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Ratings: 738
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 78
Gots: 98 | FT: 4
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Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: donniecuffs on 03-10-2010

Although usually identified with landfills and pipelines, the Hackensack Meadowlands is an amazingly diverse ecosystem providing vital animal and plant habitat. In a nod to a once common food plant here, we’ve brewed this beer with wild rice. We also added organic brown and white rice, as well as pils and pale malts.

Rice helps the beer ferment dry to better showcase the five different hops we added. Lots and lots of them. We then dry-hopped this Double IPA with even more–generous additions of Chinook and Citra hops to create a nose that hints at tangerine, mango, papaya and pine. This beer pairs extremely well with spicy foods and all kinds of seafood. And of course, it’s quite enjoyable all by itself.
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Photo of JooJooEyeballs
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

What? A "Wild Rice?"Double IPA? From Flying Fish? Forget-ta-bout-it! DO NOT forget-ta-bout this one!

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic a very light pale yellow with a a half finger bone white head atop,one of the lighter colored beers of the style I have come across.Grassy notes mainly in the notes along with some mild toasted grain,the hops don't really jump out.Leafy and citric hops at the onset of the palate with some firm toasted grain,not nearly as sweet as many of the stylejust mainly alcohol sweetness in the finish.A little different take on the DIPA here,not in your face alcohol and sharp hops,a little more dry and subtle.

Photo of tectactoe
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I forgot who gave me this one as an extra, but thanks to whomever it was. I think this'll only be the second double "rice" IPA that I've ever had... the first being Kuhnhenn's DRIPA. Those are some big shoes to fill. Cloudy, opaque gold with some tangerine peel acting as an outline. The huge, bright white cloudy head is chunky and sticky, lasting forever and leaving behind some damn good lacing on the glass.

Peppery hops, mild phenol alcohol, mint, and almost a menthol-like omnipresence to the whole thing. Not what I expected at first, but the following few sniffs bring out more of the fruity bouquet; bright citrus, grapefruit, tropical mango, pineapple, and dense pine trees. The abundance of spice on the front end is blunting the Citra more than I'd like, but I guess you can't always get what you want, right?

The first sip is a little bit watered down; not to the extreme, but kind of vapid for an 8.2% ABV double IPA. Nevertheless, it's still endlessly hoppy, just not to the ends of the earth. White pepper, vibrant citrus, grapefruit peel, mild mango. Not as fruity as the back-half of the nose, but the front-end isn't as peppery-spicy, either, so that's where the line is drawn.

Bitterness hits hard around mid-palate, but again - nothing too high or heavy for the style and size of the beer... It's actually quite mild for a DIPA. A nice, crisp, dry finish certainly helps the drinkability, and when coupled with the relatively lighter flavors and body, this is probably one of the more drinkable DIPAs out there, in the sense that you can throw it back without much hesitation between sips. Heavily carbonated, stingy mouth feel.

Decent. Not bad at all, really. I guess I just wanted a little more from it. A little more citrus or tropical fruit. A little more pine, a little more resin. Without being told, I might assume this is somewhere around a 6-7% ABV, regular IPA. It drinks like it, anyway. Definitely something I can vibe to, although there are some better shelf choices out there. Still a nice way to expand your catalog of rice IPAs, though.

Photo of tigg924
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste is a combination of pine, pineapple, tangerine, and oranges. Very citrusy IPA The Chinook hops really stick out. I have other IPAs that I prefer, but this one is a treat.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to swalden28 for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is resiny hops and not too much else. The flavor is more of the same. This is definitely a DIPA with an emphasis on resiny hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of boatshoes
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this bottle as an extra from jkane101 in a recent trade. Thanks man!

Appearance- Pours a hazy straw golden that is on the lighter side of a DIPA out of the bottle with about a finger and a half of nice creamy white head. Active beading and mild lacing left as I drink.

Smell- Very fruity. It's interesting but the last two DIPA I've had I've been getting strong lemon citrus notes, which I hadn't really noticed before in many DIPA I've had. This one's included though, get a lot of lemon and grapefruit out of the nose along with a little bit of pine needles.

Taste- Again, starts of with very fruity, lemony and grapefruit oriented hops. A pretty strong dose of piney resins follows that up. Finishes off with a slightly interesting spiciness and a nice drying bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is nice and substantial with good levels of carbonation to keep the beer moving. Drinkability is decent as well, though the beer sweetened up fairly substantially as it warmed I felt.

Overall, very solid DIPA. Wouldn't go a long ways out of my way to get it again but definitely worth a shot if you've got it in your area.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle via trade with Lunch - thanks!

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

Smells of pale malts with good amounts of rice aromas that are best described as slightly tart with hints of lemon peel. Also present are good amounts of bright citrus hop aromas with smaller amounts of tropical fruit hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the hops aren't quite as robust. Crisp pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined by wild rice flavors shortly thereafter. Solid amounts of hop flavors enter into things midway through the sip, mostly citrus but with hints of herbal and tropical fruit flavors as well. The hops carry through to a mildly bitter and crisp ending.

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

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more without any problems.

Overall I was expecting more a hop bomb when I saw the light color but the rice has more influence than I'd expected. An interesting beer that was impressive, worth a shot.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flying Fish- Exit 16

A- Bright yellow slightly hazy white with a good foamy frothy head. Decent ringed lacing.
S- Powerful citrus hops, oily pine, and tropical fruit.
T- Thick sweet buttery bready malt is quickly eclipsed by an even thicker citrus; grapefruit, apricot, and pineapple hop kick. Sticky oily fresh pine coats the mouth. Slight touch of tobacco and alc.
M- Very thick buttery sweet malt gives way to a punch of citrus and pine. Very West Coast with the bitter hops.

Overall- Good smooth DIPA. Another good NJ beer here to represent.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from Joe Canal's. Pours medium yellow with lots of retained lace. Citra hop aroma, smelling well contained and slightly fruity. Slightly acidic, despite a cushioning of malt, and sweet rice. Decent drinkability. A little tropical fruit. Decent and off-centered DIPA.

Photo of tempest
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at The Trappe Door in Emmaus, PA for $6. Ah nice, I see what they're going for—that super-hoppy, light bodied West Coast IPA/DIPA. Right up front there's a huge juicy punch of floral pine resin with grapefruit and a little tangerine. The flavor actually mellow out too much for my liking before the finish, but I'm still a fan. I'd say it's about on par with the Southern Tier 2XIPA. The body here is light and crisp, as intended, and it makes for a hop juice beer that's not astringent or tongue-bindingly bitter. Definitely give this a shot.

Photo of Shade1951
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant golden sunrise color! Very nice. Head dissipates quickly, but that's not a big deal for me. The smell... hmm. There IS some citrus, but something else too that I am not that fond of. Could this be the rice? Not sure. Very faint hint of nail polish. Or a bit of sourness. Not terrible. Just not that appealing.

The taste is for me primarily piney rather than citrusy. Again, there is a sort of muted flavor of... something I can't quite pin down... that I am not used to in IPA's. It's... OKAY. Is the flavor actually improving somewhat as it warms? Could be, or maybe I've had too much alcohol over the past hour or so.

Carbonation is pretty... active at first. Then settles down.

Well... it's not typical of the style, and there is no crime in that.

Overall, it is a beer that I would not turn down if offered to me. I don't think I would buy it again though.

Photo of mikey711
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Straw golden color with a very fluffy soapy white head that leaves great lacing. Slightly over carbonated as the head puffed up very fast, and there is a touch of cloudiness to this.

S: West coast hoppy DIPA all the way. Loads of citrus lemon, apricot, orange, pineapple and peach. Reminds me of elder the first time I tried it. There is also a mild touch of sweetness from the rice, it smells like white rice provides a subtle popcorn/buttery sweetness that goes nicely with the hops

T: A juicy citrus hop bomb for sure and I love it. Very much a west coast IPA with all of the fruitiness but there is a mild hint of grapefruit and piney bitterness. Not as resinous a PtY but damn tasty

M: Very smooth for a DIPA with no heat present and a welcoming lingering hop flavor. The rice definitely keeps this one lighter, but there is still a nice creaminess.

D: I think NJ may have a new best beer for the state. Flying Fish, please add this to your regular rotation

Photo of nickd717
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle via trade thanks to mikey711 on BA, shared at a tasting.

Clear golden in color with a large lasting white head and great lacing. Looks excellent.

Great hop aroma - citrusy and a little floral - with sweet malt in the background to back it up.

Flavor is also very nice, especially for an east coast DIPA. Sweet malt and wild rice (I swear I can taste it!) with loads of hops - citrusy (orange mainly), floral, tropical (pineapple), and resinous.

Medium-bodied and crisp and well-carbonated. Some hop resins attack your palate.

Overall, very impressive for an east coast DIPA. The California beer snobs I drank this with almost all approved, and that's saying something. Nice job, Flying Fish.

Photo of branimal9
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with my fellow Upstate BA'ers 6/9/2010.

Cloudy pale yellow in color, with spicy hops on the nose. Flavor brings a fresh piney hop character as well as a good amount of spiciness from the grain. Oily & creamy in texture, yet quite drinkable. Very nice!

Photo of cannabanaceae
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Big Ups to Mikey711 for this very fresh brew.

This beer has a filtered clean look to it. Pale yellow. Nice lacing. Would have been ok without the plastic red top.

Smell was very fruity, mango, pine, some floral weed notes. Stinky sweet malts. From smell alone, I would think this was a San Diego IIPA.

Taste very light considering the smell. The wild rice gave it a very unique aftertaste. Not much bittering hops were used, it seems like. A very clean taste. The pils malts make this a clean ipa. I would have liked a touch more sweetness. No alcohol burn whatsoever. Mouthfeel was thin.

This is a great session IIPA, probably the easiest drinking iipa ive had in a very long time. Hides the ABV% extremely well. I loved the use of rice in the mix. Very original. Very glad I tried this fresh. Outstanding East coast IIPA.

Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml capped and foiled bottle. Pours a honey straw color with plenty of tiny yeast particles floating about. A few shades lighter than the standard for the style. The beer has a very nice rocky pure white head that slowly settles into a chunky cap. The aroma is light for a DIPA but does have a nice citrus/pineapple hop aroma. The hop flavor is light for a DIPA as well but again it does have a nice citrus and pineapple hop flavor, some pepper as well. The DIPA does have the flavor of wild rice. I can't describe it any other way but that it has a wild rice flavor, subtle though. Definitely on the tame side of the style but I rather enjoy it. I would say it is a more malty IPA. A moderate to thick feel with noticable carbonation, great balance between the sweet malt and bitter hops. Drinks quite smooth with little to any harsh hop bitterness. Quite an enjoyable "DIPA". Great balance, nice flavors, no over the top characteristics. I can easily enjoy a few glasses of this. This was a hard beer to rate as it doesn't compare to the flavor profiles of a true DIPA but the balance and drinkability were great.

Photo of KTCamm
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours gold color, lighter side, not quite see through. What little foam there is to start with settles out. Sweet and bitter nose. Quite fruity too. Very balanced bitter flavor. Loads of fruit as a beginner. Very orange-y. Very good.

Photo of nimrod979
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a best by date of... nothing.Why do breweries do this? pet peeve. Anyhow, this was recommended to me by a guy at Total Wine.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly pale and hazy traw yellow. Quite thin white head that fades to a film. Not much going on as far as lacing.

Aroma: Lemon and citrus. Tropical, mango, hints of pine. Hops all the way. Very fresh

Taste: Bright lemony citrus. A little too much on the sweet side. Reminds me of lemon meringue pie. Tons of tropical fruity juicy hops underlying hints of pine towards the end. Some grainy flavors also present, I assume, from the rice.

Mouthfeel: 8.2%? You'd never know. Extremely light and easy drinking for a double... hell, it's light for a regular IPA. Juicy hops throughout give a nice juicy and bitter finish. Lot's of wet and fresh flavors here. Carbonation is average.

Decent recommendation indeed. Not sure that I would seek out again. but would definitely drink one if I came across it on draft somewhere.

Photo of Treyliff
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a hazy & murky golden color with a creamy one-finger white head that retains nicely after the pour

S- citrus and piney hops up front with a dry and clean pilsener malt aroma

T- tangerine and mango fruity notes up front with a hint of pine, dry and clean malty undertones allow the hops to shine, as they continue through to the finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues through to the finish

O- the rice definitely lets the hops shine, high drinkability as well

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, lots of citrus. Taste is hoppy, bitter, some citrus, a touch of malts, well balanced and drinkable. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a tulip glass. Freshness date of 4-24-14 which, I believe, makes this just over 5 weeks young.

A - Light golden straw color with a little over a finger of white head that sticks around for a little longer than expected. This wonderfully delicate lacing (that I really love) encompasses the glass throughout.

S - The smell on this one is really lovely. It's not overly aggressive, but the grapefruit and pine play really nicely together.

T - More of the same as the nose. I am getting a little more pine than in the nose. Flavors again aren't all that aggressive, which, I've gotta be honest, is kind of a nice change of pace - especially compared to your typical DIPA's out there. The rice lends itself to a nice clean finish just begging you to take another sip.

M - Light carbonation and a medium body for a DIPA. It's honestly pretty damn enjoyable.

O - Yeah. This is a good one. It's a shame I don't see it all that fresh very often. Or maybe I'm just overlooking it. But be careful with this one. Such a light, clean beer at 8.2% could be very dangerous. Cheers.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a lemony-gold with a bright clarity and a fluffy, milky white head that was 2 fingers high and displayed a good state of retention. Carbonation was medium at first before quickly dying down to a light sporadic showing. A light misty haze is observed within the body while the head lapses leaving random splattered results for a lacing.

S: The nose was sweet and fruity with the suggested mangos and papaya scents coming though without any subliminal help. Light lemony-pine hints were also present along with fresh orange slices.

T: The flavor was crisp with a light sense of oranges and fruity character. Sweet mangos and dried tropical fruit combine with dry light pine notes against a crisp dry palate of rice to really highlight and bring forth a sweet and hop flavor. A light herbal hopping is well noted along with semi-tart citrus and lemon-grass. The rice palate really lets the different hop varieties come through nicely here while providing a dry crisp touch. What I really liked about this ipa was how it was so unique, the hopping was well balanced in regards to each variety with a nice deal of complexity, fruity and herbal with soft citrus tones that balanced well against the crisp rice backing that never tried to be obnoxious or big. It shines in its layering, dry palate and complex hoppiness that is ample enough to justify ipa standards and satisfy most hopheads, but respectful and easy enough for almost anyone to enjoy. This was a refreshing break from the typical west coast ipas loaded with citrus and not much else, not that there is anything wrong with that, but was a welcome break and nice change of pace. Also the idea of using rice in a craft beer, especially an ipa, was ingenious to allow the vast complexity of hoppiness shine though while maintaining a soft dryness and crisp palate.

M: The mouthful was calm with a medium fullness and had a very smooth texture. Crisp, dry with a light lemony-grass fade this was a nice hold if I wasn't so looking forward to the next sip.

D: Drinkability is where this goes the extra mile, Hoppy, crisp and dry, but with a good level of bitterness that was smooth and well rounded makes this a perfect summer time quencher. Keg worthy if so fortunate to come across, this was a another wonderful surprise from a NJ brewer who is stepping up their game like no other. The 8.2% is hardly a factor or noticeable during consumption. A unique and daring twist on the style that certainly pays off and once again, gives NJ some street cred in the big craft beer scene that im sure many will soon be discovering.

Photo of hippityhops85
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sipping this on draft at Capones in Norristown, PA on 3/29/2010. Poured into a 16 oz pint glass. Pours a crystal clear yellow golden color with a ridiculously billowly head.

The nose is lots of amazingly citriusy hops. Lots of ruby grapefruit. Slight malt backbone but overall an intoxicatingly sweet, hoppy aroma.

The taste is absolutely suburb. Looks lighter than it drinks. Great floral hops, not overwhelming and very balanced. The malt holds up the middle of the beer with another great hop blast at the end of the sip.

Drinkability on this is on the higher end but it does clock in a some higher ABV and the general viscosity of the beer led me to check it as a sipper. The ABV is completely masked by the awesome flavor to it's credit.

I'm so happy to have been able to try this. Immediatly bought a bottle of it after trying it on draft. I think Flying Fish nailed it with this one. Wouldn't be surprised if it didn't reach celeb status. If you can find it, order it.

Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Very tight white head with about four fingers and very good retention. The body color is quite a surprise of a very cloudy dark butter lemon yellow. No hints of brown for this double imperial and what looks like sediment throughout the glass. It's as if the body is stuck in suspended animation.

Bouquet is a very nice fresh hops and also grapefruit and then moving to lemon. Great fresh lemon squeeze on this its as if the smell goes with the color also. Big citrus nose on this but allowing hops to come through. Very impressive.

Taste is quite unique. Hoppy and lemon front, with little carbonation super easy drinking. A very tolerable lime/hop finish and bitterness too after. Grapefruit chew and rind giving to sugars on swallowing. No alcohol heat to be noticed barely at all. Makes for very high drinkability.

Photo of jmalex
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thus far, the Exit Series has been nothing short of "Can't Miss". But can a Rice I2PA keep the streak of amazing beers going?

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory willibecker an intense clear, golden color with a bright white head on top. The head is quite rocky and takes its time dropping to a full cap.

SMELL: Wow! Pure west coast style here. The hops are full of citrus, pine, and grapefruit rind and really beat you in the face full force. In the background is an odd vegetal graininess which I can only assume is from the rice. Not sure if I like it, but it sure is unique and interesting.

TASTE: Is it any surprise that the hops dominate here as well? The same flavors that the aroma had come through fairly resinous and bold. The malt does make a showing however, but not quite as sweet as one would otherwise expect. Perhaps this too is a result of the rice.

MOUTHFEEL: Almost dry but not quite there. But don't confuse body with sweetness, because while this has a bit of the former, it doesn't suffer from too much of the latter. Carbonation is average and appropriate.

DRINKABILITY: Not overly sweet, not overly big, and no indication of the 8.2% ABV. I should be able to make short work of this 750mL.

Another slam dunk. These Exit beers are must-haves for any beer lover. I can't think of a better way to welcome in the 70 degree temperatures today than a few glasses of I2PA.

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Exit 16 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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