Exit 4 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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

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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722
Reviews:
276
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.86%
 
 
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Photo of Flava5
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this tasty brew from rwinzing thanks a million. I poured it into a pint glass and it poured a nice honey amber color. Hops and bready malt on the nose. The taste was amazing had a nice hoppy bitterness up front then a nice soft malt taste at the end. Not much head but fair lacing. The mouthfelll and drinkability are awesome so smooth but beware the ABV will get after two.

Cheers,
Dave

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

No mistake - Casey brewed a special batch to be released in cask on 28 Jan 2010 at Swift Half in Philly and so I made the trek. It was served by gravity pour atop the bar after an hour of sitting to reduce turbidity.

The pour was near to the rim so that I had less than a finger of bone-white foam that gently became a film atop the beer. Color was a hazy honey-gold. Nose was definitely yeast-driven: very tropical fruity, ie. pineapple, mango, coconut. Mouthfeel was silky smooth, my raison d'etre for drinking cask-conditioned beers. It was described by the brewer as "a hoppy trippel". Beyond the mouthfeel, the taste was dusty, musty, definitely yeast-driven, just the way it should be. It was on the finish that I caught the hoppy bite, right on time. Exceptionally smooth, beautifully balanced between the seemingly dichotomous worlds of Belgian yeast and American hops.

Look for it to be available year-'round on a rotating basis (based on hops availability) as a bottle-conditioned 12-ounce beer.

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

nice... very nice. not what i was expecting. very fresh bottle. golden with a white head that leaves a little lace. nose is citrusy/tropical fruity hops up front with bubblegum, fruit and spice as well as a hint of sweet toasted bread malt and a candi sugar-like sweetness in the back. taste follows suit, and you seem to be left with what the bottle describes... a very very hoppy tripel with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that has just enough zip to it to fit in to the category. not a bad thing, just less prickly/more round than some of it's counterparts overseas. alcohol is well masked. went down way too quick for such a big beer. fantastic effort from flying fish that i'm surprised doesn't get more love.

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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 FrancisM12
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It has a fruity flavor. Definitely more hoppy than your typical trippel. But just as strong. Finish is crisp. Look is bronze in color and a white foamy head. I really enjoy the balance of sweet and hops. One of my favorites, but it might be my jersey biased. Either way, beer lovers should at least try it. Just not too many, it is a trippel.

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Photo of Bankerjaymo
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Foxman
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy bright gold with copious carbonation. Three fingers of frothy light beige head sink at a glacial pace. Jackson Pollack seems to have splattered lacing along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, toasted malt is sweet, underlaid with a mild tartness, and spiced with clove, fruited with banana and berry, and crisped by green apple esters. A broad, citrusy bitterness muddles a bubble of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the malt is sweet with candy sugar, light berries, and currants. A mild yeastiness goes ester-rific, crisping with tart apple and spicy clove, and zesting with lemon and banana. Hops are bodacious, with grapefruit, orange, and an enveloping bitterness that tussles well with a warm vent of alcohol. Residual sweetness is slowly dried by the insistent hops before a bitter snap cracks quick and wise just as the finish starts to fade. This is a big kid's boast of Belgian-ish brassy brashness.

Full bodied, it's creamy and carbonated, and slinks along as a burgeoning arid glow happily sears the palate.

I wanted very much to like this, so I tried especially hard to be utterly and brutally objective. And still, I can say only very good things, pretty much across the board. It's a ballsy American take on a classic style, and it's done with an artful eye toward blending and craft. The ABV, while grandiose, does little to slow the steady flow of beer from the bottle. So I'm granting no home field advantage, yet I say this is a damned good brew, with a boatload of character. And it's brewed in my backyard, I'm proud to say.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally made it down the Turnpike to Exit 4 - well, I actually got this via the single 12-oz. bottle from Buy-Rite in Jersey City but nevertheless, this was the first of the Exit series that I tried. The idea seemed intriguing and so did this style since it's not something that I sample that often. Sure enough, this was worth the hype as I was quite surprised by how enjoyable this was!

Nice pour to this with a goldenrod hue and fluffy head that lasted for quite a while. The lacing was good too and present throughout my session. No sediment could be seen except for just a hair that I was to swirl around the bottom of the bottle to get out. As for the taste, this was beautifully complex like any good Belgian beer should be. Nice notes of plum and bubblegum underneath the sweetness of apple and pear with just a hint of apricot in the mix too. The sugary flavors lingered well into the aftertaste and the carbonation reminded me of Sierra Nevada - lots of bubbles that made the beer look like a well-preserved piece of amber.

Had this been not so wonderful to behold, the alcohol surely would have crept up on me. Yes, this is strong but you wouldn't know it unless you saw the information on the side of the bottle. The flavors and well-balanced mouthfeel hide the power of this quite well and if this was randomly given to me in a glass, I'd have a hard time discerning where it was from. Like a good Victory or Ommegang beer, this can hold its own with the beers from overseas and has me wondering what the other offerings in the Exit series taste like. I can't recommended this enough for those who love a well-crafted belgian beer and this was good enough to make me want to try others down the road. Yes, it's that's good!

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single bottle of this at a Shop Rite in New Jersey. I poured it into a Goblet.
A: The body is a dark gold color. The head is two fingers tall, tiny bubbles, great retention and no lacing.
S: The aromas are citrus, dominating pine and yeasty notes.
T: The flavors are citrusy, something close to mint and yeast.
M: The mouthfeel is unbelively crisp.
D: This is an awesome beer.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six pack of this brew about nine or ten months ago. I aged the bottle in order to pull more flavors out of the Tripel.

My aging yielded some really good results. You get more of the belgian yeastiness, the sour, and some vineous quality.

This is a very good beer. By aging it I think it ranks very highly among tripels.

The mouthfeel is very good. I really like how the flavor eased off.

New Jersey is not known for the quality of beer making. Flying Fish does a very good job in their "Exit" series. I also recommend their Farmhouse Ale. This is a very good offering by the Fish.

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

Pours a hazy golden peach sunset sort of color, and the head is snowy white, creamy, fluffy and firm. Very much authentic Belgian tripel looking.

The aroma of Exit 4 is a wonderful thing. Plenty of fruit juice sweetness (pear especially) and just a flash of alcohol. The spices usually found in a tripel's nose seem usurped here by bright, floral hops, which perfume the beer with an American slant. I'm thinking Belgian IPA here.

What the nose promise-eth, the taste deliver-eth. Hops come on strong, delivering a strong dose of orange flesh and peel, plus mango; pear juice; has a particularly earthy yeast character (though not funky-earthy); sweetened herbal tea; a little chalky; just enough alcohol to make you appreciate it, never overstaying its welcome. It's a balanced, fruity, hoppy tripel, which again makes me think Belgian IPA. And also makes me think "baby aspirin" in the best possible way. I'm reminded most of Victory's Golden Monkey but probably better, and certainly more IPA-leaning.

Prickly carbonation is not too prickly, actually gives an appropriate edge to the citrus/tropical element, also a bit sticky and a strong medium body.

Call it a tripel or, I think more accurately, a Belgian IPA, Exit 4 is a really great and apparently underrated beer. I'll happily rate it, and highly. Need...more...this...stuff...

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

s -- bottloe in a small chimay glass

a -- golden, but not much of a head on it.

s -- vanilla ang fruit

t -- cream and sensational and a sharp hit.

m -- at first great. i said i scored a good one. and it mellowed out real good later on in the evening.

d -- this was a good one. but not on all occations. it was a special evening. but i really enjoyed it, and am looking forward to more exit series.

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

Nice. clear golden orage color. heavy, malty aroma with a good dose of hops as well. Floral and tropical fruit like. A lot of malt up front-almost like malt candy with the sweetness. Buttery, quite fruity. Quite a lot of hop flavor without being overly bitter. Big, slick and sticky mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable. Great US trippel with the heavy malt and hops-miles from a Belgian one for sure. Damn yummy!

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flying Fish's entry at Oregon Brewers Fest 2010 ~ it's rare that we get to try a New jersey brewery so better take advantage of the opportunity. Tried this beer FOUR different time over the course of four days, all 4 oz. pours to a plastic mug, once (Friday) as the day's first pour. An amalgamation of note-taking...

A: From what can be discerned from pitcher glimpses and pours to a ghostly translucent mug; golden and vaguely clear, plenty of small bubbles dancing about. Creamy white topping, maybe 1/2- finger. A beauty even in improper glassware...

S: LOVE the aroma. Clove-spice malt and minty hops. Large and lasting, albeit a bit on the soapy/flowery side with later sniffs.

T: Sweet and floral upfront, a somewhat talcum-like chalkiness. Peppery spice follows, tempered by some citrus zest. Apples, honey, cloves ~ a study in complexity! Among the most intricate tripels I've tried outside of those birthed in Belgium.

M: Seductively velveteen, creamy. Medium body with a buoyant carbonation. A sharpened finish follows each sip.

D: Perhaps my favorite pour of the festival, no notable flaws. Has a distinctly 'un-Belgian' hoppiness, seeming closer to the 'Belgian IPA' rather than the 'Tripel'. No worries, though; this is a special beer and one I'd love to have again...well done, Flying Fish!

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

A: a somewhat thicker looking orange-gold color with a quickly receding thin layer of head....less then a 1/4 of a finger, if that's such a measurement...

S: somewhat sweet and flowery...fruity too... a pretty unique blend of it all...malty, grassy, interesting...

T: Palate was taken aback a bit here...some vanilla/banana blended with a summery taste of floralness mixed in with a bit of yeastiness... pretty good..

M: somewhat thick & creamy... very pleasant!

0: Very enjoyable tripel from the east! glad I have a few more :)

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Photo of plinck
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tzieser
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

looks like another review got purged. i'm glad i keep notes!

a: clear golden color (when properly decanted) with a thick fluffy white head.

s: belgian yeast filled nose (farmhouse/horse blanket) with noticeable floral and citrus hop character.

t: complex flavors of malty sweetness, floral/funky yeast and surprisingly strong hop presence (pine and floral flavors). very good.

m: somewhat dry mouthfeel (in a pleasant way)

quite a fantastic beer. i hope they keep making it. i'm also happy to say that a year or two does wonderful things to the flavor profile of this brew. it gets very fruity and even more complex with time..

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from tap at Oregon Brewers Festival. Tasted 4 times with consistent notes:

A - Gorgeous golden hue with good carbonation, decent clarity and a nice level of persistent head.

S - Great clove, citrus, spice, and funky yeast thing going on.

T - Wowie! This is why I kept coming back and tasting this gem; COMPLEX; lots of spice, coriander, clove, ginger, some of the funky yeast coming through, then some refreshing citrus (orange and melon it seems).

M - It has a high ABV, but the texture, body, and balance is such that it doesn't seem to be overly alcoholic; good balance between acid and tannins.

D - Imminently rewarding to sip on. The flavors expand and change as the temperature changes.

One of the best Trippel style ales I have had outside of Belgium or Canada.

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Photo of speter
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light golden hue with a solid three-finger off white head that leaves good lacing as the head fades.

S: Malt, yeast and hops in almost equal measure. The malt is warm and bready, the yeast gives some cloves and almost cinnamon, and the hops are very citrus-like, approaching the famed "juicy fruit" range.

T: The start is sweet, but even up front, there is the complexity of the yeast there. The center has bitterness from the hops, but also some ginger and pepper from the yeast, and the finish is IPA-like.

M: The body is quite full, but the carbonation balances it well. The alcohol is extremely-well integrated.

D: The flavors beg you to come back for more.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hdofu
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is something else. It poured honey colored with a thick white head that quickly dissolved. The Smell is sort of like cherry though a little to thin to completely discern. Taste is a pleasant blend of hopps and malts which finishes with a bitter sweet taste. This along with the smooth bubbly feel makes for one very drinkable beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy and murky tangerine orange with a monstrous bright white 3 finger + stryo-foam capping that was sturdy, with an extraordinary lengthy retention. A good deal of particle matter creates a hazy turbidity while only a faint whisper of effervesce can be seen. A slight patchy and foamy lacing was left behind.

S: The bottle cap was not even half way off when the bright citrusy and slightly funky aroma first caught my attention. Bright fresh citrus (tangerines), lemons with a light fresh breadiness completes the aroma.

T: The initial flavor yielded tart tangerines and lemons along with a modest showing of dried grapefruit peels. A nice floral hopping mends well with the citrusy nature while some fresh bread dough make up the malting. The hopping is moderately strong with a good bitterness level composing of dry grapefruit and lemon floral notes gracing the tongue on the swallow. A touch of sour dry tropical fruitiness is faint but present. I however failed to detect the banana and clove accents as advertised by the label, which might have been hiding really well behind the strong hoppy character.

M: light, very smooth with hardly a trace of carbonation to be felt. Dry, bitter lemon peels grace the tongue on the finish with a gentle but lingering fade which I found to be quenching.

D: very good, easy going down and makes you wish you bought more. Thirst quenching, perfect for the summer day, you can defiantly detect, and respect the abv mid way through the drink (bomber). Flying Fish does my home state of NJ right with this beer and one you should seek out. limited release.

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Photo of Beejay
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks DmanGTR. Really been waiting to try this brewery!

A: Slightly hazy, a medium amber color with a slight orange glow. There is a small head on this, but what is there seems to stick around a bit, and is pure white.

S: A very citrusy smelling beer. I am picking up a huge whiff of grapefruit. There is a bit of raison aroma as well as a sweetness from the malt. A touch of yeast.

T: The citrus follows through, but in a very gentle way. Starts out with grapefruit, then a sugary sweetness dominates the palate. Raisons and dark fruit, with a touch of yeast. I am pulling a lot of strawberries, and a hint of banana. Very interesting. Very tasty.

M: Low to medium body, very drying finish. Carbonation is plentiful, but not as strong as some other belgian styles I have had.

D: This thing is a hell of a beer. There is a touch of the booze, but this thing really could fly under the radar until it was too late. Citrus and sweet make a wonderful combination, but I am not sure I could do any more than 12oz, due to the sweetness. Still very tasty!

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