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Flying Fish Exit 4 American Trippel

Beer review: Flying Fish Exit 4 American Trippel

Visually stunning orange body, but less than stellar head dissipates too quickly. Aroma is as expected orange cloves, honey, and banana, and taste is much the same. Very well done version of the style. Very hoppy, mindful of Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen. Delicious. Points off for being a gusher and quick head, but otherwise, fantastic. Available at Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $10.00

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Flying Fish HopFish IPA
06/17/2008, 2:45 AM
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Flying Fish HopFish IPA
ABV: 6.2%
IBU:
Volume: 12 oz bottle
Glass: tulip goblet
Purchased at: Hopewell Valley Wine and Spirits
Consumed on: Friday Feb 15, 2008 at 10:23 pm

first impression: A beautiful, deep orange color, a healthy head and a pale demeanor. The aroma is present, and bites a bit. The taste is good, nice, and both hoppy and malty. Just a tiny bit chemical in flavor, which is disappointing, but fleeting. Head departs almost immediately. I think there are some foaming agents present.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt reminds of hazelnut or lightly flavored coffee. Maybe a bit of banana or orange peel. There’s definitely some zest present.
Hops are very flowery and give a hint of lemon. Hops improve in flavor throughout tasting.
Flavor seems to target the tasters on the high back roof of the mouth. Heightened sinus reaction.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is a reddish gold, and reminds of a bourbon, if in color only.
Liquid is quite clear, crisp, and a wispy boil in action.
Head starts strong and quickly dissipates into nothing at all. Lace just barely hangs on.

Taste/Flavor:
Rather sweet, but not cloying.
Bitter and hoppy, but not in a long lasting way – seems designed, rather than brewed. Quickly dissolves into a smooth but enjoyable aftertaste.
Sour in the hints of citrus overtones. A lot of zest originated flavor – bitterness seems unnatural.
Is that bubblegum?
More hoppy than malty, and not bad at all, once the initial shock of the acrid is passed. Good marks, but not the best – better than many others.

Palate/Tactile: Mouthfeel is medium – lingers upon the mouth for a moment.
Texture is crisp and glides from front to back easily. Attention is on both the front-middle and the back of the tongue.
Carbonation is relatively quiet, but crisp on the tongue.
Finish lasts for a second or two, then fades, and nicely so.

second impression: Overall, this is a good beer, definitely not your average American Pils, but does not do great justice to IPAs in the same realm as Stone or Victory. Seems like a River Horse also-ran, which is not to say bad.



Flying Fish Grand Cru Winter Reserve

Flying Fish Grand Cru Winter Reserve Bottle conditioned Belgian Style.
ABV: 5.5%
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Glendale on special
Price per fl oz: $5.99 / 72 fl oz = $0.08 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Clear, golden with impressive aroma of banana and apple. Well rounded flavor – a bit metallic, and astringent. Delicious, but not to the level of Golden Monkey, Aventinus, or River Horse Tripel. Bypasses Hoegaarten.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: syrupy, nutty, toasted, and rich.
Hop flavor is: citrus, pear, orange, very nice.
Yeast flavor is: doughy, cheese, mold, wet, slip, clay.
Other flavors include: banana, apple, string beans, raisin, smoke, vanilla.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: pale, golden, orange, bright
Liquid is: clear, clean
Head and lace are: bumpy, white

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: light
Sour level is: medium

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium
Texture is: thin, creamy, slick, salty
Carbonation is: flat
Finish is: long, thick, clayey.

Overall experience: An enjoyable beer, but not at the top of its class, though not a bad bargain on special. I liked the Belgian style, fruity overtones, cherry and banana infusion, and depth. I did not like the average color. A very nice ale.



Flying Fish Beligian Style Dubbel

Flying Fish Belgian Style Dubbel
ABV: 5%
IBU: ?
Calories: 150
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Sherwood Liquors, Ewing, NJ
Price per fl oz: $8 / 72 fl oz = $0.11 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: home on March 19th, 2008

sensory first impression: I’ve had this many times at Firkin Tavern on Tap, and enjoyed it as one of the best crafty tap beers there. I enjoy this every time. I realized recently that it’s the beautiful dark mixture of hops coffee and banana that I enjoy so much. It’s nice that it takes it easy on the ABV, too. It’s not a golden monkey style brew – more balanced, more refined, and more easily drinkable than the monkey, though there are times only Victory’s brew will do. Thin head. A beautiful deep red to golden color. Bottle conditioned, yet very clear. A yeasty, hoppy, fruity enjoyment.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: coffee and nuts
Hop flavor is: resinous, thick and luscious. Very floral, darkly grapefruit citrusy.
Yeast flavor is: thoroughly doughy, moldy, and dirty.
Other flavors include: alcohol, banana, raisin, vanilla, walnut. Heavy cherry sourness in the aftertaste.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: pale, amber, orange, red and fiery. Darth Maul’s Lightsaber.
Liquid is: clear
Head and lace are: thin, slightly off white, and lace is very nice.

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: medium
Sour level is: medium

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: full
Texture is: creamy, sticky, thick, tissue paper
Carbonation is: average
Finish is: long

Overall experience: A beautiful and wonderful beer. A fruity joint, with serious dark and sour undertones. This is easily one of my favorite beers, though average in its consumability, price, and availability on tap. A winner all around.



Flying Fish Extra Pale Ale

ABV: 4.8%
RateBeer rating: 38
Calories: estimated at 140 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: lager glass, shaker
Purchased at: Lawrence Grill, Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $4.00 bottle Free, and thanks x2, Smed!
Consumed at: Lawrence Grill at post LUG/IP (Linux User’s Group in Princeton) party

First Impression: A pretty average beer, especially when you are expecting something of a craft variety. Aroma was dulled due to chills, but muted even after warming up. Visuals were a pale copper with an okay off white head. Taste was better than an American pilsener, but not by much. Palate was thin and simple. Second Impression – Not bad. Not a great beer but probably still the best they have to offer at Lawrence Grill.

Aroma: 4 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 6 out of 10

Palate: 2 out of 5

Overall: 12 out of 20