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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001

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Photo of frykid
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured out of the bottle

L- amber color, nice head on the beer
T- nice hop aromas and tastes, not too strong

Overall - this is a good beer to have with a dinner or at a BBQ

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Photo of 0_0
3.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: light gold with a 1 inch head
Smell: Barley, hops, malt, creamy
Taste: some hops and wheat
Feel: It tasted mild nothing really to write home about
Overall: It was a beer with mild hops, going to go exploring for more NJ Beers hope they arent all meh like this one.

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Photo of ppvora
2.31/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a cold 12 oz. bottle.
Appearance: Golden yellow, 1 finger head, some aeration but big bubbles.
Aroma: Barley, malt, sour yogurt.
Taste: Barley, hops but very mild. Mostly barley.
Mouthfeel: Fine.
Overall: Unlikely that I would buy this beer again. Nothing special about it.

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Photo of delta490
3.06/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a medium-light gold, a little hazy, with a nice little cap of creamier white head that leaves small sticky lacing. The aroma doesn't exist beyond faint whiffs of grain. The taste is much the same, bordering into sweet. The body has a nice weight to it, mostly smooth with just a hint of carbonation.

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Photo of Roby923
2.7/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not much hop presence on the nose, almost lagered scent on the nose. Nothing too memorable about this one, but has the potential to be an everyday ale. Bottled from grocer in King of Prussia.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.52/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden yellow with moderate lacing. The smell is slightly malty with sweet citrus.
Taste of malty tart citrus with a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Rutkiller
3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Better on tap, than bottle. Orange/golden color. A bit on the bitter side. Nothing special with this one. Dry finish. Hints of floral, citrus, pine and maybe clove. Kind of a boring beer.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just realized this is also bottled as the "exclusive" beer of Congress Hall in Cape May, NJ. It is also known as Blue Pig Tavern Ale. It is a decently balanced APA.

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Photo of DuaneL
3.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first impression was - This is a refreshing light ale - but later,after many tastings, I've returned to lower my orig rating. There's not a good enough balance betw hops and malt -needs more deep malt flavor - it ends up coming off a bit watery and lightweight. Also has a back-flavor.

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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 dacrza1
3.84/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: May 4, 2014... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... OCCASION: toilet--replaced; lawn--cut; bathroom--painted = beer time!... APPEARANCE: creamy white head that attractively flairs; dark golden straw-colored, evenly effervescent body; drains evenly... AROMA: vibrant citric (mostly orange with some melon and pear as well) and floral notes with some light caramel malts--accessible and intriguing... PALATE: soft, lagerish body,, equally creamy and thinly taut--sessionable and perfectly at home...TASTE: Flying Fish continues to leave me a happy consumer, as this pale ale a strong profile fits within the genre well and yet is memorable enough to e sought again--maybe not at the bottle shop, but in a restaurant or bar...

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Photo of JG-90
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

XPA is a clear straw color with a moderate sized bubbly white head, head doesn't have much retention and leaves low (almost none) lacing. Smells of light bread, sweet and a little fruity kinda like musty citrus rinds. Aroma is a little too sweet for me.

Nice light fruity taste, a little bready, very sweet finish. A little too sweet for me, but still pretty enjoyable. Mouthfeel is light with above average carbonation, a little creaminess - right on for a Extra PA.

This beer really isn't anything special, but it is light and easy drinking. Was hoping this to be a little more hop forward like Hop Fish and Red Fish. Probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again, yet would be happy to drink it if I don't have a lot of options.

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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 chinchill
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle with a imprinted best by date of 10 Dec. 2013, served in a snifter.
Clear light amber body.
A light APA, with a relatively (i.e., for style) light body, light aroma, and light flavor.
More hoppy than maltly, with a slightly bitter and quite mild grapefruit rind aftertaste.
Good medium+ carbonation with a dry, mildly bitter finish.
Improved more than expected with some warming.

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Photo of horshamguy
3.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
A--Huge head that slowly fizzled down and left nice lacing. Clear golden look. Looks exactly like I would imagine an American lager on tap looked in the early part of last century.
S--Smells sour & tart. Making me anticipate an astringent taste.
T--A little malty, not too much hops, especially for a pale ale.
M--Can hardy feel carbonation. Nothing really of note.
O--If it was 15 years ago, I'd say this was awesome, but craft beers have come a long way since then. This just isn't anything special.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
3.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours crystal clear and straw to gold colour with a thin but lasting head in the form of just a ring and very little lacing.

Upon agitation biscuity yeast aromas come out along with some light malt sweetness and some floral hop notes.

The beer tastes very lightly malt sweet mixed evenly with hop bitter throughout the sip which then takes over mildly at the finish along with some peppery notes.

The mouthfeel is smooth, fairly thin, but not watery, and on the dry side with a fair bit of carbonation over moderate.

Overall, I think this is an excellent beer for summer events (cans would be great if offered). As an American Pale Ale I believe it is too thin, but this is supposed to be extra pale and taylored made as such and when judging that needs to be considered. Would I buy this again? Yes! As an extra pale ale I think this deserves a 4 out of 5!

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Photo of BWED
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler

A- Crystal clear golden-straw color with lots of actively rising carbonation. Fizzy, and a little creamy head retains at 1/4" with no lacing.

S- Light pale malt background, with a light fruity ( not quite citrusy) aroma. Pleasant.

T- Pale, stale tasting malt. Straw flavor. The malt profile in the taste reminds me a bit of Miller Lite, but with a slight citrusy hop balance and bitterness.

M- A good amount of tingling carbonation pairs with the light body, and finishes with a crisp, semi-dry character.

O- Besides the fruity smell, the flavors are fairly bland, and if I blindly drank this, would think of a lager, and a mediocre one at best.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Golden brown color. Big 2-finger fluffy white head, foamy, lots of lacing and retention.

S- Pale malts, grainy. Not much else.

T- Bready with some caramel malt sweetness.

M- Plenty of body and feel. Full hearty breadiness. Dry finish a la other FF brews.

O- Not my favorite offering of theirs, but much better than the options on that particular evening.

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Photo of garuda
2.99/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Gold, clear, white head has some retention and lacing.

S/T/M - Light herbal hops on the nose, taste has cereal grain sweetness with some herbal, lemon hops. Strange sweetness as it warms, though, with some bubblegum (?) Light/medium body, medium carbonation level stays smooth across the palate, finishing mostly clean.

O - Average, a little bland, some off-flavor sweetness. I had one, that's good enough for me.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours clear golden color with active bubbles. White foam steps up and disappears. Malty straw nose. Light but full hoppyish taste. Straw too. Little bitter holds. Crisp finish. Refreshingly simple. Great beer for flavor without being too adventurous. Sessionable.

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Photo of claspada
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, dull golden-hued color with a scant, white head that recedes to leave not much of anything.

Aromas begin with some crackery, lightly toasted white breadiness with some light emerging citrus, grassy and spicy hops. I cannot tell any of the varieties as they hop presence is quite faint.

The tastes begin with the same pale bready maltiness with some slight caramel sweetness. Moderate fruity hops, mostly green fruits like pear and apple with some spicy and floral hops adding a medium-to-low amount of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is has a gentle bitterness with a clean pale malt flavor.

Overall you could do a lot worse for a sessionable pale ale but also a lot better as well. Nothing strikingly off here but not a complex enough flavor profile to make me want to purchase this in a 6-pack form outside of the bar where I found this among the macro-swill.

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Photo of JayQue
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Fairly good Pale Ale. For the price, a good Pale Ale. I bought a mixed six-pack of 12 oz beers under $2.00 a bottle at Total Wine. This was the first one up.

Pours a clear gold color with a little reddish or orange tinge in the gold. Medium size somewhat frothy white head with average retention. Several rings of lacing on the glass.

Smell is disappointing. Mild and somewhat reminiscent of a adjunct lager...a vegetably rice and corn aroma.

Taste is much better. A mild easy drinker with a bit of hops bitterness in an overall mild malty beer. No funky or metallic aftertaste, just a clean crisp flavor

A bit thin on mouthfeel, but crisp and refreshing.

A good beer to accompany food or for a session.

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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 mdfb79
3.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From 03/09/13 notes. Had on tap at BIggie's in Hoboken, NY. 16 oz. pint glass.

a - Pours a somehwhat clear golden-orange color with two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pale malts, light lemon, and citrus hops, and some bready malts. Not bad but pretty bland nose; not much too it.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, lemon, fruity malts, floral hops, bready malts, pale and toasted malts. A little more citrus and more going on than the nose; a slight step up.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink beer.

o - Overall a pretty average APA. Nose doesn't have much going on, though the taste is a little bit better. An easy to drink lighter pale ale; better alternative than the BMC beers but nothing very special.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Going to New Jersey for this one. Not literally, I'm still on the West Coast. But it isn't everyday that you see Flying Fish here in Orange County, so bring on the 12 ounce bottle and get on to the beer:

Almost golden colored with an orange hue. A soapy head on top brings good retention and several good rings of lace which stay around. The nose is solid; little notes of honey, leaves, husked malt, and even a hint of ash.

Light tasting, yet interesting. A hit of minerals leads off the beer, which eventually adds honey, white bread, hop leaves, and a little fruitiness to the pack. With a lighter-medium body and bubbly carbonation which helps clean up food, I found this to be a pleasant pale ale.

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Extra Pale Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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