Exit 16 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
flyingfish.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by donniecuffs on 03-10-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
238
Ratings:
838
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
9.76%
 
 
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Reviews: 238 | Ratings: 838
Photo of Wiffler27
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | 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

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Photo of muchos
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!

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Photo of dacrza1
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...

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Photo of Billolick
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

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Photo of q33jeff
2.26/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

**
10/09/16
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.

**

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Photo of reds2harleys
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.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
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.

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Photo of Guppy314
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.

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Photo of StonewallSipper
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.

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Photo of BranfordBound
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.

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Photo of Marraybay
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.

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Photo of MikeWard
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.

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Photo of SmashAdams
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

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Photo of Beejay
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.

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Photo of Myotus
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.

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Photo of jmasher85
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.

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Photo of DavidS333
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.

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Photo of Nishriver
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.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into IPA glass. The color is a light, clear yellow with bright white foamy head and lacing. The nose features sweet fruit,, bready yeast, hops, and pine. The taste is a nice combination of sweet tangerine and mango and bitter hoppy pine. It starts decidedly sweet and finishes decidedly bitter. This is a medium-bodied ale, lightly carbonated and really pleasant to drink. The 8.2 ABV is well-masked and overall this is a very drinkable, and interesting, IPA. Flying Fish can be inconsistent but this is a very fine offering.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours orange yellow with a small white head with staying power. Smells of cereal grain with citrus hops. Tastes of thick grain with citrus hops. Beer is lighted bodied and very smooth for a double IPA. Overall an above average beer.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wasn't overly pleased with this beer. On the nose I got this sweet kinda oniony/garlic type dankness to it. Definitely not the best smelling DIPA in the world. The taste to me was like this earthly slightly piney, sweet type taste. It says it's dry hopped with Citra........wasn't getting much citrus notes. I've been trying TONS of IPAs and DIPAs lately and this one is on the bottom in my opinion.

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Photo of Antg8989
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

I do not believe the rice is helping them here. Like others have said, hops are suppressed. It's missing the bite I expect from dipas and even ipas. That being said, at 8.2% this is very drinkable. Almost tastes like a session dipa would.

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Photo of BACG
3.08/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

In terms of the less involved senses the beer is average.

The taste is crisp and clean with a lot of sweetness for a dipa. I could not discern any rice flavor.

Great beer, nothing to write home about however.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a hazy & murky golden color with a creamy one-finger white head that retains nicely after the pour

S- citrus and piney hops up front with a dry and clean pilsener malt aroma

T- tangerine and mango fruity notes up front with a hint of pine, dry and clean malty undertones allow the hops to shine, as they continue through to the finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues through to the finish

O- the rice definitely lets the hops shine, high drinkability as well

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Photo of Get_Lowell
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Fluffy white head at least 3 fingers deep. Cumulonimbus on top of a pale gold body. Head is so dense it leaves super thick lace on the side.
Smell: Once the head dies down a bit I get a fairly powerful aroma of tangerines and pine.
Taste: Pretty close to the nose, tropical fruits with grassy notes. Doesn't pack as much of a punch as I was hoping for from the aroma and freshness date but still quite pleasent.
Feel: Resin with a very noticeable dryness. The dryness apparently comes from the wild rice. Very fluffy with a great level of carbonation.
Overall: Pretty impressive IIPA. Love the tropical flavors with the dryness. Maybe AB had something with rice additives...

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