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XPA (Extra Pale Ale) - High & Mighty Beer Co.

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XPA (Extra Pale Ale)XPA (Extra Pale Ale)

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BA SCORE
79
okay

81 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
High & Mighty Beer Co. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-28-2006)
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Reviews by Cavery:
Photo of Cavery
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz given as an extra by AleLovinRuskie; cheers! The bottle was split into taster tulips with Klym.

A: Soft very foggy burnt orange body with some extremely white foam, basically ivory bubbles. A respectable finger and a half head rose like hot biscuits, and left small islands of lacing. Looks standard for the style, with nothing really sticking out.

S: Sugary malt crystals with some fairly bright but ambiguous berry notes. I want to say strawberry, but it comes off more like an artificial strawberry. Some orange juice marinated malts, heavy on the crystallized sugars. Really an ephemeral nose at best, where sweetness dominates before it disappears.

T: Big malts up front with a bit milder sugar than I thought there would be considering the nose. The flavor is two-tone with the sweetness and the seed-like creamy flavors. A late presence of hops makes this drink like a reverse IPA. the notes actually come in with a soft whoosh, instead of transitioning straight into a linger. They eventually disappear behind a fairly palate cleansing beverage. Wish there was more here, but not bad.

M: Very light in the mouth, and it does go down very easy. That said the body feels underdeveloped. There seems to be an initial sensation of prickly bubbles that then complete disappear into a very watery body. It's not horrid, and it still has some fairly smooth/silky textures, but I think the flavor dies off with the carbonation.

O: I honestly found myself getting bored really fast with this one. At first I thought there might be a malt forward theme to this beer, but ultimately the malt didn't provide enough depth of flavor to make this interesting. Furthermore, the weaker/thin body compounded upon the flavor problem. I wouldn't ever complain about having this in my glass, I just wouldn't take it as a favorite in style. Enough decency to be good, but nothing to rave about.

Cavery, Jul 24, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pored well an extra pale dull light golden wit a touch of peach colored hue a tight,clingy well formed white head holds well for quite awhile.Mainly citrus fruit in the nose with faint toasty malt underneath maybe a hint of herb imparted from the hop.Mild but pleasant flavors subtly piney hop profile along with some fruity esters like that of tangerine and pineapple,toasted malt holds thru out keeping everything in balance.This is a subtle pale ale a quaffing type brew not intended to knock your socks off just keep you company all night.

oberon, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of tbryan5
3/5  rDev -13.3%

tbryan5, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

Their hoppiest beer, though we’re still expecting balance and drinkability, as High & Mighty aims for flavor rather than strength. Pale golden yellow color, faint haze and a white head. A tad fruity and leafy, with blond tobacco, nutty yeast and a hay-like maltiness, making for a mouthwatering aroma. Smoothness has depth with a dry palate; hop bitterness and flavor are broad with a long linger. A tad yeasty with some fruit in tow. Hop flavor stays through the finish and ends up helping with the drinkability. While XPAs might not be as straightforward as most Pale Ales, this one certainly packs the flavor in.

BeerAdvocate, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of doremite
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

doremite, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New brewery being carried by Premier Gourmet. Foaming head on light golden colour. Hoppy aroma. Smooth drinking and very drinkable pale, without lingering bitterness, a bit of flavour other than bitterness is nice. Good session ale.Decent carbonation and mouthfeel. I think an underrated beer.

Sammy, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Kevincredible
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Kevincredible, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Sailracer
1.5/5  rDev -56.6%

Sailracer, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of oso
3/5  rDev -13.3%

oso, May 20, 2013
Photo of Snellgg5
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Snellgg5, May 12, 2013
Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

enelson, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Niebeendend
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Niebeendend, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of mcguirmn
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. Pours a honey, dark golden color. About an inch of foam that took a while to fade.

Smell: Smells really good. Hints of fruit, citrus, and hops.

Taste: Definitely noticed more fruit after tasting it. Almost tasted like apricots. The brew was definitely hoppier than I expected. And surprisingly bitter upfront. But the fruit makes up for the bitterness at the end. Not really sure if I would call this beer an extra pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Nothing to complain about. Went down smooth.

Overall: Not a bad beer. The name XPA was definitely misleading, but once I got over that, it was actually quite enjoyable.

mcguirmn, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of HattedClassic
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

HattedClassic, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light copper hue with a thin layer of white lace on top. Being that this beer is bottle conditioned, there was good sediment as well.

The smell featured an oily citrus hop with a good pepper element.

The taste consisted of a solid grapefruit and sweet orange flavor with a hint of white pepper. There was a doughy malt with a bit of a yeast character. The unfiltered character was detectable in the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel was clean and slightly chewy.

Overall a very drinkable and unique APA. I very much enjoyed the bottle conditioning.

plaid75, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Matchews
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Matchews, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of tsturm
4.94/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

High & Mighty XPA has been my go-to, every day all-purpose beer for a couple of years now. It is currently my favorite pale ale, perfectly mixing hops and malt for an absolutely smooth, delicious combination that's neither too sweet nor too bitter, neither too light nor too heavy, and neither too weak nor too strong (in terms of ABV). In an unusual twist of fate (for better or worse), they are building a brewery right next to my house :)

-TS

tsturm, May 23, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled through sinstaineddemon and Secret Bunny '08 BIF.

Chill hazed gold colored ale with a small white head.

Smell is malt and honey on toast with a mild herbal hop aroma.

The taste is malty and woody at the start. Little bit of vanilla and candy here, and not any citrus or pine. Woody after taste, this gets more bitter as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Pretty much your run of the mill Pale in really a more British style. OK but no reason to travel for a taste.

Zorro, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of jneiswender
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer out of a 12 ounce bottle. Say and smell appraisal was done through a small plastic glass just a sample size. Served cool

Pours a decent white foam head and a yellow orange body old gold

Smells of grain cereal with a distinctive British hop aroma

The green flavor certainly in front with the medicinal herbal hop flavor pervading the rest of the way

Medium to high carbonation

Overall not a bad beer at all I would certainly drink this again the choice of which seems like mostly British house feels a bit one dimensional though. This is a great beer for anyone who likes British hops

jneiswender, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of cbutova
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden orange with a foamy white head that builds to a nice size and retains well. Lots of sticky suds and a few nice spots of lace.

S- Grassy, floral and citrus zest hops with light caramel malt backbone.

T- Grassy, fruit, citrus and floral hops notes atop a faint sweet caramel malt backbone and some yeast bread hints, grainy as well. Has a very sharp Euro hop bitterness in the finish.

MF- Creamy light body with nice foamy carbonation. Bitterness is a bit too pronounced in the finish for me.

Sort of reminds me of a pilsner or German style mixed with an APA. A very sharp Euro hop bitterness and flavor profile.

cbutova, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of neonbrown82
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is only marginally better than the so-called "Beer of the Gods." Pours to a much more hazy color, still light golden yellow. Carbonation is decent, supporting a nice fluffy white head. Lacing is decent as well.

The smell is not very good. Has a light DMS aroma, as well as a huge cereal aroma. Doesn't smell too hoppy at all. The taste is much better. The hops seem to hide any off flavors. Sweet and lightly bitter. Still a bit grainy.

The body is light with a decent bitterness. Could definitely be better, but has a decent drinkability.

neonbrown82, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of bosox1120
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got on tap and poured out nicely, leaving some lacing on the glass. Floral and fruity aroma and taste from the hops made it easy drinking. Very smooth, but wouldn't be able to drink more than one or two at a time.

Color was golden and pretty clear. Not much foam when poured, but it did stay and as stated left lacing.

Overall, would recommend as it was very drinkable and had a light taste.

bosox1120, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle bought as part of a mixed High & Mighty 6-pack from Ryan & Casey's, Greenfield, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" eggshell head over the slightly cloudy dark golden brew. Head fades at a reasonable pace, with plenty of sticky lacing decorating the glass. Aroma is sweet pale malts, with a fruity hop essence. Taste follows the nose, with the citrus fruits outweighing the pale grains. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is slightly limited by the possibly excess fruitiness.

ppoitras, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz bottle, thanks to BA richgo6. Hazy golden colour, decent and lasting head. Hoppy aroma, notes of marmelade too, hints of yeast. Spritzy mouthfeel. Spicy flavour with some less pleasant hints of stale marmelade, hoppy bitter finish and aftertaste. Not great, not bad, quite interesting.

Sigmund, Oct 02, 2007
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XPA (Extra Pale Ale) from High & Mighty Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.