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HopFish IPA - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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231 Reviews
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Reviews: 231
Hads: 723
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 12
Gots: 129 | 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

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 01-22-2005

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Reviews: 231 | Hads: 723
Photo of KTCamm
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pale clear gold, some white foam, more around the rings. See through. Strong minty pine nose. Light hoppy taste, thin but bitter. Peppery mouthfeel. Peppermint. Floral. Pretty good, little light on the body. (254 characters)

Photo of v161
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think this is a good Summer time beer. It's a IPA that's a little lighter on the overall hopiness. The bite is not overpowering in the begining, and then that mellows into a rich mouth feel. A lightly floral smell helps to open up the flavors of the hops without becoming overpowering. Also it's moderate alcohol content makes this an easy drinking brew on a hot Summer day. (376 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a craft beer pint

A- Honey golden, with some sediment suspended in the body. One finger off white head produces some sticky lacing.

S- Bready malt, with a spicy piney hop character.

T- Pale malt flavor, with just a slight hop spice. No big hop character in taste.

M- Medium body, a little sticky, and a fairly dry aftertaste.

O- I'd like more hop flavor and aroma. Bitterness is there however. (424 characters)

Photo of WissBrauSean
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an amber/light brown colour and is quite clear with a nice two finger head that lasts as very interesting dinosaur patterns on the glass.

The aroma of sweet amber malts is the most obvious of aromas and then as you agitate the beer aromas of bread and citrus tantalize your nose as well as some mild buttery notes. Yum! Fairly English in aroma for sure.

Tastes very English in malts and quite malt forward moving towards a bit of tart grapefruit and other mild fruits while blending with some earthy hop bitterness. Not overly bitter and ending slightly dry, mildly bitter and peppery.

The mouthfeel is creamy with light to moderate body and fairly playful carbonation.

Overall I like this beer and it has a definite English feel to it, but the yeast and the hops seem to be a bit off. The yeast seems to impart a biscuity and almost Belgian taste to it and the hops seem to be more on the lines of Pacific Northwest in format. I don't know what they use. It's a good beer and very drinkable! I like it! It's not incredible or awesome, but very satisfying on a warm evening! 3.5 out of 5! (1,108 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is a burnt straw with more than a finger of white head that enjoyed some decent retention. Mild hop nose, but not much of character at all. Malty for an IPA. Also, this offering had a odd citrusy sweet flavor to it. There are also both sweet and dry notes on the finish.

This tastes like a failed attempt at blending an East Coast IPA with a West Coast IPA. Perhaps they should give it another go with a modified recipe. (433 characters)

Photo of da_beers
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a slightly hazy coppery amber, darker towards top than bottom. 2.5 fingers of head dissipating slowly. Low carbonation.

S - some fruitiness of the bat with sweet malts, a faint bit of hops. Not overloaded whatsoever.

T - strange, in a good way. Very unique. Somewhat sweet yet tangy notes. A bit of orange citrus. English malts are somewhat heavy.

M - smooth yet tart. Crisp finish. Light to medium bodied.

O - decent. Drinkable but not overall a huge fan. A lighter IPA for sure. (498 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Flying Fish Brewing Company - HopFish IPA

Look - Almost clear copper amber with a good sized soapy head. Some chunky lacing.

Smell - Deep caramel malts with slight piney resin hops over it. Just OK.

Taste - Malty English tangy with some bitter resin hops. Generally kinda taste compared to the other aspects, but not amazing.

Mouthfeel - Slight bitter dry like most EIPAs. Not boozy. Fairly drinkable but generally blah.

Overall - Good, but certainly not great. I have never been a big fan of EIPAs and this is not one of the few that I have had that is an exception to the rule. Would not get again, generally would not recommend. (636 characters)

Photo of linkmon
2.32/5  rDev -35.6%
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. :( (469 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
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 (1,409 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Good size white head, nice hazy copper color with good head retention and lacing.

Smell is minimal at best. A little grassy hops.

Taste is a good bit better than the aroma. Toasted malt flavor is rich and pronounced with a grassy hops bitterness at the end. This is English IPA all the way...strong flavor, just not a strong hoppy presence,

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. The hops bitterness at the end is qelcome.

I prefer American IPAs but this is a good beer...an IPA for those that don't care for hop bombs. (559 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rimming eggshell head over bright bronze.
Big floral and tangerine fresh hop nose.
Mango and bread dough then light lemon zest, Orangina and spruce hops - very Cascadey.
Sunny D finish and waxy rind linger.
Light to medium, clingy, soft.

Nose overpromises. A bit thin, plays more like an APA. Not really English (as labelled) and I miss the Nugget.

A meh intro to Flying Fish. (383 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hops are added to this beer five different times. Quintuple hops brewed HopFish! On to the beer:

Glowing orange colored with a small head which forms on the pour, dropping to a thin lace on top. Gently swirling the glass around does restart the head and gives off a few streaks of lacing which stick to the glass. This doesn't smell like much of an IPA. There is a light mango aroma, mixed with some diacetyl and earthy malts. For an English-styled one, the nose is okay, but if rated like an American one, the score would certainly be deducted from where it stands.

Tastes English, and from the aroma, I sensed that it would. A little earthy and complimented with diacetyl in its base. Vague minerals makes an appearance, then comes a quick strike of vague tropical fruit. I also get a note which reminds me of the Turkish Delight that I once tried when I would much younger. HopFish is a medium bodied beer with pleasant and smooth carbonation, yet brings a gentle crispness that cleans the palate, which is arguably the best aspect of the beer.

Acceptable beer on its own, on the soft side when pitted against the style. It won't grab headlines, however there is still a number of beers which it beats. (1,210 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden amber with orange highlights. Solid head, lacing and retention. Citrus up front in the nose followed by biscuity and lightly caramel malts. Taste brings citrus hops with a bit of pine and earth, malt is lightly sweet, slightly caramel and nutty. Medium bodied, maybe a bit too bubbly. Decent drinkable IPA, nothing remarkable. (340 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To my knowledge my first english ipa. 12oz to a specialty pint glass. Enjoy by 5/13 date

Pours a nice neural gold with two fingers of foam. A mild carbonation stems from a single part of the glass among a mild cloud of yeast. Retention and lacing are good, only real fault is all the suspended yeast. Aroma of some spicy hop with a strong malty background. To my understanding that's dictated by the style. Some citrus present, taken a bit aghast by the malt, used to my hoppy west coast ipa. Taste is really good, nice crisp hops balanced perfectly with the malt. Feel is consistent also, dry finish, no alcohol and very bitter. Overall surprised how much I liked this, quite balanced. (687 characters)

Photo of beagle826
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle. Light amber color with solid 2-finger head. Aroma is citrus-y, but a bit lacking for an IPA. Taste matches the aroma, solid citrus, but maybe a bit stale in the finish. Overall a solid IPA. However, with all the solid IPA options out there, not sure if I'd make it a go to. (295 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> World Market Tulip glass

This beer pours up a clear medium gold with about a one finger head, not much retention, but some risidual lacing. The smell is very citrus, floral, and pine. Malt dominates up front followed by a powerful grapefruit and spicy hop bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pretty nice, medium thick and satisfying. I'd drink this again. (370 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a translucent dark orange with a large white frothy cap on top. Great retention; lots of sticky lace rings left behind. Nice clean citrus aroma wafts out. Lemon, orange slices, leafy hops. A good bit of zip to this.

Crisp, refreshing feel. Drinks very nicely. Great bitter snap that is full of flavor. Bitter citrus rinds, a touch of pepper, leafy herbs - that transforms into a a mellow sweet finish of honeycrisp apples and tangerine.

This one really surprised me. It was so easy to drink and had a great balance of mild bitterness with a touch of sweetness. I will make sure to get some more of this. Just remember this isn't supposed to be Sculpin or Stone IPA and the like, so please don't review it like it is. This is an EIPA, and a good one at that. (805 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper amber hue with a medium lasting off white head. Aroma and Taste of caramel malt, floral citrus hops, yeast and fruity esters. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is caramel malt, citrus floral hops, some yeast, seems a bit on the malty side. Overall a typical IPA nothing really stand out but good drinking brew. (349 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer and left some lacing on the glass. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Nice citrus and grapefruit aroma with some slight toasted and caramel malts. The aromas were a bit light and hard to detect.

Taste: Pretty tasty EIPA with nice blending of above aromas and subtle bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: smooth, low to medium carbonation, crisp, low to medium bodied, and easy to drink.

Overall: Pretty solid score here on my travels from Boston to MD and back over Thanksgiving. Will look for this one next time I head back down in that area. (716 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Slightly hazy golden color with two-finger, white, foamy, creamy head that lasted several minutes. Great lacing.

S: Toasted malt and citrus hops.

T: Light sweetness and moderate to solid hop bitterness. Light grapefruit flavors and toasty malt. Somewhat mild.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O: Started out nicely, but was a bit too mild in the end. (391 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very good, well-rounded IPA.

Pale, golden amber, it has a smallish off-white head very slowly shrinking to thin ring, a few wisps of lace.

Aroma is nice jammy, citrusy, minty hop, juicy yeastiness, bread, hint of golden raisin.

Taste is jammy marmalade, raisiny alcohol, medicinal herb hint. It's balanced but with hop bite just getting the edge at finish & aftertaste. It's spritzy with leafy medicinal, faintly orange-rind finish and bitterness, with a little mineral. It's very good and enjoyable, if a bit simple and slightly thin. (548 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small rant: if you are a server at a restaurant and this is on the tap list...don't sell this as an IPA. This beer is not an stock IPA. I immediately picked up th Saaz hops in smell and taste. I thought it was a lager from first sip.

After looking this beer up on BA, I realized the Server's mistake. I immediately re-started my review.

The beer is light yellow with a little foam. You get the Saaz grassiness from the nose and not much else.

The body is light and drinkable with decent balance and simple flavoring.

Nothing is wrong with this beer, but nothing is exceptional either. (588 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off tap at Jack Dunnigan's in the airport this beer was an apricot color with some golden highlights. The head, formed by lots of rising carbonation, was beige colored and displayed nice retention and moderate lacing. The aroma was of American hops, some orange and mango notes (Amarillo hops?) and a note of must. The flavors were rather average I thought, being mostly a blend of crystal malt, pale malt and citrus from the hops. It was not as bitter as most American-made IPAs and though sessionable it seemed uninspired. The body was medium, the mouthfeel average and the carbonation a little too high. (606 characters)

Photo of projectflam86
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white foam head that leaves good lacing. A decent amount of sediment is seen floating around.

S- A little clean and lacking hop aroma for an IPA, even an EIPA. Some faint toasted grain and a touch of alcohol.

T- A nice hoppy bitterness initially with a sweet grainy finish. Biscuit malt and light caramel flavors help to balance out some of the bitterness.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O- Overall a decent brew. (483 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was served from the tap at The Office in Montclair, NJ. The beer arrived in a flared pint glass. Glowing a golden amber color, this drink sported a one finger tall tan head. Retention was good, leaving sticky, spidery lacing down the sides of the glass. There was the slightest haze, and carbonation appeared medium. The nose showed massive piney hops, medicinal phenols, apricot, and raspberry sweetness. These fruity inclusions really popped. On the back a lemon cleanliness appeared, along with some fusel booze and nail polish remover. Our first impression upon sipping was that this guy showcased a nice hoppy variety. As we sipped coppery caramel malts hit first, with a rich balance from juicy and piney hops. These were nicely sweet and fruity. The middle peaked with a bitter piney resin, with fresher earthy hops mixing in. The grain here was souring, with lemony freshness as in the nose. We finished on sweeter notes of honey, floral hops, more lemon, and caramel and pale malts. The end was well balanced and sweeter than the rest of the taste. The aftertaste breathed of that same hop cone earthiness, metallics, and a hollow chemical bite. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. A grassy astringency was streaked down the tongue, with a soft and creamy coating following each sip. Slurp and smack were nice, and the beer was easy drinking. Abv was appropriate.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the insane fruitiness in the nose. These notes blended beautifully and sweetly with big piney hops. The following taste was almost as nice, but all the components become a bit muddled by the end with all of the stark flavorings crashing together. Strong effort for the style, and always happy to drink local. (1,754 characters)

HopFish IPA from Flying Fish Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.