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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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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #33 (Oct 2009):

Oh yeah, brothers and sisters, this is a style, sub-style or whichever it may be, that we wish would get much more attention ... the Hoppy American Wheat.

Unrefined raw appearance, small floaties swirl and dance as the carbonation pushes them around the cloudy golden liquid. The head retention is nothing less than spectacular. Big orangey burst in the nose, smells of freshly broken up clementines with a sprig or two of spearmint. From first sip, the lush, bottle-conditioned, smooth body wraps itself around the tongue. Light bready and doughy biscuit flavors from start to finish; wheat comes off with a hint of spice and the yeast tone is a bit nutty but stays neutral for the most part. While the hop bitterness is not massive, the flavor does get a bit vicious on the taste buds with a pummeling of orange skin, mint leaves, green pepper and black tea. In the midst of the hop chaos is an injection of spicy pepper and tropical fruit from the alcohol. All of this, and it wields a relatively clean finish.

Yet again, we run into one of these "limited release" beers and wish it would have gone straight to the year-round lineup.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, thanks to grub for sharing!

Pours a clear yellowish gold, nice and bright, very thick white head forms, big bubbles, settles down to a medium sized chunky layer and ring, big lacing sticks all over, looks good.

Smell is nice, lightly grainy, toasted wheat, some floral, strawberry fruitiness, light citrus, honey sweetness, a bit of grapefruit, nice fruitiness going on, but still pretty clean aromas.

Taste is similar, honey sweetness up front, some wheat, toast/biscuit malts, lightly grainy through the middle, a touch of fruit, grapefruit and some floral, really nice balanced bitterness, very crisp.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, very balanced and refreshing. This is a nice beer, thanks Russ!

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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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Photo of bamadog
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
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 grub
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got this one in a recent trade with sholland119. thanks scott!

750ml bottle topped with a red plastic wrapper. sampled july 17/2010.

pours crystal clear golden yellow with a nice bright white head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is good. nice hop profile. orange, tangerine, bit of apricot. hint of resiny character. white bread and cracker. bit of biscuit. hint of alcohol. faint caramel.

taste is good. lightly sweet citrus fades into caramel and honey. orange and tangerine. white bread. bit of cracker and biscuit. touch of yeast. lightly fruity english character. just under medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is great. just under medium body. slightly above medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good depth. each of the components mentioned on the label comes through. a nice blend of ideas. reminds me of a wheatwine that i brewed a few years ago... time to make that one again!

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Photo of WesWes
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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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 meatyard
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nicely carbonated, hazy, pale golden yellow. It has a large, meringue like, white head that leaves decent, spotty lacing.
The smell is lemon for me.
The taste is happening but sort of subdued.There is the lemony citrus flavor, some wheat, a bit of spicy pepper and no noticeable alcohol or bitterness.
Mouthfeel is thin but not inappropriately so. Even though the body is light it does drop some nice flavor on the tongue along with very good carbonation.
This is very drinkable. Maybe it's too much alcohol for two bottle but this glasses would be very nice.

An interesting, drinkable beer. Along with the others in the Exit series it appears that FF is stepping it up, good for them.

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Photo of number1bum
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
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 RedBrewer83
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass...

A: Gorgeous golden yellow slightly opaque body with a massive four finger stark white head that falls slowly in pockets leaving excellent lacing in its path. Second pour offers up another massive head that again lingers through the duration. Gorgeous appearance.

S: Faint citrus hops, very grassy and floral, slight sweetness on the front along with a little wheat.

T: Lemony wheat, crisp citrus grassy hops, ever so slightly sweet malt yet still dry on the finish and just a hint of clove. Very nice.

M: Light body, crisp and refreshingly dry on the finish. Very smooth on the palate.

D: In the summertime this bottle goes down without a thought. Crisp, refreshing, dry finish that keeps you coming back for more, faint lemon that keeps the mouth watering. Very nice overall. Really enjoyed this!

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Photo of BTPete
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by my buddy during a dinner at my house. Poured into pint glass (no wheat glasses at my house)

A: Hazy golden with BIG white head. Millions of bubbles rising up.

S: Citrusy and hoppy. Smells sweet and inviting. I enjoyed the citrus and hop bitter.

T: Smooth wheat and citrus, nice hops at the end dry it out.

M: Really bubbly, active ,and nice. Medium bodied.

D: Very drinkable, really great flavor profile and nice carbonation. A really nice drinker.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
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 tegelaar
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
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 John_M
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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Photo of kingcrowing
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a very light almost pils like wheaty gold with a really thin light head. Nose is light an sweet with a ton of wheat.

Taste is surprisingly good! Very light and drinkable]. Smooth and has a nice amount of hoppiness, great beer!

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Philabeerphia
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
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 thecarster1
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- 750ml capped bottle poured into a small pint glass, one finger head that faded to a swirl of lace with a ring around the glass, hazy honey gold coloring.

s- tangerine, citrus, slight wheat, very clean, sweet figs/apricots, not sure i've smelled a beer like this before.

t- fruity off the bat - tart peach, tangerine, green apple, finish is wonderfully dry, slightly tart, some lingering bitterness, this beer is top notch.

m- light, bubbly, effervescent.

d- wonderful, i've never had a beer like this before, and i would and will definately buy this again, i paired this with the appetizer course of thanksgiving. it went so well with all the offerings, ranging from sharp cheeses to brie to dried figs, the lightness of this beer was the perfect starter to this meal, a delicious flying fish beer for sure!

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Photo of Slatetank
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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Photo of Gavage
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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Photo of Nesued
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Capped. Purchased from a buddy in NJ who shipped it to SC.

Appearance - A banana-yellow color greets you as the pour fills the glass. Hazy with an ample head forming as the glass fills. Careful, easy to overpour if you don't watch that head. Retension is good with a light lacing remaining as the head fades to a thin ring. Lively carbonation explains the vibrant head and also the retension. Very inviting.

Smell - With the words "Hoppy American" in the name, you would expect to have this beer live it up it's name, and it does. A bright/refreshing hop whiff combines with some biscuity/grassy aromas as well. A nice pear/fruity presence as well, closing out the clean nose.

Taste - Let's start from the finish and work backwards, shall we? A nice tart/lip-smacking finish, due to the zesty hops. Very nice. The middle lends itself to a summer thirst-quenching nature with much citrus, almost peach-like tastes. My main enjoyment comes from the lack of a overbearing hop middle-game. The opening is a cascade of carbonation leading to some strong wheat/floral notes.

Mouthfeel - The ample carbonation lends a fizzy almost seltzer-like quality. Don't know if this is good or bad, just very...different... from what I was expecting. Does provide an excellent palate cleansing feel. Light to medium in body.

Drinkability - Not sure how I can compare this to (let's say) FFF's Gumballhead, currently the top of the American Pale Wheat Ales. However, this a an excellent summer thirst-quencher. Too bad I'm reviewing this on a rainy October evening, rather than a sunny July afternoon. Well done Flying Fish on a great drinker.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.61/5  rDev -37.7%
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 MikeRa
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here is what I can say of this limited edition beer:

A: It's a mix of a Golden Pale and a Blonde beer, with a 1" head when poured.

S: It has a sweet lemon and citrus smell.

T: It has a unique tast of freshly squeezed lemons and citrus, with not bitter taste at all.

M: It has a nice crisp mouthfeel.

D: This is beer, that if it was availible all the time, that I will drink again.

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Photo of rfgetz
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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Photo of beerthulhu
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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Exit 11 Hoppy American Wheat from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 118 ratings
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