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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daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Cloudy red pour. White head. Creamy grapefruit and caramel aroma. Flavor is lightly sweet, bitter citrus hops, yeast. Great.

obxdude10 (2392) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Exit 9 seems more like a stop along the Pacific Coast Highway and not the Parkway in Jersey! This big beer shares quite a few qualities of some southern California IPAs, and I’m liking it! Exit 9 pours a deep and dark orange color with some amber mixed in. The nose is pure hoppiness, but mixed with a nice balance of caramel malt and earth. The head doesn’t leave much lacing around the glass, unless you give the beer a very vigourous swirl. The body is magic, with lots of hoppy notes, both spicy and citrusy. I also get a bit of wood, floral notes and maybe even some oregano. The semi-bready malt is also there, balancing this beer nicely with some earthy and yeasty notes. Exit 9 finishes strong, with more intense hoppiness and providing even more woody and spicy flavors. Flying Fish brewed a masterpiece here!

ben4321 (6840) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Location: Draft at the Standard Tap, 4/9/11

Aroma: The nose is relatively hoppy some nice citrus, pine, and caramel notes
Appearance: The pour is fairly reddish, somewhat clear, with an off-white head
Flavor: The taste has some malty sweetness balanced by a citrus/pine hop finish to it
Palate: The body is medium with a solid drinkability, slight alcohol burn, and a fairly dry finish
Overall Impression: I should start by saying I’m a bit of a sucker for this style. I can’t help it, this style just works for my taste buds. That being said, I thought this one was really good, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call it great. None-the-less, I enjoyed it enough to give it a pretty quality score if I do say so myself.

obguthr (6833) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Fabulous tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruit peel nose. Cloudy orange, medium yellow head with little retention but good lacing. Just a little drier than expected. Blackberry and orange peel and grapefruit peel. Finishes with light malt and grapefruit peel. Excellent combination of hop varieties within a traditionally unhoppy style. Flavorful, great balance, nice transitions, tons of character. I know I’m going against the grain, but I really love this beer. This beer is good enough to make this southern boy say Fuhgeddaboutit!

Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a nice amber color with an almost creamy light tan head. The nose is all hops with notes of pine, resin, and herbals. The flavor is a lot of hops with nice malt balance. Lots of pine and resin up front with some soap in the back. Medium bodied with softer carbonation leading to a lengthy bitter finish. An excellent amber ale for any hop head.

Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Disclaimer: very boozy. Pours a nice amber bruin fall like body with a white head that hugs the glass quite nicely. Aromatically effervescent booze, light fruit tones, citrus, and some light earth notes. The good kinds goes downhill from here. Big boozy fruit latent tones with a near disappearance of flavor in the finish leaving you well a huge warmth and not much else other then some bitterness that cowers behind the etoh. Eh, overall i’d say a miss, i don’t think this represents Rutgers culture either other then the scarlet in the name.

MikeMoriendi (74) - Boynton Beach, USA - APR 28, 2011
It pours into my New Belgium glass a murky red color. There is a good sized sandy colored head on top and it leaves some good lacing along the glass. The moment I started pouring the beer I got the huge citrus hop smell. Placing my nose closer it’s even bigger. Lots of scents of grapefruit and pines. I even get a slightly biscuit malt aroma in the back. But if you are looking for balance in the taste you won’t find much. This is a hop bomb. Tons of citrus and pine hops leave a great hop flavor and nice bitter finish. Tiny bit of malt backing just to make it not overboard.

Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
750ml bottle. Rating 45. Hazy bright orange color with an off white head that left some pretty nice lacing on the glass. Nice citrus hop aroma with a moderate caramal maltiness. Light hops on the tongue and a subtle malt backbone, very drinkable and enjoyable. (1684)

tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours red with an off-white head. Not much of an aroma - getting grapefruit, pine, apple, cinnamon. Flavor is more apple, butter, bitter and soapy hops.

dagimp (1008) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2011
From a 750ml into a snifter. Pours scarlet red... well, maybe a tad lighter. Plenty of head which dissipates into a thin coating. Aroma of pine, flowers and soap. Mouthfeel is moderately thick for a red, but with too much carbonation. Kinda burpey. Taste is of strawberries, kool-aid, cough syrup, alcohol, soap and pine. Meh, it’s an OK red ale, but I wouldn’t buy it again. Disappointment from the Exit series’ usual outstandingness.

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