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 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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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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Extra Pale Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 453 ratings