FU (Forever Unloved) Sandy | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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FU (Forever Unloved) SandyFU (Forever Unloved) Sandy
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Forever Unloved Sandy was brewed as a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts. So far, we’ve donated $75,000 to a variety of local organizations throughout the state to help with the recovery. Think of Sandy as wheat pale ale. It’s hopped with experimental hop ADHA 483, donated by the American Dwarf Hop Association, which has never been used in a beer before this one. Expect a beautiful nose of mangoes, peaches and guavas that will accentuate the beer’s soft mouthfeel and contribute to a truly one-of-a-kind ale.

Added by dbrauneis on 02-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
199
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
32.13%
 
 
Wants:
5
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36
For Trade:
1
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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color capped by a two-fingered head; decent lacing action

Smell: Bready, with guava and a hint of pith

Taste: Bready on the base, with some guava and lemon elements building; a bit more pithy through the middle, but the finish is rather mild

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: One of those beers that lingered so long in my cellar I forgot it was there - likely an extra from a trade long ago; clearly past its prime but I tried to make up for that in the review

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Photo of KTCamm
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of Trombone69
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I just love this beer. Goes down easy, i.e. "Sessionable" nice interesting hop flavor, without being an over the top bitter hop monster. It breaks my heart to know that it's retired. Maybe Flying Fish will make a similar beer under a different name? Perfect balance and mouth-feel make it great from the first cold sip all the way down to the final finish.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of larryi86
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml, summer 2013
Riedel tulip

A: Slightly hazy yellow color. Good carbonation. Half finger of bright white head. Sticky lacing. Streaming bubbles coming up the sides.

S: Lots of that melon and guava they describe. Some spice. Different than anything I've had recently, but not bad at all. Bready sweetness.

T: Up front you get those strange fruity hops. Definitely melon forward. Not overly bitter at all. That wheat comes in during mid palate. Smooths the sip. Finish it pretty refreshing an

M: Light medium.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of Treebs
2.92/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. I forget who opened this one at NEBCO, but thanks!

A: Clear pale amber body under a finger of off-white head. Ok retention and lacing. Solid.

S: Hoppy and sweet, with grapefruit, honey, and pine all standing out. Nice.

T: Follows the nose. Really soft, sweet hoppiness - brown sugar, grapefruit, pineaapple, and ultimately some moderate, dry bitterness on the finish. Great.

M: Light bodied and full of creamy carbonation.

O: I thought this was just a straight IPA when I had it, but now that I see it's a wheat beer it makes a lot more sense; I thought it was extremely tasty, regardless of style, but the wheat element helps explain some of the sweetness that I initially found out of place.

Cheers!

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Photo of Neorebel
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Ego
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'll go ahead and do the hack thing and write about my sandy experience. I can not complain all that much as I only lost power for a week but the most surreal thing that was most likely under reported (and totally surreal) was the gas lines... forget cars (like setting my alarm for 3am to go and get gas)... the human gas lines... hundreds deep holding gas cans and cars strewn all over the damn place on the parkway and somewhat on the turnpike, it was something I will never forget aside of course from all the physical/flood damage not to far from me and locally. anyway, to the beer, I hope it knocks my power out...

eyes...
2 full fingers of tide hitting the beach sounding foam, craggy rock like foam formations, super clear straw color with just a hint of orange, pretty good streams of carbonation (maybe only a cat 2 in that department), the head fizzles out pretty quickly, not very inspiring here

nose...
an interesting mix of brown herbal euro type hop with strong tropical notes, subtle hints of pine are scurrying around in there as well, there is also a lemony effervescence present, nice

taste etc...
fruity with a lemony finish, mild bittering with a smooth finish, delightful carbonation (really keeps it light and easy drinking), medium body that satisfies but does not weigh you down, not delicious but devilishly tasty, it has just enough of everything, a great brew to sit outside on the deck on an august night... er, like tonight! the ABV has a nice little kick also, this does sort of remind me of exit 16 a little, but that is not a bad thing at all, nice brew!

verdict?
wheat pale ale ? ... to me this is like a pale ale with that nice crisp refreshing bite of a wheat without the wheat flavor, it retains the hop character of an APA but has more of a wheat pop, a nice combo, well played

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Photo of srandycarter
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

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Photo of Florida9
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: a very pretty beer. Hazy yellow in color. Forms a large, fluffy, stable, off-white colored head. Moderate lacing.

S: aroma is tart and lemony, much like a lemon merengue pie. Some wheat, some tropical fruit, and a touch of marshmallow.

T: taste turns fairly tart, almost sour, but there is also a mildly componet. Its more like the tart-sourness of an Unripe piece of fruit rather than the acetic tartness of a wild ale. Wheat, lemon, mango, with a bit of dry wood on the back end.

M: lighter bodied. Moderate carbonation. Mild bitterness. Moderate dryness.

O: eh, a decent beer. I like the tropical notes, but they really don't seem to mesh well with the wheat. Drinkable and tasty, but lacks cohesiveness.

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Photo of Jonada
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden straw yellow color with 3 fingers of a white fluffy head. Decent retention and lacing. Body is slightly hazy.

Smell: Lots of tropical fruits. Mango, pineapple, peach, grassy.

Taste: A lot more piney than the aroma, but other than that it follows the nose closely. More mango and tropical fruits, grapefruit, light malt sweetness and a hint of wheat.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft mouthfeel, with medium levels of soft carbonation. Mild lingering bitterness.

Overall: Wow, this really exceeded my expectations. Flying Fish could have brewed an average beer and slapped the FU Sandy label on it and it still would have sold well. Instead they made the extra effort and brewed a damn good beer that I would definitely have again.

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Photo of CassinoNorth
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of krs0123
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden pour with nice lacing. Floral hop forward with slight bitter finishes that completes quickly. Grassy hop flavor throughout. Notes of grapefruit. Pretty perfect carbonation for the style. Very drinkable...nice on a hot day like today.

For a good cause and it tastes good. Cheers....

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of gr0g
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

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