Flying Fish Pescado Rojo Grande

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


Flying Fish Exit 3 (Blueberry Braggot)

It’s Sunday morning, which means that the cat woke me up early to feed him and the other half is still asleep. I’m watching a DVD about a gang in San Diego and updating the blog. Let’s see how this one was.


ABV: 15%

Style: Braggot

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Exit 3 is the gateway to a lot of farmland, so we’re using one the state’s favorite crops– blueberries. Braggot is an ancient style– written about since the 12th century. This Braggot features local blueberries and honey, a very limited amount of hops and is fermented with Belgian-style yeast. The result is a straw colored beer with blueberry highlights. On the first sip you will note a light sweetness along with citrus notes followed by a well rounded malt character. The beer has a medium full body.”

Random: Since the cat has been fed, obviously he went right back to sleep.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly with some lacing left on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy, dark orange color with moderate carbonation. The nose was really sweet with pronounced honey and a touch of blueberry, not nearly as strong as I expected. The taste also had honey sweetness and the hot booze. The blueberry came through, but was not nearly strong enough, making the taste completely one-note and cloyingly sweet. Not shockingly, the body was thick with light carbonation and it had a long and sweet finish with alcohol. This beer was also on sale at Canal’s for $8.99, which broke down to $.41 per ounce. This beer was just a total letdown for me and probably the worst so far of the exit series. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Flying Fish NJ350

It’s been almost a year since I’ve reviewed a Flying Fish beer. Flying Fish has been pretty busy, between moving their brewery and such. This beer is one that just recently came out. I haven’t read many reviews about it, but Flying Fish usually puts out exciting things in their 750 mL bottles. Let’s see if I liked it.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: English Strong Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “English Pale malts and flaked barley meld with blackstrap molasses for a hearty and complex malt flavor. For hops we used Cluster, the first hop cultivated in the US. The beer finishes with the modern Simcoe and Centennial. The latter gives a deep piney flavor and aroma, a nod to a state treasure-the Pine Barrens.”

Random: I think I may try to watch some of the World Cup games today and see if I can get into it.

This brew poured with a two finger, cream colored head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dusky orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was very mild with some grain and malt and sweetness. The taste had a bit more depth to it. There was a definite sweetness to it from the molasses. There was some hop bitterness right after with pine and grass. It had a bit of rye spice to it along with some malt at the end. Given the style, the brew was relatively thin and had moderate carbonation. The finish was long with hops. This was a decent beer that went down a little too easy. With that being said, I would still have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Flying Fish FU (Forever Unloved) Sandy

When this beer first came out, I did everything I could to try this beer…and failed, pathetically in fact. I live in Jersey and was in an area hit by Sandy, although not badly. My sister and I were without power and water for almost two weeks (I went on a trip to Florida and she got power back while I was in Florida). We grilled a lot. We made Hurricane Sandy lamb (cut up a rack of lamb, grab chocolate mint out of the garden, coat in mint and oil and grill). We played beer pong. We built lots of fires. We were very lucky. When I saw that Flying Fish was putting out a beer that was donating money to Sandy charities, I had to have it, so I guess I’m lucky that they re-released it.

ABV: 6.2%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “All the FU Sandy bottles and draft are out in the stores. Judging from the phone calls and emails we’re getting, a good bit of it is sold. Many stores are saying they’re only selling it to folks who ask, so if you don’t see it on the shelf, check to see if it’s stashed in the back. And, as few of you have pointed out, it seems that Jersey was misspelled on the upper center part of the label. Tamato, Tomahto. Potato, Potahto. Jersey, Jesery. True story: this was actually meant as an artistic metaphor for the disarray the state was thrown into during the storm. Well that’s really not true. Somehow the final files sent to the printer had an earlier version of the artwork and your humble correspondent totally missed it. What’s most important is that the beer is spot on.”

Random: During Sandy, I went outside and a pine tree was about 2 inches over my car. I managed to move it prior to it coming down.

This brew poured with a one finger white head that was very slowly to dissipate. It left lots of lacing on the hefeweizen glass. The body was a golden-yellow color and slightly hazy. It had little carbonation visible throughout which struck me as odd. Beers of this style almost always tend to have generous carbonation. The nose had some lemon, but not much else. The taste was a bit different. The lemon was present in the sip, but it also had some wheat. There was some tropical fruit hoppiness present as well which transitioned into grapefruit. Although the flavors were there, the proportions were just a little off to me. It had a medicinal aspect as well. The body was medium thickness with the same light carbonation. It had a quick finish with wheat and tropical fruit. The brew was pretty good, but nothing earth shattering to me. I’d still have it again and give it another shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Flying Fish Exit 4 (American Trippel)

So, now that Twin Light is still closed, Eastern Monmouth county is really suffering in the craft beer world. The closest bar with craft beer is Molly Maguire’s in Rumson. Their food is really good and the service is awesome, but my biggest qualm with them is glasses. Everything is served in a &^%$ing pint glass. You cannot hand me anything over 8% in a pint glass, especially if I have to drive. I ordered this one and it was “starred” on the menu because it was served in a 10 ounce goblet. Finally! They learned! Or not…


ABV: 9.5%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This inspired Belgian-style Trippel has a hazy golden hue and the aroma of citrus with hints of banana and clove. Predominant Belgian malt flavors give way to a subdued bitterness in the finish. Winner of a Gold Medal at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival and named by Mens Journal as best Belgian beer brewed in America for 2009.”

Random: Apparently, they’re not going to goblets until they’re on some bar rescue show. Yeah, because that is going to help.

I seriously can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this before. But, on with the review. This one poured with a two finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly. There was lots of lacing left on the glass (which again, was a pint glass). The body was a clear, straw color with light carbonation visible throughout. The nose was grapefruit and mellow yeast. It was almost IPA like at first. The taste was all Belgian. I got some golden fruit like apricot and a touch of lemon and clove. The end of the sip had some grapefruit bitterness. I can definitely see why they called this an American trippel, the name actually fits. The body was heavy with light carbonation. The finish was pretty yeasty. This was decent, but if you’re used to drinking a good Belgian tripel, this doesn’t compare.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Flying Fish Red Fish

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Flying Fish. Not only is it a local brew, being from Jersey, but it was one of the first craft beers I can remember having. When I was in Philly for school, I remember being at a bar and seeing the Flying Fish logo on a tap handle and getting a pint and deciding that was “my beer.” At the time, it was most likely because of the logo and most people had never heard of it, but I did enjoy it. I was really excited when I saw that Flying Fish had come out with a new offering, so I had to get my hands on it.

ABV: 7%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery 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.”

Random: I’m really liking the new labels too. They don’t look as dated.

This brew poured a two finger head that was off white. It dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy mahogany color with generous carbonation visible throughout. The nose started with caramel malt and quickly went into grassy hops. The taste was really enjoyable. I got caramel malt and hazelnut coupled with earthy and grassy hops. I also got some lemon and other citrus notes as well. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. The finish was long with grassy hops. I liked this beer. It was flavorful and easy drinking. A standout from Flying Fish!

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Flying Fish Belgian Style Dubbel

I finally went for a beer run and stocked the beer fridge. My beer store is having a 10% discount if you do a mix-a-six or more, so that was a pleasant surprise. I picked up a bunch of random stuff. I’ve been trying to follow a theme, but this time it was pretty much just whatever I grabbed. This beer is one that I’ve had before I ever started the blog. I remember liking it, but at that point I don’t think I’d ever had a true dubbel. Let’s see how this one goes.

ABV: 7%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Winner of the silver medal at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival, this Belgian-style Abbey Dubbel is an exceptionally complex beer with many interwoven flavors. This classic-style Abbey beer features an immense head with a fruity nose and a generous body. Malty in the middle, the beer features a clean, almondy dry finish and a slight alcohol warmth. More like a wine than a beer—it has a lot of the qualities of a fine Burgundy.”

Random: I love my Rogue goblets. I think I have to start using them more. It makes me feel regal, or something like that.

This brew poured with a one finger off-white head into my exceptionally sexy, aforementioned Rogue goblet. It dissipated relatively quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, deep chestnut color with light visible carbonation throughout. The nose was pretty light for the style. I got some caramel, bread, toffee and booze. The taste was a bit more flavorful than the nose. I got the typical malt backbone with nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, dried banana and booze. The booze was way too dominant for my liking in the brew and honestly, very unexpected. The body was also very light for the style with seltzer-like carbonation. The finish was very quick for the style with some of the bread and spice apparent in the taste. I could see where they were trying to go with this beer, but it just misses the mark for me. It was really surprising to read that this had medaled at GABF and that Michael Jackson spoke so highly of it. It was just “meh” for me. It was definitely drinkable and I wouldn’t refuse one if it was given to me, but I’ve had many more better examples of the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0