HopFish IPA - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Reviews: 232
Hads: 734
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 22.28%
Wants: 12
Gots: 140 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent though not outstanding IPA. Nugget hops and lots of malt to make it bittersweet and the malting contributes to drinkability, as does the understated carbonation. Light orange body. Orange taste and slight orange aroma. Middling mouthfeel.Guessing IBU 55-60.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey orange with a 1 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to an oily cap on the top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace form on the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is floral and soapy with a citrus zest aroma as well. Taste is of malt and citrus zest with maybe some grassy herbal flavors as well. A lower level of carbonation with a smooth and slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good English IPA and my first beer from Flying Fish. I probably wouldn't get this one again though.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This IPA pours out as a golden yellow color with a decent sized head on it. The head doesn't give off too much lacing really. The smell has a pretty good hoppiness to it but it's nothing too crazy. The taste has an average amount of bitterness mixed with a malt body. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side, not a lot of complexity here. Overall to me its an average IPA. It's worth trying if your trying to ween yourself into the style.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of Noble hops mix with some citrus notes is quite refreshing and provide the impression of a Belgian IPA. Taste is also a great mix between some slightly sweet malt notes with little caramel notes and a unique mix between some Noble Hops and West Coast hops bring a nice floral tone with some citrus and dry notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. I though this was a great refreshing beer under the sun.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint a slightly hazed burnt orange with a thinner long lasting white head,a big sweetish biscuit malt base reallty stood out at first sniff than herbal/leafy hop comes thru.Flavors of caramel and sweet biscuit mixed with herbal hops makes for a pretty good EIPA,this is what this beer is all about.Its not a bad beer for the style,if your looking for an in your face hoppy IPA this is not for you.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a clear glass 24oz mug, it was a nice hazy bright amber, lots and lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the entire session. Heavy haze almost obscured it, but it could definitely still be seen streaming its way up towards the top. A big two inch plus head of pillow like sticky lace formed on top of the glass almost immediately. Ya know now that I think about it, it had to be bigger then that. This thing poured a monster. The retention was great, really never dipping below an inch until the last few swallows. Great concentric rings of side glass lace too. Really thick on the sides of the glass and it really did not want to fade. It was funny, because the lace was soo thick that it was almost looking like the glass was full of foam by the time you were done with it. Really impressive look on this one, had a really full and robust appearance. Very impressed going into it already.

Now it starts to drop off a bit unfortunately. The smell was just way too light. I could hardly detect or pick up much of anything here. Once it settled for a while it started to come though somewhat, I am just used to the big time citrus hop xplosion of a smell and this is not designed to be there in this case. There was a nice grassy I guess would be the best way to describe it kinda of hop smell to it. Fresh most definatly, just not very sharp or terribly bitter. A very nice malted, grainy like back was very present and actually caught my attention more as it was quite well rounded and full of earthy tones with a notable sugary lingering effect to it. The aroma overall was kinda weak, but what was there came through rather nicely. Well see here is where it got strange for me once again. It was not the hoppy IPA I was used to, no this was a sort of hybrid version for me. It was like a great English ale that was flavored with just the right amount of bitterness. Great taste actually. The first thing that really hit me was a nice grainey sort of earthy type grass taste. This was nice, it had a little bit of a bite to it as well. As that washed away it was replaced by a nice cereal and malt back. Good bready tones and a nice amount of sweetness. The finish was good and dry, but not with the usually punch. Just a dry kinda ale type finish. This is what an English IPA should be I suppose. A traditional English ale, packed with enough hops to make it have a little punch and stand up to time a little better, if this is the case, definatly succeeded here.

Extremely smooth, and I mean extremely. There was a copious amount of carbonation that really helped set everything in motion. A good clean, crisp feel was what I was used to, but this was much more mellow and smooth, and very rich in texture. You could really feel what was going in. Very nice and a welcome little treat. I was starting to warm up to this one actually. Superb. I could have had another and another again. It was just light and flavorful, but not nearly anything that would have held you back from it at all. I just was sitting there and all of a sudden realized it was gone. I had no idea that it was going to be going away that quickly. Really a great little ale.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.71/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Hazed, amber-orange body with just barely an inch of white suds.

Smell: Faintly toasted bready pale malts soaking, for whatever reason, in musty apricot juices. Background earthiness and a faint herbaceous spiciness, like getting a very quick whiff of dried thyme.

Taste: Pale malts alongside a taste of toasted bread and an incredibly light caramel sweetness. Swig of apricot juice, pursued by earthy, duly spicy hops and bitterness. Child-sized handful of dog-munched pinecones. Slight bump in graininess on the back half.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium level albeit soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Displays a good degree of balance, as it's not particular malty, nor particularly hoppy, though, that's not always what folks are looking for from their IPA's.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from NeroFiddled, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is fruity and malty with only a mild hops background.

T: The taste starts out with a fruity malt character, but quickly transitions into a strong floral hops bitterness. The balance becomes much better as you get more into the serving. The after-taste has a good combination of fruity sweetness and hops bitterness.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, good kick, good representation of style, although I like a little more flavor in my IPA’s and there are others that I’d choose in the style, this is a good beer that I could go with for a long time.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%

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 Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Monster Beverage, Pitman, NJ

Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a small white head. True to the name, lots of nice hops in the nose, and on the tongue as well. Citrusy hops with a nice bitterness, and a bready malt base. Light-medium body, nice and drinkable. Not too harsh or strong for an IPA.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange amber with a massive head off a very firm pour. And the head sticks around too. Metallic acorn nose. But very subdued. Flavor is a bit woody and a bit too sweet (IMO). Seems to calm down on the sweetness as I move on. Caramel-like apple tones are also there. Feel is good. Nice carbonation and a good liquid feel. Overall seems a bit too tangy to be able to down more than one in a go. Well worth trying, it just seems like the edges are a bit too rough.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, amber-y hue, under a thick frothy white head.

Aroma is sweet, fruity, and bitter, all at once. Grapes and pineapples bump uglies.

Tastin' it:...a decent blitz of hops blazes the palate, then softly rides off. Caramel malt at play here, a decent cushion, yummy, bready, sweet, a nice balance to hops, but a bit too typical. Still, I like it...Medium bodied, a bit light in the finish, nice hops.

A likeable mildish IPA. Good stuff.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 12/03/11 notes. Had on tap at some restaurant out by Desales University in PA while visiting my sister.

a - Pours a hazy deep orange color with one inch of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of earthy notes, very light citrus hops, and light bready malts. Very bland, with only a hint of hops. Not great, pretty average.

t - Tastes of earthy notes, light floral notes, bready malts, grains. Again, very bland, and not much in the way of hops.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonatioin. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty average IPA. Nose had the faintest smell of hops to it, while the taste had none really at all. Not one of Flying Fish's finest and not one I'd seek out again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

served in pint glass

A - hazy and orangish amber with a good, off-white head.

S - hops more than malts, but not completely dominant. Tropical fruits, with more fruitiness than a typical English IPA>.

Taste: Hops and malt both evident; especially the crisp piney and fresh tasting hops. Good balance. Not sweet, but the aromatics bring honey to mind.

M - moderate carbonation; slight tongue burn

O- Easy to drink. More than just drinkable but not worth seeking out.

(Revised with 12 oz bottle consumed in October 2013)

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Photo of jwc215
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden amber with a thin head that becomes a floating patch. Minimal trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is citric, floral, slightly piney with a grainy, caramelish background. Mild but nice.

The taste is of citric, floral slightly piney notes balanced in the back by sweet grain and some caramel. Somewhat tinny and salty with a dry finish.

Alas - the ongoing "problem" with this brewery - it is watery thin. Some flavor lingers, and it's not fizzy...but - thin.

This is a decent attempt, and has something going for it, but not enough to it to cover up minor "flaws"/drawbacks. Too thin for the style, though it is easy enough to get through a couple of these. Not high on my list of IPA's.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OH! This is an English IPA, that makes more sense now. Had this on tap at a local beer bar.

Beer is dark yellow and clear. Carbonation is high and the head is thick, white and made up of big bubbles. There is a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is weak but I can detect some citrus hops and a little malt.

Lots of malt in this guy, hops get a little lost. At first I was really disappointed but now I realize its an English IPA and that makes a lot more sense. Most of the hop bitterness comes in an aftertaste, no strong hop aroma. Beer has a medium body, overall OK, I really wanted a hoppy beer. Oh well.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderfully balanced aroma that boasts of pale, bisquit, and carapils malts along with a mild hop bitterness. The taste is good. It has a smooth, bitter flavor. It goes down easy and finishes hoppy with some light bisquit flavor. The palate is dominated with hops, but the pale malts add to a well rounded taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's pretty standard American IPA, but it drinks well. This is a good session beer even at 6.3%

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear, light orange hue with a 1/2" head. The head fades to about 1/4" and holds for a considerable time. Plenty of lacing throughout the perimeter of the glass.

S: Overall, the aroma is fairly weak. A balance of hops and malt...this doesn't smell like an IPA. I'm not getting any floral or citrus notes.

T: Ok...first of all, this isn't an American IPA. If it is an IPA at all, it's an English IPA. It tastes more like a pub ale, or something nondescript. I think the taste score incurs a penalty due to the fact that I feel mislead by the incorrectly labeled style. I was expecting and hoping for a fresh, hoppy, delicious beer and I received a balanced beer that is somewhat bland with a pronounced malt character. All this being said, the beer tastes ok. Nothing exciting going on, but nothing abrasive or astringent either.

M: Smooth and easy to drink with a lingering malt flavor. Though this is tasty, I should be enjoying hop flavors, not malt.

D: Unexciting and not hoppy, I'm more bitter than the beer at this point.

M: Good feel

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with 1/4" of head that quickly fades. Smells like bready malt and a little yeasty. Taste is bread-like malts up front and very faint hop character in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall, this is a mild example of the style. The hops are toned down and the malt is over played. The balance just isn't there. This would be a great English style Pale Ale.

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Photo of Gavage
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear light amber / light orange color with a 2" fluffy head. Light lacing develops.

Smell: some piney hops and mild grapefruit tones.

Taste: weak malt levels with comparable light grapefruit and mild pinecone bitterness, with an overall dryness. In comparing to a Victory Hop Devil, this is IPA-lite.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and dry at the start and finish. Short aftertaste containing some grapefruit and piney bitterness. Somewhat thinner than expected.

Drinkability: average in my book, as this IPA doesn't excite me at all. Overall the flavor tones are mild and need to be kicked up a bit.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
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

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with only an initially one-and-a-half finger thick, frothy, off white colored head despite the ample carbonation that creates a mad rush of bubbles streaming towards the surface of the beer. The beer is a brilliantly clear, amber tinged, full copper color. The aroma is, of course, hop dominated; both notes of herbaceous pine and sweet citrus are quite noticeable. The citrus notes are dominant, though the herbal character was what I noticed first. Sweet citrus notes of fresh orange zest, ruby-red grapefruit, and lychee lead the citrus charge. There is perhaps a wisp of grain / malt character here; a hint of toasted grain, and some caramelized malt sugars are all that I even get suggestions of in the aroma.

A nice solid bitterness leads up front in my first sip, and continues on through the finish. The bitterness is fairly smooth and I would not necessarily characterize it as biting. Somewhat dry, though there is a nice caramelized character here, the hops lean towards zesty citrus as opposed to the sweet, fleshy fruit notes. The finish has a malt undertone, that mixes with a menthol / pine character and adds a bit of lingering astringency. Medium full on the palate the beer is light enough to be quaffable, but has enough mouthfeel to be just a touch chewy.

This is a nice quaffable beer; it certainly strikes the balance between quaffability and hop character that should define the style. It is not one of the more aggressive versions of the style, but never fear, it is still enjoyable and hoppy enough for all but the seriously hop-deranged.

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HopFish IPA from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.