Exit 9 Hoppy Scarlet Ale
Flying Fish Brewing Company

Exit 9 Hoppy Scarlet AleExit 9 Hoppy Scarlet Ale
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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
ABV:
9%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 8.6%
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
185
From:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
 
New Jersey, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  25
Gots
  26
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Exit 9 Hoppy Scarlet AleExit 9 Hoppy Scarlet Ale
Notes: Stop seven on our multi-year trip to explore the state of New Jersey through its beer and culture, is Exit 9, best known as the Rutgers University exit. The state’s university, Rutgers, began in 1771 with classes held at a local tavern though by 1810, students were banned from frequenting “beer and oyster houses.” Alumni include Nobel Laureates, astronauts, brewery founders, authors, actors and perhaps most notably, the cartoon character Mr. Magoo.

To celebrate Exit 9, we brewed a richly flavored red beer crafted with a variety of domestic and imported malts and a classic American yeast strain. Assertively hopped with Amarillo, Centennial, Chinook and Citra, the bouquet has complex notes of citrus and tropical fruits, with an appropriate bitterness in the finish. Serve it with spicy foods (try gumbo or curry), a rich blue or sharp cheddar cheese or enjoy it by itself.
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Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 185
Reviews by rab53:
Photo of rab53
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque amber/brown with thin white head. Smell is immediately reminiscent of American barleywine. Candied orange, pine, grapefruit. Hops dominate the flavor, kind of like a barleywine-lite. Low on carbonation. Overall I am glad to have tried it, though it is getting a bit old. Worthy addition to the Exit series.

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Photo of yourchoice
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish, amberish hue, slightly cloudy appearance. A little straw colored head, a bit of lacing while drinking.

S - With the hops, the expected grapefruit. A refreshing hoppy cleanliness. Wonderful clean aroma.

T - A very tasty beer for a hophead like myself. More citrus than pine. Very good.

M - Hops tingle the palette, the beer is pleasantly not overly carbonated. Medium body.

O - Being a Rutgers graduate, I'm very happy FF made such a great beer to celebrate my old stomping grounds! I may have to take a few bombers to an RU football game this fall. Well done, FF!

Go RU!

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Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well this beer at least convinced me that Flying Fish does use hops. Pours a crimson red, nice, good head, retention. Aroma was hoppy, not pungent, a bready aroma.

Taste, good, delivered on its hoppy promise, alcohol well hidden, good red tinge of the base malts, maybe irish moss. Not overly complex, was hoping for something approaching Loakal Red or Nugget Nectar, but this is a solid second tier amber/red ale for a hophead. Slightly grapefruitish to the hop mouthfeel.

Again, at $10 though, it gets docked overall. Better value/quantity choices at that price.

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Photo of IronLover
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-copper oraange in color, Poured with lots of bottle conditioned floaties giving it a murky thick appearancee. Started with a frothy white head that slowly reduced to a thick cap that left heavy lacings on the glass. A nice blend of floral, citrus and pine hop aromaa with a strong sweet malty aroma beneath. On the heavier side of medium bodied with a buttery smooth feel. Flavor is a nice balance of floral, orange citrus and pine hops with the pine bitterness prevailing toward the finish. A solid sweet caramel malt backbone from beginning to end.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to Naugros for this bottle!

Another Exit, though I'm not sure I wanna hit up Rutgers any time soon... It pours a clear rusty copper-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light leek, light menthol, toffee, light mint, grass, dank greens, candi sugar, and black pepper. The taste holds notes of dark caramel, greens, light leek, black pepper, and rye bread. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, and a relatively dry finish. Overall, a nice red, nothing truly amazing, but an easily drinkable li'l brew.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up for 4 bucks and I suppose its worth it for the ABV.

A - Cloudy and hazy with tons of floaties another beer drank "too old" probably due to the price. Head is a nice 1/2 inch of head that pulls back to an exceptional lace ring.
S - Floral hops mostly citrus in nature but it's very faint.
T - Wow what a great red ale. Smooth hop presence mostly sweet and floral with a good malt balance sweet finish.
M - Hard to believe it's 9% I would assume around 7 like nugget nectar. Tasty.

Overall for sure will have to find this fresh seeing this old batch tastes so good.

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Photo of tone77
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a hazy amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, dark fruits. Taste is caramel malts, citrus, alcohol, some cherries. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall i an enjoyable beer worth trying.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into tasting snifter. thanks to acviencko for sharing.

Pours a clear auburn with cherry red tones, a nice sized frothy white head with decent film and lacing.

The nose felt somewhat muted, although notes of sticky hops, caramel malt, and a bit of citrus poked through the clouds.

Nice bitterness up front with grapefruit and pith. More tropical fruit with sweetness and dry bitterness. Bready malts and caramel stickiness add a solid base. Nice hop bite in the finish followed by very faint alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied and carbonated, sticky and dry on the tongue. Drinks really nice, and the alcohol is almost invisible. Definitely a solid example of a hoppy amber - this is probably one of my favorite Exit Series beers so far.

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Photo of CoolGuy42
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of davidhilgen
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orangish bodied beer with two fingers of white foam that left some nice lace and webbing on the sides.

S - A bit of a fan of the hoppy amber, and there is a nice hops presence to this one. Pine and resin, on a caramel backbone with some fruity notes.

T - Toffee, caramel malt backbone surrounded by citrus and a little bit of pine. This tastes quite nice and the bitterness is a great balance to the sweetness of the malts.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, a little bit sticky.

O - Quite easily drinkable, considering the relatively high ABV. A good beer, would like to drink this again.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of DaveONan
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of bs870621345
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a half inch of head. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like pine, citrus, herbal, caramel and bread in the background with a tinge of alcohol mixed in.

Taste is pine and caramel up front, moving into a citrus hop profile and there is a moderately long pine resin and citrus finish.

Mouthfell is thick with nice carbonation.

Overall its good, as good as I remember it being on tap. Personally I prefer this style for a hoppy beer to an IPA for the most part- this is a good example, second to the troegs amber ales

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to mnbearsfan for tossing this in on a BIF box. first brew of the hurricane.

a - opened and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. really attractive transparent amber with a frothy ipa like head. the head was really thick and chunky and milkshake like. sticky lacing. one of the nicer ambers i've seen.

s - hoppy and malty...kind of american barleywine smelling. mellon and grapefuit-like. gets my mouth watering. a touch of brown sugar malts. toffee.

t - very bittery amber. cross between a IIPA and an amber ale. malt heavy but strong hop bittering. lots of malts and lots of hops. more barleywine to me than amber.

m - feels like an imperial amber. boozy with a bitter finish, but not drying. biscuity.

o - overall kind of barleywine like. that amber all properties are there, but the imperial style of this brew and heat make it much more barleywine like, which isn't a bad thing to me. i quite enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of kb2250
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours out as a really nice looking amber color, the head is fizzy and white. It kind of fades into a little ring around the glass. The lacing really nice as well. Has a large amount of floating sediment in it that remains still for the most part. The smell is very hoppy, not a lot of other aromas are coming through. The taste is very hoppy as well. The mouthfeel is fairly light, it's not oily at all and I find this beer to be quite enjoyable from start to finish.

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Photo of sway0925
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell - Full malty body with loads of hops, from brewing my own beer i can diffidently smell the Chinook and centennial hops which give off a lovely aroma.

Appearance - to me reminds me of a lighter red ale; almost and amber like color, which resembles the troegs nugget nectar but taste a lot better.

Taste - Sweet and malty, with a big body and a crisp hoppy finish.
this beer has a pronounced after taste that leaves me wanting another sip.

Mouthfeel - smooth, moderate carbonation. Resin/hoppy flavors cling to the tongue after the sip. a little bit heavy but not overly so. will do fine with some age to mellow out the hop flavoring.

Drinkability - very well constructed considering alcohol content - Not heavy, nice crisp and refreshing with good solid body to support the hops. Another great outing from Flying Fish. this has to be my third best exit from them.

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Photo of shockrocker65
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured gently from a 750 into a snifter. About a finger of slightly white/almost colorless head. Lots of bubbles and some yeast floating around. Slightly hazy.
S: Primarily pine and cirtus hop notes.
T: Starts out with a sweet malt flavor. Definitely getting some tropical flavors. Finishes hoppy and bitter with a very small amount of alcohol.
M:Moderate carbonation.
Stacks up nicely against the other red ale (Nugget Nectar) I've been drinking the past couple months.

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Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -14%

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Exit 9 Hoppy Scarlet Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 185 ratings