Exit 4 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Photo of wrighto33
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer for the first time at Savor and was blown away. This beer has a great full body flavor and all around smoothness not often found in a triple of this caliber. The color was a nice warm brown with medium clarity. The use of local ingredients in the brewing process is a bonus as well.

Photo of etownrizzo
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Brew poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Appears golden yellow in color with a hint of burnt orange. When glass was held up to the light the slight haziness becomes apparent. My pour only resulted in a thin white head that outlined the liquid. Minimal to no lacing as I proceeded to drink.

S- A mix of light hops combined with a cidery aroma, hints of floral and a mild earthiness.

T- The first thoughts that come to mind are that of an earthy, piney, hopped cider. Some tartness balanced with some mild maltiness. Well balanced but not pulling the taste buds too far in either direction. Overall this is appropriately labeled as an American Trippel due to the hoppiness of the brew.

M- Slightly carbonated for such a high alcohol content with a light to medium body. This one faintly dances on the tongue just enough that you can feel it. Really pleasant to drink as the alcohol is not overwhelming. Maybe a bit too easy to drink

D- I second Portia99 sentiments that if you like true pales with a Belgian influence then this is a must try for you. This is a very smooth beer that goes down with the greatest of ease and great for a hot, muggy night here on the East Coast.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of yarnto
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned, 9.5% abv.

Pours a smooth amber color, with no significant head, just a light lace of small bubbles. High carbonation in this one, as even 6-7 minutes after pouring there is a steady stream of action off the bottom of the glass. (I do drink out of an etched bottom pilsner glass though.)

Mild fruity aroma with notes of bread and apricot(?). Very pleasing.

First sip bursts in the mouth with orange peel, zesty lemon and again some apricot. Very flavorful and enjoyable despite a misleading pour. You can't always judge a book by it's cover.

Extremely drinkable, this is a great session beer despite the high abv. One of the "lightest" high-alcohol beers I've had the pleasure of sampling. Anyone who enjoys even an Amstel Light would definitely improve their experiences by sampling this.

Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received in trade with beer4242...Thanks! Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a mostly clear light amber/orange golden color. Some really fine particulate floats throughout the liquid. No real head forms, just a small collar of uneven white bubbles with no lacing left on the glass.

S - Sweet, citrusy, clovey, orange peel, a bit of lemon. A bit spicy and yeasty overall. Light sugary and bready malt barely perceptable. I'm thinking more saison than tripel with the aroma...but I like it a lot.

T - Spicy, surprisingly hoppy with citrusy hops...I'm getting huge grapefruit and orange flavors for a tripel. This is almost like an IPA with a very high alcohol level and Belgian yeast character. Yep, I'm calling this a Belgian IPA. This is very unexpected - was going in thinking tripel, but it's also a very pleasant surprise. Some nice light malt backbone and nice hoppy flavor and bitterness layered on top.

M - Light to medium in body with medium carbonation level which is a bit prickly in feel. Very slight alcohol warmth. Fruity, citrusy hoppy flavors fill the entire mouth and well past the swallow...feels like I'm breathing hops.

D - Not quite what I expected from a tripel, but I really like this beer. Along the same lines as Stone's Cali-Belgique and Flying Dog's Raging Bitch, both of which I really enjoy, so no surprise I like this one too. Forget about the tripel designation...if you like IPA's with a Belgian twist, I highly recommend giving this one a try.

Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Beer is light yellow and clear. Forms a big white head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady, focused at the nucleiation points on the bottom of the glass (Duvel). Looks awesome.

Hello....hops. There is a moderate to slight bready yeast aroma with character esters and a strong citrus-esque hop aroma. Very interesting.

Beer is kind of sweet and finishes slightly dry. Medium to light in body. Nice hop character in the midpalate region. Its an interesting flavor. The level of bitterness does not approach and IPA (even an Belgian IPA) but I don't dislike it at all. Its interesting to make a hoppy tripel (even if a recent hoppy tripel was quite the let down). This one does it well.

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

A- Primarily golden yellow to slightly autumnal orange, a little bit hazy, fine white head doesn't stick around long and leaves a bit of lacing.

S- I wasn't sure what to expect of this beer, and am really surprised to not pick up a whole lot in the way of Belgian style yeast. At first I got some pretty significant hops, and as it warmed up I caught a floral, almost perfume like aroma, and a grainy rye undertone with just a hint of yeast. A lot going on in this glass, and I haven't even tasted it yet.

T- Yep, a lot going on in this glass. A chewy grain profile, a Belgian style tartness, a thick crystallized sugar, some hop bitters with a hint of skunkiness on the back end, and a slight bit of the same pastiness that I recognize in DFH's IPA varieties.

M- Light and smooth, a bit of carbonation. A little bit of a pang to the inside of the cheeks.

D- Despite the myriad complexities in here, this beer is surprisingly light, fresh, and easy to take down.

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

Pours from the bottle a dark golden color, with an impressive cap of frothy white foam. Aromas of clove, coriander and Belgian yeast. On the palate, some bubblegum sweetness, a little canned pear and maybe mango. The alcohol is nicely hidden, but seems to catch up with you in the end. Another very good American tripel.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice. clear golden orage color. heavy, malty aroma with a good dose of hops as well. Floral and tropical fruit like. A lot of malt up front-almost like malt candy with the sweetness. Buttery, quite fruity. Quite a lot of hop flavor without being overly bitter. Big, slick and sticky mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable. Great US trippel with the heavy malt and hops-miles from a Belgian one for sure. Damn yummy!

Photo of yourefragile
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a clear, golden orange color with a tall, densely packed whitish head that quickly fades to a thin crown and dots of lacing. Aroma and flavor are both very hoppy, as the American Tripel label would suggest. Flavor is very dry, fruity (apple, raisin, pear), grainy, slightly bitter and yeasty. Mouthfeel is medium full with fine, sharp carbonation. A little hot and raw this fresh, I'll sit on my older 750 bottle for a while yet.

Photo of dasenebler
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz. bottle Exit 4 pours a lightly hazy orange-gold with a thick and creamy head. Average lacing.

Aroma is more like that of a Double IPA than a Tripel, with bright hop notes of citrus, mango and fresh cut grass.

Flavor features more of the Belgian yeast character I'm looking for when I drink a tripel. The malts provide some base sweetness a la cake batter and candy to balance the load of hops this brew has. Again, hops are the predominant flavor of this ale, with more earthy, piney flavors that deviate from the aroma. Decidedly bitter but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is luscious and smooth, but the carbonation is not effervescent enough for this style. Alcohol is more noticeable as the drink wears on and the beer warms, but overall, the booze is kept at bay.

I am glad that this beer is labeled as an American Tripel rather than a "true" Tripel. Exit 4 is a nice hoppy take on a classic Belgian style.

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split with sourbatchkid. Thanks sweetheart.

A- pours a clear yellow orange with a small blip of head that vanishes to a mirror finish.

S- nice big citrus hops and a honey sweetness. Lots of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple. Faint yeasty background that lends its hand to the fruitiness.

T- belgian yeast and citra hops, I think at least, but a melange of fruits between the two. Mango, satsuma, grapefruit. A nice spice from the yeast that plays off the fruit very nicely. Sweet but not cloying, honey and agave nectar come to mind.

M- medium body and a low carb. Slightly viscous and coating maybe a bit more carb would help push this one to the next level.

D- real nice stuff well balanced and not a bit of the 9.7 abv shows. I couldn't even believe it was that strong. Not quite up there with some of belgiums finest but those hops are killer.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Clear deep gold to bronze colored beer with a lightly off white head. The head is short-lived and leaves me with no lacing to speak of.

A cidery aroma, with big alcohol presence and hints of bubble gum and some spice. There is a yeasty character to the aroma as well. The taste is of green apple, tart pear with spice and huge alcohol warmth. Really the alcohol is up front in this tripel.

Light to medium bodied, not substantial in the mouthfeel department. Leaves you a little dry and still tasting alcohol. It's a sipper for sure, but it is not one of the better American versions of this style.

Photo of Lunch
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle acquired from a trade with JMcL as a generous extra (Thanks!) into my Gouden Carolus goblet at the appropriate temperature (04/08/10)

A: Pours a glowing, golden straw color with a yellow tint capped by 1 finger of a bright white head. Average retention and bits of lacing are left behind.

S: Bouquet of spiced grains and earthy hops. Very fruity and yeasty.

T:The flavor follows that nose with lost of pale fruits and grains. Some heat is present as well, but is balanced nicely with the flavors. The yeast and Belgian spice add the complexity of this one. For an American Tripel this is a really nice beer with full flavors.

M: Medium-bodied with some appropriate carbonation and some creaminess.

D: Easy to drink, but the 9.7% abv is certainly there.

Overall I really enjoyed this Tripel and I must admit that the Exit series from Flying Fish is shaping up quite nicely. Thanks again John! Recommended.

Photo of crhensel
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Bottle from brewery into tulip) I was really looking forward to this one, since I often take the namesake exit to work with 295 N is clogged! Pours a dark amber with a very light head that didn't last too long. Nose is very heavy on the hoppy florals as well as the hints of cirtus, cloves, and sweetness one would expect from a tripel. Nice mouthfeel with a lively carbonation that brings the flavors together well. Starts off with a blast of sweetness, but has a nice sharp bitter finish with the hops that is a bit of a surprise. took me a while to get used to that, but found that the hops at the end do provide an interesting twist on the style which is not entirely bad. I have several bottles and am making sure to but one aside to age for a long while to see how well the flavors develop.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a small snifter late at night. I missed the initial release and was glad to see it come back.

Honey glazed golden with some orange spots noted in between. A steady and elevated pour brang forth about an inch or more of loosely coiled bright white foam with a bumpy look. Exit 4 looks good so far, yet the head dies fairly quick leaving no lace. The liquid looks great though.

Smells the part of a American Triple, fruity, hoppy and yeasty. Fruity with pineapple, mangos and the like, some spice including pepper sprinkles, a small citrus hop nose and a whiff of alcohol. I like the fruits in this one, their pungent. Some sweet sugars, a nice balance.

The fruit comes out in taste even better than expected, they are just there basking in it. Apples and pears, oh my!! Some mango slices and they blend so well. In the middle some residual sugars and a dosing of American hops. the hops don't explode out at you, and I would not call this a very hoppy triple (this is a fresh bottle) but I can see where they were going with this. Some yeast and a small blast of alcohol, nothing major.

While the taste is pretty much all that, the feel could use some work. The body is of a medium build which is actually perfect, but this came off kind of flat, or a bit unlively. The carb is real minimal and it shows. There was a loud hiss from the cap pop, so I dont know what's going on here. A small warming from the alcohol which is pleasant, I need the burn right about now.

This is a very drinkable American triple. I would drink more of it if it was more lively in feel, other than that, no problems. I can see why this won a gold metal, It's one of the better american triples I've had recently, that's not over the top with bitter hops, this was well balanced and well executed. Cheers to FF for cranking out some goodness.

Photo of sfsean28
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found a sixer of exit 4 hiding behind Victory Prima Pils. I had everyone from the exit series except 4. So I felt very happy.

I poured into a Chimay chalice and it did not foam to well. I had to swirl the remaining ounce of beer in the bottle and poer quicly just to get a sizeable head. The beer has a nice yellow, orange ,gold color. The foam disappear quickly and left a foamy ring around the glass. Lacing was good. The aromas were present as soon as my nose entered the glass. Wheat and yeast were my first impressions.
The taste was a bit hoppy,bitter and citrus with a malt presence and a dry finish.

The mouthfeel was medium to light. Carbonation was on the weak side although samll bubbles were present. This was a good tasting beer and the high alcohol is warming me very nicely. I buy this again and share with my friends.

Photo of Rguardian989
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cheers to Flying Fish for making this a year-round offering. They should definitely consider doing the same with 11 and 16.

12oz bottle poured into a River Horse tumbler/shaker

Appearance and Smell

Nice copper color with a little bit of yeasty haze floating around. Thin white head that doesn't hold very long, I expect that with this abv though. Smells a lot like american barleywine. Nice citrusy hops in the nose with an underlying of caramel.

Taste and Mouth

I feel like its closer to a barleywine than a tripel on the flavor. I guess that's FF's american interpretation of the style. Its nice and hoppy with a pretty good malt backbone to hold it up. I dont get any fusel on the tounge either. Its somewhere between thin and thick which to me is perfect as well is the carbonation. It has a slightly wet ending which gives me a reason to go back for another sip which brings me to the next section


This is a very tastey beer and my glass is quickly running low, good thing i bought a sixer. The ABV is killing me though and im not sure i can make it beyond another bottle if that at all. Ive had to make a lot of revisions on this review due to the alcohol but no worries.

Other Notes

A very solid brew. One that i'll revisit again and again.

Less relevant,
FF, Please please please make 11 and 16 year around they are amazing

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Premium Flying Fish!
Not too shabby.
Not stellar for the style.
Better on the nose.
Even a bit better than that on the palate.
Golden raisin, some apple, good amounts of pear and some sugary fruit cake with a smidge of hop and yeast bitterness. Honey is in there somewhere, between the sweet and the bitter.
The nearly 10% alcohol is well masked. I can still taste ingredients that make me think of other Flying Fish beers but I do think they are used better here. This makes me interested in the rest of their Exit series, which I didn't know about until seeing this brew!
Easily worth a shot. Reminds me quite a bit of Victory's Golden Monkey.

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