HopFish IPA | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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HopFish IPAHopFish IPA

Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

P- Poured from a 12 oz bottle, into a large Funky Buddha snifter.Best by 08/01/17.

L- Soapy white colored head that stands just under 1 finger tall,with low retention and sticky lacing.Amber colored body with good clarity,and low amount of carbonation.

S- On the nose I get lots of bready malt notes,with trace elements of floral hops.This definitely smells like a malt forward IPA.Even more so than most English style IPA's.I'm detecting a little bit of caramel malts in there as well.Maybe even some dark fruits.

T- On the palate I get some hints of floral hops dominated by caramel malt and dark fruit up front.On the back end I get a small dose of pine hops,and bready / biscuit malts.Pretty malty but they balanced it pretty well.A little bit of nuttiness,and smokiness on the finish as well.

F- The mouth feel is thin and chalky,with minimal oxidation on the tongue.Dry on the finish.

O- As far as English IPA's go,this is probably one of the best I have tried,although I'm not a huge fan of the style.I probably wouldn't buy this one again,but I would definitely drink it if offered to me.

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Photo of haines710
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint served on tap at Harvest Restaurant in Glen Mills, PA. Nice Amber coloring but kind of flat tasting and lacked flavor. No hop presence at all. Doesn't taste like an IPA to me at all. I will pass next time and try something else.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

3-31-17 - On tap at the brewpub. Served in a basic glass. Tasty, but didn't really stand out. No lacing or head. Taste was so good, but there are so many more here to try. Next for me is the same, but a Coconut Chai Hopfish. Tips up!

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle with best by date of 7-06-17. Pours a clear amber color with a a nice heads that slowly fades. More malt and a little dank in the nose, than citrus or tropical fruit. Strongly bitter, resiny hoppy finish. I agree with the "English-style IPA" description on the label. Solid, if old-school, IPA.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a one-finger bubbly white head that fades slowly a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium bodied & medium carbonation. Light grapefruit hop nose. Flavor starts with sweet caramel malt and late grapefruit hops, slight bitter aftertaste. Gift 12oz bottle.

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Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A grand head which settles into a dome of tight, minute bubbles. Several rings of lace are the result. The liquid is a deep amber, nearly brown. Clear.

A combination of aromatic hops and bittering hops to the nose. The immediate following smell is a very earthy nose. The blend actual works well.

The earthiness is stronger in the taste. It creates a dry and bitter finish. The body is solid with an equally high carbonation. The aftertaste doesn't last as long as I expected. Overall, it is reminiscent of the original IPAs I tried from England.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear vibrant reddish copper in color with a finger of just off white head with great retention. Aroma is light caramel malt and some grassy hops. The hop flavors are grassy and seem a bit raw. I get bready, lightly toasty, and caramel malt flavors as well. The beer finishes with a malt sweetness that overrides a moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel seems a bit aqueous to me, light+ in body and lightly carbonated despite the solid headstand. Overall a solid beer that seems a good representation of an English IPA.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Based on my slight knowledge of English IPA's this smells very much like one, if a bit less sweet and less hops underneath the malty scent (a bit muddled, less depth) than I'm looking for, and now I feel like some kinda beer snob. Not a bad taste but something less sweet on the start and more astringent maybe metallic and bitter on the finish. This is pretty decent just not my favorite in this area.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours clear amber orange with a thick, dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells like clean bright citrus, fresh oranges, grapefruits, some peach, apricot, papaya, cantaloupe, melons, biscuity crackery caramelized toffee malt, with floral earthy grass and herbal pine. Tastes like bitter herbal pine, floral earthy grass, with melons, cantaloupe, papaya, some peach, apricot, grapefruits, orange citrus, and biscuity crackery caramelized toffee malt. Feels light bodied, creamy and slick with smooth moderate carbonation. Overall a nice English IPA.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Back to The CANQuest (tm), as promised! I got sidetracked for a little while with bottles, but now all is again in readiness.

From the CAN: "HopFish is an English-style IPA: deep golden color, plenty of hop bitterness balanced by malt sweetness and floral and citrus hop notes. HopFish features Magnum, Ahthanum and Nugget hops added five different times in the process."

As always, nothing happens until the Crack! Neither the glass nor the 16-fl. oz. CAN were CANducive to having me CANduct an inverted Glug, so I had to settle for a gentle deCANting. Color was a hazy Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose had a very earthy quality, like someone had been digging in the garden. There was a pleasant mintiness along with an earthy sweetness on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was kind of an odd mélange of flavors, ranging from earthiness to mintiness to a light caramel sweetness to a subtle citrusiness. It was clearly both an IPA and not an AmeriCAN one, either. It actually causes me to wonder just how close this actually is to an EIPA. It seemed to have a more pronounced bitterness than I usually get in EIPAs, but at the same time, it was sweet enough to certainly qualify for the style. Finish was semi-dry to dry with a woody, oaky quality that seemed to linger well past the swallow. It was an intriguing drink, but I prefer my hoppy beers to be more bitter. I was left wanting more of something, but it may be your cuppa tea.

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Photo of Riff
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker glass. Pours a darker amber color with a finger or so of off white head that dissipated quickly. Smells of malt with a little bit of citrus in the background. Flavor is subdued for an IPA, malty sweetness up front and only a faint bit of bitterness. No real citrus flavor to speak of. Overall it's drinkable but I don't think I'll be buying this one again, it's just too bland in a world full of outstanding IPAs.

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Photo of Rocketbird
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light brown color. Great nose, minimal head. Nose smells like bitter hops with a hint of sweetness. Medium bodied. Some floral hops linger in the aftertaste. That's about it, just some hops and carbonation. Probably the most average IPA I've ever had.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. It pours a copper color with a one-finger, ecru-colored head and lacing. Its smell is rather subdued with malt and a faint whiff of citrus and pine. I was hoping for a bolder aroma. The taste is likewise bland; mostly malt with the obligatory touch of hops and pine. It's not bad but not memorable. This ale is nicely carbonated and easy to drink at 6.2% ABV. Overall, this IPA is okay but hardly memorable.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.77/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

On Tap at Dubh Linn Square.
bitter bitter, strong bite but no real flavor. I guess that's what to be expected from an IPA, but this one rubs me the wrong way. Not a Fan.

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours amber with a thick head, looks pretty damn good.

aroma is weird, this is a fresh 6pack but the smell is odd. soapy and grassy. almost

the taste isn't bad. nothing special at all. taste is somewhat soapy and bland. has an almost sour flavor and not tart. for something local it's not too bad but am unimpressed. my homebrewed IPA is 10x better than this.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.52/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Comes in a darker shade of pale, amber. Solid 1" white head, uniform lace to it. Aroma was belgian clove and spice rack. Meh. Bleh.

Taste was a hybrid of shitty ipa regions. Hops were just not poppin', so much yeast phenols instead of hops. Real bready malts lightly toasted. Almost as if there was wheat too.

If England and Belgium made an ipa baby, it would be an ugly one.

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Photo of stevoj
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tir Na Nog. Very bitter, hoppy IPA. Soapy with a touch of floral. Hazy copper pour, small creamy head, tons of lacing. Minor toffee and caramel, mostly straight up, astringent hoppiness.

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Photo of ppvora
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into a teardrop glass.

Appearance: Copper brown with some aeration, 1 finger head, a tiny little bit of cloudiness suggesting an unfiltered beer.

Aroma: A good bit of malt up front with some pine and citrus, and a bit of a hoppy background.

Taste: Mostly malts, no fruit, faint hops. The part that surprised me the most was that hops were very faint despite the description on the label.

Mouthfeel: Some bitterness towards the end.

Overall: I love this brewery particularly their Belgian ales. However, this IPA is somewhat "meh" -- if you're satisfied with aroma, there's plenty here, but in terms of taste it's a very narrow malt flavor with none of the complexity I would expect from a beer that contains the hops they've described.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.04/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

good golden amber color with slight head with a skim on top. Very floral with a slight citrus bite to it. Taste horrible. Bitter malt slight citrus taste. medium body with light carbonation. I see the english style but I think it taste aweful. Not a fan

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Photo of Myotus
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured at 43°F from a 12oz bottle (best by date 03Jan16) into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of off-white foam that halves itself after 15 seconds. Honey orange in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are high in quantity and both small and medium in size. Lacing is high in quantity and both thick and very thick in various areas.
SMELL: Strong biscuity malt and mild toasted malt and caramel aromas are backed by subtle floral and earthy hop aromas along with hints of alcohol.
TASTE: The initial flavors the present themselves are mild caramel, biscuity malt, and toasted malt flavors. Mild floral hop flavors follow immediately as both biscuity malt and toasted malt flavors grow slightly stronger. Mild flavors of bitter hops, subtle flavors of earthy hops, and hints of alcohol enter lastly as caramel, biscuity malt, and toasted malt flavors persist, but floral hop flavors grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth and somewhat creamy. Finishes with a moderate dryness.
NOTE: As beer warms, both malt and bitter hop flavors grow stronger. This was a good English IPA. What would of made it great was if the bitterness was toned down more to allow the malts to take the spotlight like they should in these styles. The other hop flavors were perfectly balanced.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance had a slight amber to orange color with a half finger white foamy head. There was a moderately light lacing sticking all around after the head died after a minute. The smell had some earthy hops with a gentle light malt underneath. The taste was semi-sweet with a decent light bitterness from the earthy and now coming across as somewhat English malty-like. The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was fairly subdued. Overall, as an English IPA it works, as the hops are muted enough to allow the IPA to be just what the brewery intended. Nice, and I'm pretty sure I could have this again.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

BBD 12/27/15. Pours a clear medium amber. Normal head volume, outstanding lacing and retention.

Very light nose of biscuit, caramel and slightly spicy hops. I'm surprised the aroma is so light.

Light body that has a smooth texture. Perfect carbonation with an effervescent middle that never really ends. It just rolls into a nice prickly finish.

Good flavor profile that lacks a bit of intensity for the style but is quite tasty. Very well balanced with enough complexity. It begins with malt (caramel and biscuit) that is noticeable but not sweet per se. The middle is slightly bitter. As the finish approaches mild hop flavor arrives - pine and rind. The finish is a touch grainy and the hop flavors slowly fade.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass in a pub in Gettysburg, PA. For bottle cap collectors the cap is awesome, a flying skeleton fish with airplane engines attached. This beer is a slightly murky golden yellow colored beer with a small white head. The brew has a mild hoppiness that was very refreshing. This is a light bodied beer with mild carbonation. a surprisingly nice find.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definitely an English style IPA. Much more malt and bready sweetness balancing out the hops. Both in the nose and taste. There are better English style IPAs but this one is still solid and enjoyable. I wish more brewers did the English style as they make for a nice change of pace in IPAs.

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Photo of hardysf
2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Not a very good IPA by any means. Had out of a keg at pub 199. Don't like rating out of a keg that much because there could be issues with the lines, the keg, etc. However, our table did have some pitchers of bmc and they tasted like what they were supposed to be.

This beer poured a deep dark amber color. Probably the darkest non black ipa I've seen. Not much of a smell, maybe some malt. No hop presence at all. Taste was pure malt bomb. I got no hop flavors at all. Did not have any more from pitcher. Asked waitress if I even got the right beer.

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