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HopFish IPA - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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HopFish IPAHopFish IPA

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Ratings: 616
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 50 | 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 CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

CuriousMonk, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of ism
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ism, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of jerseyjoebrew
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

jerseyjoebrew, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of rapidsequence
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

rapidsequence, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -7%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of great7dividers
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

great7dividers, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

claspada, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of tchenery
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

tchenery, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BrewCrew2010, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Georgiabeer, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

BeerDawgs, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of jsanford
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jsanford, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
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)

chinchill, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tigg924, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

CampusCrew, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

glid02, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of fear025
2.48/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

fear025, Aug 20, 2010
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
HopFish IPA from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 616 ratings.