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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Reviews: 200 | Ratings: 444
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 TheMultiYeast
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at a seafood place in NJ. Clear dark yellow with a small white head.

Smell is basic pale hops, bready, light citrus, some pine, cut grass.

Taste is a mix of pine and citrus both on subdued levels..Well balanced pale ale. Herbal hop qualities shine.

Light body, went well with dinner.

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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 Oakenator
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice yellow with slight cloudiness. Head is fine and retains well - still some left 10 mins after pour. Smell is very light and almost smells of pilsner. Taste is crisp and great for a hot day - some lemon, some orange and other citrusy flavors. Would be a great session beer.

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Photo of facundoCNB
2.97/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a hazy orange-yellow pour with small amount of head. smells of orange, oats, lemon, tea leaves. tastes very mellow - a sweet citrusy blend of fruits and malts. hints of orange, honey, bread. not a single trace of hops.. not what i was expecting at all. light body with medium carbonation, no sign of lacing.

don't get me wrong - this is a great summer session ale. sweet yet refreshing, with a low abv so you can keep going steady. the only thing is, this tastes nothing like a pale ale... the taste is more or less like a light mix between a witbier and an amber, which is kind of weird - but not bad... just not a pale ale!

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Photo of KajII
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Shaker glass}

The pour was a cloudy straw yellow with a small (1 finger or less) white fizzy head that dissipated quickly down to a small collar and possessed poor lacing.

The aroma was of a faint biscuit malt, a light floral hop and a sweet yeast with notes of citrus (orange and lemon), caramel and a sweet apricot odor.

The taste was a mild malty sweet with a hint of caramel and a slight fruity presence at first, and then got a very mild hop flavor with a light citrus note at the end. The flavor faded very quickly and was quite mild, leaving behind a very lightly hoppy sweet watery taste.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall a brew that possesses a very mild fruity hop flavor with just a hint of a sweetness and a low ABV, great light session beer...

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

Appearance: Poured into my new Leinenkugel's beer mug. Amber color, not much residual head.

Smell: Smells a lot more malty than hoppy. Seeing as how I'm a hop hog, this is disappointing.

Taste: Malty flavor, not much of a hop presence. Nothing special really, just a solid beer flavor. Sure as hell beats PBR.

Mouthfeel: Continuing with the theme, nothing special. Not overly heavy, not too carbonated.

Overall: This is a good beer to simply drink; doesn't really have any outstanding characteristics. But, has enough flavor to at least know I'm drinking beer. Probably won't buy anymore unless it's on sale.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.55/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from Trader’s Joe. Pours deep golden with a thin, short lived white head. Aroma is of bready malt, some hops and some off sour notes. Body is light and slightly crisp. Bready malt, some light hops and hints of fruit combine on the palate. Finish is semi-dry and short- lived. Simple, inoffensive brew.

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Photo of AlfaMale
2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Almost looks like a wheat beer, but the bubbles just keep on coming even though the head dissipates quickly. A bit sweet with very weak hop flavor and a bitter aftertaste. It almost reminds me of a Rolling Rock by taste. I'd be hard pressed to classify this as and ale by taste.

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Photo of UnknownKoger
2.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into Bruery tulip. Never heard of this brewery before. Appearance is golden orange. Vigorous pour yet the carbonation dies down quickly. For an extra pale ale, there is pretty much no hop smell. It smells and tastes more like a lager or pilsner to me. It has that grainy, adjuncty taste to it. Very little hop profile. Mouthfeel is fine.

Overall, I may have got a bad bottle. No date on the bottle, so I can't say really. It's an okay beer at best, but it certainly doesn't taste like an extra pale ale (or a pale ale for that matter)

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Photo of rwrk42
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale copper color with a little off white colored head

Smell- Sweet smell of malt, caramel and slight citrus hops.

Taste- Nice mellow taste of sweet malts, citrus and a slight bitter hops finish.

A little lacking flavor. Was hoping for a bit more.

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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 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 57md
3.06/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark straw color with very little head. The nose is very weak with no detectable aromas. There is a light malt flavor with some bitterness present, but the finish is lackluster. Overall - this is a bland effort that left me disappointed.

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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 CHickman
2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy 2 finger off white head with a lot of bubbles in it that faded slowly and left OK spotty lacing.

Smells of toasted grains, biscuit, toast, cracker, light caramel, herbs and faint hops; this has the classic English pale ale aroma, not an APA nose, and overall it's one sided.

Tastes like it smells, with toasted grains, biscuit, toast, cracker, light caramel, herbs, tea, grass, oatmeal, earthy tones, a hint of brown sugar and faint citrus hops; this was not hoppy at all and should be listed as an English pale ale.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and almost watery with light carbonation, a light body and a very grainy finish on the dry side.

This went down easy enough, but it just didn’t taste that good to me and seems that something went wrong in the mix or brewing as the malts and grains just don't allow the hops to come through. This is very unbalanced to me, and I drank the entire 6 pack over the course of a week and each time I had this beer is always seemed to be average and a let down. My view is that more hops would boost the flavor to APA or extra pale ale status.

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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 KyleVick4
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

in a pint glass

A: Pours well with a thick head. Leaves subtle lacing. Coppery yellow in color. Mostly clear with a tinge of haze.

S: Smells like an English Pub! Hoppy nose grapefruit and lemons predominate.

T: Crisp hop bite with a touch of malt. Very drinkable beer. Grapefruit hops come through with carmel behind it.

M: Crisp and refreshing. Light and dry bodied with low carbonation.

O: Good beer. I'd buy again. Easy drinker and a solid ESB all around.

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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 ColForbinBC
3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap, served in a pint

A copper colored body with just a touch of haze and a frothy, off-white cap that sat a good two fingers. Good retention and some spider web lacing.

The nose is mostly hoppy (grapefruit and lemons), with a sweet cereal-like graininess on the back end. Pretty simple.

The hops are sharp and biting and really cut through the malty sweetness. Grapefruit, lemons, oranges and a grassy/earthy flavor from the hops while the malts lend a lightly sweet caramel.

Light bodied, crisp, dry and lightly bitter in the finish.

Overall, this is a nice example of the style. There aren't too many extra pale ales out there and this hit the spot.

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Photo of MrOH
2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slighty haze golden color with a thing head.

Earthy, grassy hops. Caramel malt. meh.

Sweet oranges, caramel, slight hop bite, grassy. Ehh.

Pretty clean, low carbonation.

Definitely not a go-to APA. There are many others that I'd much rather have.

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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 DrewSnyc667
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Citizens Bank Park, pretty decent selection there

A - Tawny copper, very bright, small head with little retention. Not a whole lot of lacing either

S - Sweet and spicy, hop present upfront, sweet sugary malts balance the nose

T - Sweet and refreshing. Has a nice hoppy finish but not overly done like other american pale ales, very very balanced

M - A Tad sweet and sticky, especially if you out in the sun, leaves a bit to much aftertaste on the tongue

O - A nice balanced pale ale, certainly something I'd get again

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Photo of KAP1356
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft last night at Citizens Bank Park. Poured into a plastic pint cup...

A - Pours a pale, golden-yellow color with about .5 fingers worth of eggshell white head. Pretty visible carbonation.

S - Grains, some citrus. Nice hops, but nothing to write home about. Solid malt backbone.

T - Malts, some herbal, grassy flavors as well that come across earthy. Finishes slightly dry.

M - Nice and light. Slightly prickly mouthfeel from the carbonation. Pretty refreshing on a hot night at the ballpark.

O - Good, not great. Nice for a hot summer's night.

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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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Extra Pale Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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