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Exit 11 Hoppy American Wheat | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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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
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
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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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Kegatron
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Copper Mine Pub (North Arlington, NJ) on 7/24/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazy straw, with a finger of foamy brite-white head. Retains mostly around the edges, leaving back a fizzy cascade of lace that quickly recedes down the sides of the glass. The aroma possesses quite the nice pop of American hops in the nose, being floral and spicy, with a beautiful grapefruit character to it. Sweet wheat and yeasty notes mix in to give this a sharp tang.

The taste starts with a crisp and bitter hop bite up front, that is then immediately cut by that same mix of grapefruit citrus and bready wheat. The hops linger with a satisfying spicy dry feel well past the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a crisp and prickly bite to it. Quite the delcious and thristquenching feel over all for an over 6% beer.

Very nice. Your starting to see more and more of these Hopped-Up Wheat beers each year, and this one is definitely up there. American hops are out in force in this one, with that zesty grapefruit character really being the hightlight for me. Well done beer here form Flying Fish.

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4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Barely blurry Golden Delicious apple peel with a faint blush of apricot orange. Here's hoping that more yeast murk things up eventually. A pillowy crown of alabaster colored foam looks pretty good as it melts. Stickier lace would have been better than the scattered scraps of suds that barely cling to the glass.

At least one member of the hop bill would have been easy to guess: the orange citrusiness of Amarillo was obvious on the pour. Columbus and Palisade are in there too. 50% Belgian pale malt and 50% white wheat don't add much to the olfactory party. Then again, there may be a little tangy wheatiness.

Exit 11 is pretty much as advertised. In other words, it's a generously hopped American pale wheat. If you've had Gumballhead, you know what to expect. This is delicious beer that has an impressive amount of refreshing gulpability. So far, it's disappearing like nobody's business.

There isn't much wheatiness on the palate. Due to a light lushness provided by the wheat malt, the beer feels like a wheat ale more than it tastes like one. English ale yeast doesn't add flavor either. Which leaves... a solid thwack of citrus zesty American hops. Tangerine peel, white grapefruit, lemon and a hint of pine. Good stuff.

I'm thrilled that FFBC gave us a respectable ABV. Screw sessionable (which the beer is anyway), there's no sense in losing the flavor mojo by brewing something in the 5.0% range. The mouthfeel is on the light side... but it's a freakin' pale wheat, what did you expect?

Flying Fish Exit 11 is not as good as Three Floyds Gumballhead. That's okay, no other beer of this style is either. These guys have a hit on their hands with the second Exit Series ale. If you like pale malted beer that has its flavor focus squarely on American hops, then you'll probably like it too. Don't wait too long now, the hops are fading as we speak. Thanks to mikey711 for the bottle.

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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first in the turnpike series and glad to be able to get a hold of it to say the least. Served chilled, this one was consumed on 09/21/2009.
The pour was nicely done. Rich golden amber in color with a huge head of white on top. Light cloudiness to it as well really capped it off quite nicely. Nice lacing down the sides fits the style perfectly. Aroma is hoppy, lights of lemon and light grassy notes abound here. Floral would be the optimal word though it did tend to stray off the path a touch and land itself in the lemon category a bit too much. Crisp, and very clean on the palate, much more refreshing and light then I thought it would be and that was a wonderful thing to behold. Rich notes of lemon and light grass, hints of wheat on the tongue and a nice hit of peach and pear on the finish,. Very dry finish as well with a light spicy note gracing the tongue.
Overall this was very nicely done. I was not totally sure what to expect out of this series but if this is any indication it is going to be great. I look forward to getting some more of this very soon.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
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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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, w/o freshness info. Pours slightly cloudy(cloudier towards the later pours, as the yeast get included into the flow) golden amber... The head is large/huge and lovely, real nice retention, and a slow melt down. Thick blotches of lace on the glass. Grapefruit/amarillo hop nose. Nice hoppy wheat, I love amarillo hops, so the load poured into this brew results in a fruity mango/grapefruit love fest. Love the style, love FF's effort here, wish I could get it locally.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SMason for sending a bottle of this my way. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - Three fingers of creamy white foam that dissipates slowly to a thick cap and leaves tons of sticky lacing. Hazed straw yellow color. Looks a lot like Crack'd Wheat.

S - Less hoppy than Gumballhead or Crack'd Wheat - it's still gote a good amount of slightly dank and peachy hoppiness, but there's lots of fruity esters and yeast going on as well, with a touch of banana and spice.

T - Taste is very similar, with some nice tropical hoppiness, yeast, and a touch of banana and spice. Very refreshing with a clean aftertaste. No trace of the 6.2% ABV.

M - Mild carbonation tingle, light medium body, a little bit grittier than I like.

D - A nice easy drinking hoppy wheat ale, just like the bottle promised. If this was local I'd have it plenty regularly.

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3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
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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4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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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3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of yourefragile
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle

Hazy golden orange color with a small white head that fades to at thin cap with little lacing. Amazing aroma, reminds me of two hearted at first, lots of citrus, grapefruit in particular, hops and a faint yeasty wheat beer background. Flavor is exceptional grapefruit and other citrus sweetness blended with clove and banana wheat flavors. Medium body with very high carbonation makes the beer very sharp and clean on the tongue. Overall very nice balance of sweet and hops, not quite gumballhead but first "great" beer I've had from Flying Fish lately. Definitely seek out.

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4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy American Wheat.

A: Poured a lemon-blonde with a good clarity and a bright white spongey head upon the first pour that turned soapy for the remaining servings. The head fizzled out with a less then fair retention lasting less then a minute and failed to leave hardly a trace of lacing. Visible effervesce was strong and composed of large macro bubbles that feverishly rose doing its job in delivering a bright and strong aroma. Thankfull this was the only weak spot of the drink I thought and this beer only got stronger as it went along.

S: freshly squeezed wet lemons that delivered a sour old country time lemonade aroma. The hopping was citrusy with fresh wet pine notes as well a light dry lemon fragrance. A good dry wheat scent and pale grains was detected ever so slight beneath the bright and wet hopping but did give a nice dry backing that highlighted the hops.

T: The flavor was sharp vibrant fresh lemons dripping of wet citrus with a fresh whole wheat taste. The hopping was moderately strong but well rounded and never harsh, rather blending beautifully with the pale and wheat grains with a perfect balance. Sweet tart tangerines and a slight fruitiness of green apples could also be detected. The pale grains and wheat perfectly compliments just the right amount of hops to give this a incredible balance. While other beers try to OD you on the hops, this was designed to be the perfect balance in regards to the contribution of the grains and hops delivering a smooth and very quaffable character.

M: bright and sharp from the carbonation with a good crispness. A medium consistency with a nice edgy feel from the wheat and carbonation brings some texture. This sits incredibly well on the tongue leaving a faint tartness of lemons on the finishing swallow. If I hadn't been in such a hurry for the next sip I would of held this longer to enjoy.

D: Drinkability as well the flavor and mouthful was very good. The perfect blend and balance of grains and hops delivers a incredibly smooth experience that was crisp and will wow you on the way down. A very easily sessionable beer that I found gone before I got a chance to know. At 6.2% abv you hardly notice the alcohol and drinks like a fine crisp American wheat that goes down perfectly on a end of summer day. This is perhaps the first beer from NJ that should get recognition outside the region and finally puts NJ on the map along with their exit 4. Limited to only 1000 cases im guessing this wont last long. Worth an hour trip out of your way.

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4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white cap that slowly fades into a gentle cap. Scattered rings of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of huge amounts of American hops. Cascade and Amarillo jump out with citrus and pine, along with lemony and pineapple that is backed up by a sweet bread smell.
Taste is of the aromas in a yeasty, bready, balanced flavor that reminds me of a less sweet version of pineapple stuffing.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, with yeast, hops, and sweet malts battling for power. Delicious .

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3.11/5  rDev -25.8%
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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3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Exit 11 Hoppy American Wheat from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 118 ratings
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