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Flying Fish ESB Amber Ale

Name – Flying Fish ESB Amber Ale
Country – United States
Type – American Red Ale

Appearance – Pours a clear copper/amber color with a big white head that does leave some lacing on the glass.

Smell – You really get the malts in the nose first and foremost.  There is a nice fruit like sweetness in there as well that I can’t quite place.  Some hops can be picked up in the back.

Taste – Malty, malty goodness.  Caramel and malts but the hops do come into play but not as largely as you might think for a beer with the name ESB on it.  There is some spices to it as well to round things out.

This is a bottle I brought back from my trip to PA from Flying Fish in Cherry Hill, NJ.  If you go in thinking this is an ESB you are going to probably be disappointed, like I was the first time I tried this.  But if you just remove that part of the name from your mind this is a pretty good amber ale.  Very nice malty sweetness with enough hops and spices to round it out really well.  Remember don’t think ESB because it really isn’t anything like that style.  If you can get that out of your mind you should enjoy this one.

Overall Grade – B

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1 Comment

  • Reply Royce

    It always throws you for a loop when the beer you are drinking doesn’t really match up with the style on the label. That said thanks for the warning, I will try to pick this one up and try it out if I can find it. Don’t know if I’ve ever seen a Flying Fish beer before.

    July 14, 2010 at 7:22 pm
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