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Exit 9 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
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.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of KajII
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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...

Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of DocJ87
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of dwaz
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of DaveONan
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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 bballmj2k
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of jsp2
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of bonkers
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

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.

Photo of TheBigBoy
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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.

Photo of victory4me
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of azdback
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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

750mL champagne style bomber poured into a tulip pint

Pours a reddish amber with a fluffy ecru cap that rose quickly and billowed to a solid 3+ fingers. Some raindrop style retreating and lines of lace on the side.

As soon a I popped the top, the unmistakable smell of citra hops permeated the air. An aggressive hop bill that leads to an aroma of mangoes and papaya with underlying notes of pine resin. A very clean, biscuity malt bill lays the foundation for these hops to play.

The flavor profile is loaded with hops. Again, a clean, but sturdy malt bill holds it down for the pine resin and tropical fruit to stand up. As a lover of the humulus lupulus, this is right up my alley. An aggressively hopped red ale that is as advertised.

A medium body that is chewy and a bit sticky due to this thick, pine resiny characteristic it puts forward.

Overall, I found this to be a hit. A clean, bitter amber ale with a decent kick of alcohol. Not a great session like most ambers, but this is one that I am glad bucks the trend. Another solid addition to the flying fish exit series.

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.

Photo of CHickman
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Naugros
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into the Flying Fish stemmed tulip glass I purchased at the brewery earlier today. They give an okay tour and have a typical warehouse-like microbrewery, but they can boast a pretty decent gift shop.

The immediate pour didn't show much promise of a large head, but once you completed the pour the roiling of the carbonation really built this well-structured, cream-colored sucker up to almost two inches. Would it have done as well in a pint glass? Who knows? Don't care. This is a "scarlet" ale in name only and comes off as an amber color bordering on orange with perhaps a reddish cast to it. Lacing is spotty but persistent.

A really wonderful, rich and creamy smell of American hops full on with all the citrus goodness they bring. If there are malts in here I don't care...okay this is a review so I'll try. Yeah, there are some faint whiffs of the malt adding a Hawaiian honey bread sweetness. So what? These hops are really nice.

All grapefruit in the mouth...not the overly bitter "oh my god, please give me some sugar" white grapefruit, but the juicy and sweet pink ones. Don't get me wrong, this is really high in IBUs and would please the most ardent hop head, but there's a sweetness there that rides shotgun. You don't get as much of the malt sweetness you got in the nose and that is missed as it would do more to balance this beer, but for some that isn't necessary.

This is actually refreshing for a beer this bitter. You find your salivary glands working hard and filling your mouth along with the beer. The body is nicely medium with a good amount of carbonation to keep it lively. the aftertaste lingers with some sweetness and bitterness...burps are pretty tasty too.

I really like this one and it's definitely on par with their Exit 13, but in a different way. In the past I've knocked Flying Fish as not doing much to make New Jersey proud of its brewing prowess, but this not only should make the state proud. In their last two Exit Series offerings they've proven that they can create a real quality ale in two seriously different styles. I am also happy that they chose to honor my alma mater (legal note: as I did not actually complete my BA at Rutgers, I cannot truly refer to it as my alma mater...sue me). Go Knights! Go RU! Win...um...something...whatever...anything would be nice. Chess team, I'm looking at you.

Exit 9 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.