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Exit 16 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.72%

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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r


4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Exit 16 pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small lacing head. There is a pine like floral aroma, with hints of citrus. The taste has a very nice floral piney taste. Very nice full flavor, great dryness, also very drinkable, leaves a nice bitter pine flavor aftertaste. Overall bold hoppy flavors, but not a bomb, a full IPA with lots of flavors that is drinkable, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 02:35:24 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of silverking


4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A- Bright, clear gold with lots of active carbonation. two fingers of head, which receds at a moderate rate. Not too much lacing.

S- orange, tropical fruits, and a touch of pine.

T- it comes across a bit creamy, the rice that they used makes for a really light body, with a lot of hop flavor. The nose transfers well to the palate. Orange peel, some hints of tropical fruit, nice hop biterenes in the finish.

M- Fresh, light bodied. refreshing. creamy. wonderful.

O- Very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 18:10:29 | More by silverking
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single of this in Totowa last week, having never tried this before. I liked the other beers from the Exit Series and didn't know what to expect with this, given the Wild Rice bend that this beer had. Amazingly, this as NOT as strong as other Doubles and Imperial IPAs and this did not go the "arms race" route that so many other beers of this style have taken. It was strong but the balance is so strong here that the alcohol took a back seat, much to my delight.

The pour to this was lighter than I expected, with a crisp, golden hue that would have seemed more in line with a Pilsener. Not a lot of head here and the lacing was nearly nowhere to be seen but that was about the only drawback to this. The bottle said that this had notes of papaya, pine, tangerine, and mango and even though all of these were present, the wild rice gave this a very grassy and dry bent that hid these flavors for the most part. The tropical flavors were more easily discernible in the nose while the wild rice came out in the taste, giving this a dual nature that reminded me of the Southern Tier Hop Sun. The brightness and crisp aspects of a Lager were certainly present but the wet, tropical flavors that subtly re-emerged in the aftertaste helped remind me what style of beer this was.

To be sure, this was strong but I didn't even notice it until I finished the bottle off. Big-time props to Flying Fish to making the Turnpike cool again and not the punch line of a bunch of jokes told by out-of-staters. This was an IPA in every sense but unlike the offerings from Troegs, Lagunitas, or Green Flash, had enough body, lack of carbonation, and overt booziness to show me that a more earthy take on this style was possible. I rip my state enough but if I were to praise it, this would be one of the reasons why. Flying Fish really impressed me with this one, even if my Devils no longer call 16W home.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 08:16:09 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light amber in color with a nice, sticky head. A ring of patchy lace curtains adorn the glass. The aroma is big and beautiful, among the best smelling IPAs I've yet had. Pineapple and other tropical fruit notes explode out of the glass. Underlying fresh pine note.

Tastes quite dry for a DIPA, the rice helping with that. This really puts the focus squarely on the hops. I know those are the talking points from the brewery, but it certainly holds true. Bitterness is high but not really intense. Bright, grassy and citrusy flavors really pop. It's a very clean flavor profile, with no intrusion at all from the alcohol. Carbonation, soft but not "creamy" soft, is almost perfect - could maybe be slightly more carbonated.

Flying Fish did hopheads a service by making this a regular offering, available in six packs. A top notch DIPA that stays out of the high ABV stratosphere. Crisp, clean, hoppy goodness.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 02:36:01 | More by gr0g
Photo of Oakenator


4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy yellow to light brown color in the glass. Ample head at pour retains a nice film on top of this beer. Some spotted lacing but not much.

S: Hops, spices.

T: Nice spicey hop flavor from front to back. Bold yet refined. Balance is there with a slight malt sweetner on the finish.

M: Swished this beer reveals a very fine carbonation - creamy.

O: Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 21:32:58 | More by Oakenator
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 5.14.13

A - Pours a hazy dark yellow with a 1/2 inch off-white head with good retention.

S - Pine, citrus, mostly lemons with some sweetness.

T - Light lemon zest, some sweetness from the rice. Unique.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Sweeter, light citrus and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 04:51:15 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 17:20:50 | More by mikeburd1128
Photo of MDDMD


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

A-clear golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-tropical fruit, pine, earthy, grapefruit, very fragrant

T-pine, bread, tropical fruit, grapefruit, slightly grassy, moderately bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry, alcohol not that noticeable

O-good flavor, easy drinking and refreshing

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 01:53:18 | More by MDDMD
Photo of jhartley


4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Poco Grande glass. Label stamped with a best by date of 09-07-13.

Crystal clear golden color with a fluffy white head, dissipated fairly quickly, but left some real nice lacing. Head returned easily with a little swirling of the glass.
Boom! The aroma is a beautiful! Tangerines, pineapples, pine, a little earthiness.
A great amount of hops in this beer. Bottle says the brewed this with 5 different types and dry hopped with Chinook and Citra, defiitely picking up on those. Simcoe is majorly prevalent in the taste, love it!
Love the dry finish and a nice amount of malts to round out the hop assault. Left me salivating for more and more! Very nice lingering hop presence well after the swallow. No sign of the 8.2% ABV.
Overall I think is another quality brew from Flying Fish! A very easy drinking DIPA that can surely get you in trouble quick if you aren't careful!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 22:06:33 | More by jhartley
Photo of ssteiner13


4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The rice description makes you think this beer might not taste so good. Is it going to taste like Saki? No, it is not. It is a very carbonated beer - I agree with another reviewer - it looks a lot like Coors Light after it is poured. Lots of bubbles.
What a surprise that this beer which costs less than $10 for a six pack taste this awesome. I didn't want to stop drinking it! Excellent taste. I will leave the description to more eloquent reviewers, but I love this beer. It's great beer if you want a light IPA. I guess it's light...what do I know.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 03:32:59 | More by ssteiner13
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 03:31:06 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't know if I would trust anything growing off exit 16... not my usual haunt but man I drive by it every day on the way to hackensack... I thought the ole "what exit are ya" thing was a parkway thing...

audible pop when opening the rubber seal on my ole german style glass growldog, on first glance the color really stands out, I mean this looks like coors light or some such, golden hue with a hint of amber, decent carbonation rises up but the head fades rather quickly, lacing and legs is decent, definitely would not have guessed DIPA here...

beautifully citric, grapefruit sour patch kids, disgustingly awesome hop freshness that smells like fresh herbs (and herb if you get my not at all subtle drift), very clean and dry.. it smells light in a way, you get just a real full zone of hop... not varied, very much one note but damn that note is fine as pie (hey, that's my pie!)

taste etc...
drinks crisp like a pils but with hop-atude (c) me, spicy and floral.. yet way approachable, the bitterness is subtle and fades quickly but the flavor makes you feel as if you are waiting for a IBU slap upside the head, carbonation wise this is great, it has a good amount of fizz that really makes this refreshing, you can't help but get caught up in the ease of this beer, smooth ? hell yes, this is one easy drinker... and the ABV >? where is it ? nicely done.
Every sip is a great experience start to finish, you get the carbonation, the hop, the coating on the tongue, the bitters on the back quadrants and then the clean finish... really just spot on.

sure, I want to support local brews, but only if they are worth it. well damn it, this beer is great, it delivers a really nice hop character but is super clean and refined. I suppose some might say it is tame, but I maintain this is done right. Sure, a friggin hop hammer of absolute nuclear hoppage in your mouth is fun and tasty... but this is a really nicely crafted beer that hits on all the notes I love about beer without having to be the biggest cock on the block

in bottles this stuff is still really good, available in 6 packs now... best brew FF makes by a longshot.

Serving type: growler

03-24-2013 05:16:10 | More by Ego
Photo of 57md


3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
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 ONUMello


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
A: Light golden color with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Herbs, straw, tropical fruit and a hint of citrus
T: Mango, citrus, caramel, lengthy finish that starts with smooth malts and finishes with dry hops
M: Medium-bodied, smooth initially but with a crisp finish
O: Well made and enjoyable to drink; unique flavors and I enjoy the balance of smooth/crisp

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 22:59:53 | More by ONUMello
Photo of AdamBear


4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pale gold with a nice thick white head

S-herbal hops. Hint of vanilla. Somewhat citrusy. Has a fresh scent to it. Good strength

T-comes in with a really crisp flavor of mellow hops and sweet citrus. It's a good flavor. It has a subtle complexity to it like there's a bouquet of citrus and other tropical fruits in the background. The fluid form and make a decent lasting after-taste.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-I don't know many Double IPAs that are so completely drinkable and refreshing. I love the style but as far as drinkability goes, this rivals the Lagunitas All Day IPA. It's not too hoppy or too bitter, but it's definitely an IPA and it's one I recommend for anyone, fans of they style or not.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 02:43:42 | More by AdamBear
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16Oz pint glass serving
A - Pours a super light golden color, i mean really really light. One finger head with moderate density, mild lacing
S - Nothing strong jumps at you, but a medium hop aroma, light malt, a little sweet/sour floral aroma, a hint of caramel malt, orange peel.
T - For this being a double IPA with the ABV that it has, it has about the best easily masked abv's i think ive ever had. (which could be dangerous to some). Very fresh grassy, hop flavor. I think I get some of that "wild rice" thats in here, but its very faint. And also has an enjoyable aftertaste.
M - Refreshing, and light feeling.
O - This is a paradox of sorts. 8.2% double IPA with probably the lightest color of any double, let alone most IPA's, Incredibly light and fresh feeling. You could session this beer easily. While there's no flavors here that really make you go wow, its the ease of how well this goes down thats the real shining trait of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 23:29:07 | More by Omnium
Photo of CHADMC3


4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw colored yellow beneath the pure white head which patiently dissipates to leave a consistent ring of lacing around the glass.

Generous fesh hop aromas leap from the glass including fesh citrus hops such as mangos and pineapple as well as a touch of lemongrass.

The flavor offers more citrus hops including mango, grapefruit, and lemon as well as grass and pine. Just plain fresh hops throughout.

Medium to lighter in body with a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel and a fresh, pungent hop finish.

A real surprising treat, FF did one heck of a job with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 03:42:25 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for 3$

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and hops. There is also some grapefruit, lemons, and apricots. It ends with a hoppy fruity aftertaste.

Overall – My kind of beer.. great hops bitterness and lots of tropical/citrus fruitiness. Reminds me a bit of a Lagunita's Lil Sumpin. I'll buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 01:34:08 | More by spinrsx
Photo of RollTide7

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extremely light for an ipa, let alone a double. For me the beer was much different than I was expecting as I have been drinking a lot of ipa and iipa recently. If you are looking for a session ipa with high gravity this is it. If you want a hop bomb which to me is more what a iipa should be, this is much lighter. More citrus than hop flavor. Overall a pretty solid local, but I just want more hops!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 14:04:04 | More by RollTide7
Photo of jacewg

District of Columbia

4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a legitimate pilsner gold with only the faintest hint of orange. Maybe the lightest DIPA I've ever seen. Nice head, solid retention, good lacing.

Aroma: Outstanding. Pure tropical citrus goodness. Notes of bitter orange, tangerine, and very light pale, sweet malts. Smells outstanding.

Taste: Very good, but not to the level of the aroma. The same notes as the aroma just a little diminished with a very light body. Malt plays a back seat to hop flavor, which I like. Good anchoring bitterness and a touch of alcohol on the finish. This beer tastes good, but honestly drinks like 5% instead of 8.2%, which makes it difficult to put a score on. Very enjoyable overall and very easy to drink, but lacks the punch of the nose.

Mouthfeel: The rice really lightens the body. NIcely carbonated and lifts off the palate easily. If this were 5%, I'd want to drink about 8 at a time. The body is very light and it drinks as light as 8.2% humanly can.

I stumbled upon this beer randomly not knowing anything about it minus what the label told me: a citra and chinook dry hop and fermented with rice. I went back the next day and bought a 6-pack. A really refreshing hoppy treat. Would be perfect for drinking outside on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 13:30:04 | More by jacewg
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev -15.5%
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 nimrod979


4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 01:15:49 | More by nimrod979
Photo of DaveAnderson


2.41/5  rDev -41.6%
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 NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into my Alchemist tall pint glass.

A- Clear and clean light golden-yellow color with a 1-finger head that tapers to a film., some lacing. Non-stop lively carbonation.

S-Smooth hop aromas, very pleasing. Some grapefruit citrus, grass, dry grain.

T- Citrus, tropical, and floral. Not sweet.

M- Unbelievably smooth! Fresh and wet upfront, dry finish. Near perfect carbonation., and some hop tang.

O- Drinks like a lighter brew; at 8.2% abv it is very drinkable. Flavors up, booze down, a winning formula.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 22:30:28 | More by NiceTaps
Exit 16 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.