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Exit 9 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
flyingfish.com

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.

Added by womencantsail on 02-11-2011

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4.04
pDev:
8.91%
 
 
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Photo of maximum12
2.01/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to an excellent, well-meaning trader for dropping this beer into one of the final boxes rec’d before a serious trading break. I hate trading breaks. And this one is a doozy.

Split down the middle, pours a amber strain of orange. Only 80% of the bomber poured to avoid the sludge I assume inhabits the floor of the glass. Smells like Fat Tire - hot cross buns mixed with a little rubber. Not appealing.

Exit 9 exists in that place where the hops begin to turn but have yet to morph into anything palatable. Hops taste stale, musty fall leaves, & the bitterness also carries that damp earthiness, a trait I’m severely unfond of. Grassy, a little caramel if I squint hard enough, not much else.

Disappointing. I’ve enjoyed most of the offerings from Flying Fish, & this one is just not very good. Oh well.

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Photo of portia99
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle received as a great extra in a recent trade with BOLTZ7555. Thanks! Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours quite hazy, just below the murky point with a dirty, orangey brown color. A thick frothy two finger head lingers for a long time and leaves lots of sticky spiderwebs on the glass.

S - Has a pretty strong Lipton instant iced tea character going up front, complete with lemon. Some fruity and citrusy hops layered on top and some caramel malt around the edges.

T - Pretty hoppy on first sip, with a solid but not dominant hop bitterness. Still maintains the iced tea impressions of the aroma too. Fairly noticeable alcohol flavor as well with some citrusy/lemony fruitiness too. Sweet caramel malt at the base and into the finish. The tea flavors give this a bit of an overall "off" flavor to it. Distracting at times and maybe a bit more than that at times.

M - Medium bodied with a good strong carbonation that remains smooth but gives enough of a tingle on the tongue. Alcohol is plenty noticeable but I wouldn't go so far as to call it boozy.

O - Definitely not my favorite in the Exit Series. Ultimately the tea qualities of this one prove too much for my palate/senses. I've noticed this in other beers a couple of other times. Haven't been able to narrow it down to a yeast strain/hop/malt that delivers this character. Glad to have the opportunity to try this and continue my work towards completing this series. I'm figuring plenty of people out there are going to enjoy this more than I did...think I have an extra sensitivity to something in there. Solid and well brewed...just not my thing.

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Photo of seanwhite
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very hazy dark golden orange color that’s completely opaque with tangerine hues and a half finger white head that immediately fades into a very thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

S: Spicy hop aroma with lots of earthy notes and citrus fruit as well as a prominent malt presence. Hints of pine needle, orange peel and grapefruit with some caramel, toffee and biscuit.

T: Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a blast of dry sticky hops up front providing a lingering bitterness that dominates the flavor. Lots of earthy pine and resinous oils along with subtle fruit notes. Not as tropical or citrusy as aroma suggest. More spicy and bitter with a decent malt backbone. Hints of caramel, nut, toffee and biscuit.

O: Malts become more prominent as it warns providing subtle balance but it’s a hop monster first and foremost. Strong alcohol heat in the finish but abv is decently masked at 9%.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
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 dondeez21
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Served at 45-50 degrees.
A: The beer is on the low end of the color spectrum for a red ale. More of a dark gold. Very thin heads that disappears fast and leaves decent lacing.
S: Malt foreword. With some hops on the backend.
T: Malt hits my tongue first followed by hops. Judging from the description on the bottle I was expecting some more hops. There are a few citrus hops listed but they dont really shine in this beer. They are present but not the main focus on this beer.
M: This beer has a med-high mouthfeel. Its rich and sticky.
D: Drinkability is good. Not exactly what I was hoping for but it is tasty. I would like to try again hopefully on tap.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a crimson read, pretty appearance, 1/2" off white head on it with above average retention. Aroma yielded cascade, maybe nugget hop aroma, bitter grapefruit stylings. Bready.

Taste did some good things, good cascade like hop grapefruit bitterness, absorbed alcohol well, wasn't overly peaty or too red in its malt range.

A little expensive, no reason to drop $10 on a bottle ever again. Would rather get a 6 pack of nugget nectar.

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Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a somewhat reddish amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly attractive, with some sweet malt and underlying citrus. On the palate, I was surprised by how sweet this beer is. There is some noticeable bitterness in the finish as well, but the sweet malt definitely dominates in this beer. Also, along with the bitterness in the finish, I get some noticeable heat from the 9% abv. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and there's no doubt this beer delivers plenty of flavor. As noted above, the beer has a fairly long, bitter, somewhat alcoholic finish. Drinkabilty is OK, though the considerable sweetness and noticeable alcohol detract a bit from this beer's drinkability.

A few other reviewers have compared this beer to NN (given that both beers are imperial red ales in the data base I guess), but that's a bit unfair to Exit 9. NN is clearly a world class beer and, well, this just isn't. It's not a bad beer, but it's not one of the better efforts I've had so far from FF in their exit series.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grapefruit bomb. Not "scarlet" - more of a rose-tinted amber. Biscuity, lightly nutty malt profile that plays a hushed second fiddle to the unmitigated pungent, peppery-spicy, concentrated citrus hopsturbation. Far outside the realm of balance until you let it warm a little - and even then... I can't tell from where the spicy pungency derives. The none-too-subtle warming finish concludes a woosh of nail-polish remover phenolicism accompanying the grapefruit, vaguely strawberry Starburst fruitiness. Citra is a beast. Hopheads and big beer buffs may dig this. If it's not an amber ale, it's a double IPA for sure. Gotta admit it's certainly drinkable, if a bit static on the palate. Vibrant carbonation within and without. Probably the lamest Exit beer I've tried so far.

These are a few of my initial, and repeated, impressions.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thankyou Bailey's for there new takeoout section and improved beer selection I was able to get this one.

Poured into a tulip,very thick and heavy looking with alot of particulates floating around in there.Decent off white heading that sticks around for a little while then turns completely flat. Light ringlets throughout.

Heavy fruit nose with an immediate follow up of spicey hops.There is some citrus notes in there as well,somewhat perfumey mask sticks in the background the entire time.

Taste is a little hit and miss for me. There is a heavy citrus-pine taste that just invades the taste buds and stays there the entire time. What did almost ruin it for me was the heavy overload of malts. They are there and almost like drinking molasses.Completely through me off guard.

This does have great carbonation in the mouth for how heavy it is. Big, heavy, chewy malt bite that is smooth but is almost like molasses on the tongue.

All and all one of my least favorites of the exit series.

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Photo of mentor
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle left over after GABF judging and given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Pours a 2 finger fluffy tan head over a brilliant orange-rust liquid. Smells oranges, lemon, pine, and woody hops over clean alcohol and rich fruity esters of apricot and pear.

Tastes hoppy of oranges, pine, grapefruit pith, and lemon with mild malt sweet, moderate hop bitter, and rough alcohol sting. Very resiny. Combined, these make the beer soothing to start but drying and rough with an orange-like pinesol flavor lingering in the aftertaste. The acid balance may lean a bit toward the acid to amplify the perceived pinesol. Light in the mouth, but has a bit of creamy thick. Mild but stinging carbonation. A great beer for a hop-head such as myself. Definitely not an American Amber, not sure it's a Am Strong Pale either. I guess it's one of those wonderful beers that is enjoyable, but doesn't fit a style very well.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this as a nice extra from i forget who in a trade.
A: cloudy orange-ish with a nice off-white head.
S: very yeasty, would almost have thought this used belgian rather than american yeast as stated on the bottle. spicy, fruity, and dank along with some tropical and citrus fruit from the hops. also caramel malt comes through.
T: medium sweet caramel/toffee malt balanced out by a smooth but spicy hop bitterness.
M: medium to full body. frothy and creamy.
O: would not have guessed this to be as high as 9% abv.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, amber-copper body with a tall, off-white head at first, but it descends at a fair pace.

Smell: Sweetish scent of citrus fruity juices stirred up with candyish caramel sauce and hit with a bit of spice, resins, additional citrus peelings, and a splash of liquor.

Taste: Bready, lightly toasty, and with a light sweetness of caramelized sugars. The initial maltiness transitions to fruity tastes of sugar-topped pears, sweet tangelos, grapefruit, and melon. A firm spiciness and a cutting resinous quality hop right in, along with a large helping of bitterness. Some resilient sugary flourishes stay, trying to counter the big bitterness and the alcohol. Finishes dry, warming, and fruity with a drawn-out bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Some slight chewiness to the overall mouthfeel.

Overall: It's, you know, alright. This one's drinkability is essentially on-par with other strong, bitter, boozy ales.

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Photo of sholland119
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear amber with a rather thin off white head and a pool of head.

S-Caramel malt dominates the nose with some nice citrus juiciness. Not as appealing as the tap version which was better balanced.

T-Malty sweet with a bit of an iced tea character. A nice hop bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with a slightly heavy lingering bitterness.

O-Nice, though I enjoyed the tap version a lot better.

HV

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice amber color, with a lightly tanned head that doesn't overstay its' welcome
S: Really deep citrus nose, with some pine mixed in
T: Pleasantly bitter. there is a definite sweet malt backbone, but the hops run this show. Pleasantly minty finish and aftertaste, not a lot of alcohol in this
M: Sticky sweet
O: I don't taste the NN that others do, but as good as it is, I feel it needs just a little more to totally wow me

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
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 IdrinkGas
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
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 ckollias
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 750ml bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy orange hue with a thin, white, 1-finger head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a nice trail down the slide of the glass.

S: Malty hoppy aroma with hints of caramel.

T: Equal mix of malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Nice caramel background with hints of bread/biscuits and brown sugar.

M: Very strong and boozy. Thick body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting brew – not my favorite EXIT but definitely worthy of a try.

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Photo of corby112
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy dark golden orange color that's completely opaque with tangerine hues and a half finger white head that immediately fades into a very thin ring.  Not much in the way of lacing.  

Spicy hop aroma with lots of earthy notes and citrus fruit as well as a prominent malt presence.  Hints of pine needle, orange peel and grapefruit with some caramel, toffee and biscuit.  
Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a blast of dry sticky hops up front providing a lingering bitterness that dominates the flavor.  Lots of earthy pine and resinous oils along with subtle fruit notes.  Not as tropical or citrusy as aroma suggest.  More spicy and bitter with a decent malt backbone.  Hints of caramel, nut, toffee and biscuit.  Malts become more prominent as it warns providing subtle balance but it's a hop monster first and foremost.  Strong alcohol heat in the finish but abv is decently masked at 9%.

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Photo of Wegomlegging
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color, with a very good white head. Smell was a bit understated in the malt category, but plenty of hops to talk about. Flavors were very pleasant, with hops taking the front seat and a very slight amount of maltiness. Finish was excellent which I belive has something to do with the hard water used to brew this beer. Nice carbonation, went down very easily given amount of hops. Refreshing overall with good balance, but doesn't fit the mold of your red ale except in color. RU hoo-rah!

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Photo of IronLover
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery (Paoli, PA) on 4/3/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a thin frothy covering of bright-white head. This retains with some rich edging and leaves back some foamy swathes of lacing which slowly creep down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells sweet and sticky in the nose, with notes of caramel and ripe tropical fruit. An earthy and leafy bitterness adds some edge to this.

The taste has a lot of sweet caramel action going on with it, with a bit of an extra roasty push underneath. The bitterness here is initially very raw feeling, with a harsh pithiness in the finish that really sticks hard. Fortunately, as this warms up, more and more fruit character emerges to help balance a lot of this out and make the overall experience with this beer a lot better. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an assertive sharpness to the carbonation which really helped draw a lot of that initial aggressive bitterness out. A slickness along the back helps carry a lot of that balancing sweetness in the profile. I must say for 9%, the alcohol here is very hell hid, with just some beefy warmth being present in the body.

As I suspected, my experience with this here on draft was much better than it was on cask. Problems with the aggressiveness of the hops aside, this luckily did end up being a flavorful and well balanced Imperial Red by the end of the glass, with that sticky tropical fruit character eventually swooping in to save the day. Pretty impressive drinkibility on this for an almost 10% beer as well and while I wasn't quite blown away here; this definitely ended up as a solid entry in the Exit series.

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Photo of CuttDeez
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - A hazy cloudy dark burnt orange body. (brick like) THe head is medium in size heavy in teaxture with a good amount of stick on the glass (off white cream in color)

S - Malty strong nose. Lots of carmal sweetness on the front of the nose. Then it is cut by some sweet citrus hop notes but breifly. The back end lends itself to a little earthen tones and pine.

T & M & D - The beer is malty and chewy up front with a lot of carmel and pine. Then the fruits, like the nose, cut in with citrus and some bitter tones. The mouthfeel is full and strong in the begining but the bitter hops tend to clense the palate feel and make the beer pretty drinkable overall. The warmth of alchohol is noticable but not overwhelming.

O - An interesting beer as the hoppy characteristic and the malt characteristics mingle together nicely and don't combat one another. Very good sipper brew for the flavors and not overpowering on the palate.

-Cheers

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Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one, Steve.

A: The beer pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white head.

S: Quite hoppy, the way I like my red ales. A bunch of citrus peel with a bit of grass and a mild pine note. There is a little bit of grapefruit juice which gives it a light acidity. There's also a touch of bread and toffee.

T: A bit more citrusy on the flavor, which I like. Plenty of grapefruit, tangerine, and mild pine. There's a mild grass note and a fair bit of bread and toast. Only a mild caramel sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A pretty nice beer. Nice hoppy flavor, the nose just had that little acidity that didn't quite do it for me.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this one with beeruser and funkydelic during one of our weekly tastings! Brought this one out as my guest wanted an Amber there... Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, caramel, citrus hop, and marijuana. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, citrus, and caramel hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. The hop profile going on here was very sweet forward rather than bittering. The citrus aspect in this one definitely helped to overcome this fact, but it could only do so much. Still pretty enjoyable and was a nice change-up after some of the other brews we had during this tasting. Worth trying at least one if you have the opportunity.

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Exit 9 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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