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HopFish IPA - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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HopFish IPAHopFish IPA

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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 8
Gots: 69 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 01-22-2005)
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Photo of keanex
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with no freshness date into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy amber with a very thin white head and some carbonation showing through.

S: Rather bland, slight fruits and slight earthy hops.

T: Really tame, rather boring in the taste as well. There's a bready malt base with light citrus notes throughout and a semi-dry slightly piney finish.

M: Medium bodied, but a bit thin, with fizzy carbonation throughout.

O: I remember this being much better in the past, perhaps the recipe has changed, maybe my palate has gotten better, or maybe the Hopsecutioner I just drank just dwarfs this, but it's very bland. It's very drinkable, but there's not much going on here, at least it's available at a good price.

Photo of irishking1977
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, bright golden ale that poured with an insanely large white frothy head that left equally insane lacing.

S: Somewhat muted for an IPA, but I do detect, surprise, surprise, hops and pine.

T: One of the more milder IPA's I've had in recent weeks, but still maintains that hoppy pine citrus taste with a bitter and oild background/finish that is a staple of these kind of brews. Becuase the hops doesn't leave my tongue virtually paralyzed, it probably increases it's drinkability.

M: Hops sit on the tongue for some time, but the lingering bitterness does not linger for too long. More carbonated than it looks.

D: A good interpretation of the style, and I must admit I am a bit surprised at this one in that I have noticed that Flying Fish brews tend to be hit or miss. A decent session IPA that won't eviscerate your palate too much.

Photo of jhammel01
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle into my MTB Standard pintglass. Poured a little aggressive but nothing really happens. A little bit of a head but it doesnt last. Did I get an old beer??
Nice and clear amber beer. It looks very clean. Very appealing

Smells good! Much like Id expect from an IPA..nice and hoppy! mmm...

The taste consists of some good solid hops with maltiness in the background. Plenty of bite in the end with a little bit of a malty aftertaste. Almost metallic?? Kind of odd..

A light mouthfeel for sure. Its almost watery but theres nothing wrong with that. Looking forward to getting more of this when it heats up this summer! (its only feb...ugh)

Photo of ppoitras
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from LSUExplorer03. Thanks for the opportunity. <Jeremy2002 = bad trader>

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" off-white head above the clear amber brew. Head falls slowly, with average to good lacing. Aroma is fruity and earthy. Taste starts biscuity malts, lightly citrus in the middle, and closes with a medium bitterness. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is good.

Photo of ClassicBrad
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber orange-yellow with very little head or lacing.

Smells of spicy hops and alcohol heat.

The taste seems a little lacking but has a strong, citrusy hop profile.

Mouthfeel is adequate and drinkability are enough but the taste is a little watery and ends up reminding me of carbonated water with hop bite and a little malt.

I'd probably have given this beer a much higher score if it was a Pale Ale by style.

Photo of deereless
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Tons of active carbonation streaming up through the beer though the head stays pretty consistent at a pencil's thickness, the color is a medium copper, the head is thick and tightly packed and leaves some lacing as the beer drops - 3.50, S: The nose is quite biscuity and bready, there's also a decent amount of citrus that comes through and a mild orange-like sweetness - 3.00, T: Though there is a noticeable hop presence - this beer skirts the line between a pale ale and an IPA in my opinion, some pine and pineapple jumbled with some caramel malts - 3.50, M: There's a little syrupy-ness which provides a smoothness to the mouth feel - 4.00, D: A decent IPA, pretty standard - 3.50

Photo of Hypersomnia
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass from a bottle.

The color is a nice brownish/amber with a finger or so of head that turns into a ring around the glass. Good amount of carbonation.

Aroma is maltiness and hops, quite nice. Lots of different citrus or tart fruit notes, grapefruit and maybe a bit of apricot being the ones I seem to notice. The nose is a bit tight though.

Flavor is excellent, nice maltiness followed by a nice bathing of hops, with a noticeablely sweet grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, has good velvety texture to it, with some obvious oiliness from the hops.

An odd thing I tend to notice in beers and I notice in this one is that it burps quite well. Very tasty on the burp front, this gains extra points for drinkability.

This is certainly not the most complex IPA but it is very drinkable and enjoyable.

Overall, this is a highly drinkable brew, I could consume many of these and be very happy. An above average IPA that I recommend as a good session brew when your not looking for something to "ruin" (I'm looking at you Stone) your taste buds.

P.S.: Stone Ruination is great just packs a real wallop and may not be the most sessionable brew, but there are different beers for different occassions.

Photo of brauseboof
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a fairly clear, pale yellow, small in head, and fading fast.
Had to work a bit on the nose. Was bready, yeasty at first, then a bit malty, with perhaps a hint of pears.
Well-balanced between the malt and grapefruit bitterness.
This is a subtle brew, and I prefer more hopiness. However, it's a very soild, drinkable ale.

Photo of magine
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a copper colored brew, with a thin white head that settles to an island of lace. Minimal lacing.

The brew smells of citrus hops, very floral nose. Can pick up a bit of malt also.

Wow, not what I expected. Has a smooth mouthfeel; a malty taste and as you drink you are left with the hop flavors. Slight peppery mouthfeel as you drink as well. This is a very refreshing tasting brew, almost a sweet floral taste. Nice balance, although I was looking for the hops in this one.

This is a good brew, very tasty and refreshing. This would be a very good brew to drink in the summer at a BBQ. Good.

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OH! This is an English IPA, that makes more sense now. Had this on tap at a local beer bar.

Beer is dark yellow and clear. Carbonation is high and the head is thick, white and made up of big bubbles. There is a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is weak but I can detect some citrus hops and a little malt.

Lots of malt in this guy, hops get a little lost. At first I was really disappointed but now I realize its an English IPA and that makes a lot more sense. Most of the hop bitterness comes in an aftertaste, no strong hop aroma. Beer has a medium body, overall OK, I really wanted a hoppy beer. Oh well.

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved as an extra. No date code on the bottle.

Pours a light copper color with a white head. The head has a nice formation for a low carbonated ale. There isn't too much structure, just a flat cap of foam. It dies down to a small cap. Lacing is great.

The nose has a mild hoppiness with a light, sweet crystal malt presense and slightly fruity, English yeast. This beer isn't aggressively hopped like most IPA's, but it works as it has a subtle, cilantro herb quality to it.

The flavor of this beer, like the aroma, is quite gentle. This beer is reminding me more of a great pale ale than an IPA. Bitterness is on the light side. Citric hops and sweet malt combine to make a candy like flavor. The herbal character I found in the aroma comes through again and reminds me of tea.

Mouthfeel is light and dry. Carbonation is spot on. Very gentle carbonation, just how I like it. Outstanding drinkability, if I had another bottle I would have it right now.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. I don't see any date or info on the bottle.

Thanks go out to NeroFiddled for yet another extra in a trade!

A - The pour was highly effervescent and mainly clear with no action. The color is a good golden-yellow/light pale amber orange. The head is bone-colored and rose up quickly to lower just as quickly. A bit of nice lacing.

S - The nose is fairly mild for an IPA. A mediocre helping of citrusy hops. A touch of grapefruit and honeydew melon with a well-balanced malt backbone. The hops are pretty mild. I hope I didn't wait too long on this one. :/

T - The flavor exhibits the same lack of hops that the nose does. They are too mellow. The honeydew and grapefruit aromas are traded for plain honey sweetness and a very mild hop splash at the end. Not really bitter but still dry. Has a very tiny cidery hint to the aftertaste.

M - Just a bit fizzy for my liking, it tingles the tongue and throat close to a soda feel. Light-medium in body and rather bland, it finishes dry with a cidery pucker.

D - I wish I could have had it sooner as I'm sure it only would have been better than this but it's not awful. It just needs a bit of work to get up there. The hops are really lacking, otherwise it's drinkable in this form.

Photo of drtth
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer as served is a clear, bright copper color with a ¼" thick white head that recedes fairly soon but leaves a nice pattern of lacing. Sipping enhances the lacing. However before long the head has receded to a small ring with a thin patch of foam and for most of the beer sipping leaves only minimal lacing.

Smell: The aroma is balanced between the sweet caramel malt with some fruity, citrus hops that seem to contain grapefruit and orange zest.

Taste: The flavor is smooth and rich with the caramel malt backbone dominating but also showing some bitterness from the hops. The hop flavors are citric with some faint piney notes mixed in and blending with the orange and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium-bodied and has some smoothness with the light carbonation. The finish is medium length and ends dry and lightly bitter.

Drinkability: As I noted in my bottle review, this beer drinks easily. I think it is a bit better on draft than from the bottle even though the carbonation seems less. However as I noted in my bottle review, given its balance of flavors my feeling is this beer is much closer to an English style IPA than to an American style IPA. I could easily have a second, and I'll certainly drink it again (in fact, I just did ☺ ).

Photo of thain709
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A golden orange body...the head was white and stood about a finger and a half...lacing was okay

S - A surprising citrus hop nose with some caramel sweetness in the back

T - The malts come in and dominate the flavor...the malts present the caramel flavor...but also present is a buttery biscuit flavor as well...the two pair nicely...the hops are pretty subdued in the taste...they make an appearance at the end but it's not a bitter aftertaste...rather it's a grapefruit sweetness

M - Medium bodied...actively carbonated...lacked the bitterness...but crisp

D - After having the Extra Pale Ale I was rather surprised with this IPA...almost boarders on being an English IPA as the hops are pretty mellow...granted there are some better IPA's out there...but this one is worth a try

Photo of kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a light golden with very little head. Not too hoppy on the nose, quite malty. There's a bit of lacing but not much else to speak of.

Taste is like an oktoberfest, mmm. Looks like the hops have fallen out but this isn't bad I think it's quite tasty.

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

Didn't get the chance to pour this one out yet.

S - Smells sweet like fruit and warm sugar with a hint of grassy hops

T - Up front malty burnt sugar flavor eases nicely into a relaxed grassy hops flavor while still maintaining so sweetness.

M - Good prickle of carbonation compliments the well rounded flavor.

D - A good beer all around. Well constructed and nicely balanced between flavor and mouthfeel.

I tend to like a stronger, more hoppy IPA, but I wouldn't mind this one again. Give it a shot if you're in the area.

Photo of thespaceman
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my DFH signature glass:

Appearance: A nice copperish/amber in color, minimal size head with a decent pour. Hopfish leaves a thin line of lacing around the glass, with decent head retention.

Smell: Deep notes of citrus blast the nostrils, a tinge of malt is detectible yet faint. Grapefruit, plum, and small bits of toasted malt are firm and nicely balanced.

Taste: Hop flavors aren't very reisnous like most IPA's but very subtle. I get citrus properties with a small dosage of malt in the backbone. The finish consists of a small drop of alcohol bite with plenty of malt. This beer features a little more malt then I tend to enjoy in my IPA's but is at least balanced with the hops and evens it all out.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is at a medium, the smoothness from the malt is very refreshing, although bitterness is low for a IPA. This one is slick on the tongue and is a bit wet.

Drinkability: Overall, it was a decent offering just not my cup of tea when it comes to IPA's. Although the hops are present, the malt really overshadows everything else in the glass. I really did like this, but if the malt was toned down this would be a regular in my rotation.

Photo of donniecuffs
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a nice pour at a local bar into an American pint glass. Copper hue, with a nice long-lasting and lacing head. I was surprised to see that some people mentioned a lack of hops in the nose and the taste; maybe it was a bad batch or being accustomed to so many crazy-hopped double ipa's currently on the market, but I found the nose to be both floral and bitter hoppy, combined with traces of grapefruit, orange, and lime. Also detected a malty sweetness. The flavor was very similar, with the fruitiness up front, giving way to malty sweetness, and finished off with dry hop bitterness. The bitterness lingered significantly in the aftertaste. Definitely a malty, fairly full bodied specimen for an ipa, but the aroma/flavor made it go down easy. A very good session ipa.

Photo of jwhancher
2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I thought this beer was way too malty for an IPA. Am I missing something? I thought it looked great, carbonation was fine, had a nice head, but when I was looking for that kick of hops...nothing was there. Did I get a bad case??? I don't know, but until then, I'll assume that this brew is too malty and short on the hops.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Fish- Hopfish

A- Deep, clear, golden amber with a good frothy head. Good lacing.
S- Nice hit of grapefruit/ citrus hops with a buttery caramel.
T- Nice subtle citrus hops blended into a creamy caramel and buttery malt body.
M- Very smooth and buttery. Light juicy sweet hop finish.

Overall- Leans more towards an ESB. Tasty and sessionable for sure.

Photo of deanhead
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent beer once it warms up.
Clear, golden to orange beer. without any lace or head, but certainly had adequate carbonation. Aroma is slightly spicy, with hints of fermented orange juice.
Buttery taste with slight citrus and raisiny notes.
medium bodied mouthfeel, slight clingy bitterness to this beer.
Highly drinkable beer that grew on my palate.
Brilliant buttery hop action with a terrific nose to this beer.

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

a - Crystal clear amber body. One finger foamy white head.

s - Sweet and piney. Pretty inviting, borderline between a big APA and a weak IPA

t - Similar to the smell, this brew is on the sweet side with west coast style hop flavor that is piney and spicy with classic citrus towards the end. Not bitter but lots of hop flavor nudge this brew into the IPA category along with the ABV, but otherwise you might not notice.

m/d - A bit sticky yet thin body. I think they either need to up the bittering hops or bring down some of the sweetness to get it right for the style. Easy to drink and price right locally.

Photo of quasimoto
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aromas of a muddy peach first come to mind. Very stagnant herbal quality to it. The taste turns to a slightly flat malt flavor that has a maybe some oxidation, paper quality to it. The medium mouth feel also lends it self to a sweeter quality to the beer kicking the much needed bitterness to the side. It finishes with a pseudo dryness in the middle of the tongue but leaves a earthy aftertaste on my palette. Overall It's ok in my book.

Photo of schmitter
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden amber, with a fair to average head. Smelled a bit tart and (obviously) hoppy. Taste really didnt do it for me, I've had mush better in the way of 'hoppy' beers. The beer is very drinkable, but not necessarily in a good way, more because it is slighlty watered down. meh(

Photo of GJ40
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at The Foodery in Philly. No noticeable brewed on or best by date.

A - Golden and clear with a small white head. Very little lacing.

S - Not much to inspire. All I got was green apple.

T - The taste is a bit better than the smell. It has a decent bitter flavor but the green apple is still there. The toasted malt is subdued but present. It got better over the course of the bottle but it wasn't easy.

M - Low to moderate consistency with a moderate carbonation.

D - I could see drinking this from the bottle at a tailgate but it's not one to seek out.

HopFish IPA from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.