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HopFish IPA - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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HopFish IPAHopFish IPA

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BA SCORE
81
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571 Ratings
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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 9
Gots: 35 | 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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thebrood1987

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12.7%

I'm pretty sure this is unfiltered because it has that unfiltered taste and look to it. Smells fruity from the hops mostly giving off a grapefruit and slight pine smell as the head of the beer turns into a rocky white froth. The taste is so well balanced. You get some sweet biscuity malt that tastes excellent with the fruity citric hops they use. Excellent malt backing to balance out those hops. The hops linger on the back of the tongue but in a weird way the malts come in very last minute again in the taste to not wash away the hop bitterness or taste but blend with it and kind of take the edge off the hops.

I normally wouldn't want this in an IPA but for some reason they really get the balance down good on this one because it still leaves that pretty bitter aftertaste. My only objection to this beer is that I wish they had freshness dates on it because I think mine might be kind of out of date because I know my store doesn't get brand new 6 packs of this stuff every week. I'd love to have this on tap and probably will since I live in NJ. My first flying fish beer and definitely not my last. The malt and unfiltered taste reminds me of the taste you get from the cricket hill ipa but this one has more hops to balance so I like this one better. Not a hop bomb but definitely an amazingly balanced IPA.

03-17-2011 00:05:51 | More by thebrood1987
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a hazy amber color with a thin beige head that retains ok. The aroma is mostly grainy, along with some faint citrusy, pine and herbal hops, fruity esters and just the suggestion of alcohol. The taste is a step up from the aroma, with big citrus and herbal hops upfront, along with some caramel and grainy malt, fruity esters, biscuit and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is on the thick side and grainy, and drinkability is good. A decent stab at an IPA, but the grainy mouthfeel and inauspicious aroma hold this beer back.

03-14-2011 01:26:04 | More by silver0rlead
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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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pinkano

Czech Republic

4.38/5  rDev +23.4%

A - a little bit hazy, but very nice gold and orange color with average head
S - oh my god, hops hops hops, this is so great. Very well balanced hoppy smell with light citruses in the background.
T - absolutely awesome and well-balanced hoppiness with light citruses in the background with nice bitter end
M - medium body with medium carbonation
D - definitely very much drinkable

02-23-2011 20:54:28 | More by pinkano
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shand

Florida

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

It pours a fairly clear (for the style) amber color with a fingers worth of head. Lacing and retention are below average. The smell is primarily pale malts, with some citrus and floral hops. The taste is very smooth and primarily bitter. The crisp pale malts, citrus, and smooth floral hops all come together for a very easy drinking bitter beer. The aftertaste does have a bit of resiny hops to make this feel more like an IPA. The mouthfeel is a little light, but can be forgiven. The drinkability is absolutely exceptional, I could see this disappearing very quickly. A solid beer and my first from the brewery - curious to how this will differ from their normal pale ale.

02-16-2011 02:57:24 | More by shand
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured a clear, light orange with a small, white head that mostly diminished. The aroma was light to moderate caramel malt and moderate Pine and citrus hops. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, lightly acidic and bitter, while the finish was moderately to heavily sweet and moderately bitter with and average duration. The flavor was malt then pine and citrus hops. The light to medium body was a little watery at first and then dry with fizzy carbonation and a moderately astringent finish.

02-14-2011 18:14:42 | More by CuriousMonk
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ism

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Upon the pour, the nose is most striking. Vibrant citrus floral with a smidge of earthy resin.

Pleasantly cloudy orange-hued body, topped with a bubbly-dense, 2-finger head with sparse, patchy lacing.

Gentle carbonation in a medium body, but fairly full for the style, with a bit of chewiness. Pale malt is the dominant flavor, with a pleasant bitterness balancing it, resulting in a tartless apricot-like juice. Resin emerges in the very short finish.

Very easygoing and smooth, and so non-offensiveness you wouldn't notice you downed the pack.

02-07-2011 23:40:40 | More by ism
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jerseyjoebrew

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%

A - pours an amber orange color with a small head which dissipates quickly

S - for an IPA, the malt has a solid presence that slightly wins its duel with the floral hop aroma.

T - a gentle bitterness alongside a comforting caramel flavor

M - Medium bodied

D - very smooth drink due to its malt/hop balance. I can notice the diminished hop character as this is not an American IPA, but actually an attempt at an English IPA.

02-03-2011 23:15:54 | More by jerseyjoebrew
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rapidsequence

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Very slightly hazy golden orange. Short lived head, some lacing.

Smell: Dry citrusy and floral hops. Some grainy, pale malt aroma.

Taste: Crisp and dry tasting with bitter grapefruit and a crackery maltiness. Very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated without becoming too sharp or tingly. Resiny finish.

Drinkability: This is a pretty solid IPA, not particularly English. Overall a dry, bitter citrusy beer thats not particularly malty, but with decent balance.

01-28-2011 01:59:40 | More by rapidsequence
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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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great7dividers

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Hopfish is an amber colored IPA with an off white foamy head that dissipates quickly. It appears very thick when poured in the glass, almost as if it is unfiltered. Stick your nose down close and you'll get a very gentle, but pleasing aroma of mixed floral accents. Not so much like hops, but like actual flowers. I found the aroma to be the most stimulating and intriguing part of this brew.

I wish I could say the same for the taste and feel. While it is a very easy drinker, this also means it is very light in mouthfeel and body. It actually has the weight in the mouth of a lager. And as far as the flavor is concerned, being an IPA, I expected a lot more hops (too much time spent drinking in California, I'm sure). The flavor does have some tasty, very floral (as implied by the aroma), hop tastes, but overall comes across as quite conservative.

I think I could have several of these to expand the enjoyment of the subtle flavors, but on its own, one bottle or glass doesn't pack the most memorable punch.

01-17-2011 16:51:57 | More by great7dividers
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claspada

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%

Aromas of muted pale malts with moderate amounts of citrus and floral hops. Mild, yet solid.

Tastes similar to how it smells; great balance of malt and hops here. Mildly sweet pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by citrus hop flavors. Midway through the citrus flavors fade just a bit and the hops turn slightly toward the bitter side with some leafy and earthy flavors. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending; never overbearing.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got adequate thickness with solid carbonation.

Overall this is a good IPA. Not an IPA you need to search out for but if you see it on draft it is a good choice over the average domestic selection. Recommended over non-craft selections, but nothing to wax poetic about.

01-08-2011 05:07:12 | More by claspada
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tchenery

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%

Hazy, russet gold color to the body. Slight head, not much to talk about.

Slight citrus notes, not as expected. Bready pale malt smell, very little hops. More of a classic English IPA which isn't noted on label but I see here.

Full flavored, but lacking hop bite and overall bitterness. More like a pale ale than an IPA on today's standards.

Chewy mouthfeel, very full bodied.

Very drinkable, I just won't be reaching for another soon.

01-08-2011 03:25:49 | More by tchenery
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

A: A clear straw yellow body topped with a puffy white head. Very little lacing.

S: Light citrus and floral hops with hints of bready and caramel malts. There are some yeasty notes as well. For an IPA, this has a very malty nose.

T: Am I drinking an IPA? Initial taste are slight citrus hops followed by sweet caramel malts. It quickly finishes dry and a bready aftertaste (although the aftertaste is not long lasting). Almost too light for an IPA even though it is still very well balanced.

M: Amost too light for this style with decent carbonation and a lean & crisp texture.

D: Like I said, almost too light for it's style, but extremely easy to drink. A great session beer, and I would pick it up again if it was at my local store.

01-03-2011 00:36:38 | More by BrewCrew2010
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.28/5  rDev -7.6%

Pours a light orange amber with a touch of cludiness and a short head. Smells somewhat grainy, but with a fruity overlay and some grassiness. The taste is grainier still, and the hop fruitiness tends to get lost, although there is a lingering bitterness and a little squirt of grapefruit juice near the end. Not as grainy in the mouthfeel, although overall this a fairly bland IPA. I've enjoyed their Belgian style beers more.

12-31-2010 22:23:50 | More by Georgiabeer
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%

A - An unfiltered golden amber color. Slight head. Minor lace retention.

S - Sweet hops.

T - A smooth IPA. Not bad. Dry finish. Malts at first, hops at the end.

M - Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

D - Good. The alcohol is hidden nicely. Very drinkable.

12-25-2010 01:44:07 | More by BeerDawgs
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jsanford

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a hazy orange-amber with thin, white head. No real lacing left on the glass.
S - Very malty for an IPA with a bit of earthy hop bitterness. Not bad, but unimpressive.
T - There's a good amount of caramel and biscuit malt, balanced nicely by the earthy, floral hops. Much like then nose, the flavors aren't knocking you over the head. Still, a pleasant IPA.
M - Medium-bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel and good carbonation.
D - It's good, and I'm enjoying this bottle, but I wouldn't go out of my way to have another.

Not bad for my first FF offering, I'm interested in trying more from them.

12-17-2010 04:24:04 | More by jsanford
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.56/5  rDev +0.3%

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)

12-04-2010 01:14:38 | More by chinchill
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12.7%

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, cloudy, orange/brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: floral hops, earth--similar to a Greenhouse Yankee Candle

Taste: earthy, greenhouse, floral hops and some caramel malt

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweetish start--bitter middle with a finish that gets sweeter, dry

Drinkability: I could have several. Just a great earthy, floral beer that is not overly hopped. One of the more distinct IPAs I have had that I wish I could get here.

11-22-2010 15:10:08 | More by tigg924
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CampusCrew

Florida

4/5  rDev +12.7%

appearance: golden, amber, reddish

smell: sublte hops and citrus aroma, carmamel bread aromas

taste: balanced and not extremely hoppy IPA. but great flavor, very sessioanable

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: fantastic brew. its not a hop bomb ale but it's a decent selection. could have used more hops

11-21-2010 02:00:03 | More by CampusCrew
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glid02

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev +7%

On-tap at Drinker's in Philadelphia.

Pours a hazy copper color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted pale malts with moderate amounts of citrus and leafy hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though both malt and hop influences are more robust. Mildly sweet pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip the citrus flavors fade just a bit and the hops turn slightly toward the bitter side with the addition of leafy and earthy flavors. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass with no problems however I'm not entirely sure about another.

Overall this was a middle-of-the-road IPA, nothing done terribly and nothing done terribly well either. Not worth seeking out but if there are no other options (as was the case at Drinker's) it's not a bad choice.

10-25-2010 00:31:03 | More by glid02
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fear025

Illinois

2.48/5  rDev -30.1%

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.

08-20-2010 21:42:47 | More by fear025
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured from the the bottle into a standard pint glass, color is a pale amber with light head that dissipates and rings the glass and clings lightly.

Smell is of biscuity malt, lightly caramely with solid underlying hop notes.

Taste is a well balanced caramel flavored malt with lightly bitter, slightly citrusy hop finish. Flavors mix well together.

Mouthfeel is well balanced, a nice feature of the variety pack collection of flying fish, flavors hit well throughout the mouth.

Another very drinkable flying fish, brew, I need to have a few more of their brews more regularly.

08-18-2010 02:17:48 | More by mvanaskie13
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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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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%

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

08-13-2010 00:44:22 | More by Huhzubendah
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