Flying Fish Extra Pale Ale
64 Blade Chainsaw
Flying Fish Extra Pale Ale is an American Pale Ale brewed by the Flying Fish brewing company in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. It is crafted with Two-row Pale, Munich and Aromatic Malts, spiced with Magnum, Mount Rainer and Palisades Hops and fermented with English Yeast over an Original Gravity of 12.2 Plato for a moderate alcohol content of 4.8% ABV.
Flying Fish XPA is presently being served on tap at the Philadelphia Phillie’s baseball stadium and is currently the stadium’s best selling beer.
Onto The Method
5.0/10 – The Classic
1.0 – Appearance – Golden straw with alive carbonation forming a very rapidly vanishing white head that leaves a thin layer over the serve.
1.0 – Aroma – Smells very much like a pilsner macrobrewed beer – even a Coors, but with hand crafted quality that displays a smooth and sweet malt undertone providing a very mild hop aroma and a small orange note.
1.0 – Taste –The quality displayed in its aroma can’t save this beer’s very generic flavors. The bitter notes and malt characters are almost exactly what you’d expect to find in a big brand name lager, but without the annoying preservatives or adjuncts. It kind of tastes like my first Mr Beer homebrew, but with better quality and without the adjuncts or personal brewing experience.
1.0 – Palate –Thin and very easy palate that forgives some of the lacking flavor.
1.0 – Overall – It’s not at all horrible; you can certainly feel its quality and craftsmanship. What gets me is that it is a beer that doesn’t really need to be in a craft brewed lineup. If there’s a purpose to it, it might be to profit some from its tap offering during the Phillie’s games. But closer to home, this might be worthwhile if you’re trying to convert a commercial beer drinker into a craft brew appreciator – start them off with this in place of their Coors Light. They might reply favorably, then continue with some of the more interesting stuff.
6.0/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze – The strength of this hammer starts off quite light at 4.8% abv but ultimately gets the job done quite nicely.
8.0/10 Blades – The Knife –digestibility – Flying Fish Extra Pale Ale is light and easy giving it a clear and clean edge and an easy voyage through the system.
7.0/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift –The first and halfway through the second there’s barely a lift to speak of, but at the end of that second serve is a surprising lift. The buzz struggles to hang on, so a swift shot of rum propels these spiders to continue their upwardly inclined sideways direction.
8.0/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? – It’s quite easy to handle this machine through the end of the six pack, even with a shot in between to establish its assertion.
30.0/50 Blades – The Buzz – Flying Fish Extra Pale Ale is described by founder and general manager, Gene Muller as a good session beer. Its moderate strength and light body definitely support that definition. And with a taste, albeit a very true extra pale ale flavor, reminiscent of big brand lager selections, it would make a great adjunct and preservative free quality alternative. So it fits well at the Phillie’s stadium in that respect.
As all my beers aim at being session drinks anyway, I enjoy them with a little more assertion and strength. Though I will admit that Flying Fish Extra Pale Ale’s light body delivers its available resources efficiently into the system, making for a surprising buzz.
The lift comes on quickly right at the end of the second, and begins to fade with too much time spaced between the second and third. A swift shot and another drink solidify its purpose, and the rest of the night is enjoyed with good sensations that are constantly nagged by that annoying generic taste.