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Ratings: 613
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 23
Gots: 55 | 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

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(Beer added by: Foxman on 03-10-2009)
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Photo of smakawhat
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Solid rock white head of three fingers and uniform bubbles on top of a dark gold honey clear body. Body is also a slight orange also. Visible carbonation from the bottom, with slight cloudiness but not completely. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smell is predominantly artificial grapefruit and Jolly Rancher candy, but particularly like a bouquet of a somewhat Imperial Pale Ale. It's all grapefruit and dryness associated with a classic American IPA. It's good but seems weird for a tripel.

Taste is really sweet and that throws me. Extremely sugary but not in an alcohol. Alcohol is actually masked well, but a syrupy sugar takes over of fake artificial orange cola syrup. There's no yeast or buttery feel/taste in this beer whatsoever. No carbonation present in feel.

It's a passable drink but does not reflect a tripel style that I am use to. It's also WAY too sweet for me so I would drink something first before this and wont grab another one, but things could be worse that's for sure.

Photo of timtim
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice... very nice. not what i was expecting. very fresh bottle. golden with a white head that leaves a little lace. nose is citrusy/tropical fruity hops up front with bubblegum, fruit and spice as well as a hint of sweet toasted bread malt and a candi sugar-like sweetness in the back. taste follows suit, and you seem to be left with what the bottle describes... a very very hoppy tripel with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that has just enough zip to it to fit in to the category. not a bad thing, just less prickly/more round than some of it's counterparts overseas. alcohol is well masked. went down way too quick for such a big beer. fantastic effort from flying fish that i'm surprised doesn't get more love.

Photo of BigB415
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. I have never heard of Flying Fish Brewery until now since they are a small brewery out of New Jersey that doesn't get much hype here on beer advocate. This is also an American Tripel which happens to be my first as well. It pours a golden color with lacing that quickly retreats down the side of the glass and what doesn't retreat, dissipates. The smell draws you with notes of fruit and spice. The first time I smelled it my nose burned. Taking a sip I get apples, grapes and that spice that makes it feel like I am drinking a holiday beer. The fruit and spice lingers after you take a sip. After each sip I feel like I am drinking a white wine with all the fruit notes I keep getting.

Photo of corby112
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellowish orange color with paler golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a one finger off white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet aroma with subtle hops, candy fruit and estery light fruit notes. Slight bubblegum presence as well as a prominent spice character.

Medium bodied with a prominent spice flavor up front that lingers throughout over the bready, estery yeast and fruit notes into a dry finish. Hints of cherry, apple and pear with a good bit of bubblegum and peppermint. Easy to drink with a slightly cloying dry finish.

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from Abe's with mixed expectations. "American trippel" is a dangerous label that's meant a clean and boozy beer without much character.

This tastes a little more like a saison or strong Belgian pale because the beer is heavy on fruit, with juicier than usual spice. There's a sweetish lemon, maybe even lemongrass, kick. There's also a floral, mildly hoppy character with mild toasted grains. Overall, I'd say this is an interesting take on the tripel. If you like Victory's Golden Monkey, try this out.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong, hoppy and woody, with an undertone of sweet apple rather than grapefruit like an IPA. It pours a clear straw yellow with a typical white head - not inspiring, but as the old saw goes, never judge a book by its cover. Flavor, fortunately more than makes up for the so-so appearance: strong, hoppy, malty, with sweet apple and floral undertones, just a little bitterness, and a whisper of honey. Texture is fairly smooth and tingly, leaving a nice fizzy and slightly fruity-sweet finish.

Photo of chickenflea
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden with a bubbly constitution, A thin white head dissipates quickly. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of bubblegum/cotton candy with peach schnapps. Floral/citric hop aroma mixing in.

The taste is of sweet bubblegum/cotton candy, with growing honey as it progresses. It has a bready, spicy backing. An American citrusy hop taste, with mild bitterness finishes it off, along with noticeable, though not overpowering, alcohol.

It has an effervescent, medium body.

Certainly an "American" interpretation of the style. It has an American hop touch that works well here. Nicely balanced, unique, an interesting sipper.

Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see Flying Fish down here in NC,I used to drnk alot of their stuff back in my Philly days.Poured into a goblet a hazed peach color with a nice fluffy bone white crown that left two nice rings of lace as it settled very slowly into a frothy mass.Spicey phenols and citrus fruit mainly in the nose,the phenols really hit hard.Pretty sharp in the mouth at first,it does mellow after a bit but it takes awhile,phenolic spice,white pepper,and a healthy dose of citric hop on the palate,the phenols seem to take over to much of the profile for me after mid glass.Eh,its ok but the phenols are just to big for me to enjoy very much.

Photo of dfclav
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Beejay
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Exit 4 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.