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Exit 9 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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 Jimmys
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 capped into tulip. sharing with my lady.

A: a bit of haze in this brew that i would call orange, not red. reddish white head with decent retention and sticky lacing.

S: a really sweet, sugary malt is competing with an equally intense hopping for supremacy of the nose. a little bit of butterscotch. chalky bitterness. touch of heat.

T: flavor starts with caramel and marshmallows. the meat of the body is similar to the nose, a battle between sweet malt and big sticky piney american hops. i think the malt actually wins this battle. enough hop presence to keep things in balance and to keep this from turning into a big scottish or even a mild english barleywine. very flavorful.

M: tiny carbonation bubbles work perfectly with this big bodied brew.

D: im glad i let this one sit tight for a while. there was just a touch of heat on one sip, but i may have just been being picky. solid brew from flying fish and solid exit series release.

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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 TheBigBoy
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared out of 22oz bottle.

Nice hoppy and bitterness in a red ale and in line with my palette. Not sweet, not overpowering. A tates that could be enjoyed for tasting or throwing back a six.

A find that most of these Flying Fish beers are good. This is one of them.

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Photo of vande
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - hazy brownish orange pour, somewhat rusty in color with a decent sandy colored head created

s - a quick hoppy release, pungent citrus notes, with a nice malt background

t - rusty and coppery in a good way... hops jump on your tongue and roll around.... alcohol noticeable as it lingers through the hop and citrus notes that are abound

m - medium bodied active beer

o - a pretty good beer and another of the Enjoyable Exit series...

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 cosmicevan
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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 CHickman
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy amber color with a lot of sediment floating around the brew, with a 2 finger creamy beige head that fades very slowly, leaving very good spotty lacing clinging to the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, piney hops, floral hops, brown sugar, light grains, cinnamon, orange peel, citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit and light spices; smells very sweet with a slight funky aroma.

Tastes of sweet malt, piney hops, floral hops, flowers, herbs, brown sugar, toasted grains, cinnamon, orange peel, citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, yeast, light spices like pepper and coriander, and a nice complex flavor that well balanced. This beer was more like an IPA than a red/amber ale, and I thought that it was very tasty. There were enough malts to balance out the hops perfectly.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a medium body, light carbonation and a chewy complex feel that went down easy and paired nicely with fish. A very nice beer that was tasty and enjoyable, did a masterful job of hiding the 9% ABV, and one I'd definitely have again.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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.


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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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Exit 9 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 182 ratings.
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