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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Ratings: 446 |  Reviews: 200
Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light, fizzy, throwaway little session beer - but a good one.

Pours light straw golden with a small, fizzy, bubbly head. The aroma is sprightly, grainy, with more than a little lemon to it. The flavor is lemony, light, a little grainy, with a touch of white bread, and a slight grainy bitterness on the finish. The hops are light, flowery and overripe, though never heavy. The mouthfeel is light and watery, leaving a citrusy sourness clinging to the mouth.

Not deep, but refreshing.

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Photo of AdamMY
3.89/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It has a nice color to it like an transparent caramel, but it had a rather pitiful head, I even tried to force it a bit and still nothing.

It is rather clean smelling, but I am not getting a hole lot out of this. Its got some nice hop characteristics with a hint of orange.

The taste is rather good. Behind a pleasant bitterness, it hast a nice fruity character to it like grapes and apples. But it has a good deal of grains in it too, and the over all effect is quite like a fruity bread.

The mouth feel is not bad and the finish is decently long lasting.

In terms of drink ability I am uncertain so I am going to stick with a little above average. Its easy to drink and its nice and flavorful, but I do not know if I could drink one after another with this beer.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A-Golden yellow-copper with a thin head that fades fairly rapidly.

S-American adjunct grains...mostly....where's the hops?

T-Where's my lawnmower...must have left it somewhere...damn...did I misplace that bottle of Bud? Come on guys...what is going on here? Slightly nutty, a bit malty, and very grainy. Ice 'em up and suck 'em down. Nothing else to report here. In fairness...this is not really bad...then again, it is totally unremarkable.

M-Light...nuff said.

D-Sure, I could probably drink quite a few of these and enjoy them just fine working in the heat around the house, but's thats the job for Yeungling at about half the price, and frankly its better.

I really want to support my local craft brewers, and I've heard great things about the exit series, but this is the first FF beer that I have tried, and I am sorely let down.

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

Pours a clean, golden orange color with adequate white head, minimal retention. Smell is bland, somewhat musty, earthy grain and hops with the faintest hints of citrus. Taste does not impress, a white bread and a musty and earthy hop taste, the faint hints of citrus are back, but only confuse the palate. Medium bodied, undercarbonated for the style. First time i had this i thought it was a bad beer line, the bottled and a revisit to draft elsewhere confirmed its lack of anything special.

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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 tjd112
4.52/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Maybe I'm biased because this beer is local to me, but then again, freshness counts. Poured into my Flying Fish Pint Glass.

A - Gold-orange color, half finger head, some lacing
S - Somewhat citrus-y, detected a little bit of apple in there
T - Very fruity, no frills taste, which is definitely a plus for a pale ale.
M - Medium bodied with slight carbonation
D - Washes down almost anything, but please try to appreciate it for the taste.

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Photo of thain709
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A golden body with active carbonation...a white head forms and fades quickly...some lacing

S - I'm picking up some citrus hops and some sweetness

T - The hops are almost absent in the flavor...it seems they were there only for the aroma to lure you into this beer...the flavor really lacks the hop punch even if it would have been a little bit...malts stand out to provide the sweetness...there is a faint yeast flavor at the end

M - Medium bodied...carbonated to make it crisp and refreshing

D - As I said...the nose lures you into this beer...but the fun stops there...doesn't provide a hop fix but it does provide a crisp session beer...wow there wasn't much to write home about this one!

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

Pours a light pale yellowish orange color with a decent head that settled to a thin lacing rather quickly.

Smells similar to some lighly hopped wheat beer. Very soft aroma.

Definitely a highly carbonated beer. Almost fools you into thinking that it's hoppy, but it's mostly fizz. Taste like this beer is brewed with some wheat.

Mouthfeel is fizzy and somewhat thin.

I could drink a couple of these, but the high carbonation would make these hard to session.

Morey's Bottom Line: An ok beer, but not one that I'll be seeking out. I'd rather have a Phin & Matt's or Stoudt's Pale Ale.

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Photo of JRed
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light orange glow in body with foamy white head. Subtle sweets, sugar, wheat in the nose. Light hops, corn sugar and a bready aftertaste. Quite fizzy and light bodied. Should be called Light Pale Ale. Calling it a XPA disfavors the beer. A stepping stone for the macro indulgers.

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Photo of magine
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Phillies game.

Has a light orange color - light white head. No head, no lace to speak of.

Has a slight hop smell - some citrus.

Taste is very weak and thin - not very bitter, not very hoppy, nothing stands out.

The brew is drinkable, but with so many other better APA's out there why bother. One of the weaker brews I have had from Flying Fish. Very average.

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Photo of bonkers
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA pint glass. The beer is straw colored, has a thin head with no retention. The smell is a bit bitter, hay like, a bit weak for a APA. The flavor is slightly bitter and balanced, but a bit thin. The beer is light bodied and easily quaffable. An average pale ale at best, not a bad beer but there are much better APA's available.

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Photo of schmitter
2.76/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

meh...looks a bit darker than a pilsner, BUT its a pale ale.
as soon as i popped the top, i could tell the smell was bad, pouring it confirmed my suspicions. no head, no lacing. might as well be a miller craft beer.
nonetheless, i could drink quite a few (college-style), not that i want to.
to be fair, there is an eeevvveeeerrr so slight hop tase and even less that of malt.

5 more in the mixed pack, anybody want them?

tell me this people: how can you have any pudding if you dont finish your meat????

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Photo of drtth
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The liquid pours out a clear amber/dark gold color with a 1" thick white head that slowly recedes to a ring around the liquid with patches of foam on the surface. Sipping the beer leaves some nice patterns of lacing.

Smell: The aroma has pale malt caramel sweetness with components of fruity citrus hops (grapefruit and lemon zest).

Taste: As expected from the aroma, the flavor includes sweet toasted caramel and some citric hops (grapefruit and lemon zest) with modest bitterness showing through.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is lightbodied with a bit of smoothness from the lasting carbonation. The finish is moderately long, begins on a sweet malt component but then ends dry and lightly bitter.

Drinkability: I enjoyed drinking this beer and would certainly drink another if offered, but for the long haul I think I favor some other pale ales I've had more than I do this one.

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Photo of Nickls
3.11/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(From notes)

A - Clear light burnt orange color; poured with a thinnish pure white head with no retention or lacing to speak of

S - Some grassy aromas; citrus fruit; light malt sweentess that rears up the most

T - The hops are barely there and when they do show, fall into the grassy flavor area. Cloying sweetness is the dominant factor in this brew

M - thinner, OK carbonation; nothing special but nothing bad

D - Difficult with the cloying sweetness. Really kinda bland brew.

Overall, just lacks the "zip" that I've come to associate with the style. Just barely middle of the road, and wouldn't recommend.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear golden with a thick white fluffy heading that settles to a thin covering.

Smell is malty,earthy,bready, the slightest stingof hops on the tongue.

Taste is pretty much all the above nothing really standing out here

Mouth is watery,light to medium body with great carbonation.

Drink is good. Pretty much like the rest in the variety pack nothing that I dislike about these brew's. All very solid beers I will definetly have these again.

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Photo of tim9887
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden straw in color with a solid inch or so of white foamy head.

Aroma: Subtle fruity (citrus?) hoppy aroma

Taste: Very nice balance between the hops and malt. The fruity quality from the aroma is present as well - slightly citrusy. Slight hop kick and lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very bright, refreshing carbonation. Very drinkable pale ale, very well done.

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Photo of njthebestofme
3.84/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

it was a nice dark amber with a nice thick head that lasted for a bit which i was pleased with.. smelled great with hops bursting in your nose.. mouth felt smooth and after taste was great very hoppy..only thing was i got it at applebees with a frozzen glass which made a little beer slushie for about 10min.. overall a great beer

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

average or a bit more on most counts...medium golden tint, quickly dissipating head with very minimalist lacing...aroma suggests more malt than hops...by far...interesting, but not suggesting anything stellar, yet....

taste/feel is smooth, creamy, very lightly hopped, sweet but not too much, a little underwhelming, but all around, quite decent and palatable. maybe it needs some salty/spicey food to go with it.

quite quffable/drinkable. but must say, THIS doesn't seem like a pale ale. it's an APA? very much like an amber lager...

i have another example from this (local) brewery. i really hope it shines a bit more. and bites!

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Photo of callmemickey
3.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden/straw body. Thick white head. Quickly fading. Little lacing.

S: Citrus/pine hops are both up front and toward the end in the nose. Bready/biscuity malt backbone.

T: A diluted version of the nose. The hops nearly disappear.

M: Thin. Light body. Dry finish. Slightly better than a macro.

D: Sessionable.... but why would you??? there are better beers out there.... flying fish should have axed this beer when they tasted it at the brewery.

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

From notes. Bottle into goblet. Very clear golden, thin white head goes away fast to a ring, no lacing. SMELL is very faint, almost nothing. Mostly malty sweetness, something corn-like, hint of hops. TASTE is like the nose, though slightly more easily discernible. Faint malt and hops. Clean, smooth, and balanced (but not much to balance). FEELS thin, a bit too tingly, but with some body. Dry, corn like finish. DRINKable enough, if the lack of body and flavor doesn't deter you.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- golden yellow, with quickly disappearing white head, very clear and light color

Smell- very slight malt, corn, bit of yeast and very light hop tones,

Taste- Thin light flavor with slight malty and hop presence nothing overwhelming on either front, well balanced english style pale, nothing completely blew me away

mouthfeel- very light, soft thin bodied mouthfeel, low carbonation,

Drinkabilty- very good drinkabilty as its very light bodied and easy to gulp, not something i would do all the time but could see how for many this would be a good session beer,

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a sixer of this while in West Orange, NJ, visiting some of my g/f's friends. I forget the liquor store where I got it though. Looked interesting though, so I'll give it a whirl.

Appearance: copper-gold with a 3/4" white head
Smell: floral and hops
Taste: hops, crystal malt, rose (like hookah rose flavor...could be more of a smell actually)
Mouthfeel: light body
Drinkability: could do two or three in a night

Overall, a decent beer, but nothing to get too excited about.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: snifter. pours a crystal clear light orange color with a pure white head. very low retention rate and soft light lacing.

S: some apple notes from the crystal malts. light citrus hop aroma, very light.

T: great malt flavors, some fall fruits, mostly apples and some pears. decent hop flavor, but nothing amazing, light citrus notes.

M: body is a little thin. crisp and mellow mouthfeel.

D: its drinkable, but nothing exceptional. The mouthfeel makes it a little unenjoyable.

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Photo of williamherbert
2.85/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear light pumpkin orange. Lots of carbonation. Any head it may have had disappears almost immediately. Bright and sunny.

The malt aroma is a flowery pale sort that has the additional and unfortunate aroma of adjunct malts. Any barley does not shine through. A mild, flowery hop.

Pleasant pale malt flavor with a mildly toasted malt bite. It does have a corn aftertaste that to me is unmistakable. The malt is half pale, half non-barley malt, at least as far as I can tell.

It feels like a lager, which is to say not that impressive. It's a very weak pale ale. More like a light lager in many respects, with some pale malts. Disappointing.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a pint of this at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours an amber body with a small, white head with an ok retention and nice lacing along the sides of the glass through the finish. Definitely a nice beer.

S: A sweet, malt smell with some sugar and honey undertones.

T: A sweet malt and honey taste with a nice, honey aftertaste. Reminded me of the characteristics of an EPA instead of an APA. I did not really notice and hop bitterness.

M: A slightly overcarbonated beer, but still fairly full-bodied. Decent beer overall.

D: A nice combo of mouthfeel and taste makes this beer very formidable. An excellent beer to enjoy a session with or to order a keg of and hang out with some friends. Recommended.

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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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