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HopFish IPA - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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581 Ratings
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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 9
Gots: 42 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

12-14-2011 01:42:38 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

09-27-2012 01:56:51 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.35/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

08-19-2011 08:38:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-12-2012 20:08:41 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

3.69/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

07-22-2013 00:12:59 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +22%

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

10-12-2006 02:47:54 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-14-2014 06:56:53 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

10-23-2012 03:09:16 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

08-16-2010 18:43:40 | More by Phyl21ca
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

02-25-2011 21:53:42 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

2.7/5  rDev -23.9%

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.

05-19-2011 17:40:17 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

09-04-2012 22:50:12 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -15.5%

05-05-2012 01:45:52 | More by ygtbsm94
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-18-2013 02:24:00 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -7%

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.

01-26-2011 20:25:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

11-16-2013 16:00:55 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

05-31-2011 23:42:14 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

05-05-2011 11:58:33 | More by oberon
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

12-31-2007 19:44:52 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

03-11-2007 02:19:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-21-2013 03:28:43 | More by nickfl
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

07-04-2006 08:02:38 | More by feloniousmonk
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

12-01-2009 19:05:03 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-12-2014 16:40:38 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +12.7%

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%

08-26-2007 21:09:28 | More by WesWes
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HopFish IPA from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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