Friday, April 1, 2011
Flying Fish Exit 9 Hoppy Scarlet Ale
I stopped in to Discount Wines and Liquors in Boonton, NJ to pick up a bottle of Flying Fish Exit 9 Hoppy Scarlet Ale (disclaimer: I am not a fan of Rutgers). The beer pours a red-amber color with a lofty frothy head that laces heavily on the glass. The aroma consists of fresh pine and lemon hops, caramel, and spruce. The taste is smooth and sweet with lots of caramel and toffee with a wonderful bitter hop bite that adds lemon, pine, orange, and tangerine flavors to the beer. The alcohol content is 9.0% ABV. The balance struck in this beer with citrus bitterness and the smooth sweet caramel and toffee flavors is remarkable, and combines for an easy drinking, yet overly flavorful brew.