Tasting: June 3, 2016
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer #: 964
The brewery’s Cherry Hill location is tucked on the western borders of New Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia. It’s a cross-state trek to the Jersey Shore so, the brewery’s retro boardwalk icons and Jersey shore references are a bit of a mystery that I feel compelled to solve. Thanks to the legwork of a newspaper journalist, the answer comes from the brewery owner herself – Jamie Queli. The interview reveals that Queli is a Wall Township native and she wanted to bring a slice of her Jersey shore upbringing to her brewery’s brand. One other thing from the internet interview that hit hit home with me was that Queli noted she was a big fan of Australian and New Zealand hops – me too. If that’s the case, I’ll have to monitor future releases.
Forgotten Boardwalk opened in 2014 on the site of the former Flying Fish brewery. While the building had housed a brewery, it needed new equipment and all the necessary approvals. In less than two years, we started to see cans from this brewery on many local shelves including Gary’s in Wayne, NJ. I did miss this release last time around and heard quite a few nice things about this beer.
While the term “pocket trick” sounds like something for the urban dictionary, the label tells us a story of boardwalk performers astounding walk-by audiences with card tricks.
Really solid beer. Big tropical punch of peaches and mangoes with enough grapefruit bitterness to balance it out. Really lush and syrupy mouthfeel but very drinkable. Not quite a juice bomb but certainly on the doorstep. I liked it a lot – 93 points. In my opinion, definitely a New Jersey brewery to keep an eye on.