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.

Added by rfgetz on 02-06-2012

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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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 tillmac62
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 7/11/15. Pours a clear amber with a solid garnet cast. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Somewhat light nose of toasted malt and hops (pine and grapefruit).

Heavy light body with a smooth texture. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a solid finely bubbled prickly finished.

Outstanding flavor profile. It is intense, fairly complex, and very well balanced. It's base is a solid biscuit with heavy caramel notes that are somewhat toasted. Over this is a mild bitterness which has hop flavor elements of pine, grapefruit and an herbal spicy character. The finish is a slow fade of hop flavor that becomes more spicy as it lingers.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.04/5  rDev +10.1%

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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, "best by" New Year's Eve 2013, served in a lager glass.

Pulling this from the refrigerator, I'm not too excited to have selected a red ale. But wait, it says "West Coast hoppy style red ale" on the label, and releases a fine hoppy aroma upon uncapping, and looks great in the glass, due in part to the creamy and durable tan head. Well, the flavor and feel do not disappoint either. Crisp but soft carbonation in a medium bodied ale. Good, moderately complex mix of hops over a solid malt base. Mildly bitter aftertaste.

O: a really fine smelling, hoppy red ale. Worth seeking out.

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2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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

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 Shmagles
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: June 6, 2015... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: Catching up with Game of Thrones... APPEARANCE: Translucent copper/amber body and a white, cloudlike trail of lacing; almost no effervescence...AROMA: pleasant maltiness and a spike of flowery hops--some citrus and orange as well; mellow and appealing... PALATE: medium-bodied and smooth, with little life but reasonably creamy finish... TASTE: caramel malts take center stage, owning a throaty, metallic dominance; buttery, nutty qualities surface late; some hop crunch balances the experience; a good balance is struck... OVERALL: with grapefruit, a slightly nuanced approach to an amber, with a demonstrative 7% ABV to boot....worthy of a pairing with a night with the epic power of Westeros...

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Solid beer all the way around. Dark copper color, some citrus, spices, and a tiny bit bready. Nice dry tart aftertaste with some hops and malt. Very drinkable.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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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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