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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 Lunch
4.2/5  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.

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

This brewery is growing on me, and this beer helped a lot.

Pours slightly hazy golden with a vast. Fluffy head. Smell is fruity and apricoty. Flavor is spicy and fruity. With apricot and orange with some slight allspice and carroway. Delicious, with a fruity bitterness, flowery hops. Lovely, slick mouthfeel. Excellent.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in large bulbous glass

A: dark yellow; fantastic four-finger head; cloudy; good carb action
S: pleasant hops smell at first, yielding to clove and banana
T: sweet, gentle but compressed Belgian style; bottle conditioning is muted; the traditional cloves, banana, and pear are there, but not strongly; alcohol content nicely masked; I would have expected a more intense flavor; draws you in the more you have

Overall, a very pleasant beer; I'm looking forward to more FF beer

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

Reviewed at good friends bday party where people shared a few nice bottles.

Flying fish exit 4

A: clear golden yellow, bubbly, active.

S: clean, hoppy, citrus and banana.

T: similar to smell, very clean, hoppy, bitter and fruity. Belgian yeast.

M: clean, active, dry finish.

D: great tripel in my mind. Lovely the whole way over. Great dry finish.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is cloudy golden yellow.

Aroma is spicy Belgian white with a thin head.

Aroma is wheat with Belgian wheat do not taste the 9% alcohol.

Excellent Belgian if it was 4 percent less alcohol but at 9% its a little deadly.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from bonkers, courtesy of Quick & Easy High Card BIF so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, spices, caramelized malts, a good amount of hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus followed by a burst of hops bitterness, which you don’t often see in the style, but it blends in well. Then some breadiness from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in to create a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style while adding the hoppiness, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Mattvt00
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 6er of this at Total Wine in Alexandria after reading a good review in the Washington Post:


Good tasting beer, but a little sweet for my taste. It's grown on me as I've gotten to beer 4 (over a week or two).

Nice head, small bubbles that linger for a bit. Good looking beer, too, lots of sediment.

Beer is very sweet on the front of the tongue and I'm afraid that may turn off many drinkers. But, the WaPo reviewed it as a "fruit beer," so given that, the overwhelming honey and citrus taste doesn't bother me, it may bother you, so, you've been warned.

Very high ABV, usually you can't find a 6er at this ABV, and you really can't taste the alcohol.

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Photo of IronLover
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle, no freshness or bottling dates. Poured a bright yellow color. Thick in appearance with millions of floaties. Started with a dense, foamy white head, but with little retention as it reduced very quickly leaving a few wet lacings. Sweet malt and fruity aromas, grapefruit and ripe orange, with the expected Belgian yeast and sugar smells. A bit of a funky odor in there as well along with a faint hint of alcohol. On the watery side of medium bodied with light carbonation. Hoppy orange and pink grapefruit flavors in the beginning that lead to a sweet malty and bubblegum middle and a lightly bitter finish. A hint of coriander peeks through near the finish but is overcome by the bitter hops and light alcohol burn. Wonderfully complex and fairly easy to drink considering the higher ABV.

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Photo of BigB415
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. I have never heard of Flying Fish Brewery until now since they are a small brewery out of New Jersey that doesn't get much hype here on beer advocate. This is also an American Tripel which happens to be my first as well. It pours a golden color with lacing that quickly retreats down the side of the glass and what doesn't retreat, dissipates. The smell draws you with notes of fruit and spice. The first time I smelled it my nose burned. Taking a sip I get apples, grapes and that spice that makes it feel like I am drinking a holiday beer. The fruit and spice lingers after you take a sip. After each sip I feel like I am drinking a white wine with all the fruit notes I keep getting.

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Photo of u2carew
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Clear body. Gold in color. Mellow upward carbonation.
S) For being a trippel this brew has a very hoppy nose - American choppy. Floral and some great fruity esters.
T) Orange tones. Subtle caramel. The alcohol is definitely in the mix. Finishes with sweet grain and citrus fruit.
M) Crisp and fizzy up front then finishes smooth and creamy. Medium body. Slighty boozy in the finish.
D) A delicious brew. Pour me another!

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy gold with a 2 finger white cap that slowly fades out. Smell is of citrusy hops up front with tropical fruit aromas hidden the back of pineapple, bananas, vanilla, apple, and clove.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a sugary, mild caramel, citrusy, fruity, and doughy flavor resonating.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spicy, and yeasty with a bitter smack on the palate during the finish.

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Photo of hopdog
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Poured a deep and cloudy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of floral hops, bananas, cloves and other spices, fuity, and citrus. Tastes of citrus, hoppy, fruity, and some yeastiness. Lighter alcohol bite in the finish. Well done Flying Fish and I look forward to more in the series!

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Photo of ATPete
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

capped 750 ml bottle

Pours a orange yellow color with a medium sized white head that sticks around for the entire glass leaving lots of soapy lace. Fruity nose, grapes, peach, citrus, apricot, bready pretzel dough yeast, soft proactive spice and generous amounts of hops. Medium bodied, fruity with a very apparent ABV, a quick sipper indeed. Very well done, looking forward to the rest of the series.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Chouffe tulip

A golden body with orange highlights when held up to the light. A fluffy, bone white cap rose to fill the tulip and subsided in due time. A decent amount of lace.

Aroma is of astringent hops, cloves, green apples, bananas, toasted malt and citrus (primarily grapefruit). I can't get over how hoppy this smells.

Well, it tastes just as hoppy. The tripel that lies underneath these hops is pretty solid. Toasted malts, berries, banana, clove, white pepper, and grapefruit and orange peel round out the flavors. At first, I couldn't decide if I liked this beer due to the massive amount of hops for a tripel. But it grew on me, especially after focusing in on the true flavor of the beer underneath all of these hops.

Full-bodied and a bit prickly. The carbonation is turned down, which works great with all these hops.

As this hophead worked through this bottle, it got increasingly easy to drink. To the point where I wish I could have had another one. The alcohol is sneaky though, I definitely feel it creeping into my brain.

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Photo of crhensel
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of MrCee
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light in color. It almost looks like a lager. Good frothy head. Nice strong odor, almost tangerine-like. It puts you in the mind of clementines.A tad hoppier than I would have liked but that may appeal to some. One of its most interesting aspects is that it rather high in alcohol but doesn't taste like it.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6oz pour (from a 12oz bottle) into goblet glass. Enjoyed at Beer and Grilled Cheese Dinner pairing in Wilmington, DE. No bottle date information present or described.

A: Hop hazed yellow orange. Quarter finger of bright white head. The swirl gives more and it's fluffy and bottle conditioned. Small lacing trails and some alcohol feet.

S: Smells of really nice fruity esters. Pineapple and banana. But also some spicy Belgian yeast notes. Still smells hoppy, and delicious. I really enjoy the nose on this one.

T: You get the faintest amount of hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Then the Belgian notes of fruit and spice kick in. Linger on the tongue a while. Clove for sure. The close is long and you gets lots of banana citrus notes. There is a little booze on the back end. Or at least some warming. But for the most part the alcohol is nicely hidden.

M: Medium to full bodied beer. Bottle conditioning helps to clear the palate.

O: This is a solid beer in a style that I really enjoy lately. I would put this up there in the A- to A range for me. Plus the pairing with the cheese might have made it even better!

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Photo of ffejherb
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured via 750ml bottle on 7/24/09. Thanks to sholland119 for sharing.

A - Hazy golden/amber body with one-finger head that settled into a very thin ring, leaving spotty lace around the glass.

S - Hoppy, spicy and boozy nose with quite a bit of hop character for a Tripel. Some citrus notes and spicy yeast also emerged as it warmed up.

T - Spicy yeast with peppery, clove and earthy notes, but also a lot of fresh American hop flavor suggesting citrus fruit and mild herbs. Very fruity in the backend with hints of orange, mango and pineapple.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and pretty soft carbonation. Spicy on the palate with a bittersweet finish.

D - I really enjoyed this Tripel, especially since it utilized lots of American hops, giving it a sweet, fruity twist.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong, hoppy and woody, with an undertone of sweet apple rather than grapefruit like an IPA. It pours a clear straw yellow with a typical white head - not inspiring, but as the old saw goes, never judge a book by its cover. Flavor, fortunately more than makes up for the so-so appearance: strong, hoppy, malty, with sweet apple and floral undertones, just a little bitterness, and a whisper of honey. Texture is fairly smooth and tingly, leaving a nice fizzy and slightly fruity-sweet finish.

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Photo of drcarver
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - opaque deep golden color with lots of carbonation. Small white mostly fading head with no lacing.
S - Apricot and peach quickly on the nose. A bit of sweat from the yeast. Some kind of honey in there as well
T - Bitter with a smooth compliment of sweet malt. A hint of citrus peel.
M - Lively and bitter that coats the tongue. A nice smooth finish
D - As drinkable as a Tripel can be.

I am not a huge fan of Flying Fish, but it is nice to see them stepping out of the box. This is a nice brew that was quite a surprise.

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Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of RutgersRG
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this bottle of exit 4 for about a year now and decided to crack it open and pour it in to a tulip glass.

It was a very enjoyable beer with a smoky golden color with a tall white fizzy crown.

Definitely has a citrus aroma with a slight fruity banana taste as described on the bottle along with a medium hoppy bitterness.

Not as strong of a taste as Tripel's like Victory's Golden Monkey, but I think that gave it more drinkability which I enjoyed about it.

Overall very enjoyable beer. Note this is my first review on BA and am still working on training my palette.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into short-stemmed tulip.

A: definitely hazed, but bright blonde hued brew. head isnt nearly as frothy as most belgian tripels, nor is the lacing.

S: pears, white pepper. sugar. green melon. brown-sugar quaker oatmeal. floral. lilacs and lillies. dandelions.

T: melon, citrus, cactus. banana, yogurt. linger reminds me of old bay seasoning/whatever they use for Popeyes fried chicken. crazy i know, but im just popping off whatever comes to mind! similar to the nose, pears. the body is there without being cloying or overly sweet.

M: low/average carbonation. full bodied for sure.

D: one of the most easy drinking tripel's ive consumed. great diversity of fruity flavors makes this very enjoyable. very glad they put this in 12oz bottles and definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Left Bank Burger Bar in Jersey City, NJ.

Served in a tulip glass. Hazy yellow color with a large white head with great retention. Aroma is strong and satisfying. Clove spice, orange citrus, and banana. The flavor adds a bit of alcohol into the mix. Sweet and fruity, but with big spicy overtones. Long-lasting flavor that is warming without being overbearing. Medium bodied that feels even lighter thanks to the strong carbonation.

One of the better American tripels I've had, right up there with Allagash.

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