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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 StonyB
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recently had Flying Fish Exit 16 on tap at Barcade in Jersey City. Because that's how Barcade rolls.

Exit 16 off the NJ Turnpike is how you get to the famous(?) Meadowlands sports complex. So let's take a road trip, overpay for parking, find our seats, and enjoy the game...

Our beer pours on to the field in an attractive, hazy, almost luminescent orange-gold uniform. Not much foam on that helmet, though some modest lacing hangs on to the chin strap.

We can smell that beer from the upper tier, and that beer smells first and foremost like hops. In your face, spike the ball at your opponent's feet hops. After the initial hit, we get some spicy, almost peppery fruit. Hope you're wearing your protective equipment.

The aroma sets us up for a line plunge, but this beer's taste is surprisingly complex. Some bitterness from the hops for sure, but the roster includes banana, tangerine, grapefruit, bready malt, vanilla and a hint of rice. This play is worth analyzing over repeated sips.

We also see that Exit 16 tries to trick the defense with its mouthfeel. It starts out fairly thick and tongue-coating for a DIPA, then counters towards a clean, somewhat dry finish. The alcohol is no more noticeable than an assistant offensive line coach.

The crowd cheers as the final gun goes off, and our beer is fully consumed. As we head out to the parking lot, we recognize that Flying Fish Exit 16 may not be a Super Bowl MVP. However, it is an effective, interesting and tasty trick play, the wild rice adding a unique element to what otherwise might be a middle of the pack DIPA. Try to pick this beer up off the waiver wire.

Exit 16, FTW!

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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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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A crystal clear light yellow full of tiny bubbles and topped with a big lacy foamy head.
S - pretty much only smell the hops.
T - just a little sweet rice that leads straight to some suprisingly strong hops, stronger than the smell indicates.
M - medium bodied with good carbonation.
D - certainaly a quaffable hoppy ale if you like the style.

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Photo of johndoe8
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was PLEASANTLY surprised by this bottle. I forgot who sent this to me as an extra, but if it was you, BM me b/c I owe you a special thank you :) While I shouldn't have aged this, this one sat in my fridge for about 3 months (sorry I have too much beer to drink).

Opened it with some friends. I haven't had too many amazing non-california IPAs (the town hall ones have been the best so far), so my expectations weren't super high with this one.

Appearance was good, nice head.
It was pretty aromatic. Nice, citrus.. are those citra hops in here? Awesome.
Taste was pretty amazing. I would give it a 5 for taste, except it isn't quite at the level of expo, pty, hoppy birthday, so I can't give it a 5. It was an extremely good balance of hops, flavor, bitterness, sweetness, etc.

To be sure, I was PLEASANTLY surprised by this beer. Being the 1st Flying Fish beer I've ever had, it made a great first impression.

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

Thanks goes out to injuredreserve for this brew.

Bottle Conditioned
Red Foil

Poured into a DFH glass a nice cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy white head, with some nice small islands and sticky lacing to follow. The nose is slightly malty, with lots of nice hop notes, kinda fruity, citrus, and some pine notes. The taste is hoppy, slight malty note, very nice citrus/fruity notes, some pine. Medium body, very nice dry/bitter finish. Very Drinkable, this is a awesome little brew. A very nice surprise, was told to check it out, glad to have finally gotten a chance to try it.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Very tight white head with about four fingers and very good retention. The body color is quite a surprise of a very cloudy dark butter lemon yellow. No hints of brown for this double imperial and what looks like sediment throughout the glass. It's as if the body is stuck in suspended animation.

Bouquet is a very nice fresh hops and also grapefruit and then moving to lemon. Great fresh lemon squeeze on this its as if the smell goes with the color also. Big citrus nose on this but allowing hops to come through. Very impressive.

Taste is quite unique. Hoppy and lemon front, with little carbonation super easy drinking. A very tolerable lime/hop finish and bitterness too after. Grapefruit chew and rind giving to sugars on swallowing. No alcohol heat to be noticed barely at all. Makes for very high drinkability.

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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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Photo of thecarster1
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- 750ml bottle poured into a tulip, two plus fingers fades slow leaving lots of lace and trailing, hazy golden straw.

s- malty, earthy, citric hops, a bit of dryness.

t- malt base comes through first, earthy hops, nicely bittered lingers, grapefruit pith, maybe a touch of pineapple, some toasty malt, finish is dry and crisp from the rise.

m- thin to med.

d- not the best exit series that i've had, but it was drinkable, missing something that i can't quite put my finger on.

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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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