Exit 9 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States | website

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:
12.38%
 
 
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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 brentk56
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a nice head that sticks reasonably well and leaves a few dots of lace, too

Smell: As one would expect from a hoppy red, the aroma has both caramel malt and piney hop elements

Taste: The malt jumps out front, with caramel flavors leading off; by mid-palate, some fruit and piney hops arrive to add a multi-layered, bitter dimension; after the swallow, while both the sweet and better elements are present, I would give a nod to the bitterness being dominant; also some minty flavors in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a really nice beer from the folks at Flying Fish, who are always concerned about drinkability rather than being at the extremes; this beer shows that they can pack quite a lot of flavor, without pushing it outside the boundaries; that might not satisfy everyone around this site, but that does not make it any less worthy

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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 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 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 mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was very big. Lots of dark orange colors swirling about and a good sized head of white reaching up and over the top to around two inches before settling back down again. Really nice layered look to the sides of the glass as it was thoroughly coated all the way down, really good retention here I have to say. Lots of malt in the nose right off. Caramel, sweet notes mixing with a very big hop note, especially as it warms. Piney with a sweet orange rind like citrus touch as it comes close to room temperature. Very thick feel, sticky and full with nice carbonation, definite enough to get it done. Initially you get the piney hop bite as you take the first sip, but it became very well balanced mid palate as the rich, almost scotch ale like buttery notes start to come through and really give it quite a smooth flavor. A bit hot still and a definite big one, it hurts the session ability of it a touch, and by the end you are really pushing it with this one.

Overall not bad, actually very, very good. Straddles the line of several styles, but I would call it a strong ale as a catch all. A bit strong and young still, this would serve up great after 6 months I am sure.

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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 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 billab914
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured an orange amber color with a thin, sticky white head clinging to the edges of the glass. It had some pretty nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a very nice hoppiness to it. I get some tropical fruit, mango, pineapple notes to it. It feels very juicy and bright which I really like. The malt gives it a nice sweet base, but the hops are the focus. Very nice aroma overall.

The taste shows a little of the tropical fruity notes up front. I get more of a bitter, grapefruit, rind like quality to it in the finish. A little bit of a candied orange flavor is there, while a decent amount of malt sweetness comes out as well throughout the flavor. Pretty good flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty solid hoppy beer. It had a very nice juicy, sweet, hoppiness to it that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of jwc215
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted last year - reviewed from notes that were lost and recently found:

Pours dark amber with a tan head that quickly descends to a thin, wispy covering. Some dots of lacing stick.

The smell is very hoppy - a blend of citrus (especially tangerine), tropical fruits (especially pineapple), and mild black pepper.

The taste is spicy - peppery with tropical and citrus fruits. "Red" maltiness is there but stays in the background enough to let the juicy hops come through. It has a kiss of sweetness in the otherwise dry finish.

For the abv, it could be heftier, but works well enough. The alcohol is covered reasonably well.

This sure is a juicy, hoppy red ale - well-made and enjoyable!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerlando for this one. Always excited to try another "Top New Beer". Served in a Half Acre pint glass.

A - Nice two fingers of creamy off-white foam that settle to a thick cap, leaving glass-coating lace. Hazed golden body that isn't very "amber".

S - So I'm guessing this is about six weeks old? In any case, a decent amount of piney and slightly catty hops - Chinook seems preeminent. Some light tropical fruit notes, and a cereal grain malt backdrop. A touch faded, but still pretty solid.

T - Again, lots of tropical fruits as well as some citrus, sweet toffee malt, lightly burnt sugars, and a growing bitterness that mounts over the course of a glass.

M - Resinous, sticky, medium body. Medium carbonation, and extremely deceptive alcohol - would never have guessed this was 9%.

D - This was probably a bit better right out of the gate, but it's still pretty enjoyable after a month and a half. Well-hidden boozes makes this one dangerous, particularly because it comes in 750ml bottles. I'd definitely buy this if I knew it was a fresh batch, or if it showed up on-tap.

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Photo of rab53
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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 drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, beer is dark amber / red with a decent head, some lacing and low carbonation.

Aroma is pretty hoppy and nicely sweet. Citrus hops mostly.

Beer is medium in body and really sweet on the front, the back is mildly bitter and the middle is filled with a lot of nice hoppy flavors, mostly citrus hops, chewy midpalate, a pretty nice beer. Slow drinking, big bottle, heavy palate, but I'd have it again.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 3"+ head that produces some thick lacing on the glass.

Smell: lots of caramel sweetness with some pine, and citrus tones.

Taste: nice malty beer here. Caramel, bread, light grapefruit, soft pine, a hint of pear sweetness, and a decent bitterness for the style. Alcohol is lightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Very smooth throughout with a bit of creaminess and dryness arriving late. Aftertaste is long lasting on the tongue.

Drinkability: this beer is nicely refreshing but still hearty enough to satisfy the thirst. Easy to drink a bomber in a short session.

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

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Flying Fish : Exit 9

This hoppy scarlet ale pours amber, a few particulates in suspension, soapy off white head forms and solid lacing on the pint glass. Smells of bready malt and sweet piney caramel. In the flavor, pine hops with a hint of pineapple, caramel malt sweetness and a good deal of bitterness. Mouthfeel is semi dry and smooth. Overall, a nice hoppy amber with a big body and hides the alcohol well. Dig it.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a full finger and a half of white head. Great looking pint, leaving nice lace.

S: Barleywine esque with a lot of crystal style malt, piney hops with a hint of pineappple.

T: Strong malty flavour though not overly sweet. Definite hop character, earthy with pine. Good balance.

M: Medium to full-bodied, some crisp carbonation with a nice softness. Medium long aftertaste.

O: Quite a good beer, amber ales can certainly be hit or miss for me, but I like this one. A solid strong ale.

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Photo of stevoj
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Strong bitterness smacks of an IPA. Nice rich copper color with tan foamy head, plenty of sticky lacing. Bitterness sticks to the palate long after you’ve finished swallowing. Rewarding drink....

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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 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 beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dirty orangish-amber is filled with a dense nature of yeasty activity. A creamy parchment head sits a finger-plus in height. Visible carbonation was difficult to determine through the dirty coloring and yeasty matter floating about. Window dressing was good for coverage. My only complaint of course would be the obvious, I would of loved to see the coloring a Rutgers Scarlet red which would have been very fitting here but came off a few shades off the mark, otherwise it would have been worthy of an extra tick up.

S: Fresh citrus juice mingles with pineapple juice. Pine and grapefruit also is detected combining with a sweet toasted specialty malting. The scent was pleasant in delivery, soft and perfumy rounding out with a bit of herbaceous thyme. Good flavor and bitterness upfront, treading between fresh wet citra-tones and some dry pine. Spicy and woodsy feel set against a bit of dried lemon and a nicely toasted malting. Dried tropical fruitiness (dried pineapple) and starfruit with a dash of peppery pine hopping on the close. Nice hop combination blending beautifully together as well a thick body of sweet toasted character.

M: Medium bodied, creamy feel, dry pine and citrus warmth with a spicy and peppery bite on the close.

D/O: Solid drinkability, worthy of a try and repeat. As the label suggests pairs well with spicy foods. Nice cool weather offering,spritzy and refreshing, solid in every aspect per style. Very good with possibly treading the line of a A- rating with minor degrees of personal differences.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with smallish head and lace patches on top of a nicely mixed aroma of grassy, citric hops (even soapy) and a large bread malt base (barely any caramel malt). The beer is smooth and sweet upon first sip, with a strong caramel/sugar sweet malt rush. Then the hops take over as a citric/spicy zest, real sharp - less citric, hint of tropical. Finishes crisp and for some reason a little sticky, and heated as well thanks to large ABV. Not completely balanced as more hoppy than sweet but not a complaint; good beer to sip on b/c the alcoholo sneaks up on you.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Immortale25
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. If there's a freshness date, it's on the bottom and I can't read it.

A- Pours more of a brownish-orange than scarlet but I understand that colors in the name don't need to correlate to the color in the brew. A full inch of head falls to a 1/16 inch head with patches of big bubbles settled on the surface. Moderate lacing.

S- Whoo. At least the word "hoppy" in the title certainly correlates to what's in the brew. A unique and intense hop aroma shoots out that seems slightly astringent but that just could be from how pungent and snappy the hops are.

T- That medicinal note actually does carry through to the flavor. Again, it could either be the combination of hop varieties or simply the quantity of hops used in the brew. Bitterness lingers on the tongue for a while and becomes more prevalent as it warms. Speaking of warms, the 9% ABV is catching up to me with every sip I take. It's well-hidden at first but only lasts so long. Somewhat sweet but the hops are definitely showcased in this beer. Have I said "hops" enough in this review?

M- Sort of prickly due to the high bitterness and medium-high carbonation. Definitely not a bad thing though.

O- Not my absolute favorite by Flying Fish and certainly not one of the best of the "Exit" series but a darn fine ale for sure. I'm usually wary of ales that hint at being Red Ales (e.g. Scarlet Ale) because I usually don't like Red Ales but this one is a winner for sure. A bit overbearing on the hops (that's 6 times), but if you like that sort of thing, I recommend this.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed, lighter than expected copper color, nice small cap od dense khaki head. Scent is dominated by citrus and piney hops, light carmely sweet malt backbone with a touch of roast. Taste brings a solid IPA quality hoppy background and bitterness, malts hidden in the background. Body is lighter then expected, good cask carbonation so that wasnt the issue. Would have liked a bit more malt and heft in the body, closer to an IPA in style then an Amber.

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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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Exit 9 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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