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Exit 16 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

617 Ratings
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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 70
Gots: 55 | 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:
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 Immortale25
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. Label says Use By: 11-11-13.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before sinking down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- You can really smell the citra hops resulting in the mango and tangerine notes mentioned on the label. You can also smell the wild rice which seems to work well with the profile.

T- The flavor isn't quite as exhilarating as the aroma as the rice shows itself as the weak adjunct it is. Yes, there's a nice amount of citrusy hop bitterness but the weak aftertaste the rice exhibits makes it fall flat. Still, it's pretty drinkable for the ABV.

M- Another reason this beer isn't that enjoyable: thin body due to the rice. Medium carbonation is OK but the feel overall is quite weak.

O- If only this beer was as good as the aroma lets on.

Immortale25, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Casey3236
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Casey3236, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of petermethot
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Jason1337
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Jason1337, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of robwestcott
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

robwestcott, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of alex_hart
4/5  rDev -2.9%

alex_hart, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of AMCPhD
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

AMCPhD, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of yamar68
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've loved every Exit series beer I've had, and I'm a hop head and a Minnesotan. This is like my dream beer. Thanks TravisR!

Sort of strange looking... bright yellow gold with a slim but very persistent white head. Plenty of lace.

This sort of creamed corn sweetness is layered of tropical fruits and jam.

What a great mix of flavors - orange juice and conifer with nutty malt and honey. The wild rice contribution makes for a great twist on what is obviously a tasty beer to begin with.

yamar68, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

gleemonger, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of JMUbrewz
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

JMUbrewz, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Moose90
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle best by 09/16/13, tasted 06/10/13

A – Pours a very pale light straw yellow. Somewhat hazy as well. Head is bright white, and quite frothy, albeit thin. Lacing left behind is nice, but spotty.

S – Nice melon notes, some crisp citrus as well. Dominated by a unique bouquet of papaya and mango as well, nicely dry as well, while it remains fruity. Hop profile here is great.

T – Similar to the nose, though the papaya and mango notes do make quite a statement, some dried apricot notes as well. This is not overly sweet, which is great, and whatever malt backbone there is only comes across on the nice and long finish.

M – Carbonation is on the low side, but overall this is nice and crisp for the style, the rice adds a surprisingly nice touch to this one.

O – Nicely drinkable and very refreshing. The hop notes are very tropical and the malt backbone is nicely subdued. ABV is hidden well.

Moose90, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of apf
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The aroma of this beer is almost perfect very citrusy and floral. The flavor isn't quite as robust but it is great. It is a bit under carbonated for me. It has a nice bitter finish but starts out kind of mellow. Overall this is an excellent beer. Never seen it in bottles.

apf, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of DaveR514
4/5  rDev -2.9%

DaveR514, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of CoachC
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - golden, straw colored beer with a 1/2 inch head

S - smells of delicious grapefruit hoppiness

T - this is a tasty brew, awesome grapefruit hop bomb with no evidence of alcohol

M - this is a light beer, really refreshing on a warm day

O - I am a fan of this brew, it is light, hoppy, and yet super tasty

CoachC, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of dstotz
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

dstotz, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Stout_Combo
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Stout_Combo, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of tweezer159
4/5  rDev -2.9%

tweezer159, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Jimmys
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Jimmys, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.53/5  rDev +10%
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.

vette2006c5r, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of wiegs4life
3.75/5  rDev -9%

wiegs4life, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of Dcunicelli
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Dcunicelli, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of silverking
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

silverking, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Travcofarms
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Travcofarms, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

JerzDevl2000, Jun 03, 2013
Exit 16 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.