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Extra Pale Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Extra Pale AleExtra Pale Ale

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194 Reviews
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Reviews: 194
Hads: 426
Avg: 3.33
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 43 | 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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Photo of shippos
1.55/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

courtesy of ninjaworm via bif 13

poured in to a 16oz glass and had to stopo mid way through the bottle as the foam just completly took over, very carbonated beer almost resembling soda. hugh large bubbly white head on a pale yeloow color. soft aroma, almost non existent to me, can pick up some hints of cooked corn...mainly when i poured it into the glass though. I let this sit a bit to relieve some of the co2, I couldn't drink any other way. bland tasteless body, nothing great to say about this beer except....bad.

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Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought this assuming that the "extra" would mean there's something extra about it but apparently its just a plain old pale ale, oh well. Maybe it'll surprise me.

Pours a clear golden straw color head with lots of visible carbonation and a decent sized white head. Looks refreshing. Smell is very earthy and herbal, nice change up from the citric thing. Grainy taste all the way through with a clean dry finish. Very bright and clean and totally sessionable. Thirst quenching with a slightly slick swallow.

I wouldn't mind this beer on a hot day where I really couldn't handle anything heavy so its not bad. Flavors are very mild but that lends to its sessionability I guess.


I think I was being too nice to this beer earlier cause I was parched when I had it. Flavors are really underplayed here.

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Photo of tchenery
1.76/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Color looks very light for style. It has hardly a head but is showing some carbonation.

Smells like the hops died out of this one. I was expecting to be blown away by hops but I'm only getting a sweet malt smell. There's no date on the bottle.

Taste is buttery. Very average. Slightly bready malt profile, but not really.

Mouthfeel is slick.

I might have a bad bottle on my hands, or an old bottle. Either way this beer is unenjoyable as is.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.03/5  rDev -39%
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!

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Photo of beveragecaptain
2.08/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear golden color with minimal head. The smell is fruity, but there is also an unpleasant odor, not unlike feet. The taste is equally bad. It’s like a bad adjunct lager with some fruitiness. There is some hop bitterness, but not much. It’s hard to finish this beer. Another unimpressive offering from Flying Fish

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Photo of xnicknj
2.33/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pint glass

Pours a clear golden color with a faint amber hue. Thick white head slowly fades into some patchy lacing.

Slight herbal hops with some floral notes. Not very bitter or expressive. A few bready sweet tones with caramel.

Splash of light hoppiness up front, with some floral and grassy tones. Hints of lemon peel and citrus. Bready with caramel. Overall very soft, basic, and under-pronounced flavor.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, a little sticky but clean on the tongue. I want to enjoy it, but this is one of the most boring pale ales I've ever had.

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Photo of pentathlete
2.33/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An ale attempting to be a macro lager? This is a slightly darker than typical gold (I'm talking minor shades here) with a small, but stubborn big bubbled head and very active, near club soda level, carbonation. Smell is cheap perfume, old flowers, but no hoppiness or even overt maltiness to speak of. Flavor is watery unfermented malt flavors very similar to an NA brew. Mouthfeel is very thin. This is not that good and I would not recommend it. If forced to choose it would better to stick with a non-offensive macro lager than one of these.

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Photo of Jayli
2.41/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him
Poured in to a pint glass
Consumed 12/31

A: This beer pours a hazy, light copper color with about a 1/4 inch of white head. Head recedes immediately leaving minor wisps of lacing.

S: Nose is buttery toffee, and caramel.

T: Taste is almost like a candy bar, very rich toffee and caramel. A hint of fruitiness in the middle and something that is perhaps akin to hops in the finish?

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, very syrupy.

D: Doesn't go down very easy, fit more in to an amber than APA, not too filling, mild kick. I barely got this one down..in fact, I tried to pawn it off on my girlfriend, but she didn't want it either...

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Photo of Dougal
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

an apa with a label that says extra and you think the hops are going to be very present. well they are not very present in this beer... it is very average compared to some of the greats like terrapin and sierra. it has a very flat boring taste where the carbonation just isn't there and the spice/flavor does not shine through.

this one needs to be re-tooled

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Photo of MrOH
2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slighty haze golden color with a thing head.

Earthy, grassy hops. Caramel malt. meh.

Sweet oranges, caramel, slight hop bite, grassy. Ehh.

Pretty clean, low carbonation.

Definitely not a go-to APA. There are many others that I'd much rather have.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.55/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of Maestro
2.56/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is not very good. The nose is extremely metallic. The head is weak although it does leave a nice lacing. The taste is extremely non-hoppy throughout the brew. The only good thing is the light apple taste in the middle of the beer. I would drink it again but I wouldn't buy it again. Not much of an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of UnknownKoger
2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
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)

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Photo of arguemaniac
2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a golden color with a slight orange hue. At first a thick creamy white head which quickly turns to thin lace.

Aroma: Some grain aroma with some citrus hop spice. The latter is more noticeable. Also some mild fruitiness.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A fairly thin grain flavor with some mild hoppy bite. While they do balance each other neither is very robust, so I can’t say I’m too impressed with the overall taste. But, as with the aroma, the hop flavor has a pleasant citrus twist to it. The mouthfeel and carbonation are pretty thin too. The finish is also weak and unimpressive.

Very disappointed with this one, I’ve come to expect much better things from this brewery (their ESB was good and their Grand Cru Winter Ale even better, plus some other decent brews). I hate to even think this, but this brew tastes like a slightly better and more hoppy version of your average flavorless macro. It pains me to say that, given my past experiences with this brewery. Unfortunately, not recommended.

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Photo of therica
2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Think of this as a "honey golden ale with light fruity notes" and you might be happy. I do hope that Flying Fish continues to evolve and learn from its reviews and creates a much better version of this allegedly "pale" ale.

A= deep golden, nice white head dissipating quickly to nothing, no rim, no lacing.

S= "stay tuned, I'm still searching." Very light hints of "I think I found a scent" sort of thing, maybe a trace of sweet malts with modest florals.

T= "where's the beef?!?!" "where's the hops?!?!?!" Sweet, honey, apple, modest sweet malts, scant hints of hops and just a trace of dusty bitters. This is more like an average Golden Ale, or less.

M= overly sweet; minor malts, slight sour-apple bitters.

D= I wouldn't serve this at a party unless I ran out of all the good stuff. Sprite or 7-Up would be better offerings.

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Photo of maek228
2.74/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a one finger head. Good cling and head retention.

As far as smell goes, this beer has little to none. As far as taste goes...I have one word: Budweiser. It has that skunky Bud taste to it. Not a good example of a Pale Ale. Very thin mouthfeel and weak taste.

Overall a poor pale ale

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Photo of schmitter
2.76/5  rDev -17.1%
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????

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Photo of frank4sail
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden color with a slight white head. Not alot of retention. Slight malt nose, but not very much... see a patern forming... A touch of malt flavor but no real hop balence. Reminds me of a macro lager not a micro ale.....

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Photo of AlfaMale
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy 2 finger off white head with a lot of bubbles in it that faded slowly and left OK spotty lacing.

Smells of toasted grains, biscuit, toast, cracker, light caramel, herbs and faint hops; this has the classic English pale ale aroma, not an APA nose, and overall it's one sided.

Tastes like it smells, with toasted grains, biscuit, toast, cracker, light caramel, herbs, tea, grass, oatmeal, earthy tones, a hint of brown sugar and faint citrus hops; this was not hoppy at all and should be listed as an English pale ale.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and almost watery with light carbonation, a light body and a very grainy finish on the dry side.

This went down easy enough, but it just didn’t taste that good to me and seems that something went wrong in the mix or brewing as the malts and grains just don't allow the hops to come through. This is very unbalanced to me, and I drank the entire 6 pack over the course of a week and each time I had this beer is always seemed to be average and a let down. My view is that more hops would boost the flavor to APA or extra pale ale status.

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Photo of silver0rlead
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a light amber color with a white head. The head faded quickly and did not last for the duration of the beer. The smell was earthy and influenced by the hops. The taste was earthy up front and finished with a slight malt taste. The aftertaste this beer left took a few sips to get used to, and seemed influenced by the choice of malts that went into this beer. The mouthfeel was average, not too thin but not at all heavy. The beer was drinkable once you became accustomed to the aftertaste. Overall, this beer was of average character with a slightly below average taste, I felt it was not characteristic of the Pale Ale style and not as good as other Pale Ales I have had.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing too exciting going on here.
The only thing that really struck me about this beer is that it tastes a little bit too... macro brewed. There's something in here that makes me think of rice adjuncts. Very mild to weak hop character with a mild to weak malt character.
Pretty clean and easy to drink. This would be fine as a happy hour special where all the other options are Bud, Miller or Coors.
Aside from that I'd say one shouldn't bother with this beer.

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Photo of bisoubisou
2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

nice thick head, slightly hazy

rusty, hops/citrus

very nicely balanced start and middle; not too much malt and enough hops to keep it interesting. but the finish is sour - not in a good way.

the ample carbonation is a reminder that this isn't an English IPA and keeps things lively but the sour aftertaste is accompanied by an annoying buttery tongue coating.

very promising and delicious during the first sip but just can't get past the aftertaste. have fallen for this many times over the years. doesn't seem to matter if it's a bottle or on draft. that said, it's almost a non-issue when taken with a meal or a bag of chips so another way to put it is "nice food-friendly beer."

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Extra Pale Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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