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Extra Pale Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Extra Pale AleExtra Pale Ale

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375 Ratings
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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001)
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Photo of Applesauce1


3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a sixer of this while in West Orange, NJ, visiting some of my g/f's friends. I forget the liquor store where I got it though. Looked interesting though, so I'll give it a whirl.

Appearance: copper-gold with a 3/4" white head
Smell: floral and hops
Taste: hops, crystal malt, rose (like hookah rose flavor...could be more of a smell actually)
Mouthfeel: light body
Drinkability: could do two or three in a night

Overall, a decent beer, but nothing to get too excited about.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 01:56:53 | More by Applesauce1
Photo of paulthebeerguru


3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: snifter. pours a crystal clear light orange color with a pure white head. very low retention rate and soft light lacing.

S: some apple notes from the crystal malts. light citrus hop aroma, very light.

T: great malt flavors, some fall fruits, mostly apples and some pears. decent hop flavor, but nothing amazing, light citrus notes.

M: body is a little thin. crisp and mellow mouthfeel.

D: its drinkable, but nothing exceptional. The mouthfeel makes it a little unenjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 23:56:26 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of williamherbert

New York

2.85/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear light pumpkin orange. Lots of carbonation. Any head it may have had disappears almost immediately. Bright and sunny.

The malt aroma is a flowery pale sort that has the additional and unfortunate aroma of adjunct malts. Any barley does not shine through. A mild, flowery hop.

Pleasant pale malt flavor with a mildly toasted malt bite. It does have a corn aftertaste that to me is unmistakable. The malt is half pale, half non-barley malt, at least as far as I can tell.

It feels like a lager, which is to say not that impressive. It's a very weak pale ale. More like a light lager in many respects, with some pale malts. Disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 21:59:14 | More by williamherbert
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a pint of this at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours an amber body with a small, white head with an ok retention and nice lacing along the sides of the glass through the finish. Definitely a nice beer.

S: A sweet, malt smell with some sugar and honey undertones.

T: A sweet malt and honey taste with a nice, honey aftertaste. Reminded me of the characteristics of an EPA instead of an APA. I did not really notice and hop bitterness.

M: A slightly overcarbonated beer, but still fairly full-bodied. Decent beer overall.

D: A nice combo of mouthfeel and taste makes this beer very formidable. An excellent beer to enjoy a session with or to order a keg of and hang out with some friends. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2008 14:36:24 | More by maddogruss
Photo of albern


3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a contract brew made by Flying Fish for the Congress Hall hotel in Cape May, NJ. The restaurant is named the Blue Pig Tavern, hence the name. If you've never been to Cape May, it is a picturesque seashore town with loads of Victorian character, and the Congress Hall hotel is the grande dame of the town, est 1816. I'm not sure if this beer is purchasable beyond the tavern itself, but I did buy a six pack to go. Be prepared to spend $16, and what is a bit overpriced APA, but where else are you going to find this.

The beer is a solid APA with a nice copper color and a fairly carbonated body and white efforvescent head. Things go out quickly, and you will be left with just liquid in a short while, zero head or lacing. The nose is light, caramel, nothing fancy. The taste is also very light, clean, slightly caramel notes, and some grape vinous notes in the background. This isn't a complex beer by any stretch, but the smoothness, the uniformity from top to bottom and as it settles is also a big plus. There is a slight butterscotch phenol sourishness to the beer, that knocks it down a bit. Overall, this is a solid ale. If I had more time to investigate, I would have inquired about its ingredients, but it isn't clear whether anyone at Congress Hall would have known. They are busy keeping up appearances.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 23:34:35 | More by albern
Photo of phantomwyse


2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Color of raw honey. Initial one finger head becomes patchy and soapy.

S: Baked bread, strong like an oatmeal cookie. Hops are very piney with only a slight citrus character. Bitter raisons.

T: Disappointing after the smell. Sweet, biscuity malts give way to only a hint of hops.

M: Light body, a little too light, and especially watery, for the style. Finishes dry.

D: The smell is the best part of this beer. It is decently drinkable, but nothing to call home about.

There are better beers from Flying Fish out there, don't let this one deter you.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 22:37:14 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of ralree


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

A: A murky yellow with a nice fluffy white head of 1.5 fingers that settles down into a good lace.

S: Wonderful hop flavor, a touch of sweetness like honey. There's some definite lemon as well in the background. Refreshing - I can't wait to try this.

T: Lemony hops are the first flavor, followed by a great bread flavor - tastes like it just came out of the oven. After swallowing, moderate hops and a little more lemon, then some fruitiness. Not exactly what I was expecting from an "extra pale ale," but still decent. It's lacking flavor - needs more hops. I might be biased from hitting the Arrogant Bastard ale so much, though.

M: Medium-bodied, perfect carbonation, no astringency. I was expecting puckering from the hops, but it was lacking in that department. It's a little watery, though.

D: Drinks like a charm, and is definitely refreshing. Would be a good buddy on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 04:00:37 | More by ralree
Photo of mvanaskie13


4.05/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a light amber color with slight head that dissipates to nothing more than a coating, but head clings to glass as its downed.

Smell is a light, refreshing malty scent with a hint of hops.

Taste is malt upfront with slight crisp hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light and fresh with a linger malt aftertaste.

Very drinkable, glad they serve this one at Phillies games, perfect for hot afternoons at the Bank.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 23:53:26 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of erosier


4.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a darker amber color with a short and medium bodied tan colored head that takes some time to settle. It laces the glass pretty nicely all the way down.
S: It smells of sweet malts, some citrisy hops, and a twang of fruitiness in the nose.
T: Tastes of very sweet malts followed by a slight fruity flavor and finished off with alot of citrisy hop bitterness.
M: Very refreshing and fresh tasting.
D: Very good beer and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2008 20:04:35 | More by erosier
Photo of kenito799

New York

3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2008 14:12:26 | More by kenito799
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 03:40:07 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of AltBock


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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Fish American pint glass. This Flying Fish was a bubbly straw yellow that had a 2 inch head of fizzy white foam. It only took about 1 minute for the head to fizzle away into a small white film and a few spots of lace. It had a solid dry peppery hop aroma with a some flowers behind it. That was it for the aroma. The taste was dry with slightly toasted malts, more peppery hops, and a slight touch of dried flowers in the background. It had a light mouthfeel and a faint aftertaste of toasted malts and flowers. It was average across the board. There was nothing in here that made it below average and there was nothing that would make it above average.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 18:53:43 | More by AltBock
Photo of andrewt960

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured out of a tap, a nice golden hue, with an orange haze... head was nice and white, with moderate bubbles.
S- Smelled very nice, not overly hoppy, and was slightly fruity...
T- Was a nice hoppy finish, and tasted very smooth. Had a nice carbonated feel. Maltlyness was there but the crispness of the hops melded ever so perfectly.
D- Very drinkable, very refreshing and would like to try it out of a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2008 00:10:41 | More by andrewt960
Photo of MMAJYK


3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 23:41:32 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of nrpellegrini


3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A: 1 finger white head that stayed
S: pretty hoppy, floral, little stink
T: crisp, clean, watery, slight hops but not overpowering
M: no huge hoppy bite, smooth, crisp
D: decent

An ordinary APA.
Not something I would go out of my way for, but definitely drinkable, good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 17:17:43 | More by nrpellegrini
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color, full head comes up to the top before settling down.

Smell-slightly floral, a little bit of citrus and malt come through as well, nothing too crazy but at least you can note some stuff

Taste-light on the tongue, pretty decently balanced and smooth.

Mouthfeel-again pretty balanced and smooth, a good sessioner.

Drinkability- light and a good sessioner, well balanced, very light.

Overall-a lighter version of the APA, a good starter beer for the non-initiated but there are far better versions.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 16:32:51 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap into pint glass.

A: Golden pale color with small head and minor lacing.

S: Not much here, malts and grains but pretty straight forward ale.

T: Grains and malts but there is some hops here which I think added some taste to this light, drinkable beer. Sweet in the background but not awful.

M: Thin and extremely light.

D: Good session beer, serves its purpose. Not the most exciting of beers, but not objectionable either.

Not the most exciting beer, but is has the sessionability and serves well for a day full of watching football, as it did.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2008 15:37:50 | More by marcpal
Photo of RblWthACoz


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

Pours a clear gold-ish. Nose is like rotting funk. Flavor is seriously lacking. The first swig I got, I almost lost it and just spit it out. Basically I can't finish this because the aftertaste is so nasty. The feel is nice with a good level of carbonation, but who cares. If it doesn't taste good, what does it matter??

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 19:17:48 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Biscuit033


4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden pour with about a finger head with nice lacing.

S: Malty sweetness, wheats and grains, slightly earthy and a touch of metal.

T: Fruity(strawberry-like), malts and light bitter hop flavors mainly pine and earthiness. Nice balance of malts and hops.

M: Bubbles tingle the tongue with a crisp, dry finish.

D: This is a very easy session beer more in the style of a British Pale Ale that has enough complexity for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 22:49:16 | More by Biscuit033
Photo of Lupe

New York

3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is pale, light-amber with a thin white head disappears quickly, and leaves behind no lace.

Soft aroma of sweet malt, light fruit, and faint hops.

Light malty flavor - bread and fruit. Some melon and berry. Light hops add a touch of spice. Flavor fades quickly.

Light to medium in body, soft and fairly crisp. Easy to drink, but kind of boring. Very average.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2007 00:02:41 | More by Lupe
Photo of tempest


2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 01:13:04 | More by tempest
Photo of sharkheadlasers


3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This "XPA" pours a golden color with a head that is initially heavy, but dissipates quickly. The smell is malty, lightly smokey, and biscuity. I could swear I smell noble hops in there, but faintly. The taste has just enough hops to make an appearance. There is a saltine cracker taste with some light caramel notes. The beer is drinkable, crisp and clean. This makes for an enjoyable session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 01:13:49 | More by sharkheadlasers
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

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

Pale, crisp amber yellor with a billowy head of white that disappears quickly, leaving little traces.

Aroma is light with sweet golden malt, crackers, and faint herbal and spice hops.

Flavor starts of with moderate light malt, raw dough, and honey with a meager countermeasure of grassy, herbal hops. Not bad, but very average.

Body is light to medium with average drinkability. Tiresome.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 22:00:31 | More by AlexJ
Photo of mnj21655


3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow-gold in color with about a half finger of white head that quickly dissipates leaving little lacing. Smells lightly malty, bready, and a bit spicy. Tastes malty with a bit of hops for balance. A bit grainy and possibly slightly astringent in the finish. Mouthfeel is good, medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I'll gladly have a few more but I don't think I'd purchase this again. Theres nothing wrong with it but it is overwhelmingly average.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 22:47:44 | More by mnj21655
Photo of lupulinaddict


3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw golden color. Little to no head to speak of which drops quickly. the malt dominates the nose. Little to no hop aroma. A little caramely with some herbal, spicey qualities. Again you really have to look for it but it's there. Flavor is very heavy on the malt. Caramely and slightly bready and the palate. Some citrus flavors from the hops are evident but not easy to pick out. Light to medium light bodied. Light carbonation. Over all not a bad beer. Very drinkable and clean. Calling it an Extra Pale Ale is going to throw people though as this is more akin to an ordinary bitter to me. Not enough hop presence to even be close to an American Pale and too many residuals. Changing the name may be a step in the right direction.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 01:24:58 | More by lupulinaddict
Extra Pale Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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