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Exit 6 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheFightfan1 on 06-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Belgian Rye IPA
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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 55
Reviews by Homebrew42:
Photo of Homebrew42
4/5  rDev +4.4%

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a ,mix of lemon and orange notes from the hops, as well as some rye, candy sugar and wheat notes.

The flavor is similar. The predominant flavor is rye, but I also get some wheat, biscuit malt and some sweet, sugary notes. The citrus notes from the aroma are not as present in the flavor, but they are still noticeable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Stigs
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, served in a couple snifters

A - barely any head on this, just a short-lived layer of thin offwhite film. the beer is mostly clear, pale gold in color. a bit dull and lifeless.

S - mostly sweet, lightly toasted malts with some fruitiness and spice from yeast. very light grassy hops at the end. there's rye in here?

T - light graininess, joined by a bit of pear-like fruits. finishes with just a mild bittering kick, grassy and piney hops. rye barely noticeable until this warms a bit.

M - thin bodied with just a bit of tickly carbonation, lacking a bit here for head retention and feel. finishes mostly clean.

D - eh, pretty standard if not uninspired across the board. hard to pull out any rye from this, which is otherwise just a bland run-of-the-mill BPA.

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle that just arrived from M.-P. in PA so perfectly chilled and a little foaming. After she settled down, it was a golden ale with lots of white bubble bath head. Funky and spice aroma. A bit above average mouthfeel that yielded a nice sweetish funky yeasty golden ale, with a small but significant rye characteristic. Very drinkable.

Photo of morimech
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a small head that did not last long before settling to a thin cap. A little sticky lacing is left on the glass. Wonderful aroma of the Belgian yeast and all its spiced glory. Some of the rye malt could also be interpretated as yeast elements. Some subtle vinous qualities as well. The hops are a bit lost in the aroma but I do pick up on some herbal, lemony qualities. The only problem in the flavor is that the yeast dominates to much. Clove like qualities dominate the flavor. I miss the rye. This seems to be aggressively hopped as even the yeast could not push the hop flavor completely away. Herbal and citrus/lemon hop notes come through. The hops add a level of complexity that is welcome. The body was a little bit of a disapointment. Seemed a little lifeless. A beer like this would of benefited from some aggressive carbonation. After the disapointment of Exit 4, this beer rejuvinated enthusiasm into Flying Fish.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a buttery gold with a fizzy, quickly dissipating off white head. A slow steady display of macro-bubbles lazily makes its way upwards with a medium density. Within lied a fine misty haze. Even though the capping was originally slight in nature and quick to dissolve, when swirled it left a good film coating on the glass that slowly slid down.

S: Spicy tangerines with a faint Belgian candy sweetness is highlighted by a spicy hopping of EKG. A touch of grapefruit and pineapple juice gives this a bit of fresh and wet fruitiness that compliments the spicy English hops.

T: Spicy bite of hops meets tropical fruitiness with the bold spicy nature of the Sorachi hops lending a fresh offering of grapefruit and citrus. The rye influence was light, not as much as I expected from a bill of 20%. Bold tangerines stand out with some dried pineapple, apples, and warm cypress notes. Think the sorachi hops were the highlight here for the beer more so then the rye which didn't lend the typical spiciness I was expecting. Overall very good.

M: Buttery mouthful, with a nice viscose feel with a near full body effect. Soft carbonation with a good warming of spicy citrus hops appear on the fade. I only became aware of this style prior to posting as a belgian pale ale and felt it just wasn't as crisp or edgy per style.

D: Good drinkability. The sorachi hops makes this a spicy affair and one I like to see utilized more and makes this worth checking out more so then the rye addition which lent little to the overall aspect of the drink.

Photo of bonbini26
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of Belgian-style malt with notes of rye with balanced sweetness. Taste is also a mix between a solid Belgian-style malt bill with balanced sweetness level and some notes of rye with a somewhat dry finish. Spicy yeast strain is well balanced into the mix. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting take on Belgian ale with nice rye notes.

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Woah, retired beer alert! Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep apricot orange, with nice pinhead tan fine bubbles of carbonation along the edges. Head is creamy off white, kind of yellow tan about two fingers tall. Settles to a slow puck and one finger head.

Really nice nose. Spicy breads, and light nutmeg like sweetness. Some hints of honey and clove and light brown sugars too. Very nice.

Palate is real interesting. Lots of red apple and pear like flavors. Big bread sweetness mixing with honey and a crisp spiced clove. Finishes thick but not too much and a pillowy soft body feel. Big apple bread and pie sweetness on the finish.

This came out really nice.

Photo of jmalex
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As long as Flying Fish is making these awesome Exit beers, I'll be buying them.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my New Belgium tulip a slightly hazy orange gold. A firm, white cap forms on top and slowly drops to a full surface covering.

SMELL: A Saison-like yeast quality with a bit of spicy funk. The rye surely aids the spiciness and is quite formidable. Other than that, some light peachy fruit rounds it out nicely.

TASTE: Quite sweet with the rye's harshness just not quite cutting through it enough. The fruitiness is here too along with a light bitterness on the back end. My biggest complaint with Belgian-style ales is when they don't dry out enough. This beer seems to suffer that problem.

MOUTHFEEL: Carbonation is soft and seemingly a tad low with a body that seems a bit more thick than it probably is. Hard to tell, but something seems off.

DRINKABILITY: Unfortunately not the best. I'll enjoy my bottle for sure, but it might take a while.

Wow, a miss! I guess it was bound to happen one of these times. I'll still look forward to the next one.

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A:Clear and golden w/ a slight amber tint. one finger of bright white head.

S: smells of bread, yeast. and citrus and piney hops

T: lots of Belgian yeast flavors and rye. slightly hoppy and spicy after taste

M: medium carbonation helps keep things balanced.

D: This beer seems to fill me up quickly. Half a bomber was enough and on to the next thing.

Photo of cde1218
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Imsothirsty
1/5  rDev -73.9%

Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium golden with a tiny bit of head that quickly settles to next to nothing.

Smell: Belgian yeast, spiciness from the rye, some subtle funk, some apple tartness. Good smelling beer.

Taste: More hops and rye in the taste than in the nose. Peppery and some lemon zest. The best part of this is the Belgian yeast and the flavor it has.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and refreshing on a hot day like today.

Drinkability: Another off the way beer in the Exit series and another hit from Flying Fish. I can't wait to get some more of this and to see what is next in the series.

Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of zoso1967
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a rich orange gold with some cloudiness and a head that is bright white and bubbly, but fades quickly leaving no lace. The aroma is fairly subdued, but I do detect some pale malt sweetness, green apple, lemon and a touch of funk. It pretty much smells like your run of the mill saison. Taking my first sip I am blown away by all the rye. There is also a fair amount of pale malt and slightly funky citrus and fruity apple and pear notes from the yeast. At its heart, this beer seems like a tug of war between classic Saison and spicy rye. It is disconcerting at first, but the more of this beer I drink; the more I enjoy the dichotomy. The mouthfeel is medium, and a bit lacking in carbonation, but nice and smooth. It finishes nicely and is not too dry or sweet. Pretty drinkable, but I hope you like rye. A very interesting brew, but perhaps not the most well executed. The exit series continues to provide thought provoking beers.

Photo of Etan
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of drtth
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer has a light golden color tinged with a slightly hazy orange. There is a ½" off-white head that soon recedes and leaves a modest ring around the glass and some modest lacing early on. Later sipping leaves no lacing at all.

Smell: The aroma is definitely spicy Belgian yeast with some nice soft malt, some traces of rye bread, some faint citurs zest and no real hops or alcohol showing.

Taste: The flavor is subtle mix of yeast, malt and rye bread flavor. There's also some citrus in the taste that seems a lot like lemon or orange zest.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly soft with persistent fine carbonation. The finish is medium long begins in the malt sweetness tinged with the yeast and then trails off to a light bitterness that seems just barely dry.

Drinkability: Sipping came easily with this one and I enjoyed it both before and with dinner. That being said however it was not a beer that I'd rave over. It is a good solid well made Belgian style pale ale that offers simple enjoyment even if it is not particularly complex.

Photo of noel2977
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had decided to cellar a few bottles of Exit 6 months ago. I've cracked this bottle and have another dormant (since Jan 12).

A - clear, golden. some lacing, nothing extraordinary. When I opened the bottle, it foamed up. No bottle shock to the bottle, so I figure this was an interesting sign to come

S - Apple-y. Wonderful for the season. Ripe fruit, with sweet malt. Kind of like the macintosh apples from NY state i have sitting in in the kitchen.

T, F - here is where it gets interesting. This displays much more a BPA taste profile than a rye. The settled carbonation matches well with the taste. Appley, with a bit of pear, malty, but not overwhelming or off balance. Any 'sharp' edges to the taste profile have been rounded off. Mature. Malt plays well in the taste profile, but does not make its prescence felt at the front of the stage. a good complimenting actor.

Overall - well, it was an experiment to take a great 6.99 rye BPA and cellar it while it was avail for a limited time only. The results are very very very drinkable. Nice, tasty, subdued. I think I will bring the other bottle up soon as i believe this beer does not have the stuff to age for too long. Good science project.

Photo of etownrizzo
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip. The brew pours a golden shade that just a tad hazy. My pour resulted in a small head that did not have any retention. After a sip there's some lacing on the side of the glass that slowly descends down until it disappears.

S: Beautiful bouquet of hops, just a bit of yeast, and some citrus and lemon. Somewhat pungent but not overwhelming. Fitting for the style and alcohol content. Enticing!

T: Nice hoppy flavor in the front that gently slopes off at the end. Delicate hops all the way through. I really enjoy the finish. Not overpowering, rather mild and balanced. Just an allusion of bitterness that comes then goes as quickly as I noticed it.

M: Nice and Smooth (more so than the 90's rap duo.) So easy to drink. Not much carbonation but not flat by far. It feels like a Belgian Pale should, at least to me. Dare I say velvety? Probably overstated but it's delicate and soft from start to finish.

D: For me, very enjoyable to drink. I'd enjoy this brew from late spring to early fall with grilled foods or fish. I've had several rye style beers in the past and this has been my favorite thus far. When I think of a rye I think of a very complex beer that is not meant for sessions. For me, this one a fine example of the KISS principle. Its beauty is that it's simple in its approach. Nothing overpowering, but the clarity of the several flavor points is distinct. If not for the limited release (and price point) I'd drink this regularly. The rye does not really come through and for that I'll rate this a bit lower than I would otherwise if only for the fact that it really doesn't nail the labeling and hence the niche style.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well this is one good treat after the previous expierence I've had with this beer. Appearance has not changed much. A cloudy golden color with a nice white heading that holds up for a few ticks. Good lacing left thorughout the tasting.

Smell is well more of the same. I get a spicey mustard aroma at first I assume from the sorachi and rye mixture. Then a subtle nice belgian yeasty aftermath.

Taste is very unique a beautiful mixture of lemon zest and spice. In the middle is a hot flash of warm alchol with great hoppy finish.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent bubbley carbonation and again that same spicey rye. Not an overkill but always there to let you know.

I like the bottled version the best and I am very glad I've tried in 3 different versions.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from bonkers, courtesy of Quick & Easy High Card BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, spices, light malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character and strong Belgian yeast backbone. It actually seems kind of creamy which is odd for this type of beer, but pleasant. Then there's a subdued hops presence that comes in and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of a few different styles, when I read the script on the bottle's label describing the ingredients of this beer I thought "What a Frankenstein kind of beer this is." However as I drank it, I thought was quite enjoyable in the sense that it's something different.

Photo of DaveHS
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light amber, with almost no head. Leaves a thin ring of off-white head.

S-Light Belgian spice, black pepper, rye.

T/M-Slick Belgian yeast, pale sweet malts, just a touch of rye. Drinks like a standard Belgian blond. Medium bodied, with moderate, prickly carbonation.

D-Limited availability, but worth seeking out.

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