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Exit 9 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stop seven on our multi-year trip to explore the state of New Jersey through its beer and culture, is Exit 9, best known as the Rutgers University exit. The state’s university, Rutgers, began in 1771 with classes held at a local tavern though by 1810, students were banned from frequenting “beer and oyster houses.” Alumni include Nobel Laureates, astronauts, brewery founders, authors, actors and perhaps most notably, the cartoon character Mr. Magoo.

To celebrate Exit 9, we brewed a richly flavored red beer crafted with a variety of domestic and imported malts and a classic American yeast strain. Assertively hopped with Amarillo, Centennial, Chinook and Citra, the bouquet has complex notes of citrus and tropical fruits, with an appropriate bitterness in the finish. Serve it with spicy foods (try gumbo or curry), a rich blue or sharp cheddar cheese or enjoy it by itself.

Added by womencantsail on 02-11-2011

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a crimson read, pretty appearance, 1/2" off white head on it with above average retention. Aroma yielded cascade, maybe nugget hop aroma, bitter grapefruit stylings. Bready.

Taste did some good things, good cascade like hop grapefruit bitterness, absorbed alcohol well, wasn't overly peaty or too red in its malt range.

A little expensive, no reason to drop $10 on a bottle ever again. Would rather get a 6 pack of nugget nectar.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up for 4 bucks and I suppose its worth it for the ABV.

A - Cloudy and hazy with tons of floaties another beer drank "too old" probably due to the price. Head is a nice 1/2 inch of head that pulls back to an exceptional lace ring.
S - Floral hops mostly citrus in nature but it's very faint.
T - Wow what a great red ale. Smooth hop presence mostly sweet and floral with a good malt balance sweet finish.
M - Hard to believe it's 9% I would assume around 7 like nugget nectar. Tasty.

Overall for sure will have to find this fresh seeing this old batch tastes so good.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is amber (scarlet) a little dense, nice looking head with mainly fine bubbles that is light tan; head laces the glass very well.

Smell is hop forward: nice citrusy hop aroma with caramel malt and toast, light toffee, also some sweet/fruity yeast byproducts. Great, enticing smell.

Taste is also hop forward, great citrus and earthy hop balance, touch of pine/resin like flavor, then transitions to the sweeter caramel/toast/toffee/plum like flavors. Hard to believe this clocks in at 9.0% abv with the great balance of flavors and low alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is bitter, nice carbonated, balanced through out the mouth at first and then a very dry finish on the tongue.

Overall, this is an exceptional beer, nice hearty malt backbone with a lean towards some caramel and toffee like flavors; nice assertive fermentation leads to solid strength and pleasant fruity flavors.

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Photo of stevoj
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Strong bitterness smacks of an IPA. Nice rich copper color with tan foamy head, plenty of sticky lacing. Bitterness sticks to the palate long after you’ve finished swallowing. Rewarding drink....

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Photo of ckollias
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 750ml bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy orange hue with a thin, white, 1-finger head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a nice trail down the slide of the glass.

S: Malty hoppy aroma with hints of caramel.

T: Equal mix of malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Nice caramel background with hints of bread/biscuits and brown sugar.

M: Very strong and boozy. Thick body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting brew – not my favorite EXIT but definitely worthy of a try.

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Photo of BirdFlu
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really great.. walks a fine line between typically IIPA and their invented definition as a scarlet ale in honor of RU. Should be made available year round at every bar in N.B., sad, though, that they dulled it down a bit for their "red fish" offering..

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Photo of KajII
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a murky medium red with strong brown highlights and an average sized (1-2 finger) off white rocky head, which lasted a decent duration before reducing to a thin cap with a large collar creating some really good streaks of sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a bread malt, a mild grassy hop and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, citrus (orange) and dark fruit (plums and raisins).

The taste was moderately sweet and malty and had hints of caramel, citrus and brown sugar from the onset with the taste becoming a little bitter sweet with a note of dark fruit a big alcohol ending. The flavor lasted a nice long time after the swallow with a good fruity alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel was just below medium in body with a slightly dry, syrupy texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall a powerfully strong tasting brew with a lot sweet fruity flavor and a big dose of alcohol, which was hardly noticeable in the aroma...

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Photo of JerseyKirk
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice 2 finger eggshell colored head of all tight creamy bubbles. Laces exceptionally well on all sides of the glass. Orange to slight amber in color. Hazy but light shines through. Not clear. Carbonation bubbles evident.

S: Pine, citrus, grapefruit, lemon, orange, tangerine, spicy and herbal hop notes. Great.

T: Caramel, toffee, pine, citrus, sweetness, sugar, assertive hop bitterness, herbal and spicy.

M: Sweet. Almost too much. Carbonation is good and body is medium. Some alcohol.

O: This is one of the most hop forward beers from Flying Fish I've had. Really nice addition to their portfolio. I also like that it's all American. No Belgian influences like most of their beers. Really aggressively hopped with a bitterness that lingers. Really tasty. Alcohol and sweet notes detract the beer slightly from being stellar.

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Photo of sparki1980
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber color, not as dark or red as I expected. Hazey with a very fine white lace, in a smaller head that dissipated faster than I wanted. Hoppy with a semi sweet taste. Very aromatic, a sweet citrus hops that you'd expect more in a Belgium Ale. Overall, a very enjoyable beer. Highly recommend.

Poured From: Bottle
Served In: Snifter

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with smallish head and lace patches on top of a nicely mixed aroma of grassy, citric hops (even soapy) and a large bread malt base (barely any caramel malt). The beer is smooth and sweet upon first sip, with a strong caramel/sugar sweet malt rush. Then the hops take over as a citric/spicy zest, real sharp - less citric, hint of tropical. Finishes crisp and for some reason a little sticky, and heated as well thanks to large ABV. Not completely balanced as more hoppy than sweet but not a complaint; good beer to sip on b/c the alcoholo sneaks up on you.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 capped into tulip. sharing with my lady.

A: a bit of haze in this brew that i would call orange, not red. reddish white head with decent retention and sticky lacing.

S: a really sweet, sugary malt is competing with an equally intense hopping for supremacy of the nose. a little bit of butterscotch. chalky bitterness. touch of heat.

T: flavor starts with caramel and marshmallows. the meat of the body is similar to the nose, a battle between sweet malt and big sticky piney american hops. i think the malt actually wins this battle. enough hop presence to keep things in balance and to keep this from turning into a big scottish or even a mild english barleywine. very flavorful.

M: tiny carbonation bubbles work perfectly with this big bodied brew.

D: im glad i let this one sit tight for a while. there was just a touch of heat on one sip, but i may have just been being picky. solid brew from flying fish and solid exit series release.

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Photo of jwc215
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted last year - reviewed from notes that were lost and recently found:

Pours dark amber with a tan head that quickly descends to a thin, wispy covering. Some dots of lacing stick.

The smell is very hoppy - a blend of citrus (especially tangerine), tropical fruits (especially pineapple), and mild black pepper.

The taste is spicy - peppery with tropical and citrus fruits. "Red" maltiness is there but stays in the background enough to let the juicy hops come through. It has a kiss of sweetness in the otherwise dry finish.

For the abv, it could be heftier, but works well enough. The alcohol is covered reasonably well.

This sure is a juicy, hoppy red ale - well-made and enjoyable!

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Photo of TheBigBoy
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared out of 22oz bottle.

Nice hoppy and bitterness in a red ale and in line with my palette. Not sweet, not overpowering. A tates that could be enjoyed for tasting or throwing back a six.

A find that most of these Flying Fish beers are good. This is one of them.

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Photo of vande
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - hazy brownish orange pour, somewhat rusty in color with a decent sandy colored head created

s - a quick hoppy release, pungent citrus notes, with a nice malt background

t - rusty and coppery in a good way... hops jump on your tongue and roll around.... alcohol noticeable as it lingers through the hop and citrus notes that are abound

m - medium bodied active beer

o - a pretty good beer and another of the Enjoyable Exit series...

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Photo of seanwhite
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very hazy dark golden orange color that’s completely opaque with tangerine hues and a half finger white head that immediately fades into a very thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

S: Spicy hop aroma with lots of earthy notes and citrus fruit as well as a prominent malt presence. Hints of pine needle, orange peel and grapefruit with some caramel, toffee and biscuit.

T: Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a blast of dry sticky hops up front providing a lingering bitterness that dominates the flavor. Lots of earthy pine and resinous oils along with subtle fruit notes. Not as tropical or citrusy as aroma suggest. More spicy and bitter with a decent malt backbone. Hints of caramel, nut, toffee and biscuit.

O: Malts become more prominent as it warns providing subtle balance but it’s a hop monster first and foremost. Strong alcohol heat in the finish but abv is decently masked at 9%.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. If there's a freshness date, it's on the bottom and I can't read it.

A- Pours more of a brownish-orange than scarlet but I understand that colors in the name don't need to correlate to the color in the brew. A full inch of head falls to a 1/16 inch head with patches of big bubbles settled on the surface. Moderate lacing.

S- Whoo. At least the word "hoppy" in the title certainly correlates to what's in the brew. A unique and intense hop aroma shoots out that seems slightly astringent but that just could be from how pungent and snappy the hops are.

T- That medicinal note actually does carry through to the flavor. Again, it could either be the combination of hop varieties or simply the quantity of hops used in the brew. Bitterness lingers on the tongue for a while and becomes more prevalent as it warms. Speaking of warms, the 9% ABV is catching up to me with every sip I take. It's well-hidden at first but only lasts so long. Somewhat sweet but the hops are definitely showcased in this beer. Have I said "hops" enough in this review?

M- Sort of prickly due to the high bitterness and medium-high carbonation. Definitely not a bad thing though.

O- Not my absolute favorite by Flying Fish and certainly not one of the best of the "Exit" series but a darn fine ale for sure. I'm usually wary of ales that hint at being Red Ales (e.g. Scarlet Ale) because I usually don't like Red Ales but this one is a winner for sure. A bit overbearing on the hops (that's 6 times), but if you like that sort of thing, I recommend this.

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Photo of corby112
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy dark golden orange color that's completely opaque with tangerine hues and a half finger white head that immediately fades into a very thin ring.  Not much in the way of lacing.  

Spicy hop aroma with lots of earthy notes and citrus fruit as well as a prominent malt presence.  Hints of pine needle, orange peel and grapefruit with some caramel, toffee and biscuit.  
Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a blast of dry sticky hops up front providing a lingering bitterness that dominates the flavor.  Lots of earthy pine and resinous oils along with subtle fruit notes.  Not as tropical or citrusy as aroma suggest.  More spicy and bitter with a decent malt backbone.  Hints of caramel, nut, toffee and biscuit.  Malts become more prominent as it warns providing subtle balance but it's a hop monster first and foremost.  Strong alcohol heat in the finish but abv is decently masked at 9%.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this as a nice extra from i forget who in a trade.
A: cloudy orange-ish with a nice off-white head.
S: very yeasty, would almost have thought this used belgian rather than american yeast as stated on the bottle. spicy, fruity, and dank along with some tropical and citrus fruit from the hops. also caramel malt comes through.
T: medium sweet caramel/toffee malt balanced out by a smooth but spicy hop bitterness.
M: medium to full body. frothy and creamy.
O: would not have guessed this to be as high as 9% abv.

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Photo of rab53
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque amber/brown with thin white head. Smell is immediately reminiscent of American barleywine. Candied orange, pine, grapefruit. Hops dominate the flavor, kind of like a barleywine-lite. Low on carbonation. Overall I am glad to have tried it, though it is getting a bit old. Worthy addition to the Exit series.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a full finger and a half of white head. Great looking pint, leaving nice lace.

S: Barleywine esque with a lot of crystal style malt, piney hops with a hint of pineappple.

T: Strong malty flavour though not overly sweet. Definite hop character, earthy with pine. Good balance.

M: Medium to full-bodied, some crisp carbonation with a nice softness. Medium long aftertaste.

O: Quite a good beer, amber ales can certainly be hit or miss for me, but I like this one. A solid strong ale.

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Photo of mentor
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle left over after GABF judging and given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Pours a 2 finger fluffy tan head over a brilliant orange-rust liquid. Smells oranges, lemon, pine, and woody hops over clean alcohol and rich fruity esters of apricot and pear.

Tastes hoppy of oranges, pine, grapefruit pith, and lemon with mild malt sweet, moderate hop bitter, and rough alcohol sting. Very resiny. Combined, these make the beer soothing to start but drying and rough with an orange-like pinesol flavor lingering in the aftertaste. The acid balance may lean a bit toward the acid to amplify the perceived pinesol. Light in the mouth, but has a bit of creamy thick. Mild but stinging carbonation. A great beer for a hop-head such as myself. Definitely not an American Amber, not sure it's a Am Strong Pale either. I guess it's one of those wonderful beers that is enjoyable, but doesn't fit a style very well.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one, Steve.

A: The beer pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white head.

S: Quite hoppy, the way I like my red ales. A bunch of citrus peel with a bit of grass and a mild pine note. There is a little bit of grapefruit juice which gives it a light acidity. There's also a touch of bread and toffee.

T: A bit more citrusy on the flavor, which I like. Plenty of grapefruit, tangerine, and mild pine. There's a mild grass note and a fair bit of bread and toast. Only a mild caramel sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A pretty nice beer. Nice hoppy flavor, the nose just had that little acidity that didn't quite do it for me.

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Photo of portia99
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle received as a great extra in a recent trade with BOLTZ7555. Thanks! Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours quite hazy, just below the murky point with a dirty, orangey brown color. A thick frothy two finger head lingers for a long time and leaves lots of sticky spiderwebs on the glass.

S - Has a pretty strong Lipton instant iced tea character going up front, complete with lemon. Some fruity and citrusy hops layered on top and some caramel malt around the edges.

T - Pretty hoppy on first sip, with a solid but not dominant hop bitterness. Still maintains the iced tea impressions of the aroma too. Fairly noticeable alcohol flavor as well with some citrusy/lemony fruitiness too. Sweet caramel malt at the base and into the finish. The tea flavors give this a bit of an overall "off" flavor to it. Distracting at times and maybe a bit more than that at times.

M - Medium bodied with a good strong carbonation that remains smooth but gives enough of a tingle on the tongue. Alcohol is plenty noticeable but I wouldn't go so far as to call it boozy.

O - Definitely not my favorite in the Exit Series. Ultimately the tea qualities of this one prove too much for my palate/senses. I've noticed this in other beers a couple of other times. Haven't been able to narrow it down to a yeast strain/hop/malt that delivers this character. Glad to have the opportunity to try this and continue my work towards completing this series. I'm figuring plenty of people out there are going to enjoy this more than I did...think I have an extra sensitivity to something in there. Solid and well brewed...just not my thing.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to mnbearsfan for tossing this in on a BIF box. first brew of the hurricane.

a - opened and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. really attractive transparent amber with a frothy ipa like head. the head was really thick and chunky and milkshake like. sticky lacing. one of the nicer ambers i've seen.

s - hoppy and malty...kind of american barleywine smelling. mellon and grapefuit-like. gets my mouth watering. a touch of brown sugar malts. toffee.

t - very bittery amber. cross between a IIPA and an amber ale. malt heavy but strong hop bittering. lots of malts and lots of hops. more barleywine to me than amber.

m - feels like an imperial amber. boozy with a bitter finish, but not drying. biscuity.

o - overall kind of barleywine like. that amber all properties are there, but the imperial style of this brew and heat make it much more barleywine like, which isn't a bad thing to me. i quite enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of CHickman
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy amber color with a lot of sediment floating around the brew, with a 2 finger creamy beige head that fades very slowly, leaving very good spotty lacing clinging to the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, piney hops, floral hops, brown sugar, light grains, cinnamon, orange peel, citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit and light spices; smells very sweet with a slight funky aroma.

Tastes of sweet malt, piney hops, floral hops, flowers, herbs, brown sugar, toasted grains, cinnamon, orange peel, citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, yeast, light spices like pepper and coriander, and a nice complex flavor that well balanced. This beer was more like an IPA than a red/amber ale, and I thought that it was very tasty. There were enough malts to balance out the hops perfectly.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a medium body, light carbonation and a chewy complex feel that went down easy and paired nicely with fish. A very nice beer that was tasty and enjoyable, did a masterful job of hiding the 9% ABV, and one I'd definitely have again.

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Exit 9 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.