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Red Fish - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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53 Reviews
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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

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

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Reviews: 53 | Hads: 361
Photo of horshamguy
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of BWED
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of evanforbeer
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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

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Photo of KTCamm
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
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

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Photo of magine
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.86/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of gr0g
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of ferrouswolf
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best By: 04-06-13

Appearance: Pours out a rust-colored body with a sizable (though rather short-lived), sudsy, off-white head.

Smell: Pale, crystal malt notes with a little tinge of light brown sugar. Citrusy notes of moist grapefruit, lemon along with hints of florals and easy-going pine.

Taste: Delivers on the notes from the nose, a start of pale malts, some crystal with a smidgen of lightly toasted grain and brown sugar sweetness. Splash of grapefruit juice, a few drops of lemon juice, then some incorporated flowery, piney touches. Accumulating resinous quality. Medium-plus bitterness. Drying, citrusy finish with a lingering of light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A decent, acceptable red with a slightly notched up ABV.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint.

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

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

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.

Medium bodied, crisp, slightly bitter and drying.

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

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Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Shmagles
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a very cloudy and very dark ruby red color that's almost brown with dark burnt orange edges and one finger white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Streaks of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with floral hops and sweet malt notes.  Kind of bland and takes a while to open up.  Almost nothing detectable until it warns up significantly.  Subtle grassy pine along with some caramel malt, toffee and faint fruit.

Fortunately tastes better than the nose would have you believe.  Well balanced with dry, bitter hops that are countered by sweet malt notes.  Slightly creamy texture adds fullness to the palate.  Hints of resinous pine and faint citrus followed by caramel malt, toffee, hazelnut and dark fruit.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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

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Photo of SwarthmoreBev1
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I got a pint of this deep amber ale, I was thinking of the ESB Amber. However, when I tried it, I was pleasantly surprised. This was a very nice brew that was not too heavy or lacking for hops. It left a very nice taste in my mouth. I hope that they add this to their regular roster of brews. I had some pizza with it and that was a very nice complement to each other.

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