Exit 11 Hoppy American Wheat
Flying Fish Brewing Company

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American Pale Wheat Ale
4.2 | pDev: 10.24%
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Exit 11 Hoppy American Wheat Ale is the second in their wildly popular Exit Series of Big Bottle Beers. Exit 11 is a confluence of styles and ingredients, just as Exit 11 is the point in New Jersey where the Garden State Parkway, the New Jersey Turnpike and several other highways come together.

“Exit 11 is the point on the Turnpike where the Garden State Parkway branches off and takes hundreds of thousands of travelers to the renowned Jersey Shore,” says Flying Fish Founder Gene Muller. “Our Exit 11 Wheat Ale is a fresh, citrus-y summer beer perfect for beachgoers and those who only wish they were headed ‘downa shore’.”

Exit 11 is an American-style wheat beer brewed with English ale yeast and three Pacific Northwest hops, Columbus, Palisade and Amarillo. It is brewed with 50% Belgian pale malt and 50% white wheat, and is an ideal summer thirst quencher, with its bouquet of tangerines and apricots. Exit 11 is available only during this one-time release, and only until it sells out across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 118
Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden yellow color with a medium-sized white head of soapy foam that recedes quite rapidly leaving some sparse lacing.

Aromas begin with a semi-spicy, grassy, citrusy fruity hop profile with some dry wheat maltiness along with some subtle breadiness.

The tastes begin with some grassy, citrus and floral hops. As it warms you can appreciate the balancing bready malt flavors with a touch of sourness from the ample wheat malt additions.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is crisp, slightly bitter and overall quite freshing and clean.

Overall this is a super solid hoppy wheat beer from an emergingly solid NJ brewer. While some of their "regular" 6 and 4 pack offering are lackluster, these Exit series beers have been quite above average and well worth seeking out. This is flavorful and great for when you want a slight twist from your basic pale ale.

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Photo of corby112
3.11/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at the Pour House.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a one finger frothy white foam cap that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Streaks of lacing left behind.  

Floral hop aroma with some zesty spice, citrus rind and bready yeast.  Hints of pepper, clove, banana and apple.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a blast of dry, earthy hops up front that provides bitterness that lingers into a slight dry finish.  Underneath the hops the wheat beer elements are there but they're overpowered.  Lots of bready yeast with only subtle spice and light fruit.  Faint hints of pepper with a creamy mouthfeel along with some apple and banana.  An interesting idea but too hoppy for my liking making it one dimensional.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy looking golden brownish color with a fluffy white head on top that leaves a light scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is a grainy and hoppy, some refreshing citrus notes on the nose here. The taste is grainy upfront with some wheat flavors that quickly get kicked aside by the piney hops. This is a really interesting brew for sure. The mouthfeel of the beer was on the lighter side but had a nice tingly sensation to it. Overall I think this beer was really nice and fits right in with the rest in the series.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy dark straw yellow into an American pint glass with a half finger of off white head that doesn't hang around to long.

S: sweet hops, orange peel, lemon, caramel malts, floral, grassy.

T: floral right of the bat with wheat characters coming in shortly after chased by the hop menagerie. Lemon grass, pine, orange peel linger on the tongue.

MF: a nice heavy, almost chewy body with a great effervescence. A bit dry.

O: a good pale wheat, possibly the first I've had, but a good beer in general. A quick buy again.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Meridian Pint in DC into a sample 4oz glass.

Simple off white head nice foamy, with a slightly just hint of cloudy gold with this really unique kind of light bronze color hue. Tiny carbonation rising fast from the bottom.

Nose is wheat, small, but also some sort of sweet sensation with pepper. Really interesting, very odd but I like it.

Taste brings a very unexpected and large hop presence. Hop heat blast mixing some lemon like citrus in the palate. Soft bodied in texture with the malt, then still brings stinging pine needles as well. Hint of white pepper. This beer taste and feels peppery to me.

Overall this is a really unique beer. Good all around but I am not sure I am the biggest fan but I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Orangey yellow. 1 finger head that cleared quick. Minimal lacing.

S: Tangerine, citrus, pine, cat pee, hoppy.

T: Hoppy. Delicious. Really quick clean aftertaste. Ends almost ridiculously quick. Good but nothing spectacular. Could be a session hoppy wheat.

M: Thin with mild carbonation.

O: Ok. I like the smell better than the lack luster taste. Just too subtle for me. I'd like more of a bold flavor.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to an inside connection for this 12 oz.

Nice dense, creamy/foamy white head, about an inch high to start, slowly shrinks yet leaves a misty collar and whirl on top, replenished easily, though limp on lace. Apricot/amber liquid and REALLY cloudy - well, actually, tremendously hazy - one of most hazy I've seen - domestic, at least.

Deceptively complex hop melange in combo with a sort of FF signature sweet malt/yeast product - I would assume the wheat has strong influence in the sum of these parts. Hops: mango, orange, lemon, and a fair bit of sharp grassy-vegetal-stem quality. Malt: biscuit (cornbread?!) and a taste of honey. The hops definitely control though, vibrant and green - certainly an inviting smell.

And it's not short on flavor. I suppose you get what you might expect from the wheat flavor - a little tart, a little toasty, smooth and as creamy on the tongue as possible but, once again, the hops come on assertively...however, we actually find balance - great balance. Somewhat soft bitterness right from the start, with the "feel" of anise but not quite the flavor... Quite light, but with enough body/substance to stick a lick. Real easy to session.

Very surprised (and pleased) how well this comes together, how well the hops actually complement the malt. There's actually balance, and complexity, if you will. Why does this brewery still put out their core swill as opposed to a fine drink as this?

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a bit of an amber tinge; the head is rocky and small clumps of lace attach themselves to the side of the pint glass

Smell: Floral and pithy, with an orange peel character

Taste: As an American wheat, the base malt flavor is clean but the pithy citrus flavors quickly intrude; by mid-palate, a distinct sourness takes over and lingers through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Why oh why did I let this cellar for so long; I have adjusted my ratings as if I were enjoying this in its youth rather than in its old age - would love to see Flying Fish brew this style again

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Photo of JAXSON
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 rate.

Memory is a bit hazy on this one. From a bottle, poured a spritzy, super clear gold with a fluffy white head. Mild aroma of orange, wheat, light hop woodsiness. Extremely clean in the mouth. As I said at the time, it is "without blemish." Not extraordinary, but a great dry, fruity wheat character heavy on the orange, spritzy in the mouth. Enjoyed this.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #33 (Oct 2009):

Oh yeah, brothers and sisters, this is a style, sub-style or whichever it may be, that we wish would get much more attention ... the Hoppy American Wheat.

Unrefined raw appearance, small floaties swirl and dance as the carbonation pushes them around the cloudy golden liquid. The head retention is nothing less than spectacular. Big orangey burst in the nose, smells of freshly broken up clementines with a sprig or two of spearmint. From first sip, the lush, bottle-conditioned, smooth body wraps itself around the tongue. Light bready and doughy biscuit flavors from start to finish; wheat comes off with a hint of spice and the yeast tone is a bit nutty but stays neutral for the most part. While the hop bitterness is not massive, the flavor does get a bit vicious on the taste buds with a pummeling of orange skin, mint leaves, green pepper and black tea. In the midst of the hop chaos is an injection of spicy pepper and tropical fruit from the alcohol. All of this, and it wields a relatively clean finish.

Yet again, we run into one of these "limited release" beers and wish it would have gone straight to the year-round lineup.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, thanks to grub for sharing!

Pours a clear yellowish gold, nice and bright, very thick white head forms, big bubbles, settles down to a medium sized chunky layer and ring, big lacing sticks all over, looks good.

Smell is nice, lightly grainy, toasted wheat, some floral, strawberry fruitiness, light citrus, honey sweetness, a bit of grapefruit, nice fruitiness going on, but still pretty clean aromas.

Taste is similar, honey sweetness up front, some wheat, toast/biscuit malts, lightly grainy through the middle, a touch of fruit, grapefruit and some floral, really nice balanced bitterness, very crisp.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, very balanced and refreshing. This is a nice beer, thanks Russ!

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a slightly cloudy, golden yellow color with a two-finger, white head of bubbly, crackly foam. It did not last long but left some sudsy lace.

S - A nice spicy, fruity aroma with some nice wheat notes.

T - It had some spicy hops with a fruity kick. Nice wheat flavors with a touch of sourness.

M - This was an exceptionally dry brew. It was crisp, sharp and light bodied.

D - Like most wheat ales this is easy drinking. A rare hoppy wheat ale that is worth picking up.

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Photo of bamadog
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerman207 for picking this up for me while he was back in PA on a recent trip. The review is from notes taken on 7/26/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a bright lemony yellow; starts with a 1/2 finger white head that slowly fades to a full and chewy, yet uneven, skim; body is quite clear and shows plenty of carbonation; only a few spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: An interesting blend of lemony/grapefruit hoppy bitterness; a definite wheatiness and a biscuity/cereal graininess; a bit of a sweet malty presence as it sits a bit longer, and possibly a sweeter juicy fruit aspect as well (perhaps this is the apricot mentioned on the label).

Taste: Much like the nose, it's quite interesting -- the citric hops are present right up front, and the bottle mentions tangerine as an aspect to this beer and I feel that I need to agree now that I've tasted it, but I'm not sure I would have pinpointed that flavor specifically without the hint; definite wheaty graininess and that dry biscuity aspect as well; aftertaste is mostly the bitter citric hops.

Mouthfeel: Body is fairly light; carbonation is strong and borderline sharp; a thin, moist coating is left behind and dries a bit; gums are tingly from that really strong carbonation -- could be just a tad less sharp.

Drinkability: Certainly solid enough and I really like the nice and hoppy take on the APWA; body isn't too heavy and the ABV certainly won't knock anyone down, but I do wish the carbonation wasn't quite as sharp as it is.

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Photo of grub
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got this one in a recent trade with sholland119. thanks scott!

750ml bottle topped with a red plastic wrapper. sampled july 17/2010.

pours crystal clear golden yellow with a nice bright white head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is good. nice hop profile. orange, tangerine, bit of apricot. hint of resiny character. white bread and cracker. bit of biscuit. hint of alcohol. faint caramel.

taste is good. lightly sweet citrus fades into caramel and honey. orange and tangerine. white bread. bit of cracker and biscuit. touch of yeast. lightly fruity english character. just under medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is great. just under medium body. slightly above medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good depth. each of the components mentioned on the label comes through. a nice blend of ideas. reminds me of a wheatwine that i brewed a few years ago... time to make that one again!

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a has a really nice, dry wheat malt scent along with some subtle breadiness. The hop aroma is solid with a moderate bitterness. The taste is good. It has a smooth wheat flavor; dry and light. The hop character is there , but not too aggressive. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking wheat ale. I'm a big fan of the hops in this one.

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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle received in trade with fbm15. Thanks! Poured into a Paulaner wheat beer glass.

A - Pours a clear straw golden color with three fingers of fluffy off white head with an infinite supply of carbonation bubbles rising from the depths of the glass. Head hangs around for a couple of minutes and slowly fizzes away leaving some sparse lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Very fruity and spicy...nice citrusy hops with sweet oranges and bitter grapefruit. A bit of sweet cinnamon like spiciness alongside the hops. Some good bready wheat and malt aroma too. Nice and hoppy but gives a somewhat light and refreshing aroma.

T - Light hop bitterness, some grassy hop flavors and lots of nice wheat flavor and some bready and biscuity notes too. A good hit of yeasty flavors too - all resulting in a very overall dryness.

M - Light to medium in body with medium high carbonation. Carbonation is pretty prickly and lively making this a pretty refreshing drinker. Lots of wheat and grassy and a bit of cool, minty feeling hops left into the aftertaste.

D - An enjoyable beer, but not an amazing one. A nice take on an American wheat beer with a higher than average hop level. Easy drinking, with good but not great flavors. Probably one of these is enough in a sitting but it is pretty refreshing and probably one that is better with light food.

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Photo of meatyard
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nicely carbonated, hazy, pale golden yellow. It has a large, meringue like, white head that leaves decent, spotty lacing.
The smell is lemon for me.
The taste is happening but sort of subdued.There is the lemony citrus flavor, some wheat, a bit of spicy pepper and no noticeable alcohol or bitterness.
Mouthfeel is thin but not inappropriately so. Even though the body is light it does drop some nice flavor on the tongue along with very good carbonation.
This is very drinkable. Maybe it's too much alcohol for two bottle but this glasses would be very nice.

An interesting, drinkable beer. Along with the others in the Exit series it appears that FF is stepping it up, good for them.

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Photo of number1bum
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled shared by krisandajt. Poured a hazy pale yellow color wth a finger and a half or so of off-white head. Kept a thin but pretty full lace and left some decent webbing on the sides.

Smell has a biscuity pale malt base with a light sweetness, a bit of soggy wheat and some grassy, floral hops.

Taste is a bit grainier than the smell, with a pale malt/wheat base that has a bit of sweetness but also a bit of a bite to it. Hops are again grassy and slightly floral. Not bad flavor, but it's a little out of balance and on the grainy side.

Mouthfeel is a smooth medium body, crisp but clean in the finish.

This is a pretty good beer. Nothing spectacular, and when I think of hoppy pale wheat ales I can't help but compare to Lagunitas Little Sumtin and this doesn't come close to that. It's pretty good, however, and worth trying if you can still find it.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass...

A: Gorgeous golden yellow slightly opaque body with a massive four finger stark white head that falls slowly in pockets leaving excellent lacing in its path. Second pour offers up another massive head that again lingers through the duration. Gorgeous appearance.

S: Faint citrus hops, very grassy and floral, slight sweetness on the front along with a little wheat.

T: Lemony wheat, crisp citrus grassy hops, ever so slightly sweet malt yet still dry on the finish and just a hint of clove. Very nice.

M: Light body, crisp and refreshingly dry on the finish. Very smooth on the palate.

D: In the summertime this bottle goes down without a thought. Crisp, refreshing, dry finish that keeps you coming back for more, faint lemon that keeps the mouth watering. Very nice overall. Really enjoyed this!

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Photo of BTPete
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by my buddy during a dinner at my house. Poured into pint glass (no wheat glasses at my house)

A: Hazy golden with BIG white head. Millions of bubbles rising up.

S: Citrusy and hoppy. Smells sweet and inviting. I enjoyed the citrus and hop bitter.

T: Smooth wheat and citrus, nice hops at the end dry it out.

M: Really bubbly, active ,and nice. Medium bodied.

D: Very drinkable, really great flavor profile and nice carbonation. A really nice drinker.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Robust head with a cloudy golden body.
Smell: Very strong aroma of hops, subtle notes of wheat.
Taste: The hop flavor is not too overpowering. It blends well with the wheat to create an interesting fruity flavor.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very carbonated, but still very clean. Not too heavy, overall a good beer.

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Photo of tegelaar
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden ale color - very translucent in color. The head is soapy with a bit of lacing.

Smells of a light citrus. A bit weak. Taste is better - light and lemony - very balanced. Nothing overpowering here. It's also very light in body and high in carbonation. I personally love the mouthfeel.

This is a very good beer but nothing smacks you in the face. Maybe that's good for a change. It would pair very well with spicy food or stinky cheese.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden honey color with minimal head retention and OK lacing. On the nose, there's something of a light tropical fruit flavor, with a touch of honey and ginger. Flavor profile in this beer is it's best aspect, with some nice hoppy bitterness superimposed upon lemon, some noticeable wheatiness and light spice. Mouthfeel in this beer is very, very light (but not watery), and drinkability is very good.

This is a very easy to take beer, with flavors that are not what one typically encounters in an American wheat beer. Pretty nice.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a very light almost pils like wheaty gold with a really thin light head. Nose is light an sweet with a ton of wheat.

Taste is surprisingly good! Very light and drinkable]. Smooth and has a nice amount of hoppiness, great beer!

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and golden in color. Moderate amount of head and carbonation. Nice aroma-somewhat sulfury and phenolic with a decent level of hops going on. Very crisp tasting. Yeasty and sulfury with a big hop bitterness and flavor. Quite citrusy. The wheat really stands out. Good body-actually quite lite for 6%. The whole thing works, especially the high level of hops. Would be better suited for summer consumption but still a damn good beer.

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Exit 11 Hoppy American Wheat from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 118 ratings