Exit 11 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 118
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 6.8%
Wants: 45
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Deuane on 07-15-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled straight from the cellar after 3+ months (maybe a bit long in the tooth???) A beautiful look to this beer - the 750ml pours a massive head into my tulip, maybe 3 fingers or so of sudsy, growing effervescence. The bubbles fade slowly, leaving a significant wall of cloud-like lace that is hanging on for dear life. The beer below is a super hazed gold that seems to trap light into itself, turn things up a notch and emit a true glow. I can't picture this style looking any better.

Is it me or is the nose too subtle? Maybe the age has dampered things? All I pick up is lemon, some faint grain, fresh cooked corn... digging a little deeper yields some sugared grapefruit, grassy hops and a honey touch. OK, not bad... not great.
The taste shines more, but I do suspect the age is playing a factor.. I will adjust my review. A light touch of grapefruit wheat/hop up front. Subtle but complex right off the bat. Extra light malt produces a touch of caramel in the middle of my tongue.... but the wheat steals the show. Bready, yeasty yet flows lightly on the tongue. Helped by just enough carbonation, I wouldn't mind feeling a bit of bubbly sting (I don't). An herbal tea middle - hints of ginger here - finishes into a nice citrus kiss in the throat. Multi dimensional without being heavy... the perfect balance between hefe and ipa... this is very refreshing. (1,367 characters)

Photo of thecarster1
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- 750ml capped bottle poured into a small pint glass, one finger head that faded to a swirl of lace with a ring around the glass, hazy honey gold coloring.

s- tangerine, citrus, slight wheat, very clean, sweet figs/apricots, not sure i've smelled a beer like this before.

t- fruity off the bat - tart peach, tangerine, green apple, finish is wonderfully dry, slightly tart, some lingering bitterness, this beer is top notch.

m- light, bubbly, effervescent.

d- wonderful, i've never had a beer like this before, and i would and will definately buy this again, i paired this with the appetizer course of thanksgiving. it went so well with all the offerings, ranging from sharp cheeses to brie to dried figs, the lightness of this beer was the perfect starter to this meal, a delicious flying fish beer for sure! (814 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Atlantic Liquors in Rehoboth Beach DE, poured chilled into a tulip. taken from notes

A - The color is a pale golden w/ white bubbly cap.It is not especially cloudy but appears as a wheat should w/ tight bead and little lace sticks

S - smell is of hops, floral, citrus notes and fruit esters combine to make a lemony aroma like colombus hops smell

M - Slight tartness is noted right off w/ citrus tanginess and crisp body in the middle w/ moderate carbonation and gentle hop acidity w/ refreshing light sweet body

T - A nice blend of citrus from the amarillo w/ mild flavor of fruity wheat which has a twang of apricot w/ a mild pineapple-like sweet essence from the yeast. The tast is mild but almost gives off a cherry note in the background

D - A very drinkable wheat w/ flavors that don't seem common to the style. The hops really enliven the taste and the wheat flavor is almost a let down in this version of hoppy wheat. The exit 11 could be great if both hops and wheat were equally represented in taste. (1,037 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy yellowish orange in color with a 1" head that falls to a thick surface foam sporting some large bubbles.

Smell: wheat, grass, and asome floral hop bitterness is pleasant and easy to detect.

Taste: nice malt base with orange and lemon citrus, bubblegum, floral hop bitterness, and a bit of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium body. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is short but refreshing.

Drinkability: this beer went down easily and had a nice overall flavor. Worth a try if you can still find a bottle. (531 characters)

Photo of Nesued
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Capped. Purchased from a buddy in NJ who shipped it to SC.

Appearance - A banana-yellow color greets you as the pour fills the glass. Hazy with an ample head forming as the glass fills. Careful, easy to overpour if you don't watch that head. Retension is good with a light lacing remaining as the head fades to a thin ring. Lively carbonation explains the vibrant head and also the retension. Very inviting.

Smell - With the words "Hoppy American" in the name, you would expect to have this beer live it up it's name, and it does. A bright/refreshing hop whiff combines with some biscuity/grassy aromas as well. A nice pear/fruity presence as well, closing out the clean nose.

Taste - Let's start from the finish and work backwards, shall we? A nice tart/lip-smacking finish, due to the zesty hops. Very nice. The middle lends itself to a summer thirst-quenching nature with much citrus, almost peach-like tastes. My main enjoyment comes from the lack of a overbearing hop middle-game. The opening is a cascade of carbonation leading to some strong wheat/floral notes.

Mouthfeel - The ample carbonation lends a fizzy almost seltzer-like quality. Don't know if this is good or bad, just very...different... from what I was expecting. Does provide an excellent palate cleansing feel. Light to medium in body.

Drinkability - Not sure how I can compare this to (let's say) FFF's Gumballhead, currently the top of the American Pale Wheat Ales. However, this a an excellent summer thirst-quencher. Too bad I'm reviewing this on a rainy October evening, rather than a sunny July afternoon. Well done Flying Fish on a great drinker. (1,645 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.61/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by PWoods.

Pours a hazy gold in color. White film of froth sitting atop the beer.
Smell is lemony, but there's some sort of a cleaning solution smell as well in the nose.
Taste is watered down lemonade. Very high carbonation and pretty bitter in the mouthfeel.
Can't get past the watered down lemonade taste. Just not digging on this one at all.
Could possibly be a good lawnmower beer on a blistering hot day. This could be at best refreshing in this scenario. (477 characters)

Photo of MikeRa
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here is what I can say of this limited edition beer:

A: It's a mix of a Golden Pale and a Blonde beer, with a 1" head when poured.

S: It has a sweet lemon and citrus smell.

T: It has a unique tast of freshly squeezed lemons and citrus, with not bitter taste at all.

M: It has a nice crisp mouthfeel.

D: This is beer, that if it was availible all the time, that I will drink again. (385 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy yellow straw in color... huge rush of frothy head, diminishing quickly. little lacing.

S- Sweet, floral and citrus hops, little hay and earthy whiffs

T- mellow balance of earthy hay, floral and citrus hops, a little sweetness to it. a little bit too bitter of a finish compared to the overall mellow flavor. expected a little more to the taste.

M- light body, heavy carbonation

D- very refreshing, light and delicate balance of flavors so make sure you have a clean palate for this one. by far the best thing Flying Fish has ever released. (553 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy American Wheat.

A: Poured a lemon-blonde with a good clarity and a bright white spongey head upon the first pour that turned soapy for the remaining servings. The head fizzled out with a less then fair retention lasting less then a minute and failed to leave hardly a trace of lacing. Visible effervesce was strong and composed of large macro bubbles that feverishly rose doing its job in delivering a bright and strong aroma. Thankfull this was the only weak spot of the drink I thought and this beer only got stronger as it went along.

S: freshly squeezed wet lemons that delivered a sour old country time lemonade aroma. The hopping was citrusy with fresh wet pine notes as well a light dry lemon fragrance. A good dry wheat scent and pale grains was detected ever so slight beneath the bright and wet hopping but did give a nice dry backing that highlighted the hops.

T: The flavor was sharp vibrant fresh lemons dripping of wet citrus with a fresh whole wheat taste. The hopping was moderately strong but well rounded and never harsh, rather blending beautifully with the pale and wheat grains with a perfect balance. Sweet tart tangerines and a slight fruitiness of green apples could also be detected. The pale grains and wheat perfectly compliments just the right amount of hops to give this a incredible balance. While other beers try to OD you on the hops, this was designed to be the perfect balance in regards to the contribution of the grains and hops delivering a smooth and very quaffable character.

M: bright and sharp from the carbonation with a good crispness. A medium consistency with a nice edgy feel from the wheat and carbonation brings some texture. This sits incredibly well on the tongue leaving a faint tartness of lemons on the finishing swallow. If I hadn't been in such a hurry for the next sip I would of held this longer to enjoy.

D: Drinkability as well the flavor and mouthful was very good. The perfect blend and balance of grains and hops delivers a incredibly smooth experience that was crisp and will wow you on the way down. A very easily sessionable beer that I found gone before I got a chance to know. At 6.2% abv you hardly notice the alcohol and drinks like a fine crisp American wheat that goes down perfectly on a end of summer day. This is perhaps the first beer from NJ that should get recognition outside the region and finally puts NJ on the map along with their exit 4. Limited to only 1000 cases im guessing this wont last long. Worth an hour trip out of your way. (2,532 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first in the turnpike series and glad to be able to get a hold of it to say the least. Served chilled, this one was consumed on 09/21/2009.
 
The pour was nicely done. Rich golden amber in color with a huge head of white on top. Light cloudiness to it as well really capped it off quite nicely. Nice lacing down the sides fits the style perfectly. Aroma is hoppy, lights of lemon and light grassy notes abound here. Floral would be the optimal word though it did tend to stray off the path a touch and land itself in the lemon category a bit too much. Crisp, and very clean on the palate, much more refreshing and light then I thought it would be and that was a wonderful thing to behold. Rich notes of lemon and light grass, hints of wheat on the tongue and a nice hit of peach and pear on the finish,. Very dry finish as well with a light spicy note gracing the tongue.
 
Overall this was very nicely done. I was not totally sure what to expect out of this series but if this is any indication it is going to be great. I look forward to getting some more of this very soon. (1,084 characters)

Photo of Imsothirsty
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy hazy yellow with solid 2 finger white head. Leaves nice thin lacing

Smell is fairly average for a wheaty hefe.

Taste is excellent, the wheat does not overwhelm, definitely lemony with solid hop following to back up the citrus flavors. Fairly unique in style. Minimal alcohol smell and taste.
Easily drinkable, Im glad I had it, will have it again in the future, gives me hope for a promising future of solid brews from FF. (437 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hefeweizen glass.
Pours a cloudy golden color (pale yellow without the bottom mixing in) Fluffy white heading Decent retention. Lots of chunky sediment in my glass.

Smell is surprisingly hoppy with a fresh lemony zest backing that up. A touch of spice also detected.

Taste is good a bit hoppier than I expected.More of the same from the aroma. Lemony zest smacks you in the mouth with a nice spicey backing that lingerie's on the tongue.

Mouth has excellent carbonation that foams up very nicely in the mouth after you swoosh it around a bit.Light bodied but heavy with flavor.

Drink is very good. Easy drinking beer that can be enjoyed any time of year. A must have around or at least try. (708 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scott, you are just too kind.

A: I bought a fancy Aventinus 100 year anniversary glass this past weekend and have been using it on every opportunity. An APWA is more than worthy. Hazy yellow with a dense, white head that falls off to a disk, leaving patchy foam. Plenty of carbonation is visible

S: On the nose, this is pretty much dominated by dry and aroma hop, showcasing the grapefruit, citrus, peach and mildly herbal/ minty character. Refreshing.

T: Opens up with a burst of bright hop bitterness with a definite raw apricot/ grapefruit character along with plenty of citrus flavor - orange peel, tangerines being the forefront. A moderate wheat character appears mid-palate, bread-like in nature. Finishes dry, with a refreshing lemony tartness and pleasing bitterness

M: Light in body with a crisp and refreshing carbonation, and the finish is great too.

D: The bitterness seems to be a touch more than it needs to be, especially for the carbonation and how quaffable the rest of the beer is, but drinking a bottle is no problem (1,043 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle via trade, thanks to GeoffFromSJ. Poured into pint glass and paired with salmon dinner.

A - Hazy golden color with a white head and good lacing.

S - Wheat, orange, pineapple, and some floral hops. Pretty nice aroma overall.

T - Wheat, tangerine, pineapple, citrusy hops, lemon, and spice. Really tasty. Not very intense, but the style really shouldn't be. I mean it's not an RIS or Belgian quad. Good and balanced.

M - Medium-light yet not at all watery. Carbonation medium. Pretty much how the style should be.

D - Very drinkable. A great beer for a hot summer day. (578 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Barely blurry Golden Delicious apple peel with a faint blush of apricot orange. Here's hoping that more yeast murk things up eventually. A pillowy crown of alabaster colored foam looks pretty good as it melts. Stickier lace would have been better than the scattered scraps of suds that barely cling to the glass.

At least one member of the hop bill would have been easy to guess: the orange citrusiness of Amarillo was obvious on the pour. Columbus and Palisade are in there too. 50% Belgian pale malt and 50% white wheat don't add much to the olfactory party. Then again, there may be a little tangy wheatiness.

Exit 11 is pretty much as advertised. In other words, it's a generously hopped American pale wheat. If you've had Gumballhead, you know what to expect. This is delicious beer that has an impressive amount of refreshing gulpability. So far, it's disappearing like nobody's business.

There isn't much wheatiness on the palate. Due to a light lushness provided by the wheat malt, the beer feels like a wheat ale more than it tastes like one. English ale yeast doesn't add flavor either. Which leaves... a solid thwack of citrus zesty American hops. Tangerine peel, white grapefruit, lemon and a hint of pine. Good stuff.

I'm thrilled that FFBC gave us a respectable ABV. Screw sessionable (which the beer is anyway), there's no sense in losing the flavor mojo by brewing something in the 5.0% range. The mouthfeel is on the light side... but it's a freakin' pale wheat, what did you expect?

Flying Fish Exit 11 is not as good as Three Floyds Gumballhead. That's okay, no other beer of this style is either. These guys have a hit on their hands with the second Exit Series ale. If you like pale malted beer that has its flavor focus squarely on American hops, then you'll probably like it too. Don't wait too long now, the hops are fading as we speak. Thanks to mikey711 for the bottle. (1,901 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to sholland119!

pours light hazy yellow with a light fluffy head that quickly gives way to nice retention. semi lacy, sticks to the sides but only when the beer moves

very floral, i am thinking amarillo hops were used here. a slight wheat and biscuit scent but mainly floral hops.

very light overall, not much wheat however a nice light summer feeling of light wheat and light biscuit malts. the hops are lightly there to add a bit of sweetness with a sweet and floral character.

the carbonation has a bit of a bite to it however mellows as the beer warms. overall this is rather thin and light.

overall this is a great beer, perfect for summer and a lower ABV so this is quite drinkable! i am quite glad i had the chance to do so. (744 characters)

Photo of gibby
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up for $8 at acme in Cape may May, NJ..very fair price. Poured into an over sized wine glass. Appearance is a very bright, cloudy yellow. Smells of oranges, lemon, overall citrus and you get the hops as well but not as much as I was expecting. Taste is very nice with the citrus dominating. Carbonation and mouth feel are very nice, the beer is very tasty and refreshing. Its a very nice beer for a warm summer day. Very similar in taste to Lagunitas Sumpin' ale just not as hop forward. Well done limiyed brew by flying fish so pick one up while they are still available. Recommended for sure. (601 characters)

Photo of bonkers
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 750 ml bottle into a weizen glass. It pours a hazy pale straw with a sticky white head. The aroma has a light citrus haze to it, slightly sweet. There are hints of banana and light citrus for flavor, kinda sweet. A definite summer beer, light and easy drinking. I was expecting a more hop forward brew, but the hops are more around the edges and it lets the wheat flavors take center stage. (406 characters)

Photo of dukedevil0
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex (MasterSki) for busting out this 750mL bottle at New Beer Sunday vHoppy Edition.

A: Pours a hazy pale straw yellow color with a white colored frothy head that leaves lacing on the glass as it settles.

S: Smells like typical wheat beer scents like bubble gum and yeast, then light hops - the peachy/apricot variety.

T: Much more of a wheat centric beer than a gumballhead or lil sumpin sumpin. There's a mild amount of hoppiness but the wheat flavors dominate, bubble gum, yeast, grassiness.

M: Nicely carbonated with a little bit of bite, full bodied

D: A drinkable beer for sure, but it being too "wheaty" for me makes this lose a tiny bit on the score. I'm more preferable to the hops being more dominant, but this is still a solid brew. (759 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SMason for sending a bottle of this my way. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - Three fingers of creamy white foam that dissipates slowly to a thick cap and leaves tons of sticky lacing. Hazed straw yellow color. Looks a lot like Crack'd Wheat.

S - Less hoppy than Gumballhead or Crack'd Wheat - it's still gote a good amount of slightly dank and peachy hoppiness, but there's lots of fruity esters and yeast going on as well, with a touch of banana and spice.

T - Taste is very similar, with some nice tropical hoppiness, yeast, and a touch of banana and spice. Very refreshing with a clean aftertaste. No trace of the 6.2% ABV.

M - Mild carbonation tingle, light medium body, a little bit grittier than I like.

D - A nice easy drinking hoppy wheat ale, just like the bottle promised. If this was local I'd have it plenty regularly. (848 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle

Hazy golden orange color with a small white head that fades to at thin cap with little lacing. Amazing aroma, reminds me of two hearted at first, lots of citrus, grapefruit in particular, hops and a faint yeasty wheat beer background. Flavor is exceptional grapefruit and other citrus sweetness blended with clove and banana wheat flavors. Medium body with very high carbonation makes the beer very sharp and clean on the tongue. Overall very nice balance of sweet and hops, not quite gumballhead but first "great" beer I've had from Flying Fish lately. Definitely seek out. (589 characters)

Photo of donniecuffs
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a nice hazy yellow/orange, with a surprisingly decent head, but spotty laciness into a weizen glass. Being from NJ, in the past I have been frequently annoyed by the fact that FF is usually the only home state brewery to get invited to beer festivals, as their year-round offerings, for the most part, are decidedly only slightly above average. I've usually chalked it up to the Sam Adams effect...e.g. Sam Adams is associated with Mass, as FF is associated with NJ. However, this beer has me slapping myself in the face. What an amazing bouquet. The question is not what is in the nose; it is what ISN'T in the nose. Grapefruit, banana, lime, apricot, honey, bubble gum, pixie stix, etc, along with some herbal/clove scents. It had the same effect on me like an enticing perfume on a beautiful woman...I couldn't wait to court it. After my first taste, I think the glass was empty exactly 2min later. This even shocked myself, as wheat beers aren't exactly my style of choice. The taste flirted with my palate from start to finish, unleashing all of the aforementioned flavors at various points, with a nice medium, relatively uncarbonated body. I think I drank four glasses in the blink of an eye. Very sessionable. With two good 'Exit' series beers in a row, I am now salivating over the prospect of more on the way. Thank you, FF. (1,341 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into imperial nonic.

A - Pours yellow/orange, mirky, and a nice white frothy head. Some sticky lacing is left behind. Lots of head on this one, but my pour was pretty aggressive.

S - Sweet citrus, nice hoppy notes, a nice balance here. Reminds me a lot of Three Floyd's Gumballhead.

T - Not as hoppy as GBH, but it's there, no doubt about it. Nice sweet cirtus notes with a slight bitterness.

M - Light and oily with smooth carbonation. Clean and refreshing on the palate.

D - Easy to drink and a perfect summertime beer. (551 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured via 750ml bottle. Thanks to sholland119 for sharing.

A - Cloudy, chunky pale wheat body with half a finger of bubbly white foam that retained in a patchy film and left some spotty lacing.

S - Citrus hop aroma right off the bat with some light peppery notes and a subtle waft of alcohol.

T - Opens with a citrus hop character with hints of peppery spices and some yeasty notes. Finishes with a mild bittersweet character.

M - Light bodied with a light syrupy, almost oily texture, though quite thin and watery overall. Finishes with subtle hop notes on the palate.

D - Reminded me of FFF Gumballhead, but only a little and definitely nowhere near as good. Still, this wasn't too bad of a hoppy pale wheat ale, and it went down easily. (747 characters)

Photo of mikey711
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A:Big billowing white head on top of this cloudy straw yellow beer.

S: A bit soapy and citrusy with a hint of earthiness.

T: A very nice lemon note to start. It is not at all overpowering or too fruity. Also a hint of orange. What a pleasant surprise. Not much in terms of bitterness, but very sweet in a good way.

M: Very light and with a nice full body. No present booziness.

D: Extremely easy to drink. A 750 is not a problem and one glass is not enough. (488 characters)

Exit 11 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.