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Farmhouse Summer Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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200 Reviews
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Reviews: 200
Hads: 547
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 16
Gots: 77 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001

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.
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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Scored this one in Reno at the Total Wine. Pretty warm that day on the unrefrigerated aisle.

Pours out looking as you'd expect for a blonde ale, pretty uninteresting, mild color yellow, 1/2" white head on it. Grainy, the belgian yeast doesn't stand out at all on this one.

A little more bitterness than expected, less funkiness or belgian phenols than expected. Hops didn't come out in the aroma or taste, but the bitterness is probably from the hops, its a tad metallic in the mouthfeel, doesn't give itself the usual fruit or pine descriptors when purveying into the hop field. Clean mouthfeel, but not really refreshing either. The yeast profile is just weird, can't make up its mind what beer it wants to be. Kinda average all the way around for me.

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Photo of chapeti
4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank a few of these in a "session", so I don't really know what the rating numbers mean that I picked. All I know is that this is the most drinkable, reshreshing, enjoyable beer I've had all summer. Goes down smooth and tasty leaving me wanting more, and I did have more. I'm so sick of over hopped beers that this was a much needed change and I'll go out and get a bunch more tomorrow. Drink well, my friends!

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a hazy pale yellow color with a nice little one finger white foamy head that dissipated immediately.
The smell takes some lemon juice and brings in a nice earthy/herbal quality running over some light black pepper notes. Gentle sweet fruits slyly give way to a nice balance all around.
The taste melds the lemon juice, earthy/herbal qualities to the black pepper in a stealthy spicy sort of way.
The mouthfeel is about a light on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light in this one. Sweet to semi-tangy fruity notes slide over my tongue.
Overall, this was a nice surprise. I'm unfamiliar with the company and am unsure how this bottle was found in a bottle shop out here in ID. I see there's nothing else by them. I'm curious...

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Photo of Boto
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draught: this one pours a fairly clear coppery color. There was a small off white head that left minimal lacing. Good aroma! A touch of rye and citrus hops. The taste is good. A good balance of rye, citrus hops and malts. Nice.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Interesting light brew. Fruity aroma as well as some floral esters. Taste is peppery, lemony and yeasty. A nice drinkable brew for warm weather. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.35/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I got it on tap a bit late for the season, but I thought it to be a good, crisp, tasty brew. I'd definitely get it again. It's very smooth going down.

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Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

This may be a bit light in the abv department for a Saison, but it has all the Saison elements. Pours a mostly clear gold color with a good size white bubbly head. Some lacing on the glass

Aroma is pretty good, lemon zest, Belgian yeast and a little funk. Taste is fairly mild for a Saison, but has the yeast, lemon and most important, a bit of musty, barnyard type funk.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. I could see this as an an every day "go to" summer beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle with BB 9-22-14 into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden color with a tiny white foam head. The head fades superfast leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite light overall with some smells of wheat and biscuit along with some lighter smells of a fruit sweetness which are mainly of a pear and lemon aroma. Along with these smells comes a very light grassy smell as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit taste and light fruit flavor of peach and pear. The peach and pear fruit flavors are later lost, being replaced by some other sweet flavors of a caramel and light candied sugar nature. Along with the transition in the sweet, there is also a transition in the malt with more wheat flavors and a cracker flavor coming to the tongue at the expense of the biscuit. With a light grassy and lemon flavor that comes to the tongue at the end of the taste, it leaves one with a muddled malty and sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For the low abv. of the brew, the body is average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather low. The moderate thickness is fairly decent for the mix of malt, sweet, and light grass flavors of the brew, but the lower carbonation is not really appropriate for the brew, taking away the crispness and refreshing character that the beer should have.

Overall – Ah… A very lack luster beer. Nothing was all that great.. A rather weak look and very little aroma with the flavors never really find a balance and the body was a bit off for me. Not one I will likely do again.

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Photo of malloyca
3.65/5  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.

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Photo of icehawk
2.43/5  rDev -29.8%
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

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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....

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Photo of Bung
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
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.. )

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Farmhouse Summer Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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