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

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Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
Rhode Island, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An unfiltered extra pale ale crafted with five different malts and complimented by northwestern hops make this brew one to enjoy year-round. Generous amounts of hops in the kettle and fermenter give our EPA a citrusy and floral flavor and aroma.

Added by TheManiacalOne on 05-23-2012

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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 311
Photo of JamesStreet
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip out of a 12oz can that was canned on 7/30/15
Look - Hazy orange with a two-inch off-white head. Mild retention with moderate lacing
Smell - Nice aromas of pine and citrus. Earthy, floral hops come in as well giving it that grassy note.
Taste - Sweet cara malt and graininess, some citrus as well as a nice grassy hop taste.
Feel - Heavier side of medium-bodied, milder carbonation.
Overall - Not a bad summer pale that drinks rather nicely.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really nice summer beer from Grey Sail. More American than English, though. Extra pale ale makes sense. Near amber and cloudy, good lacing. Aroma is a bit weak, flavor is great though. Slightly sweet, nice and hoppy, finishes bitter and clean. Light body.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From the can. Sampled on August 10, 2015.

The pour is a slightly hazy yellow-orange with a huge cream colored head.

I did not expect the abundance of orange, pine, floral, and grassy hops on the nose but they are there overtaking any evidence of toasted pale malts.

Thin to medium body.

The toasted and grainy malts present themselves briefly but like the aroma the taste is overtaken by the hop bitterness up to the end.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Problem with tis beer is that I have been drinking their Captain's Daughter so much that I am comparing other IPAs and PAs to that one. Which really is not fair.

This was a pretty big beer., full and rich. It had some of that nice spiciness and pine approach as other IPAs do, but then rounds it off with some big time malt and big hops

I am still glad I tasted this one. I am slowly running out of runway for tasting different beers in the CT area, so, when I see something I have not had , I go for it

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Photo of far333
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Giant foamy light orange head that lingers long. Apricot colored, crystal clear. Aroma of honey malt and subtle citrus.

Flavor initially matches the nose - biscuity malt, hone notes, but orange rind and citrus hops burst through. A bit hard-edged hops, very pithy. Pretty hoppy for an EPA. Semi slick mouthfeel, fine carbonation tingle in the finish. Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of mnrider
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Two fingers of white foam. The color is hazy amber. A lot of carbonation
and plenty of sediment floating around. Great retention and lacing.

S: Floral grassy hops. Sweet malts. A little citrus.

T/M: Creamy. Hops are grassy, piney and a little fruity. Malts are sweet with
a little bread and yeast flavors. Has a weak bitter taste that lingers into a
mostly clean finish.

O: Nothing really that memorable but has enough to keep me interested.
Lacks in hop bite. Smooth with an easy to drink feel. Probably wouldn't get


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Photo of Stubbie1
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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!

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy orange gold color with off-white head. Pine, citrus, grass, and some spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice balanced malt bill.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a white head that trails the glass. The smell was actually pretty tame with just some light citrus and pine on the nose. The taste was actually very full with hop flavors giving citrus and a bit of pepper on the end. From the flavor I found the beer to be a bit on the heavy side and the aftertaste wasn't as clean as I like but overall a very nice beer.

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Photo of InkedinRi
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very nice pale ale, needs to be fresh or it gets malty. They need to put the Abv on the can, and there dating system is really lame. But I like this beer!

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Photo of Lagerhouserules
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%

For the abv and style it doesn't get much better than this. Drinks thicker and sweeter than a 4.9 pale ale and the hop profile satisfies a hop fix. I'll seek this out especially in the summer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%

Can. Pours copper and hazy. Darker than what I was expecting an Extra Pale to be. Smells of floral hops, some pine, some citrus and a good lot of caramel malt. The flavor is no-nonsense and close to the nose. Caramel malts, some bread. Citrus and grass hops with a floral element. Straightforward. I was expecting something else. Body is surprisingly full, in context. Medium bitterness. Not bad, not expected.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Can from MrBarleywine, thanks for the opportunity!
Hazy dark golden color with a fair amount of floaties and a frothy sticky off white head that persists. Light mineral water, earthy spicy bready caramel. Toffee and bitter caramel. Decent enough brew but nothing horribly exciting.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of tkelley
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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.


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Photo of Florida9
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy yellow-orange in color. Forms a large, rocky, and very stable head. There's even some hop resin floating on top of head. Lots of lacing.

S: Aroma starts off with a slight metallic twang. Carbonation. Hops. Herbal-grassy hops. Maybe a little pine.

T: Taste falls off. Not bad. Just not that interesting. Bready malts, some light citrus and more of the grassy hops.

M: Lighter body. Heavier carbonation. Low bitterness.

O: A fairly middle of the road APA.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Duhast500
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Sierra Nevada Celebration pint glass.

The color is a hazy yellow/orange with a finger of foamy white and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is malty at first with a nice grassy hop aroma that is really fresh smelling. There is a touch of light fruit aroma here in the nose that is slightly citrus, slightly earthy.

The taste is malty at first with a bready flavor that holds you for a moment before letting in a fresh noble hop flavor. There is a nice earthy flavor here like fresh cut grass that hints at some light fruit.

The feel of this beer is medium to light bodied and is really well balanced. It makes for a really good drinker as it goes down easy and it pretty smooth.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden/orange in hue, this beer has a nose that combines hops, bread, and pine. The foam is substantial and long- lasting, making its presence known from the get- go and leaving its presence behind in the form of noticeable lacing.

This beer has a taste that follows its nose. The flavors of pine and bread are most obvious, backed by flavors of sweet malt, biscuits, citrus, and crackers. The taste is a little less intense than the nose led me to believe, but the basic flavors are just as expected and the beer is very pleasant.

This beer isn’t quite an IPA, but is leaning in that direction; Hence the name, extra pale ale. It has an intriguing taste combination and seems like the type of beer that seasoned veterans and craft beer newbies will all find acceptable. The bread, pine, fruit, and floral notes are certainly there, but not overpowering and the beer is very non- pretentious.

I have only tried a few Gray Sail beers, but this one is my favorite in the bunch. Give it a try if you can find it- just be careful when you pour, as the foaminess can easily overflow your glass.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a can marked "3 05 15 A 2 B E".

Golden with good clarity except for a vast suspension of chunks. It looked like one of those snow globes but with little movement. A big white head. A nice citrusy burst of aroma that fades quickly but remains pleasant. A nice citrusy bite but the yeasty sediment affects the flavor. I would have watch for it on the pour if it were a bottle but it's tough to see coming out of the can until it's too late. A moderate consistency and carbonation.

Nice flavor but the sediment ultimately affected the experience.

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Photo of dippy
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good Beer but overall a bit too one note. Luckily I like the note, Hops.

Poured a lovely orange with a nice 2-3 fingers of white head on top.
some nice lacing left on the glass.

the smell is very floral. it was life a perfume. a bit off putting but still intriguing.

the taste is straight hops, not the usual hops though, more floral than citrus. but nice and certainly stands out on its own as far as pale ales.

Too many IPAs and Pale ales have been following the same recipe and it was nice to see this brew stand out and something unique.

I like the brew but won't be buying again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Flying Jenny Extra Pale Ale from Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
87 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.