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Exit 4 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

573 Ratings
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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 22
Gots: 37 | 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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Nesued

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

750ml bottle. Red foil surrounding the cap. First in the Exit Series from Flying Fish.

Appearance - Big frothy head, white with loads of character (i.e. peaks and valleys) as it resolved to a nicely defined head. Lively carbonation. half-inch head retains long after the initial pour. Golden yellow in color with a slight haze.

Smell - American Tripel huh? Hmmm, smells like an American IPA. Nice grapefruit nose, not overpowering but very much a hop (i.e "American") influence to this Trippel? I guess the taste will be the determining factor. Not really smelling anything more. Perhaps a bit of a peppery nose as well. Clean and fresh.

Taste - The first thing to grab me about this beer is the "legs" on it along with the hop initial presentation. Thankfully, the hop bite at the end isn't there. Mid-tones of pepper and cloves, along with a sweet malty balance. Mellow opening leads you into an overall sweet mid-game. Built well, while at the same time an enigma (i.e. what the heck is an "American Trippel"?).

Mouthfeel - A good palate cleaner. Crisp finish with a good refreshing "I want more" approach. Not a lot of carbonation, just enough, which makes this all the more enjoyable and not overly heavy.

Drinkability - No way can I compare this with a St. Bernardus tripel, tripel Karmeliet or a Westmalle tripel. In my opinion, this doesn't fit the "Tripel" class. No BJCP guidelines for this offering. To me, you add an arse load of hops to a tripel style and you get this beer. The beer's overall ease of consumption is there, as the alcohol is well-hidden throughout. Good density in this beer and would stand up to many foods that are exceedingly robust (pot roast, thick soups/stews, etc.).

09-30-2009 00:09:53 | More by Nesued
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Billolick

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

Large bottle capped and red foil over the top. No freshness info. Pours medium amber with an apricot hue. The head is off white, appropriatly huge initially, decent retention showed then spotted lace left behind. Fruity candy sugar sweet nose. Got to respect em for swinging for the fences with a take on this outstanding style, but this one does not make it out of the middle of the road. Some phenolic tendencies, but not enough, some hoppy feel but not enough. All in all a decent tasting brew, but ends up being a lower level American tripel, compared to the all stars of the style.

09-09-2009 22:45:13 | More by Billolick
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LSUExplorer03

Pennsylvania

2.28/5  rDev -40.3%

poured from a 750ml bottle into a Philly "BEER" pint glass

A - Appearance was a murky, golden hue

S - Smell was a strong citrus with apparent orange, lemon, apricot, and spice -- the alcohol was definitely coming through also!

T - I was not impressed with the taste -- this beer was not too balanced imho. The citrus taste hits you right up front, followed by a strong taste of the alcohol -- I was most disappointed that the alcohol was not well masked.

M - Mouthfeel was a little abrasive -- not very smooth. Again, I did not feel this beer was very well balanced.

D - Drinkability was low -- I choked down my pint glass. I have to be fair though and say that as the beer warmed up, I began to enjoy it slightly more. I've had Exit 11 prior to Exit 4 and I was much, much more impressed with Exit 11!

Cheers!

09-08-2009 23:38:06 | More by LSUExplorer03
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Nice hazy gold color, with a thin head and not-so-great retention. Mildly carbonated. You could definitely pick up hints of the alcohol content in the aroma, but fortunately you also pick up a pungent herbal spice aroma, most notably cloves. Also picked up some lemon zest, orange, and bubble gum. The taste was medium-bodied, medium carbonated, with strong citrus and herbs throughout, and a stronger than expected alcoholic feel in the finish. Despite the slight burn, the citrus/spice bouquet and medium feel make this a decent session beer, at least before the abv knocks you out. Well done, FF.

08-27-2009 22:23:01 | More by donniecuffs
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured via 750ml bottle on 7/24/09. Thanks to sholland119 for sharing.

A - Hazy golden/amber body with one-finger head that settled into a very thin ring, leaving spotty lace around the glass.

S - Hoppy, spicy and boozy nose with quite a bit of hop character for a Tripel. Some citrus notes and spicy yeast also emerged as it warmed up.

T - Spicy yeast with peppery, clove and earthy notes, but also a lot of fresh American hop flavor suggesting citrus fruit and mild herbs. Very fruity in the backend with hints of orange, mango and pineapple.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and pretty soft carbonation. Spicy on the palate with a bittersweet finish.

D - I really enjoyed this Tripel, especially since it utilized lots of American hops, giving it a sweet, fruity twist.

08-26-2009 20:45:46 | More by ffejherb
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HopHead84

California

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

Thanks Torry!

The beer is transparent yet lightly hazed pale peach (Torry) with a thick fluffy whitehead.

The nose is bready malt, phenolic, and slightly spicy. Some citrus is present in the form of lemons and orange pith, with lesser floral character.

The flavor is sweet bready and caramel malt, with prominent citrus and medium bitterness. The alcohol is more noticeable here than in the nose. The spice character is reminiscent of white pepper and clove. The finish is orange and lemon with some malty sweetness and white pepper spiciness lingering near the back of my tongue.

Medium bodied with low medium carbonation and a soft mouthfeel.

08-11-2009 06:22:47 | More by HopHead84
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%

Bottle courtesy of jwc215. Thanks Joe!

It pours a slightly hazy light golden colour with a 1 finger and shrinking head of foam. It has some very nice lacing.

The smell has some spiciness to it along with an earthy malt that's almost horse blanket like, bubblegum, some pretty big notes of citrus hops, a lot of sweetness, and a light yeastiness.

The taste is earthy and tart and bitter and sweet, all rolled into one. Bubblegum and the earthy malt seem to be "battling" the rather tart and bitter hop presence instead of working together but I have to ask, for the style, why is there so much hoppiness in this?? Tone that down or eliminate it and I think this would be much more authentic and much easier to drink. As is, it's kind of a core to drink though the alcohol is not a huge factor here.

Medium mouthfeel with the carbonation just a notch below medium. Head retention is turning out to be very good.

Drinkability? The tastes just are not doing it for me so despite hiding the abv well, this isn't all that drinkable for me whether as per style or not. Glad I got a chance to try it though.

08-08-2009 20:07:28 | More by Bitterbill
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Stunner97

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Appearance- golden amber and yellow color, very murky and cloudy appearance, slight white head, thin and quickly dissipating head and carbonation

Smell- sweet fruit and malts up front, slightly bitter hop nose but a predominate sweet smell

Taste- Slight fruit and sweet taste up front, with nice spicey yeast middle beat on the palate, finished with a long bitter hoppy finish, a unique flavor for sure for beer of this style, slight alcohol but not noticeable,

Mouth- light crisp soft feel

Drinkability- its actually a pretty nice balanced beer, good mix of the belgian style and the more american bitter hops, overall enjoyable example of the style and a unique beer worth a shot, best beer so far by far of the flying fish line

08-03-2009 04:33:46 | More by Stunner97
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tdawgydog

New York

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

Picked up a bottle of this on a recent trip to Jersey. I was planning on letting it age a little but I had heard a lot of good things about this beer so its days in the basement were numbered...

A - Pours a little more hazy that your typical Trippel, although I guess this is true to the style of an American Trippel that this beer is.
S - A very pleasing hoppy scent to this beer. You can almost smell the sweetness in this beer. Very good smell.
T - A little more hops than I had expected but they don't over power the beer. It has a strong alcohol taste. There's no ABV on the bottle but you can tell after the first sip that this beer packs a punch.
D - Goes down smooth, again the hops were a surprise but they don't put me off the beer. Not something that you would drink mass quantities of.
M - Good body to the beer. Not too gassy. Held it's carbonation well.

Overall a pretty decent beer. My first from Flying Fish Brewing Company. I'd probably give them another shot based on this.

07-27-2009 01:27:12 | More by tdawgydog
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +15.2%

I bought a single bottle of this at a Shop Rite in New Jersey. I poured it into a Goblet.
A: The body is a dark gold color. The head is two fingers tall, tiny bubbles, great retention and no lacing.
S: The aromas are citrus, dominating pine and yeasty notes.
T: The flavors are citrusy, something close to mint and yeast.
M: The mouthfeel is unbelively crisp.
D: This is an awesome beer.
Don't drink and review.

07-22-2009 02:07:54 | More by treehugger02010
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured into a snifter.Pours a clear golden but a thick like syrupy bubbles in the middle of the glassware makes this look a little heavy. Great Lacing until about three quarters of the way down then turns flat.

Smell is of lemon at first whiff. Then a spicey, yeasty aroma takes over. A slight fruitiness in the middle but is lost do to the yeasts.

Taste is of lemongrass,a nice peppery taste hits you in the tongue and stays throughout. Very identical to the aroma.

Mouthfeel has excellent carbonation but again towards the end kind goes flat.Medium-full bodied. Finishes very clean.

Drinkability is a bit much for session but a definite must try.

I really did enjoy this again appearance looked a little funny.At first looked like a fine champagne but as you sip on it it turns to a fine wine as the carbonation disappears.

07-19-2009 13:51:29 | More by TheFightfan1
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magnj

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

a - Pale yellow with a bit of orange in the thicker parts, hazy with yeast. Nice 1 finger fluffy head settles quickly but leaves lots of lacing behind.

s - American hops really stand out, this smells like an APA more than a Tripel. Mildly spicy in the back, sweet up front. Funky Belgian bready smells poke through here and there.

t - This is kind of weird for a tripel but the bottle warns that it will be. American hops are piney and up front. Only until the end does the spicy belgian yeast come through. Banana and clove are

m/d - Pretty average for the style, a little sticky sweet but easily mistakable for a low ABV beer. Quite drinkable and unique, I'd love to taste it with some more time on it to let the hops mellow.

Good beer but out of the classic style, I like it but it wouldn't be on my top 5 list for tripels if I was trying to teach someone about the style. I think I'll get a few of these and cellar them, should be interesting without the hops dominating.

07-15-2009 22:37:10 | More by magnj
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Thanks to sholland119 for sharing a bottle of this one.

A-Clear bright golden yellow with a fluffy white head that held on to finally reduce to a thin cap and left nice lace.

S-Aggressive hop pop with lots of citrus coming through. Nice underlying spiciness and a bit of honey like sweetness.

T-Quite spicy with a sharp pepper bite and then a hit of citrus. A bit of Belgian yeast bite comes through in the back along with some malt sweetness.

M-Medium bodied with nice lingering spicy bitterness.

D-A nice fusion brew. Good stuff, even if it is a bit unbalanced and a touch too spicy. A decent beer for the first beer in the newly released Exit series. Looking forward to trying more of them.

07-15-2009 11:08:09 | More by Deuane
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

750 ml bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours hazed golden with a stream of bubbles vigorously rising up in the middle, forming a thin white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of bubblegum/cotton candy with banana and a 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.

07-14-2009 02:23:48 | More by jwc215
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TheNapkin

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

In terms of this being an "American Tripel," I would say that this is even more of a hybrid than the label advertises. It's definitely an American-Belgian in that the brewers used a Belgian yeast strain and hopped the wort more heavily than a continental brewer would have. But there's a slight sourness to the beer here that I don't normally come to expect with tripels. The sweetness is downplayed (though you can taste golden malts and honey), so what you end up getting--in my opinion--is an Americanized saison. Further supporting this argument is that the beer is not as heavily carbonated as I expect tripels to be. I'm not getting the champagney mouthfeel that I've come to expect from Belgian tripels. In terms of the beer's "aim," I would definitely say that this is a more refreshing bee than it is a sipper. Alcohol presence is low, which is nice, as the fruitier qualities and the dryness are permitted to take the reigns. This beer reminds me quite a bit of the 2008 Stone Vertical Epic. Despite my semantic nit-picking, I really enjoyed it.

07-07-2009 00:47:20 | More by TheNapkin
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aerozeppl

New York

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

Grabbed this at a bottle king in NJ. I was going to age this but I saw it was hoppy so I figured I would go for the Belgian IPA over all else.

AL Pours a fairly clear golden color with a half finger of white head. Not as hazy as I like to see an example of this style.

S: The pieces are there is the nose but nothing is tying it all together. You get a touch of fruit but with nothing sticking out. You get quite a bit of bready malt and a touch of hops. Nothing really stands out though so in the end it just falls short.

T: Much like the nose it is all there but it just does not gel together at all. It not not an unpleasant beer. But for an American Tripel which basically means Belgian IPA I expect more hops. This beer was just released to.

M: Mouthfeel is nice. Light with quite a bit of prickly carbonation.

D: It is good but nothing remarkable. A very nice beer. I would say at this point to hold on to this one for a while to see where it goes. I think it needs a little bit more time. Right now the hops are not even fresh so you are not going to loose that aspect of it.

07-06-2009 22:42:44 | More by aerozeppl
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%

Flying Fish- Exit 4

A- Bright golden yellow orange with a thick billowy white head. Good solid head, little lacing.
S- Sweet citrusy fruits, sugar, banana, and alcohol.
T- Sweet sugary fruits, mostly citrus lemon and orange with banana and sweet buttery caramel malt.
M- Starts off sweet and sugary but quickly becomes dry, chalky, and calciumy.

Overall- Decent overall but I wouldn't purchase again. Hopefully the Exit series gets better!

06-26-2009 23:38:55 | More by NJpadreFan
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

2.17/5  rDev -43.2%

Pours with a foamy white head that faded quickly. Slightly cloudy pale gold color. No real lacing to speak of.

Aroma is very spicy and Yeasty. Later is learn what this has in store. A bit cleaner like. Not medicinal. But kitchen cleaner. Glade? Sharp and not soft at all.

Spicy, medicinal, yeasty, Chalky, some fruit, some pepper, earthy, mineral. Truthfully, lots going on here. I'm just not sure how much of it I like.

Very dry and chalky mouth feel.

Did not find this drinkable at all and I was not drawn to my next sip.

Sorry

06-26-2009 02:25:42 | More by Reagan1984
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rkcrozier

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Poured from bottle to tulip glass.

A - cloudy; golden with hints of rust; frothy white head, decent lacing

S - typical Belgian hops, definitely smell the bananas mentioned on the bottle label; honey

T - a little rough whereas I tasted too much of the hops, not the best trippel I've had but pretty damn good; tasted some pepper . I finished the bottle in one sitting, it was that good.

M - Had a little bite but was very nice going down; thought the alcohol would be more prevalent but it was well hidden

D - definitely a must try for those that haven't; being a Jersey Boy I always root for the home team and Flying Fish has done a GREAT job with Exit 4. Can't wait for the next in the series!

06-22-2009 14:23:29 | More by rkcrozier
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jsanto

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%

s -- bottloe in a small chimay glass

a -- golden, but not much of a head on it.

s -- vanilla ang fruit

t -- cream and sensational and a sharp hit.

m -- at first great. i said i scored a good one. and it mellowed out real good later on in the evening.

d -- this was a good one. but not on all occations. it was a special evening. but i really enjoyed it, and am looking forward to more exit series.

06-20-2009 03:29:14 | More by jsanto
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured from a 750 bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Bottle compliments of Mike from Exton Beverage.

A: A dark golden almost light orange color. Thick 2 finger fluffy billowy white head. Wonderful full glass lacing.

S: Spicy yeast with citrus, fruits and a honey sweetness. Spicy hops are there too. Real nice.

T: Spicy, peppery yeast flavors with sweet fruit like banana, orange, pineapple and some lemon. The hops quickly come in with floral, herbal spicy notes. Honey caramel malt sweetness tries to fight off the hop assault, but in the end the hops bitterness wins. Very hoppy, very spicy, very complex. A fairly prevalent alcohol warming comes in at the end but mixes well with the other flavors. Real nice beer.

M: Full, rich, prickly and warming. Alcohol is pretty forward but it is warming not biting.

D: For the ABV this beer is insanely drinkable. It is just one to sit and relax with.

Overall I thought this was an excellent beer. I love the hoppy tripels and this one did not let me down. The only downside is how pricey it is. But beyond that, this beer is excellent.

06-19-2009 14:00:30 | More by Kadonny
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +17%

Chilled and poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel glass (two pours). Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a hazy golden orange color with 1 ½" fluffy, billowy white head that begins to recede soon. For a while the head settles down to about a finger's width. Sipping leaves partial sheets of lacing along with trails and speckles of lacing. Fairly soon. However, the head recedes to a ring of foam with a thin layer of foam on the liquid and then eventually disappears entirely

Smell: The dominant aroma is citrusy (orange zest, some grapefruit) spicy (white pepper) hops with very faint undertones of banana and clove and occasional hints of green fruits (apple, pear). I don't really pick up any of the alcohol in this one.

Taste: As suggested by the aroma, the initial taste is that of spicy citrus hop bitterness followed by some caramel malt sweetness and some almost hidden banana/clove mixture, but it is the spiciness of the hops that dominates here, for now. However as I finish more and more of this bottle the orange becomes a more pronounced flavor.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with steady light carbonation. The finish is long and starts with the spice of the hops. That spiciness trades off with the malt sweetness for a bit and then returns to lead to the dry ending. I don't really taste the alcohol but can definitely feel its effects.

Drinkability: This is definitely a worthwhile brew and one I'm enjoying a lot. I think a couple of glasses a night is more than enough with this ABV level, but I'm definitely looking forward to the other bottles I've got waiting for me over the next few months. I have the distinct feeling that there is complexity here that will emerge more clearly with a bit more bottle age. I also think it would be interesting to get some Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen (Belgian IPA) and do a side by side tasting with this Flying Fish Exit 4 (American Trippel).

06-14-2009 01:47:35 | More by drtth
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BWH3

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1%

A: The positives are the beautiful pale gold with a slight amber hint and the very mild haze. The negative is the weak and fizzy head.

S: Mineral and musty leather yeast aroma. The yeast give a slight citrus scent but it is very mild. The malt is light a slightly grainy/cereal like. A faint pine as well. Overall complex and funky but unrefined more reminiscent of a farmhouse ale than a Tripel.

T: Taste is again between farmhouse and Tripel. It has the initial mild honey sweetness of Tripel followed by a citrus freshness of a farmhouse or saison. The cereal sweetness and grain hits in the end. Overall nicely hopped with a very mineral flavor.

M: Still. Poor head retention. Lighter than EtOH content would let on. Alcohol is well hidden.

D: A very nice bottle conditioned Tripel by an American brewer. I would buy another and let it sit a while.

06-10-2009 00:28:28 | More by BWH3
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ATPete

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

capped 750 ml bottle

Pours a orange yellow color with a medium sized white head that sticks around for the entire glass leaving lots of soapy lace. Fruity nose, grapes, peach, citrus, apricot, bready pretzel dough yeast, soft proactive spice and generous amounts of hops. Medium bodied, fruity with a very apparent ABV, a quick sipper indeed. Very well done, looking forward to the rest of the series.

06-05-2009 00:14:37 | More by ATPete
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WalrusJockey

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

750ml into Westmalle goblets.

A- cloudy, bright orange color. poured almost as flat as apple juice, and what little head it had, it lost quickly.

S- very grape-y aroma, but not like standard grape juice, more like wild grapes, or like the thick-skinned, seeded blue grapes. Alcohol aroma is also present.

T- sweet, malty flavor, with less delicious wild grapes, and more grape flavored tussen. The hugely sweet front falls into a tart-yet-medicinal flavor. The bitterness is very nice, and the tart grape flavor I enjoy a lot. But then the tussen flavor comes in and smashes the flavor profile, and then lingers in a moldy aftertaste. The wild-grape tart flavor is so great, but the tussen flavor is so terrible.

After working through more of the glass, I notice that drinking a sip more quickly, rather than savoring it, helps reduce the unpleasant tussen flavor. This is, obviously, a compromise.

By the end of the glass, the tussen flavor is almost forgotten, and a bitter flavor remains. I imagine it is tart wild grapes + green apples, but the alcohol has dulled the palate enough to forget the tussen, so the nuance is lost as well.

The alcohol content in this beer is really not hidden very well at all.

M- light carbonation means that the sugary, boozy beer coasts the mouth and weighs it down more than you might prefer. It isn't terrible, but it could be better.

D- I don't think a 9.7% tripple *can* be highly drinkable, in a session-type definition. As to whether I would buy this again, I can't say for sure, but if they stop making it and I don't get a chance to buy more, I will just buy a better tripple.

Notes- this isn't a *terrible* beer, but with the seeds they have, it certainly feels like they could have grown something better.

06-03-2009 04:15:16 | More by WalrusJockey
Exit 4 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.