HopFish IPA - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Reviews: 230
Hads: 717
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 11
Gots: 126 | 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: 230 | Hads: 717
Photo of arizcards
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received a bottle for helping a friend recently.

Beer poured a cloudy orange with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is pretty much all malt as i am not catching aromic hops.

Taste is pretty well balanced and easy to drink. Malts balance very well with grapefruit and mango. Residual hop residue is very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall this is a pretty decent beer. Not one that will knock your socks off but easy drinking and enjoyable nonetheless. (487 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pilsenerhaus in Hoboken.

This one starts promisingly but winds up being just another run-of-the-mill English style IPA I’m afraid. Looks nice enough, nearly clear amber color, nice cap of white foam, retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is fairly vivid, citric and fruity, with a noticeable sweet caramel malt character. Unfortunately the taste fails to deliver much beyond generic bitterness and more standard caramel malt notes. Faint fruity, citric, and herbal hop flavors but nothing too prominent, bland bitterness wins the day.

Mouthfeel is fine on tap, smooth, a little creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. This isn’t a bad beer but it left me feel a bit uninspired and maybe a little bored. (733 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle into a Victory Tulip.

Appearance: A hazy amber body with a very thin head that barely makes it up a full finger before it vanishes.

Smell: Light hints of passion fruit hit me up front with nice floral and grassy notes working their way in. The nose is very tropical and pleasant but also very subtle.

Taste: I get mango and bright lemon flavors up front. There is a nice floral element here as well. The hops eventually yield to a nice malt sugarness and the slightest bitterness. This is a very nice IPA. Nothing over the top but instead, a very balanced taste which takes care of my hop fix.

Mouthfeel: I thought there was just a tad too much carbonation here. It took away from some of the more subtle flavors. (740 characters)

Photo of CowsCanBark
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber (extremely light orange/gold in the light) with a two-finger off-white head that takes awhile to dissipate. Generous lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: Grapefruity hops, slight malts, not strong at all though.

Taste: A nice balanced combination of hops and malt, but seeing as I got this as a single, perhaps it was an old bottle (can't find a date), as the hops and malt flavors seem to have faded, and there is a tiny bit of metallic taste at the finish. Not overly bitter at all.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and moderate carbonation, it works with the flavors.

Overall: Certainly not a bad beer, but perhaps I need to try this again, because if the flavors didn't seem so faded it may have been better. (795 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in trade from mdaschaf, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge bubbly white head that shows great retention and lace. Smells of earthy and citrusy hops, with a bit of bready malt, some mineral aromas, and a bit of yeasty funk. Taste is a nice compromise between malt and hop. Earthy citrus meets bready mineral water and a hint of yeast funk. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a slick mouthfeel. Meh. This one is ok, but there's either some wild yeast working in this bottle or the beer was kept on the yeast too long after fermentation. No bottle dating so there's no telling how old this bottle is. (664 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hazy light coloured amber with little head or lacing. An odd "soda" mouthfeel with much small bubble carbonation in the mouth.

Muted aroma of caramelized malts with a hint of pineapple in the background. Flavours of malts and fruits as expected from the style. Lingering bitterness is pleasant, but lacking the hop finish for which I'd hoped.

Perhaps I've been unlucky with this bottle and will become enamoured with my remaining 5 - in which case I will change this review accordingly! (491 characters)

Photo of bigdeuce
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was very nice and tasty! Good looking beer with an outstanding white cap that left a bit of foam on my glass. Classic micro brew scent. Some pine scents on the nose, but also very malty. Not overly hoppy, but you must classify this as an IPA! Cannot see through the glass, much like a great hefeweizen. Nice tasting, buscuit base. Very pleased with the finish! Very fine brew! (386 characters)

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

A: unfiltered almost amber. Small slight off white head.

S: slight citrus. Fruit rollups.

T: almost fruity, sweet, malty not bready. Easy drinker.

M: thin and dry. Easy finish. No lingering bitterness.

O: easy drinking local ipa. Will drink on special. Good session ipa.

*Note had at the brewery and it was a completely different beer. Sooo much better. Notes of rose and flower. So good fresh. (402 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Office. Pours golden with a thick white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, some pale and caramel malt. Medium, crisp body. Citrucy hops, biscuit malt and hints of caramel fill the mouth. Finish is medium and hoppy. Light, easy drinking IPA. (251 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (264 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 12/03/11 notes. Had on tap at some restaurant out by Desales University in PA while visiting my sister.

a - Pours a hazy deep orange color with one inch of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of earthy notes, very light citrus hops, and light bready malts. Very bland, with only a hint of hops. Not great, pretty average.

t - Tastes of earthy notes, light floral notes, bready malts, grains. Again, very bland, and not much in the way of hops.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonatioin. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty average IPA. Nose had the faintest smell of hops to it, while the taste had none really at all. Not one of Flying Fish's finest and not one I'd seek out again. (732 characters)

Photo of Hophead717
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Thunder Burger DC. Poured into an English style pint glass.

A: Golden/orange with a one finger foamy head that hangs around for a bit. Some lacing.

S: A nice mix of orange and grapefruit. Some light hop notes, but citrus scents are more prominent.

T: Good, but bit boring to be honest. Some bitter hops and notes of grapefruit. The malt base is definitely there (and boring), reminding you that it is an English IPA.

M: Fairly light with good carbonation.

O: Good, but standard. Neither exciting, nor a letdown. (534 characters)

Photo of azdback
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Spaten Tumbler glass. A very hazy yellow orange color. There are quite a few tiny carbonation bubbles but they are just floating there. They look like sediment floating but they are bubbles. Weird. Head was a small one finger and an off white to tan color. Lace sticks minimally.

Smell is a bit on the musty side and really smells like overripe to rotten citrus. The house I grew up in was built in a grapefruit orchard and I remember this smell as a small boy. There is also some earth and bread or biscuit smells.

Taste is really close to the smell. The first thing is bright citrus but muted by the musty malt and yeast. It is a bit sweet but earthy.

Mouth is bright and a bit spritzy. Feel is a bit thin with a medium body and a short, dry finish.

Overall I didn't really like this, but that is because I really don't like English Style anything. The choice of malts and hops are spot on for the style but really not my choice to enjoy. I will score this with the style in mind though and if English IPA's are your thing, this might be worth searching out. (1,078 characters)

Photo of garuda
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazed, brilliant deep gold with a head that has good retention and lacing.

S/T - Grapefruit flesh, earthy pine hops, finishing with a rich caramel sweetness and not quite bitter enough, but shows balance, considering the style.

M - Hefty, full body, perfect carbonation, nice and smooth across the palate.

O - Good rep of the style with rich caramel malts and tropical fruit hop aromas. If it finished more bitter, rather than sweet, this would be great. (461 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: deep orange body, trace head, ok lacing

S: lemon grass, pine, earthy malt

T: lemon grass, earthy malt, slow bitter pine finish

M: med body, mild oily/sticky mouth

O: Don't know what to make of this IPA
or this brewery. I would be curious to try
more of their beer until I pass judgement.

SOLID IPA, NOT MUST HAVE! (322 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with 1/4" of head that quickly fades. Smells like bready malt and a little yeasty. Taste is bread-like malts up front and very faint hop character in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall, this is a mild example of the style. The hops are toned down and the malt is over played. The balance just isn't there. This would be a great English style Pale Ale. (405 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (529 characters)

Photo of 9InchNails
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Sideline Bar and Grill in Rockaway, NJ

Light copper to golden color in the body. Has a nice white head that turns into a film. Leaves behind nice creamy lacing on the glass.

I didn't get too much on the nose. Slight floral and citrus aroma.

The taste -- oh, the taste, this is delicious! Slight pine, juicy citrus and some bready malt and sweetness that really smooth things out.

Feels nice in the mouth. Easy to go down. Carbonation is medium and light in body.

I originally thought this was a tasty Pale Ale. Then I found out it was a IPA -- I was a little shocked because of the bitterness was kind of low. I like my IPA's very bitter but this Hopfish IPA had a sweet citrus and piney taste that kept me asking for another. (749 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium orange with a pillowy big white head leaving thick lacing with great head retention.

S: Cilantro and dandelion greens, weedy and herbal.

T: Fairly light malt character for the style. I enjoy the complexity of the hop flavours, orange creamsicle at first and light citrus which transitions into a sage play and finishes herbal and weedy more like the nose.

M: Frothy and medium-bodied, crisp carbonation in the finish, medium long appealing aftertaste.

O: On smelling the nose I was ready for disappointment, but this turned out pretty darn good. This is a balanced East Coast IPA, get any thought of San Diego out of your head because you wont get it. Enjoy a complex flavourful balanced ale. Good job Flying Fish. (753 characters)

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

L: Pours a nice amber copper color with a short and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass a little as the beer fades.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some orange hints, then a nice piney/citrusy hop aroma.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, nice bits of citrus (mainly orange) then a piney/citrusy hop finish to it.
M: Crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: Overall a decent IPA that has a good mix of everything and a reasonable abv. (487 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is overwhemingly of hops. Taste is also very hoppy, a touch of citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while not a bad beer, I thought it was lacking in balance. (269 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

took a break in between posting my rosso reviews to pop open this bottle so generously sent my way by mnbearsfan in the Good People Farm System BIF.

a - opened the bottle and filled my captain lawrence taster tulip. classic murky orange color with a very thin bubbly head. no lacing.

s - malty sweetness. nice ipa malt heavy.

t - surprising sweetness. good candy flavor. not a hop head's ipa, but a good beer. mostly malty sweetness.

m - very vibrant carbonation and nice feel. medium bodied. feels like a beer.

o - overall, very good beer. nice and smooth and great for a malty ipa. (588 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Ping Glass.

A - Pours a medium cloudy orange with a thin tan head. Good retention.

S - Sweet malts, citrus- mostly orange.

T - Citrusy - Orange and some white grapes.

D - No Bitterness, low carbonation, not sweet, which was nice. (259 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (435 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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. (559 characters)

HopFish IPA from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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