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Exit 16 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Reviews: 219
Hads: 754
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 82
Gots: 110 | FT: 4
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:
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 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 metter98
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is relatively clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a small head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of pine resin hops, although these aren't nearly as piney as some other IPAs and have underlying notes of citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by an interesting mélange of hop flavors including mango, pine and grapefruit. This complexity becomes more apparent as the beer warms up. A moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied, crisp and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this is a lighter-bodied Imperial IPA (likely due to the use of the wild rice), I really enjoyed it because it still delivers lots of hop aromas and flavors without an excessive amount of bitterness or malts. The beer is quite drinkable and no traces of alcohol are perceptible. (1,099 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a very light gold, just barely darker than a pilsner. Nice fluffy white head and a good ring of lacing as it goes down.

S: Tropical fruits--mango, pineapple, and apricot alongside a little bit of citrus. Not malt sweetness.

T: Similar to the nose, but the intensity is taken up a notch. The malt sweet is again decidedly lacking, making this very much West Coast in style.

M: Dry and crisp. The rice really does wonders for drying this one out in addition to the lack of any noticeable malt presence.

D: Very nice all around. At 8%, it's not too big, although not necessarily sessionable either. Very nice hop profile and the mouthfeel is fantastic. Very glad I got to pick up a few bottles of this, and another one in a slew of great East Coast IPA's that I've had lately. (788 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a two finger head that leaves some streaky lacing behind; great retention after it settles down

Smell: Plenty of tropical fruit in the aroma, ranging from grapefruit pith to lemon and pineapple; the malt is crisp and light

Taste: Light bread, up front, with the hops taking over quickly with their citrus and tropical fruit flavors; after the swallow, the hops continue to provide a nice fruity bitterness, with the rice blend showing up in the aftertaste, with a flavor that is reminiscent of rice pudding

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I have been sitting on this beer for a few months now and probably should have consumed it sooner; still, it is drinking great even after all this time

Thanks, mjmadden, for the opportunity (808 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really enjoy these Exit brews. This beer poured out as a nice golden color, big white foamy head and left behind some good lacing also. The nose was hoppy and it got me excited to dive into this beer. The taste had a great amount of hoppy flavors in there. The aftertaste was bitter and dry. The mouthfeel wasn't too heavy at all. Found it to be clean and crisp. Overall very enjoyable brew. (391 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious showcase of Citra and Chinook hops because of both the bold hopping rates and the very light malt base.

Exit 16 starts with a hazy straw color that hedges toward golden hues. A bright white and fluffy head forms on the beer, holds very well, and leaves terrific lace as the beer fades.

Bright and fragrant hops display and array of aromas from yellow grapefruit and lemon grass to pineapples and appricots (both citrusy and tropical fruits). All this resting on a soft pillow of lightly kilned pale malts and pilsner scents. Though the malts give slight balance and complexity, this beer is all about the hops.

Hops once again dominate the flavor with all the citrus and tropical fruit flavors described in the nose but also with a the bitey bitterness of pine resins and fresh cut grasses. Again, a slight cracker-like maltiness comes into play at mid palate but is short lived as the bitter and hoppy finish take the beer into ultimately crisp flavors through the aftertaste.

Modestly weighted for a Double IPA, but this is better than the typical syrupy alternatives. The beer turns crips, clean, and refreshing right from the start. The well attenuated malt character leads to quick dryness, aided by the high hop content, rice adjuncts, and high alcohol. No fusal alcohols or unnecessary astringency or bite, this is a most impressive beer. I personally like these drier IPA's best.

Flying Fish undertook a bold and daring stance using the rice adjuncts to lighten the body and boost alcohol in the name of the native grains. But it works- the beer turns out wonderful, boastful, and proud. It reminds me of Goose Island's IPA but with a slightly crisper mouthfeel and Americanized hop profile. Well done my New Jersy friends.

Thanks a ton Mikeyv35! (1,773 characters)

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

750ml bottle shared by nickd717. Thank you, Nick. I had never heard of this beer before and had no expectations, so this was a very pleasant surprise. The beer is clear for the first glass, hazier toward the end of the bottle. The pale gold body is topped by a nice fluffy white head that retains well.

The aroma is bright and crisp with a big tropical fruit hop character. Pineapple, wildflowers, lemon, grapefruit, only a hint of malt. This smells outstanding.

Big citra hop flavor. Pineapple and lemon peel, a touch of sweet guava and white pepper. There's a faint maltiness, but this is largely dry and hoppy with a big juicy tropical fruit character. The finish is dry and crisp, only moderately bitter. This is apparently brewed with wild rice, but I didn't pick up on that at all. Perhaps it contributed to the pale golden color, light body and overall dryness, in which case I wish more breweries would make American adjunct double IPAs. This is a San Diego quality DIPA from New Jersey - awesome. (1,007 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another gen from NJ I was thrilled to be able to dig into. This one I had heard great things about and was very anxious to try I have to admit. Served chilled I enjoyed this one on 06/09/2010.



The pour was a very light golden amber with a smooth two inch head of white foam. Falling back slowly it left behind a good amount of side lacing that coating the glass nicely for a few moments before falling back down. The end result was a rocky and broken crown that coated the top of the glass.

The aroma was light hops, grapefruit, and hints of lemon spice and a touch of light wheat. Warming seemingly bringing a lot of balance to this and the wheat/rice aroma comes through much more clearly leaving a fresh grass like aroma in the air. Quick hitting with a light touch of tart and a smooth, effortless hop presence this one comes at you. Light grapefruit, pineapple, touches of lemon again all becoming very clear now. Smooth, subtle and very dry finish is left on the palate with a nice long lingering flavor.

Overall very solid. Nearly silent ABV and a light texture led to this one being incredibly drinkable and complex. Really a superb offering here from them that I heard more then a few people talking about. (1,221 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Steve for sending this one my way. Shared in line at the Veritas release.

A: The pour is a pale golden color with a light haze and a very fluffy white head on top.

S: A very intense citrus aroma which is primarily grapefruit, along with a touch of tropical fruits such as pineapple. A light sweetness and perhaps a bit of pine.

T: I was a bit disappointed that the flavors did not quite live up to the nose, but the components were quite similar. The bitterness was more pronounced than I would expect with the pine and grapefruit being the primary hop contributions.

M: Fairly light in body, which is likely due to the rice used in the brewing of the beer. A nice crisp and moderate level of carbonation.

D: A really nice IPA from the side of the country that I generally shy away from in regards to the style. A really excellent nose and a nice beer to try. (874 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, medium yellow-hued body with a small, brief, white head.

Smell: Grapefruit and mango notes atop the subtler pilsner maltiness ahead of the (to my surprise that it's even present) clean-cut scent of rice.

Taste: Pale and pils malts with ample sweetness of confectioner's sugar striking the tongue. Mango, white grapefruit, moderate resins strike the tongue, doling out a fair amount of hop bitterness as they ride along, like members of a parade tossing out cheap candy. All the while the rice mix dipping in and out of the taste. Dry, hoppy finish, not overly bitter, though, and with some low, lingering rich quality after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, the rice really helped to lighten this up; it's a nice change from some of the heavy, sticky DIPA's. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: While I am relieved to be enjoyed a 12 ounce bottle versus a hefty 750ml deal (as I would be with just about any beer), I will say I enjoyed it far more than anticipated. Rice is nice. (1,081 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased this bottle at the Fridge, poured chilled from the 12oz brown bottle in an IPA glass.

The color golden clear with visible carbonation and 2 1/2 fingers of white head with avg bead and snowy wavy lace. The smell has a lot of citrus and tropical aroma wiht light grapefruit in the nose and slight floral hop ester with a moderately herbal scent. The feel is very lush with lots of hop resins and low astringency with medium light carbonation and moderate bitterness and mild dry tangy finish.

The taste is lightly spiced up front with tangerine and grapefruit hop flavor with perhaps a mild pineapple aroma carrying over into the taste with fruity tropical quality and light hint of herbal hop aspects. The malt is low in the taste with mild pepper and juicy citrus the focus with mild grain flavor as it warms with subtle alcohol. Overall I really enjoyed this with nice use of Citra and Chinook for both the aroma ...the rice adds to the feel giving a gentle dry impression which enhances drinkability. (1,018 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rice? An adjunct iipa?? What is the world coming to.

I do feel like the overall body of this is dryer, though I think some people might feel it is thin. The hop character is nice. It carries good citrus tones with some earthyness too, but just a wee bit. Overall it's pine and the citrus really. Carbonation is somewhat biting. This is a good iipa. I like it. Big ups to Flying Fish for getting their shit together. Haha! (422 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fbm115 for sending me a couple bottles of this one.
Served with dinner at a friend's house, so I was forced to use wine glasses.

A - Pours with a finger of off-white foam that dissipates to a thin cap and ring. Spotty lace is left behind on the sides of the glass. The body is a hazy golden straw color.

S - Wow! You can smell the rice - it's much more present than in the Kuhnhenn DRIPA. Lots of sweet citrus, a bit of cattiness and tropical fruits, and a bit of pine. The malt character is quite understated - unsurprising considering it's all pale and pils malt. The ABV is also better hidden than the Kuhnhenn.

T - Largely pine and tangerine, and not as much rice. A bit of a sugary malt backbone. Bitterness is lower, but builds a little over 8oz or so. Nice West Coast vibe going on here, but nothing special.

M - The body is medium-light, with light zesty carbonation, and lots of oiliness. Super dry finish, enamel coating residual texture. Quite excellent.

D - The lower bitterness and ABV makes this extremely drinkable for a DIPA. I shared the 750ml with a friend and could have had even more - probably could have downed the entire bottle on my own. Excellent texture also makes it quick to down as well. (1,231 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours a hazy golden color with an inch of white head.

s - Smells of citrus hops, lemon, floral hops, and maybe some wheat.

t - Taste follows the nose; mostly lemon, and other citrus hops. Little bit of bitterness to it.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A nice DIPA. Not too bitter and some nice citrus in the smell and taste, but nothing overpowering. Would try again. (424 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip, no bottle date. Pours slightly cloudy and hazy golden amber color with a fairly dense 2 finger white head with nice retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. A decent amount of lacing sticks to the glass as well. Aromas of huge orange, grapefruit, lemon, pine, caramel, tropical fruit, and spices. Some awesome IPA aromas here with good strength and balance. Taste of huge orange, grapefruit, pineapple, pine, caramel, and a bit of spices. Wow, so much well balanced and hoppy flavor. A bit of lingering bitterness on the finish with caramel, citrus, and pine notes. Fantastically well balanced with perfect contrast between bitterness and sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied. A nice and fairly creamy mouthfeel as well. Super smooth and easy to drink for being 8.2%. No alcohol noticed other than a slight warming after the finish. Overall, an outstanding DIPA, and my first from Flying Fish. I guess the rice lightened up the body a bit and made this fantastic. (1,009 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazed golden yellow with a fuffy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of musty-ish (in a "good" way) hops - citrusy - grapfruity with tangerine, lemongrass, pine and mango.

The taste is also very hoppy - citrusy - same as in the nose - with peppery spicing. Hop bitterness comes out with a touch of tart and just a hint of pale malt sweetness in the back to make it from becoming overly puckering. Nice bite in the dry finish.

I almost want to say light-bodied, though it is not. Full-bodied but in a light way - with a bite? It is not thin or watery, but is smooth and very "drinkable" with alcohol very well-hidden, and a creamy body.

Normally, I don't want beer with rice adjuncts, but this shows how it could lend a lightness to add to "drinkability" while retaining aroma, flavor, and a "kick". This is a nice showcase of the hops, to say the least.

Five hops here, including Chinook and Citra, with pils and pale malts. Wild rice used with brown and white rice. Who knew that a beer brewed with rice would be this good?! (1,034 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Beer is yellow and hazy. Forms a white head of medium and small bubbles that falls away leaving some lacing on the glass and the head falls away and breaks.

Whoa! Pineapple great hop aroma. Wonderful wonderful wonderful. I'm guessing Nelson Sauvin hops in there. I should see if there is an explanation on the website. Great great aroma. Upon internet investigation its Citra hops.

Beer is sweet, but not too sweet, medium body with no carbonation on the palate. There is WONDERFUL hop character on the midpalate of this beer. Its so phenomenal. I love it. It finishes cleanly but there is growing bitterness in the palate and in the back. Great mouthfeel, great drinkability. Everyone should try this beer. A great experiment in Citra hops. Thank you Flying Fish. (803 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with some golden yellow highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall bright white head that slowly reduces to a couple of very small patches of large bubbles, a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of hops - tropical fruit (mango, papaya, and pineapple) and citrus (tangerine)

T: Very similar to the smell, the flavors of this beer are almost completely strong hops - tropical fruits (mango, papaya, and pineapple) as well as tangerine citrus. Very light notes of malts and rice. Light amounts of bitterness which fade in a reasonable amount of time. Tastes well balanced between the malts and hops.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very enjoyable - the flavors and aromas of the hops are really nice without an over the top amount of bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden making this beer easier to drink than might have been expected with the ABV. Seemed like a good beer for Sunday football considering Exit 16 is the Meadowlands. (1,205 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to fbm115 for this one.

Pours about a 1/2 finger of off white head that fades to a ring. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a slight hazed golden sunset orange. Very appealing color for an dipa.

Aroma: I was surprised that I could actually smell the rice. Citrus fruits with pine flavored hops. Pretty solid aroma. I like the addition of the rice; makes it unique.

Taste: Lots of citrus fruits, mangoes, tangerines, and grapefruit. Huge pine notes with rice in the background. It is a pretty big flavor like pty is.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, smooth, and bitter. Very dry as well. Medium to full bodied for the style with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and sticky.

Overall, a really interesting beer with the rice added onto it. It really was a nice addition to the beer. It wasn't as hoppy as I was expecting, but still packed a nice punch. A very solid beer. Thanks Steve! (906 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange with some yellow highlights. Big fluffy 3" head that lingers around. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: floral bitterness and loads of citrus.

Taste: caramel, floral hop bitterness, orange, lemon, and some light alcohol tones.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Long aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer is the best beer brewed by Flying Fish. Great balanced beer that goes down quickly and is refreshing to boot. (455 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a light gold color with a thick frothy white head. The head faded after a few minutes but left some good lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a lot of citrus flavor to it with lemon and grapefruit both present. It has a little bit more of a floral and fruity hop profile then anything else. There is also a little bit of some bready malts coming through.

The hop have a citrusy and almost juicy flavor to it. There is a lot of sweet grapefruit and some lemon present and not much in the pine department. The bready malt comes through pretty well and helps give it a nice appealing sweetness up front. The bitterness comes through in the finish leaving a long dry aftertaste. Very nice tasting DIPA.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a nice drinking and good tasting hoppy beer. I'm not quite sure what the rice gave to the flavor though, I couldn't really get anything that resembled rice out if it. Maybe that's a good thing though since it was very good as is. (1,089 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

25oz bottle into a duvel tulip. Split with friends.

Exit 16 looks the part with a hazy golden slightly straw yellow color and a firm bright white head that sticks to the glass but runs down a bit resembling champagne bubbles. Smell is all tropic fruit and malt backing, don't get any pine, a bold beautiful smell. The taste is more like a single ipa with tangerine and mango slices with pineapple, the whole package. The malt is semi sweet. The hop bite does not last to long though, it fades out towards the backend. Feel is surprisingly light for a double, hence the reference for the single ipa. Not bitter, just fruity. Carb is kinda mild, could use a bigger kick. I would drink a growler of this to the dome. (714 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (861 characters)

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Exit 16 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.