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Extra Pale Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Extra Pale AleExtra Pale Ale

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001)
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Photo of goodbyeohio


3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

extra pale ale means a hoppy pale ale. not here it doesn't.

pale yellow with a quickly dissolving beery beer foam head. aroma is screaming belgian pale with its buttery band aid notes and mild fruit tang. tastes yeasty at first, followed by some light candy corn malt flavors and an unimpressive metallic finish. echoes lighter pumpkin ales in its unwanted sweetness. sure it's refreshing and drinkable, but this beer doesn't really merit too much further analysis. about the only thing hops contribute here is a slight tingle on the tongue as it goes down. don't get me wrong, this beer isn't terrible.. it just completely crushes expectations of an 'extra pale ale' and doesn't showcase any creativity in the world of microbrewing. would be more understandable if this was a beer that flying fish HAD to make to facilitate its more eccentric offerings, but that's not the case.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 22:38:04 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of dbatch

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First time trying this beer. I am a fan of most of Flying Fish's offerings, but this one is rather blah. Poured, its a golden color, with very little head. The aroma is faint, not what you'd expect from an extry pale ale. Taste is mundane, nothing jumps out at you, a little bitter, but nothing to write home about. An easy drinker during those hot summer days.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2005 22:25:45 | More by dbatch
Photo of GnomeKing


3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure what's extra about this. There aren't extra hops, or even a normal amount of hops. At 4.70%, there's not extra alcohol. I'm not even sure what's pale ale about it--it doesn't meet your expectations for APAs. It's thin without bite. There are some nice grainy tastes--think grains as in pastry rather than bread--and even some strawberries. The head was full and the lacing sufficient. It's a good one for a hot day. Your non-beer-geek friends might like this one. You'll probably say, "That wasn't bad...now let me try something that's really good."

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 01:40:17 | More by GnomeKing
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Albeit a little lighter in body than some other APAs, I find this one of Flying Fish's better brews because it is much closer to style than anything else I have tried of theirs. Pours a dark sand color and is very clear. Thin filmy head, but otherwise fairly flat looking. Mouthfeel is pretty light with a slightly dry finish. However, the carbonation might be a bit off. Flavor is straightforward malts with just hints of hops around the edges of the beer. Tongue is tickled on its side by some pine and citrus peels. Found myself going through this beer a bit faster than I wished.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 01:16:39 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of jakester


3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 18:03:41 | More by jakester
Photo of kmpitz2


3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to NeroFiddled.

The brew pours a light copper color with a 2 finger head that falls to a light coating over the brew. The lace is more than expected, with white tendrils clinging after the head falls. Very nice.

The nose is lacking a hop character. I get a slight caramel and honey covered grain, but no distinct hop aroma at all. I'm not impressed.

The flavor is rather uninspiring as well. There is a nice caramel sweetness and a light grainey character, but no hops are in there. I'm just not digging it.

The feel is a solid moderate witha very light carbonation. A touch more bubble would help carry it.

The drinkability is a little better than the rest may let on. Its very easy to drink and enjoyable. Not a bad beer all together.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 06:09:31 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of maek228


2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2005 04:01:46 | More by maek228
Photo of Suds


3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden-amber color with a moderate, average sized head. It’s got a lemongrass aroma with a bit caramel. The aroma isn’t exactly strong, but is sort of a subtle and restrained. There’s a touch of appropriate ale-fruitiness. Slightly sweet in the front, with a notable malt flavor. Hop bitterness in the finish seems a little weak, and could be firmed up a bit. All in all, it’s an average brew…I expected a little more from this brewery, since I’ve really appreciated their other brews.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2005 21:21:02 | More by Suds
Photo of arguemaniac


2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2005 13:17:11 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The sign in the liquor store said "From the best craft brewery in New Jersey." It was only $5 for a 6-pack and even though I didn't have high expectations for it, I couldn't pass it up.

Surprisingly nice pour. Didn't expect the deep orange color or consistent head from an extra pale ale. Also left some lacing on the glass as I gulped it down. Nothing too special with the aroma here. When I saw the nice pour I expected a more lively aroma, but I didn't get it. Very clean taste. Some slight hop bitterness, but nothing really stands out or is too exciting. Same for the mouthfeel. It really didn't excite the palate too much. Nothing bad here, just nothing different. Very drinkable and clean tasting. A nice, easy-drinking beer that would be ideal for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 13:46:06 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of Bighuge


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

Crystal clear golden tone. Thin ivory white head. Lacing is more than adequate. Some bright tones of grapefruit and citrus on the nose. A little caramel sweetness is detected as well. Nice little apricot presence on the nose. It complements other citric hop notes nicely. Orange is noticeable. Some light tones of toasted malts form the malt base. Mouthfeel is just slightly spritzy and the body is a little better than medium. Good pale.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2005 05:21:54 | More by Bighuge
Photo of sprackops


4.13/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with an eyecatching label which, sadly, has no freshness date. Poured into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Light amber with minimal head. Took on an almost luminescent appearance in a dimly lit room.

Smell: Herbal hops character in the foreground with freshly baked bread. Very nice.

Taste: Noticeably sweet with a hint of vegetal taste similar to green tea. Biscuity malts and faintly citric hops leading to a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Not nearly as thin as the appearance would lead you to believe. This beer has nice body and active carbonation.

Drinkability: Considering the taste, body and ABV, I'd have to call it exceptionally drinkable.

Notes: This one reminded me more of a Kolsch than an APA, which is certainly not a bad thing. Perhaps this is why they decided to call it an 'extra' pale ale. Either that or I'm projecting my thirst for a good Kolsch onto this brew. Brewers: bottle more Kolsch-style ales, please!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 01:51:17 | More by sprackops
Photo of crookedhalo


2.85/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a straw color with a fluffy off-white head. Some tiny flaky particles in suspension. Bready, grainy aromas with a hint of fruitiness and light hopping levels. Flavor is rather neutral, some sweet pale malt taste and a small amount of fruitiness. Kind of lagerish in taste. Certainly balanced towards the maltier side (if you will). Carbonation is good. Not the best APA, but not really all that bad. Better suited for summertime.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2005 00:47:03 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

2.08/5  rDev -37.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2004 04:09:02 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of shippos

New York

1.53/5  rDev -53.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 04:26:15 | More by shippos
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2004 16:25:11 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of meathookjones


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

Pours out a clear orange yellow with and a half-inch high white head. As the head drops quickly it leaves a scattering of lace around the glass. Aroma is a light floral hop smell with a slight bit of sweetness in the background. Flavor is a slightly bitter earth taste upfront with a light malty sweetness that comes through after that and ends in a bitter aftertaste. The body was lighter than medium with a crisp feel to it. Fairly good drinkability though not very exciting overall. A decent sessionable brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2004 18:43:18 | More by meathookjones
Photo of Gusler


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

The beer after disembarking the 12-ounce brown bottle resides in the glass a limpid gold color with a portly white head that is frothy in texture and the residual lace a fine covering upon the glass. Nose is citrus like in the crispness, sweet with a hint of hop floral spiciness, start is lightly sweet with a fair grain profile the top light to medium in feel to the palate. Finish has a brisk acidity and the hops spicy and pleasant upon the palate, aftertaste dry and nice drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 20:38:25 | More by Gusler
Photo of donnebaby

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sliiightly darker gold than other pale ales I've had, but it's "extra", so what da hell. Standard looking small bubbles head fizzes away quickly and leaves behind only a hazy ring.

Smells sweet malts and honey. Average for the style.

Taste is crisp and niiice. Carbonation explodes through the mouth but is gone by the time it hits the throat. Sort of a dry hop leaf dry aftertaste--or just dry leaves--which I didn't like too much. Overall medium malts and mild hops. Probably an easy beer to like for someone who doesn't drink much non-standard beer.

A little too high on the car-bo-na-tion for me to drink this one too heavily. Seems like a good barbacoa beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2004 21:50:05 | More by donnebaby
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!

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2004 15:05:30 | More by shapudding
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear pilsener like dark straw pale pint pour without any head.

Just standard grain & malt scents witha bit of candy apple aromas.

Excellent balance. A perfect 50/50. Grainy malts and hops finish.

An easy drinker by far, oh yeah.

Last swigs: On tap at The Drafting Room as one of the Pilsener Flavor of the month. Totally summery drinker.

Beer is good. Happy local beering.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2004 03:47:41 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear very pale golden. The head was white and fell back quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was earthy and malty, but in a buttery sort of way yet with no dicernable diacetyl. The aroma was not fruity and fragrant, but more aged. The website lists Fuggles as the hops which are certainly more earthy.

The flavor was crisp with a slight sweetness. The hopping is very restrained, and just enough so the beer is not cloying.

The finish was just off dry with a crisp aftertaste. The body was medium to medium light.

A crisp and easy drinking beer. More of a regular bitter or low end English Pale Ale than an APA as their website lists.

12 ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2004 22:01:09 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pale malt scent with a slightly bitter yeast smell. The taste is good. It has a really light pale flavor that is pretty grainy. It goes down easy, but finishes slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This isn't that good of a pale ale. The aroma stinks, but the flavor saves it, although it's only just above average.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 01:16:17 | More by WesWes
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good session brew and this is what the boys from South Jersey were going for. I am really appreciative of this beer. It has a nice malt flavor. It is going for more of a British rendition of this style, so it keeps the hops in check and in balance. Maybe not the most impressive beer in the entire world, but great for parties and for those who want balance and longevity in their drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2004 19:22:21 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nothing special here from flying fish. pretty much your average pale ale. it pours a medium golden colour with virtually no head. the smell is a bit sweet with malt and hop apparent but not bold in any sort of way, nor are there any other daring aromas present. the taste is semi fruity and sweet with hops noticeable. the body is medium to light and this is a crisp refreshing drink overall, but it lacks a dominant flavour that makes you really want to come back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2004 20:23:53 | More by guinness33
Extra Pale Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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