NJ350 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
flyingfish.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
108
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
17
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Vivs85
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanByorick
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tedho21
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of harryhops
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 ghirsh
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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 chessiejackson
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LoveStout
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of acurtis
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 atlandy
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsnyder61
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

excellent beer, would drink it again

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Photo of Keene
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FrankShirley
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 LeeEvolved
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of njtmayhem
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rydev24
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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NJ350 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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