ESB Amber Ale | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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ESB Amber AleESB Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 243 |  Reviews: 144
Reviews by templar316:
Photo of templar316
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm suprised at only two reviews. This beer is far better and deserves to be sampled by a wide variety. Pours golden with off white head, light laceing, head falls fast. Aroma has a hint of corn, and candy sugar. Taste has malt sugar and light hop finish, not complex but not crap. Washes over the tongue like sweet nothing. Light crisp and I could drink it all night in good company.

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Photo of oberon
2.77/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was happy to try it on the machine but once I did,not impressed.I asked the bartender if this was the ESB because it didnt have any qualities to it and it was.Poured a golden color with a slight malty aroma,the taste was bitter not a good malty,fruity balance.Just not impressed at all I must say.

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Photo of warnerry
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a cloudy yellow/orange brown with one finger of light brown head.

S - Some sweet malts and a faint amount of hops, but very subdued aroma. Pleasant, but hard to pick out specific aromas.

T - More bitter hops in the taste than were apparent in the smell, but they dissipate off the tongue pretty quickly. Also, pick up a faint amount of citrus and some caramel malt.

M - Mouthfeel was on the thin side, but not exactly watery.

O - Overall, this is a drinkable brew, but not particularly memorable.

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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown longneck bottle with the Flying Fish logo on the label, no freshness date.

Appearance: Deep slightly dark orange amber, nice clarity with patches of sticky lace trail down the glass from a well produced white head.

Smell: Clean aroma of fresh milled toasted grain, a little hay that has been in the sun for too long. Hints of caramel and leafy hop in the nose also but still clean.

Taste: Stable medium body, crispness lends a nice palatable texture, clean and refreshing. Big fresh burst of toasted malt and side of caramel. A little bit of juicy fruit from the fruitiness. Wood and earth flavours come from the hop flavour which also places a modest but cutting bitterness on the tongue. Finishes dry and full of toasted grain.

Notes: Decent American Brewed ESB, why not call it an American Amber Ale because that is what it is. Either way it is an easy drinking ale that is worth a try.

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Photo of jakester
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from a sampler case from FF. Expiration date clearly marked on the label!! YEA!!

Pours a clear light amber/orange with a one finger head of off-white foam. The head drops to islands and a ring in about 3 minutes. Gentle lacing observed. Carbonation evident.

Aroma is fresh, toasty caramel, herbal/grassy hops, clean and delicate.

Tastes clean and refreshing. Flavors of lightly toasted malts, grassy/herbal hops, a good level of bittering. There's a sweet flavor in there I can't identify, but it's pleasant. Maybe from the yeast? A well balanced brew. Aftertaste is lightly toasted caramel and hops.

Mouthfeel is medium sweetness, nice little zing from carbonation, and a slightly sweet/bitter finish.

A damn nice beer. Not really sure it's an ESB, but it's good.

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Photo of mdtnelson
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber hazed hue with a nice foamy off white head elaves nice intricate lacing not bad at all let's do some tasting. Aroma: Caramel malts and hops interlace very nicely in the aromatics of this brew. Taste: Biscuit caramel malt sweetness represents with an undertow of flowery hops not bad at all similar profile to the Extra Pale which is a bit weird. Spices appear a bit stronger as the beer warms which catches me off guard , I guess the folks at Cherry Hill are using prepackaged spice and similar yeasts in each of their brews. Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a bit rough in this medium bodied ESB, becomes a bit cloying after awhile. Drinkability: Not bad not my type of session brew but interesting for an ESB not true English style in any way classified as a hybrid, it's ok.

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Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Undated bottle but purchased at high turnover vendor (Total Wine) from a new display and consumed within days, so it should be fresh.

A - slightly hazy lght amber. Standard pour yielded barely enough head to cover the top, and this quickly disappeared. Tiny amount of sediment in bottle (added to pint).

S - rather average, at best.

T - nice malty taste with fairly even balance of sweet and bitter. More bitter is expected in an ESB but this had a minimal effect on my ratings

M - low carbonation; medium body

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)
A- The bright clear copper body has a creamy meringue head of beige that last for a bit. There is a gentle carbonation of big bubbles popping to the surface.
S- The soft green hops give way to a mellow slightly sweet malt and cream note in the finish.
T- The light toasted malt note has a sweet honey malt hint that turns watery in flavor as the beer opens up. There is a brassy green hops that hits the finish but doesn't linger.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizzy finish that cleans off the taste.
D- The malt has some nice sweetness but the flavor soon fades and the hops are mostly just bitterness.

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Photo of TeamAlphaDoG
1/5  rDev -71.5%

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.11/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Fish ESB Ale is in my top 10 most enjoyable beers! A beer that's not too heavy, so you can drink several, and yet thirst quenching as well.

ESB Ale pours a beautiful caramel/copper with a nice white head that laces the glass and lingers awhile too.
The smell is slighty sweet with hops present.
The taste is wonderful- light, yet slighty bitter, with a nice clean feel and no aftertaste.

This is a beer that I will keep on hands and will keep an eye out for at the local watering holes!! Delicious!!!

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Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of thefireman
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle, no date. pours a dark caramel and a half inch head that flattens out, but laces the glass. Smells of malts, a little sweet smell. Great burst of flavor, fruity, malty, and then the hops become evident. Nice snappy finish.

Solid effort by these guys. Always dependable. I drink often, and consider this a great session beer or a good intro for beer "probies". Great with pork barbeque.

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Photo of cfadams17
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Reverand
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't think that I would like this ESB but it really surprised me. Nice color with a big head that clung all the way down. Smooth taste with balanced hops.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber with a lightly frothy off-white head that drops fairly quickly to a standard collar. It does, however, leave some thin and spotty lace throughout the glass. The aroma is mainly of yeasty fruitiness and a sweet and toasty malt with some very mild grassy hops in the background. The body is medium with an exceptionally fine and gentle carbonation that leaves it quite creamy in the mouth. Very nice! All of the Fish beers seem to have a similar maltiness and this is one of them, if not the finest example. It's fairly rich, lightly sweet, grainy, caramelish, and softly toasty - almost wort-like with some mild diacetyl thrown in. It's clearly balanced towards maltiness although some mild grassy/spicy hop character appears towards the finish. The bitterness is obviously toned down to allow the maltiness to take center stage. It finishes semi-dry with a short lingering sweet maltiness that's backed up by some light hop flavor and residual bitterness. Although it's not what I expect of an "ESB", it is a nicely malty ale that's quite unique and fairly enjoyable in its own way. Worth trying.

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Photo of Damian74
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks a nice amber-gold color with a short white head and thick lacing. I wish I could find this on cask or nitro, because it'd really rock with a creamier body. As is, there's a nice, smooth, caramel malt body with a touch of grassy/herbal hops in the aftertaste. Seems a bit sweet at first, but it slowly balanced by the hops. Overall, quite a nice session beer.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well this beer certainly has the goods and is well-made, but there's nothing about it that grabs me and makes me say "That's great beer!" maybe it's me, but I seem to recall the 3 or 4 beers made by FF as having the same lacklustre effect on me. Maybe I gotta have it on tap.

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Photo of Crass3000
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice dark orange in color with a tiny head with little retention. The head dies really quick.

Smell is sweet with some decent malts in the background. Taste is ver similar. OK beer. Not very good really. Mouthfeel is OK - not real great but not bad. Just an OK beer.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lighter shade of amber with a thin white head that leaves nice lacing. The flavor is heavy on the esters upfront, along with some caramel and toffee, biscuit, red apple and orange, earthy and floral hops and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is also full of esters upfront, along with some caramel and toffee, floral hops, biscuit, minerals and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is really good. This is a pretty tasty interpretation of an ESB, more authentic than most americanized versions.

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Photo of bditty187
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Translucent brownish-gold hue, bubbly small beige head which is rather quick to fade… no lace. Weak nose… pleasant hints of hops, a kiss of malt... ultimately it is too clean. Decent palate, it is thin and watery though… the hops bitterness is negligible but satisfactory, the malt is slightly sweet & biscuity (this seems like a consistent trait for this brewery), there are some other subtle flavors like clove, fig, citrus, yeast, and organic/earthy essence. The palate might not be a true ESB but it has its moments… fairly enjoyable to drink. Medium-light body, minimal carbonation… smooth mouthfeel. Simplistic.

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gotta start noting who sent these things...thanks, whomever you are!

Honey colour, just a bit hazy. Thick just off-white head falls at decent rate, leaving sparse lace behind.

Smell is of oranges, a bit of hops, and just a touch of earwax. Har dto pick up on it. (My snotlocker may be shot...)

Flavour is bigger, lighter, and woodier than the smell implies. Starts sweet but not really malty, and thins out form there as a bit of hoppiness creeps in. Flavour actually rolls off at the end, leaving not a lot to go on.

Liquid is just the thick side of medium. The feel seems dominated by carbonation. Tight, and not quite overbearing.

Takes a hit on drinkability because it doesn't really hold my attention. After one, I'd like to move on.

Be well

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Photo of EBeckett3
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of schmitter
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slight amber with a pencil thin head. Smells hoppy and like a marzen. Actually looks like one also. Taste is a toasty/caramel. Not much lacing to speak of, but is smooth and pleasurable. Tastes great, second best flying fish (# 1 is exit 4). . I think i'll have another.

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ESB Amber Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 243 ratings