Exit 4 American Trippel | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Exit 4 American TrippelExit 4 American Trippel

Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This inspired Belgian-style Trippel has a hazy golden hue and the aroma of citrus with hints of banana and clove. Predominant Belgian malt flavors give way to a subdued bitterness in the finish.

Added by Foxman on 03-10-2009

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Ratings: 736 |  Reviews: 282
Photo of KLReed
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NonicPanic
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a BB date of 30 March 2018.
Slightly hazy amber body topped by a modest size but durable, off-white head that completely coats the glass when tipped.
Moderate-high spicy and yeasty for style with bready malts that may be a touch less prominent than average.
High ABV shows more in the flavor and feel than in the aroma.
Medium-high carbonation in a medium body.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lampro
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

As far as I could tell it is a fairly middle-ground trippel. The hops bitterness reminded me of homebrew.

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Photo of Shade1951
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So tired of IPAs. Got this one by mistake. From the label, thought it was the much better, more potent blueberry ale Flying Fish produces.

Still, as far as IPAs go, this isn't bad. It definitely has the hops funk in taste and smell. It's ever so sweet - just a little bit mixed with the bitterness. A bit too watery for my tastes.

For those still very much into IPAs, give this one a shot. It probably won't be the best you've had, but you may find that it fits the bill well enough with its 9.5% ABV.

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Photo of Wheels2532
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FLima
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber golden color with a thick off-white head with great retention and leaving laces.
Sweet aroma with notes of caramels, pine, apple and pear juice, biscuit, cloves, orange marmalade, banana and honey.
Flavor with notes of pine, cloves, brandy, caramels, booze, caramel malts and a bit of bubblegum. Dry aftertaste with medium bitterness and an alcoholic finish.
Medium to full body with calm carbonation relatively to style. Alcohol of 9.5% is felt but as expected for Tripels.
Sweet malty and phenolic Tripel, still hoppy. Its robust malty base undermines its hops. I found this a bit cloying, but has a different complexity than usually seen in the style.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle stamp is "Use By 05-09-18".

A - Amber gold in color with a soapy white lacing.

S - Pears, malt, and spice.

T - Spicy malt and pears.

M - Medium body.

O - This beer is a total identity mess. Can NJDOT somehow close this exit? Tongue in cheek, but this beer just doesn't work unfortunately.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An average trippel with a good kick. The aroma was minimal as was the taste. Not great, but not bad. Decent beer for socializing at a party and keeping the buzz going.

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Photo of Lucular
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice clear amber color with just below medium carbonation. It has the aroma of a mellow ipa followed by yeast and spice. I thought it was an interesting experiment that worked as it tastes like a hopped up tripel. They didn't go crazy with the hops so the elements of a tripel were still recognizable. I enjoyed much more then I thought I would

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Photo of feuematt
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A mix of hops,yeast and small alcohol burn...I like that this is slightly hopped and not overkill...a good brew that I think should be tried at least once.

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Photo of Buggyhare
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an interesting brew that marries the taste of robust hops with malty yeast giving you the best of both worlds... and does it very well. If it were not for the high abv it could be my go to beer. Love it.

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Photo of Curt3
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cambabeer
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just finished the Flying Fish 12er variety pack I picked up at TW, so glad I left Exit 4 for last...

The beer pours out a very common-looking amberish color with weak head and just a little lacing to say I saw some. The smell was quite good as I did note the cloves and banana touted on the bottle, all of it blending well with the malts assailing my nose. The mouthfeel starts off quite carbonated but tamps down the warmer it got. And as far as the taste is concerned, I enjoyed the crisp accessibility of the beer while remaining robust and full of flavor. A nice way to end the 12er...

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Photo of CMEG
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers! I love tripels and IPAs - and when I can't decide, this beer is perfect. Dark gold in color - pours with a 1 inch white head in a tulip glass. Aroma is spicy, little hints of yeast, cloves and coriander. Its more carbonated than most tripels - crisp and refreshing mouthfeel - great on a hot day. Yet heavy enough to enjoy on a winter evening. Flavor is robust. Spicy -cloves, coriander, hops, earthy, and a hint of booziness. This is a great food beer - fish, white pizza, pasta. Been one of my favorites for many years!

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Photo of mdecross
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Immortale25
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Label says Use By: 09-09-17.

A- Pours a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.

S- Crisp aroma of Belgian yeast brings some spice notes.

T- Rich Belgian yeast characteristic with some mild but flavorful hop characteristic. So drinkable for the ABV. Zesty citrus notes and a clean finish.

M- Well-balanced between sharpness and creaminess with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Probably my favorite Flying Fish beer. Such a great synthesis of the richness of a Belgian beer and the clean characteristic of an American beer.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Clear bronze. White head Layer of slight film stays throughout.
Smell is some hops. Tons of clove. Spicy grains. Taste is slight pine and citrus, TONS of clove. Feel is dry not too spicy.

Overall I like it. American pine and citrus hops in the Belgian tripel. It's a good beer. I didn't think Belgian ipa while drinking it. I didn't think of a specific style in general but it's a clove, citrus and pine spiced tripel. Not on an ipa pine level at all.

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Photo of Tohibii
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Main thing I would note is that this absolutely is not a tripel or even an 'American Tripel'. It's very reminiscent of Flying Dog's Raging bitch, which is listed as a "Belgian IPA", though I would say it's substantially better than that one (I really dislike Raging Bitch for a number of reasons).

Exit 4 is amber, whiffs more of resin/citrus/pine and the hops bite greatly overpowers any yeast notes or sweetness. I would be comfortable calling it an IPA that attempts to be milder and sneak in a bunch of undercover ABV, which it does reasonably well. However, like Raging Bitch, it does have a bit of a lingering after-taste which betrays that high ABV.

Overall it's OK and it has to be said that I'm not a huge fan of this style, but if you want something that's 'maybe' influenced by a Belgian but tastes more like an IPA, I would give this a proper recommendation for you.

For myself, not so much: an actual Tripel with a complexity built on yeast, please.

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Photo of Satorn
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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