Red Fish - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 3
Gots: 69 | FT: 1
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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 SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - A bright mahogany/red with a pretty bubbly cream-colored head of about an inch and a half. Leaves some lacing behind.

S - The smell, as well as the taste, of this one is textbook perfect balance. Aromas of bitter piney hops but also of sweet biscuity malts.

T - At first, you get a taste of a typical hoppy amber ale, but on the back end of the sip, the malts punch you in the face. That's really what I love about this beer, and what has made it one of my go-to's. The aftertaste is almost like fresh baked bread.

M - Fair amount of carbonation, but smooth, almost creamy, for the style. Goes down way easy.

O - An awesome brew that is easy and pleasurable to drink for any occasion. The hops bitterness, as well as the malt sweetness, go hand-in-hand perfectly. If ever I stop somewhere that has it on tap, it's always my choice to start the night with.

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 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 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 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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer on draft at Churchkey. Beer is dark amber / red with a thin off white almost tan head, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is very hoppy, strong in my face, good cascade and chinook hop presence.

Beer is medium in body and sweet with a nice malt backbone, almost munich and crystal in body but very hoppy with only moderate bitterness on the backend. An interesting little beer, I might have it again.

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 gr0g
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A nice, two-finger head above an amber base. Very nice, fat lace ring left behind. FF definitely nailed the appearance with Red Fish. Aroma bears the hallmarks of a hoppy red: citrus, grapefruit, and some pine from American hops that take the limelight with a caramel malt base underneath. Fresh and aromatic, but not mind-blowing.

The flavor profile tips the scales a bit toward maltiness, but this is definitely a hop-forward red. Bitterness is in not-quite-IPA territory and balances out the solid malt backbone. Moderately dry. Alcohol is well masked. Mouthfeel is soft with a fair amount of hop oils, not unlike a good IPA.

With Red Fish, Flying Fish finally has a "regular" beer that I'll go back to from time to time. Compares favorably with local competition such as Hopback Amber Ale and HopDevil.

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 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 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 mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at 2nd st brew house...

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is transparent amber, nice carbonation, light white head that clings very well.

Smell is mostly light roast and caramel malt, some good hop flavor as American hops.

Taste is clean, very nicely balanced hop bitterness and malt sweetness, malt is light hints of caramel and mild toast, hops are clean but balance the sweeet malt.

Mouthfeel is clean, nicely carbonated and balanced.

Overall, reminds me of a hopper more bitter troegs amber. It's tasty and easy drinking

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4/5  rDev +9%

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.

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 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 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 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

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A darker amber body with an off-white, yellowish two-finger cap. The cap fell slowly and left sheets of lace inside the glass. Good looking red.

Some caramel malt intertwined with pine trees and white grapefruit. Some toasted/nutty notes along with brown sugar and herbal notes.

The malt rolls onto the palate first, before a rush of pine resin, lemons, and grapefruit. Some toffee notes emerge with toasted nuts before a finish of brown sugar, herbs, pine, and grapefruit.

Medium body with good carbonation. The finish is an earthy bitterness that builds a little with each sip.

The balance of this beer tips a little too much towards the malt end of the spectrum. They advertise a west coast red, but this has east coast hops all over it. A very solid red ale, and one I will re-visit given the availability.

Photo of magine
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark orange amber with an off white thick chunky head. Lots of lace and great head dretention. Great looks.

Brew smells of caramel malts and hops. Sweet biscuit malts and hops. Good nose.

Brew tastes smooth and balanced; sticky hops and nice biscuit caramel malts. Good feel adds to the drinkability. A good brew.

A nic e addition to the Flying Fish lineup. A good sessionable brew here.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazed amber color with a off-white head that stayed around and left lots of lacing.

S - citrus and caramel malt.

T - lots of citrus rind bitterness with a solid malty background.

F - medium bodied with a smooth, easy drinking feel.

O - a good beer that I'd gladly have again.

Photo of MattR2014
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Kind of a hoppy red ale but pretty malty. I like it. Had out of bottle. Not a go to but I would try again for sure

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a slightly hazed reddish color with some cherry and orange hues. Beige head rests on top with some filmy retention, leaving patchy lacing on the glass.

Pretty punchy hoppy nose with a nice dosage of pine and citrus fruit. Some bready, malty sweetness with a hint of dark fruit. Faint notion of alcohol.

Bitter and juicy up front with some piny notes. A bit sticky and resiny with a touch of grapefruit and citrus peel. Sweeter malt base creeps in with a touch of cherry and dark fruit. Bready with caramel. Finishes bitter and a little warm.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. This is better than many of the typical Flying Fish offerings - slightly abrasive but still something I'd drink again.

Photo of Sipchue
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Red Fish from Flying Fish Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.