Exit 11 Hoppy American Wheat | Flying Fish Brewing Company

118 Ratings
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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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of J_Ross
2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

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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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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 ksiazewski
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of imbibehour
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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Exit 11 Hoppy American Wheat from Flying Fish Brewing Company
4.16 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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