Extra Pale Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Extra Pale AleExtra Pale Ale

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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001

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Reviews by dacrza1:
Photo of dacrza1
3.84/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: May 4, 2014... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... OCCASION: toilet--replaced; lawn--cut; bathroom--painted = beer time!... APPEARANCE: creamy white head that attractively flairs; dark golden straw-colored, evenly effervescent body; drains evenly... AROMA: vibrant citric (mostly orange with some melon and pear as well) and floral notes with some light caramel malts--accessible and intriguing... PALATE: soft, lagerish body,, equally creamy and thinly taut--sessionable and perfectly at home...TASTE: Flying Fish continues to leave me a happy consumer, as this pale ale a strong profile fits within the genre well and yet is memorable enough to e sought again--maybe not at the bottle shop, but in a restaurant or bar...

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well I tried this on tap around 5 mos ago and thought I would try the bottled version.Pours a medium gold color with a light head,aroma is hop-grassy with a light malty sweet tone.The taste is a little more malty wich I like but still missing something that I cant put my finger on,its gotta decent sweet malty bas with some hop bitterness in the finish.I like it a little better a second time but there are much better pales out there.

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

Appearance – The head on this beer was unbelievable. It shot up my Ruination glass like a volcano. At one point I had 80% foam in the glass, and I poured this gently. It left some nice lacing as well. The body was a hoppy-looking, cloudy orange.

Smell – Oh, this is citrus hop city. There’s a small malt backbone to this one, but mostly it’s the citrus hops that seem to have a little spicing. NJ pale ale meets BSPA?

Taste – This did have some Belgian Strong Pale Ale characteristics. It’s definitely spiced with a nice malty backbone. Coriander for sure in this one. The citrus hops dominate though, making this one a big Pale Ale without question.

Mouthfeel – Big and fluffy, again like a good BSPA. This is only probably medium in the body but the huge, live, quality carbonation fills the cheeks. This is not the cheap, fizzy carbonation you get with a lot of American ales. This is full and fluffy, tickling the cheeks and tongue.

Drinkability – Don’t buy this if you’re looking for a flat Pale Ale or an American IPA “light.” But, if you love Belgian Pales as I do and want an American alternative, I haven’t found a closer match yet.

Comments – I got this bottle in the annual Holiday Swap coordinated by xlperro this year. I was fortunate enough to draw jcalbi as a partner, and this is one of the better beers I’ve had this holiday season. Good tidings and cheers!

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really nice looking golden-bronze thing going on here, but no real head to speak of.

Seems to smell more of malt than any kind of hops.

Pretty flavorful, actually, but again, I really pick up more malt than any outstanding hop character.

Mouthfeel is rather full and satisfying.

This is an above average pale ale, but in the end, its just another beer that I'm happy to have had the opportunity to try, and that I will probably never have again. On to something else...

Photo of shapudding
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramelly golden color with a slight creamy heady. Scents of apple juice.

Smooth flavors that are blended so nicely. Crisp, fresh apples and a teensy bit of hoppiness in the background. Very light carbination.

Good and fresh tasting. This is a nice, easy drinker!

Photo of jakester
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was from a sampler case from FF. Expiration date clearly marked on the case!! Yea!!

Pours a clear gold with a 1/2 finger head of just off-white bubbles. drops to a ring in no time. Carbonation evident. Just a sniff of lace on the glass.

Aromas are faint in this one. Some slight bready/grainy malts, slight herbal hops. That's about it.

Tastes like it smells. Faint. Too faint, IMO. It's more like a golden ale. Slight taste of grainy pale malt, bittering to match, and just a hint of herbal spicy hops. A good training wheel beer.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for a pale ale. Sweet, touch of carbonation bite, sweet finish.

This would be a good Golden Ale, but as an APA it's not quite up to snuff. Not near enough hop character. This would be good to get your friends off BMC.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden amber hue completely filtered letting much light pass through with a nice big white foam head after and up and down pour. Aroma: Slightly herbal low fruit profile with some spicing attached just slightly biscuit pale malts swarm the aromatics with a touch of the hops coming through. Taste: Very much biscuit malt sweetness with low bitterness comes of a bit doughy with a rolling trace of ripened fruit not bad a bit lackluster thourgh. Mouthfeel: Light medium bodied an easy drinking spiced pale with some Belgian yeast usage going on carbonation is a bit rough but it all goes down quite smoothly. Drinkability: Not a bad pale just doesn't represent the great beer producing country of Belgium very well it's sessionable in some regards but the biscuit malts and spice may wear on me after a few.

Photo of chinchill
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- The creamy orange body has an antique white head that is supported by gentle strands of tiny bubbles. The head last as a thin wispy film.
S- The soft field corn aroma blends with a soft green hops note. As the beer warms the field corn note turns into a soft caramel malt and honey malt aroma.
T- The soft pale malt has a green hop bitter bite in the finish. The soft caramel malt comes through in the dry finish as the beer opens up.
M- The medium mouthfeel has a fizzy cleaning finish.
D- The caramel malt is nice but still very soft and the fizz scrubs away the hops and the malt flavor. There are no off flavors just a little syrupy even though it is very soft flavors.

Photo of caddybuyer
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A-Golden yellow-copper with a thin head that fades fairly rapidly.

S-American adjunct grains...mostly....where's the hops?

T-Where's my lawnmower...must have left it somewhere...damn...did I misplace that bottle of Bud? Come on guys...what is going on here? Slightly nutty, a bit malty, and very grainy. Ice 'em up and suck 'em down. Nothing else to report here. In fairness...this is not really bad...then again, it is totally unremarkable.

M-Light...nuff said.

D-Sure, I could probably drink quite a few of these and enjoy them just fine working in the heat around the house, but's thats the job for Yeungling at about half the price, and frankly its better.

I really want to support my local craft brewers, and I've heard great things about the exit series, but this is the first FF beer that I have tried, and I am sorely let down.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.03/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Flying Fish- Extra Pale Ale

Appearance- hazy yellow with a moderate thick soapy white head.
Smell- Very light grassy musty hay. Light malt.
Taste- Musty hay/ straw with malt and an earthy hop flavor.
Mouthfeel- Light basically watery. little flavor. Slighty sweet but not much else going on.

Overall- Once again this is a huge disappointment. Very weak very watery. Not horrible but bland and boring. Avoid!

Photo of thefireman
3.92/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a nice, white head that leaves a thin, lacey cover. Initial taste is malt quickly followed by slightly bitter, but subtle hoppiness. Taste sort of like caramel or something, Very drinkable, No complaints here. Very refreshing summer beer.

Photo of mempath
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

average or a bit more on most counts...medium golden tint, quickly dissipating head with very minimalist lacing...aroma suggests more malt than hops...by far...interesting, but not suggesting anything stellar, yet....

taste/feel is smooth, creamy, very lightly hopped, sweet but not too much, a little underwhelming, but all around, quite decent and palatable. maybe it needs some salty/spicey food to go with it.

quite quffable/drinkable. but must say, THIS doesn't seem like a pale ale. it's an APA? very much like an amber lager...

i have another example from this (local) brewery. i really hope it shines a bit more. and bites!

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very fresh example - right from the brewery. Clear. Deep golden in color with a white head that holds well and leaves some good lace. The aroma is of a noticeably grainy, gently caramel-accented, and lightly biscuity maltiness. The body is medium-light with a fine carbonation; giving it a soft and smooth mouthfeel. The flavor mirrors the aroma with it's distinctly grainy, lightly caramelish and softly biscuity maltiness - well supported by hop bitterness although not much hop flavor is present. The maltiness is very unique and I'm guessing there's a small addition of some Belgian Munich, and maybe even some biscuit malt involved. The finish is dry with a gently lingering maltiness.Very nice. Overall, however, the beer doesn't go much further than it's malt component. There are hops here, but they play a supporting role. The yeast and it's fermentation are very clean - as intended. Very one-sided, but enjoyable. I find the draft version to be a bit crisper.

Photo of tempest
2.86/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

You know, it seemed nice at first, but as it warmed up the flavors became less pleasant. It came off as an overly sweet, grainy beer, without much hop character or complex malt. At first, the beer had a somewhat rich taste, but that led into an off-tasting astringent, alcohol taste. Looked nice, for what that's worth, but this beer doesn't seem right.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the local bar.

Medium bodied, has a hazey straw color.

The taste is good. Very well balanced, the malts come through, noticed a little hops.
Nothing offensive, but nothing that makes this stand out.

More distinctive than your macros, so not a bad choice to have when you feel like something a little bit different.

Seemed a bit stronger than the 4.7% ABV suggests.

Overall, a good beer.

Photo of beerluvr
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours with a nice white head, on top of clear yellow-golden liquid. Nose is light citrus, yeastiness and light malt...almost resembles a Lager in aromas. Taste is lightly malty with notes of hay, sweetness and bread dough followed by a light hop bitterness. Light bodied on the palate. Finshes spritzy with a dash of dryness. Slightly below average, other than their "Grand Cru Winter Reserve", and calling 'em as I see 'em I can't say I get too excited over this brewery and it's products.

Photo of kenito799
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Citizen's Bank Park, Phillie-Mets game.

Really nice to have local craft brews at the ballpark! Shea ( and future Citifield) and Yankee Stadium, please take note!

This yellow brew with a small head (lacing can't be examined in this plastic cup) delivers a crisp, clean malty scent. The soft malt on the palate finishes with light hoppy bitterness, very balanced and drinkable. This would be a great go-to beer here on a sweltering Philly day...not so appropriate for the wind-blasted upper deck on a chilly April night, but a nice find. Go Mets!

Photo of silver0rlead
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a thin tan head that doesn't retain very well. The aroma is mostly grainy, with biscuit and bread dough notes, along with some lemony hops, caramel and honey and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is similarly grainy, with biscuit and bread notes upfront, as well as some lemony hops, honey and a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is grainy, and drinkability is OK. Pretty disappointing effort from Flying Fish, I would probably not drink this again unless there was nothing but BMC available.

Photo of bditty187
2.91/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, golden hue, the apex of the white head was a mere ¼ inch, the retention was limited, soapy, some unorganized lace. The nose is pathetic; it’s largely grainy with minor hints of sweetness and a fruity hodgepodge mess. Not inviting. The palate is void of any significant hops influence, the malt foundation is solid but the sweet-butterscotch/fruitiness is out-of-whack. Medium-light body… thin and empty. Meager carbonation doesn’t help either… the finish is sweet, slightly tacky… muddled. This “Extra Pale Ale” is in disarray. I have no need to drink this one again.

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

Originally reviewed February 21, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Nice frothy head, but some uneveness. Slighly diminishing. Hazy orange-tinged golden amber pour. Some lacing. Fresh bread and yeast dominate aroma, but a little citrus and pine waft in. Pretty bland, doesn’t really speak strongly of either malt or hops, but instead of a flat bread and hints of dried apricot. Very smooth and not too watery, nice and evenly viscous on the palate. Extremely drinkable, but not notably amazing.

Photo of schmitter
2.76/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

meh...looks a bit darker than a pilsner, BUT its a pale ale.
as soon as i popped the top, i could tell the smell was bad, pouring it confirmed my suspicions. no head, no lacing. might as well be a miller craft beer.
nonetheless, i could drink quite a few (college-style), not that i want to.
to be fair, there is an eeevvveeeerrr so slight hop tase and even less that of malt.

5 more in the mixed pack, anybody want them?

tell me this people: how can you have any pudding if you dont finish your meat????

Photo of MMAJYK
3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright golden color with orange hues. Head is 1/2" and solid white. Beer pours brilliantly clear.

S- Light on the nose with hop tones but a little bit straw like and sweet from the malts.

T- Sweet, but mild malt with a nice balance of subtle bittering hops. Leaves the mouth clean and dry with a citrusy zing.

M- Thin and high carbonation.

D- Very high for me. Refresing and oh-so sessionable. I could drink this all day.

Overall- This is the first brew I have had from these guys and I really liked it. I think that this beer is quite good and a very underrated.

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for throwing this in as a nice extra in our trade!

Photo of Burdell
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Nothing special

Photo of Gmann
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a toasted straw color, several shades lighter than a typical APA. The head was small and tight, settled into a solid ring. The aroma is sweet and not very distinct. Some light cereal and toasted grain with hints of pepper and brown sugar. The taste is cereal and grains. A light buttery tastes pops up here and there. There is a touch of a honey/caramel sweetness. No hops detected in the aroma or taste. The feel is light but not watery and fizzy carbonation. The flavor profile is light so the beer is easy to drink and is nice to have after some yard work. This will not be confused with an outstanding APA or even a solid one. There is no off flavors, besides a hint of butter, so the beer isn't bad, it is just boring. Probably a good beer to have as an option at a BBQ instead of macros.

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Extra Pale Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.