Flying Fish Exit 11
95 Blade Chainsaw
Flying Fish Exit 11 is a harmonious and original creation by the Flying Fish brewery in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. This masterpiece is handcrafted and bottled into 750 ml. containers as the continuation of the brewery’s New Jersey Turnpike Exit Series, following the successful Exit 4 Trippel Ale. Exit 11 is an American Wheat Beer brewed with 50% Belgian Pale Malt and 50% White Wheat, spiced with Columbus, Palisade and Amarillo Pacific Northwest Hops, dry hopped with Amarillo Hops and fermented with English Ale Yeast for a substantial 6.2% ABV alcohol content.
I bought three of these 750 ml. bottles directly from the founder and general manager of Flying Fish brewery, Gene Muller, during a recent tour of the brewery. Having been less than thrilled by the tour and their regular beer offerings, I let the Exit 11 bottles sit in my refrigeratorfor several weeks without giving them much thought. But a recent in-home date with my wife brought Flying Fish Exit 11 back to mind.
Upon closely reading the label, it states that Exit 11 is a Hoppy American Wheat that is generously spiced with three types of Pacific Northwest hops. I was immediately impressed with the originality of the concept of a hoppy wheat ale and began to get excited about giving it a try. I opened the first bottle and poured it into a fat red wine glass and gave it a go, and the flavor and body smacked me with an unrelenting surprise and inspiration.
The menu I had originated for the night took a different direction, and suddenly I was marinating some prime steak and jumbo shrimp with this beer before surrendering them to the fire of the night, slowly cooking my meat while savoring glass after glass of this liquid masterpiece.
Onto The Method
9.5/10 – The Classic
1.5 – Appearance – A vigorous serve pours a bubbly golden white haze that forms a thin white head that leaves quickly but creates smooth and interesting lacing.
2.0 – Aroma – A crisp and balanced air with a smooth alcohol vapor brings forward an exceptional grapefruit hop bouquet over a subtle and delicate wheat and malt foundation.
2.0 – Taste – The mouth is at first surprised by the unexpected difference of the fragrance and the flavors, but not at all in a negative way. A multiplicity of characters collide at the first sip, but begin to break away into layers beginning with a crisp and fruity hop profile, a refreshing combination of the wheat and the alcohol, and a thin malt grain feel deep at the foundation. These personalities come back together during the aftertaste for a highly pleasing sensation.
2.0 – Palate – Meant as a summer beer for down the shore, this ale is amazingly crisp and refreshing with a beautifully smooth body all across the palate, from beginning to end.
2.0 – Overall – Flying Fish Exit 11 is a phenomenal wheat ale that is truly original, inspiring and just absolutely gorgeous. It’s interesting hop profile highlights its originality and makes one wonder why this isn’t done more often. A well hopped, quality grained wheat ale with an English Ale Yeast that hits all the right notes and pleases the senses.
9.5/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze – At 6.2% ABV, this isn’t the strongest beer out there, but it is certainly substantial and strong enough for any brew. What makes this remarkable is that most wheat ales don’t come close to this high in alcohol content, and there is a greatchallenge to get white wheat to produce this much booze. This accomplishment gives evidence that the alcohol content was an important though as part of itsconstruction.
9.0/10 Blades – The Knife –digestibility – A crisp and refreshing body over a robust alcohol content are key elements in providing this knife with a sharp blade. Pairing this beer with any large meal, including jumbo shrimp and prime steak over wild rice a pure delight.
8.0/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift – At first light and sweet, a nice lift comes on shortly after the second serve and continues to rise well into the night, providing sweet smiles, humorous conversations and good living.
9.0/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? – A good meal and moderation keep this machine at bay, while enduring an extra long session well into the dark hours of the night followed by a prolonged mutual carnal assault.
50/50 Blades – The Buzz –Flying Fish Exit 11 is a beautiful American wheat generously hopped with three Pacific Northwest hops, defining it as a truly original wheat ale. Its citrusy and fruity hop profile compliments a well constructed wheat and maltbase that blends a nicely substantial alcoholic punch created by the English Ale Yeast. Immediately after my first savoring, I knew this brew was going to jump right to the top of my best beers list.
Flying Fish Exit 11 excites the senses with a pleasing and inspirational bouquet of fruit fragrances while tasting absolutely remarkable. This great flavor profile is further enhanced by the wonderful feelings of euphoria that lasts well into the night followed by pleasure, passion and romance.
The several weeks following our initial experience with Flying Fish Exit 11, I’ve purchased every available bottle that I’ve come across. With prices currently ranging from $9.00 to $11.00, it’s a huge financial commitment for beer, but given that this is a limited series, I want to end up with as many of these bottles as I can, both for casual use and as a collectible in my private stock.
Another great quality of Flying Fish Exit 11 is that it transitions well between other quality beers. It doesn’t trump my White Hawk IPA, but during a recent session, I had four White Hawks and followed them with a 750 ml. bottle of Exit 11, and it complimented the euphoric sensations in an unexpected, synergistic and symbiotic phenomenon. Flying Fish Exit 11 Chainsaws the Night!