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ESB Amber Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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ESB Amber AleESB Amber Ale

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237 Ratings

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001)
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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

mhgatti, Jul 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

buzzy, Jun 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

NJBeer265, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

BeerForMuscle, May 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

InspectorBob, May 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

twenty5, May 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

rcbuckman, Apr 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

thampel09, Apr 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

brheuer, Mar 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Squidly, Mar 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

rorjets, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of gr0g
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from (brief) notes taken on 9/20/2011.

Poured a one-finger head, quickly disappearing. Pretty solid malt profile, some fruit-like undertones. Finishing bitterness is pretty understated. Good, not great.

gr0g, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of LarryMyers
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

LarryMyers, Jan 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

ssimpson89, Dec 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

trplx81, Dec 12, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

kwa357, Nov 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of KajII
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a clear copper color with an average (1-2 finger) off white creamy head that was mostly diminishing down to a thin film with a small collar, thus producing poor spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a sweet bread malt and an earthy yeast with a note of caramel and a touch of dark fruit (cherries and plums).

The taste was lightly sweet and malty with a good dose of caramel throughout, with the finish being slightly fruity and lightly bitter yet still possessed a rather nice sweetness. The flavor only lasted a short while following the swallow, with a nice fruity malty taste left behind.

Mouthfeel was a step or two above light in body with a slightly watery texture and a somewhat mild carbonation.

Overall this was a pretty decent ESB that had a slight bitter ending, a sweet caramel middle and a very good drinkability...


KajII, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Offa
4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Offa, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper-amber color with only a thin, white head which leaves minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with lightly sweet pale maltiness and delicately toasted white bready maltiness. As it warms you get some underlying fruit esters of dried apricots, a pinch of lemon peel and some light earthiness (hops?).

The tastes begin with pale, toasted, bready maltiness and some increasing toffee and honey candy sweetness. As it warms you once again get the fruity accents of ripe apricot but also some lemony citrus. Earthy hoppiness adds a soft, balancing bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-plus carbonation. Finish si slighly sweet but ultimately dry.

Overall while this is not the most true to style ESB you will find, it's tasty, easy-drinking, and decent enough to warrent a sample. Can't hold a candle to British examples and probably a bit too malty even for Americanized examples.

claspada, Sep 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Texasfan549, Sep 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

kjkinsey, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear copper color with no head or lace. The aroma is of caramel and mild grapefruit and bread crust. The flavor has grapefruit and caramel notes with a good balance of malt sweetness and hoppiness. It's mouthfeel is medium. Flying Fish ESB Amber Ale is a good beer, balanced and refreshing. Recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Sep 07, 2012
ESB Amber Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.