Flying Fish Exit 9 Hoppy Scarlet Ale

RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
“Exit 9 is better known as ‘the Rutgers University exit,’ so we crafted this Hoppy Scarlet Ale as a nod to their school color, scarlet,” 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.

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TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2011
25.4 oz bottle. Clear amber with tiny bits in suspension and a pillowy bone head. Nose is cat, dough and onion grass. Slick and resiny medium body with a tingle. Taste is orange, pineapple, toffee and spruce. Not a fan of the aroma hops here but still a very good hoppy strong ale.

drtth (30) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Nice russet color with great head. Aroma filled with malt, pine and citrus. Flavors include malt, pine citrus zest and some tropical fruits. Creates a creamy smooth feeling in the mouth and the after taste is piny, long, dry and bitter. A vier good beer, bordering on great.

jeremytoni (3058) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2011
From a bottle poured an amber color with a good amount of head. Strong sweet hoppy malty flavor with a lingering finish.

Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Aroma is hop-strong with grapefruit and cloves. Beautiful shade of iced-tea with a medium head. Taste is well balanced with yeast up front and aroma hops towards the end. Feels soft in the mouth. This is the best flying fish has put out yet.

Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Pours a muddy medium amber with a thin white head. Am I the only one who thought this would be red? But I digress. Huge hop aroma. Really in-your-face pine and citrus stuff, with a sweet, subtle fruitiness. Taste is a hop head’s wet dream. I felt a little twitch downstairs when I sipped this. The Centennial and Citra hops really stand out in the flavor, while the Amarillo and Chinook give it a clean but stiff bitterness. Long bitter finish. Palate is crisp and lighter than the ABV would indicate. Another fantastic brew from the Exit series. Kinda makes you wonder why they dont just get rid of their regular lineup and make these babies year round instead. Between this and Exits 4 and 13, I would definitely buy a lot more Flying Fish.

pineypower (3330) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Pours out an attractive reddish color with a foamy off white bubbly head. Aroma is of citrus hops and light fruit. Taste is up front resiny citrus and pine hops. Burnt sugar, toaste malts, caramel round things out while an ever so slight amount of alcohol creeps in there also. Finish is hoppy with some of the lingering caramel in there also. Another winner from the exit series. FF needs to remember these recipes and do away with stuff like Xtra Pale or Hopfish.

DocLock (10702) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2011
750 red wax bottle from Capone’s. Paired with tacos, unfortunately not the tuna variety. Pours hazy deep coppery with ruby hints and a 1-f white off-white head. Nose is huge resiny floral hops, caramelk malt, tropical fruit. Tastes rich, very resiny hoppy, with a huge caramel malt bill, floral and peppery notes, some grapefruit and tangerine, and a smooth, intense IBU-laden finish. Reminds me of Otto’s Double D, only this one may be even a bit hoppier and maltier. Bravo.

adrian910ss (2575) - Doylestown, PA, USA - MAR 14, 2011
750 ml bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy orange honey color with a medium sized cream colored head. Aroma of grapefruit notes, various hops, tropical fruit and floral hints. Taste of fresh grapefruit, tropical fruit notes, hops and more hops. Very fresh and enjoyable. Excellent.

RGDave (113) - Lebanon, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2011
On tap at Circa, High Bridge, NJ. Clean lines. Beer pours medium brown, not very ’red’ at all, with a medium head with nice retention. Aroma is hoppy, with pine and earthy scents. Attack is smooth and hoppy, with a full-body maltiness to balance the hops. Finish is just a bit dry with hoppy overtones - nice ale!

dmac (6264) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2011
750 ml bottle poured an amber orange body with a smaller to average sized frothy off white head. Aroma of cramel, toffee, citrus notes, veggies, alcohol. Flavor of alcohol, caramel malts, citrus, grapefruit, fruit rind. Medium bodied with soft to average carbonation. Flavor of amber malts, caramel, toffee, grass, hops, dry citrus, crdboard, newspaper, sugar, brown bread. Medium bodied with average to srong carbonation. Interesting but thought it would actually be red not just called red.

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