Extra Pale Ale | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Extra Pale AleExtra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Ahoyhoyindeed
4.85/5  rDev +46.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light amber
Smell: Slightly sweet
Taste: Light but sweet with virtually no hop bite
Mouthfeel: Light and gentle with a decided crispness
Overall: Been drinking a lot of pale ales this summer and this one is by far the best. Refreshing, delicious and great as a session beer that only increases in quality as the session continues.
Serving type: bottle

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Photo of tjd112
4.52/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Maybe I'm biased because this beer is local to me, but then again, freshness counts. Poured into my Flying Fish Pint Glass.

A - Gold-orange color, half finger head, some lacing
S - Somewhat citrus-y, detected a little bit of apple in there
T - Very fruity, no frills taste, which is definitely a plus for a pale ale.
M - Medium bodied with slight carbonation
D - Washes down almost anything, but please try to appreciate it for the taste.

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Photo of Cesarg335
4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

I had this Beer when I visited my uncle is P.A. and Dude!!! It was definitely a beer you must have at a BBQ or gathering. Amazing in taste and not to bold in flavor. Very smooth yet flavorful.

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Photo of LordChesterfield
4.3/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't pour this beer so I can't accurately comment on the appearance, thought I would think that it's extra pale. The smell is slightly of hops and that's it. It tastes slightly of cascade hops and is light with a sweet fruity side that reminds me of melon. It's also clean and refreshing. It's not particularly substantial but it is quite satisfying. It is very agreeable all around with nothing wrong with it. It's also brewing in the town that neighbors my hometown so all the better.

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Photo of Loki
4.28/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a light, pale, golden yellow with a decent white head. The head retention was fairly good and the lacing was great.

Aromas of subtle caramel, light biscuity dough, sweet malt, and grains. Some hints of spice and hops, but not what you would expect from an Extra Pale Ale

Taste is very subtle and medium bodied. Very smooth, crisp, and clean. This is not a hop head's Pale. I absolutely loved it. This reminded me of an English Pale. Very mild, and a wonderfully complex balance of flavors. Sweet malt, caramel, hops, and spice. All very subtle, non dominating the others. A wonderful session beer, and a true delight.

A true departure from the current trend of American Pales being highly hopped. This is a great mild, easy drinking Pale ale. This is also a wonderful convert beer. Try it out on your macro drinking friends.

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Photo of Wendysd
4.27/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured in a pint glass. Nice thick white foam, sticky lace on the glass. Very light on the smell. Nice mouth feel, soft carbonation. I really like the taste. Good balence citrus and malty hops. Slightly darker straw color. Good price for a very good beer. I would buy this one again. Worth trying if you never had one.

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Photo of erosier
4.22/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a darker amber color with a short and medium bodied tan colored head that takes some time to settle. It laces the glass pretty nicely all the way down.
S: It smells of sweet malts, some citrisy hops, and a twang of fruitiness in the nose.
T: Tastes of very sweet malts followed by a slight fruity flavor and finished off with alot of citrisy hop bitterness.
M: Very refreshing and fresh tasting.
D: Very good beer and very drinkable.

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Photo of sprackops
4.12/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with an eyecatching label which, sadly, has no freshness date. Poured into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Light amber with minimal head. Took on an almost luminescent appearance in a dimly lit room.

Smell: Herbal hops character in the foreground with freshly baked bread. Very nice.

Taste: Noticeably sweet with a hint of vegetal taste similar to green tea. Biscuity malts and faintly citric hops leading to a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Not nearly as thin as the appearance would lead you to believe. This beer has nice body and active carbonation.

Drinkability: Considering the taste, body and ABV, I'd have to call it exceptionally drinkable.

Notes: This one reminded me more of a Kolsch than an APA, which is certainly not a bad thing. Perhaps this is why they decided to call it an 'extra' pale ale. Either that or I'm projecting my thirst for a good Kolsch onto this brew. Brewers: bottle more Kolsch-style ales, please!

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good session brew and this is what the boys from South Jersey were going for. I am really appreciative of this beer. It has a nice malt flavor. It is going for more of a British rendition of this style, so it keeps the hops in check and in balance. Maybe not the most impressive beer in the entire world, but great for parties and for those who want balance and longevity in their drinking.

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Photo of bmills1608
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very clear, pale gold color. Smallish white head, gone is seconds to a filmy white lace. Aromas of butter, light malts, caramel and a touch of bitterness.

Taste was rather creamy and smooth. Easy drinking, on the lighter side of the spectrum, with nice vanilla and butter flavors. Very clean, moderate carbonation helped with the beers wonderful drinkability. Hop aroma, flavor and bitterness were all fairly low. This pale is more along the lines of an easy drinking English style pale. Finishes a bit sweet and bready. Very, very nice.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – The head on this beer was unbelievable. It shot up my Ruination glass like a volcano. At one point I had 80% foam in the glass, and I poured this gently. It left some nice lacing as well. The body was a hoppy-looking, cloudy orange.

Smell – Oh, this is citrus hop city. There’s a small malt backbone to this one, but mostly it’s the citrus hops that seem to have a little spicing. NJ pale ale meets BSPA?

Taste – This did have some Belgian Strong Pale Ale characteristics. It’s definitely spiced with a nice malty backbone. Coriander for sure in this one. The citrus hops dominate though, making this one a big Pale Ale without question.

Mouthfeel – Big and fluffy, again like a good BSPA. This is only probably medium in the body but the huge, live, quality carbonation fills the cheeks. This is not the cheap, fizzy carbonation you get with a lot of American ales. This is full and fluffy, tickling the cheeks and tongue.

Drinkability – Don’t buy this if you’re looking for a flat Pale Ale or an American IPA “light.” But, if you love Belgian Pales as I do and want an American alternative, I haven’t found a closer match yet.

Comments – I got this bottle in the annual Holiday Swap coordinated by xlperro this year. I was fortunate enough to draw jcalbi as a partner, and this is one of the better beers I’ve had this holiday season. Good tidings and cheers!

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.08/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce into pint glass. Just about the clearest beer I've ever seen, its like a funhouse mirror looking through the glass. Bottle art on current run is sweet, with great typography, modern but classic. The taste, while somewhat bland, is still good. Its not going to win any awards, but its a local brewery for me and worth the price I got it for at Trader Joes ($1.50 per bottle for a mix six).

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.05/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a light amber color with slight head that dissipates to nothing more than a coating, but head clings to glass as its downed.

Smell is a light, refreshing malty scent with a hint of hops.

Taste is malt upfront with slight crisp hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light and fresh with a linger malt aftertaste.

Very drinkable, glad they serve this one at Phillies games, perfect for hot afternoons at the Bank.

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Photo of ralree
4.02/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A murky yellow with a nice fluffy white head of 1.5 fingers that settles down into a good lace.

S: Wonderful hop flavor, a touch of sweetness like honey. There's some definite lemon as well in the background. Refreshing - I can't wait to try this.

T: Lemony hops are the first flavor, followed by a great bread flavor - tastes like it just came out of the oven. After swallowing, moderate hops and a little more lemon, then some fruitiness. Not exactly what I was expecting from an "extra pale ale," but still decent. It's lacking flavor - needs more hops. I might be biased from hitting the Arrogant Bastard ale so much, though.

M: Medium-bodied, perfect carbonation, no astringency. I was expecting puckering from the hops, but it was lacking in that department. It's a little watery, though.

D: Drinks like a charm, and is definitely refreshing. Would be a good buddy on a hot day.

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and fruity. A medium bodied pale ale. Malts are sweet and fruity. Dry hopped and grapefruity. Very nice. Well balanced. Sweet and fruity with a nice bitter middle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: golden, amber, reddish

smell: sublte hops and citrus aroma, carmamel bread aromas

taste: balanced and not extremely hoppy. but great flavor, very sessioanable

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: fantastic brew. its not a hop bomb ale but it's a decent selection.

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Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden tone. Thin ivory white head. Lacing is more than adequate. Some bright tones of grapefruit and citrus on the nose. A little caramel sweetness is detected as well. Nice little apricot presence on the nose. It complements other citric hop notes nicely. Orange is noticeable. Some light tones of toasted malts form the malt base. Mouthfeel is just slightly spritzy and the body is a little better than medium. Good pale.

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Photo of Citadel82
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Inlet Cafe, Highlands New Jersey. What a pleasant and tasty find this was. We went to the Inlet because we heard the food was excellent, it was as was the service but the presence of craft beer on tap was a pleasant surprise. A good solid APA, though not the hop bomb the style can sometimes be. Aroma was floral and lightly sweet, Color was reddish gold with a scant though persistent white head, taste was clean and somewhat balanced, though definite hop characteristics were identifiable whereas the malts where rather indistiguishable. Medium on the palate with abundant carbonation. This beer was an easy drinking treat.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden pour with about a finger head with nice lacing.

S: Malty sweetness, wheats and grains, slightly earthy and a touch of metal.

T: Fruity(strawberry-like), malts and light bitter hop flavors mainly pine and earthiness. Nice balance of malts and hops.

M: Bubbles tingle the tongue with a crisp, dry finish.

D: This is a very easy session beer more in the style of a British Pale Ale that has enough complexity for the style.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium amber color with initial massive white puffy head that very quickly completely dissapeared with no lacing to be found. Smell is light and malty but nothing special. Taste is strongly malt with a nice summer fruitiness also present. Any hops present play only a supporting role. Nice full creamy mothfeel. Finish brings out more of the hops with a milt dry biterness at the finish. I enjoyed the beer, Could be a nice session beer.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draught at Hathaway's Diner on Rt 130.

A - It shares a striking semblance with BMC standard fare. It has a slightly darker hue, due to lack of adjuncts and more malt body, and it's not quite as effervescent. This was poured into a tall sexy glass. I felt class drinking from it... even though I was in a diner in Jersey. With a bold continuous head it would get perfect marks for appearance. I wonder if suds aren't to blame.

S - There was lots of malt and some uninspiring hops. The aroma wasn't wonderful, like in an IPA or RIS. However it was pronounced enough to suggest the beer has character. It certainly wasn't unpleasant.

T - Lots of pale malt, a little sweet and some crackery dryness. This is a pretty basic beer, but not grainy or trying like a Pilsner. The hops were also more restrained than in a normal Pale Ale, but the bitterness distinguished this as a craft ale. The flavor was subdued, but again enough to add to the taste of the beer. Some citrusy notes, but a PtE clone it is not.

M - Comparable to a Yuengling: more body than a Pilsner but more restrained than your favorite Okotberfest. Just enough to be a session beer: neither grainy and unbearable, not heavy and taxing. Really refreshing, but also satisfying.

O - This is a true Missionary beer. For the BMC drinkers who thing Yuengling and Sam Adams are specialty beers, and that anything craft if "heavy" or "hoppy", this beer really opens up the world of possibilities.

If you're looking for a Pliny the Elder or 90 minute IPA in the form of something that you can pound back all night keep walking. However, if you're mature enough to appreciate a beer for drinkability and refinement, here's a go-to ale.

Could improvements be made? Sure, some more interesting malts and hallmark American hop varietals would boost this beer to another level. But it's already doing quite well.

Really, I think this beer should be considered a Blonde Ale so the Craft Beer community would examine it in a different light.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours goldenrod with a medium white head, no lace, good retention.

S: Lemon, honeysuckle, orange, a flowery nose.

T: Nice mix of grass, lemons and candied oranges. Nice malty residual sugar play and some minerality. A satisfying mix of flavours.

M: Light-bodied, fairly crisp, easy going carbonation.

O: This is quite a good pale ale. It's not a hop bomb, but very well balanced, I enjoyed it quite a bit, don't understand the low rating overall.

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Photo of Offa
3.97/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a light, gentle, but reasonably characterful, very enjoyable and highly drinkable ale.

Slightly hazy pale amber/orange, it has a small off-white head soon thinning to foamy ring and wisps.

Aroma is fruity grain, crushed green plants and grass, slightly jammy bread.

Taste is dry fruit candies, white bread (esp in finish), zesty grassy-minerally quality. It is gentle and light but balanced, well-rounded, lively and engaging.

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Photo of kenito799
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Citizen's Bank Park, Phillie-Mets game.

Really nice to have local craft brews at the ballpark! Shea ( and future Citifield) and Yankee Stadium, please take note!

This yellow brew with a small head (lacing can't be examined in this plastic cup) delivers a crisp, clean malty scent. The soft malt on the palate finishes with light hoppy bitterness, very balanced and drinkable. This would be a great go-to beer here on a sweltering Philly day...not so appropriate for the wind-blasted upper deck on a chilly April night, but a nice find. Go Mets!

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Photo of beernut7
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This smooth ale is one of the more flavorful of its style. Off the pour with an initially malty aroma paired with a delicate hop spice. The first taste gives forth a crisp flavor with hints of caramel malt followed by a rounded mellow bitterness and a perfectly balanced hop spice. The finish is crisp and clean and makes for a very well put-together and easy drinking brew.

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