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Exit 16 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Ratings: 517
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.7%

Brewed by:
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:
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.

(Beer added by: donniecuffs on 03-10-2010)
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Photo of DaveAnderson


2.41/5  rDev -41.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 01:27:13 | More by DaveAnderson
Photo of Duane_Opfer


3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 02:27:23 | More by Duane_Opfer
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 01:12:33 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of jmdrpi


3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 03:02:20 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 19:49:17 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of thecarster1


3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 21:09:50 | More by thecarster1
Photo of tone77


3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 10:02:07 | More by tone77
Photo of treehugger02010


3.6/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 21:02:04 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of macrosmatic


3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 02:45:17 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of 57md


3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2013 05:49:43 | More by 57md
Photo of mvanaskie13


3.69/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:04:18 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of BarrytheBear


3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 22:21:17 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of Florida9


3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 15:29:56 | More by Florida9
Photo of ridglens


3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 20:26:07 | More by ridglens
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 23:44:29 | More by Sammy
Photo of kevanb


3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 01:34:53 | More by kevanb
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

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

Pours a hazy golden yello color, very minimal head due to the cask pour. Smell is faint and brings whiffs of grass, hary, lemony hops with a hint of tropical fruit. Taste begins with a bitter smack, easing into a citrusy/lemony taste, finally ending up with a light, earthy, grassy taste. Overall a very lite taste, dominated by some strong, but unbalanced hop notes. Medium bodied, carbed to style, slight twangy aftertaste and dry finnish. A good beer, but nothing earth shattering.

Serving type: cask

03-22-2010 14:34:25 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 18:00:52 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of jhawth


3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured into a DFH snifter. Pours a light gold with a finger and half head of fine foam. Nice head retention.

Aroma: Hops dominate with rich tropical fruits followed up by floral and herbal notes.

Taste: Fruity and floral hop notes paired with a light and relatively dry malt presence. Interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, light carbonation.

Overall: Interesting, enjoyable, and drinkable DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 03:37:24 | More by jhawth
Photo of corby112


3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: cask

09-06-2012 00:10:30 | More by corby112
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - pours a crystal clear golden straw hue. approximately two fingers worth of quickly fading yet tightly packed pearly white foam. leaves Jackson Pollack style lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is dank and citric. Orange, papaya, pineapple and a hint of lemon zest notes all grace the nose. pine and resinous notes as well.

T - hop flavor starts from the beginning. On the tip of the tounge there is is a touch of bready dough and crisp crust but sweet and bitter citric flavors dominate. Lots of crisp bitter orange peel while tropical fruits lend to a round and juicy center. bitterness again dominates the finish.

M - light bodied. very crisp texture. High carbonation reminiscent of champagne.

O - A nice DIPA. I really like the drink-ability of it and this particular bottle is very tasty but I have had others which are a bit more muddled. As with other beers I am taking into account consistency in the overall score.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 07:41:24 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Looks a lot like a hefeweizen with a glowing hazy golden body and a frothy 2.5 finger bright white head. Retention is good with some decent sticky lacing left behind.

No doubts about the style once you get a whiff of this stuff. Tart grapefruit and lemon with lighter elements of sweeter mango and melon. Some pine and a bit of light malt in the background.

The hop flavors are reversed, with pine showing up first. Gets a little spicy with prickly carbonation and crisp malt for a moment, then the citrus kicks in- juicy sweetened grapefruit, tangerine, a little mango. Not bad at all. My only complaint comes in the finish. Just when things are getting really good, there's a flash of bitterness at the swallow that abruptly disappears. The finish is oddly clean, with little lingering except for lightly toasty malt and a touch of booziness. I suppose that's the point of the rice, but the tame finish detracts from the enjoyment for me.

Overall impression: I prefer more palate-wrecking lingering resiny bitterness in the style, but this is a tasty beer that goes down with alarming ease. I'd love to try the same beer sans the rice.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 01:35:14 | More by PDXHops
Photo of hayesez


3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DocPenguin for tossing in this very nice extra. Split with ridglens and kate instead of doing p90x...oops.

Poured my portion into a Stone IRS tulip and was surprised at how light in color this was. A very hazy canary with a nice white head that sticks around quite a while and leaves a small amount of disjointed lace.

The smell is fairly mild but has obvious citrus characteristics. Some sweetness (pineapple, and surely other sweet fruits), but more noticeably there is the telltale grapefruit. Has the nice range of scents like many of the top IPAs, but the intensity is quite muted.

As soon as the beer hits the lips, the bitter hops are immediately noticeable. Again, not in your face kind of stuff, but obvious. Soon after the sweetness that was revealed in the aroma is detected. The taste ends quickly leaving a virtually nothing. Not really sure exactly what the rice does here, but I've gotta say I'm not overly impressed. A lighter medium-bodied beer that has good, albeit it fairly restrained, taste.

Overall, I'm a bit disappointed, although it is still a very solid beer. I'm not convinced the rice really does that much. Easy to drink and tasty, but a bit mild for a something of this style.

Consumed: 8/11/2010

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 08:24:04 | More by hayesez
Photo of Holland


3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: looks like a light lager, very clear and thin, but really interesting light, pale golden color. Nice head, good carbonation, no doubt the clearest DIPA I've seen.

S: hops - citrus and juniper, nice smelling and a little bitter

T: very hoppy and bitter, some alcohol, and then more bitter on the back end.

M: light and thin for the style with great carbonation

O: looks like bud light, tastes like a hop bomb. Taste could be improved with more balance, but it's a nice refreshing take on the DIPA. $12/6-pack at Wegman's Cherry Hill.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 16:11:11 | More by Holland
Photo of Jimmys


3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 o bottle into tulip. best by 09/06/13.

A: very pale body. paler than your typical DIPA. bright white head, frothy. good retention. thick spotted lacing.

S: a lot of melon and cantaloupe. a glimpse of sweet, unfermented sugar. a unique blend of hops.

T: similar to the nose, a bit of sweetness. citrus and melon. subtle and a little bit of pepper in there with the fruity hops.

M: carb is mellow, but not too much so. works well. medium body.

D: very drinkable for a double ipa. dangerous even. super smooth, lightly floral, decent citrus.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 01:12:04 | More by Jimmys
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Exit 16 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.