Red Fish India Red Ale
Flying Fish Brewing Company

Red Fish India Red AleRed Fish India Red Ale
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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #311
ABV:
7%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,341
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 11.89%
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
481
From:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
 
New Jersey, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  135
SCORE
83
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Red Fish India Red AleRed Fish India Red Ale
Notes: Red Fish is a 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.
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sixteen ounce can copped from Bottle King of Livingston. Pours a copper, amber hue with maximum frothing. Ardent aroma redolent of biscuits and molasses. Good stuff. Recommended.

Mar 22, 2021
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xxxcjbcxxx from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a great beer. It's a shame they stopped making them, however.
It looks dark brown, and looks nothing like some of the other red ales I've had, but looks don't matter when you drink them from the bottle.
The taste is great from the bottle, but if you pour it in a cup, it can go flat/run out of fizz a bit while drinking.
Tastes delicious, and is a great beer from the bottle. This beer is scores better than your average beer.

Feb 16, 2020
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only Flying Fish beers I've ever been able to enjoy prior to this one have been brought up to me by good friends from the mid-Atlantic area, so to see some stuff, however basic, on shelves in my proximity was quite a welcome sight. I opted to grab a single bottle of Redfish (formerly had a space in there, apparently?) to try out this brewery's normal offerings. This bottle has a best-by date of 2/12/20, which seems fair (probably a four-month BB date), and their website says it is hopped using Columbus, Chinook, and Cascade. Sounds good to me.

Pour is kinda the definitive "red IPA" appearance, starting off with a deep orange pour with some caramel undertones. When held up to direct light, it seems to get a slightly golden sheen to it... in other words, of course it's not "red," but it's quite a few SRM darker than a typical IPA, that's for sure. Clarity is somewhere between completely transparent and mildly-hazy, landing this beer on the "filtered" side of the spectrum. Given that it's been around for like 7 years at this point, though, that's hardly a surprise. Decent cap of slightly off-white/beige foam with moderate lace and good legs. Hazy surface all over.

Nose is dank and spicy hops with fresh evergreen pine needles and light oniony notes surrounding a medium toasty caramel malt base. Oh ya, this is straight old-school red IPA. It reminds me of Nugget Nectar with slightly more malt balance. Maybe a bit more like that brewery's HopBack Amber with a higher-octane build? Touches of grapefruit and bready grains in there. Some slight sniffs of cocoa powder. Enjoyable and reminds me of simpler times.

Flavor has a little bit of a clean "lager"-like character to it for some reason. It almost reminds me of a Sam Adams beer with its light dusty yeasty note and clean profile. I pick up strong suggestions of pine resin, bread dough, caramel, baking spices, red grapefruit rind, and slight backing elements of green onion and leather. Semi-apparent alcohol for its moderately-high 7% ABV, but the feel is clean and lighter-than-expected. Pretty dry and crisp with solid carbonation. Hopping doesn't feel aggressive despite the powerful nose, and the overall feel is laid-back. I think this seems a bit underrated on this site, honestly, but it's also not spectacular. I wouldn't pass it up, but I feel no strong desire to revisit it, honestly.

Nov 16, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big rocky head and appropriately copper color. Nose is toasted malt and pine and citrus hops. Very pungent.

Very sweet throughout but also blasted with pine needle hop flavors. Not quite the smoothest mixture. There is a spiciness I can't really recognize. It isn't rye but it's something interesting. A little thick in texture for the style.

Mar 31, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear copper pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head.

S: Toasted grains... malts and piney hops.

T/F: Semi-sweet toasted malts up front. Nice bitter hops... pine forward with earthy character and a bit of citrus. Medium to light bodied... ABV hidden.

O: A solid hoppy red ale. Easy drinking and decent flavor.

Feb 26, 2019
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Johnpaulzay1981 from Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Flying Fish Red Ale is pretty tasty lots of nice lacing on the glass when poured into a pint glass color is a medium hazy orangish brown Hoppy aroma excellent carbonation taste hints of citrus a little metallic slightly alcohol overall generally easy to drink at 7% ABV. Lastly, I purchased a case of this ale for $18 because it was out of date and did not affect the brew in the least.....

Dec 08, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear, reddish-copper body; dense, rocky head. Light malt aroma with some caramel notes. Spicy, mild malt flavor; some rye; well-blended hop bitterness for balance. Medium body; soft, nearly feathery; dry overall.

My opinion see-saws back and forth with this beer. After savoring it for a bit, I lean towards this being a fine red ale. There is nothing extraordinary here, yet it delivers a solid, tasty beer experience.

May 07, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Flying Fish Brewing Company "Red Fish India Red Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY: 04-27-18"

Notes via stream of consciousness: Well I'm not sure what an "India Red Ale" is, but whatever, you've got to call it something so that works. It's no more odd than Dogfish Head's India Brown Ale. It pours a surprisingly dark amber/copper colored body beneath a finger-thick head of yellowed off-white foam. The head drops fairly quickly but it becomes nicely creamy as it goes, and leaves a limited amount of spotty lacing behind. The aroma is caramelish and malty, somewhat earthy and nutty, and backed by some citrusy and lightly piney hops. I kind of thought the hops would be more forward in the mix but it's OK I guess. The flavor is much fuller, bringing in some serious toastiness and even a suggestion of cocoa. The nuttiness, earthiness, spice, and mild citrusy and pine remain. Ahh, perhaps I spoke too soon regarding the lacing, there's a nice ring left behind after my first sip. Of course the head retention remains the same, I've got just an average collar and a thin but wide island floating in the center of the glass. I'm actually surprised by that given the amount of malt that's there, I would have thought it would be better; which brings me back to the hops, I thought they'd have been brighter than they are. There's some pine and citrus but they're both mild, and they don't really stand out although they do add to the whole. A solid bitterness balances it and it finishes dry and earthy and spicy, with a touch of pine and some residual cocoa. Overall it's an OK beer but there are better examples available in this vein, and there's certainly no new ground being broken here. I'm actually quite surprised in fact that they've chosen to take what seems like a step backwards stylistically when things seem to be moving forward so quickly. It's an IPA though so it'll probably still sell, and why not keep some of these old school hop varieties going (Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, and Columbus), there are kids that turn 21 everyday who aren't familiar with them. Medium bodied and crisp. Well brewed and nicely balanced although some more hop flavor and aroma wouldn't hurt.

Feb 25, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; best by 2/13/18.
A-: Pours a largely clear copper color with a red cast when held to light. One half inch egg shell white head with good retention and lacing.
S: Very malty. Bouquet initially floral, e.g. honey suckle. Aromas of caramel, molasses, and cookie, but also a woodsiness.
T: Many flavors certainly follow the nose, but raisin/plum/fig also contribute. Bitterness has as pine quality.
M: Light to medium bodied with solid carbonation. Very crisp, clean finish given the style.
O: A very light and refreshing take on the American Red Ale style. Would gladly have it again.

Jan 09, 2018
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Ob512316 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into glass. The look is amber with a medium white head. Pine and citrus stand out in the aroma. The taste is more of the same, but malty at the back end, it reminds me of cereal. This feels easy to drink for above 5abv.
Overall I will add this beer to my list of India Reds, which I love.

Jan 09, 2018
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this really enjoyable, nice looking brew... some piney, floral, and citric hop notes with a touch of malt to provide balance. not going to blow you away but still a nice offering that is refreshing, tasty, and balanced.

Nov 24, 2017
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- red/mahogany color that is clear. 2 finger frothy head with splotchy lacing on the inside of the pint.

S- pine and citrus

F- strong pine with hints of citrus. flavor is more dominant than the nose.

M- piney and dry. Light bodied and somewhat smooth.

O- not bad, a typical red ale that is dry and piney.

Oct 14, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dark red color,just below medium carbonation. Aroma was pine,citrus,followed by a little malt and cereal. Taste was identical but a bit more bitter than the aroma hinted at. I drank it very slow and as it warmed the hop presence dominated completely making it less enjoyable

Aug 21, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a dark red color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Messy lace. The aroma starts with some nuts and malts. Then some citrus and piney hops contact the rest of the aromatics nicely. The flavor leans sweet through a blend of the previously mentioned aromas. Rugged malty aftertaste with the same sort of finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonated fine, it moves pretty well across my tongue. Overall, decent amber ale that I could come back to.

Jun 26, 2017
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very red, clear body with a nice frothy white head that leaves plenty of lacing and retention.

Aromas of floral hops, lightly sweet caramel, grassy. On the tongue is grassy wet hops, pine, floral and lightly citrusy, lightly sweet caramel and pale malt. Finishes lightly bitter and resinous. Medium mouthfeel and body.

A standard red ale with a good hop presence.

Apr 24, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly clear orange tinted brown color with an off white head. Nice scent of slightly citric hops and malt background. Good flavor reminding me of an APA with a malt center and slight hop bite with some lingering bitterness. Low to medium carbonation and a coating mouthfeel.

Mar 12, 2017
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mynie from Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the least red red ales I've ever had; really more of a murky brown, with not much of a head.

Smells nice, though: like an old school imperial pale. Very sharp, American hops and tea-like malt. No syrupiness in the malt, which is good, but the beer's malt fruitiness is unusually bright for a beer as heavily hopped as this. I like it quite a bit after a while, but at first it was a little strange.

Tastes like an old school, strong-ish IPA up front, tea in the middle, and then fruit and hay in the back. It's aged a bit, but the label says it doesn't expire for a couple of weeks. The age, I feel, is a benefit, although some may be turned off by the nontraditional, thick fruitiness of the malt.

The flavor is crisp and body is lively and so this is very drinkable for a beer of its strength. I'm not 100% sure what they were going for, stylistically, but this is nonetheless an enjoyable beer.

Mar 02, 2017
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ccrida from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a snappy IRA where the bright hops really lighten the malt and bring out the brightness of the caramel and toffee without coming off as some heavy, muddy mess. Well integrated and smooth, it's one of the better IRAs I've had (my fav being the Stone Pataskala Red X IPA). Well not quite as "west coast style" in the hops, it's still aggressive, but with an herbal tinge.

Feb 28, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color and crystal clear. Lasting, foamy head. Great ring lace.

My first impression of the smell is of floral hop. The second impression reminds me of freshly cut weeds but in a positive way. The malt is way in the background.

The hop is stronger and more bittering in the taste. The malt base is also far more present with a strong, dark toast flavor. Fuller body with a decent level of carbonation. Short aftertaste but well balanced.

Feb 24, 2017
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-fingered white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color - no red. Moderate pine hop nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied and flavor is pine hops, hints of sweetness with malt mostly hidden, slight bitter aftertaste. Gift - 12oz bottle.

Feb 23, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Back to the bottle, at least briefly, before another extended bout with my CANlection of backlogged beers.

From the bottle: "This West Coast[-]style hoppy red features the finest and brashest Northwest hops - Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Columbus. Hop aromas of pine and grapefruit enhance and stand up to the multi-layered malt background."; "Red Fish is [a] West Coast-style hoppy red ale. Brash, bold, bright and, incase we didn't mention [it], hoppy."

I Pop!ped the cap and began an aggro pour that I maintained until it became too much to handle & I had to back off. I ended up with two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with decent retention that slowly fell to wisps, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was really piney, sort of an evergreen-minty smell. Very pleasant. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was big on pine hops, but I was not getting much grapefruit, if any. What I was getting though, was a really earthy maltiness, like loads of English malts had been used. It created an unexpected mocha-like flavor, especially on the finish. Finish was dry, but not biting or gasping. It was really quite refreshing. Now, if they would put this one into CANs ...

Aug 23, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color with a quarter inch of off creamy off white on top. I smell amber malt and grassy, earthy hops. I taste amber malt and earthy, bitter hops. The mouth is creamy, dry, and smooth.

Aug 02, 2016
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received in a cool trade with dberger624.. Thanks Dan!! Pours deep amber with a long lasting off white head.. Punchy pithy hoppiness on the nose is backed up by a decent amount of toastiness.. Flavor mirrors the aroma.. Maltiness is dry but still little toasty... interesting, very drinkable.

4/3.75/3.75/4/3.75

Jun 20, 2016
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Tonydel from New Jersey

4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice Indian Pale Ale Flavor without the deep bitter tartness. Smooth slight sweet flavor leaving a dry crisp finish. Unlike other red beers I tasted. This leaves a clean smooth finish.

Jun 13, 2016
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ppvora from Pennsylvania

2.67/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Reddish brown, more brown than red. No aeration, but 3 fingers of head.
Aroma: Malt, bread, sour fruit, molasses.
Taste: Malt, some hops, but bitter hops. No complexity or subtlety -- in your face hops.
Mouthfeel: Some lingering bitterness, but not in bad way.

May 18, 2016
Red Fish India Red Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 481 ratings