Exit 16 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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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 edrachman
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second (possibly third?) time with this beer. Very enjoyable to drink, though doesn't seem to be a big seller.

The appearance is a very hazy golden color - lighter than I would have expected. Very foamy white head that hangs around for a bit.

The smell was fairly faint, but smelled similar to how I would imagine wild rice. Smelled wet and grassy with a bit of citrus.

Definately has the bitterness of a good dipa, but still very smooth. Although there is a distinct citrus flavor (mostly in the background) I did not taste specific grapefruit like many reviewers (although my wife did). (Personally, not a fan of grapefruit, but like this beer very much.)

Its a fairly carbonated drink, but not too much; this is a very easy beer to drink.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was wonderful the two times I had it on tap. When it's fresh, it boasts quite a magnificent palette of fruity flavors, a goose-bumpy creamy feel, effervescent and an all-around stellar drinkability. The version I am reviewing here is in a 12oz bottle, unlabeled, and of undetermined age (perhaps a couple months old). Received it from folks at the brewery. Not sure if it was a test batch or one-off or what...

The pour yields a nice head, not huge or lasting like the draft, but it leaves a cute cottony wisp of foam on top when it settles, and sticks okay to the inside of the glass. The color is the classic Crayola "yellow-orange" and a colony of sediment specs hover throughout (the draft is hazy/cloudy as well). Is this bottle-conditioned?

The aroma is fresh pine, flower petals, and a hybrid lemon/grapefruit citrus. I think some of the pils malt is poking through, too, but the hops are very much in charge here. You get the feeling this is going to be a bright and refreshing beer.

Ultra fruity (mango, grapefruit) explosion up front in the taste. Zingy, tangy, and juicy. Tart in the middle, finishing somewhat musty (yeasty - sediment?). Medium-bodied for the style and leaves a pulpy, sticky taste in the mouth long after.

So, overall, this didn't hold up to the fresh-from-the-teat draft. But, I didn't expect it to. Still, despite the reduced impact of the fruity hop blend, it's a very refreshing, drinkable IPA. I wouldn't disagree with the idea that this is Flying Fish's best brew.

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Photo of John_M
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TDR the other day. Was told this was a fresh batch made just for the upcoming GABF, and man does that freshness show!

The beer pours a solid gold color with OK head retention and lacing. The beer looks pretty good, but it smells and tastes terrific. The nose is all DIPA goodness, with dank earth, a skunky mariguana aroma, light citrus and honey. While the bottle version was impressive, the nose on the fresh tap version is wonderfully perfumy and bitter. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, and while there's some sweetness in this beer, it's more than balanced by the hoppy bitterenss in the finish. The finish is very long and bitter, and I have to say this is one of the drier east coast DIPA's I've sampled. Just lovely! Also, maybe it's the wild rice in this beer, but I don't get any of the typical boozy sweet malt flavor I see in so many East Coast DIPA's. The beer actually has a fairly light mouthfeel for such a big beer, and drinkability is very good, with the alcohol well disguised.

The bottle version was good, but the fresh stuff I had at the TDR event was just killer. Yummy!

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Photo of Florida9
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very hazy dark pastel yellow. Pours with a very large, fluffy white head that eventually reduces down to a rocky surface coating. Good retention and lacing.

S: Orange, citrus and a light malty sweetness.

T: Sweetness on the front end. Then citrus, grapefruit, grain, cereal and a bit of peppery spice. Moderate bitterness.

M: Lighter side of medium with a noticeable sweetness in the mouth. Appropriate carbonation.

D: Good, but a little too sweet for my preference.

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

22 oz. bottle obtained at Total Wine in Claymont, DE and poured into a Duvel tulip. Pours a cloudy amber with a smallish off-white head which quickly goes to a light coating but lasts. Lacing was thinner but lasting. Nose is oranges, grapefruit and lemon grass with floral, and grassy notes. Taste was a well-balanced combination of lemons, oranges, pineapple with some sweet malts. The finish is dry and crisp, only moderately bitter. It was fairly light bodies and no hint of the ABV. I would revisit this absolutely.

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Photo of ridglens
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hayesez for this taste, drank right after a pliny (tough act to follow)

Pours a pale light orange-yellow. A one and a half finger head goes to thin bubbly swirls in the middle, some light bubble lacing on the side. Smell is a decent dose of fresh hops, with some fresh citrus but kind of underwhelming. a decently sweet malt profile is present as well. Taste Follows smell. Definitely a good taste, but not great. just kind of underwhelming. some definite hoppy, great flavors but not as much there as there should be. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but decent carbonation helps it a lot. Drinkability is good, as the beer is light, but it doesn't beg to be drank.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine gave me a bottle of this a bit ago. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a clear light yellow. The head is a bright white color, three fingers tall, small bubbles, great retention, and thin but good lacing.
Smell: The aromas are resiney, grass, and pine.
Taste: The flavors are very resiney, toffee, and earthy.
Mouthfeel: The body is thick with a crisp but dirty finish.
Drinkability: This us a good beer.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of millikeith
4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orangish-yellow color, strikingly similar to a hefeweizen. Nice fluffy, sticky head that leaves some good lacing.

Smell is incredible, really something special--mostly grapefruit and orange that make me salivate for the first sip.

Taste is bitter hops and grapefruit. The malt is there, but like other dipas, thought I'm not really missing it here. Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is lower than I would expect for the color.

Really delicious and very drinkable. A real win for FF and NJ. Fingers crossed they decide to keep this one around.

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Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, acquired at DLD from Beerloco.

Pours a lightly hazed yellowish golden, very thick white head forms and settles down to a thick layer and ring, great retention, tons of chunky lace sticks to the glass, looks nice.

Smell is neat, big pine and grapefruit notes up front, some toast and biscuit, caramel, light floral, quite rich in the aroma, more pininess, a touch of fruit, quite nice.

Taste is similar, pine and a ton of citrus up front, very fresh tasting, a touch of biscuit and some toast, oats, big malty middle, caramel, grapefruit, some floral and lightly fruity, nice bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very refreshing and drinkable. A pretty nice beer, my favourite exit so far, thanks Alan!

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Photo of jamesmbirchnyc
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: I was quite surprised to pour the beer expecting something nearly as dark as the bottle, only to find a yellow-hefe-like liquid.

S: The smell is genuinely an IPA, but by no means over-powering. In fact, it almost smell's a little light, but this is more than compensated for by the great bitter begining.

T: Finally, the taste. I wasn't expecting much after the pour, but was pleasantly surprised with this one. The head receded fairly quickly after an overly aggressive pour. The bitter hops are the first taste I got, and the finish was just as true.

M: The mouthfeel was the only disappointment, as I was expecting something a little bit more evervescent given the light color - in my mind a light IPA needs to be more carbonated than a dark IPA.

D: Overally, great beer, looking forward to the rest of the Exit beers. Flying fish is doing a great job with the series and particularly good work on this beer.

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Photo of hayesez
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DocPenguin for tossing in this very nice extra. Split with ridglens and kate instead of doing p90x...oops.

Poured my portion into a Stone IRS tulip and was surprised at how light in color this was. A very hazy canary with a nice white head that sticks around quite a while and leaves a small amount of disjointed lace.

The smell is fairly mild but has obvious citrus characteristics. Some sweetness (pineapple, and surely other sweet fruits), but more noticeably there is the telltale grapefruit. Has the nice range of scents like many of the top IPAs, but the intensity is quite muted.

As soon as the beer hits the lips, the bitter hops are immediately noticeable. Again, not in your face kind of stuff, but obvious. Soon after the sweetness that was revealed in the aroma is detected. The taste ends quickly leaving a virtually nothing. Not really sure exactly what the rice does here, but I've gotta say I'm not overly impressed. A lighter medium-bodied beer that has good, albeit it fairly restrained, taste.

Overall, I'm a bit disappointed, although it is still a very solid beer. I'm not convinced the rice really does that much. Easy to drink and tasty, but a bit mild for a something of this style.

Consumed: 8/11/2010

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

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

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

pours hazy deep good with a big fluffy off-white head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace as it falls.

aroma is good. lots of hops. orange, tangerine, grapefruit, bit of lemon. white bread and cracker. bit of biscuit. hint of alcohol. slightly floral.

taste is great. orange, tangerine, lemon. bit of grapefruit. honey and light caramel. white bread and cracker. light alcohol. a bit floral. just under medium bitterness level. pretty hoppy, but a more soft and mellow hop character, not brash or abrasive.

mouthfeel is great. just over medium body with a fairly dry finish. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good hop and malt character. good stuff!

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Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml capped and foiled bottle. Pours a honey straw color with plenty of tiny yeast particles floating about. A few shades lighter than the standard for the style. The beer has a very nice rocky pure white head that slowly settles into a chunky cap. The aroma is light for a DIPA but does have a nice citrus/pineapple hop aroma. The hop flavor is light for a DIPA as well but again it does have a nice citrus and pineapple hop flavor, some pepper as well. The DIPA does have the flavor of wild rice. I can't describe it any other way but that it has a wild rice flavor, subtle though. Definitely on the tame side of the style but I rather enjoy it. I would say it is a more malty IPA. A moderate to thick feel with noticable carbonation, great balance between the sweet malt and bitter hops. Drinks quite smooth with little to any harsh hop bitterness. Quite an enjoyable "DIPA". Great balance, nice flavors, no over the top characteristics. I can easily enjoy a few glasses of this. This was a hard beer to rate as it doesn't compare to the flavor profiles of a true DIPA but the balance and drinkability were great.

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

I decided to try it based on the "Wild Rice" as it may impart a pleasant nutty flavor not realizing that it will be overshadowed by the hopps.

Looks good, nice golden color. Thin fine foam. Slight lacing.

Smells tangy. Mangoes and passion fruit.

Malty, distinct IPA character. Balanced hop profile; Grapefruit peel, resinous pine. Lengthly flavors.

Medium body, foamy. Oily? And superbly dry as a bone.

Very reminiscent of the Surley Grit I had yet not as abrasive.
This is clearly ready to drink.

Don't detect any wild rice as I know it.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off, a huge shout out of thanks go to soundbarrier for sharing this last weekend - thanks again!

Great story on the side of the bottle explaining its roots.
Pours a cloudy hay color with a bight white head. Good retention and appears watery or thin (high viscosity).

I get roses and other flower scents on the nose. Believe it or not, I do get a rice feel in the mix, as well.

Very nice mix of fruity, vegetal and moderately bitter hops. The hops don't have the same rose flavor I picked up on nose. Very nice and enjoyable. Quite unique!

Surprisingly light mouthfeel with high carbonation, which is a surprise for the flavor in this beer.


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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to G311 for this one.

A - Very golden, quite translucent, and with a nice white head (sans lace).

S - Rice is slightly discernible, and quite nice. Hop is somewhat floral, grassy and vegetal.

T - Lemon rind and grapefruit hoppiness, a small amount of tropical fruitiness as well. I get impressions of sap; mango sap and pine sap. The malt is very light and buoyant.

M - (D)IPA. Nice. Light body for the style; serves it well.

D - The inclusion of rice seems to have served this brew well; the dryness it imparted was a definite plus, especially for a style in which many examples are too sweet.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to psudrew for this one.

4.0 A: Hazy peach color. Two fingers of creamy white head with good retention and a decent amount of lacing.

4.0 S: Pungent hops take over. Lots of pineapple, mango, and cat piss. Malts add just enough sweetness to add complexity. Rice is not apparent.

3.0 T: Definitely not what I expected. I expected the rice to lighten the body, but that isn't the case. Noticeable bitterness, but hop flavor is much subdued compared with what I expected from the nose. Pine, grapefruit, and pineapple. Malts are moderately bready. Rice provides (at least I think) an extra earthy flavor.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. No problems here, but nothing special either.

3.5 D: Not bad, but nothing too great either. I'd drink it on occasion if I could get a sixer or something.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying Fish Exit 16 has a dull, golden body with a bright white head. The head is really fluffy, with some pretty good retention and lacing.

The aroma is packed with fruity hop aromas that bring grapefruit, pineapple and apricot to mind. The malt base is pale and understated.

A big hop profile comes through up front. A searing flash of bitterness is followed by juicy grapefruit, some orange, maybe a hint of lemon along with pineapple and apricot. The malt base comes next, but it is pale and light. The malt is really just along for the ride here. The finish has a sizable bit of alcohol warming.

The mouthfeel is actually really light and thin for a beer that is so big and hoppy.

Exit 16 is a pretty good beer. It's definitely the best flying fish beer that I have sampled. I like the focus on hops and the use of pale, understated malts.

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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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Photo of nickd717
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle via trade thanks to mikey711 on BA, shared at a tasting.

Clear golden in color with a large lasting white head and great lacing. Looks excellent.

Great hop aroma - citrusy and a little floral - with sweet malt in the background to back it up.

Flavor is also very nice, especially for an east coast DIPA. Sweet malt and wild rice (I swear I can taste it!) with loads of hops - citrusy (orange mainly), floral, tropical (pineapple), and resinous.

Medium-bodied and crisp and well-carbonated. Some hop resins attack your palate.

Overall, very impressive for an east coast DIPA. The California beer snobs I drank this with almost all approved, and that's saying something. Nice job, Flying Fish.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter glass.

A:Golden with a white foamy head about two finger from a gentle pour.

S: floral hops, pepper, yeast

T:Upfront you get the floral hops and finishes lemon/peppery flavor.

M: Medium carbonation

D:Quite refreshing and well masked ABV.

My favorite beer from the Exit series.

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Photo of branimal9
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with my fellow Upstate BA'ers 6/9/2010.

Cloudy pale yellow in color, with spicy hops on the nose. Flavor brings a fresh piney hop character as well as a good amount of spiciness from the grain. Oily & creamy in texture, yet quite drinkable. Very nice!

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Photo of Pabs311
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a hazy yellow with a nice foamy white head that settles somewhat slowly leaving nice, foamy clumps of lacing around the glass.

S- Fruity hops are right up in your face on this one. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and all types of citrus are apparent in the nose. really nice fruity bouquet.

T- pretty much mirror image of the nose, with a nice sweet, caramel malt backbone that goes well with all the fruitiness of the hops.

M/D- medium bodied with good carbonation. drinks really well, smooth.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sholland119 for graciously donating this to my beer cause. Shared with friends on 6/7/10.

A - Poured a slightly hazy pale apricot-colored liquid with a thin creamy white head that ultimately yielded very little lacing.

S - Aroma displays a dry, leafy hop character with citrus tones backed by a crisp malt presence and a hint of sweetness.

T - Initial flavor is quite bitter overall with equal parts citrus and pine notes at the forefront. There's some sweet malt in the mix as well, but it doesn't stick around too long. Finishes with an assertive hop bitterness.

M - Light bodied with a crisp, dry mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter on the palate.

D - Dry and citrusy West Coast-like DIPA with a light, crisp mouthfeel, yet packs a pretty bold hop presence.

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

A 750ml bottle picked up at Abe's for $7 and change. Uncapped and poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. 16 appears a particle filled, hazy bright golden yellow color with a good inch or so of sticky off white foam. Nose and flavors consist of lemon, white and red grapefruit, pineapple, some orange, fruity pebbles, somewhat spicy peppery nose, light caramel malt. At least medium bodied and amply carbonated. Great stuff, hope to see this one again in 12 oz'ers.

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Exit 16 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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