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Red Fish - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 361
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 31%
Wants: 3
Gots: 88 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rfgetz on 02-06-2012

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Photo of q33jeff
1.88/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

**FROM OLD NOTES, 02/12/12: Aroma is Vegetable. Light Brown Color. Medium Head. Taste is Vegetable, unpleasant aftertaste. Alcohol is too strong for a red ale.**

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Photo of tillmac62
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 7/11/15. Pours a clear amber with a solid garnet cast. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Somewhat light nose of toasted malt and hops (pine and grapefruit).

Heavy light body with a smooth texture. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a solid finely bubbled prickly finished.

Outstanding flavor profile. It is intense, fairly complex, and very well balanced. It's base is a solid biscuit with heavy caramel notes that are somewhat toasted. Over this is a mild bitterness which has hop flavor elements of pine, grapefruit and an herbal spicy character. The finish is a slow fade of hop flavor that becomes more spicy as it lingers.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

incredible beer in my IPA Spiegalau glass

pours a dark amber, burnt orange to the point of it being brown/red with a thick white head.

smells like an IPA, citrus hops galore. maybe a little bit of smoke/coffee as well.

taste is more malty and finishes bitter. some smoky pine to it.

goes down smooth and leaves a bitter aftertaste.

there is something about this beer i don't particularly like but i can't put my finger on it. it looks good, smells good and tastes good but leaves something to be desired. it isn't a bad beer by any means. not what i was

expecting when i read "hoppy red ale" because the taste is not very hoppy. maybe this beer is closer to a red/brown ale. reminds me of a hoppy red bitter ale.

edited: about 4 hours after my initial review on my 4th. the taste is pretty damn good and it goes down smooth. i would totally buy another 6er of this. it's no Nugget Nectar but it's good.

edited a few days later, again: im just finishing up my 6 pack and can't believe how good this is. the head doesn't subside and the taste is very good. goes down smooth and tastes great. the fact that is brewed within 40 miles of me makes it even better. i don't often buy the same beer twice (because i like trying out new beers) but this is worthy of another purchase.

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Photo of BIN29
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark Amber. Very small head, no lacing

S: Carmel, mild bread, malty and little citrus hops.

T: Light pine, orange, carmel.

F: Medium body, noticeable bitterness, lightly carbonated.

O: I hate Amber ales, especially the hoppy ones. I always dislike whatever ambers I try. This one was an extra from a trade. This is surprisingly balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this from the bottle poured chilled in a tulip.

The color is dark crimson with a thickly hazed appearance and thin off white head iwth fine bead and lace that sticks in spots. The smell has biscuit scented malt with toasted quality and hints of yeast with mild hop odor and light caramel smell. The feel is toasty with lightly hoppy and subtle yeast texture with mild alcohol and dry semi-bitter finish with medium body in general.

The taste is malt forward with slight toasted grain and mild yeast flavor which leads to an herbal and pine-like hop taste with a hint of citrus rind and very dry finish with subtle alcohol in the flavor warming toward the lingering bitter flavor. This is a decent ale with semi-dry and bitter quality with low hop flavor and moderately high alcohol for the style.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: June 6, 2015... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: Catching up with Game of Thrones... APPEARANCE: Translucent copper/amber body and a white, cloudlike trail of lacing; almost no effervescence...AROMA: pleasant maltiness and a spike of flowery hops--some citrus and orange as well; mellow and appealing... PALATE: medium-bodied and smooth, with little life but reasonably creamy finish... TASTE: caramel malts take center stage, owning a throaty, metallic dominance; buttery, nutty qualities surface late; some hop crunch balances the experience; a good balance is struck... OVERALL: with grapefruit, a slightly nuanced approach to an amber, with a demonstrative 7% ABV to boot....worthy of a pairing with a night with the epic power of Westeros...

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Photo of JPowell712
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a dark amber color. The smell was of pine, grass, grapefruit, citrusy hops. The taste was very hoppy and on the stingy side. Clocks in at 7% ABV but the alcohol is blended well with the malts and spicy hops. Good beer overall, not my favorite by FLYING FISH, but a solid beer.

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Photo of MTLDOG
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Solid beer all the way around. Dark copper color, some citrus, spices, and a tiny bit bready. Nice dry tart aftertaste with some hops and malt. Very drinkable.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint at EWR, Terminal C (bottle marked "best by 04-21-15").

Appearance: Clear, deep copper color with good, off white head.

Smell: Lightly malty with piney hops and a bit of citrus.

Taste: Soft caramel malts with grapefruit and a bit of spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: Crisp, flavorful and drinkable without standing out. Very unassuming 7% ABV.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a dark amber with a 3/4 inch foamy head, leaving a fair amount of lacing along the glass. Aroma is sweet, slightly citrusy, with a strong dose of yeast and malt--fairly complex but not overwhelmingly so. Really enjoyable brew to take your time with on a cold fall or winter day. You'll feel the 7% ABV. Note: They have a clear 'best by' date on the label so pay attention to that when purchasing. I purchased a six pack in September and the best by date was only a few weeks after.

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Photo of Samp01
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish amber with a medium long lasting white fluffy head, good lacing. Aroma and Taste is of mildly toasted caramel malt, pine and citrus hops, some orange flavor, fruity and bread and yeast. A medium body, crisp with good carbonation on the palate. Finishes with a sweet toasted caramel malt, fruity, some bread and yeast, mild orange notes with citrus and pine hops on the end for balance. Overall a refreshing and good drinking brew.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%

(presumably fresh bottle from a rep - poured into a tall, fluted goblet)

A: polished, reddish-amber... absolutely still, open-structure, off-white foam - just doesn't wanna move - lot's o' hops, I guess

S: lot of hop character - blood orange, freeze-dried strawberry/raspberry, perhaps old golden raisins?... dark, fruity bread crust - melanoidins do pop out, fresh, bold... stoic bowl of color-less alcohol, dimly shining on the perimeter, but rather phantomly coursing through the hop fuzz, opening up the sinuses

T: mellow spiciness and subdued fruit flavor on top, while a powerful, crusty, malt foundation threatens to settle into the palate for a week... sense of hard candy sweetness in the middle, but nearly drowned out by the static buzz of earthy hops... vaguely thyme-like herbal with an assertive bitterness in the aftertaste with a strong note of brown paper bag - very dry, toasty grain... jeez the magnitude of toast here is startling - almost like an Chinook-infused oatmeal cookie left in the oven too long... ends up being pretty dry

M: strange sort of burnt-to-a-crisp resin texture... medium-bodied with a semi-hollow core... kind of weightless in the finish

O: a little rough, but somewhat pleasingly loud and unbalanced... this was a bottle from the new brewery... the last time I sampled this was on tap from a keg from the old joint, and it was spineless... they seem to be turning things around - it's just one beer... curious to try their flagships again

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Photo of Beejay
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my Dad for getting me this beer!

A: Light brown as it pours, and a medium brown in the glass with large chunks of floating matter. Head is light tan.

S: Citrus and Piney hops come out right away, light juniper and grapefruit, with undertones of bread.

T: Caramel and a hint of coffee, followed by some light hop flavor. There is a little bit of bitterness that lingers past the first taste, but all in all I thought there would be a bunch more hop character.

M: Medium, with medium carbonation. A little linger on the aftertaste.

O: Decent, but not amazing. With the amount of times hoppy is mentioned on the label, I was expecting more.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 9/10/14.

Reddish amber body with a small white head. Minute floaties, something of a cloud. Carbonation was very good.

Nothing on the nose.

Upon taking a mouthful, there was some faint betterness around the edge of the tongue. The dominant taste was of very sweet maltiness. Not an unpleasant taste, but there was simply no hop signature at all.

Mouth was medium, with some alcohol burn at the finish

OveraLL, a disappointing beverage. Label reads. "Brash, Bold, Bright, and in case we didn't mention it, hoppy". No sir, I beg to differ. Almost 2 months before the best buy date and no hops coming through.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint

Appearance – The beer is deep copper color with a once finger head of white foam atop. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of sweeter caramel smells mixed with some fruity aromas of peach and pear. Along with these smells is some very lightly toasted malt smells and a decent showing of a pine and grassy aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter caramel and slightly bready taste. Upfront there is a moderately strong grapefruit hop flavor which increases in intensity as the taste moves on to the end. A little bit of a more roasted malt flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste, with it remaining overall relatively light. At the end a pine flavor also comes to the tongue along with a bit of an oddly off herbal hop flavor, which ends up leaving a slightly off dank hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on average to slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that was on the slightly lower side. Normally the thicker body and lower carbonation would have been great for the sweet, bread, and hop flavors of the brew, but due to the slightly off herbal flavor at the end, it actually turned out to be a harm to the brew.

Overall – If it wasn't for the somewhat off hop flavor encountered at the end of the taste, this would have been an alright brew, but with it it’s not one to go to.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Fish pours a reddish color with a nice large lacing head. There is a hoppy aroma, with a harsh malt backbone. The taste has a harsh malty backbone, with a good hop flavor. There is a very full flavor, but a rather harsh body. Overall its a bold and slightly harsh read ale.

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Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, "best by" New Year's Eve 2013, served in a lager glass.

Pulling this from the refrigerator, I'm not too excited to have selected a red ale. But wait, it says "West Coast hoppy style red ale" on the label, and releases a fine hoppy aroma upon uncapping, and looks great in the glass, due in part to the creamy and durable tan head. Well, the flavor and feel do not disappoint either. Crisp but soft carbonation in a medium bodied ale. Good, moderately complex mix of hops over a solid malt base. Mildly bitter aftertaste.

O: a really fine smelling, hoppy red ale. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Sipchue
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased Oct. 12, 2013, Enjoy by January 20, 2014. You might expect to hear about the nice, clean burnt orange color. You might expect a comment about the nose of citrus and pine with a mouthfeel and flavor that work well in this red ale category. But the reason Red Fish moved to the higher echelon of ratings has to do less with the lacing, aroma and veiled perception of ABV, and more to do with the eventual higher temperatures this wonderful brew reached during my tasting time. The robust, full malt flavor comes through to meet the previously mentioned hop character to make, for me, an absolute favorite, reminiscent of the flavors and aromas of brew days in my garage. To die for. I recommend letting this one settle, then enjoy.

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Photo of Glennlawless
2.92/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into pint glass.

A - poured a reddish amber with a nice, frothy, slightly off white two finger head.

S - Pine, and a tad bit of tangerine and tropical fruit..not much at all. getting bread like sweet malt as well behind the hops.

T - well, this is definitely piney, especially in that after taste. getting a lot of malt.. pretty juicy tho. up front i barely get any hops im almost getting like a tea flavor. herbal in a way.

M - not too much carb, very drinkable tho. insanely creamy.

overall this beer was average to me.i was expecting something like sculpin ipa....pure west coast citra style... too much malt for a west coast style IPA in my opinion. i was expecting huge citrus flavor. the description on the bottle didn't match the taste or smell at all. If they didnt emphasize the west coast style on this beer i may have enjoyed it more...i went in with a citra hop bomb mindset.

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Photo of JG-90
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Red Fish is a mohagany/brown/red color and is pretty clear. Has a small head with poor retention and low lacing. Smells of bread, caramel malt, and piney hops.

Taste starts with caramel malt, then piney hops, with a bready, grapfruit, tangerine finish. Crisp and hoppy afertaste. Average body with above average carbonation.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Classic textbook looking amber, with some good hinting reds. Large frothy white head three fingers tall with lots of clumping and settling to a thick puck.

Tasty smelling malts, cinnamon and spices also. Spritzy and flavorful smelling with a chewy sense to match.

Palate hits the right notes nicely. Good light toasty malts, hinting a little kind of toasty bread crust to match. Spicy with a hint of herbality hop action to match, and some chewy leaf like hops to match. Light bodied with the malts subsiding on the palate a bit.

Overall pretty solid basic but enjoyable amber. For 7% abv it's also hardly noticeable at all.

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Photo of Suds
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a beautiful amber color. The white head has staying power. It is clear and the smell is a malty, spicy hopped scent. A little soapy smell, and a fruit scent...berry an peach? Not a powerful aroma, but present nonetheless. The taste is drier than expected. Spice and bitterness in the mid taste. Mild maltiness throughout. Full and satisfying mouthfeel. This is a respectable beer.

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Photo of Damian
4.49/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Goodnight Irene’s Brewpub, Wildwood, NJ
Served in a pint glass

Slightly hazed, crimson-amber appearance. The liquid was topped by a tight, one inch tall head of light tan foam. Solid retention. Odd shaped patches of lacing coated the top half of the glass.

The nose was hoppy and quite interesting. Citrusy, c-style hops dominated. Strong notes of candied orange peel. Somewhat spicy. The hops were accompanied by a sweet, caramel malt backbone. Hints of brown sugar came through as well.

The flavor profile was punchy and very similar to the aroma. Malty up front. Lots of sweet caramel and biscuity malts. Punchy, citrusy hops soon took over. Candied orange peel was most apparent. Ruby red grapefruit was noticeable as well. The finish was piney and just a touch bitter. At 7% ABV, the alcohol was nicely buried beneath all the intense flavors.

Super slick and creamy on the palate. The liquid was smooth, frothy and supple and contained a fine, tongue blanketing effervescence.

Flying Fish's Red Fish is an amazingly flavorful yet extremely well balanced hoppy red ale. This was quite the welcomed surprise.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty nice amber. Hop character is there, but not obnoxiously so. Seems appropriately done. It slightly overshadows the amber characteristics that do show through. Feel has a nipping carbonation. This is a good amber, hopped up a bit. I like it. Another new hit from Flying Fish.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep red, fairly hazy. two fingers of a foamy head the slowly fade. leaves a touch of side lacing behind

Smell: some sweet malts. and some strong cirtrusy hops

Taste: citrus hops, some toasted malts and sweet malts. pretty complexed and well balanced. drinks almost like a baby version of a barley wine.

Mouthfeel: fairly light and non-alcoholic for 7%. but low bitterness

Overall: looks like i picked a good one from new jersey. this was a tasty and drinkable red. gets better as you solve some of the complexity.

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Red Fish from Flying Fish Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.