Exit 2 Rosemary Double IPA
Flying Fish Brewing Company

Exit 2 Rosemary Double IPAExit 2 Rosemary Double IPA
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American Imperial IPA
3.5 | pDev: 18%
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Exit 2 Rosemary Double IPAExit 2 Rosemary Double IPA
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 20
Photo of Ego
2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

immediate hop hit on the pour.. but I'll get to that...

slightly cloudy orange hue, craggy white head must not like me as it has run off to who knows where leaving just a coating on the surface (although this is a boiling cauldron of bubbles), lacing is decent, nothing spectacular here

musty honey hops, earthiness, not much else

taste etc...
the rosemary kind of gives this a medicinal flavor, somewhere between pine and thyme, has a medium heavy mouth feel, a touch syrupy in the mouth, the carbonation is pretty active which helps the overall experience, the hops are not enhanced by the rosemary imo, and generally speaking I love rosemary

if you saw the movie (spoiler 30 years after alert!) Rosemary's baby was the spawn of satan.. I'm not saying this is beelzebub jr... but it ain't manna from heaven. Stick to their wild rice DIPA, that one hits the mark.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this beer up a while ago at the Total Wine in West Orange, hoping to bring it to the Other Half line to share. That never happened so I ended up having it here, as I've enjoyed quite a few of the Exit series of beers over the years and had high hopes for this one as well. As appealing as this looked, the taste was quite odd as I never quite felt the benefit of the rosemary with regards to the rest of this beer...

The pour to this was nice as the beer had an amber hue to it with plenty of fluffy head that was relatively long-lasting. Lots of sweet malt, caramel, and pine in the nose like a good American Double / Imperial IPA should have but underneath that was yes - that rosemary that only grew more in the taste. I don't quite get how that and the other attributes of this beer would ever mesh and even after letting it warm up, that never quite happened. Lots of pine, resin, and dank weed from the combination of Warrior, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Chinook hops but the spice almost made this feel that this beer needed to have oregano and floral notes in it to round things out...

...except that those were nowhere to be found.

Plenty of bread and thyme-like spice where found here which served as a moderate saving grace to this brew. It was a bit thick and sticky in the aftertaste as some lingering caramel could be discerned, but the flavor never really won me over.

Thankfully, the alcohol wasn't *that* strong and wasn't a deterrent. Out of all the Exit beers that I had from Flying Fish, this was probably the one I rated the lowest. It's not a drain pour but it needs to go back to the drawing board - er, fermenting tanks for a second try. This needs and deserves improvement.

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Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: orange in color with a 1/2" head.

Smell: rosemary and some earthiness is detectable.

Taste: caramel,, orange, grapefruit, rosemary, and a piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Some dryness arrives late. Long lasting rosemary flavors.

Overall: the rosemary was different but by the end of the bottle I was tired of it. Not a bad beer in small doses.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Nice bright and clear medium gold color with a really thick, white frothy/creamy head. Lacing is sticky on the glass like cotton candy.

S - Nose is pretty faint. Some earthiness, a little bit of pine, and light melon. I really have to dig to even find much aroma out of this.

T - Pine resin, rosemary , spiciness, and some toffee malt buried way down there. Finishes with a lingering piney bite. Very slight alcohol warming on the way down for a 9% beer.

M - Big medium body that's borderline full bodied, smooth texture with light carbonation.

O - Interesting, different, unique, and worth a try.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours Amber body with small white head with ok retention and lacing
S: sweet, toffee smell with some earthiness
T: sweet burnt toffee notes with some mellow rosemary notes; sweet alcohol notes
M: medium and silky smooth
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combo; velvety, but alcohol is slightly overpowering

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
2.87/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Undated 25 oz. bottle. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: 2F head with decent retention, leaves lots of sticky lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is a clear amber with visible carbonation bubbles.

S: Rosemary is right up front and in your face. Also lots of earthy and piney notes, which pretty much do smell like the area around Exit 2 :)

T: I'm rarely inclined to say "ingredient X doesn't belong in beer." More than once, I have been proven wrong when I have it in mind. That said, if rosemary belongs in beer, it doesn't belong in this one. It dominates the front end of the flavor and clashes with the sweet malts and even with the earthiness and pineyness of the back end. This is not good drinks. I've never handed out a lower score for taste. And I like rosemary, in general.

F: Light to medium body, medium (pretty lively) carbonation. Construction and balance are what they are; the rosemary just knocks everything way out of whack. Drying is good, some earthiness on the finish.

O: I really hate to knock Flying Fish as a homestate brewer and I have enjoyed many of the Exit series offerings. On the good side, the Oyster Stout is no longer the worst one!

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Photo of q33jeff
2.77/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: Clear, golden, medium white head. Fades completely after a while.
AROMA: Pine, wood. Par for a resinous IPA; though I do not get the Rosemary much. It's there, but faint compared to the pine.
TASTE: bitter sap/resin, a touch of the Rosemary or other herbal earthiness but again not enough to warrant the word "Rosemary" in the name.
FEEL: Mid to Full Body. A touch sticky. below average on the carbonation for the style.

Interesting, but not good. Disappointed in the lack of Rosemary.


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Exit 2 Rosemary Double IPA from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 20 ratings