Beer: Red Fish
Brewery: Flying Fish Brewing Company
Style: American Red Ale
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Deep copper body with a huge foamy beige head. Like the Shark Attack, Red Fish is brimming with yeast particulates. Ick. It looks like there’s a gang of hyperactive plankton in there.
Smell: The nose on this ale is impressively complex. Like My Bloody Valentine, there are wafts of juicy, citrus hops followed by a sweet milk chocolate malt aroma.
Flavor: This is one snappy fish. There is an overpowering bitterness from a grapefruit flavor that is only somewhat balanced by a burnt, bakers chocolate taste from the malts. As I keep drinking it, this bizarre grapefruit chocolate combination starts to make sense.
Feel: Medium body with intense carbonation.
Concluding Remark: Shark Attack, Red Fish…what is it about Red Ales that screams “I’M A SEA CREATURE”? I’m comfortable letting that provocative question disappear into the deep blue sea. Though, the more I drink Red Fish, the more it begins to taste like a bitter, salty gulp of ocean water. Flying Fish douses their Red Ale with three types of hops: Chinook, Columbus, and Cascade. The Cascade provides that grapefruit citrus flavor, while the salty, earthy taste is attributed to the Chinook and Columbus hops. All in all, this is not for those who fear a turbulent tsunami of bitter hops. An intense ale, East Coast Flying Fish from New Jersey does a decent West Coast-style Red Ale. Bravo, dudes.