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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2011
Oh, boy this is great beer! Colorful and full-bodied, but with lovely lasting tastes of malts and caramel, citrus and pine, and hoppy to boot. It goes down so smoothly I cannot say better than some of the more complex reviews already given here. It deserves the phrase the brewery gives it: richly flavored.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
obguthr (6110) - 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 Im going against the grain, but I really love this beer. This beer is good enough to make this southern boy say Fuhgeddaboutit!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (10346) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2011
750 red wax bottle from Capones. 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 Ottos Double D, only this one may be even a bit hoppier and maltier. Bravo.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2011
On the nose, big centennial and chinook hops, some caramel sweetness, with some citrus pine mixed in there. Color is a beautiful almost glowing hazy orange/gold color. Taste is big hop flavor, some red malt, sweetness, and some pine notes. Slightly viscus. Not overly carbonated. Finish is dry and long lasting bitter, Id say this is the only weakness I can find. All around, and awesome beer! My kind of beer. Id like a case please!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SanfordBrewer (1536) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2011
translucent orange with a thick sudsy head; very effervescent; a creamy and soft full body, with a fine medium-full carbonation.

aroma: very nice, complex, tropical fruit, hops; sweet amber malts; and a waxy lip-balm note. some yeastiness emerges as it warms.

taste: fresh, vibrant, pungent, orange-zesty, tropical hops with a hint of guava; sweet amber malts with toffee and caramel notes, and a hint of chocolate;

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
keepersj12 (3085) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2011
The irony is most college students are drinking Coors Lite or the Beast. Pours amber with just a hint of red, slightly hazy with a small but lasting and lacing head. The aroma does it for me, floral hops, lots of citrus, pine. The flavor is very nice with a sweet malt start quickly overrun by the hops, bitter with the citrus and light with some tropical fruits maybe. The finish is quite dry with a pepper like burn. The after taste is long and delightful. Very refreshing. This might be my favorite of the Exit series so far.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pressboxjoe (451) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Bottle poured into small snifter. Very nice, hoppy, textile-y aroma is ever so slightly skunky, and very reminiscent of Oskar Blues Gordon. Very nice, long lasting, creamy head that leaves a white film and ring that laces like meringue. In flavor more like Nugget Nectar than Oskar Blues - at once crisp, bitter, fruity (apple, grape), distinct, subtle, complex. No skunk in the flavor. I was not prepared to like this beer this much - better than Shark Attack, maybe better than Nugget Nectar, perish the thought. Just good, clean, distinct, flavoring, full mouth feel, Should join Exit 4 in six-packs. Little ding for being cloudy on initial pour. I think its time to acknowledge that double amber or double red ale is a style of its own.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2301) - 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 Im 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 doesnt 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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.

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