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Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States | website

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

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exit 16 deposits a hazy straw gold, SRM 2-4 when put to the light, into a Dogfish Head Fisheye pint glass. The fluffy one-inch white head leaves a thick webbing of lace.

Peppery hops are punctuated with celery and apricot. As expected, this beer is all about showcasing the hops. Notes of lemongrass come out as well. The aroma does have an oddly welcome dustiness to it.

Pineapple and grapefruit are prominent as expected with celery playing a secondary role. While fairly simple, these flavors are well done and bitterness is under control long into the finish.

Alcohol is present, though less than 8.2% would suggest. A combination of dryness and strong hops tends to numb the gums while the medium to light bodied beer pushes fine carbonation.

IIPA’s can hardly be called easy to drink, yet this one approaches that description, perhaps due to the rice. Exit 16 will easily match whatever summer has to offer.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.39/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an IPA glass. "Use by" date of 12/1.

A - Golden orange and clear. Little carbonation. No head. No lacing as beer recedes. Nothing remarkable.

S - Slight tropical fruit. Somewhat muddled. Label specifies several tropical flavors and pine, but I am not picking them clearly, if at all.

T - The dominant flavor is alcohol. I taste some tropical fruit again dominated by the alcohol. The finish is also somewhat muddled.

M - Thin and dry. Nothing remarkable.

O - Hopefully I purchased a bad sample, but I am thoroughly unimpressed with this beer. I am a DIPA and IPA fan, and this beer misses the mark. I will not buy again.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I forgot who gave me this one as an extra, but thanks to whomever it was. I think this'll only be the second double "rice" IPA that I've ever had... the first being Kuhnhenn's DRIPA. Those are some big shoes to fill. Cloudy, opaque gold with some tangerine peel acting as an outline. The huge, bright white cloudy head is chunky and sticky, lasting forever and leaving behind some damn good lacing on the glass.

Peppery hops, mild phenol alcohol, mint, and almost a menthol-like omnipresence to the whole thing. Not what I expected at first, but the following few sniffs bring out more of the fruity bouquet; bright citrus, grapefruit, tropical mango, pineapple, and dense pine trees. The abundance of spice on the front end is blunting the Citra more than I'd like, but I guess you can't always get what you want, right?

The first sip is a little bit watered down; not to the extreme, but kind of vapid for an 8.2% ABV double IPA. Nevertheless, it's still endlessly hoppy, just not to the ends of the earth. White pepper, vibrant citrus, grapefruit peel, mild mango. Not as fruity as the back-half of the nose, but the front-end isn't as peppery-spicy, either, so that's where the line is drawn.

Bitterness hits hard around mid-palate, but again - nothing too high or heavy for the style and size of the beer... It's actually quite mild for a DIPA. A nice, crisp, dry finish certainly helps the drinkability, and when coupled with the relatively lighter flavors and body, this is probably one of the more drinkable DIPAs out there, in the sense that you can throw it back without much hesitation between sips. Heavily carbonated, stingy mouth feel.

Decent. Not bad at all, really. I guess I just wanted a little more from it. A little more citrus or tropical fruit. A little more pine, a little more resin. Without being told, I might assume this is somewhere around a 6-7% ABV, regular IPA. It drinks like it, anyway. Definitely something I can vibe to, although there are some better shelf choices out there. Still a nice way to expand your catalog of rice IPAs, though.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gift bottle poured in large ale glass.

A: hazy pale orange; almost no head but a decent carb stream
S: strong aroma, mostly malt and more malt; the papaya is noticeable; smells like there's going to be a bite; inviting
T: distinctive DIPA; the hops come through with vibrant clarity, esp. their dry-hopped choices, Chinook and Citra; light malt flavor, quite sweet; mango and papaya

Overall, a solid and distinctive DIPA; I would enjoy more of these, but I wouldn't drink it frequently.

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Photo of dheacck11
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a surprisingly light golden yellow. Just a whiff of head, with a modest amount of lacing.

Nose is a little subdued, but a nice little bit of citrus.

Taste is super fruity up front. Lots of mango and lemon immediately. Blends into some soft, dry pine and finishes with a nice crisp bitter hop.

Feel is medium. Solidly medium.

Nice beer. Was hoping for a little more though in the nose and flavor department especially. And I've never been so bummed by appearance in a DIPA. Looks more like a basic pale ale than the DIPA described. Good, but I wanted more.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale gold that's seethru with minimal head and lace and a very strong hop aroma, started to smell it immediately, that I describe as musty, piney, citrusy with some grape notes as well (I guess that sweetness could be mango or papaya according to bottle but I'll stick with basic grapefruit). Not the most flavorful (D)IPA I've had but it was pretty hoppy and not a tastebud killer or some slop with hops. Even with the large amount of mostly citric and pine hops, there are some sweet grapelike hops in there and the beer passes easy and finishes smooth, more like a pale ale in terms of body and finish. A very good IPA and and a must try for any hophead.

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Photo of Hendry
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is Exit 16 the near Pikes Hollow?

Ridiculous distribution laws keep Flying Fish out of Vermont,New Hampshire,Mass.,New York & Maine, so I got this from my buddy in Arizona! Been waiting to try this one amid all the buzz, so here goes.

Pale straw color,soapy one finger dense white head,impressive carbonation,solid lacing.

Aroma changes as it warms: starts out slightly tropical with some notes of grapefruit pineapple & orange, sweet malts become more prominent as it warms.

Taste is pleasant,smooth,mildly bitter,alcohol nicely concealed.There is a definitely a subtle tropical flavor with a touch of pine going on here.This is a nicely crafted IIPA with the hops playing the starring role, though not aggressively so.

Mouthfeel is on the light side,maybe even a tad thin, carbonation is zippy and not overdone,keeping the flavors moving along.

There are a ton of new IIPAs out there, and Exit 16 is one that is worth your time seeking out, especially if you are in the mood for something different. The wild rice is an interesting addition that gives this Flying Fish concoction a character that is just different enough to set it apart from the pack.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. Label says Use By: 11-11-13.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before sinking down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- You can really smell the citra hops resulting in the mango and tangerine notes mentioned on the label. You can also smell the wild rice which seems to work well with the profile.

T- The flavor isn't quite as exhilarating as the aroma as the rice shows itself as the weak adjunct it is. Yes, there's a nice amount of citrusy hop bitterness but the weak aftertaste the rice exhibits makes it fall flat. Still, it's pretty drinkable for the ABV.

M- Another reason this beer isn't that enjoyable: thin body due to the rice. Medium carbonation is OK but the feel overall is quite weak.

O- If only this beer was as good as the aroma lets on.

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Photo of yamar68
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've loved every Exit series beer I've had, and I'm a hop head and a Minnesotan. This is like my dream beer. Thanks TravisR!

Sort of strange looking... bright yellow gold with a slim but very persistent white head. Plenty of lace.

This sort of creamed corn sweetness is layered of tropical fruits and jam.

What a great mix of flavors - orange juice and conifer with nutty malt and honey. The wild rice contribution makes for a great twist on what is obviously a tasty beer to begin with.

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Photo of Moose90
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle best by 09/16/13, tasted 06/10/13

A – Pours a very pale light straw yellow. Somewhat hazy as well. Head is bright white, and quite frothy, albeit thin. Lacing left behind is nice, but spotty.

S – Nice melon notes, some crisp citrus as well. Dominated by a unique bouquet of papaya and mango as well, nicely dry as well, while it remains fruity. Hop profile here is great.

T – Similar to the nose, though the papaya and mango notes do make quite a statement, some dried apricot notes as well. This is not overly sweet, which is great, and whatever malt backbone there is only comes across on the nice and long finish.

M – Carbonation is on the low side, but overall this is nice and crisp for the style, the rice adds a surprisingly nice touch to this one.

O – Nicely drinkable and very refreshing. The hop notes are very tropical and the malt backbone is nicely subdued. ABV is hidden well.

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Photo of apf
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The aroma of this beer is almost perfect very citrusy and floral. The flavor isn't quite as robust but it is great. It is a bit under carbonated for me. It has a nice bitter finish but starts out kind of mellow. Overall this is an excellent beer. Never seen it in bottles.

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Photo of CoachC
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - golden, straw colored beer with a 1/2 inch head

S - smells of delicious grapefruit hoppiness

T - this is a tasty brew, awesome grapefruit hop bomb with no evidence of alcohol

M - this is a light beer, really refreshing on a warm day

O - I am a fan of this brew, it is light, hoppy, and yet super tasty

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

12 o bottle into tulip. best by 09/06/13.

A: very pale body. paler than your typical DIPA. bright white head, frothy. good retention. thick spotted lacing.

S: a lot of melon and cantaloupe. a glimpse of sweet, unfermented sugar. a unique blend of hops.

T: similar to the nose, a bit of sweetness. citrus and melon. subtle and a little bit of pepper in there with the fruity hops.

M: carb is mellow, but not too much so. works well. medium body.

D: very drinkable for a double ipa. dangerous even. super smooth, lightly floral, decent citrus.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Exit 16 pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small lacing head. There is a pine like floral aroma, with hints of citrus. The taste has a very nice floral piney taste. Very nice full flavor, great dryness, also very drinkable, leaves a nice bitter pine flavor aftertaste. Overall bold hoppy flavors, but not a bomb, a full IPA with lots of flavors that is drinkable, very enjoyable.

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Photo of silverking
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A- Bright, clear gold with lots of active carbonation. two fingers of head, which receds at a moderate rate. Not too much lacing.

S- orange, tropical fruits, and a touch of pine.

T- it comes across a bit creamy, the rice that they used makes for a really light body, with a lot of hop flavor. The nose transfers well to the palate. Orange peel, some hints of tropical fruit, nice hop biterenes in the finish.

M- Fresh, light bodied. refreshing. creamy. wonderful.

O- Very good.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single of this in Totowa last week, having never tried this before. I liked the other beers from the Exit Series and didn't know what to expect with this, given the Wild Rice bend that this beer had. Amazingly, this as NOT as strong as other Doubles and Imperial IPAs and this did not go the "arms race" route that so many other beers of this style have taken. It was strong but the balance is so strong here that the alcohol took a back seat, much to my delight.

The pour to this was lighter than I expected, with a crisp, golden hue that would have seemed more in line with a Pilsener. Not a lot of head here and the lacing was nearly nowhere to be seen but that was about the only drawback to this. The bottle said that this had notes of papaya, pine, tangerine, and mango and even though all of these were present, the wild rice gave this a very grassy and dry bent that hid these flavors for the most part. The tropical flavors were more easily discernible in the nose while the wild rice came out in the taste, giving this a dual nature that reminded me of the Southern Tier Hop Sun. The brightness and crisp aspects of a Lager were certainly present but the wet, tropical flavors that subtly re-emerged in the aftertaste helped remind me what style of beer this was.

To be sure, this was strong but I didn't even notice it until I finished the bottle off. Big-time props to Flying Fish to making the Turnpike cool again and not the punch line of a bunch of jokes told by out-of-staters. This was an IPA in every sense but unlike the offerings from Troegs, Lagunitas, or Green Flash, had enough body, lack of carbonation, and overt booziness to show me that a more earthy take on this style was possible. I rip my state enough but if I were to praise it, this would be one of the reasons why. Flying Fish really impressed me with this one, even if my Devils no longer call 16W home.

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Photo of gr0g
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light amber in color with a nice, sticky head. A ring of patchy lace curtains adorn the glass. The aroma is big and beautiful, among the best smelling IPAs I've yet had. Pineapple and other tropical fruit notes explode out of the glass. Underlying fresh pine note.

Tastes quite dry for a DIPA, the rice helping with that. This really puts the focus squarely on the hops. I know those are the talking points from the brewery, but it certainly holds true. Bitterness is high but not really intense. Bright, grassy and citrusy flavors really pop. It's a very clean flavor profile, with no intrusion at all from the alcohol. Carbonation, soft but not "creamy" soft, is almost perfect - could maybe be slightly more carbonated.

Flying Fish did hopheads a service by making this a regular offering, available in six packs. A top notch DIPA that stays out of the high ABV stratosphere. Crisp, clean, hoppy goodness.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy yellow to light brown color in the glass. Ample head at pour retains a nice film on top of this beer. Some spotted lacing but not much.

S: Hops, spices.

T: Nice spicey hop flavor from front to back. Bold yet refined. Balance is there with a slight malt sweetner on the finish.

M: Swished this beer reveals a very fine carbonation - creamy.

O: Great brew.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 5.14.13

A - Pours a hazy dark yellow with a 1/2 inch off-white head with good retention.

S - Pine, citrus, mostly lemons with some sweetness.

T - Light lemon zest, some sweetness from the rice. Unique.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Sweeter, light citrus and refreshing.

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Photo of mikeburd1128
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a tulip glass. Freshness date of 4-24-14 which, I believe, makes this just over 5 weeks young.

A - Light golden straw color with a little over a finger of white head that sticks around for a little longer than expected. This wonderfully delicate lacing (that I really love) encompasses the glass throughout.

S - The smell on this one is really lovely. It's not overly aggressive, but the grapefruit and pine play really nicely together.

T - More of the same as the nose. I am getting a little more pine than in the nose. Flavors again aren't all that aggressive, which, I've gotta be honest, is kind of a nice change of pace - especially compared to your typical DIPA's out there. The rice lends itself to a nice clean finish just begging you to take another sip.

M - Light carbonation and a medium body for a DIPA. It's honestly pretty damn enjoyable.

O - Yeah. This is a good one. It's a shame I don't see it all that fresh very often. Or maybe I'm just overlooking it. But be careful with this one. Such a light, clean beer at 8.2% could be very dangerous. Cheers.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clear golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-tropical fruit, pine, earthy, grapefruit, very fragrant

T-pine, bread, tropical fruit, grapefruit, slightly grassy, moderately bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry, alcohol not that noticeable

O-good flavor, easy drinking and refreshing

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Poco Grande glass. Label stamped with a best by date of 09-07-13.

Crystal clear golden color with a fluffy white head, dissipated fairly quickly, but left some real nice lacing. Head returned easily with a little swirling of the glass.
Boom! The aroma is a beautiful! Tangerines, pineapples, pine, a little earthiness.
A great amount of hops in this beer. Bottle says the brewed this with 5 different types and dry hopped with Chinook and Citra, defiitely picking up on those. Simcoe is majorly prevalent in the taste, love it!
Love the dry finish and a nice amount of malts to round out the hop assault. Left me salivating for more and more! Very nice lingering hop presence well after the swallow. No sign of the 8.2% ABV.
Overall I think is another quality brew from Flying Fish! A very easy drinking DIPA that can surely get you in trouble quick if you aren't careful!

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Photo of ssteiner13
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The rice description makes you think this beer might not taste so good. Is it going to taste like Saki? No, it is not. It is a very carbonated beer - I agree with another reviewer - it looks a lot like Coors Light after it is poured. Lots of bubbles.
What a surprise that this beer which costs less than $10 for a six pack taste this awesome. I didn't want to stop drinking it! Excellent taste. I will leave the description to more eloquent reviewers, but I love this beer. It's great beer if you want a light IPA. I guess it's light...what do I know.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rice? An adjunct iipa?? What is the world coming to.

I do feel like the overall body of this is dryer, though I think some people might feel it is thin. The hop character is nice. It carries good citrus tones with some earthyness too, but just a wee bit. Overall it's pine and the citrus really. Carbonation is somewhat biting. This is a good iipa. I like it. Big ups to Flying Fish for getting their shit together. Haha!

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this a couple of years ago when I was in Edison, NJ for a few days. I thought it was good back then; recently picked up a single to see if I'd changed my mind.

Nope - it's just as good as I remembered! (And you can't say that about many things in life...)

Bottle dated "use by 09-24-15" into a pint glass. Murky pale gold with a thin white head that dissipates quickly - not what you'd call a real gorgeous beer. BUT the taste more than makes up for the appearance. Initial sweetish citrus, tropical fruit, a little pine resin and pepper to keep things interesting. Bitterness (in the middle) is restrained, but it's there to remind you that this is, after all, an American Imperial Pale Ale. Relatively sweet finish. Medium mouthfeel; moderate carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden.

This stuff is good. Get some.

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