Red Fish India Red Ale | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Red Fish India Red AleRed Fish India Red Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

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74
Ratings:
434
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.83%
 
 
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3
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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 434
Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Little Town NJ, Hoboken, NJ

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and does not have any visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with some hints of sweetness.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts with bits of sweetness and hints of fruity yeast. No bitterness is apparent, although there are enough underlying hops to prevent the beer from being too sweet.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, goes down easily and is a good representation of the style.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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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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 Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a fairly clear copper but I do see a few floaters here and there, topped with a near finger of slightly off-white colored head. This retains with a tight ½ finger, which leaves back a big foamy cascade of lacing. The aroma smells floral and leafy with some light pine notes and then more of a ripe and herbal feeling citrus component. A touch of spicy pepper is present as well. Sweet doughy grains work with the citrus along the back.

The taste has an earthy and gritty bitterness to it, with some pine thrown in and is surrounded on the sides by some ripe and herbal citrus character. A backbone of caramel and sweet grains mixes in with that green citrus flavor from behind to give the flavor profile a deep twang. This is dry, earthy and bitter on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp on the tongue with a firm yet still slick and creamy feel along the back. A touch of alcohol hangs on the finish a bit.

This was decent. I usually prefer my hoppy Amber Ales to be more in the West Coast style but this one still brought some different things to the table and at least had a nice fresh drinkability to it for 7%. Not sure if I’d actually go for an entire six-pack of this but I was happy with this bottle.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best By: 04-06-13

Appearance: Pours out a rust-colored body with a sizable (though rather short-lived), sudsy, off-white head.

Smell: Pale, crystal malt notes with a little tinge of light brown sugar. Citrusy notes of moist grapefruit, lemon along with hints of florals and easy-going pine.

Taste: Delivers on the notes from the nose, a start of pale malts, some crystal with a smidgen of lightly toasted grain and brown sugar sweetness. Splash of grapefruit juice, a few drops of lemon juice, then some incorporated flowery, piney touches. Accumulating resinous quality. Medium-plus bitterness. Drying, citrusy finish with a lingering of light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A decent, acceptable red with a slightly notched up ABV.

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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 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 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 RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty nice amber. Hop character is there, but not obnoxiously so. Seems appropriately done. It slightly overshadows the amber characteristics that do show through. Feel has a nipping carbonation. This is a good amber, hopped up a bit. I like it. Another new hit from Flying Fish.

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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 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 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.

4/3.75/3.75/4/3.75

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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 beerthulhu
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Cherry-orange coloring shows a good deal of turbidity with suspended micro-particles. Pale beige head is milky and short in heigth and retention. Small streams of effervesce and a speckled lacing concludes things visually.

S: Small pale lemon, flowery citurs with a hint of pepper. Aromatically was small, a bit disappointing for a hoppy red. Finishes off with dry celery and herbaceous notes.

T: Flavor of flowery dry citrus, hoppy bite, grassy, with some dry pine. Moderate level of bitterness, some dry toasted grains, but in the end just a soup of homogenized hops with little detail or complexity, Some dry toasted grains with the hops picking up deeper into the drink with an awareness of peppery citrus. Dry chinook hops are more apparent then on the nose with a finish of toasty french bread and parsley.

M: Decent feel mouthwise, malt substance is marginable, frothy textured and carbonation presence.

O: Overall fairly hoppy and bitter just doesnt have a tasty aspect to it as well lacks any aromatic presence. Hops dont jump out at you, rather the subtle hints are only going to be really appreciated if you are concentrating and writing a review as such, otherwise as an drinking experience you'll find this an average c rated at best. Brighter individual hops and fuller malt support would help guide this in a better direction, but for now an ordinary run of the mill red that really wasnt that tasty. Flying fish is so hard to figure out, thier turnpike beers are vast, complex and the pride of NJ, while thier everyday beers are ordinary and hardly worthy a second helping, like night and day.

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Photo of corby112
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a very cloudy and very dark ruby red color that's almost brown with dark burnt orange edges and one finger white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Streaks of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with floral hops and sweet malt notes.  Kind of bland and takes a while to open up.  Almost nothing detectable until it warns up significantly.  Subtle grassy pine along with some caramel malt, toffee and faint fruit.

Fortunately tastes better than the nose would have you believe.  Well balanced with dry, bitter hops that are countered by sweet malt notes.  Slightly creamy texture adds fullness to the palate.  Hints of resinous pine and faint citrus followed by caramel malt, toffee, hazelnut and dark fruit.

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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 ColForbinBC
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A darker amber body with an off-white, yellowish two-finger cap. The cap fell slowly and left sheets of lace inside the glass. Good looking red.

Some caramel malt intertwined with pine trees and white grapefruit. Some toasted/nutty notes along with brown sugar and herbal notes.

The malt rolls onto the palate first, before a rush of pine resin, lemons, and grapefruit. Some toffee notes emerge with toasted nuts before a finish of brown sugar, herbs, pine, and grapefruit.

Medium body with good carbonation. The finish is an earthy bitterness that builds a little with each sip.

The balance of this beer tips a little too much towards the malt end of the spectrum. They advertise a west coast red, but this has east coast hops all over it. A very solid red ale, and one I will re-visit given the availability.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Well I think my original review was from when Red Fish was sold as an ESB. So time for a re-review

12 oz bottle - dated best by 11/9/16 - did not know I was drinking this on the last day recommended. I bought it recently.

fairly clear, but not totally. dark amber colored, off white colored foamy head. good head retention. earthy hop aroma, a bit vegetal. similar with the taste. the flavor is a bit off, a bit stale. Guess I should have bought a fresher bottle.

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Photo of Suds
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a beautiful amber color. The white head has staying power. It is clear and the smell is a malty, spicy hopped scent. A little soapy smell, and a fruit scent...berry an peach? Not a powerful aroma, but present nonetheless. The taste is drier than expected. Spice and bitterness in the mid taste. Mild maltiness throughout. Full and satisfying mouthfeel. This is a respectable beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint

Appearance – The beer is deep copper color with a once finger head of white foam atop. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of sweeter caramel smells mixed with some fruity aromas of peach and pear. Along with these smells is some very lightly toasted malt smells and a decent showing of a pine and grassy aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter caramel and slightly bready taste. Upfront there is a moderately strong grapefruit hop flavor which increases in intensity as the taste moves on to the end. A little bit of a more roasted malt flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste, with it remaining overall relatively light. At the end a pine flavor also comes to the tongue along with a bit of an oddly off herbal hop flavor, which ends up leaving a slightly off dank hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on average to slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that was on the slightly lower side. Normally the thicker body and lower carbonation would have been great for the sweet, bread, and hop flavors of the brew, but due to the slightly off herbal flavor at the end, it actually turned out to be a harm to the brew.

Overall – If it wasn't for the somewhat off hop flavor encountered at the end of the taste, this would have been an alright brew, but with it it’s not one to go to.

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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 xnicknj
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a slightly hazed reddish color with some cherry and orange hues. Beige head rests on top with some filmy retention, leaving patchy lacing on the glass.

Pretty punchy hoppy nose with a nice dosage of pine and citrus fruit. Some bready, malty sweetness with a hint of dark fruit. Faint notion of alcohol.

Bitter and juicy up front with some piny notes. A bit sticky and resiny with a touch of grapefruit and citrus peel. Sweeter malt base creeps in with a touch of cherry and dark fruit. Bready with caramel. Finishes bitter and a little warm.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. This is better than many of the typical Flying Fish offerings - slightly abrasive but still something I'd drink again.

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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 justintcoons
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Amber with 1-2 fingers of fluffy, off-white head that dissipates slowly. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation. Tiny particles of yeast float around.

Nose
Lemon zest, grapefruit, Tootsie Roll, caramel, toffee and pine.

Taste
Lemon zest, grapefruit pith and hints of Fruity Pebbles. Bready malts, brown sugar, toffee, caramel and hints of Tootsie Roll. More grapefruit on the back end as well as some resinous pine.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, slightly bitter and drying.

Overall
Pretty standard Red with an extra residual bitterness. Pretty easy drinking though.

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