Exit 4 American Trippel is a complex effort that pours with a clear golden color and a good amount of white head that laces itself down the glass. The beer has a small amount of sweet and malt that can be discerned from its nose, while the first sip links together grain, malt, bananas, and figs before a stronger alcohol burn sneaks its way in. The Exit 4 is well-balanced and holds up to reaching room temperature well with a small shift in the overall flavors present. The grain elements fade into the periphery as the citrus and Belgian candi sugar flavors increase; Exit 4’s drinkability increases considerably through the intricate web of tastes that reach one’s tongue; while one may only need one or two bottles to complete a night, the beer stays interesting through the whole night.
Flying Fish has kept the sweeter elements balanced with the inclusion of a decent hop body, ensuring that Exit 4 stands heads and shoulders above the average tripel on the market. The tetralogy of hops (Amarillo, Palisades, Columbus, and Simcoe) provide a refreshing end to each sip, granting a fresh palette to all that tip back a bottle. The bitterness of the hops fade a little bit when one gets to the end of a bottle, but the boost that their inclusion gives to the fruity side of the beer is consistent from beginning to end. Exit 4 is a perfect sipping brew, but would stand up well to stews, strongly-flavored cuisine, and sharp cheeses.
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