Flying Fish Pescado Rojo Grande

Posted: September 2, 2015 in American Amber/Red Ale, Flying Fish Brewing Company, Reviews

Today is my birthday. I’m not a big birthday person (I don’t even have it posted on facebook), so today will be very low-key. Most likely, Val and I will just have a quiet night at home. Anyways, she picked this beer up for me last month. It’s the first Flying Fish beer I’ve had in awhile. Let’s see how it is.


ABV: 9%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pescado Rojo Grande is now available here at the brewery. The barrel aging adds hints of oak, agave and vanilla that complement the rich caramel malts to create a one of kind hoppy, robust beer. This limited 750ml bottle sells for $14.99 a bottle. Stop in during regular tasting room hours and pick up a bottle or two…”

Random: I find tequila aging beers to be either very good or very bad. Unlike bourbon barrels, I think that there can be too much tequila in a beer, where there never can be too much bourbon.

This beer poured with a two finger, slightly off white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass along with a crown. The body was a clear, reddish color with very light carbonation visible. The nose had notes of vanilla, toasted oak and light tequila. The taste was more like a barleywine than an amber. It had notes of toasted oak, booze, vanilla and biscuit. Tequila was there too, but not as much as I thought would be there. It had some hop presence in the form of pine, but it was relatively mellow. The body was on thicker side with light carbonation. It had a long finish with booze and tequila. As mentioned above, this was $14.99 a bomber, which was $.68 per ounce. I considered that a bit on the expensive side, but it was a unique take on this beer. It wasn’t bad, but I feel like it just fell a bit short.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


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