Exit 4 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Reviews: 253
Hads: 646
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 26
Gots: 77 | 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 Kadonny
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Bottle compliments of Mike from Exton Beverage.

A: A dark golden almost light orange color. Thick 2 finger fluffy billowy white head. Wonderful full glass lacing.

S: Spicy yeast with citrus, fruits and a honey sweetness. Spicy hops are there too. Real nice.

T: Spicy, peppery yeast flavors with sweet fruit like banana, orange, pineapple and some lemon. The hops quickly come in with floral, herbal spicy notes. Honey caramel malt sweetness tries to fight off the hop assault, but in the end the hops bitterness wins. Very hoppy, very spicy, very complex. A fairly prevalent alcohol warming comes in at the end but mixes well with the other flavors. Real nice beer.

M: Full, rich, prickly and warming. Alcohol is pretty forward but it is warming not biting.

D: For the ABV this beer is insanely drinkable. It is just one to sit and relax with.

Overall I thought this was an excellent beer. I love the hoppy tripels and this one did not let me down. The only downside is how pricey it is. But beyond that, this beer is excellent. (1,087 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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). (1,984 characters)

Photo of BWH3
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: The positives are the beautiful pale gold with a slight amber hint and the very mild haze. The negative is the weak and fizzy head.

S: Mineral and musty leather yeast aroma. The yeast give a slight citrus scent but it is very mild. The malt is light a slightly grainy/cereal like. A faint pine as well. Overall complex and funky but unrefined more reminiscent of a farmhouse ale than a Tripel.

T: Taste is again between farmhouse and Tripel. It has the initial mild honey sweetness of Tripel followed by a citrus freshness of a farmhouse or saison. The cereal sweetness and grain hits in the end. Overall nicely hopped with a very mineral flavor.

M: Still. Poor head retention. Lighter than EtOH content would let on. Alcohol is well hidden.

D: A very nice bottle conditioned Tripel by an American brewer. I would buy another and let it sit a while. (857 characters)

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. (402 characters)

Photo of WalrusJockey
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into Westmalle goblets.

A- cloudy, bright orange color. poured almost as flat as apple juice, and what little head it had, it lost quickly.

S- very grape-y aroma, but not like standard grape juice, more like wild grapes, or like the thick-skinned, seeded blue grapes. Alcohol aroma is also present.

T- sweet, malty flavor, with less delicious wild grapes, and more grape flavored tussen. The hugely sweet front falls into a tart-yet-medicinal flavor. The bitterness is very nice, and the tart grape flavor I enjoy a lot. But then the tussen flavor comes in and smashes the flavor profile, and then lingers in a moldy aftertaste. The wild-grape tart flavor is so great, but the tussen flavor is so terrible.

After working through more of the glass, I notice that drinking a sip more quickly, rather than savoring it, helps reduce the unpleasant tussen flavor. This is, obviously, a compromise.

By the end of the glass, the tussen flavor is almost forgotten, and a bitter flavor remains. I imagine it is tart wild grapes + green apples, but the alcohol has dulled the palate enough to forget the tussen, so the nuance is lost as well.

The alcohol content in this beer is really not hidden very well at all.

M- light carbonation means that the sugary, boozy beer coasts the mouth and weighs it down more than you might prefer. It isn't terrible, but it could be better.

D- I don't think a 9.7% tripple *can* be highly drinkable, in a session-type definition. As to whether I would buy this again, I can't say for sure, but if they stop making it and I don't get a chance to buy more, I will just buy a better tripple.

Notes- this isn't a *terrible* beer, but with the seeds they have, it certainly feels like they could have grown something better. (1,760 characters)

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. (524 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Considering pending events, it seems apt, perhaps, to try a Jersey beer with "exit" in the name. This a slightly hazy brew with a decent cap of foam. Hops dominate the aroma, citrus and some pine. Notes of Belgian yeast are also present.

Light and carbonated on the palate. Malt manages to get through in the flavor profile. Not much happening though the center, but that quickly changes as the bitterness picks up. The citrus and floral hops leaves a lasting mark on the palate.

Overall not a bad brew. I enjoyed it for sure. I do wish that the beer had bettering melding of the "American" and the "Tripel" components. In fact, there isn't much "tripel" here at all. I was expecting something with more sweetness. (717 characters)

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 (976 characters)

Photo of lstokes
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I appreciated what they were trying to do with this beer, and I thought the tripel-with-hops did have some nice qualities to it--halfway through the bottle the two (pretty bold!) styles did seem to start to blend rather than just clash, but ultimately I could taste the alcohol a whole lot more than I wanted to. If I got another bottle, I'd let it mellow out for another six months before drinking. (399 characters)

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. (321 characters)

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. (405 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first in their Exit series and a good one.

A-Pours a clear golden with lots of fluffy white head and some good lacing.

S-Very hoppy with lots of citrus and pine aromas. Also yeasty with a whiff of rotten eggs.

T-Peppery and clovey with some yeasty funk and a nice hoppy bite.

M-Medium bodied with nice lingering bitterness.

D-Nicely drinkable. While nice in the bottle, this was really tasty on tap. Didn't make notes unfortunately.

HV (445 characters)

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! (1,025 characters)

Photo of frothyhead
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours slightly hazy and golden in a tulip with a 3 finger near-white head. Nose is hoppy and citrus with some bready yeast and clove. As it warms I actually get a bit of strawberry.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium to high carbonation and a dry finish.

Wow. Intensely hoppy for a tripel. Taste is over-the-top bitter and hoppy and kind of takes you by surprise. A bit of astringency and alcohol warmth lingers on the tongue. Bread, yeast, a little peppery. Bottle mentions a "subdued bitterness"... I'm going to have to disagree. Maybe with a little age on this it'll mellow out a bit.

Drinkability is going to take a bit of a hit on this one. I'm a big hop head but something is just not right about the balance of this beer. I don't entirely dislike it - it kind of grows on you - but I probably wouldn't pick it up again. (842 characters)

Photo of lord2464
2.52/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I must compliment Flying Fish for ingenuity. I know a lot of brewers are trying to tackle this "fusion" style of citrus hops and Belgian phenols. For me, it just never works.

The beer pours beautiful, the look of a powerfully deceiving tripple with a puffy white head. The aroma starts the fall from grace. The beer smells of plastic. The smell reminds me of being a kid and ripping into the packaging of a brand new action figure. The flavor is a bit better as the taste of both a good Belgian tripple and a solid IPA can both be percieved; however, the flavors compete for dominance instead of blending harmoniously. Finally the plastic returns which hides some pineapple and banana flavors that are lying in the background.

I think the problem here is that tripple is a big, expressinve beer. But, there is subtlety to the flavor. With Exit 4 the subtle flavors are masked behind a second layer of bold expressiveness.

I love the brewery for pushing the envelope and I look forward to buying the next release in the series. With innovation like this, Flying Fish is sure to hit a HUGE winner sooner than later. (1,116 characters)

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 (251 characters)

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. (1,613 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a yellowish orange color with a 1/2" head that falls quickly to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: some soft yeast and fruit sweetness is very soft and hard to pull from the glass.

Taste: belgian yeast is very noticable with some pears, golden apples, and lemon zest. Alcohol is noticable. Bitterness is a bit bigger than expected here, so I can see this needed to sit for a bit before it matures.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long and the bitterness is most prominent.

Drinkability: decent beer but it is a bit young right now. One bottle is enough in a single session. (655 characters)

Photo of epk
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml into two separate tulip-style chalices (one for me and one for my wife). A very nice looking beer of a copper color that bubbles up with a frothy head and leaves you with a healthy lacing. Carbonation seems moderate and I noted quite a bit of sediment - obviously heavy as it settled immediately - on the bottom of my glass.

From here on this beer is very deceiving. The side panel of the label gives the impression of a Belgian style brew yet at first whiff hops evade my nostrils. Perhaps the front of the label can explain this as it is clearly denoted this is an "American Trippel". Ok, fine - it's a take on a Belgian style, and obviously hops are a big part of American craft brewing. This beer is really more of a "Belgian IPA" and I'll try to review it as such (otherwise it would have been scored much lower).

The taste is more of the same, hops. I was hoping for some Belgian attributes to shine through, but they really weren't there for me as the bitterness knocks out these other elements like Chuck Norris's roundhouse. However that seems to be the ticket for a Belgian IPA - so I suppose we can call it average. A bit on the dry side with earthy yeast on the back end. The mouthful warms with spicy alcohol biting the tongue, I wished for more.

As someone who enjoys hops, I'm going to be more forgiving on the drinkability. It's a good drink, just very elusive in its labeling. Where is that % abv anyway? (1,445 characters)

Photo of irishking1977
2.76/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 750 ml bottle:

A- A bright, clear gold/copper appearance wtih a moderate head and extensive lacing. From the sheer appearance, it is extemely appetizing.

S- The initial pour provided a preview of the taste; a good deal of hops passed through my nose. This could be both good and bad.

T- Not what I expected. When a brewer labels one of their products, I would imagine they take into consideration what exactly they have produced. What I mean by that is that labeling this as a Belgian Tripel is almost false advertising. This is could be labeled more specifically as a Belgian I.P.A.. or even simply an I.P.A. The bitterness displayed by the massive amount of hops used doesn't define this as a tripel.

M- I do prefer my beers to be moderately carbonated, so this fits the bill.

D - What I expected when I bought this brew was not met. I would categorize this beer as being more in line with Piraat Amber Tripel, which also really isn't a tripel at all, aside from the alcohol content. (999 characters)

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. (1,072 characters)

Photo of Yetiman420
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Standard Tap in Philly.

Served in a flute glass. Peach color with a very thin white head. Bubbles around rim on the thin head.

Tastes like a standard Belgian Golden/Strong ale whcih would be consistent with the tripel style (I didn't know the official style during consumption.

Nothing happening on the aroma for this beer on draft. (354 characters)

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A really nice Belgian IPA, which is how I will classify this. Starts off very hoppy. Becomes more balanced as it warms. Finally, you get more of the Belgian yeast esters. I'm assuming they are using the same yeast strain as the Grand Cru.

Very smooth in the mouthfeel.

Not entirely sure if it was something I was eating, but my last glass of this beer was disjointed.

Great one-off. One last thing: I think the bottle is very nice-looking. (442 characters)

Photo of Keith238
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into snifter. Golden in color with a frothy white head that disappeared rather quickly. Very floral aroma with hints of banana. Same appears in the flavor with a slight biscuit flavor.

I found a large amount of sediment in my glass after pouring. Not sure if my pour was too vigorous, the bottle was shaken too much in transport before it was poured or whether this brew needs to age a short time to settle the contents. All in all a satisfying brew with an overall earthy quality and moderate carbonation. I'll be returning to my local distributor for another bottle or two and revisit my review regarding the sediment.

edit: right there on the bottle it says it will improve with age. I guess I shouldn't have been so quick to crack it open. (773 characters)

Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is grapefruit and citrus.Taste is candied sugar,citrus and alcohol.According to the bottle this is a multi year release to match the number of exits on the NJ turnpike.Well in my opinion they are off to a pretty good start.I would recommend and purchase again!! (313 characters)

Exit 4 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.