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Exit 4 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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601 Ratings
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Ratings: 601
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 22
Gots: 48 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Foxman on 03-10-2009)
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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
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
Exit 4 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.