcohol underneath the slightly more aromatic hops yielding scents of florals, pithy tropical citrus fruits, and the notes of ground-up tangerine-flavored aspirin I always get from those pesky Amarillo hops.

Taste: "American Trippel", so it's sort of like a labradoodle. Tangy, grainy tastes of pils malt and malted wheat with a brief sugary sweetness that is quickly scuttled by the less-than-subtle American hop character pushing in a citric, pithy taste of citrus rinds and a bold bitterness. A small hint of banana and clove in there, but, essentially, they're buried under the cutting citrus hops. Alcohol warming from tongue to belly. It's reasonably crisp at the dry, bitter finish with lingering of white pepper.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Reminiscent of Green Flash's Le Freak. Leaves you navigating the loosely traditional aspects and the sharp American hops like a beer-based Magellan. As a classic tripel, it fails, though, perhaps, it would be better suited touting itself as an American-born Belgian IPA.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of CASK1
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

Deep gold, excellent clarity. Fairly wimpy head, fades to a thin layer of foam that persists fairly well. Intense citrus and tropical fruit aroma. Very low yeasty phenols in the nose, much lower than I'd like from a Trippel. No malt aroma to speak of, but a low sweet alcohol aroma comes through. Flavor is similar to aroma, although a low sweet grain flavor supports the intense hops. Bitterness is low, as expected for a Trippel. Very interesting blend of citrus, tropical fruit, and sweet malt. Mouthfeel is medium body and moderate carbonation. I'd expect more fizz in this style. Low alcohol warmth. An intriguing blend of American hops and Belgian classic style. Drinkable, although the strength of flavors and alcohol would limit my daily intake of this beer.

CASK1, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

Appearance: Pours a golden-tinged amber color with a rather unimpressive head that quickly fades to a ringlet and archipelago, though it does leave some splashy lace behind

Smell: Tropical fruit, white pepper, yeasty phenols and some pithy citrus

Taste: A bready blend of tropical fruits opens the flavor profile, moving simultaneously in spicy yeast and pithy hop directions by mid-palate; after the swallow, the alcohol makes its presence felt, providing a boozy, tropical finiah

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: As confusing as a spaghetti junction on the New Jersey turnpike, I don't think the concept of an American Tripel (or Trippel) works very well as the combination of pithy hops and yeasty phenols just doesn't make for a particularly enjoyable combination; an interesting experiment and, obviously, others disagree otherwise this beer would never have been re-released in 12 oz bottles

brentk56, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of beachbum1975
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

12 ounce bottle received as an extra from a recent trade with sholland119. Thanks, Scott!!!

Pours a tan to orange beer, clear from the get go, but suddenly becomes hazy as I add the yeast from the bottle of the bottle. Very little to no head after the initial, aggressive pour.

Sweet and tangy malts on the nose. I get scents of oranges, apricots, honey, light vinegar and grains of paradise.

Nice malt character on this one. It's moderately sweet and pleasing in flavor to me. The other, less obvious flavors in the taste are honey, apricot, plum and grains...

I wish the carbonation was a bit more, but overall it was very nice. Medium bodied and flavored.

beachbum1975, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of tweeder263
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured out a nice dark gold hazy beer, moderately carbonated. Smells of banana / alcohol esters. A semi sweet beer alcohol is very well hidden.Mouthfeel is so so. Very drinkable for a tripel, this is the type of beer that could totally sneak up on you.

tweeder263, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of njbcmatt
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

12 oz bottle, pint glass

A- Nice golden color, fluffy white head, was expecting more haze... filtered?

S- Not getting a lot here, may be a tad cold, might open up some more with time, getting some resiny hop notes and a hint of yeast phenols.

T- Nice take on a hoppy Americanized belgian trippel, hops don't overwhelm the sweetness and it plays nicely together. Definite alcohol burn on the back end.

M- Scarily drinkable for a brew this strong, goes down a little too easy.

D- One of my favorite offerings from FF, nice unique brew with excellent drinkability for its strength.

njbcmatt, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%

appearance: deep goelden and amberish tonts, nice head

smell: hop presence of a strong IPA, lots of citrus and belgian yeast mixed.

taste: balanced between IPA and Tripel styles. This is in par with Monks revenge. verty nice hoppy tripel.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: fantastic brew. their best beer that I have had.

CampusCrew, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of morimech
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%

Poured from 750ml bottle. A little darker in color than most tripels. Apricot color with two fingers of white head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Aroma i slightly fruity with hints of tropical fruit and white grapes. Faint hints of spice such as cloves. Alcohol is very evident in the nose. The flavor seems to be a bit sloppy. Alcohol just dominates the palate. If that was not bad enough, this beer is also very dry and has a bitter finish. Hard to pick out any of the Belgian qualities. Sort of tastes like cheap, high ABV wine. I think I am being generous giving this a 2.5 in taste. The body is on par for the style and is nicely carbonated. Bottle conditioning worked its magic here. Not an enjoyable beer and aging will do little to improve this beer. Not impressed with my first Flying Fish limited series beer.

morimech, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of jlandis
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%

A - The beer pours a slightly hazy light orange with a thin 2cm white head. This is a little darker than I was expecting for the style.

S - Subtle yet pronounced Simcoe and Amarillo hops immediate take over. This is totally unexpected for a tripel! There are some other light citrus fruits mixed in, but I'm not picking up anything that would make me think tripel. The smell is beautiful, but not really to style. Where is the spice? Where is the Belgian candi sugar?

T - Bitter citrus hops (the simcoe and amarillo right away) right up front. Beautiful tangerine and other citrus fruits. There is a little bit of tart fruit and spice, but the only thing that says Tripel to me is the alcohol burn.

M - Thin to medium body with high carbonation.

Unfortunately I'm not really impressed with this beer. It tasted more like a pale ale mixed with vodka and some spice. It's not a terrible beer, I just don't really think this lives up to my expectations. I'm sorry Flying Fish. I know you said it would be an American Tripel, but I'm just not biting.

jlandis, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
2.78/5  rDev -27.2%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky amber golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, and alcohol/cleaning products. Not enjoyable.

t - Tastes of alcohol, citrus hops and pine hops. Slightly better than the smell.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - Not a great beer. Wouldn't look to have again.

mdfb79, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of sitarist
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Thanks to drabmuh I now have sampled beer from half the country!

Pours a cloudy golden color...A quarter inch of frothy head falls to a half ring with very few spots of lacing.

Smells like dried fruits(apricot, pineapple, papaya), hints of circus peanuts, and sourdough....it smells like the guy next to me is drinking a tripel!

The dried fruits carry over into the flavors...there is also a peppery bite and a medicinal taste. Yukon Jack?

Not enough body to support the flavor...little carbonation...sticky...warm.

Not bad, but not balanced! IMO they just missed.

sitarist, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.63/5  rDev -5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured a murky, pale orange color with a very thin but frothy white head to it. The head faded to a thin ring around the glass, where it left some moderate lacing.

The aroma shows a grapefruit, citrusy, bitterness to it along with a pretty big malty base. A bit of the tripel's typical spiciness and a hint of banana comes through as well.

The taste has a mix of grapefruit and orange, citrusy hoppiness and a malty, sweetness. It finishes with a moderate bitterness along with a little bit of that spice flavor coming through again. It also has a moderate fruity, pear like quality to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is below average. Drinkability is pretty good, it had a nice mix of flavors to it. A lot of flavors came through and none of them were overpowering. A pretty easy drinking beer for tha abv % as well.

billab914, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.2/5  rDev -42.4%

Appearance -- Pours a bright golden hue, zero haze, with a slim lily-white head.

Smell -- Apricots, citrus, clove, mild banana and earthy Belgian yeast. Not thrilling, but my interest is piqued.

Taste -- Citrusy hops are prominent upon the sip. Honey malt sweetness, ripe pear, muted clove and bubblegum from the yeast. Alcohol is incredibly prominent, bracing even. Forceful resinous hop bitterness toward the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body with ample prickly carb. Higher alcohols are biting, more akin to grain alcohol than a mild warming sensation.

Drinkability This beer was a bit of a chore. Classic tripel flavors were muted, hop presence was OVERKILL, and the alcohol presence was difficult to look over. Your mileage may vary, but I'll be avoiding this.

yeahnatenelson, Oct 12, 2010
Exit 4 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 580 ratings.