Red Fish - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 340
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 3.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 72 | 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 vette2006c5r
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of Sipchue
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of Glennlawless
2.92/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (903 characters)

Photo of JG-90
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
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. (1,134 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of horshamguy
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.
A--I tried to not put much head on it, but failed. There was still 2 fingers after a SLOW, tilted pour. The head lingered for quite a while. Lacing was decent. Color was deep & reddish.
S--Sweet, like candy. There's definitely hops and malt on the nose. Quite nice.
T--To steal from another's review, "a baby barleywine". If the hops were a little less prominent, I'd say it could be a barleywine. Rich, malty taste, with background hops to balance.
M--Creamy & rich. Very nice.
O--Excellent for an amber ale, which usually doesn't do too much for me. A definite "bang for your buck" beer. (632 characters)

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.5/5  rDev +20%
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. (867 characters)

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. (747 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler

A- Amber-red, as promised, with a light tan half finger head. Retains well, and produces some rings of lacing.

S- Sweet malt, slight caramel, overshadowed by a subtle spicy citrus hop. A little spruce-like.

T- Interesting, caramel and bread, mostly. Some sips seemed to have various intensities of hop character, but the hop was more mild than I was expecting.

M- Medium body with a crisp dry finish.

O- Not bad. The bottle states over and over that it is hoppy, but I thought it didn't seem over the top. (547 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of evanforbeer
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
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 (508 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
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 (357 characters)

Photo of magine
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (847 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (1,619 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (834 characters)

Photo of ferrouswolf
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (600 characters)

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Red Fish from Flying Fish Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.