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Red Fish - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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326 Ratings
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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 4
Gots: 62 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rfgetz on 02-06-2012

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Ratings: 326 | Reviews: 48
Reviews by Arithmeticus:
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in standard ale glass

A: clear dark amber color; medium sized head with mixed-sized bubbles
S: sweet hops, light aroma with a bit of oak
T: very hoppy red ale (nearly at imperial level); ditto for the alcohol level; sweet; complex and rich; really hard to fault the flavor--it's quite inviting
M: creamy and smooth--wow

Yes, get it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a full deep amber with a half finger white head that had good retention.Hops are a little subded in the nose with citric notes present,a caramel/biscuit maltiness was there as well.I really like the full creamy mouthfeel,it's full and mellow so it goes down very well.Hops are not as big as I was hoping but their presence is there,grapefruit rind sticks out mainly on the hop side of things with a sweetish caramel toffee malt base that stands right up to the hops.The feel is great and it does have decent hops,it's just not a big hopped up left coast-style amber.

Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Shmagles
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear Red to amber, good head stays at the top, thin lacing. Appealing.

S - Smells like a classic red, cant complain (i suck at picking at the notes of scents)

T - Tastes like a classic red, again I like red, so boon!

M - Smooth, drinkable (i usually hate this word sadly), not highly carbonated, good feel.

O - Cant complain. It does not wow me, but I do not feel slighted by this beer. It's light hoppy character makes me feel like I can recommend this beer as an everyday beer for someone who does not like the full bitter and hoppyness of IPAs.

Photo of MTLDOG
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a fairly clear copper but I do see a few floaters here and there, topped with a near finger of slightly off-white colored head. This retains with a tight ½ finger, which leaves back a big foamy cascade of lacing. The aroma smells floral and leafy with some light pine notes and then more of a ripe and herbal feeling citrus component. A touch of spicy pepper is present as well. Sweet doughy grains work with the citrus along the back.

The taste has an earthy and gritty bitterness to it, with some pine thrown in and is surrounded on the sides by some ripe and herbal citrus character. A backbone of caramel and sweet grains mixes in with that green citrus flavor from behind to give the flavor profile a deep twang. This is dry, earthy and bitter on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp on the tongue with a firm yet still slick and creamy feel along the back. A touch of alcohol hangs on the finish a bit.

This was decent. I usually prefer my hoppy Amber Ales to be more in the West Coast style but this one still brought some different things to the table and at least had a nice fresh drinkability to it for 7%. Not sure if I’d actually go for an entire six-pack of this but I was happy with this bottle.

Photo of KTCamm
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

iPhone notes: served on tap at Applebees in Piscataway NJ. Standard shaker pint glass.

Pours reddish amber with lots of foam and prominent lacing. Light caramel nose. Toffee too, but hard to pick up. Taste is a very bready malt with loads of flavor. Chewy. Smooth mouthfeel and just a touch of biter. Balanced works completely. Real good. 425 375 425 4 425

Photo of benetoh
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: reddish amber, not much of a light tan head

S: Mild pine

T: caramel up front, but the piney hops quickly take over. Not overpowering; hop balanced. Clean finish, not too bitter

m: medium weight, appropriate to the style.

O: A good, balanced beer with noticeable hops but not too bitter. Sessionable as long as you aren't weak. Overall, a solid beer, worth trying. Although its a one-off, I would drink again if they made more.

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep auburn with a frothy off white head and good clarity. Big citrus hop nose. Nice slick malt body with a lingering caramel aftertaste. Pungent resinous hop character rolls along the tongue finishing super pale. The body presents it self just enough to hold all the hops together to allow for one smooth sip presenting well blended hop flavors. 7%? Dangerous, drinks much like you're standard 5% american amber. Not sure how I feel about that. Good though, one of flying fishes better offerings.

Photo of Samp01
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Cherry-orange coloring shows a good deal of turbidity with suspended micro-particles. Pale beige head is milky and short in heigth and retention. Small streams of effervesce and a speckled lacing concludes things visually.

S: Small pale lemon, flowery citurs with a hint of pepper. Aromatically was small, a bit disappointing for a hoppy red. Finishes off with dry celery and herbaceous notes.

T: Flavor of flowery dry citrus, hoppy bite, grassy, with some dry pine. Moderate level of bitterness, some dry toasted grains, but in the end just a soup of homogenized hops with little detail or complexity, Some dry toasted grains with the hops picking up deeper into the drink with an awareness of peppery citrus. Dry chinook hops are more apparent then on the nose with a finish of toasty french bread and parsley.

M: Decent feel mouthwise, malt substance is marginable, frothy textured and carbonation presence.

O: Overall fairly hoppy and bitter just doesnt have a tasty aspect to it as well lacks any aromatic presence. Hops dont jump out at you, rather the subtle hints are only going to be really appreciated if you are concentrating and writing a review as such, otherwise as an drinking experience you'll find this an average c rated at best. Brighter individual hops and fuller malt support would help guide this in a better direction, but for now an ordinary run of the mill red that really wasnt that tasty. Flying fish is so hard to figure out, thier turnpike beers are vast, complex and the pride of NJ, while thier everyday beers are ordinary and hardly worthy a second helping, like night and day.

Photo of Beejay
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Little Town NJ, Hoboken, NJ

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and does not have any visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with some hints of sweetness.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts with bits of sweetness and hints of fruity yeast. No bitterness is apparent, although there are enough underlying hops to prevent the beer from being too sweet.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, goes down easily and is a good representation of the style.

Photo of ferrouswolf
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 6-pack from a not-great liquor store. No "best before" date on the bottles or the 6-pack. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: a lovely orange-red color with...particulate matter? There seem to be flakes of some neutrally-buoyant something. Whatever they are, they aren't nucleating bubbles and they don't seem to have any impact on anything. Tan, 1 finger head appears and sticks around for awhile before dissipating to a ring and coverage.

Smell: not very powerful, but some citrusy, oaky notes.

Taste: long sweet malt nose that fades into caramelly/citrusy hop bitterness. Definitely hoppy, but not as hoppy as I had expected. A pleasant beer to have, but not terribly complex.

Mouthfeel: very good; medium body with small fine bubbles that are gentle on the tongue.

Overall: This is a decent beer. I don't know if it's been temperature-abused, or whether it's expired, but it's a nice hoppy beer with a good malt character.

Photo of JG-90
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Flying Fish's website: Red Fish is a west coast hoppy red ale. Columbus, Chinook and Cascade hops give the beer a robust piney nose. Two-row, crystal and cara-red malts give the beer a malty background and a 7% abv.

Pours a lightly hazed burnt copper color, moderate cap of off-white froth, little lacing. Scent brings a moderate hop profile with parts piney and grassy, backbone is lightly sweet, faint caramel, hints of spicy rye. Taste leads with firm piney hoppyness with splashed of grass and citrus, follows with moderately sweet caramely malts, , light toasted husky grain notes, faint splash of spicy rye (surprised to see the website doesn't list it as an ingredient). Body is medium, finishes quite dry for the sweetness present in taste. This beer was a pleasure to drink as it was quite balanced between hoppy and malty. One of the better non-exit brews from Flying Fish.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of HipCzech
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

Photo of evanforbeer
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Found this in my fridge after a weekend away. Thanks beer elf.
Pours a nice ruby-orange with off-white head
Smell- bready/toasty, pine, grapefruit
Taste- hopes hit quick with some pine and grapefruit, nice caramel malt wave hits with warm caramel and toffee notes. Turns hoppy again, pine, citrus, and herbal notes. Finishes with herbal hops and toasted caramel malt flavors lacing the palate

Pretty solid red, some good hopiness as they advertise, not quite as lush and clean as Nugget Nectar or Yulesmith

Photo of justintcoons
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Amber with 1-2 fingers of fluffy, off-white head that dissipates slowly. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation. Tiny particles of yeast float around.

Nose
Lemon zest, grapefruit, Tootsie Roll, caramel, toffee and pine.

Taste
Lemon zest, grapefruit pith and hints of Fruity Pebbles. Bready malts, brown sugar, toffee, caramel and hints of Tootsie Roll. More grapefruit on the back end as well as some resinous pine.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, slightly bitter and drying.

Overall
Pretty standard Red with an extra residual bitterness. Pretty easy drinking though.

Photo of JayQue
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good amber ale. A good all-purpose beer, good with food good for mass quantities (the 7% abv is pretty subdued). Pours a slightly reddish copper color with a medium sized off white head (on a hard pour). Retention is about average, some light lacing.

Smell is caramel malt.

Good flavor. Mostly caramel and bready malt. Slightly sweet, enough subdued hops to keep it from being too sweet or cloying.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich enough for the style.

Overall, a solid every-day beer.

Photo of NiceTaps
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A- dark amber/red color with a two finger head and lots of sticky lacing. This beer looks great.

S-has a nice hoppy, citrus-pine smell that nears American IPA.

T- nice malt forward sweetnes followed by a very nice bitter-hop dry finish. Balanced.

M- robust body and good carbonation. It is alive.

O-this is a vey drinkable 7.0 ale. Hearty, not heavy. I'd liken it to an American IPA. I liked it the first time that I drank it but waited to review until I took it three different times. It's steady.

Photo of Damian
4.49/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%

(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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Red Fish from Flying Fish Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.