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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TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, 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.

Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, 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.

BMan1113VR (7930) - 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.

ChainGangGuy (4909) - Woodstock, 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: It’s, you know, alright. This one’s drinkability is essentially on-par with other strong, bitter, boozy ales.

maximum12 (32) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Thanks to an excellent, well-meaning trader for dropping this beer into one of the final boxes rec’d 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 I’m severely unfond of. Grassy, a little caramel if I squint hard enough, not much else. Disappointing. I’ve enjoyed most of the offerings from Flying Fish, & this one is just not very good. Oh well.

beerguy101 (5360) - 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.

JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy amber, with off-white head. Bread, some chewy sweet malts, orange tasting hops, light tropical fruit, and some earth/grass. I decent well balanced flavor profile, but the abv comes through to much. Meh.

jcwattsrugger (12506) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2011
750 bottle- pours a foamy light tan head with trailing lace and dark gold color. Aroma is sweet pine/citrus-orange/tangerine, some light/medium malt. Taste is sweet pine/citrus-orange/tangerine/spice hops bite, secondary medium malt-bready. Drying. Alcohol finish.

Ibrew2or3 (8748) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
750mL bottle pours clear dull copper with off white head. The aroma has an even mix of pine hops, some spicy hops and a touch of citrus as well as crystal malts, roasted malts and more pine hops. The taste is pleasingly hop forward with pine hops and lesser amounts of spicy and citrus hops. Supporting this fairly abundant level of hops are notes of sweet malts, crystal malts and a thin layer of roasted malts. Into the finish the hops flow from mostly flavor to mostly bitter hops. Nice brew.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Draft, RBSG Saturday crawl. Lightly-hazed amber body, medium off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some caramel, peach. Taste is moderately sweet, passion fruit/grapefruit, some pine, caramel. Medium-full body, some resin/stickiness., acidity.

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