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Extra Pale Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 5
Gots: 37 | 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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Ratings: 419 | Reviews: 194
Photo of ralree
4.02/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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.

Photo of erosier
4.22/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

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 ommegangpbr
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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.

Photo of andrewt960
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
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
3.61/5  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 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.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
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
3.11/5  rDev -6.3%
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 -10.2%
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??

Photo of Biscuit033
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
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
3.29/5  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
2.86/5  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 sharkheadlasers
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
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 -9.6%
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.

Photo of mnj21655
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
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
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.72/5  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
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
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
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
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
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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