Red Fish India Red Ale | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rfgetz on 02-06-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
409
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.83%
 
 
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3
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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 409
Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - A bright mahogany/red with a pretty bubbly cream-colored head of about an inch and a half. Leaves some lacing behind.

S - The smell, as well as the taste, of this one is textbook perfect balance. Aromas of bitter piney hops but also of sweet biscuity malts.

T - At first, you get a taste of a typical hoppy amber ale, but on the back end of the sip, the malts punch you in the face. That's really what I love about this beer, and what has made it one of my go-to's. The aftertaste is almost like fresh baked bread.

M - Fair amount of carbonation, but smooth, almost creamy, for the style. Goes down way easy.

O - An awesome brew that is easy and pleasurable to drink for any occasion. The hops bitterness, as well as the malt sweetness, go hand-in-hand perfectly. If ever I stop somewhere that has it on tap, it's always my choice to start the night with.

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Photo of Damian
4.49/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Goodnight Irene’s Brewpub, Wildwood, NJ
Served in a pint glass

Slightly hazed, crimson-amber appearance. The liquid was topped by a tight, one inch tall head of light tan foam. Solid retention. Odd shaped patches of lacing coated the top half of the glass.

The nose was hoppy and quite interesting. Citrusy, c-style hops dominated. Strong notes of candied orange peel. Somewhat spicy. The hops were accompanied by a sweet, caramel malt backbone. Hints of brown sugar came through as well.

The flavor profile was punchy and very similar to the aroma. Malty up front. Lots of sweet caramel and biscuity malts. Punchy, citrusy hops soon took over. Candied orange peel was most apparent. Ruby red grapefruit was noticeable as well. The finish was piney and just a touch bitter. At 7% ABV, the alcohol was nicely buried beneath all the intense flavors.

Super slick and creamy on the palate. The liquid was smooth, frothy and supple and contained a fine, tongue blanketing effervescence.

Flying Fish's Red Fish is an amazingly flavorful yet extremely well balanced hoppy red ale. This was quite the welcomed surprise.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

incredible beer in my IPA Spiegalau glass

pours a dark amber, burnt orange to the point of it being brown/red with a thick white head.

smells like an IPA, citrus hops galore. maybe a little bit of smoke/coffee as well.

taste is more malty and finishes bitter. some smoky pine to it.

goes down smooth and leaves a bitter aftertaste.

there is something about this beer i don't particularly like but i can't put my finger on it. it looks good, smells good and tastes good but leaves something to be desired. it isn't a bad beer by any means. not what i was

expecting when i read "hoppy red ale" because the taste is not very hoppy. maybe this beer is closer to a red/brown ale. reminds me of a hoppy red bitter ale.

edited: about 4 hours after my initial review on my 4th. the taste is pretty damn good and it goes down smooth. i would totally buy another 6er of this. it's no Nugget Nectar but it's good.

edited a few days later, again: im just finishing up my 6 pack and can't believe how good this is. the head doesn't subside and the taste is very good. goes down smooth and tastes great. the fact that is brewed within 40 miles of me makes it even better. i don't often buy the same beer twice (because i like trying out new beers) but this is worthy of another purchase.

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Photo of Tonydel
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
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 cyguyjg
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Flying Fish says the hops are Northwest "Brash" with notes of citrus. But I find them to roll off the sides of the tongue very nicely, making for a very smooth red ale. This is a very smooth, malty ale. For me an excellent session brew.

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Photo of BIN29
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark Amber. Very small head, no lacing

S: Carmel, mild bread, malty and little citrus hops.

T: Light pine, orange, carmel.

F: Medium body, noticeable bitterness, lightly carbonated.

O: I hate Amber ales, especially the hoppy ones. I always dislike whatever ambers I try. This one was an extra from a trade. This is surprisingly balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep auburn with a frothy off white head and good clarity. Big citrus hop nose. Nice slick malt body with a lingering caramel aftertaste. Pungent resinous hop character rolls along the tongue finishing super pale. The body presents it self just enough to hold all the hops together to allow for one smooth sip presenting well blended hop flavors. 7%? Dangerous, drinks much like you're standard 5% american amber. Not sure how I feel about that. Good though, one of flying fishes better offerings.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Flying Fish's website: Red Fish is a west coast 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.

Pours a lightly hazed burnt copper color, moderate cap of off-white froth, little lacing. Scent brings a moderate hop profile with parts piney and grassy, backbone is lightly sweet, faint caramel, hints of spicy rye. Taste leads with firm piney hoppyness with splashed of grass and citrus, follows with moderately sweet caramely malts, , light toasted husky grain notes, faint splash of spicy rye (surprised to see the website doesn't list it as an ingredient). Body is medium, finishes quite dry for the sweetness present in taste. This beer was a pleasure to drink as it was quite balanced between hoppy and malty. One of the better non-exit brews from Flying Fish.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in standard ale glass

A: clear dark amber color; medium sized head with mixed-sized bubbles
S: sweet hops, light aroma with a bit of oak
T: very hoppy red ale (nearly at imperial level); ditto for the alcohol level; sweet; complex and rich; really hard to fault the flavor--it's quite inviting
M: creamy and smooth--wow

Yes, get it.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer on draft at Churchkey. Beer is dark amber / red with a thin off white almost tan head, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is very hoppy, strong in my face, good cascade and chinook hop presence.

Beer is medium in body and sweet with a nice malt backbone, almost munich and crystal in body but very hoppy with only moderate bitterness on the backend. An interesting little beer, I might have it again.

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Photo of scotorum
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

FLYING FISH RED FISH 1/14/16

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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Photo of dbl_delta
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle "best by 6-14-16" into pint glass. Pours a really pretty reddish amber with an eggshell-white head. Initial impression is citrus, floral hops, followed by a little malt sweetness and some caramel. Mouthfeel is just about right - on the fuller side of medium. Moderate carbonation. Sweetness/caramel gains traction as it warms. Nice smooth finish. Another very enjoyable offering from Flying Fish.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

iPhone notes: served on tap at Applebees in Piscataway NJ. Standard shaker pint glass.

Pours reddish amber with lots of foam and prominent lacing. Light caramel nose. Toffee too, but hard to pick up. Taste is a very bready malt with loads of flavor. Chewy. Smooth mouthfeel and just a touch of biter. Balanced works completely. Real good. 425 375 425 4 425

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Photo of gr0g
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A nice, two-finger head above an amber base. Very nice, fat lace ring left behind. FF definitely nailed the appearance with Red Fish. Aroma bears the hallmarks of a hoppy red: citrus, grapefruit, and some pine from American hops that take the limelight with a caramel malt base underneath. Fresh and aromatic, but not mind-blowing.

The flavor profile tips the scales a bit toward maltiness, but this is definitely a hop-forward red. Bitterness is in not-quite-IPA territory and balances out the solid malt backbone. Moderately dry. Alcohol is well masked. Mouthfeel is soft with a fair amount of hop oils, not unlike a good IPA.

With Red Fish, Flying Fish finally has a "regular" beer that I'll go back to from time to time. Compares favorably with local competition such as Hopback Amber Ale and HopDevil.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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 SportsandJorts
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep red, fairly hazy. two fingers of a foamy head the slowly fade. leaves a touch of side lacing behind

Smell: some sweet malts. and some strong cirtrusy hops

Taste: citrus hops, some toasted malts and sweet malts. pretty complexed and well balanced. drinks almost like a baby version of a barley wine.

Mouthfeel: fairly light and non-alcoholic for 7%. but low bitterness

Overall: looks like i picked a good one from new jersey. this was a tasty and drinkable red. gets better as you solve some of the complexity.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A- dark amber/red color with a two finger head and lots of sticky lacing. This beer looks great.

S-has a nice hoppy, citrus-pine smell that nears American IPA.

T- nice malt forward sweetnes followed by a very nice bitter-hop dry finish. Balanced.

M- robust body and good carbonation. It is alive.

O-this is a vey drinkable 7.0 ale. Hearty, not heavy. I'd liken it to an American IPA. I liked it the first time that I drank it but waited to review until I took it three different times. It's steady.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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 Shmagles
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at 2nd st brew house...

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is transparent amber, nice carbonation, light white head that clings very well.

Smell is mostly light roast and caramel malt, some good hop flavor as American hops.

Taste is clean, very nicely balanced hop bitterness and malt sweetness, malt is light hints of caramel and mild toast, hops are clean but balance the sweeet malt.

Mouthfeel is clean, nicely carbonated and balanced.

Overall, reminds me of a hopper more bitter troegs amber. It's tasty and easy drinking

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a dark amber with a 3/4 inch foamy head, leaving a fair amount of lacing along the glass. Aroma is sweet, slightly citrusy, with a strong dose of yeast and malt--fairly complex but not overwhelmingly so. Really enjoyable brew to take your time with on a cold fall or winter day. You'll feel the 7% ABV. Note: They have a clear 'best by' date on the label so pay attention to that when purchasing. I purchased a six pack in September and the best by date was only a few weeks after.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Classic textbook looking amber, with some good hinting reds. Large frothy white head three fingers tall with lots of clumping and settling to a thick puck.

Tasty smelling malts, cinnamon and spices also. Spritzy and flavorful smelling with a chewy sense to match.

Palate hits the right notes nicely. Good light toasty malts, hinting a little kind of toasty bread crust to match. Spicy with a hint of herbality hop action to match, and some chewy leaf like hops to match. Light bodied with the malts subsiding on the palate a bit.

Overall pretty solid basic but enjoyable amber. For 7% abv it's also hardly noticeable at all.

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Photo of JG-90
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Red Fish is a mohagany/brown/red color and is pretty clear. Has a small head with poor retention and low lacing. Smells of bread, caramel malt, and piney hops.

Taste starts with caramel malt, then piney hops, with a bready, grapfruit, tangerine finish. Crisp and hoppy afertaste. Average body with above average carbonation.

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Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%

(presumably fresh bottle from a rep - poured into a tall, fluted goblet)

A: polished, reddish-amber... absolutely still, open-structure, off-white foam - just doesn't wanna move - lot's o' hops, I guess

S: lot of hop character - blood orange, freeze-dried strawberry/raspberry, perhaps old golden raisins?... dark, fruity bread crust - melanoidins do pop out, fresh, bold... stoic bowl of color-less alcohol, dimly shining on the perimeter, but rather phantomly coursing through the hop fuzz, opening up the sinuses

T: mellow spiciness and subdued fruit flavor on top, while a powerful, crusty, malt foundation threatens to settle into the palate for a week... sense of hard candy sweetness in the middle, but nearly drowned out by the static buzz of earthy hops... vaguely thyme-like herbal with an assertive bitterness in the aftertaste with a strong note of brown paper bag - very dry, toasty grain... jeez the magnitude of toast here is startling - almost like an Chinook-infused oatmeal cookie left in the oven too long... ends up being pretty dry

M: strange sort of burnt-to-a-crisp resin texture... medium-bodied with a semi-hollow core... kind of weightless in the finish

O: a little rough, but somewhat pleasingly loud and unbalanced... this was a bottle from the new brewery... the last time I sampled this was on tap from a keg from the old joint, and it was spineless... they seem to be turning things around - it's just one beer... curious to try their flagships again

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