Flying Fish Exit 16 (Wild Rice IPA)

For the first time since I started this blog, I didn’t review a beer last night. I worked 13 hours and came home, ate, laid on the couch and passed out. I had this bottle of Flying Fish waiting for review yesterday, but since I was knocked out, I didn’t get to it. Since all I’ve been doing all day is homework, I figured a nice brew would make the reading go faster.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: Each beer in the exit series has a story behind it (as it is named according to an exit on the New Jersey turnpike). According to exit series website, this beer was named after Secaucus and Hackensack, the wild rice idea comes in because: “Although usually identified with landfills and pipelines, the Hackensack Meadowlands is an amazingly diverse ecosystem providing vital animal and plant habitat. In a nod to a once common food plant here, we’ve brewed this beer with wild rice. We also added organic brown and white rice, as well as pils and pale malts.”

Random: I’ve only had one beer from the exit series and I thought it was pretty good.

I pull off the capsule of the bottle and I’m a little surprised to see a bottle cap. For some reason, I thought this would be corked and cage. But, that’s neither here nor there. The bottle has a nice description that is similar to the website. It says that there should be hints of mango, tangerine and pine. Interesting. The brew pours a cloudy golden color, almost like a hefeweizen, with a one finger white head that dissipates rapidly, leaving little lacing. Moderate carbonation is also visible through the haze. On the nose, I definitely get some citrus (more tangerine and clementine) and some pine. There is also a sour note on the nose, which is slightly unpleasant. I find the taste better than the nose. I get some pine, but it doesn’t hit you hard and upfront. It’s more of a mellow pine that works with the notes of tangerine that are a little more present in the taste than the nose. There is also a hint of tropical fruit, but more along the lines of pineapple than mango. The finish is slightly bitter and citrusy and lingers for a while. The carbonation is pretty active and apparent, but not overwhelming. The alcohol is well hidden in this brew. I expected this to be a lot heavier than it is (due to it being a double), but since it’s lighter, it goes down quicker. To be honest, I’m a little disappointed with this brew (although I start enjoying it more as it warms a bit). It goes down pretty easy and it drinks well, but something about it just isn’t flooring me the way other double IPAs have. Solid brew, no doubt, but not something that I’d rush back out to have. To be honest, I’m really surprised that it’s overall on BeerAdvocate is an A-. For me, this would be more of a B or B+, at best.

Note: After this beer warmed, the nose improved, although the sourness was slightly there. The taste also improved as well. The pine started to come out a lot more up front. As a result, I would give this a solid B+. It’s pretty amazing how much the profile of a brew can change (especially an IPA) when letting it warm for ten minutes or so.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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