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HopFish IPA - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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599 Ratings
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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 45 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 01-22-2005)
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1/5  rDev -71.8%

thatdirtymick, Dec 28, 2011
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2/5  rDev -43.7%

Acforster2, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of DonFrap
2/5  rDev -43.7%

DonFrap, Jun 14, 2012
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2/5  rDev -43.7%

Chicowdy, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of hopsaplenty
2.23/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz. brown bottle, no date information.

Cloudy glowing orange gold. Short sand colored head of mixed size bubbles with some staying power that eventually settles leaving a spray of dust. Steady streams of carbonation hit the surface. Light orange blossom and caramel aromas mixed some rind notes are present, but nothing overly IPA-distinct. The flavor starts with a light citrus rind element supported by a bit of malt sweetness. Finishes citrus juice – orange and lemon – tart and sweet with a minimal amount of hop bite. A lemon juice tone overlays it all, and the finish is short, thankfully, as this became less drinkable as it warmed ever so slightly. Medium-light body with a flaccid mouthfeel, the carbonation makes this barely tolerable. Utterly unenjoyable, with a preponderance of lemon rind/juice flavors. A disappointment.

hopsaplenty, Aug 07, 2006
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2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

Walkerjgt, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of mentor
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Two finger light tan head over a nearly clear light copper-orange liquid. Smells almost nothing. Woody musky hop grass, lamost like bad rye.

Taste mild hop bitter with model hop flavor, all amid a sea of malt sweetness. Soured caramel and cheesy hop aged. Not the most pleasing experience. Mouthfeel is thick, which would be good to the flavors around if they were pleasant. Incredible lacing on the inside of the glass.

mentor, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of bkaj21
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

bkaj21, Apr 07, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

Nicole_deB, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of jwhancher
2.3/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I thought this beer was way too malty for an IPA. Am I missing something? I thought it looked great, carbonation was fine, had a nice head, but when I was looking for that kick of hops...nothing was there. Did I get a bad case??? I don't know, but until then, I'll assume that this brew is too malty and short on the hops.

jwhancher, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of linkmon
2.3/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

But...

Then...

You...

Actually...

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. :(

linkmon, May 15, 2013
Photo of pwoods
2.33/5  rDev -34.4%
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 :)

pwoods, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.48/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of fear025
2.48/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kwest159 for this beer!

Aroma:Some maltyness in the nose, and just a little citrus hops.

Appearance:Pale amber in color. OK head, but poor retention.

Taste:I didn't like this beer on the first sip, because of the astringent hop flavors, but it grew on my after a few more sips. The hop flavor is medium to high, with assertive hop bitterness. The hop flavors are floral and earthy. The malt provides a slightly sweet backbone to this beer. This beer becomes more dry on the midtaste, almost sour. The beer also plays well with the style with it's minerally aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:This medium-light bodied beer does have some astringency, which detracts from the mouthfeel. The carbonation is good.

Drinkability:While this beer plays true to style, it's a tough one for me to like given it's aggressiveness. There are some flavors in here that taste a little off to my palate.

fear025, Aug 20, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

sdtardio, Mar 30, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

tfsimpkins, Sep 14, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

theAdamsFamily, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

t0rin0, Sep 27, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

mmclaughlin38, Nov 12, 2013
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2.52/5  rDev -29%

mta11c, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of TheDudeRules
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Dark honey colored amber. One full finger of head when receded left some scant lacing. Sweet malt, biscuit and caramel in the nose. Maybe even a touch of tea too. Man.... This is a malt bomb to me. Huge turnoff. Comes across pretty creamy and smooth. Caramel like taste. Hop bite is non existent. Not at all what I am looking for.

TheDudeRules, May 06, 2011
Photo of tommy78
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Amber in color, with slight head out of the bottle.

Smell - Probably the best feature of the beer: a citrus aroma with good amount of hops and malt.

Taste - Sadly, the aroma doesn't translate well into the taste. The taste lacked any bite, and it didn't have any flavor hitting the palate.

Mouthfeel - Mild carbonation, but not much else.

Drinkability - You could have a few in one sitting. However, I wouldn't try it again.

tommy78, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of farHillsBrewer
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured a light amber with average head which faded before I finished. It had a bit of a malty aroma. Where's the IPA hop nose? Absent.
The taste was grassy and malty with some caramel, and a hint of something sour.
It lacked the bitter finish of an IPA.
I'd rate it higher as an English IPA, but not much.

farHillsBrewer, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of womencantsail
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by Bobby.

A: The beer pours a clear orange color with a finger of white head.

S: Not what I was hoping for here. Butter and popcorn up front with a strong breadiness to it as well. Hints of floral hops and a little bit of orange peel to it. Not a very good aroma.

T: Orange peel, grass, and some floral hops up front, making the flavor slightly less awful than the aroma. Pale malts and bread with a lemony flavor and perhaps even a light tartness.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: This was just really not a very good beer. Pass.

womencantsail, May 19, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

dmorley21, Aug 25, 2014
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HopFish IPA from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.