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Red Fish | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rfgetz on 02-06-2012

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Photo of ppvora
2.67/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Reddish brown, more brown than red. No aeration, but 3 fingers of head.
Aroma: Malt, bread, sour fruit, molasses.
Taste: Malt, some hops, but bitter hops. No complexity or subtlety -- in your face hops.
Mouthfeel: Some lingering bitterness, but not in bad way.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber.
Smell is light malt with a bit of citrus.
Taste brings malt and caramel flavor up front. Piney/lemon finish.
Bitter tart after taste.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with thin white head that fizzles out quickly. Faint smell of sweet malt, light hops and bread. Can detect hops on the tongue, though not strong. Some sweet caramel. Light to medium body. Decent brew.

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Photo of scotorum
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Another from the selection delivered on the new beer club membership gifted from my daughters.

Best by 4/17/16. As the consumer rather than the retailer, would still rather have the bottled on date.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA gl;ass.

a: Clear dark amber with an inch and a half thick white head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Mild pine resin.

t: Relatively pleasant pine over a solid bready malt base, with a moderate bite. Dry finish.

m: Medium plus very good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A fine rendition of the described "West Coast style," which is more pine resin hoppy than citrus juicy. Compares well to Green Flash West Coast IPA and Sixpoint Resin, which is saying something since both of those are excellent.FLYING FISH RED FISH 1/14/16

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 7% abv.

Appearance- Pours a dark amber/red. 2 finger white head slow to dissipate. Good clarity.

Smell- Grapefruit, toasty malt

Taste- Sweet bready malt with caramel. Grapefruit and pine come around in heavy flavor until leaving a dry finish with a good bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body, ample carbonation.

Overall- A hop lovers red ale here. Plenty of hops beginning with the smell. Good use of malt/hops in the taste. Similar to an IPA in taste but definitely a red ale by looks.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brewed with Two-row pale, cara-red, blackprinz, and medium crystal malts. Hopped with Cascades, Columbus, and Chinook (dry hopped with cascades and chinook). Fermented with chico yeast.
OG=17.2P, ABV=7.0%

Pours out to a slightly hazy medium amber, forming a modest off yellow head with very good retention and good lacing. Nose is of mild C hops, (not brash bold and bright like the bottle says), some crystal malts, slightly fruity fruity, distant toffee, strawberries. The mouthfeel is not as big as I was expecting for 7.0% ABV beer, but is sufficient, maybe perhaps because it is pretty crisp and a little lower on the carbonation (2.0 or so). Hops are biting up front in their acidity, not overwhelming though, then a decent malt backbone, finishing with an earthy and spicy medium firm bitterness. Burps are a little piney. No off flavors.

A solid yet average/good west coast style red.

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Photo of 57md
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours more brownish than reddish with less than a finger of head. The nose is a little malty and a little bready. Some caramel flavor and trends more toward the malty than the hoppy. The body was slightly hearty for the style.

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Photo of cyguyjg
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Flying Fish says the hops are Northwest "Brash" with notes of citrus. But I find them to roll off the sides of the tongue very nicely, making for a very smooth red ale. This is a very smooth, malty ale. For me an excellent session brew.

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Photo of Act25
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Try 1.

A - A darker amber body with an off-white two-finger cap. The cap fell slowly and left sheets of lace inside the glass. Buy 2 for good looking red.

S A bit subtle but must warm. It's caramel malt mixed with pine and grapefruit. Some toasted, nutty notes with brown sugar and herbs.

T - Follows smell but more ample. The malt first, then mid-palate of pine resin, lots of lemons, and grapefruit. Ice tea like. Some toffee emerges with toasted, honey roast nuts. Finishes in a brown tea of sugar, herbs, pine, and grapefruit.

F - Medium body with good carbonation. The finish had decent earthy bitterness.

OK maybe this is a buy 2.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.88/5  rDev -49.5%
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 +8.1%
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 +18.8%
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 +16.9%
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 -7.5%
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 +0.8%
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 -6.2%
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 -14.5%
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 +0.8%

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 dbl_delta
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle "best by 6-14-16" into pint glass. Pours a really pretty reddish amber with an eggshell-white head. Initial impression is citrus, floral hops, followed by a little malt sweetness and some caramel. Mouthfeel is just about right - on the fuller side of medium. Moderate carbonation. Sweetness/caramel gains traction as it warms. Nice smooth finish. Another very enjoyable offering from Flying Fish.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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 -5.4%
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 +5.1%

(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 -15.3%
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 -4.8%
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 -16.4%
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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