Flying Jenny Extra Pale Ale | Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

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Flying Jenny Extra Pale AleFlying Jenny Extra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
Rhode Island, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An unfiltered extra pale ale crafted with five different malts and complimented by northwestern hops make this brew one to enjoy year-round. Generous amounts of hops in the kettle and fermenter give our EPA a citrusy and floral flavor and aroma.

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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 339
Photo of rdilauro
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Problem with tis beer is that I have been drinking their Captain's Daughter so much that I am comparing other IPAs and PAs to that one. Which really is not fair.

This was a pretty big beer., full and rich. It had some of that nice spiciness and pine approach as other IPAs do, but then rounds it off with some big time malt and big hops

I am still glad I tasted this one. I am slowly running out of runway for tasting different beers in the CT area, so, when I see something I have not had , I go for it

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Can from MrBarleywine, thanks for the opportunity!
Hazy dark golden color with a fair amount of floaties and a frothy sticky off white head that persists. Light mineral water, earthy spicy bready caramel. Toffee and bitter caramel. Decent enough brew but nothing horribly exciting.

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Photo of far333
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Giant foamy light orange head that lingers long. Apricot colored, crystal clear. Aroma of honey malt and subtle citrus.

Flavor initially matches the nose - biscuity malt, hone notes, but orange rind and citrus hops burst through. A bit hard-edged hops, very pithy. Pretty hoppy for an EPA. Semi slick mouthfeel, fine carbonation tingle in the finish. Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a white head that trails the glass. The smell was actually pretty tame with just some light citrus and pine on the nose. The taste was actually very full with hop flavors giving citrus and a bit of pepper on the end. From the flavor I found the beer to be a bit on the heavy side and the aftertaste wasn't as clean as I like but overall a very nice beer.

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Photo of GJ40
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a can marked "3 05 15 A 2 B E".

Golden with good clarity except for a vast suspension of chunks. It looked like one of those snow globes but with little movement. A big white head. A nice citrusy burst of aroma that fades quickly but remains pleasant. A nice citrusy bite but the yeasty sediment affects the flavor. I would have watch for it on the pour if it were a bottle but it's tough to see coming out of the can until it's too late. A moderate consistency and carbonation.

Nice flavor but the sediment ultimately affected the experience.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange/gold, thin white head. Hops on the nose with a light hint of pepper. Bitter hops up front with a slight malt finish. This will go good with anything off the grill!

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Photo of Roguer
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very nice clarity, coppery and clear. Little carbonation. Head was off-white and quickly dissipated, leaving a decent amount of lacing.

S - Bright and hoppy, hints of citrus, certainly grapefruit.

T - The flavor didn't really live up to the reputation or the scent. Grapefruit peel was highlighted, but there was little to no sugar to balance it out. Malt profile provides just enough chewy grains for overall balance.

M - Fairly light and smooth, but I found that it seemed a little too bubbly to savor and swish around in the mouth. Slight sting; slightly dry. Good overall body.

O - Pretty solid EPA/APA, bright, hoppy, with a clear, balanced malt profile. It's a solid local option on tap, especially to go with lunch or dinner.

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Photo of Florida9
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy yellow-orange in color. Forms a large, rocky, and very stable head. There's even some hop resin floating on top of head. Lots of lacing.

S: Aroma starts off with a slight metallic twang. Carbonation. Hops. Herbal-grassy hops. Maybe a little pine.

T: Taste falls off. Not bad. Just not that interesting. Bready malts, some light citrus and more of the grassy hops.

M: Lighter body. Heavier carbonation. Low bitterness.

O: A fairly middle of the road APA.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Can purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a light clear amber, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like caramel malt, grassy hops, and light grapefruit.

This is fairly unremarkable. It's pretty malty, and the hop character seems a bit muted, and just maybe a little bit boring. It's certainly drinkable, but it's a little too sweet, and not all that crisp, unfortunately.

This is light bodied, not crisp enough, with a good level of carbonation.

Not the best stuff from this brewery.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%

Can. Pours copper and hazy. Darker than what I was expecting an Extra Pale to be. Smells of floral hops, some pine, some citrus and a good lot of caramel malt. The flavor is no-nonsense and close to the nose. Caramel malts, some bread. Citrus and grass hops with a floral element. Straightforward. I was expecting something else. Body is surprisingly full, in context. Medium bitterness. Not bad, not expected.

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Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy amber color. Modest head from a vigorous pour. Little lace (a couple of spots).

Predominantly hop pellet aroma. Appealing, yet one dimensional.

Lightly toasted malt flavor up front. Good hop kick in the swallow. Lingering black pepper aftertaste. Full body and above average carbonation. Long lasting bitter aftertaste.


Notes from on tap

Lots of spotty lace with distinct rings. Small bar pour head. Dark gold light amber color. Cloudy.

Relatively light aroma but it has a good blend of malt and hop.

This is a bitter beer, like a normal IPA. Long aftertaste.

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Photo of dippy
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good Beer but overall a bit too one note. Luckily I like the note, Hops.

Poured a lovely orange with a nice 2-3 fingers of white head on top.
some nice lacing left on the glass.

the smell is very floral. it was life a perfume. a bit off putting but still intriguing.

the taste is straight hops, not the usual hops though, more floral than citrus. but nice and certainly stands out on its own as far as pale ales.

Too many IPAs and Pale ales have been following the same recipe and it was nice to see this brew stand out and something unique.

I like the brew but won't be buying again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yay craft beer cans.

as much as I love cans, they are harder to pour, and this yields a way to big foamy fluffy 3 finger head that's bigger than the beer and forces me to stop pouring, fades semi slowly with lots of lacing, fairly hazy light sediment laden orange honey colored.

Nose has some nice hops, a light floral hop character, mild grassy and spicy, a touch of a juice fruit hop and very faint citrus, a touch of apricot like fruit too, little spicy like. Hint of a malt base but not much.

Taste starts with more hops, mild to fair bitterness at first, but it ramps to a fairly stronger bitterness. Hops are juicy, a little bit of fruity hop character, mostly grassy and a little spicy, light leafy too, and faint pine. Citrus comes through a bit more as it goes, adn again a little fruity apricot like. Malts are very light, just a touch of malt character but mostly seems a little watery. Finish gets quite bitter, more spicy hop bitterness mostly, little grassy and leafy, hint of fruity hop again, no malt.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, a little watery feeling, and decent carb.

Overall not bad, nicely drinkable and nice hop profile, but the malts are just lacking way too much I think.

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, almost IPA like. Taste is hops, pine, a touch of citrus, lots of hoppy goodness, kind of lacking in malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of mnrider
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Two fingers of white foam. The color is hazy amber. A lot of carbonation
and plenty of sediment floating around. Great retention and lacing.

S: Floral grassy hops. Sweet malts. A little citrus.

T/M: Creamy. Hops are grassy, piney and a little fruity. Malts are sweet with
a little bread and yeast flavors. Has a weak bitter taste that lingers into a
mostly clean finish.

O: Nothing really that memorable but has enough to keep me interested.
Lacks in hop bite. Smooth with an easy to drink feel. Probably wouldn't get


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Photo of DrunkPagan
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I wasn't very fired up about the Flagship Ale, but when people started raving about the Flying Jenny, I had to give it a whirl. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be quite good!

For a newbie brewery, and for a micro in a can, this brew surprised with its crispness and complexity. The hops are dominant, but not overpowering, mingling with the background maltiness in perfect harmony and balance. It's light, but not without enough body to remind you that you're drinking a real beer.

My next goal is to try this brew on tap and see if it's better than the can, but however it's served, this is a decent little pale ale in a can. Check it out for yourself.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy orange with a giant foamy two finger head. Good retention and healthy lacing in big chunks. Moderate carbonation. Looks nice

Smells of biscuity pale malts and grassy and floral hops. Not much else going on

Taste is hoppier than the nose lets on. Hops are piney and grassy and dominate the palate. Grapefruit juice. The finish tastes of crackers. Pine aftertaste

Feels crisp and refreshing. Carbonated. Juicy

I'm impressed with this one. Their flagship cream ale was decent at best so I didn't have high hopes for this but I'm pleasantly surprised. Hoppy and refreshing and relatively inexpensive for a 6pk (around $9 average). Granted this probably isn't gonna win any awards but its worth a shot

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy orange gold color with off-white head. Pine, citrus, grass, and some spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice balanced malt bill.

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Photo of Durge
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy golden amber colored brew with a sizeable egg shell colored head and full web of lacing. The aroma is a nice creamy pine-malt blend. Very nice and along the lines of a solid IPA. Maybe a little citrus as well. The flavor offers a bit of the same as the aroma but it's just a bit weaker, as one might expect from a pale ale. The hop bitterness turns into much more of a grassy bite rather than the sweeter pine noted in the aroma. This is a very drinkable brew with a thin feel although the body is closer to medium-light. Carbonation is very polite but adequate. Flavors include nutbread and light caramel but grassy hops dominate with just a hint of pine. A pleasant surprise for a pale ale, a decent hop quotient, but not anything I would go out of my way to revisit. Still, worth a try and probably a decent choice for a beer to go with some grub.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip out of a 12oz can that was canned on 7/30/15
Look - Hazy orange with a two-inch off-white head. Mild retention with moderate lacing
Smell - Nice aromas of pine and citrus. Earthy, floral hops come in as well giving it that grassy note.
Taste - Sweet cara malt and graininess, some citrus as well as a nice grassy hop taste.
Feel - Heavier side of medium-bodied, milder carbonation.
Overall - Not a bad summer pale that drinks rather nicely.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: highly carbonated. Excellent head. Nice rich amber copper color. Only downside is a murky haze that came out of the can.

S: Bright chlorophyl and green wet grass. Big floral aroma. Great.

T: Big pine resin. Dried straw, leaves. Far more dry than the smell lets on. Almost acidic. Woodiness of cedar lingers. Strong carbonation finishes well standing up to the big hop profile.

M: Extra dry. The high carbonation balances it out well cleaning the palate; truly a smart move with the carbonation. Mouthfeel was fairly thick. Very dry.

O: Not sure i liked this at first since it was so big, but I came around. The carbonation was smart. The extra pale thing isn't really my style, but this is a really good example of the style.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Darkish gold. Clear. Head is bright-white, creamy, and drops to asmall cap in short order. Some sheets of lacing. Pretty standard affair.

Smell: Citrus and some earth. Grapefruit zest. Light bready malts. Crackery on the back. Some backing sweetness. Touches of pine as well. Very mellow, but some nice things peeking through. Some tropical elements. Caramel malt sweetness. Floral a touch.

Taste: Pale citrus. Some tangerine coupled with grapefruit zest and a floral aftertaste. Light caramel malt sweetness. A little bready. Very clean. Slight bitterness. Undercooked biscuits and snappy cracker. Building levels of orange and earth as the beer warms. Decidedly floral.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium with a moderate carbonation. Slight lingering dryness.

Overall: JENNAY!

This is a good beer. It's not anything to write home about, but it has enough flavor to be interesting and manages to be incredibly drinkable. I want more beer like this.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In a pint glass this beer was a dark amber color. There was a medium-sized off white head that left a bit of lace.

Aroma of citrus and flowers, as well as sweet malt.

Tastier than the aroma implied. Grapefruit and flowers. Strong malt background of caramel and bread.

A hoppy beer, but still very malt forward. Nice balance.

Enjoyed it.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For and extra pale ale so generously hopped, I was surprised at first to get very little hop aroma after pouring. Looks great in the glass. Fluffy white head that lasts and eventually leaves behind some nice lacing. Initial flavor is a very spicy, peppery hop bite. Some good notes of pine and citrus punch through the back end. Strong malt backbone for a pale ale. In the end, I wish I had more!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From the can. Sampled on August 10, 2015.

The pour is a slightly hazy yellow-orange with a huge cream colored head.

I did not expect the abundance of orange, pine, floral, and grassy hops on the nose but they are there overtaking any evidence of toasted pale malts.

Thin to medium body.

The toasted and grainy malts present themselves briefly but like the aroma the taste is overtaken by the hop bitterness up to the end.

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Flying Jenny Extra Pale Ale from Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
3.9 out of 5 based on 339 ratings.
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