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Exit 9 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 164
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 6.44%
Wants: 26
Gots: 17 | 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.

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.
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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! (692 characters)

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

Pours a lightly hazed, lighter than expected copper color, nice small cap od dense khaki head. Scent is dominated by citrus and piney hops, light carmely sweet malt backbone with a touch of roast. Taste brings a solid IPA quality hoppy background and bitterness, malts hidden in the background. Body is lighter then expected, good cask carbonation so that wasnt the issue. Would have liked a bit more malt and heft in the body, closer to an IPA in style then an Amber. (468 characters)

Photo of pburland23
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think Flying Fish's Exit Series is one of the best limited run series out there at the moment.

Poured from a 25.4 ounce bottle into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

Pours a reddish amber with some hazy cloudiness that hangs in the glass. A thick layer of white head lingered into some thick lacing. The nose is incredibly hoppy. It's piney and slightly resinous. The taste is very hop forward. It's a little too bitter in my opinion. The malt just isn't there to balance out the hops.

The beer drinks like it is a touch overcarbonated in my opinion, but the 9% is hidden quite well and the overall drinkability is pretty good.

The biggest issue facing Exit 9 is that it is impossible not to compare it to Nugget Nectar and it isn't nearly as good. The components for a good beer are here, but they aren't quite constructed properly. (837 characters)

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... (439 characters)

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. (267 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,540 characters)

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. (1,569 characters)

Photo of Imsothirsty
4/5  rDev -1%
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 (511 characters)

Photo of sfsean28
4/5  rDev -1%
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. (420 characters)

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

A - Orangish bodied beer with two fingers of white foam that left some nice lace and webbing on the sides.

S - A bit of a fan of the hoppy amber, and there is a nice hops presence to this one. Pine and resin, on a caramel backbone with some fruity notes.

T - Toffee, caramel malt backbone surrounded by citrus and a little bit of pine. This tastes quite nice and the bitterness is a great balance to the sweetness of the malts.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, a little bit sticky.

O - Quite easily drinkable, considering the relatively high ABV. A good beer, would like to drink this again. (599 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -1%
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 (938 characters)

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... (983 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - solid amber color, a little murky, with about about 2 fingers worth of off-white foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - pretty hoppy, I'd say maybe Cascade and/or Amarillo. Also maybe a little fruity.

Taste and Mouthfeel - hoppy in the taste too, but mostly flavor until the end of the middle and whole of the finish, then it's fairly bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Also maybe a fruitiness in the taste, most noticeable in the middle, but still very subtle. Texture is very nice and well-balanced.

Overall - all around good beer, especially if you like the taste the hops, but not necessarily love the bitterness. (666 characters)

Photo of bballmj2k
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't wait to get into this one - have thoroughly enjoyed all of the other Exit series.

Appearance - Golden straw orange - honestly look similar to Troegs Nugget Nectar. About 1 finger of creamy head that dissipates quickly. Clear and beautiful.

Smell - Full malty body with hints of hops. Not tropical fruity hops but more of the piney variety. Not an overpowering smell but definitely refreshing.

Taste - Sweet and malty up front with a big body and a crisp hoppy finish. More Nugget Nectar similarities - bitter, resiney, piney notes.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, moderate carbonation. Resin/hoppy flavors cling to the tongue after the sip. Perhaps a bit heavy but not overly so.

Drinkability - Pretty good considering alcohol content - Not heavy, nice crisp and refreshing with good solid body to support the hops. Another great outing from Flying Fish. (853 characters)

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. (834 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,065 characters)

Photo of jsp2
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber with thick foamy head. Citrus herb hoppy aroma with an underlying hint of roasted malt. Hoppiness is foremost, nicely balanced with alcohol, acidity, and malt sweetness. Citrus alcohol aftertaste with slight fruity esters, and bitterness.

This pushes the boundaries of an amber or red ale, for sure, with intense hop and citrus. The best part of this beer is the balance between sweet, acid, hop, and alcohol, which is masterful. This is a prime take on the style, especially for hop lovers. (506 characters)

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

I poured from a bomber into a SA perfect pint glass. It pours a solid amber with a perfect 2 finger white head and a ton of lacing. The aroma is sweet with citrus. The beer has lots of sweet malt and a citrus finish, very well balanced. The body is medium and is well carbonated, creamy mouthfeel. A good amber, another solid beer from the exit series. (352 characters)

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. (529 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (1,092 characters)

Photo of victory4me
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard shaker.

Pours a clear amber, not quite "scarlet," but a pretty beer with a big fat 2 finger head. Aroma is very floral, like Nugget Nectar without the Simcoe. Piney and resinous smell, I think it's going to be very hard to objectively not compare this beer to Nugget Nectar.

Taste is good, but not Nugget Nectar good. A balance between the hops and malts that results in a tasty if not spectacular flavor. Lots of delicious juicy hoppy goodness that is muted, but not overpowered by the malts. A piney background attribute gives the hops an extra kick. Mouthfeel is where this beer shines, I love the creamy and silky smooth mouthfeel that is really a treat to find in any beer. A really easy to drink and enjoyable beer.

I see one big problem with Exit 9, bad timing. Release this beer 2 months from now or early December and it will stand alone as a very good hoppy amber. Release it during Nugget Nectar season and everyone will compare to NN. Regardless, the mouthfeel is worth the beer alone and I love the Exit Series.

Solid. (1,059 characters)

Photo of azdback
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big 750ml bottle poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Dark amber orange. Clear without a lot of carbonation bubbles. I poured this a bit more aggressively than I wanted and the small mouth of the bottle made the head about three fingers and it is bright white. Lace is sticking in beautiful patches.

Smell is of sweet citrus hops. Not much alcohol. Maybe a bit of biscuits and yeast.

The taste is not much like the smell. Sweet form malts. Not so much hop flavor comes through. A bit of yeast flavors come out. Not over powering though. Alcohol is not masked very well and is definitely in the flavor profile. As it warms I am getting a bit of very sweet citrus flavors... Maybe a tangelo. Not at all bitter though. I am also licking sweetness off my lips as I type. The alcohol really mellows with the bit of warmness too.

The mouth on this one is great for the style. It is well carbonated and not a bit hollow or watery anywhere in the swallow. It kind of borders on sticky, chewy. This mouth is more of a well balanced IPA, not an amber. Well done!

Overall I must say that I am very happily surprised at this one. Thanks to tsblack05 for the extra. I always enjoy getting an extra that is someones local brew and they are really proud of. Then I find out why they are so proud of the beer and the brewery. I just hope the kids at Rutgers can appreciate the beer that was named after their exit. Highly recommended! (1,421 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy dark gold with a little off-white head.
S: It smelled like grapefruit and apricot hops, with light caramel and honey malt, and a bit of bready yeast.
T: It tasted like bitter grapefruit with some sweet caramel and honey and apricot, along with some copper hops. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste with some lingering sweetness.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation. Very nice and full body.
D: This was a very nice double IPA, but I'm not sure about it being ""scarlet."" It had a great hoppy scent and taste, with excellent body. The alcohol was decently hidden too, so it was pretty easy to drink. Flying Fish apparently makes solid hoppy beers, and this is a great example of one. Recommended. (728 characters)

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. (1,040 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured an orange amber color with a thin, sticky white head clinging to the edges of the glass. It had some pretty nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a very nice hoppiness to it. I get some tropical fruit, mango, pineapple notes to it. It feels very juicy and bright which I really like. The malt gives it a nice sweet base, but the hops are the focus. Very nice aroma overall.

The taste shows a little of the tropical fruity notes up front. I get more of a bitter, grapefruit, rind like quality to it in the finish. A little bit of a candied orange flavor is there, while a decent amount of malt sweetness comes out as well throughout the flavor. Pretty good flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty solid hoppy beer. It had a very nice juicy, sweet, hoppiness to it that I really enjoyed. (924 characters)

Exit 9 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.