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 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 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 Stigs
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, served in a small pint glass

A - pours with about half an inch of mostly creamy, somewhat dense light tan foam. the beer is clear yet some bottle sediment fell in. burnt amber in color.

S - rich with pine, lightly citrusy hops. sweet caramel malt shines through. simple and balanced, yet inviting.

T - begins with some rich caramel sweetness which carries through to the end. crisp bitterness chimes in about halfway, bringing lush pine, grapefruit, and slightly floral hops.

M - medium bodied with light yet crisp carbonation. slightly creamy throughout, aided by ample sweetness yet cut into by a pleasant bitterness and very mild alcohol burn.

O - wonderful in its simplicity. basically a solid amber with a healthy hoppy edge. not quite at Nugget Nectar level (which I feel all hoppy ambers are judged against) but yummy nonetheless.

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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 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 ColForbinBC
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL champagne style bomber poured into a tulip pint

Pours a reddish amber with a fluffy ecru cap that rose quickly and billowed to a solid 3+ fingers. Some raindrop style retreating and lines of lace on the side.

As soon a I popped the top, the unmistakable smell of citra hops permeated the air. An aggressive hop bill that leads to an aroma of mangoes and papaya with underlying notes of pine resin. A very clean, biscuity malt bill lays the foundation for these hops to play.

The flavor profile is loaded with hops. Again, a clean, but sturdy malt bill holds it down for the pine resin and tropical fruit to stand up. As a lover of the humulus lupulus, this is right up my alley. An aggressively hopped red ale that is as advertised.

A medium body that is chewy and a bit sticky due to this thick, pine resiny characteristic it puts forward.

Overall, I found this to be a hit. A clean, bitter amber ale with a decent kick of alcohol. Not a great session like most ambers, but this is one that I am glad bucks the trend. Another solid addition to the flying fish exit series.

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

dark amber with red hues and a tannish head that holds pretty well and leaves tons of lace. lots of yeasty chunks in the last pour. should've been a little gentler, but it doesn't seem like taste/aroma/mouthfeel are effected. nose is tons of gorgeous hops with a caramelly and (to a lesser degree) sweet toasty/bready malt character. pine, grapefruit pith and tropical fruit. a very hop forward beer, but the malts do their part and harmonize to create it's personality. taste follows suit and hits you with a big blast of grapefruit and pine, which is rounded out by the malt, but balance is there, and nothing seems too extreme, although there are definitely copious amounts of hop here. medium full body. slightly bitter in the finish with some sweetness and a wisp of alcohol. one of my favorite types of beer to pair with food. thought it was awesome with vindaloo. another very good beer from the exit series. keep 'em coming flying fish!!

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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 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 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 stevoj
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Strong bitterness smacks of an IPA. Nice rich copper color with tan foamy head, plenty of sticky lacing. Bitterness sticks to the palate long after you’ve finished swallowing. Rewarding drink....

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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 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 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 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 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 Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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 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 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 mvanaskie13
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is amber (scarlet) a little dense, nice looking head with mainly fine bubbles that is light tan; head laces the glass very well.

Smell is hop forward: nice citrusy hop aroma with caramel malt and toast, light toffee, also some sweet/fruity yeast byproducts. Great, enticing smell.

Taste is also hop forward, great citrus and earthy hop balance, touch of pine/resin like flavor, then transitions to the sweeter caramel/toast/toffee/plum like flavors. Hard to believe this clocks in at 9.0% abv with the great balance of flavors and low alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is bitter, nice carbonated, balanced through out the mouth at first and then a very dry finish on the tongue.

Overall, this is an exceptional beer, nice hearty malt backbone with a lean towards some caramel and toffee like flavors; nice assertive fermentation leads to solid strength and pleasant fruity flavors.

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Photo of Axic10
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish amber with a finger of fluffy, bubbly white head.

Smell: Floral hops with hints of sweet citrusy fruit mixed with a decent malt sweetness.

Taste: Caramel sweetness followed by a wave of citrus (bitter grapefruit and mango) and slightly bitey hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp.

Overall: Definitely my personal favorite of the Exit Series so far. Reminds me a lot of Nugget Nectar. I'm stocking up on this bottle (which I'm sure won't last long).

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