Founded in 1996, Flying Fish Brewery is the largest craft brewery in New Jersey. Located in Somerdale NJ, Flying Fish produces a wide range of year-round offerings, along with a variety of seasonal specialties.
The folks here are truly committed to brewing their award-winning beer in the most environmentally friendly way possible. To honor 350 years of brewing history, Flying Fish created an Anniversary brew named NJ350. The historic style is an English stock ale, brewed with blacks-strap molasses and an array of traditional English malts and barley, finished with American hops, including Simcoe, Centennial and Cluster, the first variety of hop grown in the United States.
The beer pours a clear golden amber. When viewed in the light, bright orange hues seem to glow in the glass. The generous, soapy two finger off white head shows decent retention before dissipating to a light scattered lacing.
Hop aromas of pine and citrus, dominated by grapefruit lead. Following the hop aromas are sweet caramel, bready and malty notes. Rich molasses aromas are notable as well and add depth to the bouquet.
On the palate the English malts hit first providing a rich, toasty punch with a sweet caramel balance. The malt flavors give way to hoppy notes of grapefruit and pine resin. While the pine dominates the grapefruit notes add complexity to the hop profile. They malts return with a tinge of the hops for the finish where the rich sweet flavor of molasses dominates and linger through the otherwise malt laden finish.
NJ350 definitely has an “old school” taste to it. The beer shows remarkable balance and complexity. This would be a great pair for Stilton, beer battered fish and chips or molasses gingerbread cookies.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Pints out of 5
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