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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Reviews: 248 | Ratings: 801
Photo of ZBowden
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear Amber copper with thick creamy white head well retained, smells of citrusy floral hops slightly malty, tastes of cooling hop florals with malt notes, light mouthfeel smooth finish. Notable difference in east coast iPad rather than west coast

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a teku glass.

Appearance: Pours a clearish copper color. The head is three fingers high, and off-white in shade. Retention is quite good, and the dense texture leaves behind a lot of lacing on my glass. (4)

Smell: Seems rather muted. A bit of crystal and Maris Otter malt is backed by some vague grapefruit hints. That's it. It does seem to become bolder as it opens up, however - still, the aroma leaves me non-plussed. (2.75)

Taste: It's the maltiness that ends up being the initial flavor, bringing waves of caramel, toasted bread, and even cracker. The back end brings some apricot, flowers, earth, marmalade, and even some grape jam. That last note actually gives this one a unique twist compared with other English-style IPAs. Again though, my problem lies in how mild it is. It's easy to drink, but rather boring - even with that slight grape jam flavor, none of the flavors pop. (3)

Mouthfeel: Crisp and easy to drink, the maltiness does little to obstruct the palate with lingering sweetness. Nor does it rely on a lot of carbonation, either. I have to say that the malt backbone is done fairly well here. (3.5)

Overall: Nice lunchtime beer, this one. It's kind of insipid, which means I won't be seeking this out over better examples of the style. I can see other, less discerning drinkers really enjoying this, though. (3)

3.05/5: A decent IPA for beginners

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Photo of Slatetank
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%

I had this on tap at Joe K's Brewhouse in Harrisburg served in a pint.

The color is golden amber with pale cream thin head with fine bead. The smell has an English yeast ester with subtle pine from the hops with light sweet malt scent and hint of toasted grain. The feel is good with moderately bitter quality with semi-sweet middle moderate carbonation with mild bitterness in the finish which is on the dry side.

The taste is not bad with slightly yeasty flavor up front with mild bread and light malt toastiness which carries over to a slight tinge of pine/herbal hop flavor in the background with mild spice as it finishes semi-dry. overall this is not a bad beer, but it seems kind of by the numbers English style to me -not my favorite of the style.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear amber color with a two finger head of off-white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a heavy level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is nice and interesting aroma overall. It has a sweet aroma of tangerine and caramel mixed with some melon smells of honeydew and cantaloupe. Along with these aromas are some nice hop smells of a grapefruit citrus as well as a subtle aroma of a floral and grassy hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a malty and bready flavor mixed with some sweeter flavors of caramel and tangerine. The caramel fades quickly, but is replaced by more tangerine and some other sweeter flavors of light fruits. The hop is very light upfront with just a hint of grapefruit. The grapefruit grows a bit stronger as the flavor advances, but never really grows all that potent. A little bit of a grassy and floral hop flavor come at the very end, mixing with the rest and leaving a rather sweet and malty lightly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is average. A bit thicker of a body would have been better for the malty and fruit flavors all while helping bolster the hop flavors of the brew.

Overall – The flavor was alright, but not really all that hoppy and sorta weak for an IPA. Nothing too outrageously good here.

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Photo of Boggdogg
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- poured a deep golden color with thick white frothy head that left a nice ring of lacing throughout. I don't see it as being hazy, I see it as ALMOST clear. Very nice looking beer.

S- citrus and hops that's what I smell. Citrus and hops.

T- fairly sweet in the begining like malt and grapefruit? Not real sure but I taste some citrus followed by slight bitterness of hops. Good for an IPA but not my favorite style. Well balanced for IPA

M- very smooth medium bodied beer. Excellent. Only complaint is the dryness.

O- well brewed Well balanced IPA. One of my favorites in this style of beers.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden color with a slight haziness. Thick, frothy, off white head that dissipates to a lacing that lasts throughout. Looks great.

Smell: Smells sweet at first, then comes with floral hoppiness.

Taste: Floral and citrus at first, then the hops pick up, not overly bitter like some IPAs, a little sweet.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, medium body, get a nice sting of alcohol that is not overbearing.

Overall: A nice IPA, it looks great and is easily drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a pristine golden color with a slight haziness from tiny speckles of floating sediment. A creamy off-white head is short lived as it eventually dwindles to a silky smooth cap, leaving decent amounts of abstract-looking lacing down the glass. Head retention leaves a bit to be desired, even with the nice lacing.

S: The scent is a bit weak with very light floral hop aromas and a bit of citrus zest. Lots of caramel malts underneath as well, if my sniffer doesn't deceive me. This would have scored higher if I didn't have to nearly dip my nose in to pick up what was going on.

T: Very malty up front with a bit of breadiness. The hop bitterness comes through in a very weak wave that just barely washes over the malt. It seems a bit backwards for the style. Very malty with some understated hop and grassy bitterness in the finish. Some alcohol spice tends to linger in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-full bodied with a fairly average-level carbonation. Lightly creamy and flows silky smooth across the palate. Lots of drinkability here.

O: This one straddles the line of good/okay. It's not unenjoyable by any means, but it's just not what you'd expect from an IPA. It has a strong maltiness and a very restrained hop presence. It drinks extremely well and tastes good, which makes this a prime contender for a session ale at a bar, but it's not something I'd pick up again for the pleasure of home-consumption. Good beer overall, slightly weak by IPA standards.

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. My second beer from Flying Fish, the first being their Pale Ale. I like this one a lot more. This could almost stand up to most American IPA's in balance and taste. Goes down a little too smooth with not enough bite. Having said that, I enjoy this beer a heck of a lot for a Jersey brew.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another IPA from Flying fish always a treat! Got this for 3 bucks for the single at the house of 1,000 beers.

A - Somewhat hazy bright amber brown with just a 1/4 inch of head at pulls back to a mild lace ring. Somewhat sticky lacing.
S - Huh mostly hoppy for an English IPA. Very sweet malty rather than herbal or tea like. Citrus and mango pine blast.
T - Herbal hop bitterness to the start then gets mildly sweet, then it gets herbal and a piney zest hop finish. Haven't had an English IPA this all over the place but its good.
M - Light to medium not as heavy as others take on this style I dig it.

Overall I am usually impressed with most flying fish offerings and this one is pretty damn good. Not the biggest English IPA fan but this is drinkable.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decent IPA. Moderate everything - carbonation, hoppiness, mouthfeel. Citrus and malt are well-balanced. Flying Fish makes some very good beers, and this is one of their better ones.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

HopFish pours a golden color with a small lacing head. There is a sharp but sweet floral aroma. The taste is similar, a sharp hop bite, but with a sweet finish. Nice full flavor, and full body. Overall its a nice IPA, some good flavors, but harsh finish.

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Photo of JG-90
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

HopFish IPA is a clear amber/yellow color. Pours a small/moderate sized light tan head with okay retention and average lacing. Has a sweet, bready smell with floral hops, overall not much aroma.

Taste starts with floral hops and bread, then sweet very ripe fruit with caramel malt. Has average mouthfeel and carbonation with a good deal of creaminess and a bit of slickness.

A little too sweet for my tastes, but not bad at all.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sell by date of 02/05/14

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear golden orange with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention leads it a broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is spotty, with decent stick.

Smell - Earthy and floral hop aroma, along with a bready malt sweetness. Fruity esters. Hints of sourness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Citrus and floral hops upfront, along with some woodiness and a generic bready backbone. Well balanced. Fruity esters lend to a faint sourness near the finish. Hops touch on grassy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair to lively carbonation. Near velvety smoothness, and goes down with ease before a dry finish.

Overall - A solid English IPA. The sourness is a bit odd, but not unpleasant. I could stand to drink a few more, but nothing I'd want to drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of Omnium
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Mason Pint

A - Pours a nice gold color, thick fluffy two finger head, thick lacing too, looks top notch.
S - Aroma is really bland, a little biscuit malt, some minor tropical fruit, a little pine, nothing outstanding in the way of hop aroma.
T - Taste is a let down too, some nice sweet tropical notes up front, but they fade fast to a biscuity dry malt, a tinge of bitterness. Nothing outstanding for sure.
M - Watery for sure.
O - Eh, a decent english IPA at that, but nothing to go after. Its just drinkable.

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Photo of horshamguy
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A--Nice head that dies down quickly and leaves a little lacing. Clear, golden coloring. Looks appetizing.
S--Maltier than expected for an IPA. Light hoppiness with some citrus aromas as well. Smell made me interested in going further.
T--Sweet. Much more malty than hoppy. Not at all like the standard hop-bomb IPAs out there. Actually reminded me more of an English ale than an IPA. Not bad, but not at all what I expected.
M--Heavy, especially compared to what I was expecting from an IPA. Thick & creamy, again more like an English ale.
O--Not bad, but it doesn't meet my expectations for an IPA on several levels.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured chilled, chez White

A: crystal clear; good head retention; light toffee color; low-medium carb action
S: light hop aroma
T: a lot more happens on the tongue than on the nose; saaz hops?; hop profile is more herbal than anything else (e.g., citrus); semisweet; not boozy; well balanced in a particular lager-like direction

Strong IPA with a rather dank hop profile

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some hints of citrusy and herbal hops.
T: The taste has flavors biscuit malts, toasted malts, herbal hops and earthy yeast along with a light amount of bitterness and hints of citrusy hops towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a very good balance between the malts and hops.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pale clear gold, some white foam, more around the rings. See through. Strong minty pine nose. Light hoppy taste, thin but bitter. Peppery mouthfeel. Peppermint. Floral. Pretty good, little light on the body.

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Photo of v161
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think this is a good Summer time beer. It's a IPA that's a little lighter on the overall hopiness. The bite is not overpowering in the begining, and then that mellows into a rich mouth feel. A lightly floral smell helps to open up the flavors of the hops without becoming overpowering. Also it's moderate alcohol content makes this an easy drinking brew on a hot Summer day.

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Photo of BWED
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a craft beer pint

A- Honey golden, with some sediment suspended in the body. One finger off white head produces some sticky lacing.

S- Bready malt, with a spicy piney hop character.

T- Pale malt flavor, with just a slight hop spice. No big hop character in taste.

M- Medium body, a little sticky, and a fairly dry aftertaste.

O- I'd like more hop flavor and aroma. Bitterness is there however.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an amber/light brown colour and is quite clear with a nice two finger head that lasts as very interesting dinosaur patterns on the glass.

The aroma of sweet amber malts is the most obvious of aromas and then as you agitate the beer aromas of bread and citrus tantalize your nose as well as some mild buttery notes. Yum! Fairly English in aroma for sure.

Tastes very English in malts and quite malt forward moving towards a bit of tart grapefruit and other mild fruits while blending with some earthy hop bitterness. Not overly bitter and ending slightly dry, mildly bitter and peppery.

The mouthfeel is creamy with light to moderate body and fairly playful carbonation.

Overall I like this beer and it has a definite English feel to it, but the yeast and the hops seem to be a bit off. The yeast seems to impart a biscuity and almost Belgian taste to it and the hops seem to be more on the lines of Pacific Northwest in format. I don't know what they use. It's a good beer and very drinkable! I like it! It's not incredible or awesome, but very satisfying on a warm evening! 3.5 out of 5!

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Photo of 57md
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is a burnt straw with more than a finger of white head that enjoyed some decent retention. Mild hop nose, but not much of character at all. Malty for an IPA. Also, this offering had a odd citrusy sweet flavor to it. There are also both sweet and dry notes on the finish.

This tastes like a failed attempt at blending an East Coast IPA with a West Coast IPA. Perhaps they should give it another go with a modified recipe.

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Photo of da_beers
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a slightly hazy coppery amber, darker towards top than bottom. 2.5 fingers of head dissipating slowly. Low carbonation.

S - some fruitiness of the bat with sweet malts, a faint bit of hops. Not overloaded whatsoever.

T - strange, in a good way. Very unique. Somewhat sweet yet tangy notes. A bit of orange citrus. English malts are somewhat heavy.

M - smooth yet tart. Crisp finish. Light to medium bodied.

O - decent. Drinkable but not overall a huge fan. A lighter IPA for sure.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Flying Fish Brewing Company - HopFish IPA

Look - Almost clear copper amber with a good sized soapy head. Some chunky lacing.

Smell - Deep caramel malts with slight piney resin hops over it. Just OK.

Taste - Malty English tangy with some bitter resin hops. Generally kinda taste compared to the other aspects, but not amazing.

Mouthfeel - Slight bitter dry like most EIPAs. Not boozy. Fairly drinkable but generally blah.

Overall - Good, but certainly not great. I have never been a big fan of EIPAs and this is not one of the few that I have had that is an exception to the rule. Would not get again, generally would not recommend.

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Photo of linkmon
2.32/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

They forgot the taste in this one!! Opens and pours to almost perfect hue, nice sudsy head. Bring to your nose, smells decent, not great, maybe hope for some substance as it goes down your pallet.





Drink it...

And it dies a quick death on the taste buds. For a split second it tastes like it has potential. Then
NOTHING!! No taste, no citrus, no floral, nothing.

Oh well, it was worth the try. I guess. No wait, no it wasn't. :(

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HopFish IPA from Flying Fish Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 801 ratings.
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