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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
80
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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Photo of mcguirmn
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. Pours a honey, dark golden color. About an inch of foam that took a while to fade.

Smell: Smells really good. Hints of fruit, citrus, and hops.

Taste: Definitely noticed more fruit after tasting it. Almost tasted like apricots. The brew was definitely hoppier than I expected. And surprisingly bitter upfront. But the fruit makes up for the bitterness at the end. Not really sure if I would call this beer an extra pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Nothing to complain about. Went down smooth.

Overall: Not a bad beer. The name XPA was definitely misleading, but once I got over that, it was actually quite enjoyable.

Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - murky tan gold and straw hues. Minimal but inviting head.

S - slightly fruity and floral. Some grapefruit. More on the sweeter side of an ipa. Maybe it's not super fresh or maybe I'm just spoiled with California heavy ipas.

T - a little lighter than I thought. Kinda metallic which is something I didn't get from the smell. Not bad. A bit of a perfume on the aftertaste.

M - a creeping carbonation that's actually medium high. As it has warmed up a tad bit the hops are coming out a little more.

O - nice nice. I'd be interested to try on cask or tap. Other than that I don't think it quite deserves the xpa title but definitely a nice single or double.

Photo of cbutova
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.38/5  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.

Photo of Durge
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Photo of Zorro
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Derek
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of bosox1120
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got on tap and poured out nicely, leaving some lacing on the glass. Floral and fruity aroma and taste from the hops made it easy drinking. Very smooth, but wouldn't be able to drink more than one or two at a time.

Color was golden and pretty clear. Not much foam when poured, but it did stay and as stated left lacing.

Overall, would recommend as it was very drinkable and had a light taste.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of brdc
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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.

Photo of Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of WesWes
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of jjayjaye
3.75/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.53/5  rDev +31.7%
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.

Photo of lpayette
4.3/5  rDev +25%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of kelticblood
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +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.

Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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