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Exit 16 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Reviews: 218
Hads: 753
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 82
Gots: 109 | 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:
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 Viggo
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, acquired at DLD from Beerloco.

Pours a lightly hazed yellowish golden, very thick white head forms and settles down to a thick layer and ring, great retention, tons of chunky lace sticks to the glass, looks nice.

Smell is neat, big pine and grapefruit notes up front, some toast and biscuit, caramel, light floral, quite rich in the aroma, more pininess, a touch of fruit, quite nice.

Taste is similar, pine and a ton of citrus up front, very fresh tasting, a touch of biscuit and some toast, oats, big malty middle, caramel, grapefruit, some floral and lightly fruity, nice bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very refreshing and drinkable. A pretty nice beer, my favourite exit so far, thanks Alan! (760 characters)

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

A: I was quite surprised to pour the beer expecting something nearly as dark as the bottle, only to find a yellow-hefe-like liquid.

S: The smell is genuinely an IPA, but by no means over-powering. In fact, it almost smell's a little light, but this is more than compensated for by the great bitter begining.

T: Finally, the taste. I wasn't expecting much after the pour, but was pleasantly surprised with this one. The head receded fairly quickly after an overly aggressive pour. The bitter hops are the first taste I got, and the finish was just as true.

M: The mouthfeel was the only disappointment, as I was expecting something a little bit more evervescent given the light color - in my mind a light IPA needs to be more carbonated than a dark IPA.

D: Overally, great beer, looking forward to the rest of the Exit beers. Flying fish is doing a great job with the series and particularly good work on this beer. (919 characters)

Photo of hayesez
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DocPenguin for tossing in this very nice extra. Split with ridglens and kate instead of doing p90x...oops.

Poured my portion into a Stone IRS tulip and was surprised at how light in color this was. A very hazy canary with a nice white head that sticks around quite a while and leaves a small amount of disjointed lace.

The smell is fairly mild but has obvious citrus characteristics. Some sweetness (pineapple, and surely other sweet fruits), but more noticeably there is the telltale grapefruit. Has the nice range of scents like many of the top IPAs, but the intensity is quite muted.

As soon as the beer hits the lips, the bitter hops are immediately noticeable. Again, not in your face kind of stuff, but obvious. Soon after the sweetness that was revealed in the aroma is detected. The taste ends quickly leaving a virtually nothing. Not really sure exactly what the rice does here, but I've gotta say I'm not overly impressed. A lighter medium-bodied beer that has good, albeit it fairly restrained, taste.

Overall, I'm a bit disappointed, although it is still a very solid beer. I'm not convinced the rice really does that much. Easy to drink and tasty, but a bit mild for a something of this style.

Consumed: 8/11/2010 (1,242 characters)

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

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

750ml bottle topped with light red plastic wrapper. sampled july 17/2010.

pours hazy deep good with a big fluffy off-white head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace as it falls.

aroma is good. lots of hops. orange, tangerine, grapefruit, bit of lemon. white bread and cracker. bit of biscuit. hint of alcohol. slightly floral.

taste is great. orange, tangerine, lemon. bit of grapefruit. honey and light caramel. white bread and cracker. light alcohol. a bit floral. just under medium bitterness level. pretty hoppy, but a more soft and mellow hop character, not brash or abrasive.

mouthfeel is great. just over medium body with a fairly dry finish. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good hop and malt character. good stuff! (821 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml capped and foiled bottle. Pours a honey straw color with plenty of tiny yeast particles floating about. A few shades lighter than the standard for the style. The beer has a very nice rocky pure white head that slowly settles into a chunky cap. The aroma is light for a DIPA but does have a nice citrus/pineapple hop aroma. The hop flavor is light for a DIPA as well but again it does have a nice citrus and pineapple hop flavor, some pepper as well. The DIPA does have the flavor of wild rice. I can't describe it any other way but that it has a wild rice flavor, subtle though. Definitely on the tame side of the style but I rather enjoy it. I would say it is a more malty IPA. A moderate to thick feel with noticable carbonation, great balance between the sweet malt and bitter hops. Drinks quite smooth with little to any harsh hop bitterness. Quite an enjoyable "DIPA". Great balance, nice flavors, no over the top characteristics. I can easily enjoy a few glasses of this. This was a hard beer to rate as it doesn't compare to the flavor profiles of a true DIPA but the balance and drinkability were great. (1,131 characters)

Photo of Dotcubed
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I decided to try it based on the "Wild Rice" as it may impart a pleasant nutty flavor not realizing that it will be overshadowed by the hopps.

Looks good, nice golden color. Thin fine foam. Slight lacing.

Smells tangy. Mangoes and passion fruit.

Malty, distinct IPA character. Balanced hop profile; Grapefruit peel, resinous pine. Lengthly flavors.

Medium body, foamy. Oily? And superbly dry as a bone.

Very reminiscent of the Surley Grit I had yet not as abrasive.
This is clearly ready to drink.

Don't detect any wild rice as I know it. (549 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off, a huge shout out of thanks go to soundbarrier for sharing this last weekend - thanks again!

Great story on the side of the bottle explaining its roots.
Pours a cloudy hay color with a bight white head. Good retention and appears watery or thin (high viscosity).

I get roses and other flower scents on the nose. Believe it or not, I do get a rice feel in the mix, as well.

Very nice mix of fruity, vegetal and moderately bitter hops. The hops don't have the same rose flavor I picked up on nose. Very nice and enjoyable. Quite unique!

Surprisingly light mouthfeel with high carbonation, which is a surprise for the flavor in this beer.

Recommended! (663 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to G311 for this one.

A - Very golden, quite translucent, and with a nice white head (sans lace).

S - Rice is slightly discernible, and quite nice. Hop is somewhat floral, grassy and vegetal.

T - Lemon rind and grapefruit hoppiness, a small amount of tropical fruitiness as well. I get impressions of sap; mango sap and pine sap. The malt is very light and buoyant.

M - (D)IPA. Nice. Light body for the style; serves it well.

D - The inclusion of rice seems to have served this brew well; the dryness it imparted was a definite plus, especially for a style in which many examples are too sweet. (610 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to psudrew for this one.

4.0 A: Hazy peach color. Two fingers of creamy white head with good retention and a decent amount of lacing.

4.0 S: Pungent hops take over. Lots of pineapple, mango, and cat piss. Malts add just enough sweetness to add complexity. Rice is not apparent.

3.0 T: Definitely not what I expected. I expected the rice to lighten the body, but that isn't the case. Noticeable bitterness, but hop flavor is much subdued compared with what I expected from the nose. Pine, grapefruit, and pineapple. Malts are moderately bready. Rice provides (at least I think) an extra earthy flavor.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. No problems here, but nothing special either.

3.5 D: Not bad, but nothing too great either. I'd drink it on occasion if I could get a sixer or something. (856 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying Fish Exit 16 has a dull, golden body with a bright white head. The head is really fluffy, with some pretty good retention and lacing.

The aroma is packed with fruity hop aromas that bring grapefruit, pineapple and apricot to mind. The malt base is pale and understated.

A big hop profile comes through up front. A searing flash of bitterness is followed by juicy grapefruit, some orange, maybe a hint of lemon along with pineapple and apricot. The malt base comes next, but it is pale and light. The malt is really just along for the ride here. The finish has a sizable bit of alcohol warming.

The mouthfeel is actually really light and thin for a beer that is so big and hoppy.

Exit 16 is a pretty good beer. It's definitely the best flying fish beer that I have sampled. I like the focus on hops and the use of pale, understated malts. (848 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious showcase of Citra and Chinook hops because of both the bold hopping rates and the very light malt base.

Exit 16 starts with a hazy straw color that hedges toward golden hues. A bright white and fluffy head forms on the beer, holds very well, and leaves terrific lace as the beer fades.

Bright and fragrant hops display and array of aromas from yellow grapefruit and lemon grass to pineapples and appricots (both citrusy and tropical fruits). All this resting on a soft pillow of lightly kilned pale malts and pilsner scents. Though the malts give slight balance and complexity, this beer is all about the hops.

Hops once again dominate the flavor with all the citrus and tropical fruit flavors described in the nose but also with a the bitey bitterness of pine resins and fresh cut grasses. Again, a slight cracker-like maltiness comes into play at mid palate but is short lived as the bitter and hoppy finish take the beer into ultimately crisp flavors through the aftertaste.

Modestly weighted for a Double IPA, but this is better than the typical syrupy alternatives. The beer turns crips, clean, and refreshing right from the start. The well attenuated malt character leads to quick dryness, aided by the high hop content, rice adjuncts, and high alcohol. No fusal alcohols or unnecessary astringency or bite, this is a most impressive beer. I personally like these drier IPA's best.

Flying Fish undertook a bold and daring stance using the rice adjuncts to lighten the body and boost alcohol in the name of the native grains. But it works- the beer turns out wonderful, boastful, and proud. It reminds me of Goose Island's IPA but with a slightly crisper mouthfeel and Americanized hop profile. Well done my New Jersy friends.

Thanks a ton Mikeyv35! (1,773 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle via trade thanks to mikey711 on BA, shared at a tasting.

Clear golden in color with a large lasting white head and great lacing. Looks excellent.

Great hop aroma - citrusy and a little floral - with sweet malt in the background to back it up.

Flavor is also very nice, especially for an east coast DIPA. Sweet malt and wild rice (I swear I can taste it!) with loads of hops - citrusy (orange mainly), floral, tropical (pineapple), and resinous.

Medium-bodied and crisp and well-carbonated. Some hop resins attack your palate.

Overall, very impressive for an east coast DIPA. The California beer snobs I drank this with almost all approved, and that's saying something. Nice job, Flying Fish. (710 characters)

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter glass.

A:Golden with a white foamy head about two finger from a gentle pour.

S: floral hops, pepper, yeast

T:Upfront you get the floral hops and finishes lemon/peppery flavor.

M: Medium carbonation

D:Quite refreshing and well masked ABV.

My favorite beer from the Exit series. (319 characters)

Photo of branimal9
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with my fellow Upstate BA'ers 6/9/2010.

Cloudy pale yellow in color, with spicy hops on the nose. Flavor brings a fresh piney hop character as well as a good amount of spiciness from the grain. Oily & creamy in texture, yet quite drinkable. Very nice! (259 characters)

Photo of Pabs311
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a hazy yellow with a nice foamy white head that settles somewhat slowly leaving nice, foamy clumps of lacing around the glass.

S- Fruity hops are right up in your face on this one. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and all types of citrus are apparent in the nose. really nice fruity bouquet.

T- pretty much mirror image of the nose, with a nice sweet, caramel malt backbone that goes well with all the fruitiness of the hops.

M/D- medium bodied with good carbonation. drinks really well, smooth. (504 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sholland119 for graciously donating this to my beer cause. Shared with friends on 6/7/10.

A - Poured a slightly hazy pale apricot-colored liquid with a thin creamy white head that ultimately yielded very little lacing.

S - Aroma displays a dry, leafy hop character with citrus tones backed by a crisp malt presence and a hint of sweetness.

T - Initial flavor is quite bitter overall with equal parts citrus and pine notes at the forefront. There's some sweet malt in the mix as well, but it doesn't stick around too long. Finishes with an assertive hop bitterness.

M - Light bodied with a crisp, dry mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter on the palate.

D - Dry and citrusy West Coast-like DIPA with a light, crisp mouthfeel, yet packs a pretty bold hop presence. (800 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml bottle picked up at Abe's for $7 and change. Uncapped and poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. 16 appears a particle filled, hazy bright golden yellow color with a good inch or so of sticky off white foam. Nose and flavors consist of lemon, white and red grapefruit, pineapple, some orange, fruity pebbles, somewhat spicy peppery nose, light caramel malt. At least medium bodied and amply carbonated. Great stuff, hope to see this one again in 12 oz'ers. (467 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours a hazy golden color with an inch of white head.

s - Smells of citrus hops, lemon, floral hops, and maybe some wheat.

t - Taste follows the nose; mostly lemon, and other citrus hops. Little bit of bitterness to it.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A nice DIPA. Not too bitter and some nice citrus in the smell and taste, but nothing overpowering. Would try again. (424 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another gen from NJ I was thrilled to be able to dig into. This one I had heard great things about and was very anxious to try I have to admit. Served chilled I enjoyed this one on 06/09/2010.



The pour was a very light golden amber with a smooth two inch head of white foam. Falling back slowly it left behind a good amount of side lacing that coating the glass nicely for a few moments before falling back down. The end result was a rocky and broken crown that coated the top of the glass.

The aroma was light hops, grapefruit, and hints of lemon spice and a touch of light wheat. Warming seemingly bringing a lot of balance to this and the wheat/rice aroma comes through much more clearly leaving a fresh grass like aroma in the air. Quick hitting with a light touch of tart and a smooth, effortless hop presence this one comes at you. Light grapefruit, pineapple, touches of lemon again all becoming very clear now. Smooth, subtle and very dry finish is left on the palate with a nice long lingering flavor.

Overall very solid. Nearly silent ABV and a light texture led to this one being incredibly drinkable and complex. Really a superb offering here from them that I heard more then a few people talking about. (1,221 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared by nickd717. Thank you, Nick. I had never heard of this beer before and had no expectations, so this was a very pleasant surprise. The beer is clear for the first glass, hazier toward the end of the bottle. The pale gold body is topped by a nice fluffy white head that retains well.

The aroma is bright and crisp with a big tropical fruit hop character. Pineapple, wildflowers, lemon, grapefruit, only a hint of malt. This smells outstanding.

Big citra hop flavor. Pineapple and lemon peel, a touch of sweet guava and white pepper. There's a faint maltiness, but this is largely dry and hoppy with a big juicy tropical fruit character. The finish is dry and crisp, only moderately bitter. This is apparently brewed with wild rice, but I didn't pick up on that at all. Perhaps it contributed to the pale golden color, light body and overall dryness, in which case I wish more breweries would make American adjunct double IPAs. This is a San Diego quality DIPA from New Jersey - awesome. (1,007 characters)

Photo of BigMike
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. A very hazy orange color with some yellow highlights and lots of effervesence. A hard pour released about an inch of tight bubbled soapy white head.
This thing is very fragrant. Lots of tangerine and mango. Also some peach and light caramel notes.
Taste reminds me of a tangerine peel. Citrussy and bitter with a small amount of peach and lemon.
Pretty light bodied for a DIPA with lots of carbonation.
Overall this is a pretty straigh forward, easy drinking DIPA. Alcohol is well masked and there is a pleasant amount of bitterness on the finish.
Would definitely drink again.

Notes: Review taken from notes written on 5-14-10 (655 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big mama jama bottle courtesy of Thorpe429...thanks Mike.

Unfiltered straw yellow pour with as steady, frothy inch thick head.

Nose is a bit soapy, faint tropical frutiness, and a very discernible scent of Uncle Ben's. Seriously, the rice scent is the most vivid of the scents. Has this beer already started it's decline?

Exit 16 is very light bodied and the hop presence quite faint, backing up the soft scents. Sweetness of a typical double is certainly cut by the rice. While this beer is easy going down, and the snappy carbonation keeps this enjoyable, there's really not much going on with this beer. Having read many positive ratings, and some of those quite recent, I'm wondering if this is an atypical bottle. My sense is this beer is not quite what it once was. (774 characters)

Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Big ups to fbm115 for sending this as an extra!!

Pours a bright but slightly cloudy yellow with a few fingers of light fizzy white colored head. The aroma is hoppy (imagine that) with floral, citrus and mango type hop aromas. Also has a very slight funk aroma which I'm not sure about. The flavor is mostly citrus hops, no malt flavor, almost like a nice hop juice with no alcohol presence. Its light-medium bodied with a pleasant amount of carbonation. I really enjoyed how light and easy drinking this was and how much citrus aroma and flavor there was. The funk aroma was also surprisingly enjoyable and accompanied the citrus notes very well. Thanks again fbm115! (705 characters)

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle received in the latest with NittanyBeerFan--thanks again Dan...split with the fiancee

a-hazy golden copper color ...two finger fluffy white head that lingered for a while...tons of lacing and spotting....bubbles are present and acceptable

s-tons of pungent grapefruit and citrus....only does a little bitterness get through the ripe fruit aroma...a little must? or grain on the nose..maybe from the rice?? who knows...

t-starts off very grapefruit and and citrus..the bitterness kicks in and rides the whole way down...the middle presents the malt balance with a little graininess and that must...finshes on a fruity citrus hop kick with some substantial bitterness on the tongue..slight alcohol is detectable

m-resiny and sticky..you can tell this is a dipa....carbonation is present and spot on....but whoa on the alcohol burn on the way down...not to detracting though....

d-we will have no problem getting through the 750...

overall another solid brew sent my way from Dan....my first from Flying Fish and i would seek this out again although i dont think the wild rice really adds anything... (1,116 characters)

Photo of hawks10
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip...

Pours thin, but a nice hazy golden yellow color. Three fingers of pillowy soft white head erupts, looks like meringue...sticks around for a long time and clings to the side of the glass leaving some nice lacing...

An abundance of dry, earthy and piny hops fill the nose with a tiny bit of citrus mixed in...I feel the rice is doing something to add aroma to this beer, can't quite put my finger on it, but there is a distinct spice or bite in the aroma that I haven't noticed in other "normal" DIPA's...the malts are pretty subdued but do add a touch of sweetness, but overall this one is pretty piny and bitter, hop bomb all the way...

Taste really follows the nose...bitter and dry, piny and earthy. I find it rather sticky and resinous, a nice oily hop presence. The more I drink, the more I detect some tropical fruit hop flavors and almost a rye like spice as well (perhaps this is the wild rice?) The alcohol also starts to emerge as you drink, a nice slow burn accumulates on the lips and tongue...

Drinks much thicker than it looks, expected a light body but was met with a sticky and thick medium bodied brew...carbonation seems a little low giving this beer a slick finish in spite of the sticky and chewy initial mouthfeel...

I am liking this one from Flying Fish, my first beer from them and actually my first beer from the entire state of New Jersey. Definitely something I would give another try in the future... (1,467 characters)

Exit 16 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.