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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
182
Reviews:
96
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
8.91%
 
 
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25
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Ratings: 182 |  Reviews: 96
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 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 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 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 Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy dark gold with a little off-white head.
S: It smelled like grapefruit and apricot hops, with light caramel and honey malt, and a bit of bready yeast.
T: It tasted like bitter grapefruit with some sweet caramel and honey and apricot, along with some copper hops. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste with some lingering sweetness.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation. Very nice and full body.
D: This was a very nice double IPA, but I'm not sure about it being ""scarlet."" It had a great hoppy scent and taste, with excellent body. The alcohol was decently hidden too, so it was pretty easy to drink. Flying Fish apparently makes solid hoppy beers, and this is a great example of one. Recommended.

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

750ml wrapped bottle courtesy of ShanePB in the Hotter than Hot BIF. Split with bgthang; my share in a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Pours a dullish amber copper hue with a well-retained tuft of white head. Good lacing and the body's clarity is spot-on. Excellent nose bursts with tropical, fruity hops and a backing of caramel and amber malt notes.

Satisfying caramel profile coats the palate with sweet candy juiciness. Hop flavor is one of the best I've experience within the Red Ale style. Boozy in the finish with pine, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit peel. Mouthfeel is crisp and well-carbonated with a medium consistency. Overall, a most impressive release from Flying Fish. Enjoyed every sip.

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

Pours hazy dark gold I with a finger of head, quickly recedes.

Nose is sharp hops, and a little alcohol

Taste is pretty decent hops mostly fruity, with some dark fruit from the malt. Sharp hop contrast, but missing in complexity just a little bit (specifically floral and pine notes).

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than expected, with very very high carbonation

Overall it is a good beer certainly not the best in the exit series. I will definitely try it again when I am not all congested up with allergies

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Flying Fish brew that I can remember having. Quite a start here; nice hoppy aroma to this one, like a fresh IPA. Not quite red or amber is the color of this brew; almost a dark orange, murky and full of sediment. Fresh hop leaves fill the taste buds as a malty-red ale start quickly hits a bitter roadblock. Thick malty body, but this brew is for the hopheads, reminds me a lot of 5 A.M. Saint from BrewDog. Finish is as bitter as any APA or IPA. The alcohol is almost completely hidden. Very good brew. A HopHead must.

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Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - solid amber color, a little murky, with about about 2 fingers worth of off-white foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - pretty hoppy, I'd say maybe Cascade and/or Amarillo. Also maybe a little fruity.

Taste and Mouthfeel - hoppy in the taste too, but mostly flavor until the end of the middle and whole of the finish, then it's fairly bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Also maybe a fruitiness in the taste, most noticeable in the middle, but still very subtle. Texture is very nice and well-balanced.

Overall - all around good beer, especially if you like the taste the hops, but not necessarily love the bitterness.

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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 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 bonbini26
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Skinner's Loft in JC

Finally the first time I've seen this beer on tap or bottle. Poured into a snifter, a hazy orange with a 2 finger thick head. The smell had some citrus and caramel sweetness to it. A little bit of everything in the taste, biscuit, malts, grapefruit, soft pine, a little heat from the alcohol. The body is hearty, and very smooth and balanced throughout, with creaminess in the beginning and dryness at the end, leaving a slight hop bitterness lingering on the tongue. I had 4 of these in row, so I would say its pretty easy drinking at 9%. GO RU!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of 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 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 jsp2
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber with thick foamy head. Citrus herb hoppy aroma with an underlying hint of roasted malt. Hoppiness is foremost, nicely balanced with alcohol, acidity, and malt sweetness. Citrus alcohol aftertaste with slight fruity esters, and bitterness.

This pushes the boundaries of an amber or red ale, for sure, with intense hop and citrus. The best part of this beer is the balance between sweet, acid, hop, and alcohol, which is masterful. This is a prime take on the style, especially for hop lovers.

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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 sfsean28
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- amber, thick,foamy head leaving nice lacing

S- citrus hops,grapefruit dominates

T- good balance between sweet malt and piney and fruity hops

M- medium body, good carbonation. bitterness is just right for my taste.

D- Its a good drinking brew but be careful with 9% alcohol. Not a heavy beer but yet refreshing.

I like this brew from Flying Fish Exit Series very much and I hope they plan on six pack offerings.

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