1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Exit 9 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Exit 9Exit 9

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

164 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 164
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 26
Gots: 14 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 164 | Reviews: 92 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of maximum12
2.01/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to an excellent, well-meaning trader for dropping this beer into one of the final boxes rec’d before a serious trading break. I hate trading breaks. And this one is a doozy.

Split down the middle, pours a amber strain of orange. Only 80% of the bomber poured to avoid the sludge I assume inhabits the floor of the glass. Smells like Fat Tire - hot cross buns mixed with a little rubber. Not appealing.

Exit 9 exists in that place where the hops begin to turn but have yet to morph into anything palatable. Hops taste stale, musty fall leaves, & the bitterness also carries that damp earthiness, a trait I’m severely unfond of. Grassy, a little caramel if I squint hard enough, not much else.

Disappointing. I’ve enjoyed most of the offerings from Flying Fish, & this one is just not very good. Oh well.

Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of portia99
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Photo of Gig2828
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of seanwhite
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
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%.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to Naugros for this bottle!

Another Exit, though I'm not sure I wanna hit up Rutgers any time soon... It pours a clear rusty copper-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light leek, light menthol, toffee, light mint, grass, dank greens, candi sugar, and black pepper. The taste holds notes of dark caramel, greens, light leek, black pepper, and rye bread. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, and a relatively dry finish. Overall, a nice red, nothing truly amazing, but an easily drinkable li'l brew.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of user785335
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of dondeez21
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Served at 45-50 degrees.
A: The beer is on the low end of the color spectrum for a red ale. More of a dark gold. Very thin heads that disappears fast and leaves decent lacing.
S: Malt foreword. With some hops on the backend.
T: Malt hits my tongue first followed by hops. Judging from the description on the bottle I was expecting some more hops. There are a few citrus hops listed but they dont really shine in this beer. They are present but not the main focus on this beer.
M: This beer has a med-high mouthfeel. Its rich and sticky.
D: Drinkability is good. Not exactly what I was hoping for but it is tasty. I would like to try again hopefully on tap.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of J_Ross
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a somewhat reddish amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly attractive, with some sweet malt and underlying citrus. On the palate, I was surprised by how sweet this beer is. There is some noticeable bitterness in the finish as well, but the sweet malt definitely dominates in this beer. Also, along with the bitterness in the finish, I get some noticeable heat from the 9% abv. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and there's no doubt this beer delivers plenty of flavor. As noted above, the beer has a fairly long, bitter, somewhat alcoholic finish. Drinkabilty is OK, though the considerable sweetness and noticeable alcohol detract a bit from this beer's drinkability.

A few other reviewers have compared this beer to NN (given that both beers are imperial red ales in the data base I guess), but that's a bit unfair to Exit 9. NN is clearly a world class beer and, well, this just isn't. It's not a bad beer, but it's not one of the better efforts I've had so far from FF in their exit series.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grapefruit bomb. Not "scarlet" - more of a rose-tinted amber. Biscuity, lightly nutty malt profile that plays a hushed second fiddle to the unmitigated pungent, peppery-spicy, concentrated citrus hopsturbation. Far outside the realm of balance until you let it warm a little - and even then... I can't tell from where the spicy pungency derives. The none-too-subtle warming finish concludes a woosh of nail-polish remover phenolicism accompanying the grapefruit, vaguely strawberry Starburst fruitiness. Citra is a beast. Hopheads and big beer buffs may dig this. If it's not an amber ale, it's a double IPA for sure. Gotta admit it's certainly drinkable, if a bit static on the palate. Vibrant carbonation within and without. Probably the lamest Exit beer I've tried so far.

These are a few of my initial, and repeated, impressions.

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 mentor
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into tasting snifter. thanks to acviencko for sharing.

Pours a clear auburn with cherry red tones, a nice sized frothy white head with decent film and lacing.

The nose felt somewhat muted, although notes of sticky hops, caramel malt, and a bit of citrus poked through the clouds.

Nice bitterness up front with grapefruit and pith. More tropical fruit with sweetness and dry bitterness. Bready malts and caramel stickiness add a solid base. Nice hop bite in the finish followed by very faint alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied and carbonated, sticky and dry on the tongue. Drinks really nice, and the alcohol is almost invisible. Definitely a solid example of a hoppy amber - this is probably one of my favorite Exit Series beers so far.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, amber-copper body with a tall, off-white head at first, but it descends at a fair pace.

Smell: Sweetish scent of citrus fruity juices stirred up with candyish caramel sauce and hit with a bit of spice, resins, additional citrus peelings, and a splash of liquor.

Taste: Bready, lightly toasty, and with a light sweetness of caramelized sugars. The initial maltiness transitions to fruity tastes of sugar-topped pears, sweet tangelos, grapefruit, and melon. A firm spiciness and a cutting resinous quality hop right in, along with a large helping of bitterness. Some resilient sugary flourishes stay, trying to counter the big bitterness and the alcohol. Finishes dry, warming, and fruity with a drawn-out bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Some slight chewiness to the overall mouthfeel.

Overall: It's, you know, alright. This one's drinkability is essentially on-par with other strong, bitter, boozy ales.

Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ToddThompson
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of sholland119
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear amber with a rather thin off white head and a pool of head.

S-Caramel malt dominates the nose with some nice citrus juiciness. Not as appealing as the tap version which was better balanced.

T-Malty sweet with a bit of an iced tea character. A nice hop bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with a slightly heavy lingering bitterness.

O-Nice, though I enjoyed the tap version a lot better.

HV

Photo of beagle826
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Exit 9 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.