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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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Reviews: 51
Hads: 278
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 22.88%
Wants: 9
Gots: 61 | 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

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.
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Photo of jlindros
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.


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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Photo of woodychandler
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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…

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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 tone77
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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 VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

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 Jwale73
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz. can served in a nonic pint. Canned on 7/2/2012 tagged on the six pack. Pours a dull golden/burnt-orange hue with a hazy clarity. Head is frothy, off-white and embedded with pinpricks and craters and eventually settles into a fairly consistent 1/8th inch skim. Some spots and swaths of lacing are present during the session. Nose expresses grapefruit, citrus rind and a piney/herbal quality. Taste follows nose with the addition of pleasant earthy hops bitterness that lingers between quaffs. Wow - this is a freakin' tasty APA! Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively, almost prickly carbonation and a pleasant, palate-cleansing acidity. This beer is really top notch and has great complexity for such a low abv offering. I'm super stoked to find such a drinkable local, and year-round to boot.

Update my rating on 2/23/14 - not sure if something has changed in the recipe, but hops are much less in the foreground and I've been getting a bit more caramel malt than my original recollection. Nonetheless, still a regular draft option at home.

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Photo of Durge
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy golden amber colored brew with a sizeable egg shell colored head and full web of lacing. The aroma is a nice creamy pine-malt blend. Very nice and along the lines of a solid IPA. Maybe a little citrus as well. The flavor offers a bit of the same as the aroma but it's just a bit weaker, as one might expect from a pale ale. The hop bitterness turns into much more of a grassy bite rather than the sweeter pine noted in the aroma. This is a very drinkable brew with a thin feel although the body is closer to medium-light. Carbonation is very polite but adequate. Flavors include nutbread and light caramel but grassy hops dominate with just a hint of pine. A pleasant surprise for a pale ale, a decent hop quotient, but not anything I would go out of my way to revisit. Still, worth a try and probably a decent choice for a beer to go with some grub.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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 cbutova
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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 woosterbill
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can (courtesy of vonschplieffen) into a Duvel tulip. Always happy to try a new canned craft offering.

A: A straight pour results in a hazy medium-amber body presided over by almost three fingers of dense off-white head. Terrific retention and lacing. Other than the slight lack of clarity it's stunning.

S: Nice balance of toasty malt and aromatic, floral hops. Simple and enjoyable.

T: Clean floral and piney hoppiness up front, with some apricot and bready malts toward the end. Significant, crisp bitterness on the finish and dry aftertaste. Flavorful and refreshing at the same time. Very good.

M: Light and lively, with plenty of creamy carbonation. Pleasant.

O: Impressive beer - way, way, way better than this brewery's Flagship Cream Ale. The substantial hoppiness was a very pleasant surprise, especially in something called "extra pale." Definitely worth a shot, although I'd still probably choose SNPA over this, and would most definitely take a Sea Hag when it comes to canned hoppy brews.

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Photo of Florida9
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
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 jegross2
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of far333
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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 Tiernan
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Roguer
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
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 JamesStreet
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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 PicoPapa
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Darkish gold. Clear. Head is bright-white, creamy, and drops to asmall cap in short order. Some sheets of lacing. Pretty standard affair.

Smell: Citrus and some earth. Grapefruit zest. Light bready malts. Crackery on the back. Some backing sweetness. Touches of pine as well. Very mellow, but some nice things peeking through. Some tropical elements. Caramel malt sweetness. Floral a touch.

Taste: Pale citrus. Some tangerine coupled with grapefruit zest and a floral aftertaste. Light caramel malt sweetness. A little bready. Very clean. Slight bitterness. Undercooked biscuits and snappy cracker. Building levels of orange and earth as the beer warms. Decidedly floral.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium with a moderate carbonation. Slight lingering dryness.

Overall: JENNAY!

This is a good beer. It's not anything to write home about, but it has enough flavor to be interesting and manages to be incredibly drinkable. I want more beer like this.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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