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Extra Pale Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Extra Pale AleExtra Pale Ale

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389 Ratings
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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | 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 normZurawski

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +10.8%

Looks good, solid. Smells like beer. Taste is good, smooth, easy drinking. A good summer beer. Good balance. Inoffensive. Nothing remarkable but easy to drink. Mouthfeel is ok, thin. Very easy to drink, even if it doesn't offer a whole hell of a lot in the way of unique taste.

07-24-2006 00:58:43 | More by normZurawski
Photo of CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

2.78/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

07-23-2006 15:22:58 | More by CharlesDarwin
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

I had this in a plastic cup at a Phillies game.

This beer came a bright gold with some slight brown and orange highlights. The head was a thin film of even white bubbles that was sustained for some time. The outdoor lighting really helped this one look great.

Smelled of honey and bread dough with a dirty, corny yeast. There was also a bit of sweet oranges that were blended into a musky, dry hop.

Tasted of dry doughy paste with a chalky yeast and a light grapefruit zest in the finish.

The mouth feel was light and sticky that really didn’t work all that well with the flavor.

My original thought was that Citizen’s Bank Park doesn’t keep their lines all that clean. This one’s probably better than how it was served to me.

06-19-2006 18:01:58 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of tgbljb


4/5  rDev +20.5%

Poured a medium amber color with initial massive white puffy head that very quickly completely dissapeared with no lacing to be found. Smell is light and malty but nothing special. Taste is strongly malt with a nice summer fruitiness also present. Any hops present play only a supporting role. Nice full creamy mothfeel. Finish brings out more of the hops with a milt dry biterness at the finish. I enjoyed the beer, Could be a nice session beer.

05-25-2006 00:38:36 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +20.5%

On tap at the Inlet Cafe, Highlands New Jersey. What a pleasant and tasty find this was. We went to the Inlet because we heard the food was excellent, it was as was the service but the presence of craft beer on tap was a pleasant surprise. A good solid APA, though not the hop bomb the style can sometimes be. Aroma was floral and lightly sweet, Color was reddish gold with a scant though persistent white head, taste was clean and somewhat balanced, though definite hop characteristics were identifiable whereas the malts where rather indistiguishable. Medium on the palate with abundant carbonation. This beer was an easy drinking treat.

05-09-2006 17:06:10 | More by Citadel82
Photo of ppoitras


3.08/5  rDev -7.2%

12oz bottle via trade from jcalbi, against his better judgement. Thanks for the opportunity anyways.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head above the slightly cloudy dark golden brew. Head holds on reasonably well, with plentiful bubbly lacing. Aroma has almost nothing going on, just a light pale malt sweetness. Hello, hops, anyone? Taste is also the pale grains upfront, with only the lightest of fruitiness hops present, if I'm not imagining them. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is not hindered by flavor, for better or worse.

03-07-2006 22:06:21 | More by ppoitras
Photo of chOAKbarrell


3.68/5  rDev +10.8%

Really nice looking golden-bronze thing going on here, but no real head to speak of.

Seems to smell more of malt than any kind of hops.

Pretty flavorful, actually, but again, I really pick up more malt than any outstanding hop character.

Mouthfeel is rather full and satisfying.

This is an above average pale ale, but in the end, its just another beer that I'm happy to have had the opportunity to try, and that I will probably never have again. On to something else...

01-30-2006 23:33:21 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of Chadbrew


3.85/5  rDev +16%

I guess for this style this looks pretty good. Very pale and well carbonated with a nice ring of tight bubbles around the rim of the glass.This is damn near odorless, it's kind of remarkable how scentless it is. There is a trace of malt in there though.
The taste is somewhat on the sweet side but light and well balanced with a touch of bitterness. In keeping with the rest of the properties it has a light to medium body.
Highly drinkable ale and possibly a good cross-over beer.

01-18-2006 08:57:15 | More by Chadbrew
Photo of pentathlete


2.3/5  rDev -30.7%

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.

12-18-2005 04:48:09 | More by pentathlete
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.33/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a pretty, full copper color that has just a hint of haze to it. The head is frothy, a finger thick and a pale tan colored head. The aroma is predominantly hoppy with a light citrus note dominating; the citrus is a combination of grapefruity and lemons.

The taste is only lightly sweet, and has a nice sharp hop character that carries throughout the beer. The hops character has notes of orange peel, a hint of tangerine, and a light dusting of herbal-pine. The malt character here is pretty subdued, and straight forward; there is a soft sweet grain note that has a bit of caramel. This beer is quite light on the palate, actually it is approaching being to thin. There is also a slightly off-putting sweet saccharine note here that just does not jive with the rest of the beer. In the end there is nothing offensive about this beer, but it just does not tickle my fancy.

12-11-2005 23:14:53 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of UnionMade

New York

3.35/5  rDev +0.9%

Tanks to Jim and Allie for the bottle!
Straw blonde, this beer laces down the glass magestically. Impressive head retention, holding a solid misty coating, lace clinging to the glass like nothing else mattered. Fresh, citric hop aroma. A bit haylike, woody and grassy. Mount Hood? Willamette? I hate both varieties with vim and vigor, and i know deep in my heart it's one or the other. A bit on the meek side, overall. Very mild toasty malt. Orange and lime, with some floral, grassy esters and hop flavor. A mild beer, with a low alpha, very grassy hop finish. I usually hate grassy hops, but this is tolerable, like a newly mown lawn. It could be worse. Wheat malt? Softness and a slight sour tinge in the finish suggest it. Subtle, but effective. Lighter body, with a spritzy mouthfeel and strong carbonation. Dryish finish. I still don't care for it, but I wouldn't have a problem with a second pint, assuming someone else is buying.
Extra Pale Ale speaks to me as a slightly lighter pale ale more towards the hoppy side. Hoppier blonde ale? I'll buy that. I'd had this beer years ago, and didn't care for it. I thought it too plain. I can appreciate it's subtley now, and realize that its not going for an over-the-top flavor, just drinkability, and I can enjoy that. Still, I dislike the hops, and the finish gets a bit trying on my tastebuds. If the folks at Flying Fish made this with cascades, or anything citric, it would be delicious. Why willamette? Its a good beer shot in the foot with gross hops.

11-14-2005 09:04:51 | More by UnionMade
Photo of goodbyeohio


3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

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

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

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


3.13/5  rDev -5.7%

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."

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

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

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


3/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

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


3.35/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

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


2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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

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


3.45/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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


2.68/5  rDev -19.3%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +20.5%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev +24.4%

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!

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


2.85/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

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

New Jersey

2.08/5  rDev -37.3%

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

12-22-2004 04:09:02 | More by beveragecaptain
Extra Pale Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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