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HopFish IPA - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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HopFish IPAHopFish IPA

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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 9
Gots: 29 | 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 feloniousmonk


4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, amber-y hue, under a thick frothy white head.

Aroma is sweet, fruity, and bitter, all at once. Grapes and pineapples bump uglies.

Tastin' it:...a decent blitz of hops blazes the palate, then softly rides off. Caramel malt at play here, a decent cushion, yummy, bready, sweet, a nice balance to hops, but a bit too typical. Still, I like it...Medium bodied, a bit light in the finish, nice hops.

A likeable mildish IPA. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 08:02:38 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of laintringulis


3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer was poured into a pubglass with golden color with burnt orange undertones. Thin white head that lasted throughout drinking. Very light lacing.

It has a strong, citrus and pine smell. Moderate spicy hop and grassy smell also.

Tastes of spicy hops and is very citrusy, but I cannot distinguish what type of citrus was used. Moderately dry hoppy backfinish that complements the alcohol. It left a little too much pine/grassy backtaste for me. Medium bodied, not clingy. Very smooth for an IPA. A very nice session beer. Could have been a little more complex in the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2006 10:56:12 | More by laintringulis
Photo of acrawf6


3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark orange amber with a nice fluffy slightly tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell. slightly piney hops, caramel small maltiness.

Taste. Nice piney hops, little earthy, on the mild side. creamy taste and has a slight metallic taste to it with a sweet caramel taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. nice body, good balance. creamy mouthfeel.

Overall a nice tasting beer, but not a great ipa. This one i got may be a little older and had some hops mellow out, but it reminds me more of an esb than ipa. anyway, it is quite nice and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 23:25:49 | More by acrawf6
Photo of nriech


4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a good amber, typical for an IPA. Little head but some lacing. The aromas were good and hoppy, citrusy.

Nice hoppy flavor thats not overdone. Alcohol content is subtle and well balanced. Flavors linger for a while and are pleseant. Citrusy but not clovey like many IPAs.

This is a good drinking beer, too bad I cant get it in Virginia.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 05:17:36 | More by nriech
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, scorched honey pour with steady cascade of medium bubbles feeding a frothy, rocky head that is very persistant and leaves plenty of crusty lace.

Aroma is clean and hoppy, with a solid caramel malt presence backed by notes of light citrus, wild flowers, and dry, cedery pine hops. Develops a bit as the beer comes to room temperature.

Flavor slightly more pronounced. Caramel and honey drizzled toast up front with a lightly fruity center and nice hoppy finish with notes of orange peel, crushed flower petals, and just a whisper of sweet jasmine. Very well balanced with a great, hoppy aftertaste. Not a very aggressive IPA, but easy going and very enjoyable. Perfect summer beer.

Body is between light and medium with a slick, "juicey" mouthfeel. The carbonation is a little excessive, but it doesn't really detract from the integrity of the brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 01:33:25 | More by AlexJ
Photo of tgbljb


4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy copper color with massive tannish chunky head. LaLacing coated the sides of the glass as the head slowly fell to a thick coating. Very impressive head retention. Smell is very sweet and malty. Molasses-like notes present. Taste shows more of hoppiness with a nice balance from the caramel-tasting malt. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a moderately dry finish. Very easy to drink and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 23:59:23 | More by tgbljb
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-pours a peachy gold color, mixing well and a decent head that settles nicely, carbonation is not too much but a good amount of it. Good looking.

Smell-nose is lacking, I didn't detect too much, not very pronounced for an IPA especially. Some strained effort reveals some hop aroma and malt, but quite subdued.

Taste-decent, alcohol is pronounced but mixed nicely with hop oil flavor, not much malt just oily hops to be had here.

Mouthfeel-light and smooth leaves a hoppy aftertaste, pretty decent.

Drinkability-subdued and light for an IPA, easier to drink than some others of the style.

Overall-a fine crafted IPA, lighter East Coaste version of the style, solidly made if unspectacular. Still this is a quite decent version from Flying Fish.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 16:58:23 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of Beerboybill

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours very nicely out of a 12 oz bottle, with a thick head forming within seconds. The color is a very clear medium amber. The aroma is very mild and the hops are not too pronounced. This is my only criticism of the beer because I perfer my IPA's to have a very pronounced hops aroma. The taste is excellent; hops bitterness dominates. The finish lasts and lasts, easily close to a minute.

This is a very drinkable beer and a solid example of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 21:56:31 | More by Beerboybill
Photo of Prufrock


2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

crystal clear deep orange with an inch of foamy white head that leaves tons of stringy lace.

sweet caramel malts in the aroma. not a ton of hops, but there's a touch of grapefruit.

medium-high carbonation with a medium-light body. plenty of sweet malts with a slight bite of piney, grassy bitterness. an incredibly average ipa.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2006 03:37:15 | More by Prufrock
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one seems to be getting some mediocre reviews, but I quite enjoyed it.

It pours a very nice, ever so slightly cloudy amber colour wit ha big creamy head that leaves its mark all over the glass.

The aromas are a bit faint at times, but consist of some pine hop notes, sweet caramel and some earthy malt.

The flavour packs a bit more of a punch with nice hop flavour throughout and a bit of spiciness that went undetected in the aroma. The caramel mixes in well here, however, the malt cuts in a bit too heavily at times, knocking out the hop flavour a little more than necessary. It's still solid and tasty all around, but could be even better. Mouthfeel is fairly light and crisp throughout.

This is a nice brew all around. It's fairly basic, but flavourful and very much in line with what you'd expect from an East Coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2006 03:35:01 | More by guinness33
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A mild, pretty typical IPA.

Poured a light, very clear orange into a hotel glass (are we seeing a theme in my recent reviews?). Big bubbly head that, surprisingly, sticks around. Looks extremely carbonated.

Aroma is grapefruit and pine, although certainly not overwhelming. Definitely some milder, sweeter fruits in there as well, like peaches or nectarines.

Betraying its name, taste is not particularly hoppy compared to others of the style, although it's definitely there. Mildly grapefruity. High carbonated, as expected. Some woody flavours, and very mild skunk. A decent mouthfeel, and standard beery aftertaste.

Not bad if you're looking for a fairly tame, easy drinking IPA. Certainly better than macro "IPAs" like Keith's, but not quite up to scratch with the competition.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 19:23:37 | More by crwills
Photo of HappyHourHero


3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a decent sized, dense, cream colored head that couldn't quite hold onto the glass. Transparent, radiant copper colored beer requires patience to reveal any sign of life. Faint aroma reveals a touch of crisp hops. Huge bicsuit malt flavor barely lets the hops breathe. Hops are funky, a bit of metallic and tea-like. This continues into the finish without a drop of bitterness Body is light, and the mouthfeel is just a touch froathy. For some reason this reminds me of the Otter Creek Copper Ale, but I definitely wouldn't guess IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 02:59:36 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of ggaughan


3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Grey Lodge in NE Philly. I had a sample of this after thinking it was the Puckerfish. I was disappointed to not be able to try the Puckerfish but the Hopfish is also a nice beer. The beer poured a nice golden / amber color with a slight head. The aroma is of strong hops with a bit of fruitness and malts. The taste is a bit of a hop bomb but it balanced out well with the sweetness of the malts. With a medium body, this beer is pretty drinkable from what I had sampled.

Serving type: cask

03-19-2006 15:45:21 | More by ggaughan
Photo of Birdiebeagle


4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft Pours a clear amber with a white head that produces good lacing and lasts well. Has a very hoppy aroma, of pine and citrus. Has light body with a good carbination. The flavor is nicely hoppy but not overbearing. Has a good mouthfeel. A nice duration with a good bitter finish. A very tasty IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2006 21:33:57 | More by Birdiebeagle
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

they actually had this on tap @ the saint in asbury park, nj a couple of weeks ago... so it is probably still there... but this is a bottle review, I was at a concert and was not taking notes (besides, I was also engaged in a conversation with a Mr Jack Daniels that night.. my review might have been um... messed up)

not much head at all, recedes to an oring rather quickly. good lacing and stickiness, slightly hazy brown with a little carbonation trailing up. pretty average looking...

a nice balance of mild grapefruit and malt, nice caramel notes

taste etc...
this reminds me more of an english IPA (not a complaint at all), on first sip you think "oh this is so not carbonated" but then the prickles inhabit yourt tongue washing away that abberation of thought. The malt flavor is bigger here than some IPAs in this category, the hop bitterness is quite mild. An easy drinker for sure although I personally would get sick of the sweetness angle (I am more of a bitter/sour person taste wise).

not bad, not great. Simple enough and true to the style. My personal preference is a bit hoppier as this one leans more to the malt side. not bad and easy suds drinkin'

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 04:17:47 | More by Ego
Photo of Dithyramb


4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a six of this and some other Jersey brews during 24 hours of fun we call Atlantic City weekend. Suntanned amber with a white pillowy head. Decent retention and lacing throughout.

The aroma is mostly malt, with some citrusy hops spicing it up.

Great malt backbone to this, which I feel is the strongpoint. Toasty, bready caramelly, and fruity. Citrus and pine hops come in next and linger around the mouth for a bit. No, it isn't so piney that it strips the enamel from your teeth, but is enjoyable in that, "hanging out on the couch with the guys bs'ing" quality.

Medium bodied, with slightly more carbonation on the mouth than expected. I found it quite drinkable. From what I understand, this one will be available year round. It will make several trips out at the shore attempting to catch all Jersey's fish.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 15:11:54 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of joeskirkie

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very very good amber body, head of beige, good beading.

A nice balanced citrus/leaf scent with a note of something like white bread.

Bitter right away, not overwhelming by any means. It's followed by a nice balanced citrusy note, like lime. Carbonation is pretty apparent, and it ends kinda doughy.

It drinks pretty easy. I could have a lot of these. I'd say it'd be a good beer to get a case of for a barbeque or something, nothing too special.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 00:32:52 | More by joeskirkie
Photo of mattpetti

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked a six pack of this up "just because" one day in need of a tasty session beer. This is a good one folks. Its clean, hoppy yet not overly so. It was floral will not alot of bitter hop smell. Poured almost amber into my glass with a decent head that stuck around for a while. The taste was of a normal ipa yet there seamed to be alittle more sweet malts that gave it some small fruit notes. Mouthfeel was smooth and satistfying and even refreshing alittle stickire of an ipa ive had. The aftertaste is not lingering at all though. I'd say this beer is definatley very drinkable and i can't wait to have this one in summer.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 08:01:17 | More by mattpetti
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear light amber / light orange color with a 2" fluffy head. Light lacing develops.

Smell: some piney hops and mild grapefruit tones.

Taste: weak malt levels with comparable light grapefruit and mild pinecone bitterness, with an overall dryness. In comparing to a Victory Hop Devil, this is IPA-lite.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and dry at the start and finish. Short aftertaste containing some grapefruit and piney bitterness. Somewhat thinner than expected.

Drinkability: average in my book, as this IPA doesn't excite me at all. Overall the flavor tones are mild and need to be kicked up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2006 13:35:06 | More by Gavage
Photo of maltedmilk

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I pour a copper color liquid into my flying fish pint glass. The carbonation is like a soda. The bubbles cling to the slide and travel up the glass. The head is decent for a very short time and then disappears into nothing.

The smell is lacking. Where is the citrus? The floral? It smells sweet but artificially so.

The taste ..a little bitter, a little hoppy with some maltiness coming through.

This beer seems almost flat to me which is surprising because I know its fresh. It JUST came out in bottles a few weeks ago and the brewery is nearby.

I really wanted to like this beer since it’s a local brew. I even had a second bottle before I decided that I trully do not like it. It just doesn’t cut it for me.

There are many other IPA’s much better. I wouldn’t bother with this.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 03:06:57 | More by maltedmilk
Photo of Chadbrew


4.58/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was not very impressed with the ESB so I'm a little hesitant of this one. I do like the dubbel though, so who knows.
Appearance - Looks really good going into the glass. An amber colored beer that is brilliantly clear and very nicely carbonated which is feeding a nice constant head and gobs of lacing.
Aroma - Some pine hops with a light touch of citrus.
Taste - A little harsh and piney up-front that fades into a nice malty wash. Good bitterness in the finish that lingers. Each sip is a flavorful transition from harsh and flavorful, to sweet and soothing, to bitter and anticipating.
Mouthfeel & Drinkability - I think the body on this is really good for style, maybe a hair on the light side that keeps me hungry for the next sip.
I am very impressed with this beer. This is definitely one of the easiest beers for me to drink.
BTW - The lacing just never gives up!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 09:58:21 | More by Chadbrew
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a quality pour with this brew. Big foamy head with lots of pretty and stringy lace. Nice amber color. Nose is hops with some prety nice hops wafting out. Flavor is a nice hop bomb, but not so much as to ruin other later tastings. Great floral flavors with some grapefruit and just hints of Christmas. Bits of caramel and some honey too. The hops left me smacking my lips. Nice heft on this beer with a very pleasant dry finish. Slightly oily though. Great carbonation, just enough to lighten this beer on the tongue and to keep the dry qualities from tiring out my tongue.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 01:50:23 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It came to me a veritably pretty honeyed amber, like iced tea with lemon, a bit hazy, but nicely so, softening the colors. A soft white head pillowed the top, sticking around for a bit, and clinging tightly to the glass as it dropped.

The aroma carried malt first and foremost, sweet with berry fruit notes and a caramel undercurrent. The hops came across as vaguely citrusy and spicy.

The berry sweetness of the malt came first, carrying with it a very lightly toasted character. The hops asserted quickly, the citrus and pine notes more prevalent than in the aroma, but still understated relative to the malt. It's not so much unbalanced as a bit staccato in its delivery. The malt falls almost completely away before the hops swirl in, but the finish is refreshing enough with a lingering and quenching hops bitterness.

Just short of medium bodied, it is slightly slick from the hops, and the sweetness lends a hand with consistency.

I'll tell you, it certainly looks damned pretty, and while the smell and taste don't quite deliver what you hope for, it doesn't fall short by much. The ABV is manageable, and while the elements don't blend so much as trade places, at least they're there and identifiable. One of the better offerings I've sampled from Flying Fish, I'd have no issues with having this again when given the opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2005 17:42:27 | More by Foxman
Photo of oxmasterscream

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Abbaye.

I've never been overly impressed with Flying Fish and I hesitated to order this. Surprisingly though, it's a wonderful offering. Cloudy golden in color with a creamy white head that left solid lacing behind. Smelled fruity and malty with just enough floral hops. Taste was quite similar... juicy fruit flavors coupled with floral hops and a bittering that grows and grows and consumes the mouth requiring another juicy sip from its drinker. Mouth is full, smooth and creamy yet quite delicate. Really enjoyable stuff. I look forward to enjoying it again soon.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2005 23:35:14 | More by oxmasterscream
Photo of PhillyMonk


4.63/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've sampled all of Flying Fish's offerings, some of which are mediocre, and others of which are really solid. They've really outdone themselves with HopFish, which is just outstanding. It's certainly a hoppy IPA, but not one that leaves your mouth puckered like some of the more extreme beers in this category. It's got an amazingly clean, fresh smell and a finish that is just perfect, lingering in your mouth forever. I've tried dozens of beers of this type and HopFish is among my favorites.

Look for this beer on draft at bars around the Philly area and give it a shot if you see it. Flying Fish is waiting to see what the response is before they decide whether or not to bottle it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2005 03:56:33 | More by PhillyMonk
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