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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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a yellowish gold color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer was moderately hoppy with some grainy malt in there too, it's pretty standard. The taste of the beer had a decent bitterness to it and some light sweet notes. The mouthfeel was light and very drinkable to me. Overall this brew was decent, nothing too special.

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of metter98
3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of grainy and cracker malts in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has light flavors of biscuity, grainy and pale malts along with some hints of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink but I wouldn’t consider it to be sessionable because it’s not flavorful enough where I could have it all night long; it doesn’t really match up compared to some of the other beers in the style.

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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a medium amber color with a modest head that leaves a little lacing

Smell: Toffee nose with a slightly spicy aroma

Taste: Light Belgian malt flavor with a slightly bitter finish that throws off a bit of milk chocolate

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Drinkability: Very unusual take on the style; mainly a malt profile that is made somewhat interesting by the use of Belgian malt; low hop flavors make this a much misunderstood beer that probably belongs in a different category

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light bright golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of sweet malt base with light dry hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by light dry hoppy notes with a malt base that is quite sweet. Body is quite full with good carbonation. It is indeed pale with limited character though not sure I could drink load of those in a session.

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very fresh example - right from the brewery. Clear. Deep golden in color with a white head that holds well and leaves some good lace. The aroma is of a noticeably grainy, gently caramel-accented, and lightly biscuity maltiness. The body is medium-light with a fine carbonation; giving it a soft and smooth mouthfeel. The flavor mirrors the aroma with it's distinctly grainy, lightly caramelish and softly biscuity maltiness - well supported by hop bitterness although not much hop flavor is present. The maltiness is very unique and I'm guessing there's a small addition of some Belgian Munich, and maybe even some biscuit malt involved. The finish is dry with a gently lingering maltiness.Very nice. Overall, however, the beer doesn't go much further than it's malt component. There are hops here, but they play a supporting role. The yeast and it's fermentation are very clean - as intended. Very one-sided, but enjoyable. I find the draft version to be a bit crisper.

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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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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well I tried this on tap around 5 mos ago and thought I would try the bottled version.Pours a medium gold color with a light head,aroma is hop-grassy with a light malty sweet tone.The taste is a little more malty wich I like but still missing something that I cant put my finger on,its gotta decent sweet malty bas with some hop bitterness in the finish.I like it a little better a second time but there are much better pales out there.

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3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out much like the smell, sweet with flavors of citrus, apples, tea and caramel. Then a mild but complementary hops presence comes in. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but has enough substance to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, although there are other beers in the style that I would pick first, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Tuscan Tavern, Blackwood, NJ

Good stuff. Nothing extraordinary, and certainly not the best thing FF has to offer, but offers an easily drinkable, light hoppy taste. Special respect as it's the first craft beer I remember having.

Pours golden-yellow, slightly hazy with a nice white head that doesn't stay around too long. Grainy aroma, and similar taste with a good balance of hops and malts, a little bready. Crisp and refreshing, easily drinkable.

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.52/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Welcome to Georgia (or, more specifically, Total Wine stores in Georgia), Flying Fish!

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, dull golden-hued body with a scant, white head.

Smell: Pale malts yielding tones of unsalted crackers and crustless bread, followed by a note of fruit juice cocktail dosed meagerly with citrus and spicy herbs.

Taste: Pale malts, modestly bready, and with a pinch of simple powdered sugar sweetness to it. Moderate fruitiness akin to a stirred juice mixture of pear, apple, and apricot. Spicy, floral hops with a medium-low amount of bitterness. Hint of subtle of dried citrus peel. A little boost of late-arriving sweetness, though things dry out in the end with final hints of herbs and modest bitterness aided by the carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation, with just a bit of prickliness to it.

Drinkability: It's extra pale, alright, both in terms of its malt character and hop profile. So, beer shoppers should take careful note of that on the label. Still, for those looking for something light and easy-drinking, it fits the bill.

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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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3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange peel with larger than usual bubbles leaping off the bottom of the pint glass and slamming into the underside of a small crown of ivory colored foam. The lid doesn't last and doesn't do a very good job laying down lace.

The nose is underwhelming too, both in terms of power and character. Malts include pale, Munich and Aromatic. Hops are Magnum, Mt. Ranier (which is Hallertau-like) and Palisade (which is Tettnang-like). The result is a lightly toasted earthiness that is crying out for an American hop citrusiness.

Thankfully, Extra Pale Ale is better beer where it matters most. I'm still not thrilled with the choice of ingredients, but then Flying Fish didn't consult me. Actually, EPA tastes more like an ESB than an APA. There's something indefinably English about it.

The malt tastes like lightly buttered toast and is mildly nutty. Top notes include an earthy and slightly spicy hoppiness. Grassy and lemony are nowhere to be found. Germany also comes to mind, probably because of the hop bill. Sorry for the less than wonderful description, but the flavor profile isn't exactly inspirational.

The mouthfeel is at least light-medium, which is always welcome when the ABV is less than 5.0%. The bubbles are a bit harsh at first, then settle down just enough by mid-bottle.

Flying Fish Extra Pale Ale never really rises above the waves and soars on the warm ocean breezes. I have no idea what the letter score will be, but this Anglo-German pale ale isn't very far above sea ('C') level.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the pour was a nice medium to light amber color with a thick head of white that sat on top throughout the entire session, nice lacing down the glass.

aroma is light, nice little notes of citrus, hints of apple, pears, light grasses and a smooth, even flavor or light fruity yeast. as i take the first sip i get the clean, crisp flavor right off the bat. really nicely done. clean and light hops, a good strain of yeast and very nice carbonation all lead to a solid pale.

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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