NJ350 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States | website

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
NJ has always had a rich brewing heritage-20 years before the state was named by the English in 1664, there was a Dutch brewery in what is now Hoboken. We've chosen to celebrate this 350th anniversary with a historic style: English Stock Ale.

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 more modern Simcoe and Centennial. The latter gives a deep piney flavor and aroma, a nod to a state treasure-the Pine Barrens.

Added by rfgetz on 04-07-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 106
Photo of cyclonece09
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Pours red orange with a small white head. Smells of very sweet berries and grain, inviting. Tastes of great malt background, berries, and slight citrus. Beer is nicely carbonated, medium bodied, very smooth. Overall an above average beer.

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Photo of TopherBreski
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent orange and caramel color with little carbonation and a thick head that dissipates quickly. Very malty smell is good but the ABV is so high you get alcohol wiffs as well. Taste is brilliant. You will get a bit of alcohol taste as the ABV is super high - it tastes like a Belgian Triple only without the citrus.

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Photo of nmann08
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours a hazy orange gold color with a sticky off-white head.

The nose is honey, a little pine, some hop character, citrus and booze. This smells like an alochol bomb. The flavor follows suit to the smell, only sweeter. Lots of honey, some pine dryness, a little fruit, and tea leaves.

The alcohol really takes over here, but its tasty, just really strong and abrasive.

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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high frothy off white head that has very good retention properties and hardly died down, leaving thick rings of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of molasses are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has some flavors of molasses, but there are also strong notes of citrusy and piney hops, which contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness and negate any sweetness from the malts and molasses. The hoppy flavors linger into the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very nice balance between the malts and hops. No traces of alcohol are perceptible so it is also very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Trombone69
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

My buddies and I tried this at the brewery as part of a flight, and we all really enjoyed it.

A few weeks later they had it on clearance at the brewery for $20 for a case of 12 bombers. They normally go for $8.99 each in the beer store. Unbelievable bargain! Three of us each bought a case. Kenny gave a bunch of 'em away as Christmas presents, and then went back and bought a second case.

Well now it turns out that everybody hates this stuff, except me. I do find it challenging to get through. I guess English Stock Ale brewed with molasses is not "it".
It is obviously well crafted, and brewer worked this out for the NJ 350th anniversary. Oh Well.

The Review:
Looks great, coppery orange, with nice lacing.
Smell: Not strong or particularly distinct. Very "beer like".
Taste: Leaves some bitterness on the sides of my tongue, Although it's not a hoppy sort of bitter. I find it heavy and malty. Lots of flavor. If there is molasses sweetness, I can't find it. It goes down easily enough, but I'd rather be drinking the FU Sandy, or the Redfish, or the Abbe Dubbel, or a Schlitz.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled this bottle at cellar temp and poured it into a snifter. The beer pours a cloudy copper color with lots of fine white sediment suspended in the beer. There is creamy eggshell white head of 3cm that fades to a sturdy surface layer and leaves clingy lattice work.
Aroma is grainy malt and some bready yeast with hits of caramel and a little earthy hops. First sip is fairly mild with an almost bland flavor. Only some sweet malt and a little brownsugar. The body is thin with mild rolling carbonation average texture. The flavor lingers with a bit of sweetness and cereal grain. I dont get too much of a hop profile and the booze is well hidden at 7.5%. The beer isnt bad but it is a let down as I was hoping for more when I bought the bottle in New Jersey. I wouldnt pay for another bottle if I saw one.

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Photo of cvm4
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Looks about how I'd expect. Amber cloudy body and an eggshell head.

S - Malty, pine and sweet molasses nose. Good amount of hops up in here.

T - Not as put together as the nose. Good amount of malts. Has a pine and citrus flavor to it. It just seems a bit watered down to me.

F - Full bodied and medium carbonation. Has a wet finish and no notice of alcohol.

O - Not sure what happened on the taste. Easy drinking, just doesn't come through as flavorful as the nose would have me think.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

7/11 Pours medium amber, orange rust tinged, white foam climbs up the side. Malty resiny nose. Taste opens hoppy, becomes sour, then evolves into a pine/molasses blend. Natural tree flavor, with molasses backstop. Great flavor balance, loads of character.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

750mL capped bottle. no date, but obviously brewed earlier this year.

pours a hazy dark copper color. almost opaque, but you can see through the corners of the glass. nice fluffy off-white head. very good head retention. mild earthy, herbal aroma. maybe some hazelnut in there? taste is not sweet, like I had expected due to the style of beer. definitely malt dominated, yet dry finish. toasty, bready, nutty. medium to thick bodied, lower carbonation. very smooth, drinks easy.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- Old english stock ale brewed with molasses.

A: In a chalice a mushroomy large beige crown of 3 inches plus sits above a tarnished oxidized orange colored body of good clarity revealing mid-size carbonation bubbles in heavy concentration. Head retention is superb, very lengthy in its stay, slowly pitting on the surface caving to a mountainous structure. Thick spongy coating for lace. very good presentation.

S: On the nose was fresh wet sticky pine and sweet molasses. Soft caramel toasted bread fresh from the oven with some hints of fresh greenery (shrubery) in the middle. Fairly aggressive hopping aroma per style.

T: Flavor was sweet caramel-pine, citrusy hops and floral notes. Sweet molasses upfront with some sweet chocolate and alcohol notes. The beer progresses to a nice bittering effect, like an ESB, piney hop attributes, dry caramel-scotch, with a dried earthy bittering. Some fresh greenery, dried molasses, and dry toasted sweetness really stands out. Piney hops on the finish.

M: Full bodied, honey consistency, dry toasty mash, carbonation is light to medium in strength.

O: Overall a very good hoppy and piney character, drinks like an ESB and a worthy tribute to my home state. Well balanced, nice deep malty lush body, with good piney hops paying tribute to the pine barrens of NJ.

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Photo of Ego
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great foam cap on this one, a full 2 fingers of white stuff, active in the carbonation department keeping the head quite akimbo, clear to look through with a slight orange tint, lacing is great, a really nice looking glass of suds

faint malt and grain, working hard to get anything substantial here, some sweetness but mostly a vast dessert of blandness

taste etc...
it reminds me of something like old speckled hen on a hand pump... except with a little more body, it has just a smidgen of everything, mild bitterness, definite residue of sweetness on the tongue from the molasses, the carbonation actually lingers a bit which is interesting, the
molasses seem to becoming more of a player as I sip on, this drinks easy and smooth, I could easily envision this while watching a game at the local pub enjoying some bangers and mash (hey, I could have went for fish n chips but that would be even more hack) or when you
are drunk enough the pickled eggs in that jar at the other end of the bar, this is a really nicely balanced beer with definitely a tip of the dumb colonial hat to modern hops (thankfully the brewer was subdued enough in this department, as over hopping would have killed this), nice
full sensation in the mouth that has just the right amount of heft going on

really enjoyable and super easy drinking (even for the higher ABV), almost too easy to knock these back

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Let's face it - this state ain't perfect. Property taxes? Hate 'em. Ditto for the traffic here, and don't get me start on the cops. This place has been my home for 30 years and although I don't take a; lot of pride in it, New Jersey *is* my home for the foreseeable future. Earlier this week, I picked the last one of these up off of the shelf at the new Joe Canal's in Parsippany and had to buy it, only because I like Flying Fish and how they feel about brewing here in the Garden State. Although I have a lot of gripes about this neck of the woods, I'm ecstatic that this offering is not one of the reasons why I still seek greener pastures at this time!

This beer had a fabulous pour to it, as the copper hue, thick head, and near-perfect lacing combined for a pleasing appearance, not to mention the opaque hue that made this glow as I held it up to the light. Lots of barley and malt in the nose, leading me to believe that this was a Barleywine or Wheat Wine style of beer at first. Lot of rye on the taste, followed by a molasses-like stickiness in the mouthfeel as the subtle hops kick in in the back. With a grainy texture to this, the pine didn't come in until the very end and even that didn't linger for long. The carbonation was present from start to finish, as evidenced by the stream of bubbles that made its way through the hazy appearance and the lightness of the taste of this, sip after sip.

The alcohol was recessed nicely as well, as I didn't feel it until I nearly polished off the 1 pt, 9.4 oz bottle. No doubt that the pale malt stood out more than the Barley but the use of the cluster hops was a nice touch that made this beer stand out from its stylistic peers. So easygoing and smooth, this had a ton going for it and was a breeze for me to polish off by myself. A great texture, mouthfeel, and taste all combined to serve our state well, as this was just as good as anything that Flying Fish released as part of their Exit series. A must-try for anyone who loves good English Ales or like me, is stuck in the Garden State and needs a reason to believe in what this place is still capable of.

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Photo of Mike999
4.9/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Good color. Sweet and IPA flavor, nice blend of balanced flavors.
This and Exit 16 are outstanding.

Medium color, nice fragrance.
Passes the, would you buy a case, test: Yes.
But, it's going to be expensive, and you'll love it.

I much prefer this to the top rated "Pliny the Elder", which tastes not like citrus but cactus.
This is a real beer.

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Photo of gr0g
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper-colored, capped with about two fingers of white foam. Very fine bubbles leave some nice lacing behind. Aroma is hop-forward and combined with a good malt body, this has a character like an American barleywine. Primarily citric grapefruit character. All American hops in here despite the English stock ale label: Cluster, Simcoe, and Centennial.

Flavor is slightly bitter and quite dry. Very little residual sugar. More muted hop presence than on the nose, but they still win out over the malt backbone. Citric character at the forefront while caramel malt lingers in the background. Fizzy mouthfeel than softens gradually.

This is a beer that doesn't know what it wants to be. The hop and malt profiles completely cancel each other out, and the result is kind of bland.

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Photo of JCarey
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Displayed in an attractive and simple 750mL bottle capped and covered. A nice little read on the side describes the beer as an English Stock Ale.

Pour is a rich Amber-Orange with a liberal fluffy white head. Bubbles climb the glass throughout the drink and a thick lacing stays behind. Extremely attractive looking beer. Slight haze, but mostly clear with some sediment.

Malt-forward on the nose with a backdrop of earthy and piney hops from the Simcoe/Centennial.

Although it is an English style beer, it drinks a lot more like an American Pale. Malty sweet and aggressive bitterness. Sweeter than a typical Pale. Bread-y, caramel-ly, and piney with a clean yeast character typical of a Flying Fish brew.

Quite thin on the body for a 7.5% ale that smells and tastes of malt, but still a medium bodied beer.

Overall, this is a fantastic, potentially award winning beer that I would say is a must-buy if you see it in your store. It's enough of an aggressively hopped beer that it would satisfy an IPA-lover but unique enough to be a respectable beer by anyone else.

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NJ350 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 106 ratings.
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