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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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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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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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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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4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy dark straw yellow into an American pint glass with a half finger of off white head that doesn't hang around to long.

S: sweet hops, orange peel, lemon, caramel malts, floral, grassy.

T: floral right of the bat with wheat characters coming in shortly after chased by the hop menagerie. Lemon grass, pine, orange peel linger on the tongue.

MF: a nice heavy, almost chewy body with a great effervescence. A bit dry.

O: a good pale wheat, possibly the first I've had, but a good beer in general. A quick buy again.

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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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3.44/5  rDev -17.9%
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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4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to an inside connection for this 12 oz.

Nice dense, creamy/foamy white head, about an inch high to start, slowly shrinks yet leaves a misty collar and whirl on top, replenished easily, though limp on lace. Apricot/amber liquid and REALLY cloudy - well, actually, tremendously hazy - one of most hazy I've seen - domestic, at least.

Deceptively complex hop melange in combo with a sort of FF signature sweet malt/yeast product - I would assume the wheat has strong influence in the sum of these parts. Hops: mango, orange, lemon, and a fair bit of sharp grassy-vegetal-stem quality. Malt: biscuit (cornbread?!) and a taste of honey. The hops definitely control though, vibrant and green - certainly an inviting smell.

And it's not short on flavor. I suppose you get what you might expect from the wheat flavor - a little tart, a little toasty, smooth and as creamy on the tongue as possible but, once again, the hops come on assertively...however, we actually find balance - great balance. Somewhat soft bitterness right from the start, with the "feel" of anise but not quite the flavor... Quite light, but with enough body/substance to stick a lick. Real easy to session.

Very surprised (and pleased) how well this comes together, how well the hops actually complement the malt. There's actually balance, and complexity, if you will. Why does this brewery still put out their core swill as opposed to a fine drink as this?

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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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3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Exit 11 Hoppy American Wheat from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 118 ratings
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