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Exit 4 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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very good

626 Ratings
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Ratings: 626
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 25
Gots: 67 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of ujsplace
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of kjgum
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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 drtth
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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).

Photo of cosmicevan
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to ThoreauLikeAGirl for the generous extra!

a - cracked the 12oz bottle and filled my la fin du monde tulip. poured a rich transparent golden with a medium generous frothy yeasty head. visible carbonation throughout. lacing was pretty sticky as well.

s - very nice. candied sugar. bubble gum. clove. banana. timid tripel, but very pleasant and pretty spot on for style.

t - powerful match to the nose. very nicely done tripel. a bit on the sweet side, but i'm really digging it. bubble gum clove and candied sugar.

m - pretty rich and thick, but in a good way. not overbearing.

o - overall, i'm rather impressed. tripels are somewhat polarizing for me. this has a unique spin and feels a bit thicker and sweeter than what i'm used to, but it works.

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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.

Cheers,
Dave

Photo of woodychandler
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

No mistake - Casey brewed a special batch to be released in cask on 28 Jan 2010 at Swift Half in Philly and so I made the trek. It was served by gravity pour atop the bar after an hour of sitting to reduce turbidity.

The pour was near to the rim so that I had less than a finger of bone-white foam that gently became a film atop the beer. Color was a hazy honey-gold. Nose was definitely yeast-driven: very tropical fruity, ie. pineapple, mango, coconut. Mouthfeel was silky smooth, my raison d'etre for drinking cask-conditioned beers. It was described by the brewer as "a hoppy trippel". Beyond the mouthfeel, the taste was dusty, musty, definitely yeast-driven, just the way it should be. It was on the finish that I caught the hoppy bite, right on time. Exceptionally smooth, beautifully balanced between the seemingly dichotomous worlds of Belgian yeast and American hops.

Look for it to be available year-'round on a rotating basis (based on hops availability) as a bottle-conditioned 12-ounce beer.

Photo of timtim
4.42/5  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 Daniellobo
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty US take on a trippel, nicely hopped making it feel more like a Belgium IPA than anything else.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Purple background label with brewery identity and a highway exit illustration naming the ale. Side paragraph notes intent, and main characteristics. Shows 9.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy pale amber pour with a fair frothy head, and retention, good surface memory and lacing.

S - Rich nose, sweet, lingering malt base, with a nice hoppy flow, glowing citric and floral notes with touches of spice.

T - Palate in sync with the nose, good malty sense with some caramel, a yeasty spicy touch, hint of banana, more clove, richly hopped with some grapefruit and resin woven with the sweetness.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a smooth flow and a complex lingering bite.

O - Rich surprise, great flow and quite pleasing.

Notes: I was expecting a good take on a trippel and found a surprising sense of a Belgium IPA. At least for me, despite the sweetness and spiciness, or precisely because of them, there is a rich hopped sense that competes with the best takes on the emerging BIPA style, maybe the bigger alcohol profile makes it stay in the Trippel camp? Regardless, this is probably the best Flying Fish I've tried so far.

Photo of Bankerjaymo
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Foxman
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy bright gold with copious carbonation. Three fingers of frothy light beige head sink at a glacial pace. Jackson Pollack seems to have splattered lacing along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, toasted malt is sweet, underlaid with a mild tartness, and spiced with clove, fruited with banana and berry, and crisped by green apple esters. A broad, citrusy bitterness muddles a bubble of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the malt is sweet with candy sugar, light berries, and currants. A mild yeastiness goes ester-rific, crisping with tart apple and spicy clove, and zesting with lemon and banana. Hops are bodacious, with grapefruit, orange, and an enveloping bitterness that tussles well with a warm vent of alcohol. Residual sweetness is slowly dried by the insistent hops before a bitter snap cracks quick and wise just as the finish starts to fade. This is a big kid's boast of Belgian-ish brassy brashness.

Full bodied, it's creamy and carbonated, and slinks along as a burgeoning arid glow happily sears the palate.

I wanted very much to like this, so I tried especially hard to be utterly and brutally objective. And still, I can say only very good things, pretty much across the board. It's a ballsy American take on a classic style, and it's done with an artful eye toward blending and craft. The ABV, while grandiose, does little to slow the steady flow of beer from the bottle. So I'm granting no home field advantage, yet I say this is a damned good brew, with a boatload of character. And it's brewed in my backyard, I'm proud to say.

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