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HopFish IPA - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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HopFish IPAHopFish IPA

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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 45 | 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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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mvanaskie13, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
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

Huhzubendah, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of Sneers
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice gold color with lively carbonation and a moderate head that remains as a thin sheet and leaves a good bit of lacing

Smell: Light citrus hops (pineapple?) with a sweet bready malt aroma, but fairly faint overall

Taste: A citric hoppiness that is moderate at best. For all the lacing that's going on, I'd except a greater hop presence. There's also a light sweetness that seems new to me; it's sweet without edging on syrupy. I enjoy the flavor combination quite a bit, but it's a bit too thin, I'm afraid; I'd enjoy this one quite a bit more if the flavors were turned up a few notches.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, a little more body would do this one good.

Drinkability: Insofar as the taste and mouthfeel are concerned, it's light enough to keep on drinking.

This one is definitely a lighter IPA; perhaps a good starting point for one wishing to get into hoppier beers. That said, I really like each quality of this beer, but do think it would benefit from an overall, though not necessarily huge, intensity boost.

Sneers, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'd like to challenge this beer being advertised as an IPA.

It looks (and, to a lesser degree, smells) like a straight up English-style IPA. Light-to-moderate hop aroma. Amber, earthy hue.

Not all that long after it starts to warm up it takes on the smell and taste of an ESB - in fact, the qualities are not all that dissimilar to FF's ESB, which is pretty darn good. Moderately malty and just a touch of hops.

Warming up even further - close your eyes and swig - this is an American ESB, straight up. Not at all bad, but still, not what you'd normally peg as an (East Coast) IPA.

Is this chameleon of a brew really an IPA? Is it a ESB? What's going on here?

UPDATE: Tried this again - 08/25/10. It was bottled today. I was interested to try this fresh, for obvious reasons. I'll restate my previous opinion/observation that this beer has striking ESB qualities - in mouthfeel and flavor. If you take away the soft, tropical fruit essence to the hop aroma - different (unique?) but nice - you have an ESB. They nailed the mouthfeel and and flavors of the English ESB's I adore - one of the few US breweries I feel has done it. But, really, going into this, I'm thinking IPA and it doesn't meet my expectations (of American versions). I'm willing to offer, however, that the HopFish is best viewed as a unique take (strictly in the hop character) on a true English IPA. Unfortunately, I haven't had much experience at all trying English IPA's - Deuchar's IPA from Scotland is the closest I've come to it, and even that isn't exactly what I'm getting at here. The closest thing to Deuchar's IPA I've had over here is Left Hand's 400 Pound Monkey. The closest thing I've had to Flying Fish's HopFish has been Bateman's XXXB (excellent ale!). Anyway, if you can locate a bottle of the Bateman's XXXB, try it, and imagine it with an almost pina colada hop aroma and flavor. That's what I feel is going on with the HopFish. Interesting brew, for sure. Not what I'm accustomed to as far as American IPA's go.

Bouleboubier, May 16, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is not a memorable beer, but it is a pleasant and refreshing beer.

Pours a clear amber, like a medium color honey, with a big fluffy head. Both the flavor and the aroma are malty and sweetly raw, like the freshly boiled wort of a beer before the yeast starts it work. The hops are fresh and flowery, with a little bit of a piny finish. There is a little bitterness on the end, but it is sweet and citrusy, like a mild marmalade. The mouthfeel is slick and slightly flat.

Seanibus, May 16, 2010
Photo of AdamMY
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice golden color, with a small but sustaining head.

The Aroma is nice and fruity, I get hints of tropical fruits, oranges and apples. It also has slight hints of a malt characteristic, though definitely not roasted malts.

The taste is good, but leaves a lot to be desired. Decent bit of hops with the bread like character of malt. The most prominent flavor is orange rind. But I feel like this is missing something to make it complete, like possibly a sweeter fruity note.

The finish is the orange rind just fading away slowly.

The mouth feel also leaves quite a bit to be desired, the carbonation is there but it all tastes rather acidic. Which leads to the drinkability. This beer is nice and refreshing, but the whole time I feel like its stripping away at my mouth.

AdamMY, May 09, 2010
Photo of keanex
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with no freshness date into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy amber with a very thin white head and some carbonation showing through.

S: Rather bland, slight fruits and slight earthy hops.

T: Really tame, rather boring in the taste as well. There's a bready malt base with light citrus notes throughout and a semi-dry slightly piney finish.

M: Medium bodied, but a bit thin, with fizzy carbonation throughout.

O: I remember this being much better in the past, perhaps the recipe has changed, maybe my palate has gotten better, or maybe the Hopsecutioner I just drank just dwarfs this, but it's very bland. It's very drinkable, but there's not much going on here, at least it's available at a good price.

keanex, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of irishking1977
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, bright golden ale that poured with an insanely large white frothy head that left equally insane lacing.

S: Somewhat muted for an IPA, but I do detect, surprise, surprise, hops and pine.

T: One of the more milder IPA's I've had in recent weeks, but still maintains that hoppy pine citrus taste with a bitter and oild background/finish that is a staple of these kind of brews. Becuase the hops doesn't leave my tongue virtually paralyzed, it probably increases it's drinkability.

M: Hops sit on the tongue for some time, but the lingering bitterness does not linger for too long. More carbonated than it looks.

D: A good interpretation of the style, and I must admit I am a bit surprised at this one in that I have noticed that Flying Fish brews tend to be hit or miss. A decent session IPA that won't eviscerate your palate too much.

irishking1977, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of jhammel01
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle into my MTB Standard pintglass. Poured a little aggressive but nothing really happens. A little bit of a head but it doesnt last. Did I get an old beer??
Nice and clear amber beer. It looks very clean. Very appealing

Smells good! Much like Id expect from an IPA..nice and hoppy! mmm...

The taste consists of some good solid hops with maltiness in the background. Plenty of bite in the end with a little bit of a malty aftertaste. Almost metallic?? Kind of odd..

A light mouthfeel for sure. Its almost watery but theres nothing wrong with that. Looking forward to getting more of this when it heats up this summer! (its only feb...ugh)

jhammel01, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from LSUExplorer03. Thanks for the opportunity. <Jeremy2002 = bad trader>

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" off-white head above the clear amber brew. Head falls slowly, with average to good lacing. Aroma is fruity and earthy. Taste starts biscuity malts, lightly citrus in the middle, and closes with a medium bitterness. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is good.

ppoitras, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of ClassicBrad
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber orange-yellow with very little head or lacing.

Smells of spicy hops and alcohol heat.

The taste seems a little lacking but has a strong, citrusy hop profile.

Mouthfeel is adequate and drinkability are enough but the taste is a little watery and ends up reminding me of carbonated water with hop bite and a little malt.

I'd probably have given this beer a much higher score if it was a Pale Ale by style.

ClassicBrad, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of deereless
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Tons of active carbonation streaming up through the beer though the head stays pretty consistent at a pencil's thickness, the color is a medium copper, the head is thick and tightly packed and leaves some lacing as the beer drops - 3.50, S: The nose is quite biscuity and bready, there's also a decent amount of citrus that comes through and a mild orange-like sweetness - 3.00, T: Though there is a noticeable hop presence - this beer skirts the line between a pale ale and an IPA in my opinion, some pine and pineapple jumbled with some caramel malts - 3.50, M: There's a little syrupy-ness which provides a smoothness to the mouth feel - 4.00, D: A decent IPA, pretty standard - 3.50

deereless, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of Hypersomnia
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass from a bottle.

The color is a nice brownish/amber with a finger or so of head that turns into a ring around the glass. Good amount of carbonation.

Aroma is maltiness and hops, quite nice. Lots of different citrus or tart fruit notes, grapefruit and maybe a bit of apricot being the ones I seem to notice. The nose is a bit tight though.

Flavor is excellent, nice maltiness followed by a nice bathing of hops, with a noticeablely sweet grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, has good velvety texture to it, with some obvious oiliness from the hops.

An odd thing I tend to notice in beers and I notice in this one is that it burps quite well. Very tasty on the burp front, this gains extra points for drinkability.

This is certainly not the most complex IPA but it is very drinkable and enjoyable.

Overall, this is a highly drinkable brew, I could consume many of these and be very happy. An above average IPA that I recommend as a good session brew when your not looking for something to "ruin" (I'm looking at you Stone) your taste buds.

P.S.: Stone Ruination is great just packs a real wallop and may not be the most sessionable brew, but there are different beers for different occassions.

Hypersomnia, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of brauseboof
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a fairly clear, pale yellow, small in head, and fading fast.
Had to work a bit on the nose. Was bready, yeasty at first, then a bit malty, with perhaps a hint of pears.
Well-balanced between the malt and grapefruit bitterness.
This is a subtle brew, and I prefer more hopiness. However, it's a very soild, drinkable ale.

brauseboof, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of magine
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a copper colored brew, with a thin white head that settles to an island of lace. Minimal lacing.

The brew smells of citrus hops, very floral nose. Can pick up a bit of malt also.

Wow, not what I expected. Has a smooth mouthfeel; a malty taste and as you drink you are left with the hop flavors. Slight peppery mouthfeel as you drink as well. This is a very refreshing tasting brew, almost a sweet floral taste. Nice balance, although I was looking for the hops in this one.

This is a good brew, very tasty and refreshing. This would be a very good brew to drink in the summer at a BBQ. Good.

magine, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

drabmuh, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of jeffthecheff
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved as an extra. No date code on the bottle.

Pours a light copper color with a white head. The head has a nice formation for a low carbonated ale. There isn't too much structure, just a flat cap of foam. It dies down to a small cap. Lacing is great.

The nose has a mild hoppiness with a light, sweet crystal malt presense and slightly fruity, English yeast. This beer isn't aggressively hopped like most IPA's, but it works as it has a subtle, cilantro herb quality to it.

The flavor of this beer, like the aroma, is quite gentle. This beer is reminding me more of a great pale ale than an IPA. Bitterness is on the light side. Citric hops and sweet malt combine to make a candy like flavor. The herbal character I found in the aroma comes through again and reminds me of tea.

Mouthfeel is light and dry. Carbonation is spot on. Very gentle carbonation, just how I like it. Outstanding drinkability, if I had another bottle I would have it right now.

jeffthecheff, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. I don't see any date or info on the bottle.

Thanks go out to NeroFiddled for yet another extra in a trade!

A - The pour was highly effervescent and mainly clear with no action. The color is a good golden-yellow/light pale amber orange. The head is bone-colored and rose up quickly to lower just as quickly. A bit of nice lacing.

S - The nose is fairly mild for an IPA. A mediocre helping of citrusy hops. A touch of grapefruit and honeydew melon with a well-balanced malt backbone. The hops are pretty mild. I hope I didn't wait too long on this one. :/

T - The flavor exhibits the same lack of hops that the nose does. They are too mellow. The honeydew and grapefruit aromas are traded for plain honey sweetness and a very mild hop splash at the end. Not really bitter but still dry. Has a very tiny cidery hint to the aftertaste.

M - Just a bit fizzy for my liking, it tingles the tongue and throat close to a soda feel. Light-medium in body and rather bland, it finishes dry with a cidery pucker.

D - I wish I could have had it sooner as I'm sure it only would have been better than this but it's not awful. It just needs a bit of work to get up there. The hops are really lacking, otherwise it's drinkable in this form.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of drtth
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer as served is a clear, bright copper color with a ¼" thick white head that recedes fairly soon but leaves a nice pattern of lacing. Sipping enhances the lacing. However before long the head has receded to a small ring with a thin patch of foam and for most of the beer sipping leaves only minimal lacing.

Smell: The aroma is balanced between the sweet caramel malt with some fruity, citrus hops that seem to contain grapefruit and orange zest.

Taste: The flavor is smooth and rich with the caramel malt backbone dominating but also showing some bitterness from the hops. The hop flavors are citric with some faint piney notes mixed in and blending with the orange and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium-bodied and has some smoothness with the light carbonation. The finish is medium length and ends dry and lightly bitter.

Drinkability: As I noted in my bottle review, this beer drinks easily. I think it is a bit better on draft than from the bottle even though the carbonation seems less. However as I noted in my bottle review, given its balance of flavors my feeling is this beer is much closer to an English style IPA than to an American style IPA. I could easily have a second, and I'll certainly drink it again (in fact, I just did ☺ ).

drtth, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of thain709
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A golden orange body...the head was white and stood about a finger and a half...lacing was okay

S - A surprising citrus hop nose with some caramel sweetness in the back

T - The malts come in and dominate the flavor...the malts present the caramel flavor...but also present is a buttery biscuit flavor as well...the two pair nicely...the hops are pretty subdued in the taste...they make an appearance at the end but it's not a bitter aftertaste...rather it's a grapefruit sweetness

M - Medium bodied...actively carbonated...lacked the bitterness...but crisp

D - After having the Extra Pale Ale I was rather surprised with this IPA...almost boarders on being an English IPA as the hops are pretty mellow...granted there are some better IPA's out there...but this one is worth a try

thain709, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a light golden with very little head. Not too hoppy on the nose, quite malty. There's a bit of lacing but not much else to speak of.

Taste is like an oktoberfest, mmm. Looks like the hops have fallen out but this isn't bad I think it's quite tasty.

kingcrowing, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of mandaspoon
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't get the chance to pour this one out yet.

S - Smells sweet like fruit and warm sugar with a hint of grassy hops

T - Up front malty burnt sugar flavor eases nicely into a relaxed grassy hops flavor while still maintaining so sweetness.

M - Good prickle of carbonation compliments the well rounded flavor.

D - A good beer all around. Well constructed and nicely balanced between flavor and mouthfeel.

I tend to like a stronger, more hoppy IPA, but I wouldn't mind this one again. Give it a shot if you're in the area.

mandaspoon, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of thespaceman
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my DFH signature glass:

Appearance: A nice copperish/amber in color, minimal size head with a decent pour. Hopfish leaves a thin line of lacing around the glass, with decent head retention.

Smell: Deep notes of citrus blast the nostrils, a tinge of malt is detectible yet faint. Grapefruit, plum, and small bits of toasted malt are firm and nicely balanced.

Taste: Hop flavors aren't very reisnous like most IPA's but very subtle. I get citrus properties with a small dosage of malt in the backbone. The finish consists of a small drop of alcohol bite with plenty of malt. This beer features a little more malt then I tend to enjoy in my IPA's but is at least balanced with the hops and evens it all out.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is at a medium, the smoothness from the malt is very refreshing, although bitterness is low for a IPA. This one is slick on the tongue and is a bit wet.

Drinkability: Overall, it was a decent offering just not my cup of tea when it comes to IPA's. Although the hops are present, the malt really overshadows everything else in the glass. I really did like this, but if the malt was toned down this would be a regular in my rotation.

thespaceman, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a nice pour at a local bar into an American pint glass. Copper hue, with a nice long-lasting and lacing head. I was surprised to see that some people mentioned a lack of hops in the nose and the taste; maybe it was a bad batch or being accustomed to so many crazy-hopped double ipa's currently on the market, but I found the nose to be both floral and bitter hoppy, combined with traces of grapefruit, orange, and lime. Also detected a malty sweetness. The flavor was very similar, with the fruitiness up front, giving way to malty sweetness, and finished off with dry hop bitterness. The bitterness lingered significantly in the aftertaste. Definitely a malty, fairly full bodied specimen for an ipa, but the aroma/flavor made it go down easy. A very good session ipa.

donniecuffs, Aug 27, 2009
HopFish IPA from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.