Exit 16 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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
Ratings:
844
Reviews:
241
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
9.76%
 
 
Wants:
80
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150
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Ratings: 844 |  Reviews: 241
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from Joe Canal's. Pours medium yellow with lots of retained lace. Citra hop aroma, smelling well contained and slightly fruity. Slightly acidic, despite a cushioning of malt, and sweet rice. Decent drinkability. A little tropical fruit. Decent and off-centered DIPA.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really enjoy these Exit brews. This beer poured out as a nice golden color, big white foamy head and left behind some good lacing also. The nose was hoppy and it got me excited to dive into this beer. The taste had a great amount of hoppy flavors in there. The aftertaste was bitter and dry. The mouthfeel wasn't too heavy at all. Found it to be clean and crisp. Overall very enjoyable brew.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is relatively clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a small head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of pine resin hops, although these aren't nearly as piney as some other IPAs and have underlying notes of citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by an interesting mélange of hop flavors including mango, pine and grapefruit. This complexity becomes more apparent as the beer warms up. A moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied, crisp and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this is a lighter-bodied Imperial IPA (likely due to the use of the wild rice), I really enjoyed it because it still delivers lots of hop aromas and flavors without an excessive amount of bitterness or malts. The beer is quite drinkable and no traces of alcohol are perceptible.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious showcase of Citra and Chinook hops because of both the bold hopping rates and the very light malt base.

Exit 16 starts with a hazy straw color that hedges toward golden hues. A bright white and fluffy head forms on the beer, holds very well, and leaves terrific lace as the beer fades.

Bright and fragrant hops display and array of aromas from yellow grapefruit and lemon grass to pineapples and appricots (both citrusy and tropical fruits). All this resting on a soft pillow of lightly kilned pale malts and pilsner scents. Though the malts give slight balance and complexity, this beer is all about the hops.

Hops once again dominate the flavor with all the citrus and tropical fruit flavors described in the nose but also with a the bitey bitterness of pine resins and fresh cut grasses. Again, a slight cracker-like maltiness comes into play at mid palate but is short lived as the bitter and hoppy finish take the beer into ultimately crisp flavors through the aftertaste.

Modestly weighted for a Double IPA, but this is better than the typical syrupy alternatives. The beer turns crips, clean, and refreshing right from the start. The well attenuated malt character leads to quick dryness, aided by the high hop content, rice adjuncts, and high alcohol. No fusal alcohols or unnecessary astringency or bite, this is a most impressive beer. I personally like these drier IPA's best.

Flying Fish undertook a bold and daring stance using the rice adjuncts to lighten the body and boost alcohol in the name of the native grains. But it works- the beer turns out wonderful, boastful, and proud. It reminds me of Goose Island's IPA but with a slightly crisper mouthfeel and Americanized hop profile. Well done my New Jersy friends.

Thanks a ton Mikeyv35!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a two finger head that leaves some streaky lacing behind; great retention after it settles down

Smell: Plenty of tropical fruit in the aroma, ranging from grapefruit pith to lemon and pineapple; the malt is crisp and light

Taste: Light bread, up front, with the hops taking over quickly with their citrus and tropical fruit flavors; after the swallow, the hops continue to provide a nice fruity bitterness, with the rice blend showing up in the aftertaste, with a flavor that is reminiscent of rice pudding

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I have been sitting on this beer for a few months now and probably should have consumed it sooner; still, it is drinking great even after all this time

Thanks, mjmadden, for the opportunity

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared by nickd717. Thank you, Nick. I had never heard of this beer before and had no expectations, so this was a very pleasant surprise. The beer is clear for the first glass, hazier toward the end of the bottle. The pale gold body is topped by a nice fluffy white head that retains well.

The aroma is bright and crisp with a big tropical fruit hop character. Pineapple, wildflowers, lemon, grapefruit, only a hint of malt. This smells outstanding.

Big citra hop flavor. Pineapple and lemon peel, a touch of sweet guava and white pepper. There's a faint maltiness, but this is largely dry and hoppy with a big juicy tropical fruit character. The finish is dry and crisp, only moderately bitter. This is apparently brewed with wild rice, but I didn't pick up on that at all. Perhaps it contributed to the pale golden color, light body and overall dryness, in which case I wish more breweries would make American adjunct double IPAs. This is a San Diego quality DIPA from New Jersey - awesome.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip, no bottle date. Pours slightly cloudy and hazy golden amber color with a fairly dense 2 finger white head with nice retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. A decent amount of lacing sticks to the glass as well. Aromas of huge orange, grapefruit, lemon, pine, caramel, tropical fruit, and spices. Some awesome IPA aromas here with good strength and balance. Taste of huge orange, grapefruit, pineapple, pine, caramel, and a bit of spices. Wow, so much well balanced and hoppy flavor. A bit of lingering bitterness on the finish with caramel, citrus, and pine notes. Fantastically well balanced with perfect contrast between bitterness and sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied. A nice and fairly creamy mouthfeel as well. Super smooth and easy to drink for being 8.2%. No alcohol noticed other than a slight warming after the finish. Overall, an outstanding DIPA, and my first from Flying Fish. I guess the rice lightened up the body a bit and made this fantastic.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a very light gold, just barely darker than a pilsner. Nice fluffy white head and a good ring of lacing as it goes down.

S: Tropical fruits--mango, pineapple, and apricot alongside a little bit of citrus. Not malt sweetness.

T: Similar to the nose, but the intensity is taken up a notch. The malt sweet is again decidedly lacking, making this very much West Coast in style.

M: Dry and crisp. The rice really does wonders for drying this one out in addition to the lack of any noticeable malt presence.

D: Very nice all around. At 8%, it's not too big, although not necessarily sessionable either. Very nice hop profile and the mouthfeel is fantastic. Very glad I got to pick up a few bottles of this, and another one in a slew of great East Coast IPA's that I've had lately.

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Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to fbm115 for this one.

Pours about a 1/2 finger of off white head that fades to a ring. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a slight hazed golden sunset orange. Very appealing color for an dipa.

Aroma: I was surprised that I could actually smell the rice. Citrus fruits with pine flavored hops. Pretty solid aroma. I like the addition of the rice; makes it unique.

Taste: Lots of citrus fruits, mangoes, tangerines, and grapefruit. Huge pine notes with rice in the background. It is a pretty big flavor like pty is.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, smooth, and bitter. Very dry as well. Medium to full bodied for the style with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and sticky.

Overall, a really interesting beer with the rice added onto it. It really was a nice addition to the beer. It wasn't as hoppy as I was expecting, but still packed a nice punch. A very solid beer. Thanks Steve!

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Poured into a nonic a very light pale yellow with a a half finger bone white head atop,one of the lighter colored beers of the style I have come across.Grassy notes mainly in the notes along with some mild toasted grain,the hops don't really jump out.Leafy and citric hops at the onset of the palate with some firm toasted grain,not nearly as sweet as many of the stylejust mainly alcohol sweetness in the finish.A little different take on the DIPA here,not in your face alcohol and sharp hops,a little more dry and subtle.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with some golden yellow highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall bright white head that slowly reduces to a couple of very small patches of large bubbles, a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of hops - tropical fruit (mango, papaya, and pineapple) and citrus (tangerine)

T: Very similar to the smell, the flavors of this beer are almost completely strong hops - tropical fruits (mango, papaya, and pineapple) as well as tangerine citrus. Very light notes of malts and rice. Light amounts of bitterness which fade in a reasonable amount of time. Tastes well balanced between the malts and hops.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very enjoyable - the flavors and aromas of the hops are really nice without an over the top amount of bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden making this beer easier to drink than might have been expected with the ABV. Seemed like a good beer for Sunday football considering Exit 16 is the Meadowlands.

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

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