Exit 9 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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:
183
Reviews:
97
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
8.91%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
26
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 183 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ToddThompson
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of sholland119
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear amber with a rather thin off white head and a pool of head.

S-Caramel malt dominates the nose with some nice citrus juiciness. Not as appealing as the tap version which was better balanced.

T-Malty sweet with a bit of an iced tea character. A nice hop bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with a slightly heavy lingering bitterness.

O-Nice, though I enjoyed the tap version a lot better.

HV

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Photo of beagle826
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jurbanik
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Enjoyed this 750ml bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy orange hue with a thin, white, 1-finger head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a nice trail down the slide of the glass.

S: Malty hoppy aroma with hints of caramel.

T: Equal mix of malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Nice caramel background with hints of bread/biscuits and brown sugar.

M: Very strong and boozy. Thick body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting brew – not my favorite EXIT but definitely worthy of a try.

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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 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 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 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 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.

-Cheers

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 tone77
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a hazy amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, dark fruits. Taste is caramel malts, citrus, alcohol, some cherries. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall i an enjoyable beer worth trying.

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Exit 9 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 183 ratings.
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