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

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Flying Jenny Extra Pale AleFlying Jenny Extra Pale Ale

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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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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 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 cbutova
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard good things abut Grey Sail. Some nice looking cans arrived in MA recently, I'm down. Had this on-tap once in RI but it seemed a bit out of freshness, time for a redo.

A- Poured from the can for the review. Semi-hazed amber body with some orange hues around the edges. Puffy, creamy white head to two fingers with nice retention. Nice webs of thick lacing coat a good portion of the glass.

S- Citrus, floral and pine hops come in at a respectable APA level. Yeast bread, light caramel, cracker malt sweetness and slight fruits beyond those hops.

T- A pronounced Cascade hop note comes to mind instantly and leaves me thinking of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The hop profile is citrus zest, pine, floral and slightly grassy and not quite at an IPA level like some APAs today. Rounded out by biscuit, cracker, light caramel and yeast bread hints.

MF- Foamy body for the style but smooth high-end carbonation overall. Body is light to moderate with a bubbly texture but not watery at all, nearly creamy. Medium bitterness in the finish.

Solid APA with the same Cascade hop profile that SNPA made so famous, which is always a great thing considering the amount of breweries that miss on this style.

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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 jegross2
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Flying Jenny Extra Pale Ale from Grey Sail Brewing Of Rhode Island out of Westerly, Rhode Island. Major thanks to Michael Y. for the hookup!

Score: 89

Unknown vintage can served in a Goose Island Chicago flag snifter and enjoyed on 08/01/13.

Appearance: Body is a nice dull orange color with a golden tint. Quite murky. Pours two fingers of frothy off-white head that settles to a thin layer with a nice lacing on the side of the glass. Excellent lacing, very good retention. 4.25/5

Smell: Cereal grain, dull orange citrus, grapefruit and mild piney hops. The grain aroma is more forward than I would like in a pale ale, but it is not offensive in the least -- just unexpected and not traditional for the style. A little floral-ness too. Very light on the nose. 3.5/5

Taste: The grain character here is substantially more mellow on the palate than the nose led on, and it is mostly contained towards the finish. Starts off with a nice bitter hop bite that is a little piney, a little grassy, but more “non-descriptly hoppy” bitter than either. Then orange rind and grapefruit. A light amount of grainy malt in the finish for balance, with a lingering bitterness. Quite refreshing, yet surprisingly bitter for a pale ale -- I guess that is why this one is an "extra" pale ale... 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, maybe a little lighter than that. Feels a little spritzier on the palate than most pale ales, but in a good way here as this helps the bitter hoppiness pop on the palate. Dry finish. 4/5

Overall: Had low expectations for this given the grain-forward nose, but the flavor is where it counts most and this one delivers. Appetizingly bitter and flavorful for the style, even though it is not complex. Give this "something different" brew a whirl if you get the chance.

Cost: $9.49 for a six pack of 12 oz cans.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Been a while since I reviewed a brew. This is actually my first Can review and the first beer I have had from this particular brewery. It was highly recommended, so I gave it a shot in my mix-a-six!

A: I put a bit of an aggressive pour on it so the head is about 2 inches, but the color is a mix between a light and dark brown. This is an unfiltered beer, so there is a little bit of syrupy swirl from the adjuncts.

S: Wheat, lemon peel, and grapefruit lead the aroma in this one. Not too strong on the nose, rather subtle but refreshing. The hops are also present throughout.

T: Theres a lot of sweetness from the lemon and dryness from the wheat up front, with a slight tartness from the grapefruit at the tip of the tongue. Not really any hop bite, but you know the hops are there.

M: A good mixture of tartness and sweetness, very easy to drink Pale Ale.

O: I always heard that craft beer in a can is better in some cases, this one did not disappoint. I loved the flavors from the lemon and wheat and appreciated the balance from the hops. If you ever come across this, give it a try. Definitely would get a 6er if I can find some!

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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 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 musicsherlock
4.25/5  rDev +9%

From a can with 9/08/14 stickered on six pack holder

Pours a cloudy orange with a 1" creamy off-white head. Great smelling, strong tropical fruits and chewy hop aromas. Hop forward in taste giving way to malty palate. Some sweetness but strong hop bitters. Good balance on the tongue after a few moments. Head hangs in throughout with good lacing on the pint glass. Some chewiness as you would get with a Fresh Hop beer. Well carbonated. One of my favorite Pale Ales.

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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 woodychandler
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The CANQuest (TM) CANtinues its salute to New England in the aftermath of Winter Storm Nemo! I scored a sixer of this last weekend while in West Warwick to visit my buddy.

From the CAN: "Raise high the Flying Jenny!"; "Our Extra Pale Ale is brewed with a generous mix of Columbus, Tomahawk, and Zeus hops for their complex citrusy and spicy flavors and aromas. Then, as an extra finishing touch, we dry hop with select Cascade and leave unfiltered to fully unfurl the taste. Hope you enjoy our EPA."; "[undersigned Jen and Alan]".

The Crack revealed another brimful craft CAN. I always feel like I am getting a Baker's Dozen when that happens. The inverted Glug threatened to be too much for my glass so I backed off and allowed it to settle somewhat. Easily two fingers of dense, tawny head sat above the beer with about two fingers of liquid still in the CAN. Color was a very hazy deep-amber, which was to be expected, given that it was left unfiltered. The nose reminded me of the cartoon with the frog, the kangaroo and the rabbit - lots of hops! Just as advertised, it had both a peppery spiciness and a grapefruit citrusiness to it. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were actually jolting on the tongue and I mean that in a good way. Perhaps "riotous" might have been a better term, but either way, nothing was being held back. Where is the demarcation line between APA and IPA? This could have been either and as a self-avowed hophead, I was in love. The hops scrubbed away the weak, dead and dying taste buds from my tongue, leaving me with a fresh palate. Finish was gaspingly dry, not for the faint of heart. The reviewer who drank it straight from the CAN must have been panting for water afterwards. The lacing that remained as the head fell was sticky and will require a jackhammer to remove.

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade and wasnt expecting too much but what a delish beer. Sadly decided to drink it out of a can while walking the streets off SF. Cant talk about the look or smell too much but the taste brings a gorgeous assortment of satsuma, grapefruit and some pine with a strong malty backbone - beautifully done apa/epa and i much prefer this snpa. Eye opening for what this style can be from a producer i never heard of.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Purchased 20 miles from the brewery.

A- Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a thick white head that reduces to some chunky pieces of foam and leaves nice lacing. Good so far.

S- tropical and juicy , grapefruit, piney.

T- Citrus and grapefruit with some hoppy bitterness on the finish. Nice malt backbone. Quite impressive

M- Low carbonation, Medium body. Drinkable.

Overall quite an impressive brew from a lesser known brewery. Definitely better than most pale ales/ipas I've had in the past. Fresh and balanced. I could see this taking off
if gray sail expanded their distribution. I can confidently compare to the big apas , particularly zombie dust.

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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 woosterbill
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can (courtesy of vonschplieffen) into a Duvel tulip. Always happy to try a new canned craft offering.

A: A straight pour results in a hazy medium-amber body presided over by almost three fingers of dense off-white head. Terrific retention and lacing. Other than the slight lack of clarity it's stunning.

S: Nice balance of toasty malt and aromatic, floral hops. Simple and enjoyable.

T: Clean floral and piney hoppiness up front, with some apricot and bready malts toward the end. Significant, crisp bitterness on the finish and dry aftertaste. Flavorful and refreshing at the same time. Very good.

M: Light and lively, with plenty of creamy carbonation. Pleasant.

O: Impressive beer - way, way, way better than this brewery's Flagship Cream Ale. The substantial hoppiness was a very pleasant surprise, especially in something called "extra pale." Definitely worth a shot, although I'd still probably choose SNPA over this, and would most definitely take a Sea Hag when it comes to canned hoppy brews.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, shared by my non BA member drinking buddy Josh IPA (JIPA).

Pours darker amber, cloudy. The head is off white and quickkly it is loosely clinging to the side of the glass.

Sniff reveals a respectable pine infused hop presence. Not bad…

This pale is better then moderately hopped. More pine, more hop resins. Smooth and easy enough to drink and enjoy. Hops in control, but enough of a malty underlayer to provide a bit of balance.

Decent to pretty darn good pale ale. Worthy selection if you see it in your area and are looking for a decent brew in an easily portable can.

I believe JIPA found it in Connecticut…

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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 chimaylvr
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass.

App: thick, intial 1.5 finger foam; color is typical - bronze like gold, hazy; light lacing retention

smell: citrusy to pine hop aroma; hint of dicetyl notes, buttery

Taste: a well balanced hop profile, starts tart lemon, also grassy, then that dicetyl butterscotch hits the back end

feel: somewhat low carbonation level but not too puckering, sour, acidic or malty

overall: given the abv - 5.3 - the classification of pale ale applies but you could have fooled me, the hop aroma and taste along with the color speak IPA. this makes a great seesion beer and has a wonderful hop balance. Sierra Nevada has nothing on this beer. Wish i had another - only got one in a mix a six

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Photo of Jwale73
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz. can served in a nonic pint. Canned on 7/2/2012 tagged on the six pack. Pours a dull golden/burnt-orange hue with a hazy clarity. Head is frothy, off-white and embedded with pinpricks and craters and eventually settles into a fairly consistent 1/8th inch skim. Some spots and swaths of lacing are present during the session. Nose expresses grapefruit, citrus rind and a piney/herbal quality. Taste follows nose with the addition of pleasant earthy hops bitterness that lingers between quaffs. Wow - this is a freakin' tasty APA! Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively, almost prickly carbonation and a pleasant, palate-cleansing acidity. This beer is really top notch and has great complexity for such a low abv offering. I'm super stoked to find such a drinkable local, and year-round to boot.

Update my rating on 2/23/14 - not sure if something has changed in the recipe, but hops are much less in the foreground and I've been getting a bit more caramel malt than my original recollection. Nonetheless, still a regular draft option at home.

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Photo of hmph
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a 6 pack in a trade with Robtobfest, beyond thanks to him for that. I had heard a few things about flying jenny and wanted to get a taste for myself. Reviewed and taped.

A - hazy murky golden brown with an inviting bubbly white head

S - Citrus hops with some floral notes, strong hop presence with sweeter malts as a companion

T - Smooth, delicious, fruity bitterness with a sweetness right before leaving your palate slightly bitter and asking for more

O - Delicious, I would even venture to say the best APA I have had thus far in my craft beer experience. An amazing ale from a smaller brewer with what should be a burgeoning taste regiment

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Photo of sukwonee
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden body with 2 finger head. Lots and lots of lacing.

S: Citrous, grapefruit, all hops and not much malt.

T: Citrous, grapefruit, lemon, finishes with slight hop bitterness. Very refreshing!

M: Light and good amount of carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Good APA (whatever APA is)!

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Photo of uustal
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange/amber with a big, frothy, two-finger off-white/cream head. Very good lacing. Hoppy aroma. Mostly citrus, a bit of earthy spice and malt as well. This is what I'm looking for in my Pale Ales. Definitely feel the hops, but stays true to the style and drinkability. Good grapefruit and milder citrus notes to start before more complex hop flavors kick in. I get floral notes as well as more earthy, spicy hop tones. All balanced by a slightly sweet malt... in the background. Finishes with slightly bitter pine, but with everything in this beer, it's true to the style and not overly bitter to IPA levels. This is an excellent offering from Grey Sail. Do not be afraid of the "pale ale" label, this is a beer with great flavor and excellently crafted.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can with a sticker that says 6/05/12 on one of the cans. Pours a murky burnt orange with an inch of frothy head. Minimal lacing. I could smell this one as soon as I cracked the can open. Great hoppy aroma. Some citrus and tropical fruits. The taste isn't as hoppy as the aroma but there still is a good hop presence. Bitter orange peel mixed with some malt flavor and tropical fruits. A bit of a dry mouthfeel. Wickedly drinkable. One of the hoppier Pale Ales I've had. Overall, worth seeking out for sure.

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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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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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