XPA (Extra Pale Ale) | High & Mighty Beer Co.

BA SCORE
80
good
83 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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XPA (Extra Pale Ale)XPA (Extra Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
High & Mighty Beer Co.
Massachusetts, United States
highandmightybeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 05-28-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
49
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
17.68%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Photo of trisweb
5/5  rDev +44.9%

Photo of tsturm
4.93/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

High & Mighty XPA has been my go-to, every day all-purpose beer for a couple of years now. It is currently my favorite pale ale, perfectly mixing hops and malt for an absolutely smooth, delicious combination that's neither too sweet nor too bitter, neither too light nor too heavy, and neither too weak nor too strong (in terms of ABV). In an unusual twist of fate (for better or worse), they are building a brewery right next to my house :)

-TS

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.54/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle from Florian's. Murky amber-yellow body with a half inch of off-white head. Caramel malty sweetness and piney citrussy hops play equal parts in the aroma. Apricot dominates the flavor, with undertones of pith and caramel malt. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Very tasty, pleasing, and drinkable. I'm impressed.

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Photo of SheLaLa
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of dontdropthebeat
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of lpayette
4.27/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Details- 12oz bottle. No dates. Nice label.

Appearance- Very very unfiltered pineapple juicy color... this is an interesting choice of words I used here as I hadn't tasted or smelled this prior to writing that down... see below. 1 1/2 fingers of head. Some lacing. Very different appearance.

Smell- Lots of interesting tropical fruits. Pineapple, mango, guava, and passion fruit come to mind. A bit of citrus too from the hops. Very different. Didn't like the smell initially, but it grew on me as the shock value diminished.

Taste- Pineapple and other tropical fruits prevalent. Some hop bitterness for balance. Wow, a pale ale that's actually interesting. Very good and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is about the only thing typical about this so-called pale ale. Still, very appropriate for the style.

Drinkability- A very good beer overall. Definitely aptly named, as I would not call this exactly a pale ale. The pineapple characteristic is very interesting and keeps me wanting more. I may even break down and buy a whole 6-pack at the $8.99 price, which I think is a bit steep for the style. With an average score of 3.45 at the time of this review, this one is definitely way underrated.

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Photo of Matchews
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of jneiswender
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer out of a 12 ounce bottle. Say and smell appraisal was done through a small plastic glass just a sample size. Served cool

Pours a decent white foam head and a yellow orange body old gold

Smells of grain cereal with a distinctive British hop aroma

The green flavor certainly in front with the medicinal herbal hop flavor pervading the rest of the way

Medium to high carbonation

Overall not a bad beer at all I would certainly drink this again the choice of which seems like mostly British house feels a bit one dimensional though. This is a great beer for anyone who likes British hops

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Photo of milkbone_underwear
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of brdc
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LittleBreeze for this one. Poured into a pint, produces a mildly hazy dark golden brew, nice foamy white head with little retention and some lacing.
Aroma is herbal, hoppy but has some malted notes in there.
Good carbonation, crisp on the mouth, it is hoppy but not excessively, fruity, herbal, but has some underlying maltiness that balances it well, more like a british pale ale.
Good session beer, better than I expected for the current rating, a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light copper hue with a thin layer of white lace on top. Being that this beer is bottle conditioned, there was good sediment as well.

The smell featured an oily citrus hop with a good pepper element.

The taste consisted of a solid grapefruit and sweet orange flavor with a hint of white pepper. There was a doughy malt with a bit of a yeast character. The unfiltered character was detectable in the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel was clean and slightly chewy.

Overall a very drinkable and unique APA. I very much enjoyed the bottle conditioning.

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Photo of jongullotti
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Vinlespo
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded gold with a nice crème head that falls fairly fast. Nose is faint. Mild citrus hops. Slight syrup edge. Slight bark tone. Flavor is very tangy on the end. Bitter gets in on the action as well. But overall it seems to stay pretty smooth and even. A nice flavor profile with good character. Feel is a bit meaty on the tongue with a good carbonation. Overall very drinkable. Smooth and even, but with a definite character to it that keeps it interesting. Well worth trying I say.

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Photo of mcguirmn
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. Pours a honey, dark golden color. About an inch of foam that took a while to fade.

Smell: Smells really good. Hints of fruit, citrus, and hops.

Taste: Definitely noticed more fruit after tasting it. Almost tasted like apricots. The brew was definitely hoppier than I expected. And surprisingly bitter upfront. But the fruit makes up for the bitterness at the end. Not really sure if I would call this beer an extra pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Nothing to complain about. Went down smooth.

Overall: Not a bad beer. The name XPA was definitely misleading, but once I got over that, it was actually quite enjoyable.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely appealing appearance. Tons of lacing with a small bubbling head. Cloudy straw yellow color. Has a very fruity and citrus taste. Has a malty pinneaple aroma. It is not watery, but could use more carbonation. Medium bodied that is refreshing. Has a balanced hop to malt ratio on the aroma.. Also the taste is balanced between hops and malt. A very good pale Ale.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New brewery being carried by Premier Gourmet. Foaming head on light golden colour. Hoppy aroma. Smooth drinking and very drinkable pale, without lingering bitterness, a bit of flavour other than bitterness is nice. Good session ale.Decent carbonation and mouthfeel. I think an underrated beer.

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Photo of bosox1120
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got on tap and poured out nicely, leaving some lacing on the glass. Floral and fruity aroma and taste from the hops made it easy drinking. Very smooth, but wouldn't be able to drink more than one or two at a time.

Color was golden and pretty clear. Not much foam when poured, but it did stay and as stated left lacing.

Overall, would recommend as it was very drinkable and had a light taste.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy bright yellow color with a full finger off white head that resists fading. Nice amount of lacing observed. Chucks of yeast in the bottom. Not a bad looker, but i'm guessing that it's not true to style.

The aroma is timid but good. A lemony hop character with a balanced sweet malty position also.

The mouth feel is nice too. Quite effervescent, tingle from the hop and a little bitterness, especially towards the bottom.

IMO this is a good drinker. It's quite refreshing. At 5% it could be a good summertime session.

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Photo of SLOTHLIFE
3.76/5  rDev +9%

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Niebeendend
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Andrew041180
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Nordicsk8er
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of roboticem
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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XPA (Extra Pale Ale) from High & Mighty Beer Co.
3.45 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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