Exit 16 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Reviews: 216
Hads: 747
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 81
Gots: 105 | 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 DaveAnderson
2.42/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to SammyJaxxxx for the bottle.

This beer should be right up my alley. According to the label, it is brewed with 5 hop varieties and dry-hopped with Citra and Chinook. And it seems fresh, with a bottle date over 5 months into the future (which I presume means it was bottled within the last month). But, despite the brown bottle, this appears to be light-struck. Completely dominated by skunk.

It's a crying shame. (422 characters)

Photo of BACG
3.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

In terms of the less involved senses the beer is average.

The taste is crisp and clean with a lot of sweetness for a dipa. I could not discern any rice flavor.

Great beer, nothing to write home about however. (212 characters)

Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wasn't overly pleased with this beer. On the nose I got this sweet kinda oniony/garlic type dankness to it. Definitely not the best smelling DIPA in the world. The taste to me was like this earthly slightly piney, sweet type taste. It says it's dry hopped with Citra........wasn't getting much citrus notes. I've been trying TONS of IPAs and DIPAs lately and this one is on the bottom in my opinion. (400 characters)

Photo of gopens44
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

So I was very excited to try this one, as it appears to have a decent amount of acclaim behind it. Poured into a standard pint glass to find a rather ordinary IPA in appearance. Certainly nothing bad, as it's crystal clear straw color allowed for a nice definition between the beer and foamy white head. Not too long after, head dissipates almost completely. Lacing not very apparent either. Nose was confusing at first. Smelled bitter, but no real essence to attach to that bitterness. No floral, no pine, no onion. Just strangely bitter. Taste follows the nose until an earthy taste comes up. Finishes very thin and leaves just a bit of bitter on the tongue with no sweetness. Had I not seen this categorized as a DIPA, I would have called it an ESB in a blind tasting. (771 characters)

Photo of Shade1951
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
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. (874 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours more yellow than expected, kind of a golden color. Good head develops and retention is quite good, leaving a light tan, 1/2" thick layer 15 minutes after the pour.
Smell is well balanced with a solid piney hop lead and malt playing back up.
Taste is hoppy up front, malt hides but can be found, a bit of grass is present and some alcohol. Not the normal profile of an Imperial IPA, more of a normal one with a lityle more alcohol.
Drying, medium bodied, medium effervescence. A bit harsh on the swallow. (511 characters)

Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an IPA glass. "Use by" date of 12/1.

A - Golden orange and clear. Little carbonation. No head. No lacing as beer recedes. Nothing remarkable.

S - Slight tropical fruit. Somewhat muddled. Label specifies several tropical flavors and pine, but I am not picking them clearly, if at all.

T - The dominant flavor is alcohol. I taste some tropical fruit again dominated by the alcohol. The finish is also somewhat muddled.

M - Thin and dry. Nothing remarkable.

O - Hopefully I purchased a bad sample, but I am thoroughly unimpressed with this beer. I am a DIPA and IPA fan, and this beer misses the mark. I will not buy again. (651 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, 'Use by" date of 5-11-14.

appears a crystal clear pale straw color, soapy bone-white head. looks like a light lager. fruity hop nose. citrus, grassy, orange. some corn too. minimal malt flavor in the taste, clean hop taste. crisp. earthy, not as much citrus flavor as in the aroma. thin body, high level of fizzy carbonation.

overall - it's okay, but not how I like by DIPA's. (394 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to psudrew for this one.

4.0 A: Hazy peach color. Two fingers of creamy white head with good retention and a decent amount of lacing.

4.0 S: Pungent hops take over. Lots of pineapple, mango, and cat piss. Malts add just enough sweetness to add complexity. Rice is not apparent.

3.0 T: Definitely not what I expected. I expected the rice to lighten the body, but that isn't the case. Noticeable bitterness, but hop flavor is much subdued compared with what I expected from the nose. Pine, grapefruit, and pineapple. Malts are moderately bready. Rice provides (at least I think) an extra earthy flavor.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. No problems here, but nothing special either.

3.5 D: Not bad, but nothing too great either. I'd drink it on occasion if I could get a sixer or something. (856 characters)

Photo of thecarster1
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- 750ml bottle poured into a tulip, two plus fingers fades slow leaving lots of lace and trailing, hazy golden straw.

s- malty, earthy, citric hops, a bit of dryness.

t- malt base comes through first, earthy hops, nicely bittered lingers, grapefruit pith, maybe a touch of pineapple, some toasty malt, finish is dry and crisp from the rise.

m- thin to med.

d- not the best exit series that i've had, but it was drinkable, missing something that i can't quite put my finger on. (481 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler from a 12 oz bottle. Best by 7/15/15.

Color is light gold, almost straw. Very slight haze, but pretty clear. Two finger white head that faded to a light coating of bubbles. Some lacing, but it slides back down fairly quickly. Smell is herbal, grassy hops and malt. Flavor pretty much follows that with some grassy flavors and some caramel malt with a mildly bitter lemony finish. Body is light with quite a bit of carbonation. Overall, it's any easy drinking, tasty beer. (503 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a tulip style glass. There was about two fingers of foam that dies down pretty quickly. The coloring is really light. It is a pale yellow.

I really enjoy the nose on this one. I got a lot of citrus, and some flowering hops. There was also some sweetness in the bouquet. The flavor doesn't play as well. The balance is pretty far off. You get a lot of bitterness without any offset.

This is an interesting Imperial IPA. I would like to try it again to see if my opinion changes. (503 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of treehugger02010
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine gave me a bottle of this a bit ago. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a clear light yellow. The head is a bright white color, three fingers tall, small bubbles, great retention, and thin but good lacing.
Smell: The aromas are resiney, grass, and pine.
Taste: The flavors are very resiney, toffee, and earthy.
Mouthfeel: The body is thick with a crisp but dirty finish.
Drinkability: This us a good beer.
Don't drink and review. (465 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to yankeepride for sending this bottle as an extra in our trade! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazy light gold, with a finger's worth of white head over average levels of visible carbonation.

S: Resin and citrus rind hops, some mild ethanol aroma, pale crystal malts, and a light fruity bubblegum.

T: Citrus rind and tropical fruit hops, and a touch of bubblegum up front (there are certain sips of this beer that taste of Belgian yeast - I'm not certain why). Then pine resin hops, alcohol/ethanol flavor (possibly from the rice?). Lightly bitter with an almost berry-fruit sweetness in the hang.

M: Very light body, decent amount of carbonation sensation, and moderate alcohol presence.

O: A different take on an IPA, for sure. It's not bad, but just not something I'd go back to repeatedly. A worthy experiment, perhaps, but not one I'm sure succeeded as much as was intended. (957 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (177 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is very transparent straw, good bubbles, thin head, bright white in color, no lacing and just a ring remains.

Aroma is big hops, pungent, citrus, grapefruit, mango, lemon but is quickly followed by sweeter flavor, could be the malt or rice/malt mix.

Taste is big hop forward flavor, citrus heavy, some pinier notes than the aroma, flavor is dry but very thin, something seems off, maybe the rice/malt combination with the strong hops aren't blending well. that said it is quality taste from such thin ingredients at this strength.

Mouthfeel is very dry, very crisp, nice lingering flavors and solid dipa presence.

Overall, this is a very good beer, flavor and aroma are slightly off from a good dipa, but it comes through in the flavor and mouthfeel. (798 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big mama jama bottle courtesy of Thorpe429...thanks Mike.

Unfiltered straw yellow pour with as steady, frothy inch thick head.

Nose is a bit soapy, faint tropical frutiness, and a very discernible scent of Uncle Ben's. Seriously, the rice scent is the most vivid of the scents. Has this beer already started it's decline?

Exit 16 is very light bodied and the hop presence quite faint, backing up the soft scents. Sweetness of a typical double is certainly cut by the rice. While this beer is easy going down, and the snappy carbonation keeps this enjoyable, there's really not much going on with this beer. Having read many positive ratings, and some of those quite recent, I'm wondering if this is an atypical bottle. My sense is this beer is not quite what it once was. (774 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a light golden with a thin layer of head. The nose is piney and a touch hoppy. The flavor is light, super light... too light for a DIPA. There is a hop-forward finish; again, nothing close to what I might expect in a solid DIPA.

There is still some tastiness to this offering. It drinks like a session beer, but packs an 8.2% ABV wallop! It is definitely light enough to drink all night, but you'll risk falling off the stool when you're done and needing a designated driver to get home. (502 characters)

Photo of ridglens
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hayesez for this taste, drank right after a pliny (tough act to follow)

Pours a pale light orange-yellow. A one and a half finger head goes to thin bubbly swirls in the middle, some light bubble lacing on the side. Smell is a decent dose of fresh hops, with some fresh citrus but kind of underwhelming. a decently sweet malt profile is present as well. Taste Follows smell. Definitely a good taste, but not great. just kind of underwhelming. some definite hoppy, great flavors but not as much there as there should be. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but decent carbonation helps it a lot. Drinkability is good, as the beer is light, but it doesn't beg to be drank. (672 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying Fish Exit 16 has a dull, golden body with a bright white head. The head is really fluffy, with some pretty good retention and lacing.

The aroma is packed with fruity hop aromas that bring grapefruit, pineapple and apricot to mind. The malt base is pale and understated.

A big hop profile comes through up front. A searing flash of bitterness is followed by juicy grapefruit, some orange, maybe a hint of lemon along with pineapple and apricot. The malt base comes next, but it is pale and light. The malt is really just along for the ride here. The finish has a sizable bit of alcohol warming.

The mouthfeel is actually really light and thin for a beer that is so big and hoppy.

Exit 16 is a pretty good beer. It's definitely the best flying fish beer that I have sampled. I like the focus on hops and the use of pale, understated malts. (848 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very hazy dark pastel yellow. Pours with a very large, fluffy white head that eventually reduces down to a rocky surface coating. Good retention and lacing.

S: Orange, citrus and a light malty sweetness.

T: Sweetness on the front end. Then citrus, grapefruit, grain, cereal and a bit of peppery spice. Moderate bitterness.

M: Lighter side of medium with a noticeable sweetness in the mouth. Appropriate carbonation.

D: Good, but a little too sweet for my preference. (475 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a very clear golden color, hues of orange and straw, a touch of sediment in the glass, but generally very clear with a soapy white head, not much there with poor retention and light lacing. The aroma is of a citrusy hops, touches of bitter and earthy pine with lots of pale grain, rice, and alcohol. The flavors are right in line, tangerine and grapefruit, piney hops with lighter grain, the hops are a bit more in control here. Rice is there again, reminds me of a musky asian lager, alcohol heavy finish. The body is thin and heavily carbonated, almost abrasive on the tongue, the finish is juicy rather than dry, prickly bubbles as it goes down.

Verdict: A mediocre Double IPA from Flying Fish, there is a lot of potential here for a pungent, fruit forward IPA that could be really great, but I'm not convinced rice is the right adjunct for this beer. (897 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a hazy, dark golden yellow color with a half finger white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy yet sweet aroma with resinous, grassy hops along with sweet citrus and pale malts.  Floral pine needle followed by grapefruit, lemon rind, pineapple ,biscuit and grainy graham cracker malt.  Nice hop presence in the nose but it's slightly muted by the cask.

Medium bodied with delicate carbonation and a dank, resinous hop flavor up front that provides a lot of dry bitterness that lingers over the sweeter fruit notes and pale malts into a dry finish.  Piny and floral with earthy grass followed by citrus fruit, mostly lemon, grapefruit and subtle tropical fruit notes.  Pale biscuit malt backbone providing subtle balance without getting in the way of hops.  Boozy heat toward the finish.  Nicely balanced and pretty drinkable. (929 characters)

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Exit 16 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.