HopFish IPA
Flying Fish Brewing Company

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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #248
Ranked #43,343
3.56 | pDev: 12.64%
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
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Reviews: 269 | Ratings: 868
Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour an effervescent gold with a pinky of creamy colored head. Decent head retention & a little lacing

S: Bready, not much else

T: Grassy, dry, bready, a little lime up front. Herbal hops mix with grassyness & breadyness as this warms, plus a little caramel. Finishes dry & grassy with woody bitterness

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, pretty good balance skews a little sweet, but this listed as an English IPA

Easy enough to drink, but not really that memorable

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Photo of musicsherlock
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

Old school IPA, burnt yellow color. Thin white head
Very little smell, more malty than hops
Classic IPA taste, piney, resin-y, a tad sweet malts to hold up to the hops
Full mouthfeel and slightly cloying
A refreshing return to the classic filtered IPA

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

My good friend and old neighbor from Oswego gave me a bottle of this beer. It poured a clear amber with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had malt and subtle hint of pine. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with malt start and pine hop finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's an ok beer.

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Photo of EMV
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear golden amber pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Malty and sweet. Pine hops and spice.

T/F: Follows the nose. Caramel malts and toasted grains... pine forward hops... lighter citrus and spice. A bit earthy for an IPA. Light bodied. Modest bitterness to balance the initial sweet.

O: An easy drinking malt forward IPA with modest bitterness. Nothing world beating, but a great beer for after a lawn mow (incidentally... I just mowed the lawn).

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Photo of HardCider
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An dark amber color with a small head that dissipated quickly. The aroma is mildly hoppy with overtones of honey. The bitter honey taste somewhat overrides the hoppiness, but is pleasant. I do notice a slight medicinal aftertaste. A smooth feel with mild carbonation. Overall, an average IPA.

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Photo of Nephilium
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light amber wit a thin white head. The aroma is earthy and floral, with a touch of biscuit malts. The flavor is definitely on the English side of the IPA column instead of an American one. With a touch of malt sweetness that fades over to a lingering earthy bitter finish. Light bodied, and easy drinking. If you want a big punch of C hops, this isn't the beer to grab, but it works well as a restrained bitter IPA.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; best by 2/25/18.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, amber color with a quarter inch, foamy white head, modest retention and lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel malt and bread.
T: Semisweet. Taste understated, largely caramel malt offset by light bitterness.
M: Light to medium bodied with modest carbonation.
O: A nicely designed IPA that definitely would definitely fit into the English IPA category.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 10.00 (Including tax)/six pack ($ 0.139/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
Best by 12/7/17. Stored at room temperature in store, 42 degrees in my reefer. Served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Some malt with a little citrus, fades away by the end of the glass.
Head – Small (Maximum two cm, aggressive pour), off white, dense, average retention, diminishing to five to six mm ring fed by effervescence and a thin complete layer with a couple of rocky islands.
Lacing – Excellent. Narrow bands of tiny bubbles. The bands are vertically connected by narrow columns of tiny bubbles.
Body – Medium orange, slight chill haze, effervescent.
Flavor – Starts malty and slightly bitter. There is a floral/citrus aftertaste with a long hang-time bitterness. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Impression: This is a good take on an English-style IPA, reminiscent of those I’ve consumed in the UK. The hop flavor is lower than desired, probably because of being stored too warm. Otherwise, delightful!

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- clear amber color with half finger head. minimal lacing and bubbly head.

S- caramel malt with piney hops.

F- piney and light caramel.

M- hoppy and strong toffee flavor. goes down with ease though.

O- not bad EIPA but have had better.

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Photo of CHickman
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Philly, pours clear amber color with a nice 1-2 finger foamy tan head that faded slowly and left decent lacing.

Smells and tastes like an average IPA with a solid malt base, caramel, light piney hops, lemon zest, grapefruit, orange peel and floral notes like tea leaf and peppery spices. Easy to drink, it has equal parts malt and hops which makes for a solid English IPA.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. 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. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was fairly subdued. Overall, somewhat of a decent English styled IPA that I could come back to if handed.

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Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, Best by dating of 9-5-17

Pours near clear, almond Amber, khaki cap, leaving moderate thicker and low in the glass bits of lacing.

Mild citric hop nose.

Soft and pretty tame citric hops, bready malt under carriage .....middle of the road, but solid at the same time IPA...nothing amazing, but decent and worth a try

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Photo of pubscout
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As a fan of the more malt-forward British style IPA's from time to time, this is a good one. Truth be told, though, I can't remember ever having a FF beer that I didn't like. Some biscuit in the nose and palate, along with floral hops, and at 6.2% ABV, it's pretty much sessionable. If you're a fan of the big, juicy, creamy and dank IPA's, this won't satisfy you. But that just means you need to broaden your beer horizons...

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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 +0.8%
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 +4.8%
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 -3.4%
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 -3.4%
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 +7.9%
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 +3.1%
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 +8.4%
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 +21.3%
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 +4.2%
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%
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 -17.4%
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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