Exit 16 Wild Rice Double IPA
Flying Fish Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,106
Ranked #3,807
4.1 | pDev: 9.76%
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Exit 16 Wild Rice Double IPAExit 16 Wild Rice Double IPA
Notes: Although usually identified with landfills and pipelines, the Hackensack Meadowlands is an amazingly diverse ecosystem providing vital animal and plant habitat. In a nod to a once common food plant here, we’ve brewed this beer with wild rice. We also added organic brown and white rice, as well as pils and pale malts.

Rice helps the beer ferment dry to better showcase the five different hops we added. Lots and lots of them. We then dry-hopped this Double IPA with even more–generous additions of Chinook and Citra hops to create a nose that hints at tangerine, mango, papaya and pine. This beer pairs extremely well with spicy foods and all kinds of seafood. And of course, it’s quite enjoyable all by itself.
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a couple of Flying Fish's Exit series in 12-fl. oz. bottle format that I want to drink and review today in anticipation of a big New Beer Sunday tomorrow. This will be my second of the two.

From the bottle: "Hoppy highs of tangerine, mango and pine"; "This beer is all about the hops: 5 different ones in fact. Rice helps this beer ferment dry to better showcase the five different hops we use. We then dry-hop with generous amounts of Chinook and Citra to create a nose that hints at tangerine, mango, papaya and pine."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour since I could think of no reason to do otherwise. This worked out well as it not only maintained its clarity, but it also formed a two-finger cap of dense, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head without any outside help. It seemed determined to hang around, so I took note of its solid-Gold color (SRM = 5) as The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Mammon & Midas arrived for a taste. Nose had the unmistakable sticky, resinous pine tar smell of Chinook, underlain with tropical fruits & now my hophead mouth was watering! Mouthfeel was big, full, soft & creamy so I let it roll around on my tongue like a happy puppy. The taste was making me happy! The pine remained prevalent, but the tangerine, mango & papaya were not hiding, either. I was watching the 2017 season of "Beerland" today & they kept talking about "unbalanced" IPAs & I kept thinking that if they don't like seriously hoppy beers, then just avoid them. It would mean more for me, like this one. This was really scratching an itch on a frigid winter's evening. lemme tell ya. I really liked the way that the maltiness was biscuity, keeping things quite dry, aligning well with their use of rice. Finish was very dry, very pine-like with just a hint of fruit. Phew! I could drink this more often.

Jan 06, 2018
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bcaputo99 from Florida

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good DIPA. I enjoyed the flavor with the subtle infusion of mango and pine. A great balance of hops and malts. I will be a regular shopper of this brew!

Dec 07, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 9.00/four pack of 12 oz bottles ($ 0.167/oz) at Franklin Beer Co, Franklin, PA.
Undated bottle stored and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – moderate pine and a little citrus. Pine fades and the citrus becomes more noticeable by the end of the glass.
Head – large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, dense, good retention, slowly diminishing to an irregular two to four mm dense ring with tight lacing remaining from the head reduction. There is a thick heaped island.
Lacing – wide complete rings of extremely tiny bubbles.
Body – medium yellow, slight haze.
Flavor – Not really very bitter, more of a dry ale. Allowing it to warm in my mouth releases some sweetness but still ends bitter. The aftertaste is slightly fruity – mango but not picking up any papaya. No alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, dry, soft carbonation.

A passable IPA but certainly not high enough in IBUs to be considered “a double IPA”.

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.

Sep 09, 2017
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours clear golden, coarse white suds for a head.

Smells of honey, biscuit, pine and herbal hops.

Flavor is of biscuit with some honey malt sweetness, maybe a hint of maple. Hops are mostly piney with a little citrus and herbal spiciness. Woody finish.

Medium to full body, stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Really solid DIPA, nothing at all wrong with it, but not particularly memorable compared to other very good DIPAs. I just think with IPAs and DIPAs, you really have to do something to stand apart these days to be excellent. It's such an overrepresented style. Still, you certainly won't regret getting a pack of these if you see them.

Jul 09, 2017
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first time trying a Flying Fish offering - not a bad way to get introduced to a new (to me) brewer...

The IPA pours out a thick white head with good lacing that follows all the way down the pint glass. The smell was the best part of this brew for me - a strong scent of oranges blending well with the advertised wild rice. The mouthfeel had a distinct astringent-ness to it, and it had a medium-bodied and slightly carbonated touch, even some smoothness to it as well. Though it had a strong taste of citrus, some spice, and of course the IPA bitterness one would expect, the bitterness wins out and the equal blending I look for just wasn't there. I have to say, I've had better double IPAs, but this one at 8% ABV is very drinkable - so much so you gotta be careful not to slam more than a few...

Apr 16, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I try to review every good beer that comes out of NJ. Just returned from Carton, and now trying this great DIPA which is bold enough to proclaim the addition of wide rice. Great west-coast style DIPA.

A) Pours 1 finger of dense, off white head that fades to a ring and clings in sheets of lace. Over a blonde, totally clear body with scarce visible bubbles.

S) I find citrus, myriad tropical fruit, marmalade on a light malt backdrop.

T) Follows smell but much bigger. Abundant citrus, mangoes, tangerines, and passion fruit. Then shifting to pine and sweet blonde malt, coming into the finish with a small pucker of bitterness. Busy, complex, perhaps too busy.

F) Surprisingly creamy, smooth, drying, and bitter. Medium for the style with a low amount of carbonation, not syrupy, lighter than most DIPAs, and finishes dry and sticky.

O) A great beer from NJ. A bit cleaner, dryer than most DIPAs with no loss of flavor. A sipper.

Mar 20, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with an inch of densely packed beige head. Light lacing. The aroma is of grassy to earthy and faint pine with a grainy rice note. I'm tasting earthy to piney hops with grainy rice and light malt in the mix. The mouth is very dry and lightly sticky.

Feb 25, 2017
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Wiffler27 from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

drink by 9/1/17 listed on the bottle so i'm assuming pretty fresh

pours a nice gold with a solid head, looks good

smell is certainly different for a dIPA. i get muted coffee with light and sweet hops.

the flavor is very smooth with nice hop clarity. easy to drink dIPA. not a ton of malt. not sure i "taste" the rice in this but it is a smooth dIPA. goes down easy but not a ton of flavor in any direction.

not bad at all. nothing special but an easy drinker for a 4pack. Flying Fish has some really good stuff and i've had some bad stuff but this is much closer to good

Feb 22, 2017
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muchos from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L. Clear super-light golden. Small fluffy head drops to a nice film and makes a healthy lacing.
S. Smells of honey, lemon, tart pear, more bright citrus.
T. Sweet and bitter lemon, pineapple, ruby red grapefruit, honey, bread, slight spice. Bitter melon aftertaste. Really tasty.
F. Nice medium body, dry and a bit of resin on the finish, just enough carbonation.
O. The "Exit Series" variety pack is definitely solid, in my opinion. I am really respecting Flying Fish Brewing Company lately, with a really nice double ipa here. Cheers!

Feb 15, 2017
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

DATA: January 22, 2017... OCCASION: finishing a weekend with another strong Flying Fish... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip...pours a crystal clear golden body that sports a central, vicious swirl... a spongy, fuzzy half-finger head that smears to uneven swirls and billows... mango, tangerine, and pine are fresh and alluring... biscuit and cracker suggest balance... rather straightforward, and that is okay... purses the lips in bitterness, kicks the throat with some spiciness, and warms calmly... the flavor profile is tangerine, mango, pepper, pine and some phenol...light bread doesn't interfere with the sharp bitterness... a clean, smooth double IPA that finishes with pleasant effervescence and maintains its strength with the feel of a dry chardonnay...

Jan 23, 2017
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Billolick from New York

3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle..."use by" 7-3-16...so,,,sadly this beer is out of date...OK, I'll review but go easy...give it the benefit of the doubt if necessary....

Pours lighter amber, off white mini cap, leaves some fine lacing

Resiny hop nose...on the pungent side...

More resin infused hops on the palate, crisp and tasty...

Solidly flavorful DIPA, pungent hops in full effect here ...worth a try

Jan 18, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.26/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Bottle to "hard rock" glass.
LOOK: pilsener like look, big white head, lasts.
AROMA: pine, wood, leafy earthy notes.
TASTE: bitter pine resin, I don't really taste or smell any of the advertised fruity notes that would balance this a little.
FEEL: Medium body.

Not my thing. I can appreciate trying to make a beer with rice in the malt, but this misses for me.


Oct 09, 2016
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njcraftguy from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked one up as a throw in on a trade and I think I know why. Jerseys beer scene is getting better all the time but this one was a bit of a let down. Nothing offensive here but nothing that would make me want to pick one up again. For a DIPA it was very bland tasting.

Sep 16, 2016
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, was excited to try this beer while visiting family in Cherry Hill, NJ. I love drinking local beers when I can when I travel. Found the DIPA to have pine flavors the most, and was hoping for a bit more tropical flavors, or citrus from the Citra hops, but overall, I'd get this beer again.

Aug 28, 2016
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a relatively clear gold with a two finger bright white foamy head. Aromas of hops and citrus. Taste is more malty with definite grapefruit flavors with some pine. Well carbonated it has a medium body and a bitter finish.

Aug 16, 2016
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StonewallSipper from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The look is a regular lager color, aroma is a bit of mango-pine, a little hoppy malty. the taste is complex, just not as Double IPA as I like. Maybe it is the rice. I am going all 3.75's.

Aug 11, 2016
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had at the brewery on 7/9, pours a darker gold color but staying completely clear. Big fizzy head rises up and leaves behind a rocky formation.

Smell is a balanced mixture of malts and hops. Bitter, dank, pine, and grapefruit hops with a pretty noticeable malt bill. Flavorwise is pretty similar, it's definitely a balanced DIPA. Honey, lemon, and doughy sweetness from the malts, bitter pine and grapefruit from the hops.

It's a bigger beer than takes awhile to drink. Overall I thought this was a solid DIPA, but if you're hunting for hops the Daylight Savings IPA was better.

Jul 12, 2016
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Marraybay from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interestingly, hadn't recalled drinking/reviewing this in the past:
I'm very glad I had forgotten however, as I found it to be a really
enjoyable beer: I in fact stated at the table that I could easily
swap this in for DFH 90, one of my favs.

(Old review below, which does suggest that my initial experience
may have been ruined by a bad food-pairing, which I've probably
been victim to in the past with others as well.)

Past review: (6/10/16) L:(4) S:(3.5) T:(3.25) F:(3) O:(3.5)
This started off promising, but may have been tainted by an overly sweet salad dressing
the beer was paired with; As such, the malt was a bit muted and overall the beer came
off a bit one dimensional. Very pretty glass presentation. Nose was largely citrus and pine.

Jun 10, 2016
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. best by 4/29/16, so 3 weeks past it's cut off date.

pours very nicely, solid golden body with large fluffy white head. carbonation is light, lacing is excellent. there are some minute floaties.

aroma is somewhat catty with a sweetish aroma.

As can be expected, the hops are muted, they do come through at times, but a washed away by a very pleasant malt sweetness.

finish still has some bite, medium mouth.

Overall, only just past it's prime, and still quite tasty, just not the hop assault it likely once was.

May 22, 2016
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I was a bit disappointed with this. The aroma is dull and boozy. The taste is also boozy and bitter with muted hops and a lightly toasty flavor. Reminiscent of a big lager. Best By date is 7/03/16 so i don't think it's old. nb

Mar 05, 2016
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Beejay from Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pear skin yellow in color with haze, and a bright white head.

S: Oh man that's lovely. Fruity with tropical fruit, citrus, and pine. Perhaps the best word to describe the aroma is juicy.

T: Like drowning in citrus and tropical fruits.. Bright, juicy, and just enough bitterness to keep it from cloying. The rice is a little hard to pick out, but it is there in the finish. This is dangerous.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

O: Overall this is a damn fine beer.. Tasty as all hell, and dangerously drinkable.

Jan 24, 2016
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Myotus from Texas

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by 24Mar16) into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
LOOK: A dense, white foam head worth a finger and half is formed after pouring that dissipates into a half finger's worth after 30 seconds. Light gold (almost straw yellow) in color with a slight cloudiness. There is a large amount of both small and medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is thick and moderate.
SMELL: Strong piney hop, citrusy hop (grapefruit and orange), mango, papaya, apricot, and peach aromas meet with subtle buttered bread and white rice aromas along with hints of bitter hops.
TASTE: Strong piney hop flavors first enter the palate and are immediately followed by strong flavors of mango, papaya, apricot, and peach. Mild citrusy hop flavors enter next. Finally, subtle flavors of bitter hops, buttered bread, and hints of white rice fill the palate as piney hop and citrusy hop flavors persist, but fruit flavors fade to subtle.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth. Ends with a moderate amount of dryness.
NOTE: I wish the rice was more prevalent. This was still a great beer, but it shouldn't be labeled as a "wild rice double IPA" of the rice is barely there.

Nov 16, 2015
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jmasher85 from Maryland

3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

What an interesting beer! The hops are floral and mild, and the rice malts come out much more nicely than I would have expected. Bready, a bit resiny, and a bit bitter on the back end, this is a smooth, easy to drink IPA. Hard to imagine it's over 8%, considering how light it feels. Other than a slight whiff of a days-old unwashed sweatshirt, which is actually not a bad smell as it's presented, it's a really pleasant beer. Lots of little floaters in here, which enhances the flavors even if it looks kinda spunky.

Nov 04, 2015
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DavidS333 from Virginia

5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exit 16 American Double/Imperial by Flying Fish Brewing Co. is a great and unique American Double/Imperial. The froth is light to very light on a light/medium/thick scale. The smell is subtly fresh and refreshing. The color of the beer is a sort of rich semi-transparent gold.

The taste is one that sort of grows on me personally as I drink it. Perhaps its just my imagination but it seems as though the rice sort of gels all the hop flavors together nicely. There isn't really any cliffs of hop taste leading to other hop tastes etc., though the taste does change as one drinks the beer per se. The hops instead of being the sort of hop peak that some beers sort of have, has a sort of has a hop-mound in this beer if one will. It seems like a lot of the hops taste is apparent on the tip of the tongue from the first sip, in a sort of unique way, which sort of swirls down into a sort of sweeter hop sweet-bitterness as one swallows the beer.

Its really quite tasty, and once the after-taste starts flowing into the taste of one's next sip it really adds a sort of overall hoppynes to the flavor of the beer that is sort of unique and which flows nicely.

I would encourage anyone on a journey through the American Double/Imperial range to try some of this brew for it is sort of unique in the way that the rice perhaps adds to the overall mixing of hop flavors.

Overall a very tasty, unique, and satisfying beer/ale.

Oct 29, 2015
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Nishriver from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really liked this beer. Not overly hoppy and feel like one could session it even though its high alcohol. Get the citrus hops with a pine like feel and taste. Not a huge DIPA bite due to the rice but is very clean and crisp and got a surprising frothy head. Def would buy again. Interested to know what it tastes like out of the tap.

Sep 11, 2015
Exit 16 Wild Rice Double IPA from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 860 ratings