Today was a summer filled day for me. Spent the afternoon by the pool and then the evening baking in the sun at a baseball game. Silvio sent over his weekly post earlier today and this is the first chance I’ve had to post it. As usual, many thanks to Silvio for keeping the blog active on the weekends. Today’s post is hilarious BTW. Silvio…
New Jersey: my native state, home of the Jersey Shore, the best diners in the world, the New Jersey Turnpike, and my alma mater, Rutgers University. The reason this list of awesomeness is relevant to LIBA today is because I’m reviewing Flying Fish Brewery’s Exit 9 Hoppy Scarlet Ale, named for Rutgers’ stop on the Turnpike and mascot (the Scarlet Knights).
Flying Fish is a New Jersey brewery, and their “Exit” series commemorates something unique about each of the Turnpike’s exits. I’ve previously reviewed Exit 4, and Josh has previously reviewed Exit 16. This is the seventh in the series, and I’m psyched to see what my college tastes like (I remember it being some kind of mix of Natty Light and French Fries, but I digress).
Flying Fish pours out a thick foamy head, with tons of suspended sediment hanging out in the glass. There’s so much pulp here that it reminded me of pulpy orange juice. Since this is beer pulp, let’s just call it “bulp.” Color wise, it’s a cloudy dark orange color, and has a hoppy/citrus aroma with faint pine notes.
Exit 9 tastes way better than anything I ever drank in college. It’s dominated by unmistakably hoppy goodness from the start, but it’s not bitter at all. Through the middle, I got lots of citrus notes, and even some hints of a vague tropical fruit (mango, maybe?). There isn’t much carbonation at all here, and it ends on a very dry but mellow note, reminiscent of a hoppy and fruity Irish Red.
Overall, this is a complex but really good beer. I’ve only seen two of the Exit series, but am always keeping an eye out for others. I’d love to hear any recommendations from LIBA nation on other Exit series brews to try.