Red Fish - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 341
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 3
Gots: 73 | 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 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)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (1,273 characters)

Photo of Shmagles
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 (545 characters)

Photo of SwarthmoreBev1
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of benetoh
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (889 characters)

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Red Fish from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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