Flying Pig Extra Pale Ale | Blue Star Brewing Company

38 Ratings

Brewed by:
Blue Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 06-30-2004

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of 1fastz28
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this little guy at the blue star brewing company (beerfly coming soon) here in beautiful san antonio, finally found some good beer here in texas. looks really good, has a slightly reddish amber color like a pale ale should, and a good hoppy aroma. beer laces very well also. taste is good and crisp, not overpowering but not weak, a really well balanced beer

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.07/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at the brewery, first beer I have ever tried served out of a cask. Different in that it seemed a little smoother, and defenitely a little warmer (which is a good thing) than their beer served on tap.

The taste and nose of this brew are mostly all hops. During the first part of the sip, the beer begins with a nice mix of fruity hops. As it should be for the stlye, there is a large amount of hop bitterness at the end that sticks with you even a few minutes after the sip is completed. Hardly any malt sweetness there, but there is just a tad bit to balance everything out.

This is a highly drinkable pale ale and by far the best brew I tried that Blue Star brewed (they were currently out of two beers). A typical, but very good pale ale. If it's available in the cask when you visit, be sure to get it served that way, as it's a great way to experience a beer.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived crystal clear golden amber with an off-white head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a nice citrus and caramel aroma that was also floral and fresh.

The flavor was bitterin with a strong citrusy hop punch bittering and some orange and grapefruit flavors. Quite a hop punch!

The finish was dry with a lasting bitteirng long adn almost harshly into the aftertaste. The body was meidum and the carbonation was low due to being on cask.

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Photo of champ103
3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper red color. A minimal white head forms with little lace.
S: Citrus and floral hops. Sweet caramel malt. Enjoyable.
T: Follows the nose. Citrus, and floral hops up front, and finishes with a sweet toasted malt flavor.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A slightly soapy and oily feel from the hops. A little thin and watery though. This is a great beer to quaff. I could drink this all day.

Very simple, but very enjoyable. I can sit out on Blue Star's deck and enjoy several of these with no problem.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of kimcgolf
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured to an orange-amber with medium thick off-white head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Aroma was not overwhelming, but what was there was a hoppy citrus fruit with an underlying malty dark fruit and toffee. Mouthfeel was full and slightly bittersweet and the taste heightened the senses of the nose. Finish was well rounded, bringing out both the bitterness of the hops along with a touch of sweetness from the malt.

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Photo of schoolcb
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was your typical American Pale Ale, nothing fancy, nothing to write home about. Golden Amber with a nice head. Hop aroma, and hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Fairly well balanced malt profile, although compared to a Pale Ale like Sierra Nevada this one was missing a few IBU's. A nice drinkable brew.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first cask expirience and I was a little surprised that I didn't enjoy this beer as much as I did on-tap. The appearance is better than on-tap though, the color is amber-orange with some haziness. The head is better than on-tap too. The aroma is lightly hoppy and clean. The taste has a little more bite initially than on-tap, but becomes too smooth and watery towards the middle of a sip. Overall the on-tap version had better hops taste throughout. This isn't bad in the cask, but I was expecting more since I've been hearing how great cask-conditioned beers are.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. The beer pours an orange-white color with a white head. The aroma is very well balanced. I get some caramel and toffee malt as well as some pine from the hops. The flavor is more of the same. The beer is very well balanced and the malt keeps the beer from being bitter, while still allowing some hop flavor to come through. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Bobhoya
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a pretty strong pale ale, it's really bordering on being an IPA.

Pours a deep copper in color, very clear with a fizzy shortlived white head. Nose is quite hoppy, very floral and strong smelling. Taste follows suit, lots of hop bitterness and flavor, malt taking a decided backseat. A little more hoppy than I expect from a standard pale ale, so it really wasn't what I was looking for. Still a respectable brew however, quite tasty.

SlĂ inte!

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Pug
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of glid02
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewpub.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of equal parts pale and caramel malts with a lot of diacetyl. Also present are light citrus hops but the buttery aromas really dominate.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. More caramel malt influences than in the nose and similar amounts of citrus hops. Also present, as with the nose, are large amounts of buttery diacetyl that come into play midway through the sip and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with slick carbonation.

Drinkability is not that great. I finished my glass but the prospect of another does not excite me.

Overall I could tell there was a decent beer there but it was just too much diacetyl for my liking.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Will_The_Thrill
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great head. I was excited to try this beer.

Smell was of faint pale and caramel malts with some hops.

Taste was really really average. It was dumbed down and thin on the malts with a slight dry hop bitterness to finish.

The mouthfeel was thin for a pale ale. It was sort of watery.

This beer was lackluster for a PA. There are so many pale ales out there that are superb. This one is a pass.

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Photo of kdog630
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately, this beer experience was tainted somewhat by the servers inability to properly seal the growler. I checked some 45 minutes after purchase to find the lid still needed a good quarter turn. That said, I found this to be a decent beer.

Opened the growler 48 hours after buying it. Little carbonation left, but enough to have a 1/4" head with a direct pour down the middle. Good copper color and a nice hop aroma. Very citrusy.

Very good malt flavor that was balanced well by the hops. Fuggles? Nice finish also. Short lived, but pretty good.

Even without adequate carbonation, this is a drinkable brew. Next time I'm in SA, I'll take some time to drink some directly out of the tap.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale is a decent example of the style, but nothing to write home about. It pours a slightly hazy orange with a single finger of foam on top. Smell is of slight piney hops, with a bit of sweetness behind it. Taste is similar - some malty sweetness with an overlying hop presence. It's balanced, but it's too light in many regards. While I'm not looking for this to be an IPA, I like a bit more flavor from my pale ales. Mouthfeel was decent for the style. It was easy enough to drink, but after one, I was off to try other brews from Blue Star.

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Photo of StephRai
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of beerpadawan
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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Flying Pig Extra Pale Ale from Blue Star Brewing Company
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