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: 448 |  Reviews: 201
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 ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of touchmeimsac
2/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of vicsju1991
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of jrutigs
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of victory4me
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -9.6%

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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Photo of trappistlover
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge). Pours a hazy golden-orange color with thin white head. Carbonation is quite active. Aroma has cardboard (old bottle?), some apricot, and hay. Taste is sweet with malt character as well and a bit of bitterness. The taste is more fruity though. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Smooth, sweet finish. A very easy-to-drink beer. I like it.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, gingerbread like malt and a small pine hop. In the taste, small pine hops balanced with some dry gingerbread like malt. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry hint of gingerbread like malt in the aftertaste. Nice small hop bite and kind of feels English, just about average.

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Extra Pale Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
3.32 out of 5 based on 448 ratings.
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