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Exit 9 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 26
Gots: 13 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-11-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

t0rin0, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -14%

djrn2, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1.7%

zestar, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a nice head that sticks reasonably well and leaves a few dots of lace, too

Smell: As one would expect from a hoppy red, the aroma has both caramel malt and piney hop elements

Taste: The malt jumps out front, with caramel flavors leading off; by mid-palate, some fruit and piney hops arrive to add a multi-layered, bitter dimension; after the swallow, while both the sweet and better elements are present, I would give a nod to the bitterness being dominant; also some minty flavors in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a really nice beer from the folks at Flying Fish, who are always concerned about drinkability rather than being at the extremes; this beer shows that they can pack quite a lot of flavor, without pushing it outside the boundaries; that might not satisfy everyone around this site, but that does not make it any less worthy

brentk56, May 17, 2011
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.

mikesgroove, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

womencantsail, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours out as a really nice looking amber color, the head is fizzy and white. It kind of fades into a little ring around the glass. The lacing really nice as well. Has a large amount of floating sediment in it that remains still for the most part. The smell is very hoppy, not a lot of other aromas are coming through. The taste is very hoppy as well. The mouthfeel is fairly light, it's not oily at all and I find this beer to be quite enjoyable from start to finish.

Knapp85, May 10, 2011
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.

oberon, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

TMoney2591, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Kegatron, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerlando for this one. Always excited to try another "Top New Beer". Served in a Half Acre pint glass.

A - Nice two fingers of creamy off-white foam that settle to a thick cap, leaving glass-coating lace. Hazed golden body that isn't very "amber".

S - So I'm guessing this is about six weeks old? In any case, a decent amount of piney and slightly catty hops - Chinook seems preeminent. Some light tropical fruit notes, and a cereal grain malt backdrop. A touch faded, but still pretty solid.

T - Again, lots of tropical fruits as well as some citrus, sweet toffee malt, lightly burnt sugars, and a growing bitterness that mounts over the course of a glass.

M - Resinous, sticky, medium body. Medium carbonation, and extremely deceptive alcohol - would never have guessed this was 9%.

D - This was probably a bit better right out of the gate, but it's still pretty enjoyable after a month and a half. Well-hidden boozes makes this one dangerous, particularly because it comes in 750ml bottles. I'd definitely buy this if I knew it was a fresh batch, or if it showed up on-tap.

MasterSki, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, beer is dark amber / red with a decent head, some lacing and low carbonation.

Aroma is pretty hoppy and nicely sweet. Citrus hops mostly.

Beer is medium in body and really sweet on the front, the back is mildly bitter and the middle is filled with a lot of nice hoppy flavors, mostly citrus hops, chewy midpalate, a pretty nice beer. Slow drinking, big bottle, heavy palate, but I'd have it again.

drabmuh, May 03, 2011
Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

jwc215, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

Halcyondays, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 3"+ head that produces some thick lacing on the glass.

Smell: lots of caramel sweetness with some pine, and citrus tones.

Taste: nice malty beer here. Caramel, bread, light grapefruit, soft pine, a hint of pear sweetness, and a decent bitterness for the style. Alcohol is lightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Very smooth throughout with a bit of creaminess and dryness arriving late. Aftertaste is long lasting on the tongue.

Drinkability: this beer is nicely refreshing but still hearty enough to satisfy the thirst. Easy to drink a bomber in a short session.

Gavage, Mar 11, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

GClarkage, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

InspectorBob, May 17, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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%.

corby112, Oct 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

BARFLYB, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

wrightst, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with OWSELY069

Flying Fish : Exit 9

This hoppy scarlet ale pours amber, a few particulates in suspension, soapy off white head forms and solid lacing on the pint glass. Smells of bready malt and sweet piney caramel. In the flavor, pine hops with a hint of pineapple, caramel malt sweetness and a good deal of bitterness. Mouthfeel is semi dry and smooth. Overall, a nice hoppy amber with a big body and hides the alcohol well. Dig it.

Stinkypuss, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

BillRoth, Dec 16, 2013
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.

John_M, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of rab53
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

rab53, Oct 16, 2011
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Exit 9 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.