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FU (Forever Unloved) Sandy - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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FU (Forever Unloved) SandyFU (Forever Unloved) Sandy

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BA SCORE
85
very good

195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dbrauneis on 02-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 195 | Reviews: 33
Reviews by Neorebel:
Photo of Neorebel
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As an NJ resident and obvious hater of Sandy & lover of beer, I felt obligated to try this. Pours a nice hazy dark amber with a snow white head... excellent appearance for the style. Plenty of carbonation too. For some reason I expected this to smell and taste like Bell's Oberon, but this is a far different animal. For the nose, I am only getting a little of the wheat and more aromas akin to an American Pale Ale, such as light citrus hops and detectable malt sweetness. There some kind of herbal/resin factor in the nose that I can't put my finger on too. The taste is very clean and fresh, and hoppier than I expected. it's a tad 'buttery' in the taste too. Medium bodied, with a dry mouth feel, this brew differs from a lot of somewhat similar ales and is definitely worth a try for fans of American Pales.

More User Reviews:
Photo of CassinoNorth
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a relatively large head with an average pour. Not much retention but lacing is nice. Nice pale golden wheat look to it. Really nice looking beer.

Smell: Another hoppy example from Flying Fish, this almost reminds me of a timid Exit 16 on the nose. Still has that big melon/grapefruit/papaya nose that I love with a little more subtlety.

Taste: Exactly what I want from a pale wheat. Hops up front with a subtle hop bitterness. Easy drinking for down the shore. This reminds me of summer. Mild bitterness but a very balanced hop flavor to finish

Overall, I hope they continue to bottle this, I'll be buying it up as much as possible.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very pale yellow body. Big white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Mild hop aroma. Lightly citrusy. Kinda fruity. Light grain.

Taste - Light grain up front. Kinda fruity. Mild hop flavor. Very light bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Very light. Drinkable. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Not all that exciting, but a nice drink.

Photo of KTCamm
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/3..pours hazy yellowed gold with white foam ringing. Wheaty tropical fruit nose. A little sweet. Taste is a light wheat ale, fruity, followed by a latent hop bitter that never quite comes out. Good beer, good cause.

Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some notes of wheat. Taste is tart, lemons, wheat, light hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- Brewed with experimental hop ADHA 483.

A: Translucent light orange has both a heavy haze and heavy dose of effervesce. A well formed 2+ finger dairy cream colored head is lengthy and stronger then the storm (for all you n.j. folks just as tired of hearing this commercial as i am).

S: The nose was interesting, tropcial, green melon, pear with a hint of soft tangerine tartness. Lightly musky citrus scent with a strong diversity and soft mellowing delivery.

T: Flavor was green melon, sliced pear, passion fruit, with a light muskiness of citrus and a dry sense of tangerine-citrus wheat coming on the close. Semi-dry tropical fruitiness, some yeastiness sneaks in, bubblegum highlights, dry fruit, pineapple, dash of white pepper with a tart musky citrus flowery bite at the beers finish.

M: crisp and lively, good feel of carbonation, body was light-medium, with a mineral feel and a warmth of citrus fruit off the tongue.

O: Overall crisp, refreshing, nice use of experimental hop with a different sense of aroma and flavor other then west coast traits. Definitly worth the price of admission, with % going to to storm relief is always a good cause and reason to drink more. F.U. Sandy is a nice tribute to those affected and nice final word of retribution to those recovering still. Drink up.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty golden color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of nice wheat malt with some grassy hops notes and some light bubble-gum notes. Taste is dominated by really nice wheat malt with some light grassy hoppy notes with some light bubble-gum notes. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Very enjoyable wheat ale – brewer should not keep this one as a one-off.

Photo of Gregaroo
3.02/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK. Shared with Peter. Nothing special.

Photo of ESeab
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Golded, lingering head, not hazy

S- Not getting to much aroma, stuffy nose

T - Nice hop presence, not much of a wheat taste, well balanced. Getting a bit of every taste, floral, citrus, pine, lemon, orange.

M - Incredibly smooth with perfect carbonation. Moderate stickyness, crisp.

O- Great beer, the amount of hops makes this beer very unique considering its wheat. Glad Igot to have a few imperial pints.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alot of hype about this brew a few months back and now I am glad Flying Fish decided to rebrew and bottle it for distribution. Two local bottle shops were sold out already after just being released this past week. But I was lucky to find some elsewhere.

Poured into a tulip a straw yellow color and slightly hazy. Big frothy two fingered heading that leaves good lacing and ringlets throughout . Bubbles slowly drift upward from the bottom to the surface making it look like a lava lamp. Slowly the heading gets dimmer and dimmer and doesn't leave much marking at all. Kind of turns flat in the finish.

Nose consists of melon,grapefruit, papaya. Some grass and a touch of sugary sweetness.

Taste same as the nose very nice tropical fruit flavors that makes the mouth water. A little touch of wheat grain husk in the middle and finishes very bitter and grassy. Subtle sugary kick of alcohol.

Mouth is light bodied, great carbonation. excellent balance. Not too watery or chewy just about a dead even draw.

Overall tremendous beer. I am so glad Flying Fish rebrewed this for others to get a taste of this delightful summer brew. Now if we can only get them to rebrew that exit 11. Anyway highly rated and a most try !

Photo of dbrauneis
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Texas Arizona in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with some orange highlights and moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off white head that reduces to large patch of very thin film and thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are light aromas of wheat and caramel malt with moderate to strong tropical/mango/peach and grapefruit/citrus hops.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of wheat with a touch of caramel malt sweetness. Moderate to strong hop flavors with tropical/peach/mango/guava over slightly lesser grapefruit/citrus. Light amounts of bitterness which fade rather quickly.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight acidity and light dryness towards the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink. The alcohol is well hidden in this beer. Very enjoyable mouthfeel and quite refreshing. All for a good cause.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to BA SammyJaxxxx for tossing this in on a recent trade. Enjoyed while tailgating for Kansas City Renaissance Festival 2013 and poured out of a brown 750 mL bottle into a plastic solo cup because it's better than drinking out of the bottle. No dating that I can make out on the bottle.

Appearance - Amber golden body with ample haze and a nice fluffy finger and a half head with some pocking. Retention is quite good, leaving light lacing residue in places on the side of the cup.

Smell - Very fruity, with melon, cucumber, and tropical fruit in addition to some light citrus characteristics.

Taste - Quite tropical, much like the smell, but more subdued. Now, there is also a grassy, pine-like bitterness accompanying the fruity phenols. I also get some of the wheat grain, which gives the fruit element a little more heft.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and with moderate carbonation. Refreshing, and with a slightly bittersweet finish.

Overall, a bit different tasting from most APWAs I've had in the past. I've had some that were pretty hop forward, but those have seemed to be on the citric side of things. This one is much more tropical and sweet. Not bad at all, but there are likely others I would reach for first.

Photo of Gavage
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: yellowish orange in color with a 1" head that lingers around a while before falling to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: grassy with some soft fruit tones and a bit of bitterness.

Taste: grainy malt with some grassy tones, wheat, lemon zest, tropical fruitiness, and a moderate bitterness create a well balanced and flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish with a bit of dryness late. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this was a very easy to drink beer. Very approachable for even those that drink more mainstream beers.

Photo of Suds
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle, this beer is a pale yellow, effervescent, with a thick and soapy head. It has a spicy and fresh aroma. Hoppy, some earthy, herbal scents too. The taste is bitter...full and very well balanced. A nice mix of wheat and strong hops. It has a peppery, fruity, lemony, ver sharp flavor. Soft and spicy. Lingering and bitter finish.

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, just delivered to my store today (7-5-13). I had a sample of this at AC Beerfest, where they had it designated for a VIP area, but since I know the brewery rep and owner I was offered a sample. Now I get to try it in full for myself.
Poured into a Ommegang Game Of Thrones goblet/snifter glass.

AP: Pale gold and straw yellow colour, initial 1" foamy white head settles to about 1/4" with decent lacing on the side of the glass.

AR: Now this is what I missed out on at AC Beerfest only getting a sample. The hops smack your olfactory senses right where they live. I am liking this, a lot. Green dank piney hops, like wet pine cones after a Summer rain. Some grapefruit with biscuit and wheat malts as well. After several more whiffs I also detect some fleshy fruits like passion fruit, tangerine and papaya.

T: Similar to the nose, though the hops are the main focus of this beer and they are well done. In the flavour the hops are more grassy and vegetal with a nice grapefruit kiss. On the aftertaste I get some orange and lemon. The wheat/malt base makes for a good backbone and doesn't get overwhelmed by the hops. It's not exactly balanced as the hops profile wins out, but it doesn't dominate either. Nicely done.
M: Light carbonation, fairly crisp on the tongue, not too dry but somewhat palate cleansing.
OV: I really enjoy this beer. It's solid, not mind blowing, but very nicely done. Now that Flying Fish is in the new bigger brewery, I hope they add this to their rotation even if it's only a couple times a year they bottle/release it. Definitely would grab some every time they brewed it. Good job, Andy, and thanks!

Photo of srandycarter
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Fairly clear straw, stark white head slow to leave, lots of cling.

S - Muted. Faint hops, grainy.

T - Nice light malt with some graininess in the mix, hops blend well.

M - Light fare, good balance.

D - Easy drinker and very pleasant. I would try this one again.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a pint

A yellow body with some orange overtones. A huge two+ finger cap billows up to fill the glass and falls slowly. Raindrop pattern as it falls. The nose is of sweet toasted malt, grass, wheat, caramel, mango, grapefruit, and peach. Very light nose, balanced between malt and hops. On the palate, this guy rolls in smooth. Soft tropical fruit up front before a rush of caramel, wheat, and toasted biscuit through the middle. The finish is pretty much all hops. Grapefruit, peach, mango, and orange all collide in a juicy sweetness before mild bitterness sweeps in for the kill. This is a damn fine Pale Wheat. Nice hop punch without being overbearing. Delicate and flavorful in all the right places.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like this beer a lot. Nice hoppy spiced thing going on. Great fruit tones. Extremely easy to drink. Too bad I only got one.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 into Duvel glass.

Large, fluffy white head that slowly cascades down to a slightly cloudy, but overall bright golden body. Carbonation flowing up nicely. Lots of lacing.

Juicy, hoppy aromas. Fresh. Lots of sweetness - dare I say maple syrup? Apricots... like a can of apricot pie mix, if there was such a thing. Not overly wheaty. Light spice keeps it curious.

Sweetness continues into the flavor - this may be a turnoff for some who are style freaks. Syrupy mouthfeel for the style... almost like an imperial version, but I like it that way. But overall, it's pretty easy drinkin' relative to most craft beers. Flavors pounce with tree & tropical fruits, most especially peach, pineapple, and apricot. Good yeast quality ... leaves a nice light-spice afterglow.

Delicious, full bodied, and yet still a perfect flavor for summer. Really, really interesting beer relative to other bland American Hefe-copy-cats in this category.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed golden color with a two finger thick and billowy white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a decent level of ring foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is light overall and is of the biggest of a wheat cracker like aroma mixed with a bit of yeast and a moderate showing of some lemongrass smells. Some sweeter orange is there as well rounding out the wheat and lemongrass nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a wheat and more lemon like taste mixed with a bit of orange citrus. As the taste advances a little bit of a tasted bread flavor comes to the tongue. Along with the toasted bread some of the wheat fades with it being replaced by some flavors of a little bit of yeast and some grassy hop flavors. Toward the end the lemon and grass combined to produce a rather stronger lemongrass flavor and with a little bit of graininess coming to the tongue, a rather dry citrus wheat flavor is left to linger on the tongue

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer one the slightly creamier side for a wheat beer of 6.2 % abv with a carbonation that is on the slightly lower side. While traditionally a higher carbonation and slightly thinner body may be more appropriate, the combination in this beer actually accentuated the wheat and grass over the fruit and overall made for a pretty nice feel.

Overall – A rather easy drinking wheat beer. Nothing exceptional, but a nice drinker none the less.

Photo of larryi86
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear golden color with a two finger white head.

S- Tropical/citrus hops, some piney hops, some bready malts.

T- Follows the nose, nice bitter finish, really enjoy the tropical fruits/citrus, somewhat sweet bready malts, nice balance.

M- Smooth, crisp, light to medium body.

O- This was pricey but worth picking up to try. It doesn't blow me away but u still find it very enjoyable.

Photo of Treebs
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to bentenison for the brew. Served in a COAST Brewing willie becher.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a thick, two finger head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly leaving behind sticky coatings of lace.

S: Light grapefruit with a mild fruitiness. Sweet wheat with a little mild sugary bread note to it. Mild pine needle aromatics.

T: Some dankness to the hops with a slightly stale malt profile. A little sweetness with some candied grapefruit and a little sweet honey. Seems like it was

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation. Slightly sweet finish.

O: Seems a little old at this point and it's sort of collapsed in on itself. The malts are a little stale and the hops have faded to a little pine needle and mild grapefruit.

Photo of gr0g
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-colored and slightly hazy. A three-finger rocky head is retained for a good while, and some impressive lacing is left in its wake. The brewery mentions notes of guava and melon imparted by the experimental hop used, and I can't argue with that. There's a definite tropical fruit vibe imparted that's not unlike what Citra or Simcoe bring. A slight soapiness detracts, but otherwise this is nicely floral and fruity on the nose.

The flavor profile is hop-forward with a light malt base where the wheat is noticeable. Wheat cracker malt body. Pretty well filtered and with a somewhat "clean" yeast used, any flavor contributions from esters are minimal. An APA level of bitterness, maybe 30-40 IBUs. A bit citric with a bit of pine imparted by the hops. Nice sudsy mouthfeel with a well-balanced carbonation.

A refreshing, hoppy wheat ale that hits the spot during the summer months. There's enough flavor to keep this from being dull, unlike so many other summer seasonal wheat beers, though it's hardly earthshattering. I'm still hoping they brew Exit 11 again.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up the last bottle of this at Gary's in Wayne last week. I never had this before and liked the idea of a portion of the beer's sales being used to help rebuild the shore. While this didn't have as much as wheat in it as I expected, this was a beer that had a lot going for it and while I didn't have the Exit 11 that's no longer being brewed, this was good enough to remind people of that. I almost wish I had a chance to give that one a go, but I liked this even though it took a while to sip and enjoy.

The pour to this was good, with a gold hue, moderate head, and hardly any lacing to be seen. This wasn't that cloudy but it was not quite clear either, and the carbonation was present but not overwhelming. Lots of grass, straw, and a Sorachi-like hop in the nose with the tropical flavors coming out a bit more in the taste. This didn't burn or wasn't strong and actually had a slightly dry mouthfeel to it. It was light but had some honey-like sweetness and consistency to the taste and I could only feel a bit of the wheat in the aftertaste. In terms of the tropical fruits, only the grapefruit really stood out to me but not enough that I felt like puckering.

The alcohol was just right as well, lending to a bit of warming to this beer without being noticeable or detected after the bottle was finished off. Summer beers tend to be a bit light but this was perfect for the season and needs to be brewed more often than a limited release. Given how enjoyable this was and the cause that the proceeds are going towards, I don't see that being a problem!

Photo of facundoCNB
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Typical cloudy orange-yellow pour found in a wheat ale, lots of fluffy white head leaving behind patchy lacing. Smells of wheat, very bready, slight citrusy tartness usually found in saisons, lots of hops.
The flavor is aggressively hopped for the style, a strong grapefruit/orange blend, lots of wheat, cheesy farmhouse yeast, a lingering bitterness of wet grass.
Light body, high carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

A solid beer for the season. The funky cheesy yeast is a little off putting the way it blends with the citrus, but its unique enough to not be questioned.

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FU (Forever Unloved) Sandy from Flying Fish Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.