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

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Added by rfgetz on 02-06-2012

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Photo of gcamparone
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +1.3%
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 +11.3%
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 +12.4%
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 +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 -8.3%
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 +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 Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +1.9%
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 +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 ppvora
2.67/5  rDev -28.2%
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 -5.1%
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 -4.8%
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 +11.8%
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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Photo of PA-hunter
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 7% abv.

Appearance- Pours a dark amber/red. 2 finger white head slow to dissipate. Good clarity.

Smell- Grapefruit, toasty malt

Taste- Sweet bready malt with caramel. Grapefruit and pine come around in heavy flavor until leaving a dry finish with a good bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body, ample carbonation.

Overall- A hop lovers red ale here. Plenty of hops beginning with the smell. Good use of malt/hops in the taste. Similar to an IPA in taste but definitely a red ale by looks.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brewed with Two-row pale, cara-red, blackprinz, and medium crystal malts. Hopped with Cascades, Columbus, and Chinook (dry hopped with cascades and chinook). Fermented with chico yeast.
OG=17.2P, ABV=7.0%

Pours out to a slightly hazy medium amber, forming a modest off yellow head with very good retention and good lacing. Nose is of mild C hops, (not brash bold and bright like the bottle says), some crystal malts, slightly fruity fruity, distant toffee, strawberries. The mouthfeel is not as big as I was expecting for 7.0% ABV beer, but is sufficient, maybe perhaps because it is pretty crisp and a little lower on the carbonation (2.0 or so). Hops are biting up front in their acidity, not overwhelming though, then a decent malt backbone, finishing with an earthy and spicy medium firm bitterness. Burps are a little piney. No off flavors.

A solid yet average/good west coast style red.

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Photo of 57md
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours more brownish than reddish with less than a finger of head. The nose is a little malty and a little bready. Some caramel flavor and trends more toward the malty than the hoppy. The body was slightly hearty for the style.

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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 Act25
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Try 1.

A - A darker amber body with an off-white two-finger cap. The cap fell slowly and left sheets of lace inside the glass. Buy 2 for good looking red.

S A bit subtle but must warm. It's caramel malt mixed with pine and grapefruit. Some toasted, nutty notes with brown sugar and herbs.

T - Follows smell but more ample. The malt first, then mid-palate of pine resin, lots of lemons, and grapefruit. Ice tea like. Some toffee emerges with toasted, honey roast nuts. Finishes in a brown tea of sugar, herbs, pine, and grapefruit.

F - Medium body with good carbonation. The finish had decent earthy bitterness.

OK maybe this is a buy 2.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.88/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

**FROM OLD NOTES, 02/12/12: Aroma is Vegetable. Light Brown Color. Medium Head. Taste is Vegetable, unpleasant aftertaste. Alcohol is too strong for a red ale.**

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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 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 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 Slatetank
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this from the bottle poured chilled in a tulip.

The color is dark crimson with a thickly hazed appearance and thin off white head iwth fine bead and lace that sticks in spots. The smell has biscuit scented malt with toasted quality and hints of yeast with mild hop odor and light caramel smell. The feel is toasty with lightly hoppy and subtle yeast texture with mild alcohol and dry semi-bitter finish with medium body in general.

The taste is malt forward with slight toasted grain and mild yeast flavor which leads to an herbal and pine-like hop taste with a hint of citrus rind and very dry finish with subtle alcohol in the flavor warming toward the lingering bitter flavor. This is a decent ale with semi-dry and bitter quality with low hop flavor and moderately high alcohol for the style.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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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