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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

84 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 17.73%
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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1.5/5  rDev -56.4%

Sailracer, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of EricDu
2/5  rDev -41.9%

EricDu, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Nichols33
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Nichols33, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of albern
2.3/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

albern, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of hero27
2.35/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

hero27, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of Brad007
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Brad007, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of ahbaggins
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

ahbaggins, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Kevincredible, Jun 15, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

bobv, Oct 05, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

grannaniwa, May 29, 2012
Photo of champ103
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

champ103, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

DrinkingDrake, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
2.95/5  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.

jdhilt, Nov 25, 2007
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

tbryan5, Aug 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

oso, May 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

jpd7374, Oct 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

rinhaak, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of gpcollen1
3/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

gpcollen1, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

BEERchitect, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of NEhophead
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

NEhophead, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of barczar
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

barczar, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of bjohnson
3.13/5  rDev -9%
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.

bjohnson, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of scotorum
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

scotorum, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of UnionMade
3.2/5  rDev -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.

UnionMade, Sep 05, 2006
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XPA (Extra Pale Ale) from High & Mighty Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.