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
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 1
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

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Beer added by: Todd on 05-28-2006

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Reviews: 49 | Hads: 83
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +8%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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 (674 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (1,453 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +14%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (274 characters)

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. (560 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.96/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of Brad007
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of champ103
2.93/5  rDev -16%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.38/5  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. (671 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (990 characters)

Photo of albern
2.34/5  rDev -33%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
3.22/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of brdc
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (481 characters)

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