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Exit 4 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Ratings: 626
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 25
Gots: 66 | 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 Patchmaster
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle sent from G311. Thanks for the nice surprise.

A- Poured a nice yellow color with a small head. Smalle lacing on the glass.

S - I get a strange bubblegum like smell with a malty forward.

T - Not a typical tasting tripel, but very enjoyable. Had some caramel flavor going on and finished with a little sourness. Very enjoyable. Could also taste a little clove hint.

M - Some decent carbonation. Would put it in the medium range.

D - The beer was very enjoyable with more aromas coming out as it sat.

I'm not a huge fan of Tripel's, but this one pleased the palette.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of CaptainRedBeard, muchas gracias! I have been wanting to try an Exit Series beer for awhile now. Pours a clear-ish light gold color with an airy white head. Fades rapidly and leaves a few spots of lace.

Nose is pretty hoppy for the style, with alot of citrus and pine showing through. Blends well with the tropical fruit from the alcohol and yeast. Shows some light breadiness as well. Not overly classical, but smells damn good, I am digging on these hop aromas.

Light grains, hefty alcohol and flavoring hops define this beer pretty well. Hop/yeast/alcohol combo does not work quite as well in the flavor as it did on the nose for me, and the yeast does not really display all that much estery personality. Soft mouthfeel and ample carbonation. Plenty enjoyable beer, but for me this falls more in the realm of a belgio-IPA than a tripel.

Photo of Florida9
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear yellow gold in color. Upon pouring, a small head forms , but quickly dissipates, leaving just a light surface coasting. Some minimal lacing.

S: An odd earthy-sour aroma, reminiscent of enoki mushrooms. Orange, grapefruit, and wild rice.

T: Slight caramel sweetness. Slight sourness; not at all tart. A little spice. Earthy, fruity, and a bit medicinal.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body - A little light for the style. Appropriately carbonated. Becomes a little cloying.

D: I found this beer to be rather disagreeable: sweet and sour, but not in a good way. Became worse at it warmed.

Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, thanks to grub for sharing this one.

Pours a clear amber/golden, a very light touch of haze, very thick white head forms, settles down to a medium sized layer and ring, quite chunky, leaves some lace spirals on the glass.

Smell is alright, a bit of citrus and floral hoppiness, lightly malty, a bit sweet and sugary, grapefruit, some booziness, biscuit, candi, fruity, nice but not really a tripel.

Taste is similar, malty up front, some caramel and candi, citrus and some bubblegum, light alcohol and a bit of spiciness, some toast, a bit sugary, kind of weak in the finish, almost a touch salty/minerally.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Not a bad beer but pretty American, not really a tripel. Thanks Russ!

Photo of Flava5
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this tasty brew from rwinzing thanks a million. I poured it into a pint glass and it poured a nice honey amber color. Hops and bready malt on the nose. The taste was amazing had a nice hoppy bitterness up front then a nice soft malt taste at the end. Not much head but fair lacing. The mouthfelll and drinkability are awesome so smooth but beware the ABV will get after two.


Photo of cbarrett4
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from tap at Oregon Brewers Festival. Tasted 4 times with consistent notes:

A - Gorgeous golden hue with good carbonation, decent clarity and a nice level of persistent head.

S - Great clove, citrus, spice, and funky yeast thing going on.

T - Wowie! This is why I kept coming back and tasting this gem; COMPLEX; lots of spice, coriander, clove, ginger, some of the funky yeast coming through, then some refreshing citrus (orange and melon it seems).

M - It has a high ABV, but the texture, body, and balance is such that it doesn't seem to be overly alcoholic; good balance between acid and tannins.

D - Imminently rewarding to sip on. The flavors expand and change as the temperature changes.

One of the best Trippel style ales I have had outside of Belgium or Canada.

Photo of Proteus93
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rather clear sunshine golden hue, topped with about a half-finger of white, semi-creamy head. It recedes quite quickly, but leaves a thin sheet over the beer.

S: Malty sweetness, somewhat fruity esters... a similarity to canned pears, I find. Some hop leafiness that is not usually something I really pick up on so much in a tripel, but I suppose the bottle refers to it as being American in style, so it makes sense.

T: Similar sweet malt and 'canned fruit' characters that I noted in the aroma. Some slightly peppery spiciness without being hot. Herbal & leafy hops again make an appearance... rather notable, at that.

M + D: It's getting a little heavy, but I'd still consider it a medium body... or maybe medium, but chewy. The alcohol content is masked remarkably, and outside of the modest peppery notes and a generally smooth warming, there's not much more to suggest it as being quite so strong. It's quite a nice take on the style, being one that I find myself often quite picky about. I'd look forward to this brew again the next time I came up.

Photo of jgasparine
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the bottle with a 1/4" white creamy looking head, with some pretty impressive lacing (highly proteinaceous by appearance), over an amber colored, lightly sedimented and carbonated body.

S- Quite nice. Comprised of light citrus juice notes over a crackerlike pale malt base. Simple and elegant. For some reason though, I'm not getting any Belgian yeast aromatics- which I would expect from anything labelled "Tripel". Good nonetheless.

T- You get some particularly sweet malty and vinous notes up front, which are met with moderate earthy hop flavor on the midpalate. The hoppiness really ramps-up in the finish with quinine-like bitterness that lingers on the tongue like a resin. A bit solventy overall, which takes the flavor down from a 4.5 in my book.

M- Medium body with a carbonation that walks the line between soft and coarse; pervasive carbonation that's non-bloating. A little bit of astringency comes in from that hop punch.

D- Overall tasty and quit drinkable. The solventy edge on the palate is enough to indicate the ABV, but it doesn't hinder drinkability at all. A couple of these, and you'll be feeling good!

Photo of hdofu
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is something else. It poured honey colored with a thick white head that quickly dissolved. The Smell is sort of like cherry though a little to thin to completely discern. Taste is a pleasant blend of hopps and malts which finishes with a bitter sweet taste. This along with the smooth bubbly feel makes for one very drinkable beer.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flying Fish's entry at Oregon Brewers Fest 2010 ~ it's rare that we get to try a New jersey brewery so better take advantage of the opportunity. Tried this beer FOUR different time over the course of four days, all 4 oz. pours to a plastic mug, once (Friday) as the day's first pour. An amalgamation of note-taking...

A: From what can be discerned from pitcher glimpses and pours to a ghostly translucent mug; golden and vaguely clear, plenty of small bubbles dancing about. Creamy white topping, maybe 1/2- finger. A beauty even in improper glassware...

S: LOVE the aroma. Clove-spice malt and minty hops. Large and lasting, albeit a bit on the soapy/flowery side with later sniffs.

T: Sweet and floral upfront, a somewhat talcum-like chalkiness. Peppery spice follows, tempered by some citrus zest. Apples, honey, cloves ~ a study in complexity! Among the most intricate tripels I've tried outside of those birthed in Belgium.

M: Seductively velveteen, creamy. Medium body with a buoyant carbonation. A sharpened finish follows each sip.

D: Perhaps my favorite pour of the festival, no notable flaws. Has a distinctly 'un-Belgian' hoppiness, seeming closer to the 'Belgian IPA' rather than the 'Tripel'. No worries, though; this is a special beer and one I'd love to have again...well done, Flying Fish!

Photo of jhammel01
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright straw gold, very clear with lots of carbonation. Egg white head that falls fast but keeps lacing.

Earthy hop aroma, belgian yeast, heavy orange notes, lemon...very fruity. Peppery, spicey Mild hop bitter finish thats not too dry at all.

More of a light bodied beer. clean tasting beer.

A good beer! I found these in a sixer so I've enjoyed all of them, including the last one, this one. These guys are local so I love to support them in any way. Another good one from Flying Fish!!

Photo of grub
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another fish from sholland119. thanks scott!

750ml bottle topped with a burgundy plastic wrapper. sampled july 17/2010.

the bottle opens with a hearty "pop" and starts to foam over almost immediately. pours hazy pale orange with a big cream coloured head. the head drops fairly fast with lots of lace.

aroma is nice. orange and tangerine. bit of candy sweetness. honey. bit of caramel. light belgian yeasty spice. alcohol.

taste is nice. light caramel and honey. bit of orange and tangerine. lightly warming alcohol. white bread and cracker. bit of biscuit. faint belgian spice, but still a very american interpretation of the style. medium-low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is nice. just under medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. fairly well balanced. a nice beer, but really not a tripel. the malt and hop profile is very american. maybe a bit of belgian yeasty character, but not much. still, they call it an "american tripel", so i suppose i should expect a variation on the base style. it seems to draw from both american and belgian ideas but doesn't really do either justice.

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

On tap at the OBF yesterday. Seems a bit odd that I ended up going all the way to Portland to try this beer.

Exit 4 pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive, showing honey, white pepper, orange citrus and vanilla. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, though I found there to be considerably more bitterness in the finish based on what I smelled. The hoppy bitterness counters and balances the moderate sweetness in this beer quite well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long, sweet and bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile and not at all obtrusive. Was really surprised to learn the abv. was 9.7%.

A nice beer and one of the hilights of the OBF for me.

Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +2.4%
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
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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
3.57/5  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
3.87/5  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
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
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
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +7.6%
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 +5.8%
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.

Exit 4 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.