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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:
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(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 01-22-2005)
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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker "pint" glass. Appears a hazed golden amber color with about a finger of creamy off whit foam.

Smells and tastes of citrusy hops such as lemon, orange/tangerine, and grapefruit, as well as sweet, lightly toasted grains and caramel.

This ale is maybe a notch above medium in body and seems to be amply carbonated for the style.

An IPA that was a pleasure to drink. Quite enjoyable. Flying Fish seems to get passed over by many in favor of the other philly area beers and that, to me, is a shame.

ClockworkOrange, May 05, 2009
Photo of BigMike
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a yellow orangish color with a finger and a half of white head.

nice floral and citrus aroma. A little bit of caramel malty sweetness is present also.

Nice flavor combo. Some citrus and sweetness with the slightest hoppy bitterness in the finish.

This isn't an extraordinary IPA but i must admit it is very solid and tasty for what it is.

Good mouth feel with a decent amount of carbonation and it's fairly balanced.

I like this one.

BigMike, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of bonkers
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Swedes Inn. It pours a clear gold with a medium white head, minimal lacing. The aroma had pine and citrus notes, but not overwhelming. The flavor was crisp and clean. There were mild citrus notes and the finish was plesantly bitter. Hopfish is medium bodied with average carbonation. It went down very smooth. A very good beer. In my opinion more of an APA but still enjoyable.

bonkers, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of mempath
4.83/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

after the very disappointing 'extra' pale from FF last night, figured i'd just keep things consistent and open. poured into a nonick pint.

appearance is a lovely deep-bright straw tending towards marmalade orange...big ecru head that slides down in slow motion leaving unique, consistent lacing. so far so good. and better. appears pretty carbonated...

hop smells jump out of the pint from 6 inches away! deep inhale reveals strong (but not too much) hop aroma. balanced. another swirl and a nice semi-sweet malty/cereal sense reveals itself. and there, more unfolded (on this very spring-like day), the floral-citrus bouquet.

taste is really tremendous, better than expected, deep/rich hop fullness without the bite...yet it's not like something is held back...and even the maltiness, though expected to crash through the small hop offensive line, doesn't dare try to trump the hops. as someone said here, it would give the hop-afraid drinker a good sense of hop flavor. but even hop heads can rejoice in this truly impressive craft brew. very well balanced, all the ingredients meld perfectly...leading to near perfect mouthfeel due to spot on carbonation allowing for some crispness but not too much so, letting a creamy-thickness to play around.

very very drinkable. for what this IS it is nearly perfect. this is so saved from being just 'good' due to the sweetness staying ever so peripheral. the hops are alert but relaxed. i don't know why this seems so perfect yet so unique. truly sublime. no food suggestions come to mind...this needs nothing but your relaxed, open mind and mouth! thanks FFish for redeeming yourself. i am floored.

i want more! glad to know this is more or less local! i plan to pick up a case of the SN Torpedo and compare.

mempath, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Golden to amber brown with very slight slight head, low carbonation to no carb

Smell- Cirtusy, herbal, lots of hops, strong inviting nose of rich hop notes

Taste- Very good hoppy flavor, citrus y and as in the nose herbal hop presence, nice long lasting hoppy and bitter finish

Mouthfeel- low carb as in appearance, light in body and on the tongue

Drinkability- great long lasting finish that leaves you wanting another sip, a pretty good ipa with rich tasting hops and worth another look for sure

Stunner97, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of whitehouse50
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. orangey yellow color, pretty clear.

S- smells slightly bitter with pleasant hop aromas but nothing too overpowering.

T- almost a perfect balance between slightly bitter and citrus hops. its like someone mixed a hoppy pilsner and ipa together

M- average body. this one is easy to drink as it is not overwhelmingly hoppy but nicely balanced as is.

Overall this was a nice drinking IPA and one of my favorite beers to give my friends who are hesitant of trying IPA's, because it has that slight bitterness to it complimented by the hops which helps introduce a novice to them without turning them off.

whitehouse50, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of sprucetip
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good start. Beautiful, very clear copper liquid topped with short lived white head that fades to a ring. Some lacing remains. Unfortunately the appearance would be the highlight for this reviewer.

Nose is faint overall. Alcohol esters more than anything, a very faint fruityness, some sweetness, and barely perceptible hop presence.

Some malty, grainy flavor, but not much. Detectable hops, little flavor or bitterness, more just a balancer. Also tastes a bit like corn. What is there, which isn't much, is balanced, I guess, and it finished clean. Extremely unremarkable, and I personally wouldn't call this an IPA.

Medium carbonation and fiz, settles and some almost medium body is there for a bit. Has a drying sensation. Clean.

Sessionable, but why would you? Overall, not impressed.

sprucetip, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Dulliwhig
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured it fast into a pint and the head would have spilled over had I not sipped it. The bubbles were very large and off white, with a sticky, soap-like character. The head was lumpy and sank gradually and inconsistently It is an orangish cider color clear and without any sediment.

S - Fruity, mildly hoppy smell.

T - It tastes much like it smells, the flavor is good in a two-dimensionally incomplex way. If they could amplify the intensity of the flavor and bump the hop intensity up, it could be a much better beer.

M - A wee bit thin, carbonation adequate

D - Mild enough to go down easy...

Dulliwhig, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of farrago
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very light amber, more so yellow, in hue, quite clear with thick and active bubbles and huge, dense head of foam. The nose comprised of grapefruit, dried white fruits, mild floral swipes, neither really malty nor hoppy, light presence with strong persistence, not heaviness. Medium-bodied, rich foaminess makes it feel heavier until the suds subside. Non-threateningly bitter, serves up grapefruit to orange zest, sweet spices and mild fruitiness. Stays consistent without any dips nor crests. In keeping, has a calm and collected finish, very smooth, rich while easy to keep sipping.

farrago, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of RAdragna
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For an IPA, this one goes down easy. There is some bitterness, but like Blue Point's Hoptical Illusion, it isn't overpowering. You could taste the hops in the beer. So overall, this IPA is great because the bitterness is not too prevalent in the beer. I strongly encourage a friend or two to session this beer.

RAdragna, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of Vendetta
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
June 7, 2008

Local brewery for me, but I was really disappointed. Really weak hop flavor for an IPA. Really not on the caliber of the better IPAs. Not a "bad" brew, but there are so many better IPAs out there that this one is made pretty much worthless.

Vendetta, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to kennyO for this one via Beer Powerball.

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Extremely clear, light bronze in color with a slightly tanned head of about one finger in size. Some sporadic lacing.

Aroma seems to be more of an English version of the style. Pretty big on the caramel maltiness but there is also a nice bit of earthy hops. More malty than hoppy and more earthy than citrusy.

More of the same in the taste. Really fruity. A bit sweet. Earthy tones. Slight alcohol taste.

Pretty thin on the mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Dry in the finish. More sweetness.

This wasnt my style of IPA. A decent beer I guess but thin and sweet. Thanks for the chance Kenny.

SaCkErZ9, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of jerseyjoe
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

appearance- cooper orange color with a slight foamy head

smell- typical IPA smell. Piney but with less hop smell than most. Malts noted as well.

Taste- malty with hops at end. Surprised didnt taste as much hops as anticipated since it is called "hopfish" Lighter on palate than majority of IPAs

Mouthfeel- slightly watery but pleasantly smooth.

Drinkability- Would consider this a session IPA. Highly drinkable but not light on hops or taste. If you are looking for an IPA to kick your tastebuds ass this aint it.

jerseyjoe, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright, clear amber-orange with a patchy white head.

S: light grapefruit and fresh pine.

D: Flavor is somewhat weak though, very mildy hopped with citrus peel and a light floral hopping. Nice finish.

M: mouthful and body is a little thin and watery.

D: there is just enough hops to make this a summer quencher session ipa though drinks more like a pale.

beerthulhu, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 8/28/08.

A - Orange/amber-colored body with a slight hazy tint and one finger of foamy off-white head comprised of tightly packed bubbles that settled into a creamy ring of retention and left intricate swatches of lace all over the glass. Carbonation is quite vigorous at first, but settles into a nice even flow of tiny bubbles.

S - Very malt-heavy aroma with toasted grains and sweet caramel notes. Hops are surprisingly more in the background with hints of orange zest and floral notes.

T - Much like the aroma, this seems to be a malty IPA. My tastebuds are greeted first with sweet caramel malts, followed by a bit of hoppy goodness with a citrus profile and some floral and grassy hops thrown in for good measure. This IPA finishes with a toasted grainy character and some bready malt.

M - Medium body with a smooth, creamy texture and minimal carbonation. Finish is pretty crisp and clean, but only mildly bitter at best, especially for an IPA.

D - Tasty, sure, but this really drinks more like a pale ale. Unfortunately, its malt-forward profile overshadows the hop bitterness. That isn't to say that Hop Fish is a bad brew, it's just not quite to style.

ffejherb, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of tayner
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours an amber color with an orange hue. Head is eggshell wiht lots of sticky lace which hangs around awhile.

smell is citrus floral with some background sweetness. quite refreshing smelling.

Taste is up front very floral and a citrus skin bite. mid palate is lots of sweet malt. the back end is not nearly as bitter as I expected from the nose. It finishes rather quietly with only very slight hints at bitterness.

This one feels slightly thin for a beer of 6+ ABV. Carbonation is right on, but the finish is a tad weak. with that being said, it would pair well with spicy food as the front end on first drink would stand up well and then it would finish easy and clean for more food.

I wouldnt go out of my way to get this again, but if it showed up in a box on my doorstep I would place it immediately into the fridge for consumption :)

tayner, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying Fish HopFish IPA
12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. pours a crystal clear copper color with a nice white head that leads to good lacing. nice retention rate as well.

S: nice sweet crystal malts followed by a well balanced hop characteristic. some citrus and earthy tons.

T: great well balanced taste of crystal malts and a good blend of hops. some subtle citrus flavors. I get a hint of smoke as well.

M: clean, crisp and smooth. medium to low body. moderate carbonation.

D: nice session AIPA. I really enjoyed this as a middle of the session IPA. nothing over the top but very drinkable.

paulthebeerguru, May 29, 2008
Photo of alysmith4
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer, but definitely not an American IPA in my opinion. The smell was of fresh respberries, and the taste was so syrupy sweet.. tasted like raspberries over and over. Then I looked at the beer menu and saw that they had a raspberry beer on tap. Perhaps the glasses aren't properly cleaned in between customers? I would try this beer again, but not because it was great - just to see if it was really raspberry or not.

alysmith4, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
An aggressive pour yielded a dark-copper, burnt-orange hue with a minimal head that ended up leaving a hefty amount of lacing around the edge of the glass...
Faint smell of slight hops heavily bombarded by sugars, yeast, and esters...
Taste was bittersweet, with only a minimal suggestion of hops dominated by an overly sweet palate along with caramel, honey, and vanilla essences...
Decent, but not an above-and-beyond mouthfeel led to a good level of drinkability... Slightly sweet finish with hardly any alcohol detected at all...
Not the best depiction of the style nor the brest production from this brewery...

dsa7783, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of joepais
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks leftmindedrighty for the chance to sample this brew the 12 oz bottle poured into my pint glass produced a fingers worth of head that dissipates into a nice ring of lace around the glass. The clear gold/copper colored body was great to look at

Aromas of hops and a Caramel malt smell filled my head.

Taste is a little more malt forward than I like my IPA's but you still get enough of a hop flavor to know it's there

Medium body light carbonation

Very drinkable but definitely could use more hops

joepais, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of AltBock
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Fish American pint glass. This Flying Fish poured a clear amber that had a fizzy white head of foam that was about 1/2 inch in height. It didn't take long for this fizzy head of foam to completely fizzle away into a few bubbly islands and a handful of white rings along the edge. It had a medium sized aroma of tea mix, toasted malts, caramel, citrus hops, and a slight pinch of grapefruit. The taste started off with lightly toasted malts and then out of nowhere, the taste shot into the hoppy/crispy side of the beer. That side of the beer was filled with citrus fruits, caramel, citrus hops, a small slice of grapefruit, and some pine needles at the finish. It was a light to medium bodied beer with a nice crispy aftertaste of citrus hops, grapefruit, and a slight touch of toasted malts. Not the hoppiest IPA out there, but it would make for a nice lightly hoppy session IPA. I wouldn't mind having this one again in the future. One of the better Flying Fish beers.

AltBock, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of OKCNittany
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" off white head with great retention. Left a nice lacing. Clear deep golden/orange body.

S: Light floral and citric hops - even the aroma seemed to have a nice bitterness.

T: Small citric hop bite up front, balanced by sweet malts - but maintaining a nice bitterness throughout.

M: Light to medium body. Soft carbonation. Slick & oily, but a bit thin. Lasting citrusy finish (with hop burps).

D: Fell quickly. Not one of the elites, but a fine IPA - sessionable even.

OKCNittany, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of pwoods
2.33/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to NJpadreFan for this extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pours a golden amber with good visibility. 1 finger of rocky, slightly off white head forms and turns to a fluffy pillow on top. Some patchy lacing.

S: Very subtle. Nice spring flowers after a rain and some citrus peel resins.

T/M: Has a strange tartness to the bitterness. A kind of warped citrus flavor that has a lemon peel taste. Malts are unpleasantly sweet with a raw grain taste and more of that strange bitterness. Body is a bit too light and carbonation is fairly high.

D: This one just didn't do it for me. Thanks anyway, Alan :)

pwoods, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of Durge
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear red amber with a big white head and spotty lace. It has a fairly herbal aroma with some spicey wheat, malt and a touch of lemon. The taste seems to take on more of a floral hops with good bitterness and an odd, sweet malt. It is tangy with a spritely carbonation and the body is kind of light but there is a touch of welcome viscocity. Quite drinkable if the bitterness doesn't overwhelm a bit. An interesting grassy-wheat edge. May not meet everyone's approval but it's at least passable IPA territory, a little better I think.

Durge, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of farHillsBrewer
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured a light amber with average head which faded before I finished. It had a bit of a malty aroma. Where's the IPA hop nose? Absent.
The taste was grassy and malty with some caramel, and a hint of something sour.
It lacked the bitter finish of an IPA.
I'd rate it higher as an English IPA, but not much.

farHillsBrewer, Jan 14, 2008
HopFish IPA from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 616 ratings.