They’re hoppy, they’re zippy, and they tend to make you happy. They suit a day on the beach or a night at the pub, and they’re favourites of beer newbies and craft beer nerds alike. XPAs are extra pale ales, but there’s a big question always floating around…

Extra what?

And the answer to that isn’t as straightforward as you might like…

What makes it an XPA?

Is it extra pale? Does it have extra hops? Extra alcohol? Extra marketing cred?

It can be any or all of these things. Because here’s the secret: there’s no real standard for what defines an XPA. The style is just over a decade old (compared to hundreds of years for some other styles), and there’s no real consensus on what it is.

What should you expect?

Since the XPA style is so free and easy, it makes sense for us to be a little loose here. But don’t think that means there aren’t any patterns among XPAs. It’s still a kind of pale ale, so don’t expect a whole different species of beer.

You can expect an XPA to be lighter than most IPAs - lower in bitterness, lower in hoppiness, and usually lower in alcohol.

You can expect fruity hops - think citrus zing and tropical notes, rather than resinous or dank or spicy.

And they’re usually super approachable and easy to drink - it’s hard to stop after just one!

XPA

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  1. Flavour Profile
    Hops
    Malt
    • Smooth / Velvety
    Tasting notes
    A moderate body and smooth finish lead the way to endless drinkability on any occasion.
    Aether XPA
    Aether XPA
    XPA
    Aether Brewing
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    $42.00
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    $70.00
    4 pack
    $21.00
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    Hops
    Malt
    • Dry
    Tasting notes
    Light, refreshing finish
    Astro Punk
    Astro Punk
    XPA
    Blackflag Brewing
    Sold By Blackflag Brewing
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    8 pack
    $48.00
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    $73.00
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    $24.00
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  3. Flavour Profile
    Hops
    Malt
    • Smooth / Velvety
    Tasting notes
    Pouring dark black with a copper tint around the edges, this marvel is only lightly bittered and stays smooth to the finish.
  4. Flavour Profile
    Hops
    Malt
    • Dry
    Tasting notes
    Our take on the XPA style beefs up the body and uses a single hop, Citra throughout. Addition of crystal malt balances the assertive bitterness.
  5. Flavour Profile
    Hops
    Malt
    • Light
    Tasting notes
    Big tropical hop flavours & aromas
  6. Flavour Profile
    Hops
    Malt
    • Chewy
    Tasting notes
    Strong bitterness, prominent citrus and pine aroma
  7. Flavour Profile
    Hops
    Malt
    Tasting notes
    Great hoppy citrus flavours. Not too bitter
  8. Flavour Profile
    Hops
    Malt
    • Light
    Tasting notes
    This Double Dry Hopped XPA is fruity, floral, light and breezy. Perfect food pairing: soft goat cheese, white meat skewers, fish, charcuterie
  9. Flavour Profile
    Hops
    Malt
    • Smooth / Velvety
    Tasting notes
    A full bodied Xtra Pale Ale. Fresh mango and grapefruit notes are complimented from vanilla characters from the toasted American oak.
  10. Flavour Profile
    Hops
    Malt
    • Light
    Tasting notes
    Fruit and tropical hop aroma, dry finish.
  11. Flavour Profile
    Hops
    Malt
    • Dry
    • Clean
    Tasting notes
    A clean XPA. The perfect Summer drink.
  12. Flavour Profile
    Hops
    Malt
    • Dry
    • Light
    Tasting notes
    This Double Dry Hopped XPA is juicy, floral, light and breezy.Perfect food pairing: soft goat cheese, white meat skewers, fish, charcuterie
  13. Flavour Profile
    Hops
    Malt
    • Fizzy
    Tasting notes
    We use a blend of Motueka, El Dorado and Vic Secret hops to bring a touch of resin alongside heaps of citrus and tropical vibes to the party.
  14. Flavour Profile
    Hops
    Malt
    • Thin
    • Dry
    • Light
    Tasting notes
    Notes of tropical and citrusy fruit combined with a slight bitterness. Crisp and refreshing.
    Tropical XPA
    Tropical XPA
    Rating:
    100%
    XPA
    Frexi Brewing
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    $51.00
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    $92.00
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    $26.00
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    Hops
    Malt
    • Light
    XPA
    XPA
    XPA
    7th Day
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    Pay as little as $39.00
    8 pack
    $44.00
    16 pack
    Special Price $65.00 Regular Price $72.00
    4 pack
    $22.00
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  16. Flavour Profile
    Hops
    Malt
    • Smooth / Velvety
    Tasting notes
    Nice grass and tropical notes, balanced biscuit malt and yeasts. Clean, biscuity and resinous, drying and bitter late, everything you could want in a pale and then some. Centennial, Mosaic and Amarillo hops get the nod.
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