Exit 16 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

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 Immortale25
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of yamar68
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Moose90
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of apf
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of CoachC
4.38/5  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

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Photo of Jimmys
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of silverking
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.43/5  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.

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Photo of gr0g
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of mikeburd1128
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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

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Photo of jhartley
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

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Photo of ssteiner13
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  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!

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this a couple of years ago when I was in Edison, NJ for a few days. I thought it was good back then; recently picked up a single to see if I'd changed my mind.

Nope - it's just as good as I remembered! (And you can't say that about many things in life...)

Bottle dated "use by 09-24-15" into a pint glass. Murky pale gold with a thin white head that dissipates quickly - not what you'd call a real gorgeous beer. BUT the taste more than makes up for the appearance. Initial sweetish citrus, tropical fruit, a little pine resin and pepper to keep things interesting. Bitterness (in the middle) is restrained, but it's there to remind you that this is, after all, an American Imperial Pale Ale. Relatively sweet finish. Medium mouthfeel; moderate carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden.

This stuff is good. Get some.

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Photo of Ego
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.23/5  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

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Photo of AdamBear
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
3.74/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.07/5  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.

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Exit 16 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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