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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AWISLguy (3109) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bomber from Total Wine in Stuart shared with my bro. Pours an unclear copper color with a lot of floaties (old?). Nice lacing. Aroma has sweet fresh fruit, caramel and citrus. Taste has syrupy sweet citrus, brown sugar, caramel. Some alcohol presence. Finishes with some length and bittersweet. It did not start out that great, but got better through the glass. I wonder how a fresher batch would be. ck1 says 14.75.

ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2012
The idea: a "scarlet ale" for the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University. Only thing is... there’s nothing scarlet about this beer except for the fact that crystal malts, no doubt, were used during brewing. It’s actually quite orange, pale and cloudy, with an earthy, doughy, slightly soapy hop aroma. On the double IPA-esque spectrum of the superclass of American Strong Ales, this beer is smooth and extremely well-hopped (and malted). Bottle conditioning does this beer very well. Not sharp, at all, with earthy notes that round off any intense hop bitterness, which is still teasingly there somewhere... lurking behind the malt and yeast, but very subdued. Although its numbers make this beer look powerful, it honestly doesn’t taste like it has a 9% ABV. My bottle may have been compromised, however, as the sediment from bottle-conditioning may have polluted the drink, and although there was quite a release of carbon dioxide, there was not much carbonation or head on the beer itself. Regardless, it’s very smooth and lovely, with slightly chewy English-like characteristics that make this a perfect blend of an English Old Ale and an American Double IPA.

Ratman197 (14842) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2012
750 ml bottle poured a hazy amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, fruittiness, yeast, light floral notes and light pine. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, grapefruit, candied orange, earthiness and light pine with a crisp dry bitter lingering citrus finish.

KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a murky medium red with strong brown highlights and an average sized (1-2 finger) off white rocky head, which lasted a decent duration before reducing to a thin cap with a large collar creating some really good streaks of sticky lacing. The aroma was of a bread malt, a mild grassy hop and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, citrus (orange) and dark fruit (plums and raisins). The taste was moderately sweet and malty and had hints of caramel, citrus and brown sugar from the onset with the taste becoming a little bitter sweet with a note of dark fruit a big alcohol ending. The flavor lasted a nice long time after the swallow with a good fruity alcohol finish. Mouthfeel was just below medium in body with a slightly dry, syrupy texture and a medium carbonation. Overall a powerfully strong tasting brew with a lot sweet fruity flavor and a big dose of alcohol, which was hardly noticeable in the aroma...

Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2012
Best exit beer just so happens to be the one i live off of. Awesome. Complex fruity hoppy mixture, copper color, medium carbonation and pretty potent to boot.

otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Appearance: blood oranges and cherry skins under a pithy bready head – lacey, full, and lingering. Swirls puffy with spotty lace.
Nose: bready and hoppy – of the forest, harvest, and the baker’s oven. Apple skins, kiwi, lemon zest, and whole apricots. Dry brittle baled hay and straw. A forest bed littered in Fall’s leaves gold, amber, and brown. Sticky caramelized sappy resins. Pink grapefruit peel. Tropical aloe.
Palate: full and sticky up front. Prickly green pine and fir tree needles in the back. Further quaffing provides continues full and sticky before leading into a dry, parched finish – of the Fall harvest. Orange peel and whole apricots. Sweet succulent mango and kiwi in the middle where the flavors are thickest and heaviest. Grapefruit rind and pith in the back. Pine needles and sticky pine sap, hop oils and resins hold everything together. Rustic tree bark thirst-inducing finish.
Final Thoughts: lovely. The Exit series from Flying Fish is a real treat and thanks to Total Wine and Spirits, available in my sunny state of Florida. From their sessionable standards and seasonal to their inspirationally quirky Exit releases, be sure to treat yourself with a bottle or three. Yum.

MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2011
BANG! The winner of the evening. A copper / amber pour. Aroma of citrus fruit, pine, and caramel malt. Flavors are abundant. Nuts, bread, grass, and citrus pine that melt in your mouth and finish with a touch of grape fruit.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Exit 9 Hoppy Scarlet Ale
Date: July 06, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Total Wine, Vegas
Appearance: hazy gold, frothy off white head, streaks of lace
Aroma: huge floral aroma, light crystal malt sweetness
Flavor: dry caramel malt flavor, lots of balancing hops, floral and citrus, starts dry and turns bitter with a long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+ /4

glennmastrange (2871) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle. Moderate to heavy malt aromas of roasted and caramel, moderate orange juice and peel for the hops, light yeast note of soap, with date and brown sugar in the background. Head is small, frothy, slightly off-white with good yet slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is murky amber/orange. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, with an oily slickness and has a carbonation between soft and lively, with a lightly alcoholic finish. Nice bold aromas from the malt and bitey flavors from the hops in the American Strong Ale.

Arayaga2 (2197) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Murky brown with a light tan head. Aroma is citrusy hops. Taste is the same with deep pithy bitterness and a lingering orange-peel into the finish.

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