Red Fish India Red Ale | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Red Fish India Red AleRed Fish India Red Ale

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 85 | Ratings: 473
Photo of daliandragon
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of EMV
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Johnpaulzay1981
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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 Lastly, I purchased a case of this ale for $18 because it was out of date and did not affect the brew in the least.....

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Photo of beergoot
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Ob512316
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
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

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.34/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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 ...

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
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.


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Photo of Tonydel
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of ppvora
2.67/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber.
Smell is light malt with a bit of citrus.
Taste brings malt and caramel flavor up front. Piney/lemon finish.
Bitter tart after taste.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with thin white head that fizzles out quickly. Faint smell of sweet malt, light hops and bread. Can detect hops on the tongue, though not strong. Some sweet caramel. Light to medium body. Decent brew.

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Photo of scotorum
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Another from the selection delivered on the new beer club membership gifted from my daughters.

Best by 4/17/16. As the consumer rather than the retailer, would still rather have the bottled on date.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA gl;ass.

a: Clear dark amber with an inch and a half thick white head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Mild pine resin.

t: Relatively pleasant pine over a solid bready malt base, with a moderate bite. Dry finish.

m: Medium plus very good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A fine rendition of the described "West Coast style," which is more pine resin hoppy than citrus juicy. Compares well to Green Flash West Coast IPA and Sixpoint Resin, which is saying something since both of those are excellent.FLYING FISH RED FISH 1/14/16

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Red Fish India Red Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 473 ratings