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NJ350 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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

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 by JerzDevl2000:
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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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3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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NJ350 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 107 ratings.
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