Exit 11 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Exit 11Exit 11

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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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 118
Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.61/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by PWoods.

Pours a hazy gold in color. White film of froth sitting atop the beer.
Smell is lemony, but there's some sort of a cleaning solution smell as well in the nose.
Taste is watered down lemonade. Very high carbonation and pretty bitter in the mouthfeel.
Can't get past the watered down lemonade taste. Just not digging on this one at all.
Could possibly be a good lawnmower beer on a blistering hot day. This could be at best refreshing in this scenario.

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Photo of corby112
3.11/5  rDev -25.2%
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 JerseyKirk
3.44/5  rDev -17.3%
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 hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capones.

Poured a medium and cloudy/hazy yellow color wtih a smaller sized white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of wheat, some yeastiness, with lighter citrus and a lighter fruitiness. Tastes of wheat and citrus. A drinkable wheat ale that would be perfect after being outside on a hot summer day.

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Photo of bonkers
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 750 ml bottle into a weizen glass. It pours a hazy pale straw with a sticky white head. The aroma has a light citrus haze to it, slightly sweet. There are hints of banana and light citrus for flavor, kinda sweet. A definite summer beer, light and easy drinking. I was expecting a more hop forward brew, but the hops are more around the edges and it lets the wheat flavors take center stage.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured via 750ml bottle. Thanks to sholland119 for sharing.

A - Cloudy, chunky pale wheat body with half a finger of bubbly white foam that retained in a patchy film and left some spotty lacing.

S - Citrus hop aroma right off the bat with some light peppery notes and a subtle waft of alcohol.

T - Opens with a citrus hop character with hints of peppery spices and some yeasty notes. Finishes with a mild bittersweet character.

M - Light bodied with a light syrupy, almost oily texture, though quite thin and watery overall. Finishes with subtle hop notes on the palate.

D - Reminded me of FFF Gumballhead, but only a little and definitely nowhere near as good. Still, this wasn't too bad of a hoppy pale wheat ale, and it went down easily.

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Photo of number1bum
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
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 pzrhsau
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
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 Philabeerphia
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled straight from the cellar after 3+ months (maybe a bit long in the tooth???) A beautiful look to this beer - the 750ml pours a massive head into my tulip, maybe 3 fingers or so of sudsy, growing effervescence. The bubbles fade slowly, leaving a significant wall of cloud-like lace that is hanging on for dear life. The beer below is a super hazed gold that seems to trap light into itself, turn things up a notch and emit a true glow. I can't picture this style looking any better.

Is it me or is the nose too subtle? Maybe the age has dampered things? All I pick up is lemon, some faint grain, fresh cooked corn... digging a little deeper yields some sugared grapefruit, grassy hops and a honey touch. OK, not bad... not great.
The taste shines more, but I do suspect the age is playing a factor.. I will adjust my review. A light touch of grapefruit wheat/hop up front. Subtle but complex right off the bat. Extra light malt produces a touch of caramel in the middle of my tongue.... but the wheat steals the show. Bready, yeasty yet flows lightly on the tongue. Helped by just enough carbonation, I wouldn't mind feeling a bit of bubbly sting (I don't). An herbal tea middle - hints of ginger here - finishes into a nice citrus kiss in the throat. Multi dimensional without being heavy... the perfect balance between hefe and ipa... this is very refreshing.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy yellowish orange in color with a 1" head that falls to a thick surface foam sporting some large bubbles.

Smell: wheat, grass, and asome floral hop bitterness is pleasant and easy to detect.

Taste: nice malt base with orange and lemon citrus, bubblegum, floral hop bitterness, and a bit of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium body. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is short but refreshing.

Drinkability: this beer went down easily and had a nice overall flavor. Worth a try if you can still find a bottle.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to sholland119!

pours light hazy yellow with a light fluffy head that quickly gives way to nice retention. semi lacy, sticks to the sides but only when the beer moves

very floral, i am thinking amarillo hops were used here. a slight wheat and biscuit scent but mainly floral hops.

very light overall, not much wheat however a nice light summer feeling of light wheat and light biscuit malts. the hops are lightly there to add a bit of sweetness with a sweet and floral character.

the carbonation has a bit of a bite to it however mellows as the beer warms. overall this is rather thin and light.

overall this is a great beer, perfect for summer and a lower ABV so this is quite drinkable! i am quite glad i had the chance to do so.

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Photo of tegelaar
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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 rfgetz
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy yellow straw in color... huge rush of frothy head, diminishing quickly. little lacing.

S- Sweet, floral and citrus hops, little hay and earthy whiffs

T- mellow balance of earthy hay, floral and citrus hops, a little sweetness to it. a little bit too bitter of a finish compared to the overall mellow flavor. expected a little more to the taste.

M- light body, heavy carbonation

D- very refreshing, light and delicate balance of flavors so make sure you have a clean palate for this one. by far the best thing Flying Fish has ever released.

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Photo of bamadog
3.95/5  rDev -5%
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 Imsothirsty
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy hazy yellow with solid 2 finger white head. Leaves nice thin lacing

Smell is fairly average for a wheaty hefe.

Taste is excellent, the wheat does not overwhelm, definitely lemony with solid hop following to back up the citrus flavors. Fairly unique in style. Minimal alcohol smell and taste.
Easily drinkable, Im glad I had it, will have it again in the future, gives me hope for a promising future of solid brews from FF.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
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 lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Photo of JAXSON
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
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 smakawhat
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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 claspada
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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 jwc215
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden yellow with a rocky head. Patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus (lemon/orange) with grassy/floral notes and a wheat tang.

The taste is sweet, slightly tart, with hoppy, grassy notes. More hoppy than typical American Pale Wheat Ales, especially in the bitterish, floral/grassy, slightly lemony/orangey finish. A slight touch of alcohol shows.

It has a spritzy/effervescent carbonation in a light to medium body.

This is a nice American Pale Wheat with more character (hop, body, and slight alcohol) than typical.

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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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 DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scott, you are just too kind.

A: I bought a fancy Aventinus 100 year anniversary glass this past weekend and have been using it on every opportunity. An APWA is more than worthy. Hazy yellow with a dense, white head that falls off to a disk, leaving patchy foam. Plenty of carbonation is visible

S: On the nose, this is pretty much dominated by dry and aroma hop, showcasing the grapefruit, citrus, peach and mildly herbal/ minty character. Refreshing.

T: Opens up with a burst of bright hop bitterness with a definite raw apricot/ grapefruit character along with plenty of citrus flavor - orange peel, tangerines being the forefront. A moderate wheat character appears mid-palate, bread-like in nature. Finishes dry, with a refreshing lemony tartness and pleasing bitterness

M: Light in body with a crisp and refreshing carbonation, and the finish is great too.

D: The bitterness seems to be a touch more than it needs to be, especially for the carbonation and how quaffable the rest of the beer is, but drinking a bottle is no problem

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Slatetank
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Atlantic Liquors in Rehoboth Beach DE, poured chilled into a tulip. taken from notes

A - The color is a pale golden w/ white bubbly cap.It is not especially cloudy but appears as a wheat should w/ tight bead and little lace sticks

S - smell is of hops, floral, citrus notes and fruit esters combine to make a lemony aroma like colombus hops smell

M - Slight tartness is noted right off w/ citrus tanginess and crisp body in the middle w/ moderate carbonation and gentle hop acidity w/ refreshing light sweet body

T - A nice blend of citrus from the amarillo w/ mild flavor of fruity wheat which has a twang of apricot w/ a mild pineapple-like sweet essence from the yeast. The tast is mild but almost gives off a cherry note in the background

D - A very drinkable wheat w/ flavors that don't seem common to the style. The hops really enliven the taste and the wheat flavor is almost a let down in this version of hoppy wheat. The exit 11 could be great if both hops and wheat were equally represented in taste.

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4.16 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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