Flying Jenny Extra Pale Ale
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

Flying Jenny Extra Pale AleFlying Jenny Extra Pale Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #833
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,533
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 9.38%
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
381
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Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
 
Rhode Island, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Flying Jenny Extra Pale AleFlying Jenny Extra Pale Ale
Notes: 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: 66 | Ratings: 381
Photo of gcamparone
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
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 -0.3%
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 +4.9%
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 +3.4%
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 -1.6%
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 +12.8%
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 +9.4%
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 +8.1%
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 +10.2%
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 +12.8%
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 +6.5%
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 -2.3%
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 angrybabboon
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 6/22/12

Appearance: Somewhere between burnt orange and golden orange in color, clear, pours with a creamy off-white head - remarkable head retention, keeps a nice cap - some spotty lacing

Smell: Hoppy and earthy - lots of citrus, with some tropical notes - oranges and grapefruits, fleshy, pithy, and floral - hoppy, but not really aggressive - caramel and pale malts, with a nice level of earthiness

Taste: Nicely balanced - hoppy, but not at an IPA level - orange and grapefruit flesh, with lingering pith - moderately bitter - pale and caramel malts, bread dough, and lightly cooked biscuits - lightly sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth and a little chewy, nicely carbonated

Overall: I don't know what an Extra Pale Ale is, but I do know that I like it

As far as styles go, this is really at the intersection of APA and IPA. It's hoppy and highly quaffable. It's similar to hoppy American pales (e.g., Daisy Cutter), but it's also unique. I had this on-tap at The Malted Barley in Westerly, RI. It was fantastic with a pretzel. I'm glad that it is now in cans.

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Photo of Robtobfest
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up with low expectations

Appearance is a beautiful orange amber with a stcky billowy head

Aroma is fantastic. Reminds me a bit of the hop profile in Bells Two Hearted but maltier. A ton of citrus and and some sweet malt.

Taste is also great. So much flavor packed into this at just over 5%There is not much bitterness but rather a candied fruity citrus hop flavor. Really nice.
Mouthfeel is medium and a bit heavier than expexted for an"extra"pale ale.
Overall this is a really a nice surprise! Really easy to drink and a welcome local addition.
Im ordering a log of this fo r this weekend! Its that good!

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Photo of greybeardloon
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Dated June 5, 2012

A: Dark for a pale ale, dense head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Bitter herbal and tropical fruit hops. An interesting and unusual hop character on the nose.

T: The hops are prominent again. Lime and other tropical fruits without the juiciness I usually get along with tropically fruity hops. More a bitter fruitiness... Malt is somewhat subdued but sufficient to support the hops. This is like a half IPA but without the prominent caramel malt (and I guess that's what they mean by the extra)--the malt profile is like a pale ale, but the hops are a bit...extra. It's quite tasty, and it tastes good even at fridge tempurature.

M: A bit thin. A bit more body would be good.

O: Good stuff, and lots of flavor at a modest (albeit over 5%) abv.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/1/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts with a quick burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice solid beer to pound down for a long time.

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Flying Jenny Extra Pale Ale from Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 381 ratings