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Exit 4 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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

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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Reviews:
266
Ratings:
699
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
20.73%
 
 
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Photo of macrosmatic
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy, medium gold. Moderate visible carbonation present along with some floaters, capped with a half-finger of white fluffy head.

S: Belgian yeast esters predominate (apple, spices, banana, clove) over a light cracker malt base. Overall impression is that of moderate sweetness.

T: Follows the nose – nice fruity sweetness (apple, clove, pear, light banana and bubblegum) with light cracker and crystal malts. Maybe a bit of pilsner malt character as well. Mild hop bitterness near the swallow. Finishes relatively dry with some alcohol heat.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation. The alcohol presence seems relatively restrained for a tripel.

O: Not a bad beer, but seems a little odd for a tripel. Less pilsner character, less alcohol heat, less big flavors than expected for the listed style. It tastes more like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale to me. This bottle didn't seem to have much in the way of the promised hoppiness, but there's no freshness information on the bottle either. Still, a tasty beer, if nothing outstanding.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Copper orangeish hazy color small head not much lacing.

S: As stated on the bottle, hoppy. Also banana notes in there

T: I'm definitely not used to a hoppy tripel... Fruity esters and alcohol are dominant in the beginning before giving way to a bit of a citrusy hop characteristic - which kind of goes ok with the banana quality. Lingering bitterness.

M: medium/full bodied with a mostly dry finish.

O: Tough to rate this one since it is much hoppier than any other tripel I'ved tried. The tastes are pretty good and the alcohol is not too well hidden. (at 9.5% thats not a big surprise). Overall, I'm happy I've tried it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 11/11/14.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, yeast, spice, and citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, citrus, and Brett like flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but slightly boozy.

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Photo of threeviews
4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Best By Date of 12/11/14...so it was bottled 12/11/13) into a Lost Abbey branded Rastal Teku 2.0 glass...

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange hue with a single finger worth of a white head, dissipating quickly...noticeable sediment suspended in the liquid. 3.75

S- The 'American Trippel' designation does not disappoint as the aroma is wonderfully unique and massively complex.. Instead of the familiar aromas dominated by esters from the yeast and other adjuncts (i.e. spices), Exit 4 blooms with a bold aroma dominated by a combination of honey-like sweetness and a hop cocktail courtesy of Simcoe, Columbus, Palisade and Amarillo varieties. Depending on what you look for and how your palate is behaving...citrus (orange, lemon/lime, grapefruit), fleshy tropical fruits (white grape, pear, peach, passionfruit), pine as well as some classic yeast producing esters: banana and bubblegum...simply amazing! Without a doubt, this one of my favorite aromas for a beer (and especially a Trippel). 5.0

T- The palate is immediately met with those sweet tropical flavors found in the nose. A hint of spice is detected mid-palate which quickly morphs into a dry piney finish courtesy of the triumphant blending of Columbus hops, acidulated malt and Demerara sugar. Despite being 9.5% ABV, the alcohol is undetectable. Flying Fish defines Exit 4 as a 'hoppy trippel' and just like the aroma, does not disappoint in the flavor. Another perfect score! 5.0

M- Light-to-Moderate carbonation and light body makes this beer extremely quaffable. At this elevated ABV, Exit 4 stands to be a dangerous offering. Simply stated, this the best Belgian inspired beers I've ever tasted...awesome stuff! 5.0

O- Exit 4 is the epitome of a blend between a Belgian Trippel and an American IPA. Being that these are my two of my top three beer styles, Exit 4 ranks as one of my top beers of all time...and for it to be a year-round offering makes me smile. I am never without less than a 6-pack (and more like a case) at any given time. The ability to harness the profile of a Belgian Trippel/Tripel/Triple and combine it with the hop aroma/flavor from Pacific Northwest hops makes it one outstanding offering. Exit 4 is one (among many) reason to rejoice being born and raised in New Jersey...get it if you can! What's more, you cannot beat the value for a Trippel of this caliber (~$10.99 a 6-Pack)...simply amazing! 4.75

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Snagged this on in the mix six section. Into a pint glass.

A - Hazy and very bubbly with a solid inch of head that makes for great lacing. Beer itself is a bright yellow.
S - mmm interesting this triple seems to have a good hoppy base making for a very nice citrus edge to the fruity dry aspect. Almost apple cider like smell.
T - Slightly dry fruity hops with a fruity belgium yeast. I am actually surprised how balanced the body is. Crisp refreshing and tasty. Tasty stuff.
M - Best part of the beer it drinks with a medium body and no noticeable ABV. Great!

Overall this is one great Triple very hoppy and balanced with little to no ethanol bite. Worth trying I may even get it again!

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Photo of ISmith87
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - almost always give a 4 on this unless the beer looks extra shitty or amazing. Deep golden amber on this one, crystal clear with white head that leaves great lacing.
S - NIce citrusy hops, orange, lemon, lime, banana, pineapple, some breadiness in the background.
T - Taste basically follows the nose. This is a very citrusy trippel. Orange, lemon, lime, pineapple, just a ton of fruity goodness.
M - Very light mouthfeel for what it is. Alc completely covered. Aftertaste is citrusy fruit.
O - It's great, but I'll be the first to admit it's not that complex. Like drinking orange pineapple juice, almost exactly.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a pale orange gold, quite bright and clear. No head.

nose is pretty light and soft. Some notes of honey, coriander, soft spice. Little bit of breadiness.

Taste is decent. Little bit of breadiness up front, with a lot of dry sweet malt. Little bit of creaminess as well

Feel is pretty medium thick. Little bit of syrup.

Overall, a decent Trippel. Little light on the yeasty goodness, a bit more like a golden belgian or a blonde. Could use a little more punch.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into chalice, best before 3/1/2014. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, pineapple, tangerine, peach, pear, clove, pepper, light banana, floral, light honey, light pine, bread, candi sugar, and floral/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, pineapple, peach, pear, clove, banana, pepper, floral, bread, light honey, candi sugar, light bubblegum, and floral/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, clove, pepper, bread, light banana, light honey, candi sugar, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice dry hopped Tripel style. All around nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Wegmans mix a six pick up.

Pours light gold, partially see through. Low foam. Notes of sugar and hints of clove. Banana citrus too. Taste is a complex fruity blend with a unique pointed hop. All works together. Embedded spices make for a very good beer.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: clean golden yellow. very much reminds me of an amber straw. 2-3 finger rocky white head that fades pretty quickly

s: spicy yeast, coriander, pepper, huge bready sweet malt backbone to the aroma. earthy - this smells quite earthy. some wheat and sweet citrus in here as well

t: NOTE: i am drinking this at room temp. alcohol up front which quickly fades to sweet malt, clove, coriander and wheat. there is an almost berry-like flavor and sweet tangerine and apricot in here as well. finishes spicy with a slight alcohol tang

m: lighter side of medium, tons of carbonation. it really pops in your mouth

o: good not great. like i said, i started this at room temperature. the sweetness and fruitiness is nice, but i would have like a little more of a wheaty/banana flavor in here..oh well. also a little less alcohol in the flavor would have been nice (though was room temp). overall all though, i would give this a thumbs up, though i feel there are better representations of the style

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Photo of JimTeal
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Exit 4 is an American craft tripel, nice construction, very pretty pour, definite citrus taste and aftertaste, moderate carbonation for the ABV. Without echoing much of what has already been said, this beer is well worth buying, Flying Fish appears to be a fine brewery. I must hole back from the comparisons to Belgian tripels(they brought it up on their label), but as a warm afternoon enjoyment beverage this one works for me.

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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden yellow with a small white head and some lacing. Aroma is of sweet spicy fruity notes, citrus and grapefruit, yeast with some biscuit malt. Taste has a nice mildly spicy fruitiness, tangy grapefruit flavor with some light bitter hops, some ripe fruit flavor. A medium body, crisp, refreshing, bubbly carbonation on the palate. Finishes with a nice combination of sweet biscuit malt, yeast, tangy grapefruit and citrus flavors, some spiced fruity notes ending has some zesty mild hops bitterness for balance. A nicely balanced, flavorful and enjoyable drinking brew

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not too shabby a triple. Definitely American in style, with its bready sweetness dominating things. A bit thick. Feel is fairly smooth. Mildly biting carbonation. A pretty pleasant tripel. Things seem to be looking up at Flying Fish as of late. I can suggest this one.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Exit 4 pours a hazy golden color, with a small lacing head. There is a mellow aroma that contains hints of yeast, banana and lemon. The taste has a nice smooth banana and lemon taste, with a yeasty and candy like finish. Very easy to drink, great full flavors, complex as well. Overall a very tasty fruity and full bodied tripel.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly clear dark yellow with a moderate white frothy head that shrinks down to a thin head pretty quickly. Lots of sticky lacing down the glass.

The usual spicy banana clove aroma, with some sweet malt undertones, and a grainy earthy background. A bit of a lemony smell to it too. Pretty nice.

Much hoppier than I expected, more so than the usual Tripel. Not a bad thing, just not really expected. Citrusy and slightly bitter. Lots more lemon in the taste than the banana/clove combo. Some of the grainy malts there too. This really doesn't taste much like a Tripel to me - more like an American take on a Belgian IPA. But pretty good.

Not as heavily carbonated as the style normally calls for either - with a slightly heavier body too. But the feel is fine for whatever style this is.

As I've already said, this doesn't taste like a Tripel to me at all, but they do call it an "American Trippel", so I guess it's kind of their own take. For what it is, I think it works pretty nicely for the most part. Kind of refreshing and warming at the same time. Sweet but not too crazy, with some nice American hops rounding it out. I like it.

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Photo of JayQue
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasty beer. Not great as Tripel, but a worthwhile summer drink. Pours a cloudy gold color into my Chimay goblet with a small white, bubbly head. Head retention is above average. Some mild spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is malty with some spiciness (pepper). Fairly light when compared to the really good Belgian or American Tripels.

Flavor is not up to any of the great Tripels, but still tasty and refreshing. There is definitely a mild hops presence in a malty and spicy beer. Black pepper, mild hops bitterness, some Belgian yeast and maltiness make up most of the flavor. The usual light fruit, Belgian flavor and almost a ripe cheese like flavor found in the best Tripels are missing in this beer.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich and very smooth. Hiding the alcohol, a wery common characteristic in Tripels is accomplished here. You could swill this beer for a while without noticing the 9.50% abv.

Worth having, but not great. A pretty enjoyable drink.

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

A- It pours a clear golden amber with a nice thick white head. head retention is very nice. Lacing is excellent.

S- Aromas of lemon and grains entice the nose along with subtle hints of hops.

T- The taste it malty, with strong, sweet notes of molasses. A slight bitterness is present throughout the entire taste. towards the finish, the molasses gives way to a more nectar-like honey sweetness, and then eventually fades into floral hops for a slightly bitter finish.

M- medium/full bodied. the carbonation is moderate and gentle.

O- This is my first beer from flying fish, but it won't be my last.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass. Almost a finger of head on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is mild; only a little grain and lemon.
The taste is barnyardish and alcohol with a little lemon thrown in.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An average beer in a tough category.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color that's not particularly cloudy, but has plenty of yeast particles suspended in the body. However, it doesn't look particularly carbonated. The head is a two finger white color. The texture is quite good, the retention is solid, and the lacing left down the glass is attractive if sparse.

S: Wow, I'm finding myself enjoying the subtle grapefruity hop qualities here. They really blend well with the pale malts and candied sugar expected from a tripel. Even better, the aroma is evidently strong, emanating from far beyond the glass.

T: Light grapefruit hops open things up very nicely, before the stone fruit esters and candied sugar finish the flavor profile - even though the sweetness is a bit much, it conceals the alcohol fantastically. There is a modicum of complexity here, but it lacks elite depth. I also wish this had just a bit more in the way of hops, but hey, it's an older bottle.

M: This doesn't feature the zealous carbonation I'd expect from the style. As such, it comes off a bit too syrupy (combined with its sweetness and thick texture). Still, it lightens/dries up on the finish and aftertaste some.

O: Quite the pleasant surprise for me. I'm enjoying the hell out of the American bent to this (read: citrusy hops) otherwise standard-issue tripel. Ramp up the carbonation slightly and we could be really looking at something spectacular here. Having said that, it does more than enough to make it a worthy alternative to La Fin Du Monde.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - hazy straw yellow with a white head that thinned to a ring.

S - sweet tangerine with a whiff of yeast.

T - the sweet tangerine flavor is upfront with some tart citrus comes into play before taking things back to a sticky sweet finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - fine enough example of the style.

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Photo of MrCee
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light in color. It almost looks like a lager. Good frothy head. Nice strong odor, almost tangerine-like. It puts you in the mind of clementines.A tad hoppier than I would have liked but that may appeal to some. One of its most interesting aspects is that it rather high in alcohol but doesn't taste like it.

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

Served on tap at Willie McBride's in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of bananas and pale malts upfront but the smell is really dominated by the citrus hops - both grapefruit and orange.

T: The overall taste of this beer is slightly sweet with pale malts and banana, bubble gum, and honey upfront. Again, like the smell, the taste is dominated by the citrus hops - orange and grapefruit. Very light hints of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: A very enjoyable beer, I like the combination of the IPA hoppiness with a traditional Belgian tripel and the citrus hops really pop for me. The beer is pretty easy to drink considering the strength but there are some light hints of the alcohol. I think I need to limit myself with this beer as it can really sneak up on you.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with a short lived white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, lemongrass, pale malt, pears, apples and yeast. Body is full and crisp. Taste is citrusy hops, lemon zest, spices, biscuit malt, ripe fruit and alcohol. Finish is long, bitter and spicy. Nice take on tripel.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear pale yellow with two-finger, white, foamy head that lasted several minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Hops, spice, and fruit.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Sweet malt and pine hops.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Slightly warm going down.

O: Not my favorite Tripel, but definitely a good one.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with light peppery yeast and sweet malt is quite nice. Taste is a nice balanced mix between some sweet malt with notes of peppery yeast and fruity ester and a dry finish. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very good interpretation of the style and nice level of complexity.

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Exit 4 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.
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