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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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80 Ratings

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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 thekevlarkid


3.38/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

01-12-2009 15:33:34 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of Durge


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

07-17-2008 17:14:11 | More by Durge
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%

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

06-20-2008 23:11:44 | More by brentk56
Photo of Zorro


3.38/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

04-09-2008 02:54:40 | More by Zorro
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

04-06-2008 00:32:27 | More by Derek
Photo of bosox1120


3.78/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

02-12-2008 00:16:56 | More by bosox1120
Photo of RblWthACoz


4/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

12-31-2007 10:09:27 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of brdc


4.08/5  rDev +17.9%

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.

12-19-2007 01:27:35 | More by brdc
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.95/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

11-25-2007 23:24:07 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Sigmund


3.53/5  rDev +2%

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.

10-02-2007 21:08:37 | More by Sigmund
Photo of Brad007


2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

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.

09-29-2007 05:24:09 | More by Brad007
Photo of albern


2.3/5  rDev -33.5%

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.

08-03-2007 23:27:56 | More by albern
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.48/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

07-19-2007 23:30:14 | More by WesWes
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

05-25-2007 19:06:02 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of MrHurmateeowish


4.53/5  rDev +30.9%

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.

04-28-2007 00:47:55 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of lpayette


4.3/5  rDev +24.3%

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.

03-07-2007 02:47:00 | More by lpayette
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

02-04-2007 04:49:18 | More by Sammy
Photo of kelticblood


4/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

01-28-2007 01:01:27 | More by kelticblood
Photo of gpcollen1


3/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

01-06-2007 18:24:07 | More by gpcollen1
Photo of ppoitras


3.65/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

01-01-2007 18:46:29 | More by ppoitras
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

12-24-2006 03:21:36 | More by riversider76
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

12-24-2006 01:16:35 | More by oberon
Photo of Shiredave

New York

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

12-11-2006 05:26:40 | More by Shiredave
Photo of Naes

New York

3.23/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

12-11-2006 01:54:51 | More by Naes
Photo of NEhophead


3.1/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

11-22-2006 13:24:38 | More by NEhophead
XPA (Extra Pale Ale) from High & Mighty Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.