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Exit 16 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

631 Ratings
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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 70
Gots: 57 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Photo of Gushue3
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pacafaced for this in the N00BBIF 5

A- nice large 2 finger head that becomes very foamy. The retentiin is very nice and some lacing is ledt about the half inch head. Body is a hazy yellow orange with some tiny carbonation buttles. Looks really nice

S- some zesty orange and light sweet malt. Maybe a some yeast too?

T- some sweet and bitter hops that jump out. Sweeter citrus like orange or tangerine that turn bitter in the middle. Some might malt comes through toward the end, odd but good.

M- medium feel with nice ammount of fizzy carbonation.

O- really nice DIPA that is definately different but good.

Gushue3, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of superspak
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

superspak, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of Retail1LO
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Growler into a pint glass

First Troegs Perpetual, now this. Got a growler of this on tap at Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting.

This pours a beautiful golden straw color with but the faintest head. The smell is an all out assault on the nose. This is one hoppy sumbitch. I could sniff this beer indefinitely, if it didn't require drinking too. This is a real treat to drink. Nice, strong, hop-laden. The mouthfeel is full but smooth...eventually trailing into a nice, bitter finish.

Another pleasant surprise. I hope this becomes a staple. Awesome stuff.

Retail1LO, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of vande
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ~ a hazy, straw colored brew that screams summer....nice, frothy, thick 2 finger head laying on top

S ~ blend of fruit, some lemon peel, grassy-earth quailites...a freshness to it...

T ~ Unique... DIPA that's not a hop bomb, gotta love the rice factor here.. Some lemon, grapefuit up front and mellows out nicely into remenents of rice pudding...

M ~ Medium body, smooth, soft

O ~ an interesting and tasty brew. Can't wait to try the others fromt his series..

vande, Jul 12, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recently had Flying Fish Exit 16 on tap at Barcade in Jersey City. Because that's how Barcade rolls.

Exit 16 off the NJ Turnpike is how you get to the famous(?) Meadowlands sports complex. So let's take a road trip, overpay for parking, find our seats, and enjoy the game...

Our beer pours on to the field in an attractive, hazy, almost luminescent orange-gold uniform. Not much foam on that helmet, though some modest lacing hangs on to the chin strap.

We can smell that beer from the upper tier, and that beer smells first and foremost like hops. In your face, spike the ball at your opponent's feet hops. After the initial hit, we get some spicy, almost peppery fruit. Hope you're wearing your protective equipment.

The aroma sets us up for a line plunge, but this beer's taste is surprisingly complex. Some bitterness from the hops for sure, but the roster includes banana, tangerine, grapefruit, bready malt, vanilla and a hint of rice. This play is worth analyzing over repeated sips.

We also see that Exit 16 tries to trick the defense with its mouthfeel. It starts out fairly thick and tongue-coating for a DIPA, then counters towards a clean, somewhat dry finish. The alcohol is no more noticeable than an assistant offensive line coach.

The crowd cheers as the final gun goes off, and our beer is fully consumed. As we head out to the parking lot, we recognize that Flying Fish Exit 16 may not be a Super Bowl MVP. However, it is an effective, interesting and tasty trick play, the wild rice adding a unique element to what otherwise might be a middle of the pack DIPA. Try to pick this beer up off the waiver wire.

Exit 16, FTW!

StonyB, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Knapp85, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A crystal clear light yellow full of tiny bubbles and topped with a big lacy foamy head.
S - pretty much only smell the hops.
T - just a little sweet rice that leads straight to some suprisingly strong hops, stronger than the smell indicates.
M - medium bodied with good carbonation.
D - certainaly a quaffable hoppy ale if you like the style.

Beer4Baltimore, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of johndoe8
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was PLEASANTLY surprised by this bottle. I forgot who sent this to me as an extra, but if it was you, BM me b/c I owe you a special thank you :) While I shouldn't have aged this, this one sat in my fridge for about 3 months (sorry I have too much beer to drink).

Opened it with some friends. I haven't had too many amazing non-california IPAs (the town hall ones have been the best so far), so my expectations weren't super high with this one.

Appearance was good, nice head.
It was pretty aromatic. Nice, citrus.. are those citra hops in here? Awesome.
Taste was pretty amazing. I would give it a 5 for taste, except it isn't quite at the level of expo, pty, hoppy birthday, so I can't give it a 5. It was an extremely good balance of hops, flavor, bitterness, sweetness, etc.

To be sure, I was PLEASANTLY surprised by this beer. Being the 1st Flying Fish beer I've ever had, it made a great first impression.

johndoe8, Mar 03, 2011
Exit 16 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.