Exit 9 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of billzav
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Exit 9 is a full-bodied amber ale with substantial notes of citrus and piny hops complimented by sweet caramel malt and tropical fruit with a crisp clean finish. The alcohol content of 9% isn't too noticeable. Overall, a really nice imperial amber ale.

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Photo of keepersj12
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one great beer. It starts with an incredible smell that dominates throughout the drink. It's citrus, pine, tropical fruits with just a touch of malt. The flavor mirrors the aroma with a nice balance and then the hops hit you. Just a beautiful meld of aroma and flavor One of the best beers for me period.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: more on the golden apprearnce with
a little red glow. how can you call this a scarlet ale when you did not accomplish the color wanted?

smell: huge hop aroma, lots of pine, some citrus

taste: in that nugget nectar category but less power. very nice balance of caramel and hops. This is a easy drinking 9% imperial red.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: This may be one of there best beers. Very nice.. what kept this from being a an A+ was the finish. The hop flavor did not linger at all. kinda falls off. otherwise. I like a lot : )

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, big citrus and pine hops. In the taste, citrus to pine hops and a nice malt backing, but hops are definatly bigger. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus in the aftertaste. Nice big hops but lack of malt, the hops just override everything, but I like it!

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Has a hazy dark amber/scarlet color. Thin white head dissapated to a film but has excellent lacing.

Aroma is of juicy hops. Citrus hops and a bit of malt. Smells great.

Taste is the same. Sticky hop flavor. Nice malt to balance it out and a nice hop bitterness in the finish to wreck your palate.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry with a great carb.

Overall this beer is awesome. Get it if you can. You will be hearing about it soon.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Honey-golden hue, topped with a modest and creamy head that leaves tin, cascading rings of head behind

S + T: Soft malt sweetness wonderfully complemented with a citrus and tropical scents and flavours. The bottle describes this quite accurately, including mention of 'appropriate' bitterness on the finish

M + D: Medium body, somewhat slick hop oiliness that dissipates slowly and smoothly. Alcohol is very well masked, and when the scent and flavours are balanced as well as they are in this beer, it makes for a really enjoyable experience. There tends to be a new Exit series release each summer when I come up to LBI, and I look forward to them more and more with each release I try.

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Photo of yourchoice
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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 oberon
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Iam a sucker for a big hopped up red,Iam not sure this is a red but its damn good.Poured into an imperial nonic more a of copper tinged burnt orange with a creamy-like one finger white crown that left two full rings of lace as it settled.Big pithy hop aromas along with tropical fruit and slight pine resin,the alcohol presents a little sweetness but its not overbearing,a hint of caramel as well but the hops win out.Big resiny and tropical-like hop flavors overtop of caramel malt and sweet alcohol,to be honest to me it tastes like a DIPA should taste like or what alot of American Strongs do taste like.Whatever the style its an outstanding beer in my mind,I will buy a few of these in the near future.

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Photo of sparki1980
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber color, not as dark or red as I expected. Hazey with a very fine white lace, in a smaller head that dissipated faster than I wanted. Hoppy with a semi sweet taste. Very aromatic, a sweet citrus hops that you'd expect more in a Belgium Ale. Overall, a very enjoyable beer. Highly recommend.

Poured From: Bottle
Served In: Snifter

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- from my notes
A - a red tinged golden color with adequate head.
S - smells hoppy and toasted right away.
T - definitely a toasted barley taste with loads of peppery hops.
M - medium with vey good carbonation.
D - I enjoyed the whole bottle and likely so will most people.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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 RonfromJersey
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber body, tons of carbonation, topped by two fingers of snow white foam.

Big citrus nose. Tons of orange, with apricot support. Smack of pine. Clean, fresh, inviting.

Sweet juicy fruit hits the tongue fast. Nice bitter nip at the swallow, with deepens in the aftertaste. Great hoppy taste but not overly abrasively bitter.

Medium mouthfeel moves things along nicely.

Overall, a nice tasty effort from Flying Fish. I enjoyed it - despite the Rutgers references (Seton Hall, 1981). Flying Fish needs to make this at least an annual release.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice medium brown and dark orange color with a 1-finger bone-white head. Great lacing and the cloudiness confirms the bottle conditioning as told by the label.

S - Has a very nice woody and Earthy aroma at the beginning from the hops. Complimented by a slightly modified/roasted grain smell as well. Very nice pairing.

T - Again, hops up front are very woody and Earthy with a great bitterness. There is a very nice starchy sweetness throughout the length of each sip as well. A very bold and pungent red ale.

M - Medium body with a gratuitous amount of carbonation, which is nice for the style. Plenty of flavor and mouth drying ingredients to keep the sips not too far apart.

O - My first offering from Flying Fish and it was a very good one at that. Highly impressed.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
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 sway0925
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
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 treehugger02010
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My buddy got a bottle of this for me from somewhere in New Jersey. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The head is dark egg shell color, with tiny sized bubbles, abundant spiderweb lacing, and great retention. The body is a dark brown color at the top but blends down to a cloudy straw color.
Smell: The aromas are citrusy, pine resine, and dirt.
Taste: The flavors are grapefruit, pine, grass.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thin with a dry finish.
Drinkability: This beer is awfully good.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of bigdaddyd069
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a good beer

A - An unfiltered slightly red hew. Very nice legs from my Brandy glass/snifter. Very nice.

S - Light sweet malt. Small nose. Earthy/grassy smell hint.

T- Is medium in bodied & good/slight carbonation.

M - Very nice beer with complex notes. Nice quality.

O - This is a very complex, quality beer which tastes great and is not fully of fruity, grapefruit hops (primary). Very impressed a top notch beer. Very good.

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Photo of Axic10
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish amber with a finger of fluffy, bubbly white head.

Smell: Floral hops with hints of sweet citrusy fruit mixed with a decent malt sweetness.

Taste: Caramel sweetness followed by a wave of citrus (bitter grapefruit and mango) and slightly bitey hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp.

Overall: Definitely my personal favorite of the Exit Series so far. Reminds me a lot of Nugget Nectar. I'm stocking up on this bottle (which I'm sure won't last long).

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Photo of Rizalini
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a golden amber color, with a very foamy white head, leaving some great lacing as it slowly slides down the glass. I poured mine kinda quickly, so I got some sediment in there too. Oh well...

S - Big piney, citrusey aroma. Grapefruit, orange, almost piney even. The smell makes my mouth water.

T - Woah, the citrues bitterness matches, and caries over very nicely from the aroma. The aftertaste is almost that of lemongrass. Bitter and earthy.

M - Has a medium/dry mouthfeel, with great carbonation.

O - I was very suprised by this one. Great combination of a red ale, and an ipa. The hop character is perfect. I would definately buy another one of these again.

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Photo of buyBinboaVodka
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer both on tap and out of the bottle. Both ways were very good overall and I enjoy drinking this beer whenever I can.

It pours a nice golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger white head and beautiful lacing around the glass.

It smells of hoppy and fruity flavors. Overall a fairly sweet aroma.

The taste is hoppy with sweet earthy fruits such as figs and dates. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated and medium bodied with a bitter dry finish at the end.

Overall, I really enjoy this beer no matter what mood I am in. I encourge everybody to try it out.

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Photo of BirdFlu
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really great.. walks a fine line between typically IIPA and their invented definition as a scarlet ale in honor of RU. Should be made available year round at every bar in N.B., sad, though, that they dulled it down a bit for their "red fish" offering..

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Photo of meatyard
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy, amber with a 2-finger white head that has good retention and splotchy bits of lace until it warms and then a layer of lace.

The smell is a nice, crisp grapefruit with a mild, sweet malt aroma at the end of a large inhale.

The taste is a 3-way balance of grapefruit, bitterness and sweet malt. The alcohol, while nicely hidden, starts to warm after the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied & good carbonation.

Overall: Tastes like it wants to run along with Nugget Nectar but it doesn't quite have the endurance. Still, this is a very fine beer that I enjoyed quite a bit. FF would be well served to put this in their regular line-up.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is amber (scarlet) a little dense, nice looking head with mainly fine bubbles that is light tan; head laces the glass very well.

Smell is hop forward: nice citrusy hop aroma with caramel malt and toast, light toffee, also some sweet/fruity yeast byproducts. Great, enticing smell.

Taste is also hop forward, great citrus and earthy hop balance, touch of pine/resin like flavor, then transitions to the sweeter caramel/toast/toffee/plum like flavors. Hard to believe this clocks in at 9.0% abv with the great balance of flavors and low alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is bitter, nice carbonated, balanced through out the mouth at first and then a very dry finish on the tongue.

Overall, this is an exceptional beer, nice hearty malt backbone with a lean towards some caramel and toffee like flavors; nice assertive fermentation leads to solid strength and pleasant fruity flavors.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into my DFH snifter. No bottle dating that I can see. Attn brewers: WE LIKE DATES!!! I will put aside the fact that was brewed in New Jersey!!! (haha, just kidding)

A- Deep, murky copper, with a gorgeous 1/4 inch head.

S- Has a beautiful piney, hop smell.

T- Bitter up front, then mellows out and leaves a nice caramal after taste. The 9% is hidden better than Waldo could ever do.

M-It feels a little heavy in the mouth, not too much, but it lets you know it is there. I like it, has some substance.

O- This is a damn fine beer. My tastes have been leaning to hop bombs lately, so I wasn't sure of this when I cracked it. It delivers, enough hops to satisfy my craving and enough malt balance to keep non hop maniacs happy too! Pick it up!

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Photo of thepiner
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great beer. My advice would be to not focus on the "hoppy scarlet ale" moniker or think about its predecessors (Exits 11,16) when trying- it's not as hop forward as the others and it's not scarlet. A nice balance of maltiness with the hops. Surprisingly smooth for its ABV.

Nice creamy tight head on the glass, immediate notes of citrus/pineapple on the nose. Auburn/ light caramel color.

Nice malty balance with a citrus finish. Really nicely balanced for an amber ale; akin to Nugget Nectar but hops are more citrus than piney.

Real nice beer- can't wait to drink it while watching my Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

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