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Exit 16 - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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223 Reviews
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Reviews: 223
Hads: 779
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 17.96%
Wants: 81
Gots: 123 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: donniecuffs on 03-10-2010

Although usually identified with landfills and pipelines, the Hackensack Meadowlands is an amazingly diverse ecosystem providing vital animal and plant habitat. In a nod to a once common food plant here, we’ve brewed this beer with wild rice. We also added organic brown and white rice, as well as pils and pale malts.

Rice helps the beer ferment dry to better showcase the five different hops we added. Lots and lots of them. We then dry-hopped this Double IPA with even more–generous additions of Chinook and Citra hops to create a nose that hints at tangerine, mango, papaya and pine. This beer pairs extremely well with spicy foods and all kinds of seafood. And of course, it’s quite enjoyable all by itself.
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Reviews: 223 | Hads: 779
Photo of KajII
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a lightly cloudy golden yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white creamy head that diminished slowly, down to a large puddled film and medium collar with excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was pleasantly sweet with light grain malts, citrus and floral hops and a mild earthy yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit and tangerine), tropical fruit (mango, pineapple and papaya) and a very light hint of alcohol.

The taste started out lightly sweet with notes of caramel and citrus, but quickly became moderately bitter with a bold fruitiness and a strong alcohol presence at the end. The flavor lasted for a nice long time following the swallow, with a hoppy alcohol taste left lingering on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a bit beyond light in body with a creamy, dry texture and a carbonation that was a subdued medium in intensity.

Overall this is a really tasty and well balanced IPA. I don't know if it is the rice that made the difference, but it is put together exceptionally well making it a very enjoyable drinking experience...


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Photo of VALIS666
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My bottle is about 14 months old, but was stored well in a dark indoor location, so I think it did nicely. The label says "WILD RICE" in big letters, but it smells and tastes like a typical quality IPA to me, particularly in the abundance of citrus. Very attractive hazy gold color. Drinks incredibly smoothly for a DIPA. Really like this one. Next time I'm in Jersey I'm going to need to buy more.

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Photo of Shade1951
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant golden sunrise color! Very nice. Head dissipates quickly, but that's not a big deal for me. The smell... hmm. There IS some citrus, but something else too that I am not that fond of. Could this be the rice? Not sure. Very faint hint of nail polish. Or a bit of sourness. Not terrible. Just not that appealing.

The taste is for me primarily piney rather than citrusy. Again, there is a sort of muted flavor of... something I can't quite pin down... that I am not used to in IPA's. It's... OKAY. Is the flavor actually improving somewhat as it warms? Could be, or maybe I've had too much alcohol over the past hour or so.

Carbonation is pretty... active at first. Then settles down.

Well... it's not typical of the style, and there is no crime in that.

Overall, it is a beer that I would not turn down if offered to me. I don't think I would buy it again though.

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Photo of KevBot89
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass.. Pours a light gold, essentially clear. Light head, solid lacing as the beer disappears.

Aroma: hops-grapefruit, pine, citrus. Significant alcoholic notes similar to vodka, likely due to rice inclusion, I'd guess.

Taste: Sweet, buttery malts. Very dry. Some grapefruit and citrus hop flavors present. I notice some of that vodka alcohol feel too. Strong, but not overpowering like the liquor, but impossible not to notice.

Mouthfeel: Extremely light. Drinks likes an adjunct, but the rest is right on point. It's not over-carbonated and really allows the malts and hops to balance delicately on the palate.

Overall: This beer has it all: hops, malts, uniqueness. Very well done.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to yankeepride for sending this bottle as an extra in our trade! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazy light gold, with a finger's worth of white head over average levels of visible carbonation.

S: Resin and citrus rind hops, some mild ethanol aroma, pale crystal malts, and a light fruity bubblegum.

T: Citrus rind and tropical fruit hops, and a touch of bubblegum up front (there are certain sips of this beer that taste of Belgian yeast - I'm not certain why). Then pine resin hops, alcohol/ethanol flavor (possibly from the rice?). Lightly bitter with an almost berry-fruit sweetness in the hang.

M: Very light body, decent amount of carbonation sensation, and moderate alcohol presence.

O: A different take on an IPA, for sure. It's not bad, but just not something I'd go back to repeatedly. A worthy experiment, perhaps, but not one I'm sure succeeded as much as was intended.

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Photo of farrago
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You get a finger of bone white foam, the head has a fairly dense weave but has so-so retention, the lacing comes in broad sheets which slowly slide down the glass side. Clean, pure golden color, not especially vivid but bright and shiny, the bubbles are fat and dispersed, slowly rising to the surface. Powerful nose that explodes out of the glass with a sweet mélange of tangelo and pink grapefruit citrus, very floral, pine sap and honey, underneath is the stiffening presence of pretzel dough and salt, somewhat chocolaty, the nectarine, peach, pineapple, papaya fruit persists quite well, gregariously rich. Full-bodied, thick and close to fluffy, pushes across the palate like a rug unfolding. The carbonation has some punch yet no way can it clean up the underlying sweetness of all that grapefruit, tangerine, lime citrus as well as peach, apricot, mango, pineapple fruit. No noticeable herbaceous edge, perhaps a slight minerality and it may be that the rice contributes to a drier finish and overall smoothness. Alcohol managed well. Not particularly complex nor challenging, however, if you enjoy a sweeter and softer style of IPA then this is pretty much a slam dunk.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap on 1/9/14 at Lures

A-Pours a cloudy pale orange color with a one finger head. Decent lacing.

S-Nose of citrus and floral hops, honey malt, and light cheese.

T-Taste is of pine, sweet caramel malts, some fruit and some resin. Not unpleasant, but understated.

M-Mouthfeel has medium bodied and a bit sticky. Finishes more to the sweet side of bittersweet, with the caramel and the sweet fruits overwhelming the citrus.

O-Overall a great DIPA the rice I think is a nice ingredient

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Photo of JG-90
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Exit 16 pours a bright, clear, straw yellow color with a small sized head with okay retention and leaves low lacing. Smells of dank hops, grapefruit, lemon, and bread.

You can really taste the citra hops in this one. Taste starts with dank citra hops and grapefruit, then moves to tangerine and lemon, with a bready, dank, grapefruit finish. Mouthfeel is light for a IIPA with above average carbonation, has a bit of creaminess. Usually I would like a fuller bodied IIPA, but the lighter body on here work with the flavors.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is very transparent straw, good bubbles, thin head, bright white in color, no lacing and just a ring remains.

Aroma is big hops, pungent, citrus, grapefruit, mango, lemon but is quickly followed by sweeter flavor, could be the malt or rice/malt mix.

Taste is big hop forward flavor, citrus heavy, some pinier notes than the aroma, flavor is dry but very thin, something seems off, maybe the rice/malt combination with the strong hops aren't blending well. that said it is quality taste from such thin ingredients at this strength.

Mouthfeel is very dry, very crisp, nice lingering flavors and solid dipa presence.

Overall, this is a very good beer, flavor and aroma are slightly off from a good dipa, but it comes through in the flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Paid the price for this on $3.50 for the single. Into a pint glass.
A - Very bright for a DIPA. Not much orange or brown just a mildly hazy bright yellow. Head is just a 1/4 inch that settles to a decent lace ring. Sticky lacing a plenty.
S - Juicy citrus and melon hops, bitter yet strong. Caramel and cracker malts but mild smelling. Not sure how much influence the rice did until I sip.
T - Very clean hop profile not too bitter or in your face just enough to keep it interesting or from being too watery. I am guessing the rice made this smooth and a touch bland but very drinkable.
M - Light to medium at best. I love a balanced high octane beer.

Overall its a very good beer that I wish I could find at a reasonable 1 dollar four pack or 15 dollar six pack. Can't say it wasn't worth the price of admission I would love to have another.

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Photo of KTeamLSU
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a fresh 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Hazy straw color with a nice frothy white head

S: A little citrus and some pine but not much else coming through for me

T: Very mild hops for a DIPA... I was surprised but the alcohol is masked very well

MF: a little under carbed in my opinion, but maybe I had a bad bottle.

O: Decent DIPA but will likely not buy another sixer

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, 'Use by" date of 5-11-14.

appears a crystal clear pale straw color, soapy bone-white head. looks like a light lager. fruity hop nose. citrus, grassy, orange. some corn too. minimal malt flavor in the taste, clean hop taste. crisp. earthy, not as much citrus flavor as in the aroma. thin body, high level of fizzy carbonation.

overall - it's okay, but not how I like by DIPA's.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4 - This is a golden amber colored beer that's crystal clear with a thin film of white bubbles on top that leaves a nace lacing on the glass.

S - 4.25 - Very citrusy/piney hops. Grapefruit, orange zest, lemon lime, mango.

T - 4.25 - Very citrusy/piney hops. Grapefruit, orange zest, lemon lime, mango. The rice taste is present too, in the background you get a nice brown rice flavor, almost like a hint of a good burrito. It's not your typical adjunct beer and is a really good ipa.

M - 4.25 - light - medium mouthfeel. Alc covered. Aftertaste is a nice citrusy hop taste. It's very hoppy but not that bitter.

O - 4.25 - Great beer, tastes amazing. It's unique - with a good rice flavor to it in the background. IT's nothing like an adjuct beer.

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Photo of jhawth
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured into a DFH snifter. Pours a light gold with a finger and half head of fine foam. Nice head retention.

Aroma: Hops dominate with rich tropical fruits followed up by floral and herbal notes.

Taste: Fruity and floral hop notes paired with a light and relatively dry malt presence. Interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, light carbonation.

Overall: Interesting, enjoyable, and drinkable DIPA.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours gold color, lighter side, not quite see through. What little foam there is to start with settles out. Sweet and bitter nose. Quite fruity too. Very balanced bitter flavor. Loads of fruit as a beginner. Very orange-y. Very good.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exit 16 deposits a hazy straw gold, SRM 2-4 when put to the light, into a Dogfish Head Fisheye pint glass. The fluffy one-inch white head leaves a thick webbing of lace.

Peppery hops are punctuated with celery and apricot. As expected, this beer is all about showcasing the hops. Notes of lemongrass come out as well. The aroma does have an oddly welcome dustiness to it.

Pineapple and grapefruit are prominent as expected with celery playing a secondary role. While fairly simple, these flavors are well done and bitterness is under control long into the finish.

Alcohol is present, though less than 8.2% would suggest. A combination of dryness and strong hops tends to numb the gums while the medium to light bodied beer pushes fine carbonation.

IIPA’s can hardly be called easy to drink, yet this one approaches that description, perhaps due to the rice. Exit 16 will easily match whatever summer has to offer.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.39/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an IPA glass. "Use by" date of 12/1.

A - Golden orange and clear. Little carbonation. No head. No lacing as beer recedes. Nothing remarkable.

S - Slight tropical fruit. Somewhat muddled. Label specifies several tropical flavors and pine, but I am not picking them clearly, if at all.

T - The dominant flavor is alcohol. I taste some tropical fruit again dominated by the alcohol. The finish is also somewhat muddled.

M - Thin and dry. Nothing remarkable.

O - Hopefully I purchased a bad sample, but I am thoroughly unimpressed with this beer. I am a DIPA and IPA fan, and this beer misses the mark. I will not buy again.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I forgot who gave me this one as an extra, but thanks to whomever it was. I think this'll only be the second double "rice" IPA that I've ever had... the first being Kuhnhenn's DRIPA. Those are some big shoes to fill. Cloudy, opaque gold with some tangerine peel acting as an outline. The huge, bright white cloudy head is chunky and sticky, lasting forever and leaving behind some damn good lacing on the glass.

Peppery hops, mild phenol alcohol, mint, and almost a menthol-like omnipresence to the whole thing. Not what I expected at first, but the following few sniffs bring out more of the fruity bouquet; bright citrus, grapefruit, tropical mango, pineapple, and dense pine trees. The abundance of spice on the front end is blunting the Citra more than I'd like, but I guess you can't always get what you want, right?

The first sip is a little bit watered down; not to the extreme, but kind of vapid for an 8.2% ABV double IPA. Nevertheless, it's still endlessly hoppy, just not to the ends of the earth. White pepper, vibrant citrus, grapefruit peel, mild mango. Not as fruity as the back-half of the nose, but the front-end isn't as peppery-spicy, either, so that's where the line is drawn.

Bitterness hits hard around mid-palate, but again - nothing too high or heavy for the style and size of the beer... It's actually quite mild for a DIPA. A nice, crisp, dry finish certainly helps the drinkability, and when coupled with the relatively lighter flavors and body, this is probably one of the more drinkable DIPAs out there, in the sense that you can throw it back without much hesitation between sips. Heavily carbonated, stingy mouth feel.

Decent. Not bad at all, really. I guess I just wanted a little more from it. A little more citrus or tropical fruit. A little more pine, a little more resin. Without being told, I might assume this is somewhere around a 6-7% ABV, regular IPA. It drinks like it, anyway. Definitely something I can vibe to, although there are some better shelf choices out there. Still a nice way to expand your catalog of rice IPAs, though.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gift bottle poured in large ale glass.

A: hazy pale orange; almost no head but a decent carb stream
S: strong aroma, mostly malt and more malt; the papaya is noticeable; smells like there's going to be a bite; inviting
T: distinctive DIPA; the hops come through with vibrant clarity, esp. their dry-hopped choices, Chinook and Citra; light malt flavor, quite sweet; mango and papaya

Overall, a solid and distinctive DIPA; I would enjoy more of these, but I wouldn't drink it frequently.

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Photo of dheacck11
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a surprisingly light golden yellow. Just a whiff of head, with a modest amount of lacing.

Nose is a little subdued, but a nice little bit of citrus.

Taste is super fruity up front. Lots of mango and lemon immediately. Blends into some soft, dry pine and finishes with a nice crisp bitter hop.

Feel is medium. Solidly medium.

Nice beer. Was hoping for a little more though in the nose and flavor department especially. And I've never been so bummed by appearance in a DIPA. Looks more like a basic pale ale than the DIPA described. Good, but I wanted more.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale gold that's seethru with minimal head and lace and a very strong hop aroma, started to smell it immediately, that I describe as musty, piney, citrusy with some grape notes as well (I guess that sweetness could be mango or papaya according to bottle but I'll stick with basic grapefruit). Not the most flavorful (D)IPA I've had but it was pretty hoppy and not a tastebud killer or some slop with hops. Even with the large amount of mostly citric and pine hops, there are some sweet grapelike hops in there and the beer passes easy and finishes smooth, more like a pale ale in terms of body and finish. A very good IPA and and a must try for any hophead.

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Photo of Hendry
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is Exit 16 the near Pikes Hollow?

Ridiculous distribution laws keep Flying Fish out of Vermont,New Hampshire,Mass.,New York & Maine, so I got this from my buddy in Arizona! Been waiting to try this one amid all the buzz, so here goes.

Pale straw color,soapy one finger dense white head,impressive carbonation,solid lacing.

Aroma changes as it warms: starts out slightly tropical with some notes of grapefruit pineapple & orange, sweet malts become more prominent as it warms.

Taste is pleasant,smooth,mildly bitter,alcohol nicely concealed.There is a definitely a subtle tropical flavor with a touch of pine going on here.This is a nicely crafted IIPA with the hops playing the starring role, though not aggressively so.

Mouthfeel is on the light side,maybe even a tad thin, carbonation is zippy and not overdone,keeping the flavors moving along.

There are a ton of new IIPAs out there, and Exit 16 is one that is worth your time seeking out, especially if you are in the mood for something different. The wild rice is an interesting addition that gives this Flying Fish concoction a character that is just different enough to set it apart from the pack.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. Label says Use By: 11-11-13.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before sinking down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- You can really smell the citra hops resulting in the mango and tangerine notes mentioned on the label. You can also smell the wild rice which seems to work well with the profile.

T- The flavor isn't quite as exhilarating as the aroma as the rice shows itself as the weak adjunct it is. Yes, there's a nice amount of citrusy hop bitterness but the weak aftertaste the rice exhibits makes it fall flat. Still, it's pretty drinkable for the ABV.

M- Another reason this beer isn't that enjoyable: thin body due to the rice. Medium carbonation is OK but the feel overall is quite weak.

O- If only this beer was as good as the aroma lets on.

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Photo of yamar68
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've loved every Exit series beer I've had, and I'm a hop head and a Minnesotan. This is like my dream beer. Thanks TravisR!

Sort of strange looking... bright yellow gold with a slim but very persistent white head. Plenty of lace.

This sort of creamed corn sweetness is layered of tropical fruits and jam.

What a great mix of flavors - orange juice and conifer with nutty malt and honey. The wild rice contribution makes for a great twist on what is obviously a tasty beer to begin with.

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Photo of Moose90
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle best by 09/16/13, tasted 06/10/13

A – Pours a very pale light straw yellow. Somewhat hazy as well. Head is bright white, and quite frothy, albeit thin. Lacing left behind is nice, but spotty.

S – Nice melon notes, some crisp citrus as well. Dominated by a unique bouquet of papaya and mango as well, nicely dry as well, while it remains fruity. Hop profile here is great.

T – Similar to the nose, though the papaya and mango notes do make quite a statement, some dried apricot notes as well. This is not overly sweet, which is great, and whatever malt backbone there is only comes across on the nice and long finish.

M – Carbonation is on the low side, but overall this is nice and crisp for the style, the rice adds a surprisingly nice touch to this one.

O – Nicely drinkable and very refreshing. The hop notes are very tropical and the malt backbone is nicely subdued. ABV is hidden well.

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Exit 16 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.