Exit 9 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 26
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 164 | Reviews: 92
Reviews by Proteus93:
Photo of Proteus93
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Honey-golden hue, topped with a modest and creamy head that leaves tin, cascading rings of head behind

S + T: Soft malt sweetness wonderfully complemented with a citrus and tropical scents and flavours. The bottle describes this quite accurately, including mention of 'appropriate' bitterness on the finish

M + D: Medium body, somewhat slick hop oiliness that dissipates slowly and smoothly. Alcohol is very well masked, and when the scent and flavours are balanced as well as they are in this beer, it makes for a really enjoyable experience. There tends to be a new Exit series release each summer when I come up to LBI, and I look forward to them more and more with each release I try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Iam a sucker for a big hopped up red,Iam not sure this is a red but its damn good.Poured into an imperial nonic more a of copper tinged burnt orange with a creamy-like one finger white crown that left two full rings of lace as it settled.Big pithy hop aromas along with tropical fruit and slight pine resin,the alcohol presents a little sweetness but its not overbearing,a hint of caramel as well but the hops win out.Big resiny and tropical-like hop flavors overtop of caramel malt and sweet alcohol,to be honest to me it tastes like a DIPA should taste like or what alot of American Strongs do taste like.Whatever the style its an outstanding beer in my mind,I will buy a few of these in the near future.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well this beer at least convinced me that Flying Fish does use hops. Pours a crimson red, nice, good head, retention. Aroma was hoppy, not pungent, a bready aroma.

Taste, good, delivered on its hoppy promise, alcohol well hidden, good red tinge of the base malts, maybe irish moss. Not overly complex, was hoping for something approaching Loakal Red or Nugget Nectar, but this is a solid second tier amber/red ale for a hophead. Slightly grapefruitish to the hop mouthfeel.

Again, at $10 though, it gets docked overall. Better value/quantity choices at that price.

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

750ml bottle, served in a small pint glass

A - pours with about half an inch of mostly creamy, somewhat dense light tan foam. the beer is clear yet some bottle sediment fell in. burnt amber in color.

S - rich with pine, lightly citrusy hops. sweet caramel malt shines through. simple and balanced, yet inviting.

T - begins with some rich caramel sweetness which carries through to the end. crisp bitterness chimes in about halfway, bringing lush pine, grapefruit, and slightly floral hops.

M - medium bodied with light yet crisp carbonation. slightly creamy throughout, aided by ample sweetness yet cut into by a pleasant bitterness and very mild alcohol burn.

O - wonderful in its simplicity. basically a solid amber with a healthy hoppy edge. not quite at Nugget Nectar level (which I feel all hoppy ambers are judged against) but yummy nonetheless.

Photo of Wegomlegging
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color, with a very good white head. Smell was a bit understated in the malt category, but plenty of hops to talk about. Flavors were very pleasant, with hops taking the front seat and a very slight amount of maltiness. Finish was excellent which I belive has something to do with the hard water used to brew this beer. Nice carbonation, went down very easily given amount of hops. Refreshing overall with good balance, but doesn't fit the mold of your red ale except in color. RU hoo-rah!

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Has a hazy dark amber/scarlet color. Thin white head dissapated to a film but has excellent lacing.

Aroma is of juicy hops. Citrus hops and a bit of malt. Smells great.

Taste is the same. Sticky hop flavor. Nice malt to balance it out and a nice hop bitterness in the finish to wreck your palate.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry with a great carb.

Overall this beer is awesome. Get it if you can. You will be hearing about it soon.

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery (Paoli, PA) on 4/3/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a thin frothy covering of bright-white head. This retains with some rich edging and leaves back some foamy swathes of lacing which slowly creep down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells sweet and sticky in the nose, with notes of caramel and ripe tropical fruit. An earthy and leafy bitterness adds some edge to this.

The taste has a lot of sweet caramel action going on with it, with a bit of an extra roasty push underneath. The bitterness here is initially very raw feeling, with a harsh pithiness in the finish that really sticks hard. Fortunately, as this warms up, more and more fruit character emerges to help balance a lot of this out and make the overall experience with this beer a lot better. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an assertive sharpness to the carbonation which really helped draw a lot of that initial aggressive bitterness out. A slickness along the back helps carry a lot of that balancing sweetness in the profile. I must say for 9%, the alcohol here is very hell hid, with just some beefy warmth being present in the body.

As I suspected, my experience with this here on draft was much better than it was on cask. Problems with the aggressiveness of the hops aside, this luckily did end up being a flavorful and well balanced Imperial Red by the end of the glass, with that sticky tropical fruit character eventually swooping in to save the day. Pretty impressive drinkibility on this for an almost 10% beer as well and while I wasn't quite blown away here; this definitely ended up as a solid entry in the Exit series.

Photo of thagr81us
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this one with beeruser and funkydelic during one of our weekly tastings! Brought this one out as my guest wanted an Amber there... Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, caramel, citrus hop, and marijuana. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, citrus, and caramel hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. The hop profile going on here was very sweet forward rather than bittering. The citrus aspect in this one definitely helped to overcome this fact, but it could only do so much. Still pretty enjoyable and was a nice change-up after some of the other brews we had during this tasting. Worth trying at least one if you have the opportunity.

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dirty orangish-amber is filled with a dense nature of yeasty activity. A creamy parchment head sits a finger-plus in height. Visible carbonation was difficult to determine through the dirty coloring and yeasty matter floating about. Window dressing was good for coverage. My only complaint of course would be the obvious, I would of loved to see the coloring a Rutgers Scarlet red which would have been very fitting here but came off a few shades off the mark, otherwise it would have been worthy of an extra tick up.

S: Fresh citrus juice mingles with pineapple juice. Pine and grapefruit also is detected combining with a sweet toasted specialty malting. The scent was pleasant in delivery, soft and perfumy rounding out with a bit of herbaceous thyme. Good flavor and bitterness upfront, treading between fresh wet citra-tones and some dry pine. Spicy and woodsy feel set against a bit of dried lemon and a nicely toasted malting. Dried tropical fruitiness (dried pineapple) and starfruit with a dash of peppery pine hopping on the close. Nice hop combination blending beautifully together as well a thick body of sweet toasted character.

M: Medium bodied, creamy feel, dry pine and citrus warmth with a spicy and peppery bite on the close.

D/O: Solid drinkability, worthy of a try and repeat. As the label suggests pairs well with spicy foods. Nice cool weather offering,spritzy and refreshing, solid in every aspect per style. Very good with possibly treading the line of a A- rating with minor degrees of personal differences.

Photo of bonbini26
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Skinner's Loft in JC

Finally the first time I've seen this beer on tap or bottle. Poured into a snifter, a hazy orange with a 2 finger thick head. The smell had some citrus and caramel sweetness to it. A little bit of everything in the taste, biscuit, malts, grapefruit, soft pine, a little heat from the alcohol. The body is hearty, and very smooth and balanced throughout, with creaminess in the beginning and dryness at the end, leaving a slight hop bitterness lingering on the tongue. I had 4 of these in row, so I would say its pretty easy drinking at 9%. GO RU!

Photo of thepiner
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great beer. My advice would be to not focus on the "hoppy scarlet ale" moniker or think about its predecessors (Exits 11,16) when trying- it's not as hop forward as the others and it's not scarlet. A nice balance of maltiness with the hops. Surprisingly smooth for its ABV.

Nice creamy tight head on the glass, immediate notes of citrus/pineapple on the nose. Auburn/ light caramel color.

Nice malty balance with a citrus finish. Really nicely balanced for an amber ale; akin to Nugget Nectar but hops are more citrus than piney.

Real nice beer- can't wait to drink it while watching my Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

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

The pour was very big. Lots of dark orange colors swirling about and a good sized head of white reaching up and over the top to around two inches before settling back down again. Really nice layered look to the sides of the glass as it was thoroughly coated all the way down, really good retention here I have to say. Lots of malt in the nose right off. Caramel, sweet notes mixing with a very big hop note, especially as it warms. Piney with a sweet orange rind like citrus touch as it comes close to room temperature. Very thick feel, sticky and full with nice carbonation, definite enough to get it done. Initially you get the piney hop bite as you take the first sip, but it became very well balanced mid palate as the rich, almost scotch ale like buttery notes start to come through and really give it quite a smooth flavor. A bit hot still and a definite big one, it hurts the session ability of it a touch, and by the end you are really pushing it with this one.

Overall not bad, actually very, very good. Straddles the line of several styles, but I would call it a strong ale as a catch all. A bit strong and young still, this would serve up great after 6 months I am sure.

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured gently from a 750 into a snifter. About a finger of slightly white/almost colorless head. Lots of bubbles and some yeast floating around. Slightly hazy.
S: Primarily pine and cirtus hop notes.
T: Starts out with a sweet malt flavor. Definitely getting some tropical flavors. Finishes hoppy and bitter with a very small amount of alcohol.
M:Moderate carbonation.
Stacks up nicely against the other red ale (Nugget Nectar) I've been drinking the past couple months.

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Imsothirsty
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy dark gold I with a finger of head, quickly recedes.

Nose is sharp hops, and a little alcohol

Taste is pretty decent hops mostly fruity, with some dark fruit from the malt. Sharp hop contrast, but missing in complexity just a little bit (specifically floral and pine notes).

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than expected, with very very high carbonation

Overall it is a good beer certainly not the best in the exit series. I will definitely try it again when I am not all congested up with allergies

Photo of Axic10
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish amber with a finger of fluffy, bubbly white head.

Smell: Floral hops with hints of sweet citrusy fruit mixed with a decent malt sweetness.

Taste: Caramel sweetness followed by a wave of citrus (bitter grapefruit and mango) and slightly bitey hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp.

Overall: Definitely my personal favorite of the Exit Series so far. Reminds me a lot of Nugget Nectar. I'm stocking up on this bottle (which I'm sure won't last long).

Photo of claspada
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a sticky rich white foam head that falls to good lacing.
The aromas are quite inviting with copious amounts of citrus and extreme grapefruit; in the background you get some subtle caramel maltiness and a little spicy pine hoppiness.
The tastes begin with a quick flash of sweet caramel malt but immediately shifts to the bitter grapefruit flavors; there is plenty of citrus and finally some spicy pine buried beneath the blanket of citrus and grapefruit flavors.
The mouthfeel is thick and resinous, the bitterness lingers pleasantly on the taste buds throughout the finish. This is an amazing drinkable beer, especially for the ABV. 9% seriously this drinks like a 5 or 6%, so flavorful throughout. Overall another great great offering for this Exit Series from Flying Fish. Can someone tell me why they bottled and offer the worst one of this series in a 4 pack? This and the Rye and the Chocolate Stout should be their new seasonal offerings because all 3 are amazing. Perfect complement to for Thai duck which I had for dinner tonight.

Photo of sfsean28
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- amber, thick,foamy head leaving nice lacing

S- citrus hops,grapefruit dominates

T- good balance between sweet malt and piney and fruity hops

M- medium body, good carbonation. bitterness is just right for my taste.

D- Its a good drinking brew but be careful with 9% alcohol. Not a heavy beer but yet refreshing.

I like this brew from Flying Fish Exit Series very much and I hope they plan on six pack offerings.

Photo of sparki1980
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Photo of CHickman
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of shand
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip.

This brew pours a very hazy muddy-red color with tons of sediment. The head is huge, and retains and laces well. The aroma is huge on citrus and piney hops. The taste is also very hoppy (primarily citrus, with a touch of pine), with a decent malt presence behind it. Alcohol is present and does drag this down just a little bit. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium-bodied and briskly carbonated, and the drinkability is about average for such a big brew. Overall, an enjoyable beer, but really doesn't stand out from the crowd of DIPAs.

Photo of drtth
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a nice clear russet color with a 1 and ½" foamy cream colored head that recedes fairly soon to leave a 1/8" cap on the liquid with lots of lacing speckles and patches on the glass. Eventually the cap becomes an island of foam and a prominent ring around the glass. Sipping leaves a nice pattern of leggy and speckled lacing. Even to the end of the beer there is a ring of foam and lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aromas include caramel filled with pine, resin, and citrus zest. It's a well integrated smell of what malt and hops might smell like if they were a single ingredient.

Taste: The malt backbone is definitely prominent here but it never dominates so completely that the pine and citrus are hidden, rather it supports them and keeps them on display until some tropical fruit flavors like mango and papaya emerge to blend in with the malt sweetness that keeps the bitterness under control. The alcohol is well hidden until the effects begin to show.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with gentle regular carbonation. The finish is fairly long, beginning with the noticeable malt background tinged with pine resin and citrus and tapering off into a long lasting bitter piney dryness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I found this a nicely drinkable beer and another solid well made offering in the Exit series. Its clear that temperature makes a big difference in how this beer tastes and that as it approaches room temperature there the flavors are better integrated. My overall impression is that this is a beer I'll enjoy drinking for the rest of the case and regret opening the last bottle. A very good beer that borders on being a great beer.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thankyou Bailey's for there new takeoout section and improved beer selection I was able to get this one.

Poured into a tulip,very thick and heavy looking with alot of particulates floating around in there.Decent off white heading that sticks around for a little while then turns completely flat. Light ringlets throughout.

Heavy fruit nose with an immediate follow up of spicey hops.There is some citrus notes in there as well,somewhat perfumey mask sticks in the background the entire time.

Taste is a little hit and miss for me. There is a heavy citrus-pine taste that just invades the taste buds and stays there the entire time. What did almost ruin it for me was the heavy overload of malts. They are there and almost like drinking molasses.Completely through me off guard.

This does have great carbonation in the mouth for how heavy it is. Big, heavy, chewy malt bite that is smooth but is almost like molasses on the tongue.

All and all one of my least favorites of the exit series.

Photo of JerseyKirk
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Exit 9 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.