HopFish IPA
Flying Fish Brewing Company

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IPA - English
Ranked #253
Ranked #46,130
3.56 | pDev: 12.64%
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
HopFish IPAHopFish IPA
Notes: The Hopfish -- a brilliant little thing. Catch one, and reminisce about the classic days of IPAs fortified by multiple additions of hops, and balanced with the residual sweetness of caramel malts. The Hopfish is always ready to take on the harsh conditions of the even changing beer world.
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No matter how hard I try, I can't seem to avoid drinking IPAs...

...Well, at least this one was more than decent. I like the copperish look to this one and the smell was full of hops and very juicy, but the mouthfeel was truly astringent. No matter, though you couldn't really ignore it, this IPA was solid enough. One of the better Flying Fish offerings.

Apr 10, 2021
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber without much foam. Smell is tangerine, tropical fruit and some pine. Taste is interesting....follows the smell but not bitter at all, almost lager-y. Easy drinking. Different for a typical IPA.

Feb 14, 2021
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours orange yellow with a small white head. Smells of citrus hops, not too strong, but still inviting. Tastes of citrus hops with decent sweet malt, sight caramel note. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking with good carbonation. Overall, a good beer.

Dec 10, 2020
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Brewsome from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: Can (2/2020) into chilled IPA glass
Appearance: Medium copper color, clear, 2 finger full header
Smell: pine and citrus
Taste: Crisp clean no aftertaste with resin and citrus, balanced. lower grain bill brings down the typical IPA boozefest.
Mouthfeel: Medium body
Overall:: Old school IPA from the best brewery in New Jersey. This is Jai Alai lite.

Nov 18, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

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

Oct 12, 2019
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musicsherlock from New York

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

Jul 27, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

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.

Jul 19, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

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).

May 08, 2019
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HardCider from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 04, 2019
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Nephilium from Ohio

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.

Feb 01, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

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. Retasted on 9/07/20, best by 1/18/21.
A: Pours a hazy, amber color with two finger, foamy white head, modest retention and lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel malt, papaya, and bread.
T: Semisweet. Taste understated, largely caramel malt and papaya offset by light bitterness.
M: Light to medium bodied with modest carbonation.
O: A nicely designed IPA that is still a bit fruity for the English IPA category.

Jan 15, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 19, 2017
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 26, 2017
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CHickman from New York

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.

Jul 01, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jun 26, 2017
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Billolick from New York

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

Jun 19, 2017
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pubscout from New Jersey

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...

Jun 12, 2017
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DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

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.

Apr 15, 2017
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haines710 from Delaware

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.

Apr 02, 2017
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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

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!

Mar 31, 2017
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322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 20, 2017
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

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.

Mar 13, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

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.

Feb 24, 2017
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

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.

Dec 13, 2016
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

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.

Dec 09, 2016
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