Exit 16 - Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Reviews by zeledonia:
3.95/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Visiting family in New Jersey, and this brewery was near the top of my list to try. Sadly, little idea on how fresh this is, but it was refrigerated, so that gives me hope.
Pours a very pale straw yellow, looking more like a light lager than a DIPA. I'm sure that's intentional, but it's not doing it for me so much. One finger of white head, decent retention, good lacing. I'm attributing the color to the rice, and giving them a pass on it.
I can tell this wants to be big on the hops, but it's just not. What's there is delightful, but there ain't enough of it! Some pine, some tropical fruits. Just give me more of it. Find myself having to stretch, digging my nose deeper into the glass to pull out those faint aromas.
Mouthfeel is top-notch. Medium-light body, lighter than normal thanks to that rice, and dryer as well. A really crisp, quick dry finish, that sucks the moisture out, but leaves just enough for the flavor to stick. Medium-low carbonation, flaring up in the middle and then relaxing. Very nice.
Taste is good. Comes across very balanced, despite substantial hop flavors. There's bitterness, but there's some resinous pine too (or maybe that's the Christmas tree downstairs getting in my head?). Has a really soft touch, with the grains supporting it completely, but without really making themselves felt.
This is a darn good beer. I like it, and I'll happily finish the six-pack. I really like the lightness, crispness, and dryness that the rice adds, and that makes it a pretty unique beer. If I weren't from the land of Abrasive, which I consider the top DIPA bar none, I might be a little more impressed.
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2012 06:32:09 | More by zeledonia
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3.9/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]
The pour was a lightly cloudy golden yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white creamy head that diminished slowly, down to a large puddled film and medium collar with excellent sheets of lacing.
The aroma was pleasantly sweet with light grain malts, citrus and floral hops and a mild earthy yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit and tangerine), tropical fruit (mango, pineapple and papaya) and a very light hint of alcohol.
The taste started out lightly sweet with notes of caramel and citrus, but quickly became moderately bitter with a bold fruitiness and a strong alcohol presence at the end. The flavor lasted for a nice long time following the swallow, with a hoppy alcohol taste left lingering on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was a bit beyond light in body with a creamy, dry texture and a carbonation that was a subdued medium in intensity.
Overall this is a really tasty and well balanced IPA. I don't know if it is the rice that made the difference, but it is put together exceptionally well making it a very enjoyable drinking experience...
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2014 18:19:54 | More by KajII
Exit 16 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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