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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001

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Ratings: 451 |  Reviews: 201
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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Photo of bisoubisou
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

nice thick head, slightly hazy

rusty, hops/citrus

very nicely balanced start and middle; not too much malt and enough hops to keep it interesting. but the finish is sour - not in a good way.

the ample carbonation is a reminder that this isn't an English IPA and keeps things lively but the sour aftertaste is accompanied by an annoying buttery tongue coating.

very promising and delicious during the first sip but just can't get past the aftertaste. have fallen for this many times over the years. doesn't seem to matter if it's a bottle or on draft. that said, it's almost a non-issue when taken with a meal or a bag of chips so another way to put it is "nice food-friendly beer."

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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 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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Extra Pale Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 451 ratings
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