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ESB Amber Ale | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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ESB Amber AleESB Amber Ale
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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

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1/5  rDev -71.5%

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1/5  rDev -71.5%

Photo of ElGuapo
2.06/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

bitter bitter bitter. this did not go well with me. it was a struggle to take down. a bit hoppy with a flavor that almost made me gag. extra special...not at all

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Photo of bmills1608
2.16/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice Orange-bronze color.

Has a spicy sort of prickly nose, citrus like.

The first taste I noticed was orange-like (I think, hard to describe). Nice medium mouthfeel, solid malty sweet foundation with a citrus hop (but not overly so) balance. Has a perfumed quality to it. It has a unique, strange taste that I have seen described as earth or vegetal, and I think I agree with that. That taste is a negative in this beer, it lost a few points because of that. Once I really tuned into that wierd taste, it is all I can taste now. I feel it is a loose interpetation of an ESB (my benchmark is Fuller's) and definitely has an American Micro brew stamp on it. A ok choice.

Nice lace on the side of the glass.

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Photo of jtierney89
2.3/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw like color. Nowhere near amber. Thin white head that resides quickly. A bit earthy and biscuits on the nose but the smell is extremely subdued.

An oddly corny aftertaste. Dry finish. Extremely clean drinking. Some detectable sweetness upfront semi-bitter finish. Subdued and bland flavors. Drinkable but that's about it.

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Photo of bonbini26
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of marcpal
2.55/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap poured into American pint glass.

A: Amber tings with a very thin head and little lacing through the beer. Amber-copper color, half-finger head

S: ESB? Malts and sugar but dont really catch anything ESB like.

T: Dont catch the bitterness here, far too mild. Seems like all malts and fruit, no substantial hop bitterness. However, not bad tasting- just a bit bland and lifeless.

M: Thin with a crisp quick finish that leaves a bit dry.

D: Never been a fan of this one but willing to give many tries. The blandness really makes this one drinkable in a sense but just gets to taste waterlike over time though. FF other offerings better.

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Photo of John
2.6/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very little head that dissappeared in a hurry after a vigorous pour from the 12oz. bottle. Light copper color. Light doughy aroma with cooked vegetable smell. More veggies in the flavor. Light on the malt, not much backbone. Adequately hopped though. Probably the lightest ESB I've ever had. This one comes up short of my expectations of an ESB. More of a light session pale.

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Photo of donniecuffs
2.72/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an American pint glass. Copper hue, with very little head and bad retention. Definitely some biscuit, yeastiness, toffee, and maltiness in the aroma, with very little hop bitterness. The taste was malty sweet overall, with no hint of hop balance, very little carbonation (not surprising for this style), and medium bodied mouthfeel. You could certainly make a session beer out of this one, as there aren't enough pronounced flavors either way to offend the hopheads or the maltheads.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.73/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Kind of sweet for an ESB with a particularly uncomplentary hop profile.Pours clear and brown. Just a slight head and some spotted lace. Nose is all malts and I am left winderin where the hops might be hiding. They come out more in the flavor. However, they are not particularly bitter or potent and fail to provide much of any balance. The feel to this beer is fairly light and perhaps a shade slight of me considering it medium body. Overall, this beer does not strike me as all that close to style. Not overly impressed but appreciate the chance to try this brew.

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Photo of Damian74
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of IPA17
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sat down at Andy's Corner to have a couple of pints after work and decided to have a Climax ESB and Flying Fish ESB. Started with the Climax and thoroughly enjoyed it. Then hit the beach for some Fish. The beer didn't captivate me with either it's appearance or aroma. The mouthfeel was mothing special either. At first, I was very disappointed with the taste, it lacked the fundamentals that make an ESB and ESB and that make a good ESB into a great one. After a bit, the taste did seem to grow on me but it still didn't come close to the Climax. .
The Fish was an average beer that I could certainly drink a few of with no problem. Problem is, I can think of other ESB's that I would drink before the fish.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.76/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.79...
Impressive appearance was the result of a hefty pour, yielding a huge, foamy head that left strong lacing around the glass...
Pear and apple aroma, with noticeable sweet smells coming through...
Taste was very unusual and unrecognizable for the style... Tasted almost exactly like super-sweet applejuice, no bitterness here, just extreme sugars and candy flavors bursting through that seemed abnormal for the style and was not what I was anticipating...
Decent mouthfeel, but due to the hefty dose of sugars, the drinkability took a big hit...
Not recommended...

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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 Antg8989
2.86/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Chadbrew
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The color is a very pale pinkish orange and the head is a good two fingers of puffy white froth. The beer is brilliantly clear and the carbonation is a nice steady stream of constant bubbles.
The aroma is very yeasty and bready with a fairly good presence of hops.
I pick up a good bit of phenols and it is very estery also. There is a fair bit of bitterness in the finish that lingers for some time but the aftertaste left by the flaws are kinda hard to get past.
Light to medium mouthfeel.
Not very drinkable IMO.

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Photo of KajII
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a clear copper color with an average (1-2 finger) off white creamy head that was mostly diminishing down to a thin film with a small collar, thus producing poor spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a sweet bread malt and an earthy yeast with a note of caramel and a touch of dark fruit (cherries and plums).

The taste was lightly sweet and malty with a good dose of caramel throughout, with the finish being slightly fruity and lightly bitter yet still possessed a rather nice sweetness. The flavor only lasted a short while following the swallow, with a nice fruity malty taste left behind.

Mouthfeel was a step or two above light in body with a slightly watery texture and a somewhat mild carbonation.

Overall this was a pretty decent ESB that had a slight bitter ending, a sweet caramel middle and a very good drinkability...


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Photo of beerthulhu
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale orange color with a thin white creamy head with very soft carbonation. The color is a little lighter then I expected per style.

S: On the nose are some light citrus notes, fresh oranges with a slight touch of honey-caramel sweetness. The hopping is light providing just enough of citrus tones to be detected.

T: There is a nice smooth caramel backing providing a malt smoothness similar to an octoberfest style beer with some good citrus notes and a touch of honey malt. Overall the flavor is moderately average, perhaps a tad sweet per style, and the hopping is light and comes off more sweet then bitter.

M: The beer seems to be filtered down to much depriving the palate and body of substance as like most of their other beers which is why it seems watery at times.

D: easy and light per style, but may disappoint due to lack of heartiness.

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Photo of WesWes
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours an amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is decent. It has a fine malty scent with a bit of bitterness to the nose. The taste is a little above average. It has a very intense malty flavor, but it is soured by a strong off-taste. There is something wrong with this beer. It tastes like it has an elevated abv., but it says it's only 5.5%. It is bitter and dry on the finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This beer drinks hard. The flavor does nothing for me. I also need a little more carbonation here.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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ESB Amber Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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