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: 735 |  Reviews: 282
Photo of bubseymour
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - copper color with 2 finger frothy head that holds retention fairly well. Tons of active yeast swirling throughout giving it a murky clarity.

Smell - Lots of spice and citrus.

Taste - Lots of spice and some booziness. Quite smooth and moderately complex.

Mouthfeel - nice

Overall - This is quite a high ABV brew and its noticable. Flavoring is nice and makes it somewhat easy to drink. I think if they took the ABV down a percent and added slightly hoppier notes, it would really be a great beer. Its just a good tripel in my book.

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Photo of RandyV
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange tan in color, kinda looks like ice tea. This smells more like an IPA with some clove with little yeast apparent. There is a hop forward flavor with tangy citrus and mellow pine. The finish is more malt sweetness with the alcohol well hidden for 9%; just a nice warming. This is a very drinkable beer that to me only fits the style in malt finish and ABV. Tasty but not memorable.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty good looking, tannish and hazy, one finger head that lasted, leaving great sheets of thick lacing with every sip.

Smell is somewhat atypical of a tripel, smells more like an IPA with yeast qualities. I detect some citrus and some hops, with a touch of graininess and just a little bit of yeast.

Taste is more on par for the style, albeit a little on the hops forward side for a tripel. Yeast and spices are somewhat secondary. Alcohol is evident. It's ok but not great.

Feel is pretty thick but very warming, alcohol isn't very well hidden.

Overall it's interesting but I wouldn't seek it out very often.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this 750 in a trade with somebody here, thanks whoever you are. Hazy yellow-orange and just plain murky. Aroma is spicy but muddled and had a bit of esters, meh. Flavor is definitely oxidized, tastes old but a slight bit of pear and grains. This was drinkable but I suspect it is old and I don't much care for old beer.

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

On tap at Union Jacks.

Pours a clear slightly hazed golden yellow. Nice tight white head with good bubbles. Creamy lace head with some good patchy lace remains. Good looking triple.

Yeasts, cloves candied malts, banana and some hops. Good nose.

Sweet and spicy, cloves, yeasts and a very good hop presence as well. Grapefruit hops and a slightly dry finish. Very unique blend of hops in this triple.

Different then most triples, this is an American triple for sure. great brew, and probably their best work.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a lovely translucent orange with a moderate white head. Solid head retention, spotty lace.

S: Quite hoppy with a lot of grass and dandelion greens. Some yellow apple esters.

T: Nice mix of pear and apple esters, with a noticable but not over the top American hopping. Earthy at points, some clove notes make an appearance. Semi-sweet.

M: Almost full-bodied, the sugar is a factor but just when you think it'll get cloying it holds back, the structure is good. Light carbonation.

O: A solid American tripel. I don't think anyone who's had a fair amount of the style could confuse this for a Belgian effort, but I like Flying Fish's take here. There's a lot worse in this category.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks Jay!
A: Pours a hazy honey amber with a finger of off-white head that faded into a thin film leaving a sheet of thin lacing down the glass.
S: Dominant notes of sweet bubblegum and grassy hops. I’m surprised how much of a hop profile this beer has. I get a note or two of grapefruit and mint as well.
T: Not as hoppy as the nose suggested but that’s okay, this is a tripel after all. I get notes of various fruit juices, apple juice, clove, earthy Belgian yeast, bubblegum, and minty and herbal hops. The finish is sweet with fruit nectars and honey, and the aftertaste has flavors of peach bubblegum.
M: The alcohol not only has a noticeable warmth but it also creates a very viscous mouthfeel. The body is on the thicker side of medium, and the carbonation is sharp on the palate but smooth in the finish.
O: Interesting flavor profile for a tripel but I enjoyed this. The mouth was a bit rough around the edges, but give how high the alcohol is I guess it’s not that bad. There are much better examples of the style, but this one is still worth checking out.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, yeast, a touch of alcohol. Taste also has some fruits, alcohol makes it presence known, some yeast esters. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality brew.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out a dark marigold yellow with muddy yellow highlights. Three quarters turgid. Topped with a dense and very frothy head of eggshell white – in one word: luscious.

S: Citrus and sweet at the nose, orange zest, lemons, grapes skins, and grapefruit. There’s an earthy undercurrent of dried grass and some musty yeast.

T: The alcohol hits right away, it’s vaguely abrasive and reminds me of everclear. But, this transitions real quick into apple cider, lemongrass, and then a heavy dose of candied sugar.

M: Full medium bodied, moderately chewey, finishing on a dry note.

O: Flying Fish went from being mediocre to being decent in the span of a year or two. Being from NJ originally, I appreciate their craft series having a Jersey Turnpike theme, at last something from the TP that isn’t frustration. All in all, not a bad beer. A little bit heavy handed on the alcohol. But, this is a perfect I just sat in traffic for two hours beer, come home, pop one open, instant calm.

So apparently I've reviewed this beer before circa 6.18.09.

A: pours a muted honey color with just a touch of haze. Good billowy head of pure white at about a finger and a half. Leaves some pretty nasty lacing.

S: At first I get a sort of sharp yeast smell that is quickly followed by a sweet turning sour citrus fruit character -- a little banana, a little lemon, a little orange. At the dead end of an inhale just a touch of alcohol comes into play.

T: There's a sharp citrus fruit presence, biting lemon, pre-ripe banana, fizzy orange. There's a solid yeast taste in the middle, borderline funky that ,at times, is a bit unpleasant. There's a decent wash of light hops at the end that are fairly cleansing. Dry wheat and dead grass pop in occasionally, as well.

M: Alcohol sprints towards the sinus', lighter side of medium bodied, finishes off dry.

D: At 9.7% this beer is approaching dangerous territory, it's pretty well hidden for the most part, but must be respected. Not exactly a tripel in the purest sense of the style, still something generally pleasing, though. I look forward to future beers from this interesting concept for a series.

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Photo of SFLpunk
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle thanks to an unnamed Advocate. No freshness date.

Pours a hazy brownish gold with thin to little off-white head. Nose has the classic markers of a triple: grain husks, mellow citrus, some herbal aromas. Palate is slick and sweet right off the bat. Malted grains flavor dominates and is joined with orange blossom honey. I would think an American Triple would be more "unique" than this. Too sweet for me, and I really like sweet triples. This is too loose on the mouthfeel; no structure at all. Not impressed, unfortunately.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to ThoreauLikeAGirl for the generous extra!

a - cracked the 12oz bottle and filled my la fin du monde tulip. poured a rich transparent golden with a medium generous frothy yeasty head. visible carbonation throughout. lacing was pretty sticky as well.

s - very nice. candied sugar. bubble gum. clove. banana. timid tripel, but very pleasant and pretty spot on for style.

t - powerful match to the nose. very nicely done tripel. a bit on the sweet side, but i'm really digging it. bubble gum clove and candied sugar.

m - pretty rich and thick, but in a good way. not overbearing.

o - overall, i'm rather impressed. tripels are somewhat polarizing for me. this has a unique spin and feels a bit thicker and sweeter than what i'm used to, but it works.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in large bulbous glass

A: dark yellow; fantastic four-finger head; cloudy; good carb action
S: pleasant hops smell at first, yielding to clove and banana
T: sweet, gentle but compressed Belgian style; bottle conditioning is muted; the traditional cloves, banana, and pear are there, but not strongly; alcohol content nicely masked; I would have expected a more intense flavor; draws you in the more you have

Overall, a very pleasant beer; I'm looking forward to more FF beer

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #15
Served On: 7/20/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass

This was my first experience with Flying Fish but not my first experience with a Belgian (American) Tripel. I had the Victory Golden Monkey about a year ago. I remember the Victory Tripel had clove as the predominant flavor. I personally find strong clove notes to be nauseating in a beer, so let just say the Golden Monkey was not the Belgian beer for me.

Look: A rich golden color - slightly darker than straw but not quite copper. The head was a thick white 2 fingers of random sized bubbles. This was an extremely nice looking beer in the glass that pored real smoothly.

Smell: I got some butterscotch at first, with some green apple and caramelized pit fruit towards the end. Butterscotch certainly dominated the nose on this one. Not much clove; surprise for a Belgian Triple.

Taste: This beer had a thick syrupy body with the butterscotch hitting the palate first, followed by the green apple and some slight spice from the mild clove. The clove wasn’t overpowering at all, which was a total relief for me. Also got some hops that carried over into the aftertaste. This is a well balanced Tripel. Even the usual alcohol heat for a 9.7% beer is virtually undetectable.

This is a phenomenal Belgian (American version) Tripel. I highly recommend this beer to anyone who is annoyed by overpowering clove in Belgian style beers. This is also a great offering from Flying Fish. I will definitely be picking up more from this brewery when I find it.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty US take on a trippel, nicely hopped making it feel more like a Belgium IPA than anything else.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Purple background label with brewery identity and a highway exit illustration naming the ale. Side paragraph notes intent, and main characteristics. Shows 9.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy pale amber pour with a fair frothy head, and retention, good surface memory and lacing.

S - Rich nose, sweet, lingering malt base, with a nice hoppy flow, glowing citric and floral notes with touches of spice.

T - Palate in sync with the nose, good malty sense with some caramel, a yeasty spicy touch, hint of banana, more clove, richly hopped with some grapefruit and resin woven with the sweetness.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a smooth flow and a complex lingering bite.

O - Rich surprise, great flow and quite pleasing.

Notes: I was expecting a good take on a trippel and found a surprising sense of a Belgium IPA. At least for me, despite the sweetness and spiciness, or precisely because of them, there is a rich hopped sense that competes with the best takes on the emerging BIPA style, maybe the bigger alcohol profile makes it stay in the Trippel camp? Regardless, this is probably the best Flying Fish I've tried so far.

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Photo of Ahoyhoyindeed
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: admittedly did not pour out to be able to determine
Smell: slightly sweet, raisony
Taste: Surprisingly light for its alcohol content and heavy structure, but sweet and heavy at the same time, hints of raisons and caramel.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, slightly thick
Overall: There's a reason it won the Washington Post march madness tournament, it's heavy enough to appease the dark beer drinkers but light and flavorful enough for more casual or light beer drinkers to not overwhelm
Serving type: bottle

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Photo of FosterJM
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

626th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
12 oz.

Total Wine and More Las Vegas, Sumerlin

App- a very murky hazy darker yellow with some orange highlights. A 3/4 in head that fell quickly. A little bit of cling.

Smell- So gone is that normal yeasty wheat based triple and replaced with some citrus malt.

Taste- Much bigger citrus than I expected. It was lacking a yeasty wheat aspect but a big bigger than given credit for. Damp and a bit thick.

Medium- Thicker medium bodied and Medium carbonation. A nice thick citrus taste.

Drink- A weird triple to say the least. Wasnt bad but just off from what I am used to. Tasty just bigger and thicker. I probably wont have this one again.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

ST: 12oz poured into a snifter.

A: Dark gold (it looks like dark honey in a jar) with a very thin head; though, it does leave decent lacing, and it has steady carbonation.

S: Surprisingly, hops dominate the aroma. Citrus and pine stand out. There is some malt and clove in the background.

T: Deep sweet malt with large bread flavors dominate the starting flavors. Some clove and fruit meet in the middle. The finish is a lot of spice and bitterness from the hops. There is also warmth from the alcohol.

M: Very light for a Tripel.

O: This is a bit of a disappointment as a Tripel. I have enjoyed other things Flying Fish has brewed, but this beer does not have near the quality of other Tripels I have had. It is very dark (darker than most Tripels I have had that are brewed with Belgium candied sugar). The aroma and the flavor is not as complex as other Tripels, and the beer is not as heavy as it should be (I am not saying it needs to be syrup, but it should have some larger body).

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Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisiting this one now that it’s in 12oz bottles. The beer poured out as a golden yellow color, good clarity and decent head retention. The smell has a yeasty bubblegum aroma with some spice and hops in there. The taste of the beer follow through with more of the bubblegum in the flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, finishes on the dryer side. Overall it’s not a terrible Tripel, but definitely Americanized.

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Photo of trappistlover
2.18/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(12oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge). Pours clear golden with white head. Active carbonation and a bit of lacing. Aroma is musty and has dank hops, along with some citrus. Is this an IPA?? Taste is sweet and has artificial perfumey notes. Medium bodied. This is the worst example of a trippel I have ever had. Terrible.

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Photo of BikeChef
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy golden color. Interesting... smells more like a BPA. The taste is in line with a BPA as well, with hops riding over the tripel backbone. A clean, well-made beer. However, the pronounced sweetness is very offputting and really throws the beer way out of balance for me. How in the world did this win the 2011 Washington Post Beer Madness bracket?!

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Photo of Dotcubed
2.92/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A few weeks ago i got a six of these, this is a favourite style of mine.

No foam pour to speak of, making this out look dissapointing, but I know it's an older bottle. The ginormous tripel karmelit glass gives off better aroma than the sam adams glass with the first five.

Smells lighter, banana over ripened and clove. Made for the masses, this is nowhere near my fave La Fin du Monde.

Lighter than i realzed, mild and tame with big breadyness. Alcohol heat, mild bitterness. Wet yeasty thing. Worth getting for that any meal belgian inspired treat.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours a sparkling golden color with an average white head. A bit of spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries some light grain and bread plus a bit of spice. Nothing too complex or involved. The flavor is slightly bready with a light sweetness and just a touch of yeast. Not too much going on. Light to medium body with good carbonation. Falls pretty flat for the style.

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Photo of mactrail
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sweet, liquor bomb with a spritzy feel.

Some head on the golden hazy pour, and a modestly pleasant carbonation on the tongue. But sweet candy flavor takes over. Not even the slight harsh back of the throat Belgian rasp can balance it. Fruity like an overripe papaya. Saved by the distilled raisins and peppery sugar that does rise out of the swamp.

I like big, sweet, malty beers, but this lacks as much interest as so many in the Tripel style. If only you could get Olde English Exit 4 for $2.19 a quart, we'd be on to something.

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Photo of harrymel
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date: unknown

A: Pours out a hazy golden-on-copper ale. A transient loosely packed bone white head falls to a see thru, broken sheet of the same. Unimpressive. No lacing.

S: Citrus, pine and earthy hops. WTF?! The grain comes through midway and the yeast only whispers in the background. This smells more like a belgian IPA. Hmmm..

T: Up front, the hops add a bitterness which weaves into sweet bready characters from the hops. The yeast is finally a followup to the beer and provides a good earthy flavor. Much to my surprise I like this. I wouldn't call it true to the style, but not bad at all. Some hints of corn in there. The alcohol is surprisingly evident. There are some metallic tones on the finish as well.

M: Medium to full bodied with typical spritely carb. Finish is relatively dry for the style. Feels just barely creamy in the tongue.

O: Not my favorite Tripel, and IMO, not much of a triple. Much to their efforts, however, this is not a bad beer in any way. It in fact is pleasant. Would enjoy again - wish I new the bottle date.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright, clear golden-orange color. The medim-sized, off-white head has a even, foamy consistency. Retention is decent. A little lacing sticks to the glass, but not nearly at the same levels of some other tripels.

S: Tangy, fruity, and alcoholic are the best words for the aroma. Not much in terms of malt complexity, but there's a lot of yeast character (tangy and spicy notes) and a prominent hop profile (citric and tropical/fruity) to go along with some fairly noticeable alcohol. Non-traditional, but interesting.

T: Some lightly grainy malt presence, along with some sweetness. Not an especially dry tripel. Yeast character provides spicy, peppery, and lightly tangy flavors. Hop bitterness is solid. Fairly vibrant tropical/citrus hop flavor overall, with a minor floral note underneath it all. Alcohol isn't shy, lending a bit of heat.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is average. A bit of dryness, but for a tripel, this is lazily carbonated and not very dry. As mentioned above, alcohol lends some heat.

D: An enjoyable, interesting beer that shoots stylistic guidelines to hell. Has at least as much in common with a Belgian-inspired IPA as with a tripel, but this drinks surprisingly cohesively. Worth a try.

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