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Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 01-22-2005

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Photo of q33jeff
1.77/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

On Tap at Dubh Linn Square.
bitter bitter, strong bite but no real flavor. I guess that's what to be expected from an IPA, but this one rubs me the wrong way. Not a Fan.

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours amber with a thick head, looks pretty damn good.

aroma is weird, this is a fresh 6pack but the smell is odd. soapy and grassy. almost

the taste isn't bad. nothing special at all. taste is somewhat soapy and bland. has an almost sour flavor and not tart. for something local it's not too bad but am unimpressed. my homebrewed IPA is 10x better than this.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.52/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Comes in a darker shade of pale, amber. Solid 1" white head, uniform lace to it. Aroma was belgian clove and spice rack. Meh. Bleh.

Taste was a hybrid of shitty ipa regions. Hops were just not poppin', so much yeast phenols instead of hops. Real bready malts lightly toasted. Almost as if there was wheat too.

If England and Belgium made an ipa baby, it would be an ugly one.

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Photo of stevoj
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tir Na Nog. Very bitter, hoppy IPA. Soapy with a touch of floral. Hazy copper pour, small creamy head, tons of lacing. Minor toffee and caramel, mostly straight up, astringent hoppiness.

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Photo of ppvora
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into a teardrop glass.

Appearance: Copper brown with some aeration, 1 finger head, a tiny little bit of cloudiness suggesting an unfiltered beer.

Aroma: A good bit of malt up front with some pine and citrus, and a bit of a hoppy background.

Taste: Mostly malts, no fruit, faint hops. The part that surprised me the most was that hops were very faint despite the description on the label.

Mouthfeel: Some bitterness towards the end.

Overall: I love this brewery particularly their Belgian ales. However, this IPA is somewhat "meh" -- if you're satisfied with aroma, there's plenty here, but in terms of taste it's a very narrow malt flavor with none of the complexity I would expect from a beer that contains the hops they've described.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

good golden amber color with slight head with a skim on top. Very floral with a slight citrus bite to it. Taste horrible. Bitter malt slight citrus taste. medium body with light carbonation. I see the english style but I think it taste aweful. Not a fan

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Photo of Myotus
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured at 43°F from a 12oz bottle (best by date 03Jan16) into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of off-white foam that halves itself after 15 seconds. Honey orange in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are high in quantity and both small and medium in size. Lacing is high in quantity and both thick and very thick in various areas.
SMELL: Strong biscuity malt and mild toasted malt and caramel aromas are backed by subtle floral and earthy hop aromas along with hints of alcohol.
TASTE: The initial flavors the present themselves are mild caramel, biscuity malt, and toasted malt flavors. Mild floral hop flavors follow immediately as both biscuity malt and toasted malt flavors grow slightly stronger. Mild flavors of bitter hops, subtle flavors of earthy hops, and hints of alcohol enter lastly as caramel, biscuity malt, and toasted malt flavors persist, but floral hop flavors grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth and somewhat creamy. Finishes with a moderate dryness.
NOTE: As beer warms, both malt and bitter hop flavors grow stronger. This was a good English IPA. What would of made it great was if the bitterness was toned down more to allow the malts to take the spotlight like they should in these styles. The other hop flavors were perfectly balanced.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance had a slight amber to orange color with a half finger white foamy head. There was a moderately light lacing sticking all around after the head died after a minute. The smell had some earthy hops with a gentle light malt underneath. The taste was semi-sweet with a decent light bitterness from the earthy and now coming across as somewhat English malty-like. The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was fairly subdued. Overall, as an English IPA it works, as the hops are muted enough to allow the IPA to be just what the brewery intended. Nice, and I'm pretty sure I could have this again.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

BBD 12/27/15. Pours a clear medium amber. Normal head volume, outstanding lacing and retention.

Very light nose of biscuit, caramel and slightly spicy hops. I'm surprised the aroma is so light.

Light body that has a smooth texture. Perfect carbonation with an effervescent middle that never really ends. It just rolls into a nice prickly finish.

Good flavor profile that lacks a bit of intensity for the style but is quite tasty. Very well balanced with enough complexity. It begins with malt (caramel and biscuit) that is noticeable but not sweet per se. The middle is slightly bitter. As the finish approaches mild hop flavor arrives - pine and rind. The finish is a touch grainy and the hop flavors slowly fade.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass in a pub in Gettysburg, PA. For bottle cap collectors the cap is awesome, a flying skeleton fish with airplane engines attached. This beer is a slightly murky golden yellow colored beer with a small white head. The brew has a mild hoppiness that was very refreshing. This is a light bodied beer with mild carbonation. a surprisingly nice find.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definitely an English style IPA. Much more malt and bready sweetness balancing out the hops. Both in the nose and taste. There are better English style IPAs but this one is still solid and enjoyable. I wish more brewers did the English style as they make for a nice change of pace in IPAs.

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Photo of hardysf
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Not a very good IPA by any means. Had out of a keg at pub 199. Don't like rating out of a keg that much because there could be issues with the lines, the keg, etc. However, our table did have some pitchers of bmc and they tasted like what they were supposed to be.

This beer poured a deep dark amber color. Probably the darkest non black ipa I've seen. Not much of a smell, maybe some malt. No hop presence at all. Taste was pure malt bomb. I got no hop flavors at all. Did not have any more from pitcher. Asked waitress if I even got the right beer.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

6/18/15 Ruth Chris Princeton

The pour is ok, kind of a burnt yellow with nothing all that remarkable.

The smell is much the same, nothing really stands out. Weak hop presence.

The taste is ok. It's a light malt and hop presence and nothing all that memorable about it.

Kind of fizzy feel and overall this is a one and done beer. I'd only have it again where my other options aren't all that good.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: June 13, 2015... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: Just returned from Liberty Day fireworks... APPEARANCE: light, bubbly body, with a hint of obscurity; white head is creamy and leaves lacing that resembles hedgerows; thick and consistent--a promising start... AROMA: immediate slap of caramel to the nose; some yeasts that blanket the hops with an earthy, funky distinction; what does slip through is soft citric hops, approximating lemon zest... PALATE: vivid, active on the back tongue; a balanced, medium-bodied experience... TASTE: subtle spice and balanced malts/hops make for an understated profile initially… caramel malts outstrip the hops, making this a sweeter IPA... OVERALL: as the label establishes a more British approach, with an easier drinking, maltier version of what the hop head is expecting; melon and flowery hops reward late—this is a solid beer with a decent ABV%...

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours an orange gold, coppery color with off-white head. Floral notes, light citrus, and some malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a balanced out malt bill. Would have liked more of a hop bite on the finish.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look- nice, golden brown IPA.. Solid head that dissipates after a bit.. Lacing covers throughout, good looking. Smell- nice, pine, a bit typical for the style. Taste- good, you pick up the floral notes.. More bitter than my favorite IPAs.. Strangely, comes off a tiny bit watered down toward the end of the glass. Feel- a bit of a dry finish. A good, not great IPA.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Poured a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a 1-plus F head, off-white in color, and hung around, leaving lots of web lacing.

S-Rich malts and floral hops. There's generous citrus hop aroma to serve as a reminder that it's an American made E IPA. A note of sweetness from the alcohol. Very robust.

T- Malty with floral and spice hop flavors. The bready taste comes first. It's quite clean and very well balanced. The flavors blend.

M- Generous malt body with a touch of alcohol strength. Medium feel overall. Some hop bite but generally dry on the end.

O- A very good beer. As an E IPA, it has extra citrus flavors that aide its drinkability and enjoyment. Yum.

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Photo of Act25
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SAM ADAMS pint glass. (and in subsequent reviews into tulips and others. This beer is consistently solid E IPA. Must try.

A: Pours clear, bright amber, apricot color with a thin white head that fades pretty fast but laces moderately.

S: The aroma is classic English IPA and better than Brooklyn East India. It balances fruity and malty with the hops in background, but is a bit too faint.

T: The taste is best part, and it follows the fruity malt smell, but then transits into floral hops bitterness. The balance gets better as it warms. Fantastic finish. Refreshing, juicy, yet dry. Almost salty, definitely a sea beer.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish. Very creamy yet dry, great mouth feel.

D: Very tasty, keeps you coming back for more. Great food beer, great E IPA. One of the best.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear Amber copper with thick creamy white head well retained, smells of citrusy floral hops slightly malty, tastes of cooling hop florals with malt notes, light mouthfeel smooth finish. Notable difference in east coast iPad rather than west coast

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a teku glass.

Appearance: Pours a clearish copper color. The head is three fingers high, and off-white in shade. Retention is quite good, and the dense texture leaves behind a lot of lacing on my glass. (4)

Smell: Seems rather muted. A bit of crystal and Maris Otter malt is backed by some vague grapefruit hints. That's it. It does seem to become bolder as it opens up, however - still, the aroma leaves me non-plussed. (2.75)

Taste: It's the maltiness that ends up being the initial flavor, bringing waves of caramel, toasted bread, and even cracker. The back end brings some apricot, flowers, earth, marmalade, and even some grape jam. That last note actually gives this one a unique twist compared with other English-style IPAs. Again though, my problem lies in how mild it is. It's easy to drink, but rather boring - even with that slight grape jam flavor, none of the flavors pop. (3)

Mouthfeel: Crisp and easy to drink, the maltiness does little to obstruct the palate with lingering sweetness. Nor does it rely on a lot of carbonation, either. I have to say that the malt backbone is done fairly well here. (3.5)

Overall: Nice lunchtime beer, this one. It's kind of insipid, which means I won't be seeking this out over better examples of the style. I can see other, less discerning drinkers really enjoying this, though. (3)

3.05/5: A decent IPA for beginners

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Photo of Slatetank
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%

I had this on tap at Joe K's Brewhouse in Harrisburg served in a pint.

The color is golden amber with pale cream thin head with fine bead. The smell has an English yeast ester with subtle pine from the hops with light sweet malt scent and hint of toasted grain. The feel is good with moderately bitter quality with semi-sweet middle moderate carbonation with mild bitterness in the finish which is on the dry side.

The taste is not bad with slightly yeasty flavor up front with mild bread and light malt toastiness which carries over to a slight tinge of pine/herbal hop flavor in the background with mild spice as it finishes semi-dry. overall this is not a bad beer, but it seems kind of by the numbers English style to me -not my favorite of the style.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear amber color with a two finger head of off-white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a heavy level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is nice and interesting aroma overall. It has a sweet aroma of tangerine and caramel mixed with some melon smells of honeydew and cantaloupe. Along with these aromas are some nice hop smells of a grapefruit citrus as well as a subtle aroma of a floral and grassy hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a malty and bready flavor mixed with some sweeter flavors of caramel and tangerine. The caramel fades quickly, but is replaced by more tangerine and some other sweeter flavors of light fruits. The hop is very light upfront with just a hint of grapefruit. The grapefruit grows a bit stronger as the flavor advances, but never really grows all that potent. A little bit of a grassy and floral hop flavor come at the very end, mixing with the rest and leaving a rather sweet and malty lightly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is average. A bit thicker of a body would have been better for the malty and fruit flavors all while helping bolster the hop flavors of the brew.

Overall – The flavor was alright, but not really all that hoppy and sorta weak for an IPA. Nothing too outrageously good here.

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Photo of Boggdogg
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- poured a deep golden color with thick white frothy head that left a nice ring of lacing throughout. I don't see it as being hazy, I see it as ALMOST clear. Very nice looking beer.

S- citrus and hops that's what I smell. Citrus and hops.

T- fairly sweet in the begining like malt and grapefruit? Not real sure but I taste some citrus followed by slight bitterness of hops. Good for an IPA but not my favorite style. Well balanced for IPA

M- very smooth medium bodied beer. Excellent. Only complaint is the dryness.

O- well brewed Well balanced IPA. One of my favorites in this style of beers.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden color with a slight haziness. Thick, frothy, off white head that dissipates to a lacing that lasts throughout. Looks great.

Smell: Smells sweet at first, then comes with floral hoppiness.

Taste: Floral and citrus at first, then the hops pick up, not overly bitter like some IPAs, a little sweet.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, medium body, get a nice sting of alcohol that is not overbearing.

Overall: A nice IPA, it looks great and is easily drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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HopFish IPA from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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