HopFish IPA - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Ratings: 712
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 11
Gots: 119 | FT: 1
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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: 712 | Reviews: 240
Photo of hardysf
2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Photo of WSchooley
2.26/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

A poor excuse for an IPA. Hops did not stand out.

Photo of sjones5045
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
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%...

Photo of DuaneL
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split decision. Shared a bottle from a varied six pack. Jk says 4, DL sez 3.

Photo of RobAM
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not bad. I would drink it again

Photo of TX-Badger
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of Culpw01
2.57/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Don't use my rating as a barometer... I don't usually care for IPA's.

Photo of Antc2382
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Provner
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good tasting beer

Photo of NiceTaps
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of coreyshay
4.46/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the design. Tastes a little malty, but good!

Photo of Act25
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | 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 MUCH better than Brooklyn East India. It balances fruity and malty with the hops in background.

T: The taste is oustanding, 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.

Photo of Billlow
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer was reviewed at Bill's Beer Report: http://billsbeerreport.blogspot.com/

Photo of ZBowden
4.01/5  rDev +13%
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

Photo of Volbeer
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A little too hoppy for me.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
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

Photo of Rickyjcnj
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's just ok Kind of watered down

Photo of dank203
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very peppery/spicy ipa

Photo of Slatetank
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of Boggdogg
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of bgillespie
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Johnny_Muir
3.99/5  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.

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HopFish IPA from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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