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HopFish IPA - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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702 Ratings
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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 10
Gots: 112 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 01-22-2005

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Ratings: 702 | Reviews: 236
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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint a slightly hazed burnt orange with a thinner long lasting white head,a big sweetish biscuit malt base reallty stood out at first sniff than herbal/leafy hop comes thru.Flavors of caramel and sweet biscuit mixed with herbal hops makes for a pretty good EIPA,this is what this beer is all about.Its not a bad beer for the style,if your looking for an in your face hoppy IPA this is not for you.

Photo of shapudding
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Grey Lodge. Warm and honey golden, semi clouded but still clear... makes me think of chill haze... Whitish head, nice and creamy, settled down to a thin ring and a huge cloud in the center that almost met the corners. Sweet hoppiness floating out. Nice carbination. Very nice amount of hoppiness and bite with caramelly sweetness. Very good feel and flavor.
-On a side note, I had this one back on 1/10/05, brought to me and a buddy as a favor who wanted to try something unfiltered. (Thanks J!) Had my review sitting in a drawer to wait until I had the finished product. Funny that my numbers are exactly the same.
For the unfiltered: Unclear homemade iced tea towards amber, maybe more the color of a LongIsland iced tea. Cannot see my fingers on the other side of the glass. Just a bit of medium/large white bubbles at the edges of the glass and a light dusting. Semi soured scents (alliteration anyone?) Can’t really feel the carbonation in this version, but yet it doesn’t feel flat, more like I am drinking a cold cask-conditioned. I like low carbonation, so this is good. Very smooth and low to medium bodied. Nicely hoppy, grapefruit and biteyness, tastes of gin.bit of caramel sweetness, almost honey-like. Lots of flavor going on. Easy drinker.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, cloudy, orange/brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: floral hops, earth--similar to a Greenhouse Yankee Candle

Taste: earthy, greenhouse, floral hops and some caramel malt

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweetish start--bitter middle with a finish that gets sweeter, dry

Drinkability: I could have several. Just a great earthy, floral beer that is not overly hopped. One of the more distinct IPAs I have had that I wish I could get here.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a light golden with very little head. Not too hoppy on the nose, quite malty. There's a bit of lacing but not much else to speak of.

Taste is like an oktoberfest, mmm. Looks like the hops have fallen out but this isn't bad I think it's quite tasty.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.47/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber color, white head, decent lace. All good.
Aroma, belgian yeast, banana, no hops. Label checked, not a belgian ipa. Smells belgian.

Taste, tastes like a belgian east coast ipa. Hops nowhere to be found. Notice here it says English ipa, doesn't say that on the label, in fact, calling itself hopfish makes me think it might have, well, hops in it, but no.

This isn't a bad beer, it just fails to deliver as advertised. If this said "Belgian IPA" I would rate it higher, as it would be actually tasting like it was intended. The yeast was really the biggest flavor component here, bready, grassy.

Hides the alcohol ok.

Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

served in pint glass

A - hazy and orangish amber with a good, off-white head.

S - hops more than malts, but not completely dominant. Tropical fruits, with more fruitiness than a typical English IPA>.

Taste: Hops and malt both evident; especially the crisp piney and fresh tasting hops. Good balance. Not sweet, but the aromatics bring honey to mind.

M - moderate carbonation; slight tongue burn

O- Easy to drink. More than just drinkable but not worth seeking out.

(Revised with 12 oz bottle consumed in October 2013)

Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Drinker's in Philadelphia.

Pours a hazy copper color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted pale malts with moderate amounts of citrus and leafy hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though both malt and hop influences are more robust. Mildly sweet pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip the citrus flavors fade just a bit and the hops turn slightly toward the bitter side with the addition of leafy and earthy flavors. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass with no problems however I'm not entirely sure about another.

Overall this was a middle-of-the-road IPA, nothing done terribly and nothing done terribly well either. Not worth seeking out but if there are no other options (as was the case at Drinker's) it's not a bad choice.

Photo of pwoods
2.38/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to NJpadreFan for this extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pours a golden amber with good visibility. 1 finger of rocky, slightly off white head forms and turns to a fluffy pillow on top. Some patchy lacing.

S: Very subtle. Nice spring flowers after a rain and some citrus peel resins.

T/M: Has a strange tartness to the bitterness. A kind of warped citrus flavor that has a lemon peel taste. Malts are unpleasantly sweet with a raw grain taste and more of that strange bitterness. Body is a bit too light and carbonation is fairly high.

D: This one just didn't do it for me. Thanks anyway, Alan :)

Photo of ggaughan
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Grey Lodge in NE Philly. I had a sample of this after thinking it was the Puckerfish. I was disappointed to not be able to try the Puckerfish but the Hopfish is also a nice beer. The beer poured a nice golden / amber color with a slight head. The aroma is of strong hops with a bit of fruitness and malts. The taste is a bit of a hop bomb but it balanced out well with the sweetness of the malts. With a medium body, this beer is pretty drinkable from what I had sampled.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Fish- Hopfish

A- Deep, clear, golden amber with a good frothy head. Good lacing.
S- Nice hit of grapefruit/ citrus hops with a buttery caramel.
T- Nice subtle citrus hops blended into a creamy caramel and buttery malt body.
M- Very smooth and buttery. Light juicy sweet hop finish.

Overall- Leans more towards an ESB. Tasty and sessionable for sure.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sell by date of 02/05/14

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear golden orange with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention leads it a broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is spotty, with decent stick.

Smell - Earthy and floral hop aroma, along with a bready malt sweetness. Fruity esters. Hints of sourness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Citrus and floral hops upfront, along with some woodiness and a generic bready backbone. Well balanced. Fruity esters lend to a faint sourness near the finish. Hops touch on grassy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair to lively carbonation. Near velvety smoothness, and goes down with ease before a dry finish.

Overall - A solid English IPA. The sourness is a bit odd, but not unpleasant. I could stand to drink a few more, but nothing I'd want to drink on a regular basis.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent though not outstanding IPA. Nugget hops and lots of malt to make it bittersweet and the malting contributes to drinkability, as does the understated carbonation. Light orange body. Orange taste and slight orange aroma. Middling mouthfeel.Guessing IBU 55-60.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with 1/4" of head that quickly fades. Smells like bready malt and a little yeasty. Taste is bread-like malts up front and very faint hop character in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall, this is a mild example of the style. The hops are toned down and the malt is over played. The balance just isn't there. This would be a great English style Pale Ale.

Photo of mempath
4.8/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

after the very disappointing 'extra' pale from FF last night, figured i'd just keep things consistent and open. poured into a nonick pint.

appearance is a lovely deep-bright straw tending towards marmalade orange...big ecru head that slides down in slow motion leaving unique, consistent lacing. so far so good. and better. appears pretty carbonated...

hop smells jump out of the pint from 6 inches away! deep inhale reveals strong (but not too much) hop aroma. balanced. another swirl and a nice semi-sweet malty/cereal sense reveals itself. and there, more unfolded (on this very spring-like day), the floral-citrus bouquet.

taste is really tremendous, better than expected, deep/rich hop fullness without the bite...yet it's not like something is held back...and even the maltiness, though expected to crash through the small hop offensive line, doesn't dare try to trump the hops. as someone said here, it would give the hop-afraid drinker a good sense of hop flavor. but even hop heads can rejoice in this truly impressive craft brew. very well balanced, all the ingredients meld perfectly...leading to near perfect mouthfeel due to spot on carbonation allowing for some crispness but not too much so, letting a creamy-thickness to play around.

very very drinkable. for what this IS it is nearly perfect. this is so saved from being just 'good' due to the sweetness staying ever so peripheral. the hops are alert but relaxed. i don't know why this seems so perfect yet so unique. truly sublime. no food suggestions come to mind...this needs nothing but your relaxed, open mind and mouth! thanks FFish for redeeming yourself. i am floored.

edit:
i want more! glad to know this is more or less local! i plan to pick up a case of the SN Torpedo and compare.

Photo of Volbeer
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A little too hoppy for me.

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm, seems to have more of a English IPA malt profile - a strong, almost boozy, but light caramel malt, with fruity American hops. Overall, not a bad IPA, just not the most complex. It gets points for balance I suppose, as there's a pleasant maltiness, but the almost sweet grapefruit hops are just on par for an IPA. Not a bad beer, but it's in a tough field.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a thin beige head that retains ok. The aroma is mostly grainy, along with some faint citrusy, pine and herbal hops, fruity esters and just the suggestion of alcohol. The taste is a step up from the aroma, with big citrus and herbal hops upfront, along with some caramel and grainy malt, fruity esters, biscuit and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is on the thick side and grainy, and drinkability is good. A decent stab at an IPA, but the grainy mouthfeel and inauspicious aroma hold this beer back.

Photo of schmitter
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden amber, with a fair to average head. Smelled a bit tart and (obviously) hoppy. Taste really didnt do it for me, I've had mush better in the way of 'hoppy' beers. The beer is very drinkable, but not necessarily in a good way, more because it is slighlty watered down. meh(

Photo of KTCamm
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pale clear gold, some white foam, more around the rings. See through. Strong minty pine nose. Light hoppy taste, thin but bitter. Peppery mouthfeel. Peppermint. Floral. Pretty good, little light on the body.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a pale gold with too much carbonation. The head is an unyielding 4 fingers pale whits and leaves no lace.

The smell is plenty hoppy but is hard to difine. Earthy pine, will have to do. Nothing interesting to note.

The taste is low key hoppy. kinda bitter and bland. A good malt is missing from this issue.

The mouthfeel is ok, medium body and the carbonation is spent.

The drinkability is Average at best for the style. MK

Photo of PatDreadful
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Victory Tulip.

Appearance: A hazy amber body with a very thin head that barely makes it up a full finger before it vanishes.

Smell: Light hints of passion fruit hit me up front with nice floral and grassy notes working their way in. The nose is very tropical and pleasant but also very subtle.

Taste: I get mango and bright lemon flavors up front. There is a nice floral element here as well. The hops eventually yield to a nice malt sugarness and the slightest bitterness. This is a very nice IPA. Nothing over the top but instead, a very balanced taste which takes care of my hop fix.

Mouthfeel: I thought there was just a tad too much carbonation here. It took away from some of the more subtle flavors.

Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is overwhemingly of hops. Taste is also very hoppy, a touch of citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while not a bad beer, I thought it was lacking in balance.

Photo of Samp01
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper amber hue with a medium lasting off white head. Aroma and Taste of caramel malt, floral citrus hops, yeast and fruity esters. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is caramel malt, citrus floral hops, some yeast, seems a bit on the malty side. Overall a typical IPA nothing really stand out but good drinking brew.

Photo of HoppyToad
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of West Coast IPAs, but I also appreciate the traditional English style. So when HopFish showed up as a "new item" at my favorite Arizona beer store, I thought I'd give it a go.

A - Poured into a standard pub glass. Slightly hazy amber body. Frothy white head forms quickly and lingers for a minute before settling to a thin layer of bubbles. Lacing is present but minimal, no sticky resins.

S - It's an IPA, but surprisingly it's malt that comes through first. Bread and more bread, with a pleasant floral spice from the hops.

T - Tastes almost like it smells, with a hint of sweetness. Crisp hop finish. Well balanced.

M - Somewhat light for the style. Nice though.

D - This is a fresh, clean-drinking brew. Not quite a traditional English IPA, and not really an American IPA. Maybe not an IPA at all, given its breadiness. Yet highly drinkable.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright, clear amber-orange with a patchy white head.

S: light grapefruit and fresh pine.

D: Flavor is somewhat weak though, very mildy hopped with citrus peel and a light floral hopping. Nice finish.

M: mouthful and body is a little thin and watery.

D: there is just enough hops to make this a summer quencher session ipa though drinks more like a pale.

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HopFish IPA from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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