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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 hero27
2.33/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.
..says "Unfiltered, Unpasteurized, Uncompromised" on the back.

Cloudy pale straw color. Marginal head..
Bready, cereal aroma of corn mash. Light herbal hops as well.
Not thrilled by the harshness of this one..it slides down very poorly considering it's an extra pale ale and fairly low abv. Aftertaste is quite dry and the mouthfeel is very chalky. Drinkable to some extent..but it really lacks any great quality. As a summer beer, it may be considered ok, but I'd argue there are easily dozens of better similar brews available at any decent store.

Unfiltered, Unpasteurized, Uncompromised... Unimpressed.

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Photo of albern
2.34/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sorry, but this one is going down the drain. It pours a nice cloudy yellow with a nice frothy head and with decent lacing. The appearance is the high point. The smell is all bready malts, overwrought yeasts, and locker room unpleasantness. This beer is very dry, watery, bitter, unbalanced, and not very good. I'm not sure what the draw is on this one, but it just is not a very good pale ale, and I'm not sure what the brewers were hoping for with the XPA business, considering that it isn't very strong in the ABV department. I let this one sit for a bit, and nothing good emanated. I'm done with it.

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Photo of Brad007
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow color with some lacing and yet a thin head. Aroma is somewhat fruity and biscuity upfront. Smooth as well. Taste starts out with a bitterness that nearly overwhelms at first. It just doesn't seem very impressive. Alcohol shows too much. A bit hard to drink as well. Aftertaste is undesirable to me.

A good attempt but not much else.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured cloudy dark golden brown with a small amount of tan head that went away quickly. Nose is a weird mix of fruity and piney hops along with some crisp, slightly toasty, pale malt. The flavor is similar to the nose but balanced better by the malty body. I still don't like the hop character. It just doesn't seem like a good combination of hop flavors. A light body but I wouldn't grab one again.

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Photo of champ103
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear orange/red color. A large white head forms with good retention. Sticky lace clings to the glass.
S: Toasted malt, caramel sweetness up front. A simple grassy hop aroma lingers.
T: Tastes like unfermented wort. Dirty malt, caramel sweetness. A generic bitterness lingers on forever.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very dirty, and way to thin. This needs to be much cleaner. Not hard to drink if I had no other options.

Not a fan of this one. Tastes like it is not finished fermenting and a little green. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but I doubt I will revisit.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a four-finger white head that goes slowly and leaves some lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Pale almost clear amber color. Nose is hops. Flavor is almost a balance of hops and malts but the hops dominate and the finish is bitter. True to style. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Malty-sweet, bitterly hopped, medium bodied, somewhat English and somewhat American... and at five percent, High & Mighty's XPA wants to be all things to all beer lovers.

Starting with its bright straw appearance, the beer showcases a non-filtered hazy appearance with creamy white foam to cap the liquid and with light speckled lace left behind.

Aromas of fresh barley, light caramel, and honey rise first, but then is balanced by earthy and citrus hop notes. Background starch and leafy matter round out the sweeter than expected scent. Fruit jammy scents only amplify the impressions of sweetness.

The sweeter and fruitier notes that point toward English ales govern the early taste. Complementary orange and honey notes weave in earthy tea flavors that later lead to bitterness. Balancing hops rise at mid palate and give a citrusy snap to its taste before developing into smooth balanced bitterness to finish.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer's light carbonation gives more texture and richness than higher carbonated versions would. But the malt trails slightly in finish and allows for the mild alcohol warmth and mild broad bitterness to close the beer semi-sweetly.

Where the beer tries to do it all, and all while remaining highly drinkable- it falls in the domain where it lacks identity, or a signature, or a thumbprint that would otherwise keep it from falling into obscurity. But as a nondescript ale, the beer is drinkable enough.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a murky golden yellow with a voluminous head into my imperial pint. Aroma is fruity - a bit citrusy - and a hint of hops - maybe not.

Taste is a bit, how can I say it, odd. A bit bitter, dry (which I like), but that citrus/fruity run on the end is a bit to much for me. I don't think I would seek this one out unless the revamp the recipe.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a standard pint glass.
No best before date.

Pale straw in color with slight haze; plenty of active carbonation. Fizzy, white head that recedes practically on impact leaving a pasty sheet with a few pools of bubbles. Trails of condensed lacing with average strength.

Bright, floral perfume with moderate hop resins; faint citrus, grapefruit, and musty green apple. Pleasant hop aromatics, but rather mild.

Creamy, toasted malt character with hints of honey and stiff, almost astringent wheat. Faint touches of bright, citrus hops: green apple, lemon, grapefruit; that soon fade to the wheat flavor. A light bitterness, filled with citrus notes is followed by a slight astringent wheat and lemon aftertaste.

A light, medium in body; light, yet filmy on the palate. An underlying graininess adds a stiff, cardboard-like mouthfeel.

Weak flavored and pretty bland. Nothing awful, but nothing pleasant either. Not a Pale I'll remember by tomorrow.

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Photo of barczar
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky golden color with a dense one inch eggy head that dissipates slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Grain, grapefruit, and tangerine comprise the initial aroma. Reminiscent of fruity pebbles.

The flavor has a fairly citrusy base, with lime and tangerine underlying a somewhat stake, bready malt body. There's a grain character at the finish, which is slightly dry and bitter and tinny. Alcohol is evident.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a touch of harsh astringency.

Overall, a pretty citrusy version of the style, but there are some offputting flavors that detract from the experience.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very hazy peachish color with a nice frothy one finger white head. Good retention and what looks like fantastic lacing.
S: Nice citrus notes--mostly grapefruit with a bit of pine backing up the fruity notes.
T/M: Very big grapefruit flavors smack the palate with a bit of pine also, although they don't have very long legs and peter out after a bit. A bit of toasted grain in there also. Kind of watery with an unestablished body. Very fluffy and light on the palate with an ever so slight bitterness coupled with a dry finish.
D: Pretty drinkable xpa. Seems like it would be a good session brew. I wish it had more body and legs though.

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Photo of scotorum
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bought a bpttle of this yesterday to try because it's by a young local brewery and this particular beer is top rated as "most popular" of all beers at a local shop.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into my new Innis & Gunn stemmed glass.

a: Translucent light gold with a finger thick head which vanished rather quickly to a thin ring and a little lacing. Not too impressive so far.

s: Almost none, can't put my finger on what.

t: Mild to moderate pine/grass hops, reminiscent of Genesee or some other mainstream mass-produced brew.

m: Light to moderate.

o: Disappointing. I read reviews here where the color is described as darker, and all sorts of other flavors are reported than what I found. Can't explain that.

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Photo of Naes
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale is slightly hazy and a pale golden copper color with a small white head that laces well.
The aroma is mostly of citrus and floral hops with a slight toasty character.
The flavor is nicely balanced. It begins with a mild fruitiness and finishes with a good amount of citrus hops and has a slight piney character.
The mouth feel is medium in body and is mild on the carbonation.
This is a good beer that seems to fall between a pale and an Indian pale ale.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale, hazy gold. Very little head, dying out before i can take a sip. Herbal and flloral hops dominate the mild aroma, with a bit of pale malt and pear fruitiness. The flavor is less hoppy than I'd hoped, altogether mild and unassuming. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and easily drinkable, though lacking in character. Somewhere between a golden ale and a pale ale. Balanced, but unexciting. Pale malt, a little bit towards the sweter side with some toasty flavors. Soft pear fruit. Gently hopped, finishing dryish and vacent. I could easily keep these coming all night, but there's not much to this brew. Light and gentle all around, without much character.

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Photo of Omnium
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Alpine Spring bow-tie pint.

A - Hazed straw yellow, half a finger of fizzy white head, medium lacing.
S - Lots of spice and wheat, some biscuit, pepper, dark earthy tones. Not really appealing.
T - Mild biscuit malt, pepper, rye, some clove, a little grassy.
M - Medium feel, nothing outstanding.
O - Not going to return to this one. Really missing the hops.

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Photo of smcolw
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Modest head that settles to rim bubbles. Leaves only spotty lace. Very cloudy, golden color.

Smells like a blend dry crystal malts and older hops.

Quite spritzy with a moderate body and high carbonation. Relatively dry beer with bitter hop finish. Rather run-of-the-mill.

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Photo of Cavery
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.37/5  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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark gold with good white foam head. Some slight lacing.

Light malt and mineral bitterness in the nose.

A bready brew for sure. Medium maltiness, but none of the toasty edges I hoped for. Some white bread sweetness and grain, leading to pure unflavored bitterness. The hoppiness is there, but there is no distinction of what kind. Finish is long and bitter.

Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

Just ok with this one. The bitterness got in the way of the lackluster malt. Off balance a bit. Not even sure under what circumstances I would have this...not a summer quencher, not a great food beer, not a sipper either. I don't hate this, but I'm not impressed either.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a very cloudy, honey-gold color with lots of visible carbonation. The head was a one-finger of off-white foam that clung very tightly as a cap and as a result barely left any lacing at first. As it warmed up it began to lace in sheets. The aroma was of citrus hops and dry grains. The flavors were well balanced but rather subtle with more malt emphasis than usual for a Pale but the hops did really appear at the end when the finish became bitter. The body was medium, the mouthfeel creamy and I found it generally sessionable.

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Photo of TonyC
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Anther local offering, that I was truly hoping to love, but it fell way short of love. High & Mighty boast a mixture of American and English profiles, but to me, the ingredients just do not work together.

A: This gets the highest marks from me, I poured this one into a traditional pint glass and got a hazy orange/gold body with an excellent white head, that left subtle lacing.

S: A sweet aroma that did not elude to a high hopped offering.

T: I was looking for an awesome hops flavor, but was let down because of a hops conflict (in my opinion as a home brewer). The clash of hops did not allow me to truly enjoy this offering.

M: Decent carbonation, but again, too much of a hops/malt conflict.

O: I was "one and done" with this one. One sixer was enough. I found this a conflict of profiles and tastes. Sorry High & Mighty.

My thoughts for the brewer would be to tweak this one to work. Stick with only Maris Otter for the malt. It rises above American 2 row in flavor and paired with US hops, would be a true winner. East Kent Goldings is an awesome hop (let me repeat, an AWESOME hop) but does not work well with Simcoe and Palisade. These two Yakima hops are way too over powering to be paired with such a subtle and flavorful hop. So drop the 2 Row and East Kent Golding, and pair the UK malt with the US hops and brew us a winner.

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Photo of Klym
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Shared with Cavery.

A: Pours a classic pale golden with a small micro and medium bubble head that dies shortly after, leaving a ring of head.

S: Lots of bready malts, some hops, a little grain, a little mango and citrus spritz in the mix.

T: Kind of bizarre. An initial hit of malty sweetness, tropical fruit, and grain that then suddenly peaks with a citrus-rind like bitterness and dies down with a hop bitterness, mellowing out into a slightly bitter maltiness.

M: Mouthfeel is probably the best part of this, perhaps because it's a hot day and I'm enjoying this chilled bottle. It almost slides off the tongue and splashes against the sides of my tongue underneath and spreads the coolness smoothly. Carbonation is slight but plenty for the style and the bitterness never seems to pain any parts of the mouth.

O: Refreshing, not unenjoyable to drink and even has some distinctly unique flavor development, but it mostly underplays its best features and leaves itself forgettable.

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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.