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Extra Pale Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company

Extra Pale AleExtra Pale Ale

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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 14.76%

Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001)
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Photo of JG-90

New Jersey

3.24/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

XPA is a clear straw color with a moderate sized bubbly white head, head doesn't have much retention and leaves low (almost none) lacing. Smells of light bread, sweet and a little fruity kinda like musty citrus rinds. Aroma is a little too sweet for me.

Nice light fruity taste, a little bready, very sweet finish. A little too sweet for me, but still pretty enjoyable. Mouthfeel is light with above average carbonation, a little creaminess - right on for a Extra PA.

This beer really isn't anything special, but it is light and easy drinking. Was hoping this to be a little more hop forward like Hop Fish and Red Fish. Probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again, yet would be happy to drink it if I don't have a lot of options.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 20:03:53 | More by JG-90
Photo of Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce into pint glass. Just about the clearest beer I've ever seen, its like a funhouse mirror looking through the glass. Bottle art on current run is sweet, with great typography, modern but classic. The taste, while somewhat bland, is still good. Its not going to win any awards, but its a local brewery for me and worth the price I got it for at Trader Joes ($1.50 per bottle for a mix six).

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 03:33:25 | More by Johnny_Muir
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.24/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle with a imprinted best by date of 10 Dec. 2013, served in a snifter.
Clear light amber body.
A light APA, with a relatively (i.e., for style) light body, light aroma, and light flavor.
More hoppy than maltly, with a slightly bitter and quite mild grapefruit rind aftertaste.
Good medium+ carbonation with a dry, mildly bitter finish.
Improved more than expected with some warming.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 00:28:58 | More by chinchill
Photo of horshamguy


3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
A--Huge head that slowly fizzled down and left nice lacing. Clear golden look. Looks exactly like I would imagine an American lager on tap looked in the early part of last century.
S--Smells sour & tart. Making me anticipate an astringent taste.
T--A little malty, not too much hops, especially for a pale ale.
M--Can hardy feel carbonation. Nothing really of note.
O--If it was 15 years ago, I'd say this was awesome, but craft beers have come a long way since then. This just isn't anything special.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 00:21:51 | More by horshamguy
Photo of WissBrauSean


3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours crystal clear and straw to gold colour with a thin but lasting head in the form of just a ring and very little lacing.

Upon agitation biscuity yeast aromas come out along with some light malt sweetness and some floral hop notes.

The beer tastes very lightly malt sweet mixed evenly with hop bitter throughout the sip which then takes over mildly at the finish along with some peppery notes.

The mouthfeel is smooth, fairly thin, but not watery, and on the dry side with a fair bit of carbonation over moderate.

Overall, I think this is an excellent beer for summer events (cans would be great if offered). As an American Pale Ale I believe it is too thin, but this is supposed to be extra pale and taylored made as such and when judging that needs to be considered. Would I buy this again? Yes! As an extra pale ale I think this deserves a 4 out of 5!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 00:49:37 | More by WissBrauSean
Photo of BWED


2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler

A- Crystal clear golden-straw color with lots of actively rising carbonation. Fizzy, and a little creamy head retains at 1/4" with no lacing.

S- Light pale malt background, with a light fruity ( not quite citrusy) aroma. Pleasant.

T- Pale, stale tasting malt. Straw flavor. The malt profile in the taste reminds me a bit of Miller Lite, but with a slight citrusy hop balance and bitterness.

M- A good amount of tingling carbonation pairs with the light body, and finishes with a crisp, semi-dry character.

O- Besides the fruity smell, the flavors are fairly bland, and if I blindly drank this, would think of a lager, and a mediocre one at best.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 12:36:00 | More by BWED
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Golden brown color. Big 2-finger fluffy white head, foamy, lots of lacing and retention.

S- Pale malts, grainy. Not much else.

T- Bready with some caramel malt sweetness.

M- Plenty of body and feel. Full hearty breadiness. Dry finish a la other FF brews.

O- Not my favorite offering of theirs, but much better than the options on that particular evening.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2013 22:41:58 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of garuda


2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Gold, clear, white head has some retention and lacing.

S/T/M - Light herbal hops on the nose, taste has cereal grain sweetness with some herbal, lemon hops. Strange sweetness as it warms, though, with some bubblegum (?) Light/medium body, medium carbonation level stays smooth across the palate, finishing mostly clean.

O - Average, a little bland, some off-flavor sweetness. I had one, that's good enough for me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2013 17:11:11 | More by garuda
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours clear golden color with active bubbles. White foam steps up and disappears. Malty straw nose. Light but full hoppyish taste. Straw too. Little bitter holds. Crisp finish. Refreshingly simple. Great beer for flavor without being too adventurous. Sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 10:42:52 | More by KTCamm
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, dull golden-hued color with a scant, white head that recedes to leave not much of anything.

Aromas begin with some crackery, lightly toasted white breadiness with some light emerging citrus, grassy and spicy hops. I cannot tell any of the varieties as they hop presence is quite faint.

The tastes begin with the same pale bready maltiness with some slight caramel sweetness. Moderate fruity hops, mostly green fruits like pear and apple with some spicy and floral hops adding a medium-to-low amount of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is has a gentle bitterness with a clean pale malt flavor.

Overall you could do a lot worse for a sessionable pale ale but also a lot better as well. Nothing strikingly off here but not a complex enough flavor profile to make me want to purchase this in a 6-pack form outside of the bar where I found this among the macro-swill.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2013 15:12:27 | More by claspada
Photo of JayQue


3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Fairly good Pale Ale. For the price, a good Pale Ale. I bought a mixed six-pack of 12 oz beers under $2.00 a bottle at Total Wine. This was the first one up.

Pours a clear gold color with a little reddish or orange tinge in the gold. Medium size somewhat frothy white head with average retention. Several rings of lacing on the glass.

Smell is disappointing. Mild and somewhat reminiscent of a adjunct lager...a vegetably rice and corn aroma.

Taste is much better. A mild easy drinker with a bit of hops bitterness in an overall mild malty beer. No funky or metallic aftertaste, just a clean crisp flavor

A bit thin on mouthfeel, but crisp and refreshing.

A good beer to accompany food or for a session.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 00:03:30 | More by JayQue
Photo of Wendysd

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured in a pint glass. Nice thick white foam, sticky lace on the glass. Very light on the smell. Nice mouth feel, soft carbonation. I really like the taste. Good balence citrus and malty hops. Slightly darker straw color. Good price for a very good beer. I would buy this one again. Worth trying if you never had one.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 00:10:53 | More by Wendysd
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From 03/09/13 notes. Had on tap at BIggie's in Hoboken, NY. 16 oz. pint glass.

a - Pours a somehwhat clear golden-orange color with two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pale malts, light lemon, and citrus hops, and some bready malts. Not bad but pretty bland nose; not much too it.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, lemon, fruity malts, floral hops, bready malts, pale and toasted malts. A little more citrus and more going on than the nose; a slight step up.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink beer.

o - Overall a pretty average APA. Nose doesn't have much going on, though the taste is a little bit better. An easy to drink lighter pale ale; better alternative than the BMC beers but nothing very special.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 15:46:56 | More by mdfb79
Photo of DoubleJ


3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Going to New Jersey for this one. Not literally, I'm still on the West Coast. But it isn't everyday that you see Flying Fish here in Orange County, so bring on the 12 ounce bottle and get on to the beer:

Almost golden colored with an orange hue. A soapy head on top brings good retention and several good rings of lace which stay around. The nose is solid; little notes of honey, leaves, husked malt, and even a hint of ash.

Light tasting, yet interesting. A hit of minerals leads off the beer, which eventually adds honey, white bread, hop leaves, and a little fruitiness to the pack. With a lighter-medium body and bubbly carbonation which helps clean up food, I found this to be a pleasant pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 20:09:45 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Offa


3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a light, gentle, but reasonably characterful, very enjoyable and highly drinkable ale.

Slightly hazy pale amber/orange, it has a small off-white head soon thinning to foamy ring and wisps.

Aroma is fruity grain, crushed green plants and grass, slightly jammy bread.

Taste is dry fruit candies, white bread (esp in finish), zesty grassy-minerally quality. It is gentle and light but balanced, well-rounded, lively and engaging.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 23:45:30 | More by Offa
Photo of TheMultiYeast


3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at a seafood place in NJ. Clear dark yellow with a small white head.

Smell is basic pale hops, bready, light citrus, some pine, cut grass.

Taste is a mix of pine and citrus both on subdued levels..Well balanced pale ale. Herbal hop qualities shine.

Light body, went well with dinner.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2012 17:49:23 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light bright golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of sweet malt base with light dry hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by light dry hoppy notes with a malt base that is quite sweet. Body is quite full with good carbonation. It is indeed pale with limited character though not sure I could drink load of those in a session.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 20:23:03 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Oakenator


3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice yellow with slight cloudiness. Head is fine and retains well - still some left 10 mins after pour. Smell is very light and almost smells of pilsner. Taste is crisp and great for a hot day - some lemon, some orange and other citrusy flavors. Would be a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 20:48:23 | More by Oakenator
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a hazy orange-yellow pour with small amount of head. smells of orange, oats, lemon, tea leaves. tastes very mellow - a sweet citrusy blend of fruits and malts. hints of orange, honey, bread. not a single trace of hops.. not what i was expecting at all. light body with medium carbonation, no sign of lacing.

don't get me wrong - this is a great summer session ale. sweet yet refreshing, with a low abv so you can keep going steady. the only thing is, this tastes nothing like a pale ale... the taste is more or less like a light mix between a witbier and an amber, which is kind of weird - but not bad... just not a pale ale!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 07:16:45 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Shaker glass}

The pour was a cloudy straw yellow with a small (1 finger or less) white fizzy head that dissipated quickly down to a small collar and possessed poor lacing.

The aroma was of a faint biscuit malt, a light floral hop and a sweet yeast with notes of citrus (orange and lemon), caramel and a sweet apricot odor.

The taste was a mild malty sweet with a hint of caramel and a slight fruity presence at first, and then got a very mild hop flavor with a light citrus note at the end. The flavor faded very quickly and was quite mild, leaving behind a very lightly hoppy sweet watery taste.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall a brew that possesses a very mild fruity hop flavor with just a hint of a sweetness and a low ABV, great light session beer...

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 20:35:49 | More by KajII
Photo of stansylvania


3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into my new Leinenkugel's beer mug. Amber color, not much residual head.

Smell: Smells a lot more malty than hoppy. Seeing as how I'm a hop hog, this is disappointing.

Taste: Malty flavor, not much of a hop presence. Nothing special really, just a solid beer flavor. Sure as hell beats PBR.

Mouthfeel: Continuing with the theme, nothing special. Not overly heavy, not too carbonated.

Overall: This is a good beer to simply drink; doesn't really have any outstanding characteristics. But, has enough flavor to at least know I'm drinking beer. Probably won't buy anymore unless it's on sale.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 00:56:38 | More by stansylvania
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from Trader’s Joe. Pours deep golden with a thin, short lived white head. Aroma is of bready malt, some hops and some off sour notes. Body is light and slightly crisp. Bready malt, some light hops and hints of fruit combine on the palate. Finish is semi-dry and short- lived. Simple, inoffensive brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 16:04:26 | More by mikeg67
Photo of AlfaMale


2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Almost looks like a wheat beer, but the bubbles just keep on coming even though the head dissipates quickly. A bit sweet with very weak hop flavor and a bitter aftertaste. It almost reminds me of a Rolling Rock by taste. I'd be hard pressed to classify this as and ale by taste.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2012 23:11:57 | More by AlfaMale
Photo of UnknownKoger


2.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into Bruery tulip. Never heard of this brewery before. Appearance is golden orange. Vigorous pour yet the carbonation dies down quickly. For an extra pale ale, there is pretty much no hop smell. It smells and tastes more like a lager or pilsner to me. It has that grainy, adjuncty taste to it. Very little hop profile. Mouthfeel is fine.

Overall, I may have got a bad bottle. No date on the bottle, so I can't say really. It's an okay beer at best, but it certainly doesn't taste like an extra pale ale (or a pale ale for that matter)

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 06:10:38 | More by UnknownKoger
Photo of rwrk42

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale copper color with a little off white colored head

Smell- Sweet smell of malt, caramel and slight citrus hops.

Taste- Nice mellow taste of sweet malts, citrus and a slight bitter hops finish.

A little lacking flavor. Was hoping for a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 04:25:43 | More by rwrk42
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Extra Pale Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.