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HopFish IPA - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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HopFish IPAHopFish IPA

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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 9
Gots: 35 | 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 Wasatch


3.23/5  rDev -9%

Thanks to NeroFiddled for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, sweet, and caramel. The taste is sweet malty, basically no trace of hops/citrus, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, but a different IPA to me.

05-06-2007 22:08:57 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Boppar

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

This beer is a nice coppery amber color. It seems slightly darker than other IPAs I've had, but that's not a bad thing.

It smells sweet and fruity with some citrusy hop presence.

This beer tastes surprisingly not as hoppy as I had anticipated. At first I had thought it was just because I've had more DIPAs than IPAs as of late, although it seems that a couple of my fellow Beer Advocates noticed this as well. All in all, while by no means a hop-bomb, I would say that the hop presence in this beer is on the lower end of normal for an American IPA, and that the palate consists mainly of biscuity, malty sweetness, with some non-descript fruit tones. Citrusy and floral hops appear mid-palate and help this beer transition well from the malty beginning to the floral finish.

Lively carbonation and smooth mouthfeel.

This beer has definite session potential. While not ground-breaking, it is a solid brew in its own right, and offers a nice style example insomuch as it shows that just because it's an IPA, doesn't mean it has to be dominated by hops. Quite enjoyable on a lovely spring afternoon such as this.

04-23-2007 21:04:55 | More by Boppar
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%

Acquired via trade from NeroFiddled, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is fruity and malty with only a mild hops background.

T: The taste starts out with a fruity malt character, but quickly transitions into a strong floral hops bitterness. The balance becomes much better as you get more into the serving. The after-taste has a good combination of fruity sweetness and hops bitterness.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, good kick, good representation of style, although I like a little more flavor in my IPA’s and there are others that I’d choose in the style, this is a good beer that I could go with for a long time.

03-11-2007 02:19:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%

On-tap into a mug

A - Slightly foggy amber color, good two-finger head with great lacing; looks pretty tasty

S - Hops right off the bat, nothing much else to speak of, really; it's got a nice aroma, with a good bit of fruitiness, but nothing too much else - a good scent, but not particularly complex

T - Good, solid taste; again, much like the scent, a good solid flavor but nothing particularly complex; it's good and hoppy (and it's not overwhelmingly hoppy, which is a plus for a lot of these HopBlank... type drinks), but it doesn't hit you with too much else; overall, good though

M - Solid mouthfeel; it's fairly smooth, with a medium body; no problems here

D - I've been consistently and unexpectedly impressed with Flying Fish beers (especially given that I've been consistently underwhelmed with the counterpart, Magic Hat); this one is solid, not the best hoppy IPA I've ever had, but definitely a good beer with a nice solid flavor that I could drink for a little while

02-21-2007 01:40:48 | More by soupyman10
Photo of DrJay


3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

This poured a very clear orange colour with an off-white head about an inch high. Lacing immediately formed as the head slowly fell, a little clumpy and thick but not a great quantity. Citrusy hops were evident as soon as the bottle was cracked - grapefruit and sweet tarts for the most part, a little grassy too. Very grassy hop flavour with some grapefruit and pine resin backing, bit of malt and moderate bitterness. Quite fruity, actually, with a bit of spice in the finish. Lingering hops. Medium body and carbonation. Not bad, but the choice of hops doesn't quite work for me. It reminds me a bit of a double IPA that a bunch of us made a while back, I think the Centennial version.

01-20-2007 00:00:16 | More by DrJay
Photo of IgnatiusReilly

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -5.6%

I remember being excited when Flying Fish released this beer a while back, but it has only recently made it to my fridge.

A: Light amber to orange color. Starts out with a full, almost creamy head, then dissolves to leave a nice Belgian lace up the pint.
S: Gives off a piney/citrusy hop aroma.
T: Expecting more of a hop kick, surprised to find more earthy or nutty flavors. Lots of tea-like flavorings. Finishes with a decent hop bitterness. Seemed to lack the sweet malt balance common in most IPAs.
M: Light mouthcoating feel that goes down very smooth.
D: Fairly drinkable but found myself getting tired of the nutty undertones.

Overall, I was disappointed after finally trying this one. Lack of full, robust hop flavoring common in IPA's left me wanting. I may try it again on tap somewhere, if only to support the local economy.

01-11-2007 02:27:17 | More by IgnatiusReilly
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours with only an initially one-and-a-half finger thick, frothy, off white colored head despite the ample carbonation that creates a mad rush of bubbles streaming towards the surface of the beer. The beer is a brilliantly clear, amber tinged, full copper color. The aroma is, of course, hop dominated; both notes of herbaceous pine and sweet citrus are quite noticeable. The citrus notes are dominant, though the herbal character was what I noticed first. Sweet citrus notes of fresh orange zest, ruby-red grapefruit, and lychee lead the citrus charge. There is perhaps a wisp of grain / malt character here; a hint of toasted grain, and some caramelized malt sugars are all that I even get suggestions of in the aroma.

A nice solid bitterness leads up front in my first sip, and continues on through the finish. The bitterness is fairly smooth and I would not necessarily characterize it as biting. Somewhat dry, though there is a nice caramelized character here, the hops lean towards zesty citrus as opposed to the sweet, fleshy fruit notes. The finish has a malt undertone, that mixes with a menthol / pine character and adds a bit of lingering astringency. Medium full on the palate the beer is light enough to be quaffable, but has enough mouthfeel to be just a touch chewy.

This is a nice quaffable beer; it certainly strikes the balance between quaffability and hop character that should define the style. It is not one of the more aggressive versions of the style, but never fear, it is still enjoyable and hoppy enough for all but the seriously hop-deranged.

12-24-2006 23:30:24 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of jackorain


3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

A-Crystal clear, copper colr, 1/2 inch head of white rocky bubles, moderate retention and nice lac.

S-Malty, bready bicuit, hops come though 2nd green and pine with a hint of citrus

T-nicely balanced. Biscuit malts carmel malts with a strong green hop backbone, pine comes through on the finish with a lingering of citrus. IVery good, but I'd peg this for an English IPA

M-Medium body, oily chew

D-A vey easy drinking sesionalbe IPA

Overall-Not my favorite IPA but certainly very good, At the price point, I could easily make it a staple in my fridge.

12-19-2006 18:04:30 | More by jackorain
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3.98/5  rDev +12.1%


Slightly hazy, light amber-orange in color with a medium, off-white head.

Aroma was hops of the grapefruit variety, with no appreciable malt.

Hops were piney and the malt was biscuity in character. Very well balanced

Mouthfeel was of light to medium body, low to medium carbonation, and quite drying.

When I tried this beer back in August, on tap, my thoughts were "I was disappointed by this beer, as I was really looking forward to a nice IPA. I may try it again, but not anytime soon.". Now, four months later, and on cask, I find it a very good beer that I would be happy to have again. Not sure why the big difference, just glad I took a second chance on it.

11-29-2006 19:55:52 | More by
Photo of garymuchow


3.93/5  rDev +10.7%

A gifted beer into a gifted Flying Fish pint glass. Ah, isn't trading the bomb.
Surprised about how non-powerful the aroma is and how proportionately the malt is to the hops. The hops are towards the grassy type with some citrus, but the malt is sweet, light fruit with a bit of biscuit, and there is a subtle perfume quality to the aroma. This is not what I expected, but it's pleasant and enjoyable.
Pours lightly colored, but ultimately is a brilliantly clear gold/orange amber with a nice 1 inch off-white head that settles slowly and leaves a thick lacey lacing and eventually marks each drink (I'm a sucker for beers that do that). Very attractive.
Hop qualities more prominent in flavor. Starts with a nice solid bitterness that presents quickly and remains throughout the drink into a moderately long finish. In time it lends a sourness and some astringent tones. Hops also add a quieter resin flavor with a taste of citrus and grass. Malt has a touch of sweetness, but also adds a toasty, bready and biscuit taste that adds nicely. As the drink warms these all begin to blend quite nicely into a flavorful complex drink.
Nicely carbonated with rather fine bubbles that add softness and don't interfere with the smoothness. Beyond water but not heavy with a bit of slickness that lends to the smoothness. Nice feel.
A subtler version of style, that creeps up on a guy as the bottom of the glass approaches. It seems temperature and a little time in the glass really add to the flavors and the experience. The atypical malt flavors add nicely. A nice beer with which to sit and socialize.
Thanks JB

11-24-2006 20:01:05 | More by garymuchow
Photo of treehugger02010


4.08/5  rDev +14.9%

A solid beer. I did not pour it, but rather drank right out of bottle so I can't really judge the appearance. The smell and the taste were both sufficently hoppy without being over powering. This created a very smooth drinkable beer, with an execlent mouthfeel. If you like IPAs this is most certainly a good beer to try. Don't drink and review.

10-30-2006 20:07:19 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +22%

Appearance: Pours an amber color with a nice head that leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Earthy bitter aroma

Taste: Caramel malt up front followed by an earthy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really more of an English style than an American, this beer is well-balanced and flavorful - just not what you expect from an American IPA

10-12-2006 02:47:54 | More by brentk56
Photo of Phatz


4.2/5  rDev +18.3%

Appearance: Served a golden copper color with a white head and loads of lacing.

Smell Sweet caramel hint of molasses a touch of bread malts a smoky character lay a foundation for the pine hops to stand upon.

Taste: Caramel and honey and plenty of sweet balance the grapefruit flavors of this IPA. Balanced solid IPA though mild all the way around.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated medium body juicy feel is a bit slick.

Drinkability: This is a rather simple IPA but a decent quaffable representation that is easy to drink.

Hope this is helpful.

10-10-2006 02:36:50 | More by Phatz
Photo of NoLiberty


4.08/5  rDev +14.9%

The appearance is a honey-orange-amber tending toward the darker side of that. Nice and clear with little to no head with very subtle lacing, if any.

Aroma is honey-sweet with mellow malt notes and good hop presence.

Taste is sweet and hop tingle up front with noble hop middle followed by good piney back and grapefruit finish.

Good carbonation and slightly thick body with well-rounded mouthfeel.

Sure, could have a few of these.

08-28-2006 02:44:08 | More by NoLiberty
Photo of hopsaplenty


2.23/5  rDev -37.2%

12oz. brown bottle, no date information.

Cloudy glowing orange gold. Short sand colored head of mixed size bubbles with some staying power that eventually settles leaving a spray of dust. Steady streams of carbonation hit the surface. Light orange blossom and caramel aromas mixed some rind notes are present, but nothing overly IPA-distinct. The flavor starts with a light citrus rind element supported by a bit of malt sweetness. Finishes citrus juice – orange and lemon – tart and sweet with a minimal amount of hop bite. A lemon juice tone overlays it all, and the finish is short, thankfully, as this became less drinkable as it warmed ever so slightly. Medium-light body with a flaccid mouthfeel, the carbonation makes this barely tolerable. Utterly unenjoyable, with a preponderance of lemon rind/juice flavors. A disappointment.

08-07-2006 11:49:48 | More by hopsaplenty
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%

Sparkling orange body bursting with carbonation streams under a big dentable white slab of well stretched bubbles.

Aroma of pine and citrus, more tangerine than grapefruit, nice but somewhat disappointingly small.

Taste begins with a good solid foundation of sweet caramel. The hops follow up with enough juice to turn the sweetness to bitter, but its barely so, with little actual bite.

Fine medium mouthfeel. Its easy drinking, maybe too easy drinking.

While not flawed, nor is it interesting. While the name HopFish calls to mind other locals like Hop Devil, Hop Wallop, Hops Infusion, and Hop Hog, its more in line with Cricket Hill's Hopnotic IPA, a self described training wheel IPA.

08-04-2006 04:49:48 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.55/5  rDev 0%

$6.99 6 pack 6.30% No best by date.


Poured hard into a tulip glass, this is a lightly colored orange-brown with roughly a half inch of tight tan/white head on top.


Freshly cut pine needles with a subtext of juicy grapefruit predominate, with a faint aroma of toasted malts.


Pine bitterness is the first flavor characteristic, which bleeds into a sweet malt presence. Finish is tart grapefruit accompanied by a drying sensation. Mouthfeel is a little biting at times.

Not a spectacular IPA, but worth a look. Contains the wrong hop profile for my tastes, and even with its malt presence, not truly balanced.

07-29-2006 16:47:02 | More by cbl2
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.1/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

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


4.1/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

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


4.15/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

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

New York

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +23.4%

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.

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