Exit 11 Hoppy American Wheat | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Exit 11 Hoppy American WheatExit 11 Hoppy American Wheat

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Deuane on 07-15-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Flying Fish- Exit 11

A- Bright hazy yellowish orange with a huge 1/3 the glass head. Very foamy and messy lacing.
S- Big smack of Amarillo hops! Huge citrus hops with a light yeasty wheat and caramel malt.
T- Big sweet grapefruit/ tangerine hops blend nicely with caramel malt and wheat. Well balanced with the hops slightly dominating throughout.
M- Big sweet juicy hops everywhere with a thick malty body and a juicy sweet hop finish.

Overall- Was hoping for something decent here and was blown away! This is 1 of the best beers I've had this year!
To all the Gumballhead fans give this 1 a try!

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4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a nice hazy yellow/orange, with a surprisingly decent head, but spotty laciness into a weizen glass. Being from NJ, in the past I have been frequently annoyed by the fact that FF is usually the only home state brewery to get invited to beer festivals, as their year-round offerings, for the most part, are decidedly only slightly above average. I've usually chalked it up to the Sam Adams effect...e.g. Sam Adams is associated with Mass, as FF is associated with NJ. However, this beer has me slapping myself in the face. What an amazing bouquet. The question is not what is in the nose; it is what ISN'T in the nose. Grapefruit, banana, lime, apricot, honey, bubble gum, pixie stix, etc, along with some herbal/clove scents. It had the same effect on me like an enticing perfume on a beautiful woman...I couldn't wait to court it. After my first taste, I think the glass was empty exactly 2min later. This even shocked myself, as wheat beers aren't exactly my style of choice. The taste flirted with my palate from start to finish, unleashing all of the aforementioned flavors at various points, with a nice medium, relatively uncarbonated body. I think I drank four glasses in the blink of an eye. Very sessionable. With two good 'Exit' series beers in a row, I am now salivating over the prospect of more on the way. Thank you, FF.

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4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought a bottle of this at the Foodery in Philadelphia, PA. I poured it into a kind of flared pint glass, I guess.
A: The body is a cloudy dark yellow color. The head is huge, a bright white color, great retention, thin but sticky pretty lacing and small size bubbles. This is very carbonated.
S: The aromas are wheaty, piney, citrusy.
T: The flavors are earthy, pine and citrus.
M: The mouthfeel is crisp.
D: This is an excellent beer. Freakin great.
Don't drink and review.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the Foodery in Philadelphia:

Appearance: Poured a cloudy, bright golden color with a one-inch foamy head which quickly disappeared for the most part. Stuck around the edges with little lacing.

Smell: Fresh fruit and spices. Strong apricot and orange peel - almost as if it were a fruit beer. Moderate clove aroma. The wheat is also strong, and there is a noticeable citrus hop scent.

Taste: Slightly sour on the tongue with some lemon notes. The bitterness is there from the added hops, but not nearly as bitter as I would have expected.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. A light-medium body.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. This is my favorite variety for the summer time, and this is surely one of the best I've ever tasted. There are some overly sweet American wheat beers, but this one delicately and successfully balances sweeter notes.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a standard nonic glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer as served is a hazy yellow/light amber color with a ½" white head that slowly recedes to a small ring and light cover over the liquid, Sipping at first leaves rings and speckles of lacing which settle down into some nice but light patterns of lacing later on.

Smell: The aroma here is full of wheat and some malt, but it is the hops with their citrus and tangerine or orange zest that provide the first and dominant impression.

Taste: The flavor starts off with citrus hops (mild grapefruit and orange zest) and then the wheat with some modest sweetness comes into play. But throughout it is the hops taking the lead with wheat the supporting cast member, But throughout they are near equal partners.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium-bodied with moderate prickly carbonation. The finish is long and bitter but soft.

Drinkability: This is a really nice beer for drinking more than one on a summer evening. It is refreshing, very tasty, and I could easily drink more than one. I'll be going out looking for some bottles of this to drink soon. In some ways I think this is a more subtle beer than the Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin that is the most similar beer I can think of. I'm going to be looking for a way to do a side by side on these two. At the moment (and based on fallible memory), I think I'd give this one a slight edge because the sweetness is in better balance.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lovely, fruity and complex. This is a beer that invites slow contemplation. Let it open in the glass and experience the way it changes with time and temperature.

Pours a hazy light golden, like apple juice (not the first time that this beer will show a lovely apple-like character). The head is robust, dense and bright white, with a torrent of carbonation from the pour. The aroma is fruity, with apricot, pineapple, and apple all over it. The flavor is sprightly and champagne-like, with apple, and pineapple overlying the slightly sour wheat malt, a delicious, acidic balance. The mouthfeel is bubbly and light, much like a champagne or light sparkling cider.

This is a very nice beer. I wish Flying Fish would make it a regular, or at least a summer seasonal. It would cut through the sticky, humid summers of South Jersey and Pennsylvania perfectly.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice to see some special release stuff from a local brewery. After showing up to bars a day late for this multiple times, I finally get to try my bottle tonight.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Ayinger weizen glass a somewhat hazy golden yellow. The head is bright white and starts at 3-fingers high before dropping gradually to a full, loose-bubbled cap.

SMELL: Immediately you're hit by a deep aroma of citrus and piny hops. But it's not too hard to go past them and find a sweet, clean base of fluffy wheat. No yeast esters to speak of; just a great blend of malt and hops.

TASTE: Wow, balance! Finally a beer that brings legitimacy to the American Wheat style. The malt really reminds me of the sweetness and fluffy qualities of German hefeweizens but obviously without the banana and clove esters. The hops are most prominent toward the front but lend their flavor throughout the entire taste. Really impressive.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied and smooth. Well-above average for style with zero harshness. Carbonation is on the higher end which seems about right.

DRINKABILITY: It's the best American Wheat I've ever had. Shame on anyone for not finishing a whole bottle.

I'd heard good things but didn't expect this. Now I'm bemoaning the fact that this batch is the last of this beer forever. I guess I need to stock up.

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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- 750ml capped bottle poured into a small pint glass, one finger head that faded to a swirl of lace with a ring around the glass, hazy honey gold coloring.

s- tangerine, citrus, slight wheat, very clean, sweet figs/apricots, not sure i've smelled a beer like this before.

t- fruity off the bat - tart peach, tangerine, green apple, finish is wonderfully dry, slightly tart, some lingering bitterness, this beer is top notch.

m- light, bubbly, effervescent.

d- wonderful, i've never had a beer like this before, and i would and will definately buy this again, i paired this with the appetizer course of thanksgiving. it went so well with all the offerings, ranging from sharp cheeses to brie to dried figs, the lightness of this beer was the perfect starter to this meal, a delicious flying fish beer for sure!

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Exit 11 Hoppy American Wheat from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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