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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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Ratings: 451 |  Reviews: 201
Photo of Jamstone714
1/5  rDev -69.9%

Photo of shippos
1.55/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

courtesy of ninjaworm via bif 13

poured in to a 16oz glass and had to stopo mid way through the bottle as the foam just completly took over, very carbonated beer almost resembling soda. hugh large bubbly white head on a pale yeloow color. soft aroma, almost non existent to me, can pick up some hints of cooked corn...mainly when i poured it into the glass though. I let this sit a bit to relieve some of the co2, I couldn't drink any other way. bland tasteless body, nothing great to say about this beer except....bad.

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Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought this assuming that the "extra" would mean there's something extra about it but apparently its just a plain old pale ale, oh well. Maybe it'll surprise me.

Pours a clear golden straw color head with lots of visible carbonation and a decent sized white head. Looks refreshing. Smell is very earthy and herbal, nice change up from the citric thing. Grainy taste all the way through with a clean dry finish. Very bright and clean and totally sessionable. Thirst quenching with a slightly slick swallow.

I wouldn't mind this beer on a hot day where I really couldn't handle anything heavy so its not bad. Flavors are very mild but that lends to its sessionability I guess.


I think I was being too nice to this beer earlier cause I was parched when I had it. Flavors are really underplayed here.

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Photo of MonkeyStain
1.75/5  rDev -47.3%

Photo of tchenery
1.76/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Color looks very light for style. It has hardly a head but is showing some carbonation.

Smells like the hops died out of this one. I was expecting to be blown away by hops but I'm only getting a sweet malt smell. There's no date on the bottle.

Taste is buttery. Very average. Slightly bready malt profile, but not really.

Mouthfeel is slick.

I might have a bad bottle on my hands, or an old bottle. Either way this beer is unenjoyable as is.

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Photo of TTripp725
2/5  rDev -39.8%

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.03/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Flying Fish- Extra Pale Ale

Appearance- hazy yellow with a moderate thick soapy white head.
Smell- Very light grassy musty hay. Light malt.
Taste- Musty hay/ straw with malt and an earthy hop flavor.
Mouthfeel- Light basically watery. little flavor. Slighty sweet but not much else going on.

Overall- Once again this is a huge disappointment. Very weak very watery. Not horrible but bland and boring. Avoid!

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2.08/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear golden color with minimal head. The smell is fruity, but there is also an unpleasant odor, not unlike feet. The taste is equally bad. It’s like a bad adjunct lager with some fruitiness. There is some hop bitterness, but not much. It’s hard to finish this beer. Another unimpressive offering from Flying Fish

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Photo of Mineo
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of RWACKO
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

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 xnicknj
2.33/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pint glass

Pours a clear golden color with a faint amber hue. Thick white head slowly fades into some patchy lacing.

Slight herbal hops with some floral notes. Not very bitter or expressive. A few bready sweet tones with caramel.

Splash of light hoppiness up front, with some floral and grassy tones. Hints of lemon peel and citrus. Bready with caramel. Overall very soft, basic, and under-pronounced flavor.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, a little sticky but clean on the tongue. I want to enjoy it, but this is one of the most boring pale ales I've ever had.

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Photo of pentathlete
2.33/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An ale attempting to be a macro lager? This is a slightly darker than typical gold (I'm talking minor shades here) with a small, but stubborn big bubbled head and very active, near club soda level, carbonation. Smell is cheap perfume, old flowers, but no hoppiness or even overt maltiness to speak of. Flavor is watery unfermented malt flavors very similar to an NA brew. Mouthfeel is very thin. This is not that good and I would not recommend it. If forced to choose it would better to stick with a non-offensive macro lager than one of these.

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Photo of Jayli
2.41/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him
Poured in to a pint glass
Consumed 12/31

A: This beer pours a hazy, light copper color with about a 1/4 inch of white head. Head recedes immediately leaving minor wisps of lacing.

S: Nose is buttery toffee, and caramel.

T: Taste is almost like a candy bar, very rich toffee and caramel. A hint of fruitiness in the middle and something that is perhaps akin to hops in the finish?

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, very syrupy.

D: Doesn't go down very easy, fit more in to an amber than APA, not too filling, mild kick. I barely got this one down..in fact, I tried to pawn it off on my girlfriend, but she didn't want it either...

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Photo of Rickyjcnj
2.44/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of bonbini26
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of Mudawg
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of mikr
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Dougal
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

an apa with a label that says extra and you think the hops are going to be very present. well they are not very present in this beer... it is very average compared to some of the greats like terrapin and sierra. it has a very flat boring taste where the carbonation just isn't there and the spice/flavor does not shine through.

this one needs to be re-tooled

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Photo of slimntubbs
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of suckaj
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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Extra Pale Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 451 ratings
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