Exit 11 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

118 Ratings
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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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 77
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 drtth
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
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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Photo of Seanibus
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear gold with a fluffy head and no real lacing.

S-Moderate earthy hoppiness, some nice yeasty notes.

T-Very nice. Lemony with grassy hops in the finish. A nice graininess makes this more interesting than expected.

M-Light to medium bodied with good caronbation

D-A delicious summer session beer. I prefer Exit 4 but so far the Exit series is 2 for 2.


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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
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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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice typical wheat coloring. Poured into a bunch of different specialty Belgian glasses.

Really interesting offering from the Exit series. Some tartness of a wheat beer. But the hops dominate. But not to such an incredible level that all wheat characteristics go away. Makes it quite drinkable. Suitable for hop heads and for wheat beer lover alike.

Lots of Amarillo hops in this one. Good pine notes.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of magnj
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - Pale yellow with a frothy 1 finger white head. Quite a few bubbles rising from the bottom, a bit of sediment visible in the glass, I assume it's bottle conditioned.

s - Nice bouquet of American hops give off a mix of floral, pine, and citrus aromas. The malts smell sweat and the yeast bready.

t - Great hop flavors up front back up the smells of pine and grassy flowers. Not real citric which isn't surprising when you look at the group of hops involved. Malty sweetness and bready yeast come through toward the middle and it just rounds off at the end leaving a very pleasing fresh hop taste on the tongue as it ends towards dry.

m/d - Well carbed, light body that is only a touch sweet. Easily drinkable and not over the top in ABV. This is really nice and refreshing, highly drinkable.

Great beer, one that should find it's way into the lineup permanently for the summer season.

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Photo of weeare138
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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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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 treehugger02010
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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Photo of NoLiberty
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Foodery in Philadelphia, fresh indeed.

App: Pours a smooth cloudy, pale yellow straw color. A small one finger head settles into a light cap with moderate lacing. A very refreshing and inviting looking beer even before tasting it. I dig the label too, and no shame in promoting the theme that drives the special series - I 95.

Aroma: Incredibly fresh and fruity, not too thick or strong as I was expecting. A strong fresh grape aroma followed by peach, slight pear and an undercurrent of fruity hops, reminiscent of a New Zealand strain. The wheat characteristics are light and not dominated by the standard wheat beer profile (banana, clove). Very nice.

Taste: The overwhelming upfront flavor is Concord grape, especially the grape skin. The flavor is hard to describe, but it has an almost artificial grape flavor that's super fresh, light, slightly biting and delicious. That flavor is followed by a light bitterness then a moderate wheat flavor, fruity hop follow through and a super clean finish with little lingering aftertaste. A nice full flavor that's not sweet or cloying, just fresh and complex.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with present but soft carbonation. Clean and crisp with slight lingering stickiness in the mouth.

Drinkability: The only thing not keeping me from drinking a lot of this beer is the limited release cost.

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Photo of turnstile
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
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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Photo of StonyB
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Vito and the Copper Mine Pub for tapping this brand new beer, from Flying Fish's "New Jersey Turnpike" series...

Appearance - Slowing down for the tollbooth, we see a very cloudy, golden yellow beer. A thin cap of foam hovers above, and reasonably sticky lacing coats the sides. It looks like a hazy summer day...

Smell - Digging around for some coins, we smell wheat along with some mild floral and citric hops. It's a clean, fresh aroma (unlike Exit 13, but that's 10 miles up the road, so we're okay...)

Taste - The tollbooth clerk hands us our change as we savor our first sip. Citrusy grapefruit and wheat up front. Fairly sweet malt and some candy sugar next, a bit of yeast in the finish.

Mouthfeel - We thank the clerk and speed off, reflecting on the beer's tart, slightly puckering dryness...

Drinkability - As we cruise down the Turnpike, it becomes evident that this is quite a summertime session beer. Refreshing, with a not unreasonable ABV (6.2%).

If you're driving through the Garden State, Exit 11 on the NJ Turnpike is how you get to the Jersey shore. This beer gives you a taste of that; sunny and refreshing but with some (hop) character. Suntan lotion not included...


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Photo of Nickls
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Hazy yellow/light orangey color; with a thinner white head

S - Yeasty; grassy hoppiness; touch of sweetness, faintest hint of more hops toward the end

T - Nice hops (but not overpowering); Belgian-like wheatiness; doughy and yeasty; actually a few things going on here

M - Lighter MF; lively carbonation; nice

D - Really drinkable; fresh; tasty; fairly interesting

Overall, I've had some pretty bland beers in this style, but this ranks up as one of the best I've had in the range. Nice stuff, and hugely drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of bwd110
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA 7/17/09. Served in a pint glass.

A: Arrived at the bar with a small 1 finger bright white head, which yielded slowly to partial, but decent lacing. The beer is somewhat cloudy but a bright yellow lemon. Wheat beer of the sun popped into my head. Looks refreshing.

S: Good nose here. All the requisites are present, nothing extraordinary. Good hop presence, some citrus and apricot tones along with sharp wheat and earthy breadiness.

T: Really, really good. The hop profile is quite good, it melds perfectly with the English yeast and Belgian / American Wheat malt base. This beer is more hop centric than it is wheat based, which is really nice. Just enough wheat to complement the hops, malt and yeast spice, but not overdone so that the flavor is compromised, too bland or dry. Nice bitterness finishes off this one.

M: Light, crisp, refreshing.

D: Had just one, but was forced to pick up a couple bottles. Can definitely see myself enjoying quite a few on the deck this summer.

FF has always been a nice brewery for me, however I've not had anything really mind blowing from them before. This beer, on the other hand, is one of the best efforts I've seen from the brewery.

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Photo of koopa
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Copper Mine Pub which is a great establishment.

Appearance: Lemony blond. Cloudy with a 2 finger white crown that rapidly dissapates and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Loads of citrus and floral hops. Grass, hay, lemon, and wheat.

Taste: Wow this is really tasty. Loads of hops and wheat here. I'm getting pungent citrus notes but really powerful wheat.

Mouthfeel: Really nice med-light body with perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: Nice and high!

Once I tried this one, it became my drink of choice for the remainder of the evening. Get it if you can! It's a very hoppy wheat beer. Along the lines of Gumballhead from FFF's, but a touch less sweet and utilizing a different hop profile.

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Photo of Deuane
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I attended the Royal Stumble at Nodding Head and low and behold Flying Fish decided to bring this along as their featured beer!

A true hybrid brew with an American-style wheat beer base fermented with English ale yeast and hopped with Columbus, Palisade and Amarillo!

A-Hazy orange tinged golden yellow with a foamy white head that reduced to a thin cap and left nice coating lace.

S-Sharp citrus hops overlying a nice dose of biscuit malt.

T-Nice hop forward citrus pop with a lot of tangy aspects. Strong notes of tangerine and apricot. A mildly sweet biscuit malt backbone supporting. Even though I know this uses English yeast it had a hint of Belgian yeast spiciness.

M-Medium-light body, sharp and crisp with long lasting hop bitterness.

D-Would have been the Royal Stumble winner if things had gone my way! C and I drank as much of this as we could. A really nice, refreshing, hoppy, light summer drinker. Who cares if it doesn't fit neatly into any one style....it is damn tasty and to me that is all that matters!

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