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Exit 4 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Ratings: 624
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 25
Gots: 66 | 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

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally made it down the Turnpike to Exit 4 - well, I actually got this via the single 12-oz. bottle from Buy-Rite in Jersey City but nevertheless, this was the first of the Exit series that I tried. The idea seemed intriguing and so did this style since it's not something that I sample that often. Sure enough, this was worth the hype as I was quite surprised by how enjoyable this was!

Nice pour to this with a goldenrod hue and fluffy head that lasted for quite a while. The lacing was good too and present throughout my session. No sediment could be seen except for just a hair that I was to swirl around the bottom of the bottle to get out. As for the taste, this was beautifully complex like any good Belgian beer should be. Nice notes of plum and bubblegum underneath the sweetness of apple and pear with just a hint of apricot in the mix too. The sugary flavors lingered well into the aftertaste and the carbonation reminded me of Sierra Nevada - lots of bubbles that made the beer look like a well-preserved piece of amber.

Had this been not so wonderful to behold, the alcohol surely would have crept up on me. Yes, this is strong but you wouldn't know it unless you saw the information on the side of the bottle. The flavors and well-balanced mouthfeel hide the power of this quite well and if this was randomly given to me in a glass, I'd have a hard time discerning where it was from. Like a good Victory or Ommegang beer, this can hold its own with the beers from overseas and has me wondering what the other offerings in the Exit series taste like. I can't recommended this enough for those who love a well-crafted belgian beer and this was good enough to make me want to try others down the road. Yes, it's that's good!

Photo of treehugger02010
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ummswimmin
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six pack of this brew about nine or ten months ago. I aged the bottle in order to pull more flavors out of the Tripel.

My aging yielded some really good results. You get more of the belgian yeastiness, the sour, and some vineous quality.

This is a very good beer. By aging it I think it ranks very highly among tripels.

The mouthfeel is very good. I really like how the flavor eased off.

New Jersey is not known for the quality of beer making. Flying Fish does a very good job in their "Exit" series. I also recommend their Farmhouse Ale. This is a very good offering by the Fish.

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

Pours a hazy golden peach sunset sort of color, and the head is snowy white, creamy, fluffy and firm. Very much authentic Belgian tripel looking.

The aroma of Exit 4 is a wonderful thing. Plenty of fruit juice sweetness (pear especially) and just a flash of alcohol. The spices usually found in a tripel's nose seem usurped here by bright, floral hops, which perfume the beer with an American slant. I'm thinking Belgian IPA here.

What the nose promise-eth, the taste deliver-eth. Hops come on strong, delivering a strong dose of orange flesh and peel, plus mango; pear juice; has a particularly earthy yeast character (though not funky-earthy); sweetened herbal tea; a little chalky; just enough alcohol to make you appreciate it, never overstaying its welcome. It's a balanced, fruity, hoppy tripel, which again makes me think Belgian IPA. And also makes me think "baby aspirin" in the best possible way. I'm reminded most of Victory's Golden Monkey but probably better, and certainly more IPA-leaning.

Prickly carbonation is not too prickly, actually gives an appropriate edge to the citrus/tropical element, also a bit sticky and a strong medium body.

Call it a tripel or, I think more accurately, a Belgian IPA, Exit 4 is a really great and apparently underrated beer. I'll happily rate it, and highly. Need...more...this...stuff...

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

Ba Review #15
Served On: 7/20/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass

This was my first experience with Flying Fish but not my first experience with a Belgian (American) Tripel. I had the Victory Golden Monkey about a year ago. I remember the Victory Tripel had clove as the predominant flavor. I personally find strong clove notes to be nauseating in a beer, so let just say the Golden Monkey was not the Belgian beer for me.

Look: A rich golden color - slightly darker than straw but not quite copper. The head was a thick white 2 fingers of random sized bubbles. This was an extremely nice looking beer in the glass that pored real smoothly.

Smell: I got some butterscotch at first, with some green apple and caramelized pit fruit towards the end. Butterscotch certainly dominated the nose on this one. Not much clove; surprise for a Belgian Triple.

Taste: This beer had a thick syrupy body with the butterscotch hitting the palate first, followed by the green apple and some slight spice from the mild clove. The clove wasn’t overpowering at all, which was a total relief for me. Also got some hops that carried over into the aftertaste. This is a well balanced Tripel. Even the usual alcohol heat for a 9.7% beer is virtually undetectable.

This is a phenomenal Belgian (American version) Tripel. I highly recommend this beer to anyone who is annoyed by overpowering clove in Belgian style beers. This is also a great offering from Flying Fish. I will definitely be picking up more from this brewery when I find it.

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

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.

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

A: a somewhat thicker looking orange-gold color with a quickly receding thin layer of head....less then a 1/4 of a finger, if that's such a measurement...

S: somewhat sweet and flowery...fruity too... a pretty unique blend of it all...malty, grassy, interesting...

T: Palate was taken aback a bit here...some vanilla/banana blended with a summery taste of floralness mixed in with a bit of yeastiness... pretty good..

M: somewhat thick & creamy... very pleasant!

0: Very enjoyable tripel from the east! glad I have a few more :)

Photo of tzieser
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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..

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 speter
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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 beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of Beejay
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

Photo of Ghenna
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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,

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of Rguardian989
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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

Drinkability

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 silverking
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of Ahoyhoyindeed
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
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

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

Photo of Imsothirsty
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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

Photo of mikesgroove
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of woodchip
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of johnwetterstrand
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Exit 4 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.