Flying Fish Brewing Company is located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and in a state that once boasted 50 breweries, it’s the first microbrewery in Southern New Jersey. From its opening in late 1996, Flying Fish has tripled its capacity and became the largest of the approximate 20 craft breweries in the state. Forever Unloved Sandy (or “FU” Sandy) is a special offering from the brewery, and all proceeds go to rebuilding New Jersey after the devastating effects of Super Storm Sandy.
This American Pale Wheat pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. The two finger white head is soft and fluffy like a cloud. It shows decent retention and dissipates to a nice lacing both on top the beer and the sides of the glass.
The nose shows a bouquet of fruity aromas mainly dominated by tropical and stone fruits like apricots, peaches, mangos and guava. There is a definitive “wheaty” aroma that adds depth and helps carry the fruit notes. There is also a great deal of notable hop aromas. While you can pick up on piney and citrus (grapefruit) notes the grassy notes dominate the hop profile.
On the palate you revisit most of what the nose offered. There are light fruit notes which become more focused on the stone fruit, specifically the apricot, although the tropical notes are still detectable. That signature “wheaty” note gives the beer a refreshing quality that conjures up a feeling of summer at the Jersey Shore. The hops are actually the dominating force on the palate. A hint of piney hops transform to citrusy hops on the midpalate. From there on out grassy and vegetal hop notes take over and continue through the finish. There is a bitterness that hits around the midpalate, continuing to the finish but does not linger beyond that.
Forever Unloved Sandy is a refreshing and well crafted beer, perfect for the summer months. While the beer is worth trying, supporting the cause it was created for makes it a no brainer. A great pair for lemon chicken, crab cakes or people who are proving they are “stronger than the storm.”
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Pints out of 5
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