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Exit 16 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Ratings: 690
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 76
Gots: 75 | FT: 5
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 justintcoons
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Hazy pale gold with 3 fingers of white head. Good retention and lacing.

Papaya, pineapple, mango, lemon, pine and sugary caramel.

A blast of sugar coated tropical fruits. Papaya, mango and pineapple along with drops of lemon juice. Notes of sweet caramel and candy sugar. A good dose of Pilsner malt. Finishes with pine sap, a speckle of lemon zest and a slice of tangerine.

Medium-full bodied, smooth, juicy, oily and slightly dry.

Tons of tropical and citrus fruits doused in candy sugars. Bold and balanced. Very easy drinking. This has surpassed my expectations tremendously.

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of klkatz
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

yep... that's the smell... you'd expect this from Bear Republic, Stone or Greenflash... but Flying Fish did it well... go jersey...

appearance - clear and crisp like a pilsner... impressive for the smell...

taste - all around well hopped... slight bitterness... sticks a bit..

overall this is my kind of beer... I would buy this in cases all year...

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a perfectly clear pale yellow that is completely translucent in body and a nice half inch head of minuscule bubbles on the top. Minimal lacing

S: Aroma of juicy peach, mango and pine. Malts aroma is muted at best and very subtle.

T: this is a hop explosion without competition from the malt body being there to mute any of the flavors. Mango and peach are pronounced without any caramel flavors and. I found the Chinook to provide a piney bitterness that would probably not otherwise be there with the Citra hops alone.

M: Extremely light body similar to what one might expect to bud light without the slightly corny or pilsner yeast flavors. Highly carbonated

O: overall very good. This is similar to Kuhnhenns Double Rice iPa however emphasizes more of the Citra hop profile and is extremely enjoyable.

Photo of fmccormi
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a Cigar City snifter; no bottling date visible anywhere on the bottle, but my understanding is that the store where this was purchased received this batch just about a week ago, so I’m assuming it’s about as fresh as it’ll get.

Appearance (3.0): Bit of an underwhelming appearance: maybe one finger of bone-white head that dies down relatively quickly, sitting atop a crystal-clear, sunshine-yellow body. Looks more like an AAL, to be honest, except for the lacing, which leaves spotty suds and a few broad legs and webs of thin film on the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.5): Heavily citrusy and with interesting fruit tones I’m not sure I’ve smelled before: some passionfruit and mango, some juicy tangerine, but also sweetened key lime juice with a touch of crushed pine needles underneath. There fruit also kind of adds up to papaya, with that oddly warm and rich undertone, which might come off as catty to those noses so inclined. Not getting much in terms of malt character, but that makes sense considering the composition (rice malts) of the beer.

Taste (4.5): Whoa, there’s a while lot of hop flavor without the usual caramel-dominated malt body to anchor it—but whatever is there DOES anchor it, somehow. The fruity citrus is different from the nose, though: more of that sweetened lime juice, some juicy grapefruit, and some acidic citrus peel but not much citric bitterness at all. The malt body is noticeable in its own way, though: a little sweetness (agave syrup, brown rice syrup) and a lightly bready character with a flavor that can only be the rice, especially brown rice. Very interesting. No alcohol detected, and the beer finishes a mix of that rice syrup sweetness and a limeade kind of citrus flavor. EDIT: second go-round, I'm getting a very nice, sweet herbal bitterness in the finish like wintermint. Adds a very nice further dimension to the hop character.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Light body, soft carbonation that foams modestly on the way down; the finish is dry but not excessively so, and the hop oils leave a nice coating around your mouth. Weirdly drinkable, in that it’s easy to slug it back but doesn’t demand you to do so.

Overall (4.0): This is a pretty good beer, and I can honestly say this is a new (for me) take on the DIPA style. Two things stick out for me: first, this is remarkably hoppy without nearly the bitterness you’d expect from the ratio of hop flavor to malt thickness present in this beer. Second, the flavor profile’s mix of rice malts and interesting hop flavors makes the beer unique in its own way: even if you don’t love it, it sticks out from the rest. Personally, I really, really enjoyed this and considering the price point, I’m probably going to seek this out again to share with friends. Very cool stuff.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear pale yellow with giant three-finger, white, foamy head that lasted several minutes. Great lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hops. Tropical fruit.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Grapefruit and orange. Nice toasted malt flavor too.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O: Great Double IPA. Looks fantastic in the glass, smells great and taste just as great.

Photo of djcira
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of B00ZER
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of calcnerd
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of bouncepass
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of garyob
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of jrfehon33
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of theGlasstronaut
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of jeddis1
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear apple juice golden color. Very little head beyond some thin wisps on the surface. Honestly, it looks more like a bud light than a DIPA.

S - Smells of citrus and pine with a sweet and tangy tropical fruit kick. Some dank herbs and light crystal malts round out the complex aroma.

T - Starts with some herbal hops and mango sweetness. Some oyster cracker malts follow. Nice crisp finish with some bitter pine and mandarin orange linger.

M - Very light for the style, but it works. It's too easy drinking for an 8.2% beer. Clean and crisp.

O - This was a pleasant surprise from what I have previously found to be a very average brewery. It is remarkably light and crisp for a beer with this much flavor and alcohol. I wish I had gotten the 6 pack instead of the single because this is a borderline sessionable DIPA. I'm glad to see this is now a year-round 12oz. offering. I will definitely get it again.

Photo of HopBrain
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of andthevolcano
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of BradMacMullin
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of ckollias
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with a frothy, fizzy, white, 2-finger, white head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass ending in a solid persistent lace.

S: Pleasant bitter aroma with a definite hoppy and tangerine aroma.

T: Clean and fresh bitter flavor with a fruity and hoppy middle and finishes on the dry side of bitter.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Awesome Double IPA. The rice addition brings out the hop flavor and aromas

Photo of Chugs13
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of rm9679
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of sfsean28
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had Exit 16 when it was first released a few years ago and it was excellent. I just picked up a six pack recently and decide to review it. So glad that they finally came out with sixers as promised.

A- poured into tall pislner glass with .(just wanted to build up a thicker headan aggresive pour at the end). Nice foamy head with a quarter inch retention leaving nice lacing on the glass. It is light yellow color with tiny carbonation bubbles.

S- very hoppy. Can detect lemon and pine immediately

T- taste lemon and grapefruit and a some bitterness at the end.

M-carbonation is light but not weak. Bitterness kicks in and then a dry finish. Makes my mouth water for more.

O- This is a wonderful brew. Its crisp and refreshing. Its abv is high but not noticeable in the taste. I hope to see more six-packs in the future.

Exit 16 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 690 ratings.