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Exit 9 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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92 Reviews
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Reviews: 92
Hads: 164
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 24
Gots: 18 | 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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Reviews: 92 | Hads: 164
Photo of bigdaddyd069
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a good beer

A - An unfiltered slightly red hew. Very nice legs from my Brandy glass/snifter. Very nice.

S - Light sweet malt. Small nose. Earthy/grassy smell hint.

T- Is medium in bodied & good/slight carbonation.

M - Very nice beer with complex notes. Nice quality.

O - This is a very complex, quality beer which tastes great and is not fully of fruity, grapefruit hops (primary). Very impressed a top notch beer. Very good.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice medium brown and dark orange color with a 1-finger bone-white head. Great lacing and the cloudiness confirms the bottle conditioning as told by the label.

S - Has a very nice woody and Earthy aroma at the beginning from the hops. Complimented by a slightly modified/roasted grain smell as well. Very nice pairing.

T - Again, hops up front are very woody and Earthy with a great bitterness. There is a very nice starchy sweetness throughout the length of each sip as well. A very bold and pungent red ale.

M - Medium body with a gratuitous amount of carbonation, which is nice for the style. Plenty of flavor and mouth drying ingredients to keep the sips not too far apart.

O - My first offering from Flying Fish and it was a very good one at that. Highly impressed.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a half inch of head. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like pine, citrus, herbal, caramel and bread in the background with a tinge of alcohol mixed in.

Taste is pine and caramel up front, moving into a citrus hop profile and there is a moderately long pine resin and citrus finish.

Mouthfell is thick with nice carbonation.

Overall its good, as good as I remember it being on tap. Personally I prefer this style for a hoppy beer to an IPA for the most part- this is a good example, second to the troegs amber ales

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Photo of sway0925
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell - Full malty body with loads of hops, from brewing my own beer i can diffidently smell the Chinook and centennial hops which give off a lovely aroma.

Appearance - to me reminds me of a lighter red ale; almost and amber like color, which resembles the troegs nugget nectar but taste a lot better.

Taste - Sweet and malty, with a big body and a crisp hoppy finish.
this beer has a pronounced after taste that leaves me wanting another sip.

Mouthfeel - smooth, moderate carbonation. Resin/hoppy flavors cling to the tongue after the sip. a little bit heavy but not overly so. will do fine with some age to mellow out the hop flavoring.

Drinkability - very well constructed considering alcohol content - Not heavy, nice crisp and refreshing with good solid body to support the hops. Another great outing from Flying Fish. this has to be my third best exit from them.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My buddy got a bottle of this for me from somewhere in New Jersey. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The head is dark egg shell color, with tiny sized bubbles, abundant spiderweb lacing, and great retention. The body is a dark brown color at the top but blends down to a cloudy straw color.
Smell: The aromas are citrusy, pine resine, and dirt.
Taste: The flavors are grapefruit, pine, grass.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thin with a dry finish.
Drinkability: This beer is awfully good.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of sparki1980
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- from my notes
A - a red tinged golden color with adequate head.
S - smells hoppy and toasted right away.
T - definitely a toasted barley taste with loads of peppery hops.
M - medium with vey good carbonation.
D - I enjoyed the whole bottle and likely so will most people.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber body, tons of carbonation, topped by two fingers of snow white foam.

Big citrus nose. Tons of orange, with apricot support. Smack of pine. Clean, fresh, inviting.

Sweet juicy fruit hits the tongue fast. Nice bitter nip at the swallow, with deepens in the aftertaste. Great hoppy taste but not overly abrasively bitter.

Medium mouthfeel moves things along nicely.

Overall, a nice tasty effort from Flying Fish. I enjoyed it - despite the Rutgers references (Seton Hall, 1981). Flying Fish needs to make this at least an annual release.

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Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of yourchoice
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish, amberish hue, slightly cloudy appearance. A little straw colored head, a bit of lacing while drinking.

S - With the hops, the expected grapefruit. A refreshing hoppy cleanliness. Wonderful clean aroma.

T - A very tasty beer for a hophead like myself. More citrus than pine. Very good.

M - Hops tingle the palette, the beer is pleasantly not overly carbonated. Medium body.

O - Being a Rutgers graduate, I'm very happy FF made such a great beer to celebrate my old stomping grounds! I may have to take a few bombers to an RU football game this fall. Well done, FF!

Go RU!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, big citrus and pine hops. In the taste, citrus to pine hops and a nice malt backing, but hops are definatly bigger. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus in the aftertaste. Nice big hops but lack of malt, the hops just override everything, but I like it!

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: more on the golden apprearnce with
a little red glow. how can you call this a scarlet ale when you did not accomplish the color wanted?

smell: huge hop aroma, lots of pine, some citrus

taste: in that nugget nectar category but less power. very nice balance of caramel and hops. This is a easy drinking 9% imperial red.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: This may be one of there best beers. Very nice.. what kept this from being a an A+ was the finish. The hop flavor did not linger at all. kinda falls off. otherwise. I like a lot : )

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Photo of keepersj12
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one great beer. It starts with an incredible smell that dominates throughout the drink. It's citrus, pine, tropical fruits with just a touch of malt. The flavor mirrors the aroma with a nice balance and then the hops hit you. Just a beautiful meld of aroma and flavor One of the best beers for me period.

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Photo of billzav
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Exit 9 is a full-bodied amber ale with substantial notes of citrus and piny hops complimented by sweet caramel malt and tropical fruit with a crisp clean finish. The alcohol content of 9% isn't too noticeable. Overall, a really nice imperial amber ale.

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