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Exit 9 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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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 yourchoice
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish, amberish hue, slightly cloudy appearance. A little straw colored head, a bit of lacing while drinking.

S - With the hops, the expected grapefruit. A refreshing hoppy cleanliness. Wonderful clean aroma.

T - A very tasty beer for a hophead like myself. More citrus than pine. Very good.

M - Hops tingle the palette, the beer is pleasantly not overly carbonated. Medium body.

O - Being a Rutgers graduate, I'm very happy FF made such a great beer to celebrate my old stomping grounds! I may have to take a few bombers to an RU football game this fall. Well done, FF!

Go RU!

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

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

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Photo of 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 drtth
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a nice clear russet color with a 1 and ½" foamy cream colored head that recedes fairly soon to leave a 1/8" cap on the liquid with lots of lacing speckles and patches on the glass. Eventually the cap becomes an island of foam and a prominent ring around the glass. Sipping leaves a nice pattern of leggy and speckled lacing. Even to the end of the beer there is a ring of foam and lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aromas include caramel filled with pine, resin, and citrus zest. It's a well integrated smell of what malt and hops might smell like if they were a single ingredient.

Taste: The malt backbone is definitely prominent here but it never dominates so completely that the pine and citrus are hidden, rather it supports them and keeps them on display until some tropical fruit flavors like mango and papaya emerge to blend in with the malt sweetness that keeps the bitterness under control. The alcohol is well hidden until the effects begin to show.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with gentle regular carbonation. The finish is fairly long, beginning with the noticeable malt background tinged with pine resin and citrus and tapering off into a long lasting bitter piney dryness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I found this a nicely drinkable beer and another solid well made offering in the Exit series. Its clear that temperature makes a big difference in how this beer tastes and that as it approaches room temperature there the flavors are better integrated. My overall impression is that this is a beer I'll enjoy drinking for the rest of the case and regret opening the last bottle. A very good beer that borders on being a great beer.

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

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

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Photo of pburland23
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think Flying Fish's Exit Series is one of the best limited run series out there at the moment.

Poured from a 25.4 ounce bottle into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

Pours a reddish amber with some hazy cloudiness that hangs in the glass. A thick layer of white head lingered into some thick lacing. The nose is incredibly hoppy. It's piney and slightly resinous. The taste is very hop forward. It's a little too bitter in my opinion. The malt just isn't there to balance out the hops.

The beer drinks like it is a touch overcarbonated in my opinion, but the 9% is hidden quite well and the overall drinkability is pretty good.

The biggest issue facing Exit 9 is that it is impossible not to compare it to Nugget Nectar and it isn't nearly as good. The components for a good beer are here, but they aren't quite constructed properly.

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

A: Poured gently from a 750 into a snifter. About a finger of slightly white/almost colorless head. Lots of bubbles and some yeast floating around. Slightly hazy.
S: Primarily pine and cirtus hop notes.
T: Starts out with a sweet malt flavor. Definitely getting some tropical flavors. Finishes hoppy and bitter with a very small amount of alcohol.
M:Moderate carbonation.
Stacks up nicely against the other red ale (Nugget Nectar) I've been drinking the past couple months.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I poured this into the Flying Fish stemmed tulip glass I purchased at the brewery earlier today. They give an okay tour and have a typical warehouse-like microbrewery, but they can boast a pretty decent gift shop.

The immediate pour didn't show much promise of a large head, but once you completed the pour the roiling of the carbonation really built this well-structured, cream-colored sucker up to almost two inches. Would it have done as well in a pint glass? Who knows? Don't care. This is a "scarlet" ale in name only and comes off as an amber color bordering on orange with perhaps a reddish cast to it. Lacing is spotty but persistent.

A really wonderful, rich and creamy smell of American hops full on with all the citrus goodness they bring. If there are malts in here I don't care...okay this is a review so I'll try. Yeah, there are some faint whiffs of the malt adding a Hawaiian honey bread sweetness. So what? These hops are really nice.

All grapefruit in the mouth...not the overly bitter "oh my god, please give me some sugar" white grapefruit, but the juicy and sweet pink ones. Don't get me wrong, this is really high in IBUs and would please the most ardent hop head, but there's a sweetness there that rides shotgun. You don't get as much of the malt sweetness you got in the nose and that is missed as it would do more to balance this beer, but for some that isn't necessary.

This is actually refreshing for a beer this bitter. You find your salivary glands working hard and filling your mouth along with the beer. The body is nicely medium with a good amount of carbonation to keep it lively. the aftertaste lingers with some sweetness and bitterness...burps are pretty tasty too.

I really like this one and it's definitely on par with their Exit 13, but in a different way. In the past I've knocked Flying Fish as not doing much to make New Jersey proud of its brewing prowess, but this not only should make the state proud. In their last two Exit Series offerings they've proven that they can create a real quality ale in two seriously different styles. I am also happy that they chose to honor my alma mater (legal note: as I did not actually complete my BA at Rutgers, I cannot truly refer to it as my alma mater...sue me). Go Knights! Go RU! Win...um...something...whatever...anything would be nice. Chess team, I'm looking at you.

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Photo of sway0925
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell - Full malty body with loads of hops, from brewing my own beer i can diffidently smell the Chinook and centennial hops which give off a lovely aroma.

Appearance - to me reminds me of a lighter red ale; almost and amber like color, which resembles the troegs nugget nectar but taste a lot better.

Taste - Sweet and malty, with a big body and a crisp hoppy finish.
this beer has a pronounced after taste that leaves me wanting another sip.

Mouthfeel - smooth, moderate carbonation. Resin/hoppy flavors cling to the tongue after the sip. a little bit heavy but not overly so. will do fine with some age to mellow out the hop flavoring.

Drinkability - very well constructed considering alcohol content - Not heavy, nice crisp and refreshing with good solid body to support the hops. Another great outing from Flying Fish. this has to be my third best exit from them.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another lovely Exit series offering from Flying Fish. This Exit project will be their definitive legacy - it has elevated a perfectly competent but unremarkable brewery to something special, worthy of notice nationally.

Pours clear amber with a rich white head that falls to good lacing. The aroma is splendid - gigantically hoppy, with citrus, earth, and pine all wrapped into one perfumy punch, and behind it a distinct but subtle carmelly malt backbone. The flavor is tasty and carmelly - like rye toast with an excellent caramel - and a rich, sweet round hop flavor, more pine and earth than citrus, but there is plenty of citrus here too, like a candied orange rind. The mouthfeel is thick and resinous, clinging to the tongue and emphasizing the sweet blood orange bitterness on the finish. This is an amazing drinkable beer, but watch out for the ABV - this drinks like a 6 percent beer, but packs a full 9 percent wallop - there is little booze or heat to warn that you might be headed for trouble by overindulging.

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

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

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

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Photo of 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 victory4me
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard shaker.

Pours a clear amber, not quite "scarlet," but a pretty beer with a big fat 2 finger head. Aroma is very floral, like Nugget Nectar without the Simcoe. Piney and resinous smell, I think it's going to be very hard to objectively not compare this beer to Nugget Nectar.

Taste is good, but not Nugget Nectar good. A balance between the hops and malts that results in a tasty if not spectacular flavor. Lots of delicious juicy hoppy goodness that is muted, but not overpowered by the malts. A piney background attribute gives the hops an extra kick. Mouthfeel is where this beer shines, I love the creamy and silky smooth mouthfeel that is really a treat to find in any beer. A really easy to drink and enjoyable beer.

I see one big problem with Exit 9, bad timing. Release this beer 2 months from now or early December and it will stand alone as a very good hoppy amber. Release it during Nugget Nectar season and everyone will compare to NN. Regardless, the mouthfeel is worth the beer alone and I love the Exit Series.


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Photo of bballmj2k
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't wait to get into this one - have thoroughly enjoyed all of the other Exit series.

Appearance - Golden straw orange - honestly look similar to Troegs Nugget Nectar. About 1 finger of creamy head that dissipates quickly. Clear and beautiful.

Smell - Full malty body with hints of hops. Not tropical fruity hops but more of the piney variety. Not an overpowering smell but definitely refreshing.

Taste - Sweet and malty up front with a big body and a crisp hoppy finish. More Nugget Nectar similarities - bitter, resiney, piney notes.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, moderate carbonation. Resin/hoppy flavors cling to the tongue after the sip. Perhaps a bit heavy but not overly so.

Drinkability - Pretty good considering alcohol content - Not heavy, nice crisp and refreshing with good solid body to support the hops. Another great outing from Flying Fish.

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

I poured from a bomber into a SA perfect pint glass. It pours a solid amber with a perfect 2 finger white head and a ton of lacing. The aroma is sweet with citrus. The beer has lots of sweet malt and a citrus finish, very well balanced. The body is medium and is well carbonated, creamy mouthfeel. A good amber, another solid beer from the exit series.

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Photo of keepersj12
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one great beer. It starts with an incredible smell that dominates throughout the drink. It's citrus, pine, tropical fruits with just a touch of malt. The flavor mirrors the aroma with a nice balance and then the hops hit you. Just a beautiful meld of aroma and flavor One of the best beers for me period.

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

Great beer. My advice would be to not focus on the "hoppy scarlet ale" moniker or think about its predecessors (Exits 11,16) when trying- it's not as hop forward as the others and it's not scarlet. A nice balance of maltiness with the hops. Surprisingly smooth for its ABV.

Nice creamy tight head on the glass, immediate notes of citrus/pineapple on the nose. Auburn/ light caramel color.

Nice malty balance with a citrus finish. Really nicely balanced for an amber ale; akin to Nugget Nectar but hops are more citrus than piney.

Real nice beer- can't wait to drink it while watching my Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into tasting snifter. thanks to acviencko for sharing.

Pours a clear auburn with cherry red tones, a nice sized frothy white head with decent film and lacing.

The nose felt somewhat muted, although notes of sticky hops, caramel malt, and a bit of citrus poked through the clouds.

Nice bitterness up front with grapefruit and pith. More tropical fruit with sweetness and dry bitterness. Bready malts and caramel stickiness add a solid base. Nice hop bite in the finish followed by very faint alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied and carbonated, sticky and dry on the tongue. Drinks really nice, and the alcohol is almost invisible. Definitely a solid example of a hoppy amber - this is probably one of my favorite Exit Series beers so far.

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

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

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Exit 9 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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