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Farmhouse Summer Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company

Farmhouse Summer AleFarmhouse Summer Ale

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406 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%

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

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
A tribute to the highly drinkable "every day" beers from French-speaking Belgium. Contains Belgian two-row pale malt and 7% wheat. This beer is lightly filtered with an earthy, spicy hop character from imported Styrian Goldings hops and a beautiful rich creamy head from the wheat.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001)
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Photo of malloyca

District of Columbia

3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold appearance, with nice lacing. Floral aromas of yeast, followed by some grain and stone fruits. Good mouth feel, with medium body and nice effervescence. Bone dry taste with a tight, hoppy finish. This is a very solid beer and great for summer session drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 22:24:32 | More by malloyca
Photo of icehawk

South Carolina

2.4/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle (best by 8.7.13)

Appearance: Cloudy straw with fine white head

Aroma: Plums, yeast

Taste: A bit bread-like, white bread that is

Palate: Lots of carbonation making it mouth filling despite it's relatively light body. A bit spicy on the tongue

Overall: Not much flavor or discernable qualities

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 19:15:06 | More by icehawk
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3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at Total Wine Reno, unrefrigerated and warm on the aisle. At least one of those buffoons didn't try and convince me that this beer was made by the Bruery too!

Pours out looking completely as expected, a minimally colored, yellow beer with 1/2" white head on the top. Aroma of grainy ness, wheat escapes me, doesn't come off as farmhouse, just a plain blonde ale.

Taste, a little more bitterness, less funkiness than it should have. Hops didn't come out in the aroma or taste, but the bitterness is probably from hops, its a little metallic, doesn't lend itself to the usual fruit or pine descriptors with hops. Mouthfeel is clean, wouldn't say refreshing, the yeast profile is kind of strong on this one.

Average all the way around.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 17:14:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear and light gold in colour with a typical lager like thin white head and faint lacing.

The aromas are of sweet pale malt, biscuity and mildly fruity (pear and some lemon) yeast, some light notes of honey and maybe some grassy hops albeit very light just as the lemon is.

It's a pretty well balance between earthy hoppiness and pale malt sweetness aided by lemon and honey. It's delicious and very well done. The finish borders on dry with a mild lingering hop bitterness with faint notes of pepper. This is a good beer!

The mouthfeel is smooth and the body light, but not watery like I have read. The carbonation is medium or just over, but not hot in the least.

Overall, I feel this beer meets all the criteria of an American Blond Ale and many of a Farmhouse Ale as well as they seem similar and in that respect I am going to give it high marks. To add to that, the extreme pleasantness of this beer is also going to get it a great score and I don't see why it has gotten lower scores on Beer Advocate but I am going to give it a solid 4 out of 5.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 00:28:55 | More by WissBrauSean
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New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Date tasted: July 7, 2013... Glassware: Rare Vos shaker... Occasion: lazy Sunday, post mattress-shopping peace....Appearance: nice golden copper body with subtle effervescence; white sudsy lacing--a good start... Aroma: lemony zest on top of a crisp, clean hop aroma; some lawn mower clippings are hinted at... Palate: medium-bodied, with a presence late at the throat; a pillow-quality body, perfect for this heat... Taste: not much in the way of complexity; grassy notes at the end with some herbal/floral hints--but oddly maltier than a saison usually is... Overall: a low alcohol (4.6 ABV) allows this to be a pleasant pre-lawn mowing brew; the overall experience is within its genre....

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 02:37:40 | More by dacrza1
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North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. pretty clear yellow/gold pour. Thin layer of white but retains fairly well.

Aroma, quite bready with some caramel.

Taste, not nearly as sweet as the aroma. Well balanced light grain bread, some herbal spice and hop notes. Fades fairly quickly.

Nothing über complex but very drinkable. Just slightly dry. Good level of carbonation. I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 01:53:40 | More by Bung
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color. White foam forms with good staying power. Aroma of earthy herbs, honey bread and spicy house proprietary yeast. In the taste, more of the same with some lemongrass, peppercorn and bread. Lightly tangy, well balanced, and somewhat light. Had good flavor on a light to medium bodied ale. Well carbonated. Overall, this is a nice session ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2013 19:55:22 | More by Stinkypuss
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2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a stunningly clear straw color. The head is a one finger white shade. It doesn't have the best retention, and only leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. Love the clarity, though.

S: The maltiness doesn't provide much - maybe a touch of crackery malt - and the hops used are very earthy in their tones. There really isn't much of anything on the nose, good or bad.

T: Again, there isn't too much here. A touch of wheat and cracker opens things up - and I mean a touch. The feeble malt base allows the hops to shine through, providing some finishing earthy, mildly sour notes. I was skeptical of the farmhouse label (and doubly skeptical when taking its clarity into consideration), but at the end of the day, I do notice a touch of funkiness, if only because it's hop-derived.

M: Certainly, it's a crisp, dry brew, one that's vibrantly carbonated and refreshing. I feel it's not really interesting enough to inspire great drinkability, but it goes down easily enough.

O: I'm not sure where the 'farmhouse' term comes from here - the yeast is way too clean/subdued. As a simple blond ale, though, it's okay. I wouldn't pick it up again, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 22:28:25 | More by ThisWangsChung
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New York

3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are very light aromas of wheat and lemon citrus in the nose.
T: The taste has a bit of sweetness along with notes of lemons and hints of bready malts. No hops are detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has some thirst-quenching properties. It's definitely sessionable and I would have no problem knocking back a few of these on a summer day. The overall taste is pretty good when compared to other beers in this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 01:18:20 | More by metter98
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A : Hazy yellow in color, a two finger head at the top that left no lacing around the glass.

S : A lemon aroma that is very strong, almost nothing else. A slight note of spices and grassyness.

T: Nothing special, very watery and easy to drink. Lots of citrus and spice on this one.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation, easy drinker.

D : Nothing crazy about this brew, just an easy drinker and very simple.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 20:52:58 | More by thedoubler55
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out very bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better choices within the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 01:00:31 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very clean golden yellow pour with a very minimal amount of head. smells fruity (strawberry), bready, and citrusy (orange/lemon peels). there is a taste of fresh apples up front followed by a slight funky bitterness (from the yeast i assume). light body with high carbonation, still has a creamy feel to it and is very crisp and refreshing. there isn't much in the taste department aside from sweet and fruity, but it's a simple beer like this that i can find myself going back to next year and making it my summer go-to beer (especially with this price tag.. )

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 05:17:22 | More by facundoCNB
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3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky light orange with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, wheat, yeast, and some spice aromas. Taste is much the same but the flavors are pretty mild overall. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is drinkable but not something I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 01:53:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1384th Review on BA
Bottle to Small Tulip

No bottle date

Purchased from Total Wine, Las Vegas for $1.79

App- A more golden orange with a nice one finger head, small retention and lace. Had a nice look to it.

Smell- Weird mix on this. Small blonde ale malty notes with a unique take on trying to be a saison. Thicker grass and earthiness.

Taste- Grassy for days with a grainular citrus and malty combo. Just didnt take well to the flavor profile being mixed. Pretty average beer.

Mouth- A bit thicker with a medium body and a medium full carbonation. Had residual earthy, lemony malts. Needs to be more crisp.

Drink- It was less than $2, wont be back to this one, but wasnt the worst beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 04:21:44 | More by FosterJM
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3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Not so fresh or pleasant. Pilsner and Vienna malt, bitter lemon.

Appearance: Yellow-ish gold. High clarity. Tons of rising bubbles. Heads pours thick, pale which, very creamy. Good retention and lacing.

Taste: Loads of bitter pilsner malt. Some spicy black pepper. Mild to medium sulfur.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Chalky. Finishes very dry. Low carbonation.

Overall: Tastes better than it smells. Too bitter. A freshness date would have helped here.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 00:45:26 | More by soulfly1492
Photo of mactrail


3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A wisp of a beer with a bitterish twang. Golden clear color with a modest head. A light resiny scent.

For a light beer, I like these Belgian-tinged blonde ales. It seems like the very pale brews could use a little yeast and a hint of the bitters. This one is a little anemic, but quite a pleasant quaff. A little hoppiness. Dry and tangy.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at the Foodery in Philadelphia.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 02:14:24 | More by mactrail
Photo of Halcyondays


3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from the Total Wine,

A: Pours a deep goldenrod with a medium white head, solid retention.

S: Grass and some herbs, hint of farmhouse.

T: Grassy flavours with some citrus. Light malt character. Not particularly robust.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, clean, a refreshing beverage.

O: An easy drinking summer beer, not really much to it, but it'll get the job done, enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 19:38:10 | More by Halcyondays
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3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Pickled Pig. Review from notes.

A: Pours a golden orange color with a small white fizzy head on top. Not much retention or lacing.

S: Faint citrus, mostly lemon, with a little bit of banana. A little grainy malt as well.

T: More light citrus fruit, some grass, and a little bit of bready malt.

M: Light to medium bodied wit medium carbonation. Pretty smooth and crisp.

O: A decent beer, probably not one I would be inclined to grab again though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2012 12:05:30 | More by mdaschaf
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North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium copper color with a 1/4 inch head that bears little retention time before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a patch of bubbles in the middle of the surface surrounded by wispy foam. Sudsy, jagged ring of lacing.

S- Crisp with sweet, buttery malts which is uncommon for a saison. A touch of yeast.

T- Slightly fruity and the saison yeast comes through a bit more in the flavor, but the malt is the key player in this bringing more sweetness and overall body to the flavor. Barely any alcohol detected, as expected. A hint of sulfur.

M- Slightly tangy and very light. Medium carbonation.

O- As far as "summer ales" go, it's not bad. But, as far as farmhouse ales go, it's not very good. One of Flying Fish's less-than-interesting brews.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 01:09:41 | More by Immortale25
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3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Brilliant light gold with a thin white head, very little retention. No lace.

Light malty aroma with a bit of citrus hop.

A little bit of lemon and orange citrus over a nice broad maltiness.

Light bodied and refreshing.

When I see farmhouse on a label, I tend to think saison. This is just a drinkable american ale. It works as a lawnmower beer for sure, and is quite nice in that respect, but the name is misleading.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 18:06:06 | More by MrOH
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New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with a foamy, long lasting white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of pale malt and grassy hops. Body is medium and crisp. Light, grassy, earthy hops and biscuit malt fill the mouth. Sweet malt gives way to drying hops in the finish. Nice brew for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 21:54:59 | More by mikeg67
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4.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy orange/brown color with a two finger head, good lacing and fairly heavy carbonation.

The smell is of straw/yeast, sweet malts, orange lemon and pepper.

The taste follows the nose with first the malts then a yeast taste followed by orange, lemon, pears? then spicy peppery hops.

The mouthfeel is crisp and spicy a little bready and chewy, probably due to the heavy presence of yeast and malts.

Overall I would call this a winner. This is a good balance of malts, yeast, fruits and hops. I can see myself drinking more of this when the summer arrives and the weather turns hot.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 21:40:45 | More by microbrewlover
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North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a murky medium yellow with some light brown highlights and a small creamy white head that reduced down to just a few small puddles that clung to the glass leaving behind some fair lacing.

The aroma had a slight funkiness to it along with a mild grain malt, a floral hop and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, citrus and a mild peppery spice.

The taste was refreshingly yeasty and a bit funky with notes of citrus and caramel in the beginning and then became a bit malty and slightly bitter with a hint of spice at the end. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a strong yeasty, citrus flavor that faded slowly leaving behind remnants of a peppery spice.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a dry watery texture and an almost fizzy carbonation.

Overall a nice mildly bold yeasty brew with a good mix of flavors creating this yeasty, spicy, citrusy beer that is rather tasty...

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 23:00:46 | More by KajII
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3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a fluted glass, nice big 1-2inch head that clings very nicely, color is gold, no carbonation.

Smell is grains and malt, sweetly based, hint of hop bitterness.

Taste is smooth, easy drinking, nice solid malt sweetness, not to thin, hints of graininess, backed up by a nice hop bitterness but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is great, hints at the crispness of a pilsner but the sweetness takes over, which is good and solid summer beer taste.

Overall, a great brew that I have not had in a while and finally got around to tasting. To grainy and sweet for pils crispness, but probably one of the better 'summer' ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 01:20:28 | More by mvanaskie13
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Quebec (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma consists of lightly sweet malt base with light dry hoppy notes. Taste is also an OK mix between some light dry hoppy notes with a sweet malt base and some very subtle fruity ester. Body is average with good carbonation. Drinks easily though lacks character overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 17:29:11 | More by Phyl21ca
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Farmhouse Summer Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.