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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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What the... ? A foamy head pouring out of the bottle as soon as I pop the cap. Once it was poured from the twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass, nothing but head; it just erupts from the bottle. I know the bottle has not been shaken. I got about a quarter of the beer into the glass, I have to let it settle. I have never seen a beer take this long to pour. One of these years I'll get to smell it... Golden hazy in color. Creamy, frothy, soap-like white head still lingers, some sediment can be seen.

I get some bready malt and some grass. Also a citrus smell in the background, I'm thinking lemon. Not a bad aroma.

Interesting taste, not bad at all. Bread, sweet with some spice and citrus. Grass-iness kind of disapears in the taste. Very refreshing and quite enjoyable.

Mouth feel is not bad. Light carbonation -- quite surprising due to the eruption on the pour. Feels nice going down. Doesn't leave the mouth feeling dry at all.

I'm quite surprised how refreshing and tasty this offering from Flying Fish is. First time I heard and tried their beer was on tap at my local bar. Wasn't impressed by them but decided to give them another shot; I am glad I did.

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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 scottbrew4u
3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a Golden color with bubbly white half inch head that fades quickly.

S: Toasted malt, fresh grains, hay, toffee, biscuits, and light herbal and spicy hops.

T: Husky grains, lightly roasted malt, slight honey and biscuits.
Hops add some herbal, spicy bitterness but finish is slightly sweet.

M: Light body with a crisp carbonation that is fitting for the style.

D: Smooth, refreshing, easy to drink with no real flaws. Go have a few and have no regrets.

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Photo of shand
3.72/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

This looks superbly drinkable. Pours a pale yellow colour that's highly carbonated. It has two fingers of head that leaves behind some massive lacing. The smell is fairly nondescript, when agitated I can get some dry hops, grains, and some pale malts. It's all very faint. The taste is pretty nice for an easy-drinking brew. Pale malts and subtle hops are the stars of the show here, along with some faint graininess and a touch of noticable water. A peer to Abita's Restoration Pale Ale.

The mouthfeel is sharp and medium-bodied, the carbonation makes itself known. The drinkability is very good, this brew just slips right down. A solid brew from Flying Fish, it doesn't bring anything new to the table but is a competent, tasty brew if you're looking for something that won't overwhelm your taste buds.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the local bar.

Medium bodied, has a hazey straw color.

The taste is good. Very well balanced, the malts come through, noticed a little hops.
Nothing offensive, but nothing that makes this stand out.

More distinctive than your macros, so not a bad choice to have when you feel like something a little bit different.

Seemed a bit stronger than the 4.7% ABV suggests.

Overall, a good beer.

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Photo of noel2977
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a mix pack from the brewery. Bottle into a pint glass...

A- Light/straw coloring, light/moderate lacing.
S - Smells malty with a slight hop scent - nothign intriguing.
T - Buttery. There is a slight hops profile to it, but this is a lighter, less intense brew. Meh.

M - Crispness that aligns with the taste and presentation of the ale.

D - Easily sessionable, but the taste can get cloying after a few. The beauty of the mixpack allows me to mix it up. XPA is a regular staple around here, and always a better alternate than a macro-brew.

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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 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 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 Vdubb86
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for the NJ tick.

The beer appears to be an orangish minor haze (mostly clear) with white head...well there was white head...it's gone now. The smell is of...maybe malt, I really got nothing here. The good thing is the smell isn't off putting. The taste is pretty sugary. I think there is some candied sugars and a hint of bubblegum flavor. It just beer, I think that's the best thing that could be said for it. There is nothing really special about it at all. This is a fairly drinkable beer, but it's not outstanding in any way shape or form.

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Photo of jeddsp
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the 2nd time I tried this beer, this time drinking it out of a Tulip glass. It improved the taste pretty substantially from the 1st go around. Poured golden with the smell of mild citrus, some breadiness and lite hopiness. Taste was the same, but in the tulip glass allowed more of the citrus and hops to come through. Overall a decent beer that was improved by allowing the smell/tatse to come together (guess that's true for all beers). Would have a again, but there are far better beers representing this style.

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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 silver0rlead
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a thin tan head that doesn't retain very well. The aroma is mostly grainy, with biscuit and bread dough notes, along with some lemony hops, caramel and honey and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is similarly grainy, with biscuit and bread notes upfront, as well as some lemony hops, honey and a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is grainy, and drinkability is OK. Pretty disappointing effort from Flying Fish, I would probably not drink this again unless there was nothing but BMC available.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: golden, amber, reddish

smell: sublte hops and citrus aroma, carmamel bread aromas

taste: balanced and not extremely hoppy. but great flavor, very sessioanable

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: fantastic brew. its not a hop bomb ale but it's a decent selection.

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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 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 HURTemHIZZY
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at citizen's bank park. Pours a clear pale yellow with a one finger pure white medium density head that has ok retention and leaves ok lacing. Smells of some grassy hops, a bit of citrus, and some pale malt. Not bad, a little faint, though.

Taste is very subdued. Faint hoppy citrus, pale malt, bready, dry aftertaste, with no lingering flavor or bitterness. A tiny bit of caramel malt, but not enough to give it any real character. Really disappointing. Nice light, prickly mouthfeel make it a nice beer for a hot day, but not nearly a big or flavorful enough hop profile, and the pal malt is a bit on the thin side.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- The creamy orange body has an antique white head that is supported by gentle strands of tiny bubbles. The head last as a thin wispy film.
S- The soft field corn aroma blends with a soft green hops note. As the beer warms the field corn note turns into a soft caramel malt and honey malt aroma.
T- The soft pale malt has a green hop bitter bite in the finish. The soft caramel malt comes through in the dry finish as the beer opens up.
M- The medium mouthfeel has a fizzy cleaning finish.
D- The caramel malt is nice but still very soft and the fizz scrubs away the hops and the malt flavor. There are no off flavors just a little syrupy even though it is very soft flavors.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this a few times this week from the bottle (which was bottled, I believe, 6-7 days ago). Can't say I'm an expert on it, though, I've noticed subtle things about it here and there. Much better than the swill I had a few months ago in the draft version, which I'm thinking might have been old or something.

Quite hazy appearance to the effect that it spooks me into thinking it could be infected. No nasty funk flecks floating around - occasional bubbles blub up. Apple-juicy, autumnal shade of orange. Fleeting fluffy head that starts out promisingly tall but deflates like a whoopie cushion. Leaves a moderately appealing frost of foam on top.

Sweetish, stewed squash-like aroma. Not bad, but different. Quite malty/grainy waft - ultra-light (color) malt. Weak touches of yeast. No hop notes to speak of.

Tang and mouthfeel of medium-dense apple cider (not the hard variety), but not the syrupy sugartude of it. Dry-roasted nutty notes in the aftertaste - brazil nut is it? hazelnut? One of those. Oh so light touches of caramel as well. Fruity flavors abound, though I can't pin down what - soft ripe pear is the best I got. Bit of a tart wheat wash accompanying the sip, start to finish.

Drinks with a little heft for what it is. Works out about right. Drinks easy, I'll tell ya that. Carbonation is shy until you go in for a swig and then it kind of passive-aggressively rubs up against your tongue and the insides of your mouth like an awkward husky kid skimming through the crowd copping some feels during a slow number at the 7th grade dance. Feels like the curiously cute spawn of an English pale and a "rustic" Belgian farmhouse.

Another "atypical" APA I've reviewed this week. Whaaa? The shit grows on ya. Drinks best relatively warm. Reminds me a hell of a lot like Yuengling Lager, how bout you?

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Photo of cooch69
3.52/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying Fish EPA pours a deep bright golden shade, with a compact head that settles into a thin layer of film. Its as clear as the sky, and looks gorgeous when the head settles down.
The nose shows English Biscuity malts and a small snappy bitterness. There is also a very earthy mustiness that becomes apparent in the sniff.
This beer tastes like a traditional English Pale Ale. The hops are used in a decent manner, suitable for the style. Bitter but not stong, enough of a precense to be seen but not overshine the main star of the show. The swallow is slightly sweet and very vibrant with a good amount of carbonation. It is a very refreshing beer that would be best served on a hot day.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from 7/22/2010 -poured into a pint glass - capped bottle -12 fl. oz.

Appearance: This ale pours honey gold with a slight white head. Some lacing is present but fails to persist throughout.

Smell: Sweet bready malt, grain, and a light grass aroma. All of which are faint until it warms some.

Taste: Slightly hop taste, pronounced sweet malt and bread. Lends a very faint bitterness but mostly sweet grain. There may be some fruity character in the taste such as grape or apples. Has no real aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation. Clean but thin.

Drinkability: A Drinkable beer, but average and unremarkable for this style.

Comments: This beer had a few unusual characteristics for this style. However, I would probably not reach for this beer again with some many other choices available.

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Photo of number1bum
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, light amber color with a fizzy two fingers of off-white head. Very spritzy on the pour with enough bubbling action to the ear I'd think I was pouring a soda. Keeps a thin lace with no stick to speak of.

Smells of biscuit malt with some caramel sweetness. Some earthy hop aromas but that's about it. Even for a pale ale this is lacking in the hop department. Maybe that's what 'extra' pale means in this case.

Flavor wise this offers a bit more, with some more earthy hop flavor. There really isn't a heck of a lot more than that, there's just more of it than in the nose. Biscuit and caramel malt go with it, and all told it's smooth and nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is a light-medium body, not as crisp as that spritziness of the pour would have led me to believe. It is smooth, however, and pretty clean in the finish.

This is a pretty run of the mill pale ale, a pretty easy drinker but not a terribly inspiring one. I lean toward IPAs as it is, but there are plenty of pale ales that offer a bit more in the hop department while remaining very drinkable. A decent beer, but nothing more.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber into an American pint glass, with very little head, but surprisingly good visible carbonation and lacing. Herbal, grassy, and modestly bitter notes dominate the nose. The taste began on a modest malty note, evolved to a more herbal, grassy, hay note, and then finished on a subtle bitter dry note. A little thin, and generously carbonated. Decent session pale ale; not a bad beer, but not a stand out specimen either.

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Photo of Gmann
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a toasted straw color, several shades lighter than a typical APA. The head was small and tight, settled into a solid ring. The aroma is sweet and not very distinct. Some light cereal and toasted grain with hints of pepper and brown sugar. The taste is cereal and grains. A light buttery tastes pops up here and there. There is a touch of a honey/caramel sweetness. No hops detected in the aroma or taste. The feel is light but not watery and fizzy carbonation. The flavor profile is light so the beer is easy to drink and is nice to have after some yard work. This will not be confused with an outstanding APA or even a solid one. There is no off flavors, besides a hint of butter, so the beer isn't bad, it is just boring. Probably a good beer to have as an option at a BBQ instead of macros.

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Photo of therica
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Think of this as a "honey golden ale with light fruity notes" and you might be happy. I do hope that Flying Fish continues to evolve and learn from its reviews and creates a much better version of this allegedly "pale" ale.

A= deep golden, nice white head dissipating quickly to nothing, no rim, no lacing.

S= "stay tuned, I'm still searching." Very light hints of "I think I found a scent" sort of thing, maybe a trace of sweet malts with modest florals.

T= "where's the beef?!?!" "where's the hops?!?!?!" Sweet, honey, apple, modest sweet malts, scant hints of hops and just a trace of dusty bitters. This is more like an average Golden Ale, or less.

M= overly sweet; minor malts, slight sour-apple bitters.

D= I wouldn't serve this at a party unless I ran out of all the good stuff. Sprite or 7-Up would be better offerings.

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Extra Pale Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
3.32 out of 5 based on 446 ratings.
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