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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by NeroFiddled on 01-22-2005

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hops are added to this beer five different times. Quintuple hops brewed HopFish! On to the beer:

Glowing orange colored with a small head which forms on the pour, dropping to a thin lace on top. Gently swirling the glass around does restart the head and gives off a few streaks of lacing which stick to the glass. This doesn't smell like much of an IPA. There is a light mango aroma, mixed with some diacetyl and earthy malts. For an English-styled one, the nose is okay, but if rated like an American one, the score would certainly be deducted from where it stands.

Tastes English, and from the aroma, I sensed that it would. A little earthy and complimented with diacetyl in its base. Vague minerals makes an appearance, then comes a quick strike of vague tropical fruit. I also get a note which reminds me of the Turkish Delight that I once tried when I would much younger. HopFish is a medium bodied beer with pleasant and smooth carbonation, yet brings a gentle crispness that cleans the palate, which is arguably the best aspect of the beer.

Acceptable beer on its own, on the soft side when pitted against the style. It won't grab headlines, however there is still a number of beers which it beats.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden amber with orange highlights. Solid head, lacing and retention. Citrus up front in the nose followed by biscuity and lightly caramel malts. Taste brings citrus hops with a bit of pine and earth, malt is lightly sweet, slightly caramel and nutty. Medium bodied, maybe a bit too bubbly. Decent drinkable IPA, nothing remarkable.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To my knowledge my first english ipa. 12oz to a specialty pint glass. Enjoy by 5/13 date

Pours a nice neural gold with two fingers of foam. A mild carbonation stems from a single part of the glass among a mild cloud of yeast. Retention and lacing are good, only real fault is all the suspended yeast. Aroma of some spicy hop with a strong malty background. To my understanding that's dictated by the style. Some citrus present, taken a bit aghast by the malt, used to my hoppy west coast ipa. Taste is really good, nice crisp hops balanced perfectly with the malt. Feel is consistent also, dry finish, no alcohol and very bitter. Overall surprised how much I liked this, quite balanced.

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Photo of beagle826
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle. Light amber color with solid 2-finger head. Aroma is citrus-y, but a bit lacking for an IPA. Taste matches the aroma, solid citrus, but maybe a bit stale in the finish. Overall a solid IPA. However, with all the solid IPA options out there, not sure if I'd make it a go to.

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Photo of Mojo
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> World Market Tulip glass

This beer pours up a clear medium gold with about a one finger head, not much retention, but some risidual lacing. The smell is very citrus, floral, and pine. Malt dominates up front followed by a powerful grapefruit and spicy hop bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pretty nice, medium thick and satisfying. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.21/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a translucent dark orange with a large white frothy cap on top. Great retention; lots of sticky lace rings left behind. Nice clean citrus aroma wafts out. Lemon, orange slices, leafy hops. A good bit of zip to this.

Crisp, refreshing feel. Drinks very nicely. Great bitter snap that is full of flavor. Bitter citrus rinds, a touch of pepper, leafy herbs - that transforms into a a mellow sweet finish of honeycrisp apples and tangerine.

This one really surprised me. It was so easy to drink and had a great balance of mild bitterness with a touch of sweetness. I will make sure to get some more of this. Just remember this isn't supposed to be Sculpin or Stone IPA and the like, so please don't review it like it is. This is an EIPA, and a good one at that.

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Photo of Samp01
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper amber hue with a medium lasting off white head. Aroma and Taste of caramel malt, floral citrus hops, yeast and fruity esters. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is caramel malt, citrus floral hops, some yeast, seems a bit on the malty side. Overall a typical IPA nothing really stand out but good drinking brew.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer and left some lacing on the glass. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Nice citrus and grapefruit aroma with some slight toasted and caramel malts. The aromas were a bit light and hard to detect.

Taste: Pretty tasty EIPA with nice blending of above aromas and subtle bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: smooth, low to medium carbonation, crisp, low to medium bodied, and easy to drink.

Overall: Pretty solid score here on my travels from Boston to MD and back over Thanksgiving. Will look for this one next time I head back down in that area.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Slightly hazy golden color with two-finger, white, foamy, creamy head that lasted several minutes. Great lacing.

S: Toasted malt and citrus hops.

T: Light sweetness and moderate to solid hop bitterness. Light grapefruit flavors and toasty malt. Somewhat mild.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O: Started out nicely, but was a bit too mild in the end.

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Photo of Offa
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very good, well-rounded IPA.

Pale, golden amber, it has a smallish off-white head very slowly shrinking to thin ring, a few wisps of lace.

Aroma is nice jammy, citrusy, minty hop, juicy yeastiness, bread, hint of golden raisin.

Taste is jammy marmalade, raisiny alcohol, medicinal herb hint. It's balanced but with hop bite just getting the edge at finish & aftertaste. It's spritzy with leafy medicinal, faintly orange-rind finish and bitterness, with a little mineral. It's very good and enjoyable, if a bit simple and slightly thin.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small rant: if you are a server at a restaurant and this is on the tap list...don't sell this as an IPA. This beer is not an stock IPA. I immediately picked up th Saaz hops in smell and taste. I thought it was a lager from first sip.

After looking this beer up on BA, I realized the Server's mistake. I immediately re-started my review.

The beer is light yellow with a little foam. You get the Saaz grassiness from the nose and not much else.

The body is light and drinkable with decent balance and simple flavoring.

Nothing is wrong with this beer, but nothing is exceptional either.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off tap at Jack Dunnigan's in the airport this beer was an apricot color with some golden highlights. The head, formed by lots of rising carbonation, was beige colored and displayed nice retention and moderate lacing. The aroma was of American hops, some orange and mango notes (Amarillo hops?) and a note of must. The flavors were rather average I thought, being mostly a blend of crystal malt, pale malt and citrus from the hops. It was not as bitter as most American-made IPAs and though sessionable it seemed uninspired. The body was medium, the mouthfeel average and the carbonation a little too high.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white foam head that leaves good lacing. A decent amount of sediment is seen floating around.

S- A little clean and lacking hop aroma for an IPA, even an EIPA. Some faint toasted grain and a touch of alcohol.

T- A nice hoppy bitterness initially with a sweet grainy finish. Biscuit malt and light caramel flavors help to balance out some of the bitterness.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O- Overall a decent brew.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was served from the tap at The Office in Montclair, NJ. The beer arrived in a flared pint glass. Glowing a golden amber color, this drink sported a one finger tall tan head. Retention was good, leaving sticky, spidery lacing down the sides of the glass. There was the slightest haze, and carbonation appeared medium. The nose showed massive piney hops, medicinal phenols, apricot, and raspberry sweetness. These fruity inclusions really popped. On the back a lemon cleanliness appeared, along with some fusel booze and nail polish remover. Our first impression upon sipping was that this guy showcased a nice hoppy variety. As we sipped coppery caramel malts hit first, with a rich balance from juicy and piney hops. These were nicely sweet and fruity. The middle peaked with a bitter piney resin, with fresher earthy hops mixing in. The grain here was souring, with lemony freshness as in the nose. We finished on sweeter notes of honey, floral hops, more lemon, and caramel and pale malts. The end was well balanced and sweeter than the rest of the taste. The aftertaste breathed of that same hop cone earthiness, metallics, and a hollow chemical bite. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. A grassy astringency was streaked down the tongue, with a soft and creamy coating following each sip. Slurp and smack were nice, and the beer was easy drinking. Abv was appropriate.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the insane fruitiness in the nose. These notes blended beautifully and sweetly with big piney hops. The following taste was almost as nice, but all the components become a bit muddled by the end with all of the stark flavorings crashing together. Strong effort for the style, and always happy to drink local.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a almost clear burnt orange color with a tight half finger head. This beer leaves rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is of citrus notes along with a herbal smell and a touch of dark fruit sweetness. The taste follows suit with a citrus and herbal flavor up front. This gives way to a dark fruit sweetness and then a very slight earthy bite. The mouthfeel is low to moderatly carbonated. Overall it is not bad. A nice blend of hops and malt, enjoyable but not great.

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Photo of arizcards
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received a bottle for helping a friend recently.

Beer poured a cloudy orange with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is pretty much all malt as i am not catching aromic hops.

Taste is pretty well balanced and easy to drink. Malts balance very well with grapefruit and mango. Residual hop residue is very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall this is a pretty decent beer. Not one that will knock your socks off but easy drinking and enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pilsenerhaus in Hoboken.

This one starts promisingly but winds up being just another run-of-the-mill English style IPA I’m afraid. Looks nice enough, nearly clear amber color, nice cap of white foam, retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is fairly vivid, citric and fruity, with a noticeable sweet caramel malt character. Unfortunately the taste fails to deliver much beyond generic bitterness and more standard caramel malt notes. Faint fruity, citric, and herbal hop flavors but nothing too prominent, bland bitterness wins the day.

Mouthfeel is fine on tap, smooth, a little creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. This isn’t a bad beer but it left me feel a bit uninspired and maybe a little bored.

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Photo of PatDreadful
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Victory Tulip.

Appearance: A hazy amber body with a very thin head that barely makes it up a full finger before it vanishes.

Smell: Light hints of passion fruit hit me up front with nice floral and grassy notes working their way in. The nose is very tropical and pleasant but also very subtle.

Taste: I get mango and bright lemon flavors up front. There is a nice floral element here as well. The hops eventually yield to a nice malt sugarness and the slightest bitterness. This is a very nice IPA. Nothing over the top but instead, a very balanced taste which takes care of my hop fix.

Mouthfeel: I thought there was just a tad too much carbonation here. It took away from some of the more subtle flavors.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber (extremely light orange/gold in the light) with a two-finger off-white head that takes awhile to dissipate. Generous lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: Grapefruity hops, slight malts, not strong at all though.

Taste: A nice balanced combination of hops and malt, but seeing as I got this as a single, perhaps it was an old bottle (can't find a date), as the hops and malt flavors seem to have faded, and there is a tiny bit of metallic taste at the finish. Not overly bitter at all.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and moderate carbonation, it works with the flavors.

Overall: Certainly not a bad beer, but perhaps I need to try this again, because if the flavors didn't seem so faded it may have been better.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in trade from mdaschaf, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge bubbly white head that shows great retention and lace. Smells of earthy and citrusy hops, with a bit of bready malt, some mineral aromas, and a bit of yeasty funk. Taste is a nice compromise between malt and hop. Earthy citrus meets bready mineral water and a hint of yeast funk. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a slick mouthfeel. Meh. This one is ok, but there's either some wild yeast working in this bottle or the beer was kept on the yeast too long after fermentation. No bottle dating so there's no telling how old this bottle is.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hazy light coloured amber with little head or lacing. An odd "soda" mouthfeel with much small bubble carbonation in the mouth.

Muted aroma of caramelized malts with a hint of pineapple in the background. Flavours of malts and fruits as expected from the style. Lingering bitterness is pleasant, but lacking the hop finish for which I'd hoped.

Perhaps I've been unlucky with this bottle and will become enamoured with my remaining 5 - in which case I will change this review accordingly!

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was very nice and tasty! Good looking beer with an outstanding white cap that left a bit of foam on my glass. Classic micro brew scent. Some pine scents on the nose, but also very malty. Not overly hoppy, but you must classify this as an IPA! Cannot see through the glass, much like a great hefeweizen. Nice tasting, buscuit base. Very pleased with the finish! Very fine brew!

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: unfiltered almost amber. Small slight off white head.

S: slight citrus. Fruit rollups.

T: almost fruity, sweet, malty not bready. Easy drinker.

M: thin and dry. Easy finish. No lingering bitterness.

O: easy drinking local ipa. Will drink on special. Good session ipa.

*Note had at the brewery and it was a completely different beer. Sooo much better. Notes of rose and flower. So good fresh.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Office. Pours golden with a thick white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, some pale and caramel malt. Medium, crisp body. Citrucy hops, biscuit malt and hints of caramel fill the mouth. Finish is medium and hoppy. Light, easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent though not outstanding IPA. Nugget hops and lots of malt to make it bittersweet and the malting contributes to drinkability, as does the understated carbonation. Light orange body. Orange taste and slight orange aroma. Middling mouthfeel.Guessing IBU 55-60.

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HopFish IPA from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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