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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
266
Ratings:
699
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
20.73%
 
 
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Photo of sulldaddy
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im sampling a 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature. The beer pours a bright clear golden hue with minimal bleached white head foaming up and quickly fading to a minimal edge layer.
Aroma is white grapes and some grain, with a decent hit of booze mixed in to boot. Not a very complex or robust nose, and the more sniffs I take the more the booze is evident.
First sip reveals a light body with almost no carbonation. Texture is smooth with just a little stickiness on my lips after each sip.
Flavor is similar to nose advertising and is typical tripel notes.
Light grainy malt, some white grape notes and other light fruitiness, followed by some peppery booze that is slightly bitter at the end of each sip.
The booze is a little warm on each swallow which makes this a sipping beer,
I find the beer enjoyable and tasty, not overly complex but good. It isnt an outstanding tripel, but it certainly isnt flawed either. Worth a purchase if you like the style.

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Photo of ckollias
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden hue with a very thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving no trail down the glass and ends in a trace of a lace.

S: Great hoppy aroma with a Belgian malt background and hints of bananas.

T: Alcoholic hoppy flavor with a smooth Beligan Tripel malt backbone.

M: Very strong and boozy. Thick chewy body and minimal carbonation.

O: Wow – a Belgian Tripel with a hop twist – yes please. I love these American brews.

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A) Slow pour leads to big foamy head, slowly recedes but leaves a cap of foam with some lacing. Beer is the cloudy golden amber you'd expect.

S) Needs to warm a bit to get full effect, but you get sweet scents, almost banana, first, followed by the piney citrus you might expect.

T) Sweeter than you might expect, some fruity flavors, some malt. Definite alcohol heat on finish. Moderate carbonation. Finish only a tiny bit bitter, low IBU.

M) Pretty full, moderate carbonation, dry on finish from high ABV.

O) Still giddy The Garden State is producing decent beer; sad I missed some of their earlier Exit offerings. This is a solid Tripel - drink while it's still available.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While in northern NJ for the Greenwood Lake Airshow (18-19Aug12) I snagged a sixer of this at a local beer shop (~$13 ?).

Poured one into a small tulip... Was a bit of a flattish golden hue, with a little haze. Carbo was of the fine, minuscule variety, and lots of it was ascending within. Topside was a stark white layer of foam, sitting at a steady 1/4", with A-1 lacing left behind. Nose was restrained but I did pick up some crockery malt and light fruitiness. Body was medium, and some bubbly, prickliness did not lessen the enjoyment.

Upon tasting I got some doughy, bready malt action to start, with a touch of sweetness. Had some green fruitiness present, akin to pear, apple and honeydew. A little candy-sugar character was there, and it had a Belgian IPA type of rindyness. The dryish finish also offered up a bit of yeasty spiciness.

Pretty good, for an American version. Prosit!!

3.93/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of HalfFull
2.97/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another review I guess I wasn't fast enough with. Gone....

This 'American Trippel' I pour into a Belgian globe glass. Pours a clear golden with a minimal cap of foam and light retention.

Aroma of pils malt and candi sugar. Warms to offer some nice yeast components but the lack of carbonation keeps things at bay.

Taste follows with some neutral pils malt and some piney hops. With warming this beer offers some hope as for the American Trippel but it is still lacking. Feel starts off quite light and warms up to moderate.

Overall a decent stab but let it warm up to 50 or more before you open the bottle. Quite undercarbonated below that temp.

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Photo of Dennycurr
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Didn't know what I was getting into when I ordered this beer. I was at a place that had all these diff beers and grabbed a bunch. This one was in the mix.
I poured it into a 22 oz Duval Tulip glass so I can got a good head and,,,after a vigorous pour...there was a small white head.
Didn't look too impressive.
Didn't know what to expect when I tasted it...

BUT....

I was blown away by all the flavors this beer had to offer. Incredibly lively and very pleasent. Every sip of this beer reminded me of a great Belgian Beer I ran across in Paris...but, I'll be damned if I remember the name. I'll come across that beer again sometime----and I'll edit this review to tell you the Belg Beer I'm thinking of.
That will make an observer, (reader), get an idea of what this beer tastes like.

It is definitely a beer I would drink again.

Den

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

A: Super light with a little bit of haze. Head stays around for a long time.
S: Very fruity. Orange, cherry, strawberry come through a lot. some spice notes as well.
T: Very fruity and spicy. Notes of banana and clove. I appreciate the spice notes as well: a little different than other tripels I've had.
M: Sits perfect. Very creamy with a good body. Lots of dynamic flavors that develop.

Overall a very nice beer. It pour rather unintimating but the tastes that came through really were nice. It almost reminds me of an IPA in some ways with the spice notes and I do love me a good IPA. A highly recommended beer.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into short-stemmed tulip.

A: definitely hazed, but bright blonde hued brew. head isnt nearly as frothy as most belgian tripels, nor is the lacing.

S: pears, white pepper. sugar. green melon. brown-sugar quaker oatmeal. floral. lilacs and lillies. dandelions.

T: melon, citrus, cactus. banana, yogurt. linger reminds me of old bay seasoning/whatever they use for Popeyes fried chicken. crazy i know, but im just popping off whatever comes to mind! similar to the nose, pears. the body is there without being cloying or overly sweet.

M: low/average carbonation. full bodied for sure.

D: one of the most easy drinking tripel's ive consumed. great diversity of fruity flavors makes this very enjoyable. very glad they put this in 12oz bottles and definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold color with a skim head and thick edging. This gives way to finger lace. The aroma is of banana's and clove with a citrus hop aroma and a hint of yeastiness. The taste follows suit with banana and clove starting you off. Mid beer a candied yeast flavor takes hold before a floral and citrus hop bite finishes the beer off. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it was not what I was expecting, it was a good beer, but it seemed to blur the lines of a tripel and an ipa.

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Photo of katan
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a pint

A - A light golden color, and a light amount of bright white head formation. not overly carbonated.

S - Spicy notes, cinnamon and clove, very estery. Follows up with a little bit of alcohol notes.

T - Starts off smooth and sweet, light amounts of pilsner malts. Mid-stream gets alot of spiciness, corriander and cloves, with a little bit of esters. Finishes with a bright sugary note and a little bit of alcohol burn.

M - Moderate body, light carbonation. Lots of alcohol warmth. Finishes sticky and clingy.

O/D - A good tripel, but a little bit on the sweet side. Alcohol is pretty noticeable. Good tripel overall - probably a little too sweet.

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Photo of ronniebruner
2.62/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a heavy caramel color and has the aroma of burnt oak. The aroma of the burnt wood is curious, but the taste is purely burnt. The beer pours with a bit more head than I would have liked and the aftertaste detracts from the overall experience. It tastes as if it were kept in a bag of charcoal as it was being brewed. Not by any means the worst beer in the world, but my first bottle will be my only bottle.

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Photo of Holland
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: slightly hazy golden color with a thin head that stays throughout. Sticky head on the edges.

S: lemon, orange, maybe coriander and bitter hops.

T: kicks you with citrus, bitterness, and some alcohol on the front, then helps you out with some malt to finish it off. A little on the sweet side, but the flavors do a decent job of balancing.

M: this is where I am let down. It's just too thick for me and not dry enough, creating a coating feeling rather than a crisp, refreshing feeling. Still heavily carbonated.

O: still a very good beer, but the drinkability is hurt by the mouthfeel. Overall, I would have this again, just maybe not a full 6 pack at $14.

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Photo of marcfromphilly
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tradiotnal Trippel at first taste on the palate. However the taste will transition into a creamy, almost IPA/pale ale hybrid. I recommend this beer for those trying to forget into the diverse/unique world of Trippel's. Though most purists will not consider this a great Trippel, I feel it's a great segue into the category.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-03-23 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy gold with a short white head and a fair amount of suspended particles. Light lacing.

S - Booze, banana, clove, vanilla.

T - Banana, candied-orange, booze, straw, chalk, some hop bitterness. Finishes like a stale creamsicle.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O - This brew didn't excite me. Too sweet and bland for my tastes.

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Photo of Nay
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had good American Tripels, but this bottle isn't one of them. Smells vaguely like stinky feet. Tastes like it's Pale Ale malt bill, transitions into odd and mild phenol, then sweet finish with some lingering hop flavor and bitterness. It's not Belgian phenolic enough to be interesting, but lacks clean IPA yeast/malt flavor too. Sweet (for a tripel) finish is just heartbreaking.

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Photo of Etan
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a fresh 6 pack of this "American trippel" (6 pack???) in New Jersey. Poured from a 12oz into a brandy snifter.

A: Hazy glowing orange gold. Nice white head dies down quickly, leaving some decent lacing.

S: Sweet, sweet citrus hops with some pale malt behind it. I would think it was a malty IPA if I didn't know better.

T: Blast of sweet citrus hops, followed by sugary pale malt and smooth yeast. Squeezed orange, hint of coriander and pepper, saison-esque brightness from the yeast. Subtle bitterness in the finish, with more malty fruitiness and a breath of fresh grain. No alcohol to be found at first. As the beer warms, the farmhouse-esque yeast comes out, as well as a tiny breath of alcohol in the finish.

M: Light carbonation. Fine for a tripel.

O: Incredibly well-hidden alcohol for 9.5%. Great balance of sweet pale malts and hops. Hopped very strongly, but the hops are sweet and compliment the malt profile, gives it an additional citrus fruitiness that most tripels don't have; I guess that's why they call it an "American" tripel. Drink it fresh for the hops. Great.

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

The appearance of this beer is classic for a trippel; it is cloudy and colored lightly, just as it should be.

The smell is fantastic; HINTS of clove, a weak banana smell and a STRONG spicy smell. I can smell pumpkin spice and nutmeg, almost like a gingerbread cookie.

Exit 4 tastes just like it smells. It is well balanced as far as the clove:banana:spice ratio, yet the aftertaste says to me pumpkin and ginger as opposed to banana and cloves. Not to say the latter mentioned flavors aren't apparent, they just aren't in the forefront of the flavor.

The mouthfeel of this brew is okay. With every sip the back of the throat can feel the strong aftertaste.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. For an American version of a Belgian monster, it does hold its own.

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Photo of match1112
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: cloudy apricot colored body. 1.5" of off white head that appears thick and creamy. great retention with some clumpy lacing left behind.

s: banannas and clove, some citrus and spice from yeast and hops.

t: alochol underlies all the other flavors in this beer. there is a small dose of funk from the yeast, some bready malts and more of the citrus and clove.

m: rich and creamy, lively carbonation and an ever present warming from the alochol start to finish.

o: i feel that the alochol dominates this beer a little too much. some time in the cellar might help this blend better, but right now i feel it's too hot and it distracts from the other flavors too much. still not a bad beer though.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6oz pour (from a 12oz bottle) into goblet glass. Enjoyed at Beer and Grilled Cheese Dinner pairing in Wilmington, DE. No bottle date information present or described.

A: Hop hazed yellow orange. Quarter finger of bright white head. The swirl gives more and it's fluffy and bottle conditioned. Small lacing trails and some alcohol feet.

S: Smells of really nice fruity esters. Pineapple and banana. But also some spicy Belgian yeast notes. Still smells hoppy, and delicious. I really enjoy the nose on this one.

T: You get the faintest amount of hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Then the Belgian notes of fruit and spice kick in. Linger on the tongue a while. Clove for sure. The close is long and you gets lots of banana citrus notes. There is a little booze on the back end. Or at least some warming. But for the most part the alcohol is nicely hidden.

M: Medium to full bodied beer. Bottle conditioning helps to clear the palate.

O: This is a solid beer in a style that I really enjoy lately. I would put this up there in the A- to A range for me. Plus the pairing with the cheese might have made it even better!

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Photo of JJBlock
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a BIG fan of tripel - this competes against the best! Smooth, mild fragrance, tremendous intial taste which is extremely satisfying and quenching. Only downside is that it is very difficult to find. Why? Could and should be their lead beer. The alcohol content is disguised in a very mellow flavor that has left me with "wanting more"...OK, OK, that is usually the case with a good beer, I agree! This may be my next "go to" beer if I can find it! Just love it!

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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 Ryanm1
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love Begian Triples and this one is no exception.

Poured from a bottle to a glass. It was bubbly, moderate head. Golden and slight cloudy. Hazy as the bottle describes it. Slight floral undertone, but can taste/smell clove like its an Easter ham. Slightly bitter at the finish. Not too overpowering for the 9.7% abv.

Like and recommend it!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz pint size glass, color is opaque straw with a nice frothy white head that dissipates to a ring, nice carbonation.

Smell is resiny, slight biscuit, hints of spice and raisans with a solid hop note.

Taste is a estery alcohol upfront followed by mild pale and slight biscuit malts with spiciness that goes down easy.

Mouthfeel is slightly strong on the tongue but the bitterness and sweetness are balanced overall.

A very nice tripel that i picked up for christmas, one my favorites from flying fish

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Photo of dfernandez77
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mostly golden, slightly warm, fairly clear (a few flakes from bottle conditioning sediment). Nice white, slightly rocky head, nicely laces with time. Appealing.

Smell: Resin, citrus, biscuits, banana skins, honey. A little candy sugar like booziness. Well balanced. Again, appealing.

Taste: Clean malt backbone, classic fat Pilsner and candy sugar fruitiness. Hop bitterness is forward a little as I would expect in an "American Trippel". Cypress needles and citrus zest hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Again, true to the Belgian archetype. Medium light, slippery, creeps off style with the astringent finish, but you'd expect it with the hop profile.

Overall: Damned impressive. Best of a cleanly brewed Belgian Trippel and bracing American DIPAs brought together. I really like it, and will be getting more.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Massive massive creamy white head that is crawling away. Hazy golden color with visible carbonation. Interesting nose of floral and grassy hops that mask a subdued clove aroma. Very nice.

Big juicy tropical fruit sweetness up front. Slight grassy hoppiness comes in on the back end to cut and sweetness that would linger. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Not nearly as carbonated as it looks. Some malty breadiness comes through a big on the front end as well with a hint of caramel. Almost no detectable alcohol besides a touch on the breath.

Way too drinkable.

The common Belgian flavors are there but hidden under the beers hop character.

A nice twist on the trippel style with a few more hops than you expect. Not in the least a very happy beer but the amount they add is just enough to make it different.

Not bad

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