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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
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81 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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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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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 brentk56
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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

brentk56, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
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 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 RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.48/5  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.

WesWes, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

smcolw, Jul 04, 2011
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 jdhilt
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
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
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 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 Derek
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Derek, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Brad007
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
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 Durge
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Durge, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of champ103
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
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 enelson
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

enelson, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 29, 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 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 jpd7374
3/5  rDev -13.3%

jpd7374, Sunday at 04:55 PM
Photo of barczar
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
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 OtherShoe2
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

OtherShoe2, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

thekevlarkid, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of DonFrap
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

DonFrap, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of bobv
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

bobv, Oct 05, 2013
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XPA (Extra Pale Ale) from High & Mighty Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.