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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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Reviews: 49
Hads: 83
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 17.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-28-2006

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Reviews: 49 | Hads: 83
Photo of tsturm
4.93/5  rDev +42.9%
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 :)


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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.54/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle from Florian's. Murky amber-yellow body with a half inch of off-white head. Caramel malty sweetness and piney citrussy hops play equal parts in the aroma. Apricot dominates the flavor, with undertones of pith and caramel malt. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Very tasty, pleasing, and drinkable. I'm impressed.

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Photo of lpayette
4.27/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Details- 12oz bottle. No dates. Nice label.

Appearance- Very very unfiltered pineapple juicy color... this is an interesting choice of words I used here as I hadn't tasted or smelled this prior to writing that down... see below. 1 1/2 fingers of head. Some lacing. Very different appearance.

Smell- Lots of interesting tropical fruits. Pineapple, mango, guava, and passion fruit come to mind. A bit of citrus too from the hops. Very different. Didn't like the smell initially, but it grew on me as the shock value diminished.

Taste- Pineapple and other tropical fruits prevalent. Some hop bitterness for balance. Wow, a pale ale that's actually interesting. Very good and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is about the only thing typical about this so-called pale ale. Still, very appropriate for the style.

Drinkability- A very good beer overall. Definitely aptly named, as I would not call this exactly a pale ale. The pineapple characteristic is very interesting and keeps me wanting more. I may even break down and buy a whole 6-pack at the $8.99 price, which I think is a bit steep for the style. With an average score of 3.45 at the time of this review, this one is definitely way underrated.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
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

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Photo of brdc
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LittleBreeze for this one. Poured into a pint, produces a mildly hazy dark golden brew, nice foamy white head with little retention and some lacing.
Aroma is herbal, hoppy but has some malted notes in there.
Good carbonation, crisp on the mouth, it is hoppy but not excessively, fruity, herbal, but has some underlying maltiness that balances it well, more like a british pale ale.
Good session beer, better than I expected for the current rating, a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded gold with a nice crème head that falls fairly fast. Nose is faint. Mild citrus hops. Slight syrup edge. Slight bark tone. Flavor is very tangy on the end. Bitter gets in on the action as well. But overall it seems to stay pretty smooth and even. A nice flavor profile with good character. Feel is a bit meaty on the tongue with a good carbonation. Overall very drinkable. Smooth and even, but with a definite character to it that keeps it interesting. Well worth trying I say.

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Photo of mcguirmn
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely appealing appearance. Tons of lacing with a small bubbling head. Cloudy straw yellow color. Has a very fruity and citrus taste. Has a malty pinneaple aroma. It is not watery, but could use more carbonation. Medium bodied that is refreshing. Has a balanced hop to malt ratio on the aroma.. Also the taste is balanced between hops and malt. A very good pale Ale.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of bosox1120
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy bright yellow color with a full finger off white head that resists fading. Nice amount of lacing observed. Chucks of yeast in the bottom. Not a bad looker, but i'm guessing that it's not true to style.

The aroma is timid but good. A lemony hop character with a balanced sweet malty position also.

The mouth feel is nice too. Quite effervescent, tingle from the hop and a little bitterness, especially towards the bottom.

IMO this is a good drinker. It's quite refreshing. At 5% it could be a good summertime session.

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Photo of Derek
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Gold with a fizzy white head, very little retention, slight lace.

S: Lemony spice & a biscuity grainyness.

T: Spicy, lemon rind, slight floral soapyness, light caramel flavour with a crisp bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation, dry finish.

D: A good drinker.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I mostly drink this beer out of the bottles.
Its widely available all over Western Mass.

XPA pours a dark orange, and tends to always be fresh because you are getting it local.

It smells great! I love the bitterness smell, and the hops that stand out.

The taste is nothing too crazy, it really is a basic pale ale. It is kind of bitter though.

High and Mighty puts out some good stuff. I really like the fundementals and backbone of this brewry and what they do.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy orange with a two finger mixed bubbly head.
S- A lot of pine in this one and Dark fruits? Raisins and plums are not what I was expecting but. Brown sugar and a bitter dry finish.
T- Interesting hop variety in this hoppy pale. Im getting a lot of pine, A lot of grapefruit citrus and darker fruits flavors. Some dry breaddy notes, kinds reminds me of a Belgian IPA. Taste seems to change with every sip. Not much of a malt presence. Something different every time.
M- very carbonated, Feels alive, A lot of mouth numbing feeling from this one but at the same time, not too bitter.
O- This is a good, unique Pale ale, Worth checking out. I wish this brewery was more available in my area.

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Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale golden. One finger head, with good retention,and lacing. Smell is of light citrus, and candy. Body is medium with some carbionation. Taste is fruits, with a nice hop finish. This is unusal tasting for a pale ale, but very good. Give it a try.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey colr with a modest head that tosses a few shards of lace on the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Bready, with honey and lemon elements; surprisingly sweet

Taste: Tastes a bit like Grape Nuts, with the lemon and honey in the nose also appearing up front; by mid-palate, some earthy bitterness kicks in to balance out the sweet flavors, but after the swallow, the flavors fade rather quickly

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Rather odd for an APA; more in the English style, IMO; still, it is enjoyable to drink even though it is not in the upper echelon for its style

Thanks, LittleBreeze, for the opportunity

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Photo of Shiredave
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A bright, pale yellow color with a slight haze. It poured almost flat but kicked up a small head when swirled. No carbonation noted, and in a Duvel glass, if there were bubbles in the beer, that "D" would have found them.
Herbal hop aromas on top of soft candied malt come thru - not pungent but subtle and inviting.
Flavors were almost non existant cold - after several minutes it warmed to reveal only slightly more. Malt presence is again soft up front before drying, chalky hop flavors take over. No depth or complexity, but nothing bad or off putting. It just lacks substance.
Mouthfeel is thin and light and only a bit less so as it reached room temp. OK drinkability but would not be my first choice.

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Photo of Durge
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This somewhat odd offering poured a light yellow golden color, cloudy with a huge white head and good lace. Aroma is a healthy banana malt with piney hops, marvelous. The flavor is bright with an interesting smoothness, yet somewhat aqueous and easy drinking. Despite this there is also a dominant dryness from the hops which detracts a lot for me. Here you get more of a cereal grain overtone, more of an herbal hop deal but sort of non-descript. I didn't hate it like my drinking buddy did (as he dumped it down the sink) but I sure wish it tasted as good as it smelled. Needs some help but I was glad i tried it. The feel is middle level stuff, fairly refreshing, good carbonation, has potential.

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Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - murky tan gold and straw hues. Minimal but inviting head.

S - slightly fruity and floral. Some grapefruit. More on the sweeter side of an ipa. Maybe it's not super fresh or maybe I'm just spoiled with California heavy ipas.

T - a little lighter than I thought. Kinda metallic which is something I didn't get from the smell. Not bad. A bit of a perfume on the aftertaste.

M - a creeping carbonation that's actually medium high. As it has warmed up a tad bit the hops are coming out a little more.

O - nice nice. I'd be interested to try on cask or tap. Other than that I don't think it quite deserves the xpa title but definitely a nice single or double.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, pale and bisquit malt scent along with a light hop aroma and a bit of yeast fruitiness. The taste is decent. It has a light, pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes mildly bitter with some breadlike malt character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer looks horrible, but it actually tastes pretty good. There's some malt complexity despite it's light appearance.

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XPA (Extra Pale Ale) from High & Mighty Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.