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Exit 16 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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

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.

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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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Photo of gopens44
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

So I was very excited to try this one, as it appears to have a decent amount of acclaim behind it. Poured into a standard pint glass to find a rather ordinary IPA in appearance. Certainly nothing bad, as it's crystal clear straw color allowed for a nice definition between the beer and foamy white head. Not too long after, head dissipates almost completely. Lacing not very apparent either. Nose was confusing at first. Smelled bitter, but no real essence to attach to that bitterness. No floral, no pine, no onion. Just strangely bitter. Taste follows the nose until an earthy taste comes up. Finishes very thin and leaves just a bit of bitter on the tongue with no sweetness. Had I not seen this categorized as a DIPA, I would have called it an ESB in a blind tasting.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler from a 12 oz bottle. Best by 7/15/15.

Color is light gold, almost straw. Very slight haze, but pretty clear. Two finger white head that faded to a light coating of bubbles. Some lacing, but it slides back down fairly quickly. Smell is herbal, grassy hops and malt. Flavor pretty much follows that with some grassy flavors and some caramel malt with a mildly bitter lemony finish. Body is light with quite a bit of carbonation. Overall, it's any easy drinking, tasty beer.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BBD 3/6/15. Pours a clear golden with an excellent head volume and retention. Lacing is World Class.

Excellent nose of citrus hops over a light biscuit sweetness. Grapefruit and tropicals (tangerine, mango) over a subtle spruce element yield a World Class aroma similar to Sculpin, but not as intense.

Light medium body with a smooth texture that also has a nice oily aspect. Normal carbonation with effervescence in the finish.

Like the nose, the flavor profile is similar to Sculpin, but is not quite as intense. It is complex and expertly balanced. It begins with a blend of hop flavors that separate into a slightly bitter grapefruit that flows into the sweeter tropicals, with a mild balancing biscuit sweetness. The middle is slightly bitter and has an orange rind note. The finish is a slow fade of mild bitterness inducing a subtle puckering effect that is slightly dry. The 8.2% alcohol is totally hidden and represents a brewing masterpiece.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a wonderful brew. I'll assume it's the rice that gives this a great lightness of feel, to go along with a really wonderful mix of light tropical fruit and grassiness. It's incredibly unique and incredibly delicious. Love that, somehow, this one makes it so far out West, and it also makes me wish that rice would lose its bogeyman adjunct status. Works here; works, apparently, for Kuhnhenn DRIPA; would love to see it employed elsewhere.

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Photo of tigg924
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste is a combination of pine, pineapple, tangerine, and oranges. Very citrusy IPA The Chinook hops really stick out. I have other IPAs that I prefer, but this one is a treat.

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Photo of pbechtel
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I stumbled upon this beer completely randomly (and thank GOD I did). I was scouring my local beer and wine establishment, constructing my own unique six-pack. Last night I was particularly in the mood for an IPA...nay...a DOUBLE IPA. I encountered this beer in a stroke of fate. I let it get cold in my freezer and downed it as my second pint of the evening. Strong, sweet, powerful flavor that leaves you desperately desiring more. Smooth finish with a pleasant aftertaste. Definitely one of the better beers I've tried in recent memory and glad to see it's getting positive reviews on here as well. Definitely check this one out if you love double IPAs.

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Photo of Premo88
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

NBS BIF beer from @TongoRad
12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(use by: 3/28/15 on label)

L: yellow ... misty throughout, so light passes through but otherwise opaque; sticky 1/2-inch head of white foam; keeps a thin skin and a tight little white collar of foam, slight lacing

S: ONIONS!!! oh, man, is this nice ... it's like steak and onions or grilled onions, salty and very tasty smelling; yeah, it's meaty ... ribeye steak

T: bitter onions, maybe some grass; wow -- some very nice grain, almost sweet grain; what a mix ... there's some definite sweetness in there, and it's hard to tell if it's bread-malt sweetness or something coming off the hops; the bitterness is mostly grassy with slight citrus notes; much sweeter to the aroma's saltiness; maybe some tangerine ... definitely a bit of orange sweetness; salty onion aftertaste mixed in with a slight lingering sweetness

F: very solid, good carbonation, lightweight but full

O: boy is this nice ... not overly bitter but also avoiding the cloying caramel/mangoey sweetness of many American DIPAs; the onions in the nose belie the label's suggestion that the dry-hopped Chinook and Citra hops give it smells of "tangerine, mango, papaya and pine" -- I smell very little of that, maybe some tangerine and pine, but for me, I LOVE the onions. the mix of salty nose/sweeter taste is different and very cool.

all in all a well-made brew.

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Photo of barczar
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%

Rated with current average because this beer was 2 years old. Still retained citra hop aroma. Flavor was more malty, and rice was evident. Hope to have fresh.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased this bottle at the Fridge, poured chilled from the 12oz brown bottle in an IPA glass.

The color golden clear with visible carbonation and 2 1/2 fingers of white head with avg bead and snowy wavy lace. The smell has a lot of citrus and tropical aroma wiht light grapefruit in the nose and slight floral hop ester with a moderately herbal scent. The feel is very lush with lots of hop resins and low astringency with medium light carbonation and moderate bitterness and mild dry tangy finish.

The taste is lightly spiced up front with tangerine and grapefruit hop flavor with perhaps a mild pineapple aroma carrying over into the taste with fruity tropical quality and light hint of herbal hop aspects. The malt is low in the taste with mild pepper and juicy citrus the focus with mild grain flavor as it warms with subtle alcohol. Overall I really enjoyed this with nice use of Citra and Chinook for both the aroma ...the rice adds to the feel giving a gentle dry impression which enhances drinkability.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -2.4%

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange, with short lived white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops and ripe fruit. Body is full, creamy and crisp. Citrusy hops dominate the palate while sweet malt and ripe fruit provide support. Finish is long dry. Quite good.

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Photo of RTitus
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Wow. Drank the whole bottle before realizing it was 8.2.
So smooth for a DIPA. Great head and lacing lasted the whole way through. Definetly sweet from the rice. Light color and smell. Only complaint would be it needs more hop bite. I bought this in a mixed six pack and will definitely be getting a whole sixer in the future.

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Photo of Smitt
4/5  rDev -2.4%

medium clarity. smells like sweet hops - tangerine pine. mild carbonation. dry. mild but refreshing. smooth and not too bitter for an dipa. tastes like ipa sake. i pick up on the rice malt combo. easy to drink. overall well balanced. alcohol is a tad overly apparent at the end.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours more yellow than expected, kind of a golden color. Good head develops and retention is quite good, leaving a light tan, 1/2" thick layer 15 minutes after the pour.
Smell is well balanced with a solid piney hop lead and malt playing back up.
Taste is hoppy up front, malt hides but can be found, a bit of grass is present and some alcohol. Not the normal profile of an Imperial IPA, more of a normal one with a lityle more alcohol.
Drying, medium bodied, medium effervescence. A bit harsh on the swallow.

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Photo of Cresant
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured this 12 oz. in date bottle into a Spiegelau glass. A cloudy gold body with a minimal white head that left only spotty lacing.

The smell was citrus, lemons. Kiwi? Whole grain bread.

The taste was also lemony citrus. Lightly piney. Sweetness was understated allowing the hops characteristics to shine. Drying finish. Drinks more like an IPA rather than a DIPA.

The body was medium with adequate carbonation, giving it a scrubbing texture. Pleasant, very tasty.

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