HopFish IPA | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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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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Added by NeroFiddled on 01-22-2005

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5/5  rDev +40.8%

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5/5  rDev +40.8%

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5/5  rDev +40.8%

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5/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of mempath
4.8/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

after the very disappointing 'extra' pale from FF last night, figured i'd just keep things consistent and open. poured into a nonick pint.

appearance is a lovely deep-bright straw tending towards marmalade orange...big ecru head that slides down in slow motion leaving unique, consistent lacing. so far so good. and better. appears pretty carbonated...

hop smells jump out of the pint from 6 inches away! deep inhale reveals strong (but not too much) hop aroma. balanced. another swirl and a nice semi-sweet malty/cereal sense reveals itself. and there, more unfolded (on this very spring-like day), the floral-citrus bouquet.

taste is really tremendous, better than expected, deep/rich hop fullness without the bite...yet it's not like something is held back...and even the maltiness, though expected to crash through the small hop offensive line, doesn't dare try to trump the hops. as someone said here, it would give the hop-afraid drinker a good sense of hop flavor. but even hop heads can rejoice in this truly impressive craft brew. very well balanced, all the ingredients meld perfectly...leading to near perfect mouthfeel due to spot on carbonation allowing for some crispness but not too much so, letting a creamy-thickness to play around.

very very drinkable. for what this IS it is nearly perfect. this is so saved from being just 'good' due to the sweetness staying ever so peripheral. the hops are alert but relaxed. i don't know why this seems so perfect yet so unique. truly sublime. no food suggestions come to mind...this needs nothing but your relaxed, open mind and mouth! thanks FFish for redeeming yourself. i am floored.

i want more! glad to know this is more or less local! i plan to pick up a case of the SN Torpedo and compare.

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Photo of PmKret
4.78/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of PhillyMonk
4.64/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've sampled all of Flying Fish's offerings, some of which are mediocre, and others of which are really solid. They've really outdone themselves with HopFish, which is just outstanding. It's certainly a hoppy IPA, but not one that leaves your mouth puckered like some of the more extreme beers in this category. It's got an amazingly clean, fresh smell and a finish that is just perfect, lingering in your mouth forever. I've tried dozens of beers of this type and HopFish is among my favorites.

Look for this beer on draft at bars around the Philly area and give it a shot if you see it. Flying Fish is waiting to see what the response is before they decide whether or not to bottle it.

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4.6/5  rDev +29.6%

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4.52/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of Chadbrew
4.51/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was not very impressed with the ESB so I'm a little hesitant of this one. I do like the dubbel though, so who knows.
Appearance - Looks really good going into the glass. An amber colored beer that is brilliantly clear and very nicely carbonated which is feeding a nice constant head and gobs of lacing.
Aroma - Some pine hops with a light touch of citrus.
Taste - A little harsh and piney up-front that fades into a nice malty wash. Good bitterness in the finish that lingers. Each sip is a flavorful transition from harsh and flavorful, to sweet and soothing, to bitter and anticipating.
Mouthfeel & Drinkability - I think the body on this is really good for style, maybe a hair on the light side that keeps me hungry for the next sip.
I am very impressed with this beer. This is definitely one of the easiest beers for me to drink.
BTW - The lacing just never gives up!

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of Provner
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good tasting beer

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of coreyshay
4.46/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the design. Tastes a little malty, but good!

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Photo of RAdragna
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For an IPA, this one goes down easy. There is some bitterness, but like Blue Point's Hoptical Illusion, it isn't overpowering. You could taste the hops in the beer. So overall, this IPA is great because the bitterness is not too prevalent in the beer. I strongly encourage a friend or two to session this beer.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Flying Fish always makes very drinkable beers, and this is no exception. Very good on-cask.

Comes with a minimal head and a lacing that sticks around. Quite a nice color to it.

The taste has a very full malt profile up front which is quite nice for an IPA. No cascade hops on display. As it gets warmer, the hops become more assertive. Some of the taste reminds me of Hop Devil on-cask.

Smooth as silk. A very good session IPA.

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Photo of StratmanRick
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You can definitely taste the hops. In fact it's pretty balanced between hop and malt which is something I like once in awhile. Decent beer.

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Photo of pinkano
4.37/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a little bit hazy, but very nice gold and orange color with average head
S - oh my god, hops hops hops, this is so great. Very well balanced hoppy smell with light citruses in the background.
T - absolutely awesome and well-balanced hoppiness with light citruses in the background with nice bitter end
M - medium body with medium carbonation
D - definitely very much drinkable

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
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 klewis
4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to leftmndedrighty for this one

A: Pours a very clear amber with a moderate, bubbly head. Plenty of lacing.

S: Extremely floral hop aroma with a sweet ice wine-like smell. Quite unique for an IPA, but very nice.

T: Floral, lavender taste with a very subtle bitterness and a touch of citric flavor. Extra points for uniqueness.

M: Fairly light-bodied with moderate carbonation. The floral taste lingers for quite a bit.

D: Definitely a bit odd, but quite enjoyable. I wouldn't mind haven't some more of this one.

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HopFish IPA from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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