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Exit 4 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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261 Reviews
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Reviews: 261
Hads: 664
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 20.53%
Wants: 27
Gots: 90 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 261 | Hads: 664
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..

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of speter
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light golden hue with a solid three-finger off white head that leaves good lacing as the head fades.

S: Malt, yeast and hops in almost equal measure. The malt is warm and bready, the yeast gives some cloves and almost cinnamon, and the hops are very citrus-like, approaching the famed "juicy fruit" range.

T: The start is sweet, but even up front, there is the complexity of the yeast there. The center has bitterness from the hops, but also some ginger and pepper from the yeast, and the finish is IPA-like.

M: The body is quite full, but the carbonation balances it well. The alcohol is extremely-well integrated.

D: The flavors beg you to come back for more.

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Photo of hdofu
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy and murky tangerine orange with a monstrous bright white 3 finger + stryo-foam capping that was sturdy, with an extraordinary lengthy retention. A good deal of particle matter creates a hazy turbidity while only a faint whisper of effervesce can be seen. A slight patchy and foamy lacing was left behind.

S: The bottle cap was not even half way off when the bright citrusy and slightly funky aroma first caught my attention. Bright fresh citrus (tangerines), lemons with a light fresh breadiness completes the aroma.

T: The initial flavor yielded tart tangerines and lemons along with a modest showing of dried grapefruit peels. A nice floral hopping mends well with the citrusy nature while some fresh bread dough make up the malting. The hopping is moderately strong with a good bitterness level composing of dry grapefruit and lemon floral notes gracing the tongue on the swallow. A touch of sour dry tropical fruitiness is faint but present. I however failed to detect the banana and clove accents as advertised by the label, which might have been hiding really well behind the strong hoppy character.

M: light, very smooth with hardly a trace of carbonation to be felt. Dry, bitter lemon peels grace the tongue on the finish with a gentle but lingering fade which I found to be quenching.

D: very good, easy going down and makes you wish you bought more. Thirst quenching, perfect for the summer day, you can defiantly detect, and respect the abv mid way through the drink (bomber). Flying Fish does my home state of NJ right with this beer and one you should seek out. limited release.

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Photo of Beejay
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks DmanGTR. Really been waiting to try this brewery!

A: Slightly hazy, a medium amber color with a slight orange glow. There is a small head on this, but what is there seems to stick around a bit, and is pure white.

S: A very citrusy smelling beer. I am picking up a huge whiff of grapefruit. There is a bit of raison aroma as well as a sweetness from the malt. A touch of yeast.

T: The citrus follows through, but in a very gentle way. Starts out with grapefruit, then a sugary sweetness dominates the palate. Raisons and dark fruit, with a touch of yeast. I am pulling a lot of strawberries, and a hint of banana. Very interesting. Very tasty.

M: Low to medium body, very drying finish. Carbonation is plentiful, but not as strong as some other belgian styles I have had.

D: This thing is a hell of a beer. There is a touch of the booze, but this thing really could fly under the radar until it was too late. Citrus and sweet make a wonderful combination, but I am not sure I could do any more than 12oz, due to the sweetness. Still very tasty!

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Photo of Ghenna
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden, with 1 finger of white head.

Nice orange-ish citrus hop smell, with a pleasant sweet smell in the background.

Orange hop and malt sweet almost make this taste a little orange juice-ish. I mean, it isn't as if you were actually drinking orange juice, but there is definitely an essence of orange juice to this beer.

MF is fairly light, thought the citrus hop flavor lingers for a bit. This is actually a super nice beer, with not a hint of heat that I would expect with the alcohol content. Super happy to see Total Wines carrying flying fish beers here in Northern California,

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a nice beer- nice tripel underpinnings with a huge hop prsence on top. An "American Tripel" according to the label. Pours golden with a glow to it and a fairly nice white head that fades to a thin swirly cap. Smells of nice citrusy hops with a zing of pine tossed in and a sweet malt and estery base, with further fruit smells developing. Fairly dry in the nose. Nicely balanced in the mouth. Honeyed malt, nice Belgian yeasty notes with some banana and spice as well as some plum, some wax, and quite a nice citrusy hop presence with nice red grapefruit and orange flavors. I'm really enjoying this. There is a nice lingering bitterness. Not super sweet, which I like, and the hops help balance everything. The citrus flavors are great, and the alcohol is very well hidden. I'd drink this again and again.

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Photo of Rguardian989
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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

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Photo of silverking
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- It pours a clear golden amber with a nice thick white head. head retention is very nice. Lacing is excellent.

S- Aromas of lemon and grains entice the nose along with subtle hints of hops.

T- The taste it malty, with strong, sweet notes of molasses. A slight bitterness is present throughout the entire taste. towards the finish, the molasses gives way to a more nectar-like honey sweetness, and then eventually fades into floral hops for a slightly bitter finish.

M- medium/full bodied. the carbonation is moderate and gentle.

O- This is my first beer from flying fish, but it won't be my last.

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Photo of Ahoyhoyindeed
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: admittedly did not pour out to be able to determine
Smell: slightly sweet, raisony
Taste: Surprisingly light for its alcohol content and heavy structure, but sweet and heavy at the same time, hints of raisons and caramel.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, slightly thick
Overall: There's a reason it won the Washington Post march madness tournament, it's heavy enough to appease the dark beer drinkers but light and flavorful enough for more casual or light beer drinkers to not overwhelm
Serving type: bottle

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off, Flying Fish is completely stepping up their game. The bottling and appearance is truly awesome. Very classy and extremely well-done. I had been growing tired of Flying Fish's signature offerings (Pale Ale, ESB, etc) so this was a breath of fresh air.

A- Hazy golden orange color. Frothy white head looking like clouds. Very pillowy. Some lacing. Very nice looking in my glass. Carbonation bubbles flowing like wild swarms of bees.

S- The first thing that came to my mind was pine and lemon grass. Citrus. Intense hop scent for a "Tripel."

T- This is definitely unlike any Tripel I have had before. Sweet at times with some candy like flavors. Extremely bitter at times with some serious hop action- bready. Sugars and alcohol. Alcohol was evident as this beer was quite young but still nice to drink.

M- Medium bodied. Heavily carbonated. Warming on my tongue and throat.

D- I enjoyed this beer. I loved the flavors although it could take some time to weaken some of the intensity.

Flying Fish- KEEP IT UP!

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Photo of Imsothirsty
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared one with my dad today. Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Nice amber orange hue, lots of bubbles. A thick white head which slimmed down and lasted almost the entire time I drank. Left an excellent lacing pattern of hexagons, weird but true.

Smell was mostly citrus and just a hint of alcohol.
Taste is very good, much less bitter than I anticipated, and significantly more balanced and malty, but overall hoppy. Hop taste is citrus, and maybe some spices, not really complex, but good.
Mouthfeel was very good, this is a bottle conditioned brew and they did well with it. Not heavy but not light, and a nice balanced carbonation.
Drinkability: Way too drinkable for a Trippel, being much less bitter than other trippels, and having only a very low note of alcohol I could drink quite a few.
Overall, its not like other Trippels, but it is absolutely worth trying, and for me it will be worth getting at least a few more.

Makes me proud to be from Cherry Hill

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another in the Exit series I got to try. I was anxious to get a hold of this one and rightfully so. Served cold and poured into a tulip, it was enjoyed on 10/27/2009.
The pour was much lighter then I was expecting, almost a golden amber color with an ice head of white on top. Lots of lacing left over from very slow retention gave it a huge showing. Aroma was hoppy though, nice touches of grass and hints of light wheat notes on top of apricot and pear notes. Smooth, and light bodied with ample carbonation it was very nice to sip on for sure. Initial hoppiness faded over to the nice fruit notes and a light touch of herbal hops. Dry finish with some good alcohol notes in the back end.
Overall not your traditional triple by any means but very solid none the less, I would have no issue with going after this one again one day, very solid.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Snagged this on in the mix six section. Into a pint glass.

A - Hazy and very bubbly with a solid inch of head that makes for great lacing. Beer itself is a bright yellow.
S - mmm interesting this triple seems to have a good hoppy base making for a very nice citrus edge to the fruity dry aspect. Almost apple cider like smell.
T - Slightly dry fruity hops with a fruity belgium yeast. I am actually surprised how balanced the body is. Crisp refreshing and tasty. Tasty stuff.
M - Best part of the beer it drinks with a medium body and no noticeable ABV. Great!

Overall this is one great Triple very hoppy and balanced with little to no ethanol bite. Worth trying I may even get it again!

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Photo of ISmith87
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - almost always give a 4 on this unless the beer looks extra shitty or amazing. Deep golden amber on this one, crystal clear with white head that leaves great lacing.
S - NIce citrusy hops, orange, lemon, lime, banana, pineapple, some breadiness in the background.
T - Taste basically follows the nose. This is a very citrusy trippel. Orange, lemon, lime, pineapple, just a ton of fruity goodness.
M - Very light mouthfeel for what it is. Alc completely covered. Aftertaste is citrusy fruit.
O - It's great, but I'll be the first to admit it's not that complex. Like drinking orange pineapple juice, almost exactly.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet light malts with large amounts of light fruits - bananas and tropical. Also present are slight amounts of honey and even slighter amounts of herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells though not quite as complex. Crisp and light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by bright tropical fruits. Midway through the sip hints of banana and orange peel flavors work their way into things and the flavor profile sweetens with the addition of honey. Finally, slight amounts of earthy hop flavors come into play before fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall I thought this was closer to a Belgian IPA than a tripel due to the high amount of tropical fruit influence but whatever it is it's a nicely made beer. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of psulovesbeer
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at capones
Nice clear looking ipa with draped lacing
Citrus clove and hops come through in the nose
Nice hops tingle and flavor balanced by a decent malt body a very good beer to drink
I'd sip on this a solid brew not to big and full of flavor

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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!

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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.

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

This beer poured clear with a nice head due to a little more aggressive pour. Even with that it was not overly foamy. Very nice color almost like filtered apple juice.

Floral smell with an instant hop zest hitting the nose. It invited anyone who enjoys a hoppy beer. Truly I was excited to try this beer and did not know what to expect from an "American Triple."

Bitter up front with a kick of the hops jumping to the taste, then diminishing with clove and minute yeasty taste. An describable citrus taste that is satisfying and keeps you coming for more.

An overall good beer and very drinkable.
You definitely have to try it if you get the chance.
This beer is #1 in an series of 18 exits of the NJ Turnpike. I can not wait to see what's next.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  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.

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

2009 rate from a 750ml bottle.

Bottle. Poured a deep gold, somewhat hazy. Big, fruity nose with a nice hop presence and a strange, "round" note. Very lively and effervescent in the mouth. Big orange, banana, some butterscotch maybe, tropical fruits. Despite all these fruit sugars it finishes extremely dry and short, which was awesome. Champagne like at times. Excellent.

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Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  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.

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Exit 4 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.