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Exit 4 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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581 Ratings
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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 21
Gots: 40 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Foxman on 03-10-2009)
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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.2/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

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
Photo of RutgersRG
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this bottle of exit 4 for about a year now and decided to crack it open and pour it in to a tulip glass.

It was a very enjoyable beer with a smoky golden color with a tall white fizzy crown.

Definitely has a citrus aroma with a slight fruity banana taste as described on the bottle along with a medium hoppy bitterness.

Not as strong of a taste as Tripel's like Victory's Golden Monkey, but I think that gave it more drinkability which I enjoyed about it.

Overall very enjoyable beer. Note this is my first review on BA and am still working on training my palette.

RutgersRG, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of ElGordo
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An unexpected package arrived from my wife's cousin in New Jersey a couple of months ago, and inside were several Flying Fish bottles. I've got nice in-laws. This bottle of Exit 4 is the last one left.
Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Gordon tulip glass. Body is a mellow golden hue, topped by a short-lived crown of fluffy white head that recedes to nothing after a couple of minutes. Light carbonation bubbles up but is also spent within a few minutes.
Sweet aroma of tropical fruit, pale malt, and some candi sugar. Notes of pineapple, grassy hops, and a decent whiff of booze that is noticeably less than the other bottle I had in May.
Palate is again sweet malt and fruit, without much hop presence up front. Notes of pineapple and white grape, along with pale malt and a touch of honey. A mild, grassy hop presence comes through on the swallow, but fades on the finish. Nice, warming alcohol provides a nice end note.
Body is full and a little syrupy, without much carbonation. Not how I really like for a tripel to be, but not wholly unpleasant. This is maybe a beer that needs to be consumed while it's pretty fresh. Nice flavor, but I think it's a bit faded, and the body leaves a bit to be desired.

ElGordo, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in."


Ablaze apricot with butter rum borders and nowhere near Champagnesque carbonation. A lack of visible bubbles doesn't matter at all because three fingers of alabaster colored cream was created on the pour. The head looks splendid from its creation to its near demise, while gracing the glass with lovely lace in the interim.

The nose is strangely subdued, despite what should be distinctive ingredients on the hop side of the ledger. Simcoe, Columbus, Palisades and Amarillo aren't exactly classic for the style. Tripel would not have been my first guess if blinded... which is never good.

Exit 4 is a disappointment on the palate, it's as simple as that. This inaugural release in the brewery's self-proclaimed 'brewing experiment' does not rise to heights of Exit 11 (APWA), or even Exit 1 (foreign/export stout). It tastes like a relatively well-brewed American malt liquor that uses Belgian abbey ale yeast.

Age should not be a factor since this big brew is still months away from its first birthday. Besides, beer of this sort should last at least that long... and longer. The pale malt is too grainy and alcohol plays too big a role in the flavor profile. And yet, it stops well short of being hot and harsh.

Too bad that the unconventional (for the style) American hops don't play a bigger role. There's a bit of tropical fruitiness goin' on, but that only succeeds in making Exit 4 taste less like a true tripel than it already does. I would have settled for an American-hopped Belgian-style IPA, but it doesn't taste like one of those either.

Specifics include pears and apples macerated in grain alcohol, grapefruit and lemon zest, and a smattering of ground clove. In the end, it's a mishmash that won't scare the best domestic tripels, much less the best that Belgium has to offer. Time and warming don't change a thing, other than rounding off a few of the rougher edges with respect to flavor and mouthfeel.

Speaking of which, the beer feels pretty good in the mouth. It can't hold a candle to versions from Brouwerij Bosteels, Brouwerij St. Bernardus, et al, but it's more than acceptable if you like American-style big beer that isn't thick and chewy.

It looks like Flying Fish has decided that Exit 4 is good enough to be released in six packs. Here's hoping they performed a major overhaul, because the beer that I'm drinking right now isn't ready for prime time. Even though it has a rough sort of charm, that has never been enough where Belgian-style tripels are concerned.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of speter
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light golden hue with a solid three-finger off white head that leaves good lacing as the head fades.

S: Malt, yeast and hops in almost equal measure. The malt is warm and bready, the yeast gives some cloves and almost cinnamon, and the hops are very citrus-like, approaching the famed "juicy fruit" range.

T: The start is sweet, but even up front, there is the complexity of the yeast there. The center has bitterness from the hops, but also some ginger and pepper from the yeast, and the finish is IPA-like.

M: The body is quite full, but the carbonation balances it well. The alcohol is extremely-well integrated.

D: The flavors beg you to come back for more.

speter, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of Patchmaster
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle sent from G311. Thanks for the nice surprise.

A- Poured a nice yellow color with a small head. Smalle lacing on the glass.

S - I get a strange bubblegum like smell with a malty forward.

T - Not a typical tasting tripel, but very enjoyable. Had some caramel flavor going on and finished with a little sourness. Very enjoyable. Could also taste a little clove hint.

M - Some decent carbonation. Would put it in the medium range.

D - The beer was very enjoyable with more aromas coming out as it sat.

I'm not a huge fan of Tripel's, but this one pleased the palette.

Patchmaster, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of CaptainRedBeard, muchas gracias! I have been wanting to try an Exit Series beer for awhile now. Pours a clear-ish light gold color with an airy white head. Fades rapidly and leaves a few spots of lace.

Nose is pretty hoppy for the style, with alot of citrus and pine showing through. Blends well with the tropical fruit from the alcohol and yeast. Shows some light breadiness as well. Not overly classical, but smells damn good, I am digging on these hop aromas.

Light grains, hefty alcohol and flavoring hops define this beer pretty well. Hop/yeast/alcohol combo does not work quite as well in the flavor as it did on the nose for me, and the yeast does not really display all that much estery personality. Soft mouthfeel and ample carbonation. Plenty enjoyable beer, but for me this falls more in the realm of a belgio-IPA than a tripel.

twiggamortis420, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Florida9
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear yellow gold in color. Upon pouring, a small head forms , but quickly dissipates, leaving just a light surface coasting. Some minimal lacing.

S: An odd earthy-sour aroma, reminiscent of enoki mushrooms. Orange, grapefruit, and wild rice.

T: Slight caramel sweetness. Slight sourness; not at all tart. A little spice. Earthy, fruity, and a bit medicinal.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body - A little light for the style. Appropriately carbonated. Becomes a little cloying.

D: I found this beer to be rather disagreeable: sweet and sour, but not in a good way. Became worse at it warmed.

Florida9, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of Viggo
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, thanks to grub for sharing this one.

Pours a clear amber/golden, a very light touch of haze, very thick white head forms, settles down to a medium sized layer and ring, quite chunky, leaves some lace spirals on the glass.

Smell is alright, a bit of citrus and floral hoppiness, lightly malty, a bit sweet and sugary, grapefruit, some booziness, biscuit, candi, fruity, nice but not really a tripel.

Taste is similar, malty up front, some caramel and candi, citrus and some bubblegum, light alcohol and a bit of spiciness, some toast, a bit sugary, kind of weak in the finish, almost a touch salty/minerally.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Not a bad beer but pretty American, not really a tripel. Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of Flava5
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this tasty brew from rwinzing thanks a million. I poured it into a pint glass and it poured a nice honey amber color. Hops and bready malt on the nose. The taste was amazing had a nice hoppy bitterness up front then a nice soft malt taste at the end. Not much head but fair lacing. The mouthfelll and drinkability are awesome so smooth but beware the ABV will get after two.


Flava5, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of cbarrett4
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from tap at Oregon Brewers Festival. Tasted 4 times with consistent notes:

A - Gorgeous golden hue with good carbonation, decent clarity and a nice level of persistent head.

S - Great clove, citrus, spice, and funky yeast thing going on.

T - Wowie! This is why I kept coming back and tasting this gem; COMPLEX; lots of spice, coriander, clove, ginger, some of the funky yeast coming through, then some refreshing citrus (orange and melon it seems).

M - It has a high ABV, but the texture, body, and balance is such that it doesn't seem to be overly alcoholic; good balance between acid and tannins.

D - Imminently rewarding to sip on. The flavors expand and change as the temperature changes.

One of the best Trippel style ales I have had outside of Belgium or Canada.

cbarrett4, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of Proteus93
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rather clear sunshine golden hue, topped with about a half-finger of white, semi-creamy head. It recedes quite quickly, but leaves a thin sheet over the beer.

S: Malty sweetness, somewhat fruity esters... a similarity to canned pears, I find. Some hop leafiness that is not usually something I really pick up on so much in a tripel, but I suppose the bottle refers to it as being American in style, so it makes sense.

T: Similar sweet malt and 'canned fruit' characters that I noted in the aroma. Some slightly peppery spiciness without being hot. Herbal & leafy hops again make an appearance... rather notable, at that.

M + D: It's getting a little heavy, but I'd still consider it a medium body... or maybe medium, but chewy. The alcohol content is masked remarkably, and outside of the modest peppery notes and a generally smooth warming, there's not much more to suggest it as being quite so strong. It's quite a nice take on the style, being one that I find myself often quite picky about. I'd look forward to this brew again the next time I came up.

Proteus93, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the bottle with a 1/4" white creamy looking head, with some pretty impressive lacing (highly proteinaceous by appearance), over an amber colored, lightly sedimented and carbonated body.

S- Quite nice. Comprised of light citrus juice notes over a crackerlike pale malt base. Simple and elegant. For some reason though, I'm not getting any Belgian yeast aromatics- which I would expect from anything labelled "Tripel". Good nonetheless.

T- You get some particularly sweet malty and vinous notes up front, which are met with moderate earthy hop flavor on the midpalate. The hoppiness really ramps-up in the finish with quinine-like bitterness that lingers on the tongue like a resin. A bit solventy overall, which takes the flavor down from a 4.5 in my book.

M- Medium body with a carbonation that walks the line between soft and coarse; pervasive carbonation that's non-bloating. A little bit of astringency comes in from that hop punch.

D- Overall tasty and quit drinkable. The solventy edge on the palate is enough to indicate the ABV, but it doesn't hinder drinkability at all. A couple of these, and you'll be feeling good!

jgasparine, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of hdofu
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is something else. It poured honey colored with a thick white head that quickly dissolved. The Smell is sort of like cherry though a little to thin to completely discern. Taste is a pleasant blend of hopps and malts which finishes with a bitter sweet taste. This along with the smooth bubbly feel makes for one very drinkable beer.

hdofu, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flying Fish's entry at Oregon Brewers Fest 2010 ~ it's rare that we get to try a New jersey brewery so better take advantage of the opportunity. Tried this beer FOUR different time over the course of four days, all 4 oz. pours to a plastic mug, once (Friday) as the day's first pour. An amalgamation of note-taking...

A: From what can be discerned from pitcher glimpses and pours to a ghostly translucent mug; golden and vaguely clear, plenty of small bubbles dancing about. Creamy white topping, maybe 1/2- finger. A beauty even in improper glassware...

S: LOVE the aroma. Clove-spice malt and minty hops. Large and lasting, albeit a bit on the soapy/flowery side with later sniffs.

T: Sweet and floral upfront, a somewhat talcum-like chalkiness. Peppery spice follows, tempered by some citrus zest. Apples, honey, cloves ~ a study in complexity! Among the most intricate tripels I've tried outside of those birthed in Belgium.

M: Seductively velveteen, creamy. Medium body with a buoyant carbonation. A sharpened finish follows each sip.

D: Perhaps my favorite pour of the festival, no notable flaws. Has a distinctly 'un-Belgian' hoppiness, seeming closer to the 'Belgian IPA' rather than the 'Tripel'. No worries, though; this is a special beer and one I'd love to have again...well done, Flying Fish!

msubulldog25, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of jhammel01
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright straw gold, very clear with lots of carbonation. Egg white head that falls fast but keeps lacing.

Earthy hop aroma, belgian yeast, heavy orange notes, lemon...very fruity. Peppery, spicey Mild hop bitter finish thats not too dry at all.

More of a light bodied beer. clean tasting beer.

A good beer! I found these in a sixer so I've enjoyed all of them, including the last one, this one. These guys are local so I love to support them in any way. Another good one from Flying Fish!!

jhammel01, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of grub
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another fish from sholland119. thanks scott!

750ml bottle topped with a burgundy plastic wrapper. sampled july 17/2010.

the bottle opens with a hearty "pop" and starts to foam over almost immediately. pours hazy pale orange with a big cream coloured head. the head drops fairly fast with lots of lace.

aroma is nice. orange and tangerine. bit of candy sweetness. honey. bit of caramel. light belgian yeasty spice. alcohol.

taste is nice. light caramel and honey. bit of orange and tangerine. lightly warming alcohol. white bread and cracker. bit of biscuit. faint belgian spice, but still a very american interpretation of the style. medium-low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is nice. just under medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. fairly well balanced. a nice beer, but really not a tripel. the malt and hop profile is very american. maybe a bit of belgian yeasty character, but not much. still, they call it an "american tripel", so i suppose i should expect a variation on the base style. it seems to draw from both american and belgian ideas but doesn't really do either justice.

grub, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the OBF yesterday. Seems a bit odd that I ended up going all the way to Portland to try this beer.

Exit 4 pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive, showing honey, white pepper, orange citrus and vanilla. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, though I found there to be considerably more bitterness in the finish based on what I smelled. The hoppy bitterness counters and balances the moderate sweetness in this beer quite well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long, sweet and bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile and not at all obtrusive. Was really surprised to learn the abv. was 9.7%.

A nice beer and one of the hilights of the OBF for me.

John_M, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of bonkers
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. It pours a clear gold with a moderate white head. Pine and citrus and floral notes dominate the aroma. Pine is the first flavor that hits the mouth, followed by spices and floral notes. Not your typical tripel, hops are much more dominant. A full bodied sticky brew with good carbonation. I liked this beer, but it is definitely a hybrid brew.

bonkers, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to G311 for the brew...

A - Brassy golden hue, some wispy white lace.

S - The aroma is typical of a Tripel: bready, slightly alcoholic-sweet, continental hoppy, slightly spicy and herbal with fruity esters from the Belgian yeast, pale-pils malty; all decent, none spectacular.

T - Quite nice. The taste is again typical of a Tripel, not the most spectacular, but its working for me right now. The bready flavors are there, I get a bit of pear ester, apple skin, some pale malt astringency, a bit too much booze, a bit of white pepper, coriander, and celery flavor, and an overall nice balance from the hop. I'll happily drink it; I just think it could be a hell of a brew if it were tweaked a bit.

M - Not the strong point, just a bit wimpy...

D - As stated, I'll drink the hell out of it. Taste is just a bit hot though.

ktrillionaire, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay goblet.

Never driven in Jersey, so I don't know how close this one is to the actual exit, but I guess I can take their word fer it. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a minor bit o' white fluff. The nose comprises wheat, white grapes, pepper, vanilla, cloves, and that lovely Belgian yeasty quality. The taste holds notes of all of that, plus some citrus peel, coriander, more pepper and cloves, and what seems like a decent amount of hoppy bitterness. The body tends toward the lighter end of medium, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp, fluid feel. Overall, not a bad tripel, really, but I think the Belgians do it better.

TMoney2591, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle shared at woodshop 5.1

Poured a amber brown with orange highlights with a thin head and very little lacing sticking to the glass. Belgian yeast and bready malt aromas with hints of citrus fruits, spice , and candy sugar. Very nice nose to this american style tripel. Fruity belgian yeast strike first on the palate with a good hop character that also had spice and honey accents. There seemed to be booze coming thru as well. The beer was medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation that had a fruity, boozy, and mild hop finish. I'm glad that americans can brew a pretty damn good tripel. It was quite an intresting take on the style that drank well. I'm glad I got the opportunity to try it.

Gobzilla, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a pretty golden color with an impressive white head that clings to the glass.

S: A very interesting mix of hops and sweet tripel. The hops provide plenty of citrus along with some floral notes. This one is quite fruity overall and has plenty of sweet caramel malts and candi sugar. Plenty of yeast and esters as well.

T: Like the nose leads on, the hops really provide something different to this beer. Plenty of sweetness with some apples, pears, and sugar, but a very nice spice from the yeast. The hops are powerful, citrusy, and fruity, but do not dominate the beer.

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.

womencantsail, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of tjd112
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Corsendonk Tulip

Appearance - Deep golden colour, white finger head, not creamy, but good lace

Smell - Surprisingly hop forward

Taste - A lot of diacetyls with medium bitterness

Mouthfeel - Medium and creamy

Drinkability - Could have only one at a time

Overall - An OK brew, but not necessarily one representative of the style

tjd112, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of bonsreeb85
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vince a.k.a. G311 hooked me up with this one in a recent trade. Cheers dude.

Hazy golden in color with about a 2 finger off white head off of my initial pour that dissapates quickly :(

The nose is filled with with orange, lemon, herbal and tea like hops, spices including pepper and clove. I also get some banana and a distinct belgian yeasty aroma.

The flavor is quite complex. Fruity and yeasty yet well hopped and moderately spicy. Spectacular fruit notes mingle with the earthy/herbal hops. A touch of honey is also in the mix with some alcohol heat on the dry finish.

This beer holds nothing back when it comes to carbonation. The body is medium light, and has a very crisp and sharp texture. Very refreshing and spot on for the style.

THe alcohol is pretty well hidden for such a high gravity beer. The flavor is complex and tasty. THis is one of the better AMerican made trippels that I've had to date.

bonsreeb85, Jun 17, 2010
Exit 4 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.