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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Reviews: 200 | Ratings: 444
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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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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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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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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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 TheManiacalOne
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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Photo of Rifugium
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
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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Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Surly shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

X gon' give it to ya! I hope so, anyway... It pours a hazy lemon-amber topped by a very short-lived finger (we assume) of white foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuits, caramel, and light flowers. The taste doesn't tread too far from its olfactory foundation, though a touch of very light lime weaves its way into the center of this smallpox quilt. The very end leaves a bit o' mild Swiss cheese on my tongue. Ya think I'm being harsh? I shall quote The Critic: "Shove It! Kiss Off! You Smell!" The body is a rather light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, I wonder what the "Extra" involves. It sure as hell isn't extra APA-ness. Yeah, I said it.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden amber hue completely filtered letting much light pass through with a nice big white foam head after and up and down pour. Aroma: Slightly herbal low fruit profile with some spicing attached just slightly biscuit pale malts swarm the aromatics with a touch of the hops coming through. Taste: Very much biscuit malt sweetness with low bitterness comes of a bit doughy with a rolling trace of ripened fruit not bad a bit lackluster thourgh. Mouthfeel: Light medium bodied an easy drinking spiced pale with some Belgian yeast usage going on carbonation is a bit rough but it all goes down quite smoothly. Drinkability: Not a bad pale just doesn't represent the great beer producing country of Belgium very well it's sessionable in some regards but the biscuit malts and spice may wear on me after a few.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear gold-ish. Nose is like rotting funk. Flavor is seriously lacking. The first swig I got, I almost lost it and just spit it out. Basically I can't finish this because the aftertaste is so nasty. The feel is nice with a good level of carbonation, but who cares. If it doesn't taste good, what does it matter??

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Photo of jwc215
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with a foamy head that slowly descends to a thin lasting cover. Virtually no lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of sweet grain. Grassy and husky with a slight underlying spiciness...Well, something is there...

The taste is of sweet grain and husk. Some vague hop presence lends a touch of citrus. Too malty - you have to search for the hops. Sweet, rather abrupt finish. Clean.

The feel is rather thin, though it doesn't fall apart. It leaves a bit of a prickly sensation.

It's okay for an easy non-eventful "sessionable", but is rather sweet for the style and certainly boring. Restrained hops, otherwise nothing "bad" about it, just bland sweetness. Whether on-tap or in bottle (had both ways) it's not off, but is lackluster.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: murky pale orange in color, floaties about in the body, with a big, fizzy, white head that settles into a tight ring.
Large aromatics, fresh and fruity, vibrant with citrus and hops.
Large hoppiness continues on the palate, booming, but briefly, before mellowing back. Interesting flavor, but I like it...yeast, hops, fruit, yum, ..light in the malt, though...lacks in the balance department, though the fullness of flavor makes me forgive it that.
Thanks to jcalbi for the bottle.

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Photo of Gavage
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beers pours a yellow / gold color with a 1 inch head. The aroma is not overly exciting, some hints of malt came through. Not a bad tasting beer as the malt sweetness was the predominant flavor, but the hops seemed hidden. The bitterness did arrive a little late on the tongue after swallowing. Nice carbonation. There is also a slight dryness that I noticed as the beer was consumed. Very drinkable, as the body is more on the lighter side and it is refreshing.

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Photo of tempest
2.86/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

You know, it seemed nice at first, but as it warmed up the flavors became less pleasant. It came off as an overly sweet, grainy beer, without much hop character or complex malt. At first, the beer had a somewhat rich taste, but that led into an off-tasting astringent, alcohol taste. Looked nice, for what that's worth, but this beer doesn't seem right.

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Photo of WesWes
3.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pale malt scent with a slightly bitter yeast smell. The taste is good. It has a really light pale flavor that is pretty grainy. It goes down easy, but finishes slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This isn't that good of a pale ale. The aroma stinks, but the flavor saves it, although it's only just above average.

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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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Photo of plaid75
3.72/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light husky grain with a smattering of grassy hop.

The taste was light and clean and well balanced. A nice steady grain bill accented by a light dose of grassy/earthy hop. Nice light biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was light and crisp with a dry finish.

Overall avery easy drinking ale. Not your typical APA with regards to hop presence, but a good clean ale nonetheless.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty, full copper color that has just a hint of haze to it. The head is frothy, a finger thick and a pale tan colored head. The aroma is predominantly hoppy with a light citrus note dominating; the citrus is a combination of grapefruity and lemons.

The taste is only lightly sweet, and has a nice sharp hop character that carries throughout the beer. The hops character has notes of orange peel, a hint of tangerine, and a light dusting of herbal-pine. The malt character here is pretty subdued, and straight forward; there is a soft sweet grain note that has a bit of caramel. This beer is quite light on the palate, actually it is approaching being to thin. There is also a slightly off-putting sweet saccharine note here that just does not jive with the rest of the beer. In the end there is nothing offensive about this beer, but it just does not tickle my fancy.

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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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