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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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ďExit 9 is better known as Ďthe Rutgers University exit,í so we crafted this Hoppy Scarlet Ale as a nod to their school color, scarlet,Ē says founder/president Gene Muller, a Rutgers Alumnus. Created by Head Brewer Casey Hughes, Exit 9 Hoppy Scarlet Ale is a richly flavored red beer crafted with a variety of domestic and imported malts and a classic American yeast strain. It is assertively hopped with Amarillo, Centennial, Chinook and Citra hops for a bouquet with complex notes of citrus and tropical fruits and an appropriate bitterness in the finish. Hughes recommends it with spicy foods, such as gumbo or curry, as well as alongside rich blue or sharp cheddar cheeses, or just by itself.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2011
750 mL bottle shared by BrewEngineer at the 15th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 7/16/11. Pours a clear pale orange color with a medium sized frothy offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, pale caramel malts. The taste is caramel, toffee and a very bitter hop finish. Medium bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2011
750ml from Total Wine, Durham. Nice frothy, darkish red pour with a very lively carbonation and moderate sediment visible. Impressive and sticky looking, but both the aroma and flavor are more lively and elegant than this would suggest. Nose is certainly malty to some degree but itís got a bit of grassy aggression and a healthy dose of citrus too. Mouthfeel was refreshingly free of the stickiness you sometimes encounter with ASAs. Overall, the flavor was not quite as assertive as some hoppy reds, but there was still a nice bite thatís complemented by a good, flavorful malt underpinning, the whole coming across like a slightly amped-up Green Flash.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4115) - Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Capped 750mL bottle. Right away there is an aroma of citrus hops. Love those Amarillo. Copper color. Soapy head of fresh cask ale. Scents of rose tips, toffee, and loads of hops waft out of the glass. Strong fusel flavor. Fruity flavor with a complex hop bitterness finish. Very powerful. The Arrogant Bastard of New Jersey.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (3954) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Pours a muddy amber with one finger offwhite head. Nose is nice and citrusy, resinous with lots of grapefruit rind. Tad bready and herbal. Sweet and citrusy flavor with a prominent citrus rind bitterness. Would have been awesome a little bit closer to its production date.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3928) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Bottle. Cloudy scarlet with lots of floaties and a small white head. Nose is lightly hoppy and sweet. Flavor is similar. Not all that bad, and it does pair nicely with the lamb vindaloo I had for dinner.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2011
This light brown pour smells of fruits and a variety of spices. The taste is hoppy and citrus at first followed by a spicy, warming finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle shared by someone at Sourfest. Pours with a hazed particle filled yellow body, a slowly fading white head. Aromas of honey, hoppy, tea and rye. A bit estery. Fruit hop aromas. Flavors of caramel, a bit estery, fruity, hoppy. Grapefruit. A bit of soggy malt. Medium bubbles.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4347) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2011
750ml bottle - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, amber-copper body with a tall, off-white head at first, but it descends at a fair pace.

Smell: Sweetish scent of citrus fruity juices stirred up with candyish caramel sauce and hit with a bit of spice, resins, additional citrus peelings, and a splash of liquor.

Taste: Bready, lightly toasty, and with a light sweetness of caramelized sugars. The initial maltiness transitions to fruity tastes of sugar-topped pears, sweet tangelos, grapefruit, and melon. A firm spiciness and a cutting resinous quality hop right in, along with a large helping of bitterness. Some resilient sugary flourishes stay, trying to counter the big bitterness and the alcohol. Finishes dry, warming, and fruity with a drawn-out bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Some slight chewiness to the overall mouthfeel.

Overall: Itís, you know, alright. This oneís drinkability is essentially on-par with other strong, bitter, boozy ales.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
maximum12 (24) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Thanks to an excellent, well-meaning trader for dropping this beer into one of the final boxes recíd before a serious trading break. I hate trading breaks. And this one is a doozy. Split down the middle, pours a amber strain of orange. Only 80% of the bomber poured to avoid the sludge I assume inhabits the floor of the glass. Smells like Fat Tire - hot cross buns mixed with a little rubber. Not appealing. Exit 9 exists in that place where the hops begin to turn but have yet to morph into anything palatable. Hops taste stale, musty fall leaves, & the bitterness also carries that damp earthiness, a trait Iím severely unfond of. Grassy, a little caramel if I squint hard enough, not much else. Disappointing. Iíve enjoyed most of the offerings from Flying Fish, & this one is just not very good. Oh well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5276) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 2, 2011
Sampled on 6/10/2011. This American Strong Ale pours a medium amber brown color from a 750ml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, fruity, sweet and hoppy. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and grapefruity. Nice carbonation. Good balance between the malts and hops. Nice smooth taste. Hides the alcohol well. Very nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.


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