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HopFish IPA - Flying Fish Brewing Company

HopFish IPAHopFish IPA

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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%

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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Photo of ThePaintedGrey


3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a pristine golden color with a slight haziness from tiny speckles of floating sediment. A creamy off-white head is short lived as it eventually dwindles to a silky smooth cap, leaving decent amounts of abstract-looking lacing down the glass. Head retention leaves a bit to be desired, even with the nice lacing.

S: The scent is a bit weak with very light floral hop aromas and a bit of citrus zest. Lots of caramel malts underneath as well, if my sniffer doesn't deceive me. This would have scored higher if I didn't have to nearly dip my nose in to pick up what was going on.

T: Very malty up front with a bit of breadiness. The hop bitterness comes through in a very weak wave that just barely washes over the malt. It seems a bit backwards for the style. Very malty with some understated hop and grassy bitterness in the finish. Some alcohol spice tends to linger in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-full bodied with a fairly average-level carbonation. Lightly creamy and flows silky smooth across the palate. Lots of drinkability here.

O: This one straddles the line of good/okay. It's not unenjoyable by any means, but it's just not what you'd expect from an IPA. It has a strong maltiness and a very restrained hop presence. It drinks extremely well and tastes good, which makes this a prime contender for a session ale at a bar, but it's not something I'd pick up again for the pleasure of home-consumption. Good beer overall, slightly weak by IPA standards.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 03:22:43 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. My second beer from Flying Fish, the first being their Pale Ale. I like this one a lot more. This could almost stand up to most American IPA's in balance and taste. Goes down a little too smooth with not enough bite. Having said that, I enjoy this beer a heck of a lot for a Jersey brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 02:56:25 | More by Johnny_Muir
Photo of DrDemento456


3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another IPA from Flying fish always a treat! Got this for 3 bucks for the single at the house of 1,000 beers.

A - Somewhat hazy bright amber brown with just a 1/4 inch of head at pulls back to a mild lace ring. Somewhat sticky lacing.
S - Huh mostly hoppy for an English IPA. Very sweet malty rather than herbal or tea like. Citrus and mango pine blast.
T - Herbal hop bitterness to the start then gets mildly sweet, then it gets herbal and a piney zest hop finish. Haven't had an English IPA this all over the place but its good.
M - Light to medium not as heavy as others take on this style I dig it.

Overall I am usually impressed with most flying fish offerings and this one is pretty damn good. Not the biggest English IPA fan but this is drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 02:43:34 | More by DrDemento456
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3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

HopFish pours a golden color with a small lacing head. There is a sharp but sweet floral aroma. The taste is similar, a sharp hop bite, but with a sweet finish. Nice full flavor, and full body. Overall its a nice IPA, some good flavors, but harsh finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 00:29:08 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of JG-90

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

HopFish IPA is a clear amber/yellow color. Pours a small/moderate sized light tan head with okay retention and average lacing. Has a sweet, bready smell with floral hops, overall not much aroma.

Taste starts with floral hops and bread, then sweet very ripe fruit with caramel malt. Has average mouthfeel and carbonation with a good deal of creaminess and a bit of slickness.

A little too sweet for my tastes, but not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 03:43:30 | More by JG-90
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 03:43:39 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of Omnium


3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Mason Pint

A - Pours a nice gold color, thick fluffy two finger head, thick lacing too, looks top notch.
S - Aroma is really bland, a little biscuit malt, some minor tropical fruit, a little pine, nothing outstanding in the way of hop aroma.
T - Taste is a let down too, some nice sweet tropical notes up front, but they fade fast to a biscuity dry malt, a tinge of bitterness. Nothing outstanding for sure.
M - Watery for sure.
O - Eh, a decent english IPA at that, but nothing to go after. Its just drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 03:45:57 | More by Omnium
Photo of horshamguy


3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A--Nice head that dies down quickly and leaves a little lacing. Clear, golden coloring. Looks appetizing.
S--Maltier than expected for an IPA. Light hoppiness with some citrus aromas as well. Smell made me interested in going further.
T--Sweet. Much more malty than hoppy. Not at all like the standard hop-bomb IPAs out there. Actually reminded me more of an English ale than an IPA. Not bad, but not at all what I expected.
M--Heavy, especially compared to what I was expecting from an IPA. Thick & creamy, again more like an English ale.
O--Not bad, but it doesn't meet my expectations for an IPA on several levels.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 00:03:02 | More by horshamguy
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured chilled, chez White

A: crystal clear; good head retention; light toffee color; low-medium carb action
S: light hop aroma
T: a lot more happens on the tongue than on the nose; saaz hops?; hop profile is more herbal than anything else (e.g., citrus); semisweet; not boozy; well balanced in a particular lager-like direction

Strong IPA with a rather dank hop profile

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 19:02:21 | More by Arithmeticus
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New York

3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some hints of citrusy and herbal hops.
T: The taste has flavors biscuit malts, toasted malts, herbal hops and earthy yeast along with a light amount of bitterness and hints of citrusy hops towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a very good balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 00:12:59 | More by metter98
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 20:13:46 | More by KTCamm
Photo of v161

New York

4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think this is a good Summer time beer. It's a IPA that's a little lighter on the overall hopiness. The bite is not overpowering in the begining, and then that mellows into a rich mouth feel. A lightly floral smell helps to open up the flavors of the hops without becoming overpowering. Also it's moderate alcohol content makes this an easy drinking brew on a hot Summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 16:29:29 | More by v161
Photo of BWED


3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a craft beer pint

A- Honey golden, with some sediment suspended in the body. One finger off white head produces some sticky lacing.

S- Bready malt, with a spicy piney hop character.

T- Pale malt flavor, with just a slight hop spice. No big hop character in taste.

M- Medium body, a little sticky, and a fairly dry aftertaste.

O- I'd like more hop flavor and aroma. Bitterness is there however.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 01:36:29 | More by BWED
Photo of WissBrauSean


3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an amber/light brown colour and is quite clear with a nice two finger head that lasts as very interesting dinosaur patterns on the glass.

The aroma of sweet amber malts is the most obvious of aromas and then as you agitate the beer aromas of bread and citrus tantalize your nose as well as some mild buttery notes. Yum! Fairly English in aroma for sure.

Tastes very English in malts and quite malt forward moving towards a bit of tart grapefruit and other mild fruits while blending with some earthy hop bitterness. Not overly bitter and ending slightly dry, mildly bitter and peppery.

The mouthfeel is creamy with light to moderate body and fairly playful carbonation.

Overall I like this beer and it has a definite English feel to it, but the yeast and the hops seem to be a bit off. The yeast seems to impart a biscuity and almost Belgian taste to it and the hops seem to be more on the lines of Pacific Northwest in format. I don't know what they use. It's a good beer and very drinkable! I like it! It's not incredible or awesome, but very satisfying on a warm evening! 3.5 out of 5!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 01:03:45 | More by WissBrauSean
Photo of 57md


3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is a burnt straw with more than a finger of white head that enjoyed some decent retention. Mild hop nose, but not much of character at all. Malty for an IPA. Also, this offering had a odd citrusy sweet flavor to it. There are also both sweet and dry notes on the finish.

This tastes like a failed attempt at blending an East Coast IPA with a West Coast IPA. Perhaps they should give it another go with a modified recipe.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2013 05:34:26 | More by 57md
Photo of da_beers


3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a slightly hazy coppery amber, darker towards top than bottom. 2.5 fingers of head dissipating slowly. Low carbonation.

S - some fruitiness of the bat with sweet malts, a faint bit of hops. Not overloaded whatsoever.

T - strange, in a good way. Very unique. Somewhat sweet yet tangy notes. A bit of orange citrus. English malts are somewhat heavy.

M - smooth yet tart. Crisp finish. Light to medium bodied.

O - decent. Drinkable but not overall a huge fan. A lighter IPA for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 15:36:53 | More by da_beers
Photo of JMScowcroft


3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Flying Fish Brewing Company - HopFish IPA

Look - Almost clear copper amber with a good sized soapy head. Some chunky lacing.

Smell - Deep caramel malts with slight piney resin hops over it. Just OK.

Taste - Malty English tangy with some bitter resin hops. Generally kinda taste compared to the other aspects, but not amazing.

Mouthfeel - Slight bitter dry like most EIPAs. Not boozy. Fairly drinkable but generally blah.

Overall - Good, but certainly not great. I have never been a big fan of EIPAs and this is not one of the few that I have had that is an exception to the rule. Would not get again, generally would not recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 18:27:12 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of linkmon

New York

2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

They forgot the taste in this one!! Opens and pours to almost perfect hue, nice sudsy head. Bring to your nose, smells decent, not great, maybe hope for some substance as it goes down your pallet.





Drink it...

And it dies a quick death on the taste buds. For a split second it tastes like it has potential. Then
NOTHING!! No taste, no citrus, no floral, nothing.

Oh well, it was worth the try. I guess. No wait, no it wasn't. :(

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 22:20:26 | More by linkmon
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another pick up while in PA:

Into a pint glass:

A: clear golden/copper body with barely any carbonation seen rising, half finger white foamy head that leaves a fair amount of thick foamy lacing,

S: citrus - slightly orange up front with the normal biscuit/graham cracker sweetness of an EIPA, subdued hops

T: sweet up front, hops trying to make their presence, but mainly staying where they are as in the smell, biscuit aftertaste and finish

M: light, very sessionable, ABV not felt, carbonation is adequate

O: I say this is good for its style and good for me, glad I finally was able to find some Flying Fish as I've been wanting to try their stuff for a long time

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 19:04:37 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of smakawhat


4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Time for a re-review of this guy. Poured from the bottle into my Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A nice golden and copper light amber body, with some soda carbonation Head is off white with some soapy retention but not much staying power settling down to a simple puck. Fairly decent.

Nose hints of herbal tea and some minor orange like citrus hop angles, with a very large biscuit and graham cracker aroma. Clean but also dense. Hints of a good sweetness, and a simple hop front.

Palate hits mostly in the finish. Light front body with a bit of wet feel but a large biscuit dense graham cracker taste. Some toasty action matches a bit. Dense malt but light bodied. Bitterness is very controlled and level.

Overall pretty solid, but was hoping there would be a bit more body to this. Interesting thing is, I ended up with the same score 2 years later.

--- Original Review July 2011 - Poured on tap ----

A very nice creamy white head, with a golden orange amber, very clear. Gorgeous orange color, with nice thin lacing while drinking.

Mix of soft hop herbal and citrus orange notes. Some hint of bread malt also.

Taste is a grass citrus orange with hop and malty quick bready finish. Lingering hop and toast character upon swallow in style just keeps coming.

Overall these guys just know how to make hops sing in beer. All there IPAs and amped up hopped styles are just great.

--- old score 4.5 -4 -4 -4 -4

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 22:20:56 | More by smakawhat
Photo of JayQue


3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Good size white head, nice hazy copper color with good head retention and lacing.

Smell is minimal at best. A little grassy hops.

Taste is a good bit better than the aroma. Toasted malt flavor is rich and pronounced with a grassy hops bitterness at the end. This is English IPA all the way...strong flavor, just not a strong hoppy presence,

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. The hops bitterness at the end is qelcome.

I prefer American IPAs but this is a good beer...an IPA for those that don't care for hop bombs.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 02:57:51 | More by JayQue
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rimming eggshell head over bright bronze.
Big floral and tangerine fresh hop nose.
Mango and bread dough then light lemon zest, Orangina and spruce hops - very Cascadey.
Sunny D finish and waxy rind linger.
Light to medium, clingy, soft.

Nose overpromises. A bit thin, plays more like an APA. Not really English (as labelled) and I miss the Nugget.

A meh intro to Flying Fish.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 00:52:09 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of DoubleJ


3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hops are added to this beer five different times. Quintuple hops brewed HopFish! On to the beer:

Glowing orange colored with a small head which forms on the pour, dropping to a thin lace on top. Gently swirling the glass around does restart the head and gives off a few streaks of lacing which stick to the glass. This doesn't smell like much of an IPA. There is a light mango aroma, mixed with some diacetyl and earthy malts. For an English-styled one, the nose is okay, but if rated like an American one, the score would certainly be deducted from where it stands.

Tastes English, and from the aroma, I sensed that it would. A little earthy and complimented with diacetyl in its base. Vague minerals makes an appearance, then comes a quick strike of vague tropical fruit. I also get a note which reminds me of the Turkish Delight that I once tried when I would much younger. HopFish is a medium bodied beer with pleasant and smooth carbonation, yet brings a gentle crispness that cleans the palate, which is arguably the best aspect of the beer.

Acceptable beer on its own, on the soft side when pitted against the style. It won't grab headlines, however there is still a number of beers which it beats.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 05:05:41 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden amber with orange highlights. Solid head, lacing and retention. Citrus up front in the nose followed by biscuity and lightly caramel malts. Taste brings citrus hops with a bit of pine and earth, malt is lightly sweet, slightly caramel and nutty. Medium bodied, maybe a bit too bubbly. Decent drinkable IPA, nothing remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 17:26:00 | More by rfgetz
Photo of lordofstarside


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

To my knowledge my first english ipa. 12oz to a specialty pint glass. Enjoy by 5/13 date

Pours a nice neural gold with two fingers of foam. A mild carbonation stems from a single part of the glass among a mild cloud of yeast. Retention and lacing are good, only real fault is all the suspended yeast. Aroma of some spicy hop with a strong malty background. To my understanding that's dictated by the style. Some citrus present, taken a bit aghast by the malt, used to my hoppy west coast ipa. Taste is really good, nice crisp hops balanced perfectly with the malt. Feel is consistent also, dry finish, no alcohol and very bitter. Overall surprised how much I liked this, quite balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 02:34:15 | More by lordofstarside
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HopFish IPA from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.