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HopFish IPA - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Reviews: 232
Hads: 734
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 22.28%
Wants: 12
Gots: 140 | 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: 232 | Hads: 734
Photo of TheBrewo
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a almost clear burnt orange color with a tight half finger head. This beer leaves rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is of citrus notes along with a herbal smell and a touch of dark fruit sweetness. The taste follows suit with a citrus and herbal flavor up front. This gives way to a dark fruit sweetness and then a very slight earthy bite. The mouthfeel is low to moderatly carbonated. Overall it is not bad. A nice blend of hops and malt, enjoyable but not great.

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Photo of arizcards
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of PatDreadful
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
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!

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of Hophead717
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of azdback
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of garuda
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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.


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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of 9InchNails
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of erosier
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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HopFish IPA from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.