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Extra Pale Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Extra Pale AleExtra Pale Ale

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414 Ratings
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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.02%
Wants: 4
Gots: 28 | 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 AltBock
3/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of andrewt960
3.83/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.63/5  rDev +9%
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 nrpellegrini
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of marcpal
3.13/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
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??

Photo of Biscuit033
4/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of Lupe
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of tempest
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
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 sharkheadlasers
3.43/5  rDev +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.

Photo of AlexJ
3/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of mnj21655
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of lupulinaddict
3.53/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with a foamy head that slowly descends to a thin lasting cover. Virtually no lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of sweet grain. Grassy and husky with a slight underlying spiciness...Well, something is there...

The taste is of sweet grain and husk. Some vague hop presence lends a touch of citrus. Too malty - you have to search for the hops. Sweet, rather abrupt finish. Clean.

The feel is rather thin, though it doesn't fall apart. It leaves a bit of a prickly sensation.

It's okay for an easy non-eventful "sessionable", but is rather sweet for the style and certainly boring. Restrained hops, otherwise nothing "bad" about it, just bland sweetness. Whether on-tap or in bottle (had both ways) it's not off, but is lackluster.

Photo of Phatz
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours like a pale ale, Gold and clear, the fizzy head disappears quickly and the is no collar or lace to mention.

Smell: Browned butter, caramel fresh fruit and mild citrus grassy hops eeak slowly from the glass to make their way to my nose.

Taste: It is fruity and buttery and I would say more floral than fresh hop flavor. It has a simple grain backbone with some spice and orange citrus hops. Nothing special or glamorous but not bad either.

Mouthfeel: Soft feel in the mouth. lights dry and almost crisp but the sweet sugar cling to the check a bit too long.

Drinkability: Eh. Not offensive but not thrilling either. I could drink a few and then get bored.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of plaid75
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light husky grain with a smattering of grassy hop.

The taste was light and clean and well balanced. A nice steady grain bill accented by a light dose of grassy/earthy hop. Nice light biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was light and crisp with a dry finish.

Overall avery easy drinking ale. Not your typical APA with regards to hop presence, but a good clean ale nonetheless.

Photo of DevilDogBeer
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of Beertroop
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a six pack of this brew straight from the brewery in Cherry Hill.
This beer poured a nice golden color with a slight reddish tone. Around an inch of head with a balance lacing that lasted through out my dinner. I paired this beer with a 24 month aged sharp Cheddar that went with this beer very well. It gave a fruity aroma with a slight tone of hops. Very nicely balanced for my palate. This is a great beer for a hot day to satisfy your thirst. Very drinkable and another good example of Flying Fish capabilities. This beer its not by any means a powerful one, but it is actually a beer that demonstrated a good balance of ingredients.

Photo of BlazmoIntoWowee
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Pint glass. Comes out a lovely copper hue, so light I can read through the glass (even if it is just junk mail). I get about two fingers of frothy head that disapates pretty quickly, but doesn't disappear.

Smell - A citrus/hops aroma, with a hint of bread underneath. Slight floral undertones.

Taste - Almost all malt, but that's what I want when I go for this. Very bready taste with a small flavor profile. This is a thirst quencher all the way.

Mouthfeel - Not a big mouth presence, but I think it's brewed for that. Feels like club soda in the mouth.

Drinkability - I could put this on my cereal in the morning.

Overall - This doesn't fit into the beer geek hop-stravaganza, big beer, high abv clique, but it's a good beer. Refreshing and delicious.

Photo of soupyman10
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a mug

A - A golden color, one finger head, fairly big bubbles that go away pretty quickly. Looks alright.

S - Very mild hoppy scent, mostly cirtusy, slightly acidic bite

T - Citrus, lemon flavor; some malt sweetness. Overall, nice, although nothing particularly special or interesting.

M - Feel is thin to medium bodied. Medium to high carbonation.

D Overall, it's a pretty good beer. Thing is, I don't know why you'd get it. Flying Fish has a number of really tasty beers, much better than this fairly bland offering. Go for the Hopfish or the barley wine for something with a little kick to it.

Photo of LordChesterfield
4.33/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't pour this beer so I can't accurately comment on the appearance, thought I would think that it's extra pale. The smell is slightly of hops and that's it. It tastes slightly of cascade hops and is light with a sweet fruity side that reminds me of melon. It's also clean and refreshing. It's not particularly substantial but it is quite satisfying. It is very agreeable all around with nothing wrong with it. It's also brewing in the town that neighbors my hometown so all the better.

Photo of auntfloyd
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a bar-provided weizen glass at the Iron Monkey in Jersey City.

Poured a light golden color with quite a bit of head. The smell was malt, and slightly bready, without too much hops. The taste was good: clean malt flavor, well-balanced with a smooth hopiness. The mouthfeel was smooth, with decent carbonation, and drinkability was high.

Overall, this isn't a standout beer, but it is a good pale ale -- and quite frankly that style doesn't really lend itself to standout brews. Good overall.

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!

Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a medium amber color with a modest head that leaves a little lacing

Smell: Toffee nose with a slightly spicy aroma

Taste: Light Belgian malt flavor with a slightly bitter finish that throws off a bit of milk chocolate

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Drinkability: Very unusual take on the style; mainly a malt profile that is made somewhat interesting by the use of Belgian malt; low hop flavors make this a much misunderstood beer that probably belongs in a different category

Extra Pale Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.