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HopFish IPA - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 10
Gots: 98 | 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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Ratings: 685 | Reviews: 234
Photo of cosmicevan
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at manny browns in philly

Pours a clear golden color with some yellow hues. A white head fades out slowly with plenty of patchy lacing and film.

Scents of biscuit malt and grapefruit hops, some rind and fruit sweetness, but not overbearing.

Burst of hoppy citrus and bready malt. Somewhat sweet with biscuit and butter. Grapefruit and orange with rind and citrus juice. Finishes a bit dry and watery with some bread crust.

Medium body, higher carbonation, drinks okay. Pretty boring flavor, would like to see more of a hop profile too.

Photo of TheDudeRules
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Dark honey colored amber. One full finger of head when receded left some scant lacing. Sweet malt, biscuit and caramel in the nose. Maybe even a touch of tea too. Man.... This is a malt bomb to me. Huge turnoff. Comes across pretty creamy and smooth. Caramel like taste. Hop bite is non existent. Not at all what I am looking for.

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

Poured into a standard pint a slightly hazed burnt orange with a thinner long lasting white head,a big sweetish biscuit malt base reallty stood out at first sniff than herbal/leafy hop comes thru.Flavors of caramel and sweet biscuit mixed with herbal hops makes for a pretty good EIPA,this is what this beer is all about.Its not a bad beer for the style,if your looking for an in your face hoppy IPA this is not for you.

Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Monster Beverage, Pitman, NJ

Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a small white head. True to the name, lots of nice hops in the nose, and on the tongue as well. Citrusy hops with a nice bitterness, and a bready malt base. Light-medium body, nice and drinkable. Not too harsh or strong for an IPA.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.47/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber color, white head, decent lace. All good.
Aroma, belgian yeast, banana, no hops. Label checked, not a belgian ipa. Smells belgian.

Taste, tastes like a belgian east coast ipa. Hops nowhere to be found. Notice here it says English ipa, doesn't say that on the label, in fact, calling itself hopfish makes me think it might have, well, hops in it, but no.

This isn't a bad beer, it just fails to deliver as advertised. If this said "Belgian IPA" I would rate it higher, as it would be actually tasting like it was intended. The yeast was really the biggest flavor component here, bready, grassy.

Hides the alcohol ok.

Photo of Lerxst
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a semi hazy copper with a vigorous pour producing a one inch off white head that has good retention and left ample lace.

S-Hints of citrus and floral hops are there but are overwhelmed by bready malt.

T-The hops come through a bit more here, but seem more suited to a Pale Ale than an IPA. Citrus and floral hops bite but then the middle is all about the malt, slightly sweet. The malt subsides a bit upon finish and the hops bite at the back a bit with a slightly bitter finish.

M-On the light side of medium body, carbonation is just right, slightly dry. I'd prefer a fuller mouthfeel.

O-A decent enough IPA, but when there are so many other better options out there, why would I choose this one? Its not a bad beer, just nothing that makes me want to have another.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper color light white foam head fades fast to surface foam. Lightly carbonated, it gives the light foam a bit of movement.
A light hop aroma with a desent malty backbone.
Desently balanced with sweet malts and bitter hops. Hops have a floral and pine resin taste.
There's some biscuit at the finish.
Nothing offensive in this baby, it does have a dry finish and seems pretty balanced.

Photo of Jinholic
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear copper with a little carbonation visible, 1 finger of cream colored head thats didn't leave any lacing at all.

Smell - Grassy notes with sweet malts up front hop smell isn't strong on this at all.

Taste - Same as the smell almost grassy grain like up front with the hops on the back end and on the finish, nice hop taste lingers for a bit might be a little bitter.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied very crisp but I would not call this refreshing at all its very dry leaving me wanting water afterwards.

Overall - Not a bad session beer but not something I'd have everyday either, only due to its dry finish. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

Photo of HoppyToad
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of West Coast IPAs, but I also appreciate the traditional English style. So when HopFish showed up as a "new item" at my favorite Arizona beer store, I thought I'd give it a go.

A - Poured into a standard pub glass. Slightly hazy amber body. Frothy white head forms quickly and lingers for a minute before settling to a thin layer of bubbles. Lacing is present but minimal, no sticky resins.

S - It's an IPA, but surprisingly it's malt that comes through first. Bread and more bread, with a pleasant floral spice from the hops.

T - Tastes almost like it smells, with a hint of sweetness. Crisp hop finish. Well balanced.

M - Somewhat light for the style. Nice though.

D - This is a fresh, clean-drinking brew. Not quite a traditional English IPA, and not really an American IPA. Maybe not an IPA at all, given its breadiness. Yet highly drinkable.

Photo of chickencoop
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Total Wine/ Tempe, awesome store. Had some of these guys Exit Series, and was excited to try one of the regulars. Nice amber pour, nice caramel soft nose. This is a very creamy and smooth beer, and very tasty. This is the kind of beer i wish there were more of, smooth, tasty, and under 7% so you can have a few. Very highly recommend this, it's in AZ for all you CA folks...i will be picking up more of this when I head back down.

Photo of thebrood1987
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pinkano
4.37/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of shand
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of ism
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of jerseyjoebrew
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of great7dividers
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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