ESB Amber Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +26.4%
I had an exceptionally good one of this at the Mexican Food Factory at Cherry Hill, NJ. It seemed exceptionally fresh and was a great experience. It had a beautifully deep amber color with a very good head which lasted for a little bit and with a lace throughout. It had a really good, malty smell. The taste hits you up front with hops, which I knew beforehand was a combination of Yakima Golding, Fuggles, and Magnum. Then, after the hops taste, you get a really good malt flavor, which is also a combination of a lot of different styles of malts. This was a lot better on-tap than my experience from the bottle, but I love it from the bottle as well!
05-09-2004 00:58:42 | More by GeoffFromSJ
4.43/5 rDev +25.9%
This is an excellent ESB-type.
Pale amber, it has a medium-small off-white head slowly shrinking.
Aroma is dry bread crust, caramelised, with hint of earth; yeastiness, hint of jam and faint chocolate milk.
Taste is nice jammy-juicy-woody-piny-bready-minerally character, balanced firm bitterness and sweetness, fruitiness with strong toasted bread aftertaste. It has a dryish finish. It's lively, engaging, zesty, very enjoyable.
09-26-2012 23:49:04 | More by Offa
4.35/5 rDev +23.6%
This beer has a wonderful appearance. It is bright with perfect clarity. There's a decent carbonation of fine bubbles. Poured an attractive light copper color with a thinnish head that faded into a wisp of a film, leaving a tight lace on the glass. Sweet malt aroma with a definite fruitiness. Medium light malt body with a pleasant sweetness in the taste. Nice fruity hop notes, with hints of oranges and cherries coming through. Pleasant and crisp bitterness. Very good. A delicious ESB and a new favorite of mine.
11-12-2003 15:51:00 | More by pezoids
4.28/5 rDev +21.6%
Presentation - Poured into Flying Fish Pint Glass
Appearance - Copper hue with half-finger white head, well retained, lacing is average
Smell - A lot of sour apples with some breadiness
Taste - Very caramel/toffee taste with some muted sour hoppiness
Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied, dry finish
Drinkability/Overall - Preferable to the similar styled River Horse Special Ale
06-20-2010 02:23:53 | More by tjd112
4.15/5 rDev +17.9%
Flying Fish ESB Ale is in my top 10 most enjoyable beers! A beer that's not too heavy, so you can drink several, and yet thirst quenching as well.
ESB Ale pours a beautiful caramel/copper with a nice white head that laces the glass and lingers awhile too.
The smell is slighty sweet with hops present.
The taste is wonderful- light, yet slighty bitter, with a nice clean feel and no aftertaste.
This is a beer that I will keep on hands and will keep an eye out for at the local watering holes!! Delicious!!!
11-21-2003 20:43:25 | More by NJpadreFan
4.13/5 rDev +17.3%
Grabbed a bottle of this at a bar in Chadds Ford PA - I was duly impressed started off as a typical ESB, hit a caramel/smokey note in he middle and ended with a little bitter bite - I wouldn't classify this as a true to form ESB but a good beverage none the less. The only problem is the hops are a little muted for the style. The flavor overall is excellent though and very drinkable - had three of them with no regrets.
I would like to taste the draft form of this...
07-10-2007 03:31:12 | More by flood
4.1/5 rDev +16.5%
12 Oz bottle, no date. pours a dark caramel and a half inch head that flattens out, but laces the glass. Smells of malts, a little sweet smell. Great burst of flavor, fruity, malty, and then the hops become evident. Nice snappy finish.
Solid effort by these guys. Always dependable. I drink often, and consider this a great session beer or a good intro for beer "probies". Great with pork barbeque.
04-01-2004 02:12:23 | More by thefireman
4.1/5 rDev +16.5%
Pours a lighter shade of amber with a thin white head that leaves nice lacing. The flavor is heavy on the esters upfront, along with some caramel and toffee, biscuit, red apple and orange, earthy and floral hops and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is also full of esters upfront, along with some caramel and toffee, floral hops, biscuit, minerals and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is really good. This is a pretty tasty interpretation of an ESB, more authentic than most americanized versions.
11-23-2010 03:58:21 | More by silver0rlead
4.1/5 rDev +16.5%
Poured a slight amber with a pencil thin head. Smells hoppy and like a marzen. Actually looks like one also. Taste is a toasty/caramel. Not much lacing to speak of, but is smooth and pleasurable. Tastes great, second best flying fish (# 1 is exit 4). . I think i'll have another.
06-20-2009 22:43:34 | More by schmitter
4.08/5 rDev +15.9%
A: Clear orange-golden, with two fingers of head moderate lacing.
S: Malts and floral hops.
T: Metallic earthiness, malts, and a bit of pine bitterness.
M: Nice bubbles on the tonge with long clinging bitter finish.
D: This beer is balanced the way an ESB should be. It is something that I would order more than oone of throughout the night. A little too much ABV for my idea of a perfect sesion beer.
12-13-2007 23:25:47 | More by Biscuit033
4.03/5 rDev +14.5%
Appearance is a carrot orange with a thin frosting of head. Cloudy with slowly upfloating carbonation. More head would have been nice.
The smell is dual malt aromas creating a tug-of-war: the spicy pale malt and the toasted amber malt. The hops are spicy and flowery both. It's a very spring-y beer, with a lot of pop.
The hops in the flavor shine though here, giving a refreshing, spicy and estery taste. The caramel-tinged malt adds more flavor. A real burst of disparate tastes.
The body on this beer is fantastic: it is thick and creamy and whips into a foam when agitated. There is lots of flavor here: spicy, flowery, roasted and yet refreshing.
08-31-2008 21:26:31 | More by williamherbert
4/5 rDev +13.6%
picked up in a mixed sixer and poured into a shaker, this was one of about 9 new beers tried on this night.
pour is nice and even amber color with a slightly dark hint of color around the sides of the glass. nice white head has good retention and leaves a rocky and broken top in its wake. aroma is very complex, earthy hops, notes of light fruit, apples, peaches, apricots, an touches of citrus with mounds of fresh grass and grain. again very well put together.
more of the same as i work my way into the flavor. nice and clean with a very well rounded body an even profile. quick hits of hops, earthy malts and a nice and well balanced profile really come together very very nicely. overall a great little beer and really exactly what i was hopping for.
02-26-2011 14:24:45 | More by mikesgroove
ESB Amber Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.