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HopFish IPA - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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571 Ratings
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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 9
Gots: 35 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 01-22-2005)
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Imsothirsty

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +40.8%

01-28-2012 13:54:59 | More by Imsothirsty
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YoItsBeerTym

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +40.8%

11-18-2011 05:44:05 | More by YoItsBeerTym
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weaselchew

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +40.8%

11-30-2011 01:39:13 | More by weaselchew
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mempath

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +36.1%

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.

03-08-2009 15:03:48 | More by mempath
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ksiazewski

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

05-19-2012 03:28:50 | More by ksiazewski
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PhillyMonk

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +30.4%

I've sampled all of Flying Fish's offerings, some of which are mediocre, and others of which are really solid. They've really outdone themselves with HopFish, which is just outstanding. It's certainly a hoppy IPA, but not one that leaves your mouth puckered like some of the more extreme beers in this category. It's got an amazingly clean, fresh smell and a finish that is just perfect, lingering in your mouth forever. I've tried dozens of beers of this type and HopFish is among my favorites.

Look for this beer on draft at bars around the Philly area and give it a shot if you see it. Flying Fish is waiting to see what the response is before they decide whether or not to bottle it.

03-29-2005 03:56:33 | More by PhillyMonk
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Chadbrew

Delaware

4.58/5  rDev +29%

I was not very impressed with the ESB so I'm a little hesitant of this one. I do like the dubbel though, so who knows.
Appearance - Looks really good going into the glass. An amber colored beer that is brilliantly clear and very nicely carbonated which is feeding a nice constant head and gobs of lacing.
Aroma - Some pine hops with a light touch of citrus.
Taste - A little harsh and piney up-front that fades into a nice malty wash. Good bitterness in the finish that lingers. Each sip is a flavorful transition from harsh and flavorful, to sweet and soothing, to bitter and anticipating.
Mouthfeel & Drinkability - I think the body on this is really good for style, maybe a hair on the light side that keeps me hungry for the next sip.
I am very impressed with this beer. This is definitely one of the easiest beers for me to drink.
BTW - The lacing just never gives up!

01-18-2006 09:58:21 | More by Chadbrew
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nite3rd

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

12-20-2013 20:36:51 | More by nite3rd
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apf

Utah

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

06-07-2013 19:47:49 | More by apf
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Chaaze

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

02-22-2013 20:24:20 | More by Chaaze
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JimmyCop

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

11-27-2013 22:30:01 | More by JimmyCop
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Habibe

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

07-10-2014 01:43:34 | More by Habibe
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javatime

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

08-09-2012 22:20:33 | More by javatime
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RAdragna

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +24.8%

For an IPA, this one goes down easy. There is some bitterness, but like Blue Point's Hoptical Illusion, it isn't overpowering. You could taste the hops in the beer. So overall, this IPA is great because the bitterness is not too prevalent in the beer. I strongly encourage a friend or two to session this beer.

01-10-2009 01:15:02 | More by RAdragna
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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +24.8%

Flying Fish always makes very drinkable beers, and this is no exception. Very good on-cask.

Comes with a minimal head and a lacing that sticks around. Quite a nice color to it.

The taste has a very full malt profile up front which is quite nice for an IPA. No cascade hops on display. As it gets warmer, the hops become more assertive. Some of the taste reminds me of Hop Devil on-cask.

Smooth as silk. A very good session IPA.

01-22-2005 16:44:56 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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Beerboybill

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +23.4%

This beer pours very nicely out of a 12 oz bottle, with a thick head forming within seconds. The color is a very clear medium amber. The aroma is very mild and the hops are not too pronounced. This is my only criticism of the beer because I perfer my IPA's to have a very pronounced hops aroma. The taste is excellent; hops bitterness dominates. The finish lasts and lasts, easily close to a minute.

This is a very drinkable beer and a solid example of an IPA.

05-03-2006 21:56:31 | More by Beerboybill
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pinkano

Czech Republic

4.38/5  rDev +23.4%

A - a little bit hazy, but very nice gold and orange color with average head
S - oh my god, hops hops hops, this is so great. Very well balanced hoppy smell with light citruses in the background.
T - absolutely awesome and well-balanced hoppiness with light citruses in the background with nice bitter end
M - medium body with medium carbonation
D - definitely very much drinkable

02-23-2011 20:54:28 | More by pinkano
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +22%

Appearance: Pours an amber color with a nice head that leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Earthy bitter aroma

Taste: Caramel malt up front followed by an earthy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really more of an English style than an American, this beer is well-balanced and flavorful - just not what you expect from an American IPA

10-12-2006 02:47:54 | More by brentk56
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klewis

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +22%

Thanks to leftmndedrighty for this one

A: Pours a very clear amber with a moderate, bubbly head. Plenty of lacing.

S: Extremely floral hop aroma with a sweet ice wine-like smell. Quite unique for an IPA, but very nice.

T: Floral, lavender taste with a very subtle bitterness and a touch of citric flavor. Extra points for uniqueness.

M: Fairly light-bodied with moderate carbonation. The floral taste lingers for quite a bit.

D: Definitely a bit odd, but quite enjoyable. I wouldn't mind haven't some more of this one.

08-25-2007 01:51:51 | More by klewis
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +20.6%

This beer was very nice and tasty! Good looking beer with an outstanding white cap that left a bit of foam on my glass. Classic micro brew scent. Some pine scents on the nose, but also very malty. Not overly hoppy, but you must classify this as an IPA! Cannot see through the glass, much like a great hefeweizen. Nice tasting, buscuit base. Very pleased with the finish! Very fine brew!

12-30-2011 06:00:49 | More by bigdeuce
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briandaube

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

06-02-2012 23:14:31 | More by briandaube
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

10-31-2012 22:24:48 | More by hoppymcgee
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MKorn

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

07-04-2013 16:38:57 | More by MKorn
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cde1218

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

09-14-2012 21:32:10 | More by cde1218
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motothrillz

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

02-02-2014 21:07:24 | More by motothrillz
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HopFish IPA from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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