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HopFish IPA - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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HopFish IPAHopFish IPA

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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 44 | 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 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
Photo of vdubmatt
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There was something about this beer that I cannot put my finger on that I did not enjoy. As a whole, this was a solid brew, but it wasn't really exceptionally in any sense. It was kind of just a mediocre IPA to me that could have been something more. I was not disappointed, but I also wasn't thrilled.

vdubmatt, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange amber with a massive head off a very firm pour. And the head sticks around too. Metallic acorn nose. But very subdued. Flavor is a bit woody and a bit too sweet (IMO). Seems to calm down on the sweetness as I move on. Caramel-like apple tones are also there. Feel is good. Nice carbonation and a good liquid feel. Overall seems a bit too tangy to be able to down more than one in a go. Well worth trying, it just seems like the edges are a bit too rough.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of ajr24
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 12 ouncer poured into a tumbler. Amber, copper, golden color, very appetizing.

S- Smells hoppy, pine, grapefruit/citrus, floral

T- Unique and refreshing blend of all those flavors, kinda different from other IPA's I've had and it is purely enjoyable.

M- Very refreshing and enjoyable.

D- Refreshing + enjoyable = drinkable.

ajr24, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of Biscuit033
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark gold, almost orange, with a two finger head that settles to nice 1/2 inch head and nice lacing.

S: Citrus, slight pine, and a bit of metal.

T: Grapefruit, pine, and malts.

M: Nice carbination, long bitter finish.

D: This is good beer but there are a lot better examples of the style. I do like the malty backbone though.

Biscuit033, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of mentor
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Two finger light tan head over a nearly clear light copper-orange liquid. Smells almost nothing. Woody musky hop grass, lamost like bad rye.

Taste mild hop bitter with model hop flavor, all amid a sea of malt sweetness. Soured caramel and cheesy hop aged. Not the most pleasing experience. Mouthfeel is thick, which would be good to the flavors around if they were pleasant. Incredible lacing on the inside of the glass.

mentor, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of tommy78
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Amber in color, with slight head out of the bottle.

Smell - Probably the best feature of the beer: a citrus aroma with good amount of hops and malt.

Taste - Sadly, the aroma doesn't translate well into the taste. The taste lacked any bite, and it didn't have any flavor hitting the palate.

Mouthfeel - Mild carbonation, but not much else.

Drinkability - You could have a few in one sitting. However, I wouldn't try it again.

tommy78, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden amber with a thin head that becomes a floating patch. Minimal trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is citric, floral, slightly piney with a grainy, caramelish background. Mild but nice.

The taste is of citric, floral slightly piney notes balanced in the back by sweet grain and some caramel. Somewhat tinny and salty with a dry finish.

Alas - the ongoing "problem" with this brewery - it is watery thin. Some flavor lingers, and it's not fizzy...but - thin.

This is a decent attempt, and has something going for it, but not enough to it to cover up minor "flaws"/drawbacks. Too thin for the style, though it is easy enough to get through a couple of these. Not high on my list of IPA's.

jwc215, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of mcallister
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light amber colored with a sparse chunky off white head that leaves a very fine thin lace.

Tropical fruit profile with pineapple and starfruit kicks. Some sour berry aromas that may be more of a spicey character as well as a hint of caramel.

Very light yet has decent substance with almost a belgian spicey quality on the finish. Same tropical notes with little caramel malt. Not overly complex but a beer that is easily drinkable.

mcallister, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm, seems to have more of a English IPA malt profile - a strong, almost boozy, but light caramel malt, with fruity American hops. Overall, not a bad IPA, just not the most complex. It gets points for balance I suppose, as there's a pleasant maltiness, but the almost sweet grapefruit hops are just on par for an IPA. Not a bad beer, but it's in a tough field.

tempest, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Just under a inch white head on a crystal clear golden body.
S- Bigger grass hops but still has some grapefruit and light pine in there too. Pretty big malt body comes through too.
T- Follows the aroma with the bigger malt body and the grass hops. Almost to big in malt department. The grass hops leave a little bitterness but nothing to big at all. Not much pine or grapefruit comes through like the aroma hinted at.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- It is alright. I probably wouldn't get it again but am glad I got to try it.

BlindPig, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to number1bum for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear copper hue with a nice two finger white head that dies down to a thin layer that lasts throughout. Smell is an enjoyable blend of grassy dirt hops, caramel malt, and a sweet corn-like odor, I like it a lot. Flavor doesn't exactly match up to the smell which in this case is a bad thing. Much more dull on the tongue with an initial pine hop that fades to a dull topsoil-like flavor. Aftertaste is a caramel/citrus blend. Mouthfeel is a medium creamy body with a fair amount of carbonation. Decent beer, just nothing I'll seek out. Glad to have the opportunity.

BeerTruth, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of HugoGrim
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Classic IPA look. Nice fluffy and lacy head.

Aroma is initially sweet and grainy, then quickly rolls into smooth and hoppy. Full nose lasts for a full minutes only, then fades to an obscure husk of it's former self.

Flavor starts with an acidic almost lemony hop kick. Sharp bitterness, lightly malty.

HugoGrim, Sep 21, 2007
HopFish IPA from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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