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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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49 Reviews

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