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Exit 4 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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86
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257 Reviews
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Reviews: 257
Hads: 656
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 26
Gots: 86 | 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

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 katan
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a pint

A - A light golden color, and a light amount of bright white head formation. not overly carbonated.

S - Spicy notes, cinnamon and clove, very estery. Follows up with a little bit of alcohol notes.

T - Starts off smooth and sweet, light amounts of pilsner malts. Mid-stream gets alot of spiciness, corriander and cloves, with a little bit of esters. Finishes with a bright sugary note and a little bit of alcohol burn.

M - Moderate body, light carbonation. Lots of alcohol warmth. Finishes sticky and clingy.

O/D - A good tripel, but a little bit on the sweet side. Alcohol is pretty noticeable. Good tripel overall - probably a little too sweet. (668 characters)

Photo of ronniebruner
2.62/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a heavy caramel color and has the aroma of burnt oak. The aroma of the burnt wood is curious, but the taste is purely burnt. The beer pours with a bit more head than I would have liked and the aftertaste detracts from the overall experience. It tastes as if it were kept in a bag of charcoal as it was being brewed. Not by any means the worst beer in the world, but my first bottle will be my only bottle. (421 characters)

Photo of Holland
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: slightly hazy golden color with a thin head that stays throughout. Sticky head on the edges.

S: lemon, orange, maybe coriander and bitter hops.

T: kicks you with citrus, bitterness, and some alcohol on the front, then helps you out with some malt to finish it off. A little on the sweet side, but the flavors do a decent job of balancing.

M: this is where I am let down. It's just too thick for me and not dry enough, creating a coating feeling rather than a crisp, refreshing feeling. Still heavily carbonated.

O: still a very good beer, but the drinkability is hurt by the mouthfeel. Overall, I would have this again, just maybe not a full 6 pack at $14. (667 characters)

Photo of marcfromphilly
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tradiotnal Trippel at first taste on the palate. However the taste will transition into a creamy, almost IPA/pale ale hybrid. I recommend this beer for those trying to forget into the diverse/unique world of Trippel's. Though most purists will not consider this a great Trippel, I feel it's a great segue into the category. (323 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-03-23 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy gold with a short white head and a fair amount of suspended particles. Light lacing.

S - Booze, banana, clove, vanilla.

T - Banana, candied-orange, booze, straw, chalk, some hop bitterness. Finishes like a stale creamsicle.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O - This brew didn't excite me. Too sweet and bland for my tastes. (401 characters)

Photo of Nay
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had good American Tripels, but this bottle isn't one of them. Smells vaguely like stinky feet. Tastes like it's Pale Ale malt bill, transitions into odd and mild phenol, then sweet finish with some lingering hop flavor and bitterness. It's not Belgian phenolic enough to be interesting, but lacks clean IPA yeast/malt flavor too. Sweet (for a tripel) finish is just heartbreaking. (385 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a fresh 6 pack of this "American trippel" (6 pack???) in New Jersey. Poured from a 12oz into a brandy snifter.

A: Hazy glowing orange gold. Nice white head dies down quickly, leaving some decent lacing.

S: Sweet, sweet citrus hops with some pale malt behind it. I would think it was a malty IPA if I didn't know better.

T: Blast of sweet citrus hops, followed by sugary pale malt and smooth yeast. Squeezed orange, hint of coriander and pepper, saison-esque brightness from the yeast. Subtle bitterness in the finish, with more malty fruitiness and a breath of fresh grain. No alcohol to be found at first. As the beer warms, the farmhouse-esque yeast comes out, as well as a tiny breath of alcohol in the finish.

M: Light carbonation. Fine for a tripel.

O: Incredibly well-hidden alcohol for 9.5%. Great balance of sweet pale malts and hops. Hopped very strongly, but the hops are sweet and compliment the malt profile, gives it an additional citrus fruitiness that most tripels don't have; I guess that's why they call it an "American" tripel. Drink it fresh for the hops. Great. (1,096 characters)

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

The appearance of this beer is classic for a trippel; it is cloudy and colored lightly, just as it should be.

The smell is fantastic; HINTS of clove, a weak banana smell and a STRONG spicy smell. I can smell pumpkin spice and nutmeg, almost like a gingerbread cookie.

Exit 4 tastes just like it smells. It is well balanced as far as the clove:banana:spice ratio, yet the aftertaste says to me pumpkin and ginger as opposed to banana and cloves. Not to say the latter mentioned flavors aren't apparent, they just aren't in the forefront of the flavor.

The mouthfeel of this brew is okay. With every sip the back of the throat can feel the strong aftertaste.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. For an American version of a Belgian monster, it does hold its own. (757 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: cloudy apricot colored body. 1.5" of off white head that appears thick and creamy. great retention with some clumpy lacing left behind.

s: banannas and clove, some citrus and spice from yeast and hops.

t: alochol underlies all the other flavors in this beer. there is a small dose of funk from the yeast, some bready malts and more of the citrus and clove.

m: rich and creamy, lively carbonation and an ever present warming from the alochol start to finish.

o: i feel that the alochol dominates this beer a little too much. some time in the cellar might help this blend better, but right now i feel it's too hot and it distracts from the other flavors too much. still not a bad beer though. (697 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6oz pour (from a 12oz bottle) into goblet glass. Enjoyed at Beer and Grilled Cheese Dinner pairing in Wilmington, DE. No bottle date information present or described.

A: Hop hazed yellow orange. Quarter finger of bright white head. The swirl gives more and it's fluffy and bottle conditioned. Small lacing trails and some alcohol feet.

S: Smells of really nice fruity esters. Pineapple and banana. But also some spicy Belgian yeast notes. Still smells hoppy, and delicious. I really enjoy the nose on this one.

T: You get the faintest amount of hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Then the Belgian notes of fruit and spice kick in. Linger on the tongue a while. Clove for sure. The close is long and you gets lots of banana citrus notes. There is a little booze on the back end. Or at least some warming. But for the most part the alcohol is nicely hidden.

M: Medium to full bodied beer. Bottle conditioning helps to clear the palate.

O: This is a solid beer in a style that I really enjoy lately. I would put this up there in the A- to A range for me. Plus the pairing with the cheese might have made it even better! (1,127 characters)

Photo of JJBlock
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a BIG fan of tripel - this competes against the best! Smooth, mild fragrance, tremendous intial taste which is extremely satisfying and quenching. Only downside is that it is very difficult to find. Why? Could and should be their lead beer. The alcohol content is disguised in a very mellow flavor that has left me with "wanting more"...OK, OK, that is usually the case with a good beer, I agree! This may be my next "go to" beer if I can find it! Just love it! (466 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six pack of this brew about nine or ten months ago. I aged the bottle in order to pull more flavors out of the Tripel.

My aging yielded some really good results. You get more of the belgian yeastiness, the sour, and some vineous quality.

This is a very good beer. By aging it I think it ranks very highly among tripels.

The mouthfeel is very good. I really like how the flavor eased off.

New Jersey is not known for the quality of beer making. Flying Fish does a very good job in their "Exit" series. I also recommend their Farmhouse Ale. This is a very good offering by the Fish. (599 characters)

Photo of Ryanm1
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love Begian Triples and this one is no exception.

Poured from a bottle to a glass. It was bubbly, moderate head. Golden and slight cloudy. Hazy as the bottle describes it. Slight floral undertone, but can taste/smell clove like its an Easter ham. Slightly bitter at the finish. Not too overpowering for the 9.7% abv.

Like and recommend it! (344 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz pint size glass, color is opaque straw with a nice frothy white head that dissipates to a ring, nice carbonation.

Smell is resiny, slight biscuit, hints of spice and raisans with a solid hop note.

Taste is a estery alcohol upfront followed by mild pale and slight biscuit malts with spiciness that goes down easy.

Mouthfeel is slightly strong on the tongue but the bitterness and sweetness are balanced overall.

A very nice tripel that i picked up for christmas, one my favorites from flying fish (519 characters)

Photo of dfernandez77
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mostly golden, slightly warm, fairly clear (a few flakes from bottle conditioning sediment). Nice white, slightly rocky head, nicely laces with time. Appealing.

Smell: Resin, citrus, biscuits, banana skins, honey. A little candy sugar like booziness. Well balanced. Again, appealing.

Taste: Clean malt backbone, classic fat Pilsner and candy sugar fruitiness. Hop bitterness is forward a little as I would expect in an "American Trippel". Cypress needles and citrus zest hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Again, true to the Belgian archetype. Medium light, slippery, creeps off style with the astringent finish, but you'd expect it with the hop profile.

Overall: Damned impressive. Best of a cleanly brewed Belgian Trippel and bracing American DIPAs brought together. I really like it, and will be getting more. (817 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Massive massive creamy white head that is crawling away. Hazy golden color with visible carbonation. Interesting nose of floral and grassy hops that mask a subdued clove aroma. Very nice.

Big juicy tropical fruit sweetness up front. Slight grassy hoppiness comes in on the back end to cut and sweetness that would linger. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Not nearly as carbonated as it looks. Some malty breadiness comes through a big on the front end as well with a hint of caramel. Almost no detectable alcohol besides a touch on the breath.

Way too drinkable.

The common Belgian flavors are there but hidden under the beers hop character.

A nice twist on the trippel style with a few more hops than you expect. Not in the least a very happy beer but the amount they add is just enough to make it different.

Not bad (823 characters)

Photo of tzieser
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

looks like another review got purged. i'm glad i keep notes!

a: clear golden color (when properly decanted) with a thick fluffy white head.

s: belgian yeast filled nose (farmhouse/horse blanket) with noticeable floral and citrus hop character.

t: complex flavors of malty sweetness, floral/funky yeast and surprisingly strong hop presence (pine and floral flavors). very good.

m: somewhat dry mouthfeel (in a pleasant way)

quite a fantastic beer. i hope they keep making it. i'm also happy to say that a year or two does wonderful things to the flavor profile of this brew. it gets very fruity and even more complex with time.. (633 characters)

Photo of drinkslinger028
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one for the price can't be beat, a lot of fruit up front consisting of mango,pineapple. A bit sweet with a little heat at the end over all the heat is hidden well. The only draw back here is the head retention lasting only about 45 seconds and minimal lacing , but like I said for the price you can't beat it I will continue to purchase this brew. Cheers! (360 characters)

Photo of vande
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a somewhat thicker looking orange-gold color with a quickly receding thin layer of head....less then a 1/4 of a finger, if that's such a measurement...

S: somewhat sweet and flowery...fruity too... a pretty unique blend of it all...malty, grassy, interesting...

T: Palate was taken aback a bit here...some vanilla/banana blended with a summery taste of floralness mixed in with a bit of yeastiness... pretty good..

M: somewhat thick & creamy... very pleasant!

0: Very enjoyable tripel from the east! glad I have a few more :) (532 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is golden yellowish orange in color and has a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down but left some lacing on the surface.
S: There are aromas of bananas and spices in the nose along with some hints of grapefruit and orange citrus from the hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and slightly sweet and also has some hints of bubble gum, candi sugar and honey in the flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It is somewhat smooth and thick and also had dryness, particularly in the finish.
O: The alcohol is noticeable in the taste, but doesn’t hinder this beer’s drinkability; however, I’m not sure if I could have more than two of these in a night because the alcohol will catch up with you and the thickness could make it start seeming somewhat cloying. Nonetheless, it’s a nice beer to sip. (909 characters)

Photo of ujsplace
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Union Jack's on the Manatawny.

Brew is a slightly hazy, golden color. Boasting a creamy white head with some nice lacing.

Smells of candied malts, citrus hops. Tastes of big candied malts, citrus hops, spicey yeasts, banana, clove, oily hops. Very complex flavor.

Medium bodied, creamy with good carbonation.

A unique take on a Belgian Tripel - good stuff from Flying Fish. Not suprising - they have quite a bit of relly good Belgian style brews. (464 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out ot my boy Lunch for sending me multiples of this one in a past trade as extras! Served from bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter (also compliments of Lunch). Poured a hazy red-orange with a one finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, and subtle alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I really did enjoy this brew quite a bit which was surprising to me. Based on the trade number I got this one from Lunch, I have had this one AWHILE. Seemed to have held up quite well though if I'm honest. Might hold onto the others for awhile longer to see what becomes of them at a later date. A definite must try if you have the opportunity. (915 characters)

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

Appearance - copper color with 2 finger frothy head that holds retention fairly well. Tons of active yeast swirling throughout giving it a murky clarity.

Smell - Lots of spice and citrus.

Taste - Lots of spice and some booziness. Quite smooth and moderately complex.

Mouthfeel - nice

Overall - This is quite a high ABV brew and its noticable. Flavoring is nice and makes it somewhat easy to drink. I think if they took the ABV down a percent and added slightly hoppier notes, it would really be a great beer. Its just a good tripel in my book. (547 characters)

Photo of RandyV
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange tan in color, kinda looks like ice tea. This smells more like an IPA with some clove with little yeast apparent. There is a hop forward flavor with tangy citrus and mellow pine. The finish is more malt sweetness with the alcohol well hidden for 9%; just a nice warming. This is a very drinkable beer that to me only fits the style in malt finish and ABV. Tasty but not memorable. (393 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty good looking, tannish and hazy, one finger head that lasted, leaving great sheets of thick lacing with every sip.

Smell is somewhat atypical of a tripel, smells more like an IPA with yeast qualities. I detect some citrus and some hops, with a touch of graininess and just a little bit of yeast.

Taste is more on par for the style, albeit a little on the hops forward side for a tripel. Yeast and spices are somewhat secondary. Alcohol is evident. It's ok but not great.

Feel is pretty thick but very warming, alcohol isn't very well hidden.

Overall it's interesting but I wouldn't seek it out very often. (616 characters)

Exit 4 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.