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Flying Jenny Extra Pale Ale - Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

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Flying Jenny Extra Pale AleFlying Jenny Extra Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheManiacalOne on 05-23-2012

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Ratings: 238 | Reviews: 49
Reviews by Givemebeer:
Photo of Givemebeer
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can - drinking from the can - yes I am.

A: Well the can is cool nice artwork making me wish it were summer.

S: Smells piney! A definite east coast ipa/ pale ale type smell. Tiny malt backbone is apparent just enough to keep balance.

T: Follows the smell - straight pine and it's nice. A nice spiciness towards the back end. Good clean finish.

M: Fairly light bodied and pretty dry.

O: I could see myself sessioning this on a hot day. Nice how it doesn't try to follow the ways of other pale ales.

Hops included: Columbus, Tomahawk, and Zeus. Dry hopped with Cascade.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For and extra pale ale so generously hopped, I was surprised at first to get very little hop aroma after pouring. Looks great in the glass. Fluffy white head that lasts and eventually leaves behind some nice lacing. Initial flavor is a very spicy, peppery hop bite. Some good notes of pine and citrus punch through the back end. Strong malt backbone for a pale ale. In the end, I wish I had more!

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In a pint glass this beer was a dark amber color. There was a medium-sized off white head that left a bit of lace.

Aroma of citrus and flowers, as well as sweet malt.

Tastier than the aroma implied. Grapefruit and flowers. Strong malt background of caramel and bread.

A hoppy beer, but still very malt forward. Nice balance.

Enjoyed it.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, shared by my non BA member drinking buddy Josh IPA (JIPA).

Pours darker amber, cloudy. The head is off white and quickkly it is loosely clinging to the side of the glass.

Sniff reveals a respectable pine infused hop presence. Not bad…

This pale is better then moderately hopped. More pine, more hop resins. Smooth and easy enough to drink and enjoy. Hops in control, but enough of a malty underlayer to provide a bit of balance.

Decent to pretty darn good pale ale. Worthy selection if you see it in your area and are looking for a decent brew in an easily portable can.

I believe JIPA found it in Connecticut…

Photo of Roguer
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very nice clarity, coppery and clear. Little carbonation. Head was off-white and quickly dissipated, leaving a decent amount of lacing.

S - Bright and hoppy, hints of citrus, certainly grapefruit.

T - The flavor didn't really live up to the reputation or the scent. Grapefruit peel was highlighted, but there was little to no sugar to balance it out. Malt profile provides just enough chewy grains for overall balance.

M - Fairly light and smooth, but I found that it seemed a little too bubbly to savor and swish around in the mouth. Slight sting; slightly dry. Good overall body.

O - Pretty solid EPA/APA, bright, hoppy, with a clear, balanced malt profile. It's a solid local option on tap, especially to go with lunch or dinner.

Photo of tkelley
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can from beer of the every other month club. Poured into SA Perfect Pint.

A - this was really neat... the bottom started out clear but then after I finished the pour it was overtaken by haze. Body is bronze. Nice white head, really big at first. Good lacing and retention.

N - nicely hopped. Like a pine forest. Some citrus and bread malts too.

T - also good hop flavor. Mostly resiny. Some grass. Would be a great camping or hiking beer.

M - crisp. A bit heavy but not bad. Dry.

O - I really enjoyed this one and will be on the look out for more.

Cheers!

Photo of Stubbie1
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange/gold, thin white head. Hops on the nose with a light hint of pepper. Bitter hops up front with a slight malt finish. This will go good with anything off the grill!

Photo of OatmattStout
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

this is one all around solid APA.

hazy and unfiltered. nice fresh hop aroma with solid head with good retention.

it has a solid oily fresh hop character but is balanced quite nicely with some slightly sweet grainy malts.

this would be a great house tap beer all year round that has session stamped all over it.

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, almost IPA like. Taste is hops, pine, a touch of citrus, lots of hoppy goodness, kind of lacking in malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of JDelder
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Nice on a hot day!

Photo of jegross2
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Flying Jenny Extra Pale Ale from Grey Sail Brewing Of Rhode Island out of Westerly, Rhode Island. Major thanks to Michael Y. for the hookup!

Score: 89

Unknown vintage can served in a Goose Island Chicago flag snifter and enjoyed on 08/01/13.

Appearance: Body is a nice dull orange color with a golden tint. Quite murky. Pours two fingers of frothy off-white head that settles to a thin layer with a nice lacing on the side of the glass. Excellent lacing, very good retention. 4.25/5

Smell: Cereal grain, dull orange citrus, grapefruit and mild piney hops. The grain aroma is more forward than I would like in a pale ale, but it is not offensive in the least -- just unexpected and not traditional for the style. A little floral-ness too. Very light on the nose. 3.5/5

Taste: The grain character here is substantially more mellow on the palate than the nose led on, and it is mostly contained towards the finish. Starts off with a nice bitter hop bite that is a little piney, a little grassy, but more “non-descriptly hoppy” bitter than either. Then orange rind and grapefruit. A light amount of grainy malt in the finish for balance, with a lingering bitterness. Quite refreshing, yet surprisingly bitter for a pale ale -- I guess that is why this one is an "extra" pale ale... 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, maybe a little lighter than that. Feels a little spritzier on the palate than most pale ales, but in a good way here as this helps the bitter hoppiness pop on the palate. Dry finish. 4/5

Overall: Had low expectations for this given the grain-forward nose, but the flavor is where it counts most and this one delivers. Appetizingly bitter and flavorful for the style, even though it is not complex. Give this "something different" brew a whirl if you get the chance.

Cost: $9.49 for a six pack of 12 oz cans.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 6/22/12

Appearance: Somewhere between burnt orange and golden orange in color, clear, pours with a creamy off-white head - remarkable head retention, keeps a nice cap - some spotty lacing

Smell: Hoppy and earthy - lots of citrus, with some tropical notes - oranges and grapefruits, fleshy, pithy, and floral - hoppy, but not really aggressive - caramel and pale malts, with a nice level of earthiness

Taste: Nicely balanced - hoppy, but not at an IPA level - orange and grapefruit flesh, with lingering pith - moderately bitter - pale and caramel malts, bread dough, and lightly cooked biscuits - lightly sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth and a little chewy, nicely carbonated

Overall: I don't know what an Extra Pale Ale is, but I do know that I like it

As far as styles go, this is really at the intersection of APA and IPA. It's hoppy and highly quaffable. It's similar to hoppy American pales (e.g., Daisy Cutter), but it's also unique. I had this on-tap at The Malted Barley in Westerly, RI. It was fantastic with a pretzel. I'm glad that it is now in cans.

Photo of DrunkPagan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I wasn't very fired up about the Flagship Ale, but when people started raving about the Flying Jenny, I had to give it a whirl. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be quite good!

For a newbie brewery, and for a micro in a can, this brew surprised with its crispness and complexity. The hops are dominant, but not overpowering, mingling with the background maltiness in perfect harmony and balance. It's light, but not without enough body to remind you that you're drinking a real beer.

My next goal is to try this brew on tap and see if it's better than the can, but however it's served, this is a decent little pale ale in a can. Check it out for yourself.

Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Been a while since I reviewed a brew. This is actually my first Can review and the first beer I have had from this particular brewery. It was highly recommended, so I gave it a shot in my mix-a-six!

A: I put a bit of an aggressive pour on it so the head is about 2 inches, but the color is a mix between a light and dark brown. This is an unfiltered beer, so there is a little bit of syrupy swirl from the adjuncts.

S: Wheat, lemon peel, and grapefruit lead the aroma in this one. Not too strong on the nose, rather subtle but refreshing. The hops are also present throughout.

T: Theres a lot of sweetness from the lemon and dryness from the wheat up front, with a slight tartness from the grapefruit at the tip of the tongue. Not really any hop bite, but you know the hops are there.

M: A good mixture of tartness and sweetness, very easy to drink Pale Ale.

O: I always heard that craft beer in a can is better in some cases, this one did not disappoint. I loved the flavors from the lemon and wheat and appreciated the balance from the hops. If you ever come across this, give it a try. Definitely would get a 6er if I can find some!

Photo of Robtobfest
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up with low expectations

Appearance is a beautiful orange amber with a stcky billowy head

Aroma is fantastic. Reminds me a bit of the hop profile in Bells Two Hearted but maltier. A ton of citrus and and some sweet malt.

Taste is also great. So much flavor packed into this at just over 5%There is not much bitterness but rather a candied fruity citrus hop flavor. Really nice.
Mouthfeel is medium and a bit heavier than expexted for an"extra"pale ale.
Overall this is a really a nice surprise! Really easy to drink and a welcome local addition.
Im ordering a log of this fo r this weekend! Its that good!

Photo of cbutova
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard good things abut Grey Sail. Some nice looking cans arrived in MA recently, I'm down. Had this on-tap once in RI but it seemed a bit out of freshness, time for a redo.

A- Poured from the can for the review. Semi-hazed amber body with some orange hues around the edges. Puffy, creamy white head to two fingers with nice retention. Nice webs of thick lacing coat a good portion of the glass.

S- Citrus, floral and pine hops come in at a respectable APA level. Yeast bread, light caramel, cracker malt sweetness and slight fruits beyond those hops.

T- A pronounced Cascade hop note comes to mind instantly and leaves me thinking of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The hop profile is citrus zest, pine, floral and slightly grassy and not quite at an IPA level like some APAs today. Rounded out by biscuit, cracker, light caramel and yeast bread hints.

MF- Foamy body for the style but smooth high-end carbonation overall. Body is light to moderate with a bubbly texture but not watery at all, nearly creamy. Medium bitterness in the finish.

Solid APA with the same Cascade hop profile that SNPA made so famous, which is always a great thing considering the amount of breweries that miss on this style.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/1/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts with a quick burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice solid beer to pound down for a long time.

Photo of sukwonee
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden body with 2 finger head. Lots and lots of lacing.

S: Citrous, grapefruit, all hops and not much malt.

T: Citrous, grapefruit, lemon, finishes with slight hop bitterness. Very refreshing!

M: Light and good amount of carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Good APA (whatever APA is)!

Photo of PicoPapa
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can with a sticker that says 6/05/12 on one of the cans. Pours a murky burnt orange with an inch of frothy head. Minimal lacing. I could smell this one as soon as I cracked the can open. Great hoppy aroma. Some citrus and tropical fruits. The taste isn't as hoppy as the aroma but there still is a good hop presence. Bitter orange peel mixed with some malt flavor and tropical fruits. A bit of a dry mouthfeel. Wickedly drinkable. One of the hoppier Pale Ales I've had. Overall, worth seeking out for sure.

Photo of constantine_272
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: highly carbonated. Excellent head. Nice rich amber copper color. Only downside is a murky haze that came out of the can.

S: Bright chlorophyl and green wet grass. Big floral aroma. Great.

T: Big pine resin. Dried straw, leaves. Far more dry than the smell lets on. Almost acidic. Woodiness of cedar lingers. Strong carbonation finishes well standing up to the big hop profile.

M: Extra dry. The high carbonation balances it out well cleaning the palate; truly a smart move with the carbonation. Mouthfeel was fairly thick. Very dry.

O: Not sure i liked this at first since it was so big, but I came around. The carbonation was smart. The extra pale thing isn't really my style, but this is a really good example of the style.

Photo of MistahBeah
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy orange with a giant foamy two finger head. Good retention and healthy lacing in big chunks. Moderate carbonation. Looks nice

Smells of biscuity pale malts and grassy and floral hops. Not much else going on

Taste is hoppier than the nose lets on. Hops are piney and grassy and dominate the palate. Grapefruit juice. The finish tastes of crackers. Pine aftertaste

Feels crisp and refreshing. Carbonated. Juicy

I'm impressed with this one. Their flagship cream ale was decent at best so I didn't have high hopes for this but I'm pleasantly surprised. Hoppy and refreshing and relatively inexpensive for a 6pk (around $9 average). Granted this probably isn't gonna win any awards but its worth a shot

Photo of jlindros
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yay craft beer cans.

as much as I love cans, they are harder to pour, and this yields a way to big foamy fluffy 3 finger head that's bigger than the beer and forces me to stop pouring, fades semi slowly with lots of lacing, fairly hazy light sediment laden orange honey colored.

Nose has some nice hops, a light floral hop character, mild grassy and spicy, a touch of a juice fruit hop and very faint citrus, a touch of apricot like fruit too, little spicy like. Hint of a malt base but not much.

Taste starts with more hops, mild to fair bitterness at first, but it ramps to a fairly stronger bitterness. Hops are juicy, a little bit of fruity hop character, mostly grassy and a little spicy, light leafy too, and faint pine. Citrus comes through a bit more as it goes, adn again a little fruity apricot like. Malts are very light, just a touch of malt character but mostly seems a little watery. Finish gets quite bitter, more spicy hop bitterness mostly, little grassy and leafy, hint of fruity hop again, no malt.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, a little watery feeling, and decent carb.

Overall not bad, nicely drinkable and nice hop profile, but the malts are just lacking way too much I think.

Photo of woodychandler
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The CANQuest (TM) CANtinues its salute to New England in the aftermath of Winter Storm Nemo! I scored a sixer of this last weekend while in West Warwick to visit my buddy.

From the CAN: "Raise high the Flying Jenny!"; "Our Extra Pale Ale is brewed with a generous mix of Columbus, Tomahawk, and Zeus hops for their complex citrusy and spicy flavors and aromas. Then, as an extra finishing touch, we dry hop with select Cascade and leave unfiltered to fully unfurl the taste. Hope you enjoy our EPA."; "[undersigned Jen and Alan]".

The Crack revealed another brimful craft CAN. I always feel like I am getting a Baker's Dozen when that happens. The inverted Glug threatened to be too much for my glass so I backed off and allowed it to settle somewhat. Easily two fingers of dense, tawny head sat above the beer with about two fingers of liquid still in the CAN. Color was a very hazy deep-amber, which was to be expected, given that it was left unfiltered. The nose reminded me of the cartoon with the frog, the kangaroo and the rabbit - lots of hops! Just as advertised, it had both a peppery spiciness and a grapefruit citrusiness to it. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were actually jolting on the tongue and I mean that in a good way. Perhaps "riotous" might have been a better term, but either way, nothing was being held back. Where is the demarcation line between APA and IPA? This could have been either and as a self-avowed hophead, I was in love. The hops scrubbed away the weak, dead and dying taste buds from my tongue, leaving me with a fresh palate. Finish was gaspingly dry, not for the faint of heart. The reviewer who drank it straight from the CAN must have been panting for water afterwards. The lacing that remained as the head fell was sticky and will require a jackhammer to remove.

Photo of hmph
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a 6 pack in a trade with Robtobfest, beyond thanks to him for that. I had heard a few things about flying jenny and wanted to get a taste for myself. Reviewed and taped.

A - hazy murky golden brown with an inviting bubbly white head

S - Citrus hops with some floral notes, strong hop presence with sweeter malts as a companion

T - Smooth, delicious, fruity bitterness with a sweetness right before leaving your palate slightly bitter and asking for more

O - Delicious, I would even venture to say the best APA I have had thus far in my craft beer experience. An amazing ale from a smaller brewer with what should be a burgeoning taste regiment

Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy amber color. Modest head from a vigorous pour. Little lace (a couple of spots).

Predominantly hop pellet aroma. Appealing, yet one dimensional.

Lightly toasted malt flavor up front. Good hop kick in the swallow. Lingering black pepper aftertaste. Full body and above average carbonation. Long lasting bitter aftertaste.

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Notes from on tap

Lots of spotty lace with distinct rings. Small bar pour head. Dark gold light amber color. Cloudy.

Relatively light aroma but it has a good blend of malt and hop.

This is a bitter beer, like a normal IPA. Long aftertaste.

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Flying Jenny Extra Pale Ale from Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
86 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.