Exit 9 Hoppy Scarlet Ale
Flying Fish Brewing Company

Exit 9 Hoppy Scarlet AleExit 9 Hoppy Scarlet Ale
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American Amber / Red Ale
4.07 | pDev: 8.6%
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Exit 9 Hoppy Scarlet AleExit 9 Hoppy Scarlet Ale
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 185
Photo of CHickman
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +9.8%
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 -5.9%
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 -8.4%
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 -50.6%
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 +4.9%
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%
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 -4.4%
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 +11.1%
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 -5.4%
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 -15%
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 ummswimmin
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I opened this at an italian BYO with family. I was trying to match the hops with a planned red sauce (which I ended up not having). The beer was poured into small white wine glasses.

The beer is a nice red color with good carbonation for the entire bottle.

I enjoyed the roasted malts and hops in this bottle. It is clean in the flavor and well balanced.

I like this beer. I recommend this as a good example for reds.

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Photo of shand
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip.

This brew pours a very hazy muddy-red color with tons of sediment. The head is huge, and retains and laces well. The aroma is huge on citrus and piney hops. The taste is also very hoppy (primarily citrus, with a touch of pine), with a decent malt presence behind it. Alcohol is present and does drag this down just a little bit. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium-bodied and briskly carbonated, and the drinkability is about average for such a big brew. Overall, an enjoyable beer, but really doesn't stand out from the crowd of DIPAs.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with OWSELY069

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 PeprSprYoFace
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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 +6.1%
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 +8.6%
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 +0.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -1.7%
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 +4.4%
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 -1.7%
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 +8.6%
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 -1.7%
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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Exit 9 Hoppy Scarlet Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 185 ratings