Farmhouse Summer Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Summer AleFarmhouse Summer Ale

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532 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 16
Gots: 60 | 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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Ratings: 532 | Reviews: 201
Reviews by Ieatlambfries:
Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a Flying Fish tulip. This Saison poured a surprisingly clear dark gold. Smallish off white head of dense bubbles that raised about one half inch before sudsing away. Little to no lace, but a blanket of bubbles with each sip that fades with barely a trace.

There are some herbal earthy notes in the nose. Paired with a definite hop spiciness.

Very strait forward taste. Spicy and herbal hops. A definite citrus rind tang. Faint fruit undertones, particularly apricot and sour peach, which ends with a grainy slightly dry finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Some carbonation bite. Clean on the palate, drinkable. No overwhelming flavors here, yet enough to keep you interested. Very sessionable brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light yellow color with lighter head than what I expected,aroma was pretty spicey along with some powdered sugar notes.Taste was nicely balanced with some spicey notes with a nice light malty ending.Nice and refreshing and very drinkable,would buy again.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant darker golden color. Lots of malt in the nose. The taste is pretty solid. At first sip it seems like it is going to be too carbonated, but it smooths out considerably at the finish. The saison yeast is less noticeable in this beer than in other saisons I have had. To me, that's a good thing. A nicely crisp and refreshing beer. I would like to try it again next summer.

Photo of shapudding
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap, clear and golden with no head. Nice citrus and grainy scent. Very balanced and clean with hoppy overtones. Have been on a brewery tour at Flying Fish and know their process to be heavily filtered and highly refined, this shows through alot in this brew. Very nice drinkability, great session beer.

Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Perhaps the first totally filtered Farmhouse Ale I have ever run into, pour a clear pale golden yellow color with a sturdy two fingers of white head that show good retention. A little fruit and medicinal with a dry cracker graininess and herbal hop in the nose. Crisp and smooth with a fluffy moderate sized body. Dry and mild biscuit and cracker maltiness becomes a little grassy middle to end. Hops go a little lemon with a slight bitterness upfront. Yeast drops some vague exotic fruit and medicinal pheonls on the taste buds for good measure. Finishes very dry and refreshing.

I thought it would have lost a ton of flavor and character being filtered and such but this ended up being a pretty solid Farmhouse Ale. On the light side but it makes up for that with its superb drinkability.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of SPRichard
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge fan of Flying Fish releases but this one really was a pleasant surprise. Had on draft at the P.O.P.E.

light yellow with a well represented head that leaves a good amount of lacing

not much going on in the nose, but i'm here to drink it not smell it

highly drinkable with a thin mouthfeel and almost sour apple taste...very refreshing and could easily put away a few of these in one sitting...excellent summer beer to kill some time with

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz poured into a mug.

A: Pours a light gold with a thick white, foamy head.

S: Some citrus (mostly lemon), a little purple cough syrup, and some yeasty aroma.

T: Starts out with a little sweet fruit then quickly adds a slight biscuit flavor. The hops, mostly lemon, control the finish with a mild graininess.

M: Light and on the dry side.

O: This is a light beer that does not have an extreme amount of flavor. However, it is a summer beer. This beer has high drinkability. More to the point, it is an easy to drink beer that still has some nice flavor. There is some fruit, mild biscuit, and crispness from the hops. It is on the drier side, but the hops are not as aggressive as an IPA or even a pilsner. It would be a perfect accompaniment on a hot summer day or with a nice crisp salad.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow hue with a lumpy light beige head that soon fades. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.
S- The clean aroma has a soapy quality with a very light lemon note in the finish. No yeasty character noticed.
T- The soft dry pale malt flavor has a corn note and a biscuit malt hint. The finish is a very slight hop hint with a larger sulfur quality that lingers as a dry taste for a bit.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a dry fizz.
D- This beer has a very light and lagered flavor to it with no yeast character or depth at all. There were no offensive or off flavors but I don't think I would work at their farm for long.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
3.48/5  rDev 0%
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....

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.38/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale

Appearance- a light yellow with a weak fizzy head.
Smell- light. slighty wheaty with a hint of citrus.
Taste- very watery. I detect straw/hay with a weak citrus bite.
Mouthfeel- bitter up front with a watery bland taste in the end.

Overall- Too weak, too watery, and what little taste wasn't that pleasant. Not horrible but not worth drinking. My summer won't be wasted on this. Sorry Flying Fish!!

Photo of emsroth
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

app: fluffy white head that fades to a solid lace. Gold with high, but not perfect clarity.

Smell: Strong hoppy aroma. Floral, fruity with creamy citrus and a slight bite. Perhaps a touch of malt, but mostly hops.

Taste: Now I see where this comes in as an american blonde. It is DRY DRY DRy! And i like it like that. Very dry malt with some husk. Ends with herbal hop dryness. Could use a bit more sweetness and flavor upfront. Also, as a "farmhouse ale," it could use more funk, but it is still an enjoyable beer.

Medium body with standard carbonation.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, light yellowish-gold body with a bright white head that seems to want to rise out of the glass - very highly effervescent. The flumes of quick-rising, tiny bubbles add to the appearance. The head is big-bubbled at first, but holds well and leaves some very good lace. After the initial pour has settled, the bubbles become smaller. The aroma is interesting: citrus - mainly lemony, a gentle peppery spiciness, some herbal & grassy notes, very soft summer fruit - crushed raspberry, perhaps?, and a very slight acetic note. The body is light with a highly effervescent carbonation that gives a zesty mouthfeel and makes the beer appear bigger than it is. The flavor offers a gentle malt sweetness that's well balanced by hop bitterness, a light spiciness, and the bite of the CO2. It finishes with a mouth-coating citrusy malt that lingers for some time, and some residual pockets of bitterness. Light but interesting, with some very nice character. Refreshing and enjoyable. Well done. With the addition of some yeast characteristics, this could be exceptionally nice.

Photo of socon67
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours golden yellow with an active white foam head. Some visible carbonation.

S - Has a skunky smell that reminded me of Moosehead lagers. Also some earthy spice after it settled a bit.

T - As mentioned by others this says "Framhouse" on the label but this is certianly no saison. Some sweet notes of fruit combined with a spicy finish.

M - Relatively light, but it is well balanced and smooth for the summer.

O - Not impressive, but just a deviant of the other summer seasonal craft offerings out there.

Photo of tempest
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A single bottle brought home from Liberty St. Tavern.

I'd call this beer a small saison as the body and flavor are considerably lighter than the heavy hitters of the saison style. Still it has a pleasant and crisp body with mild biscuit malts and a smattering of hops and Belgian spice. A simple but tasty summer beer. I'd take this over Sam Adams Summer Ale on a hot day.

Photo of beerluvr
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Features a barely off-white head, clear brassy/golden liquid. Lager-like maltiness and lightly fruity nose. Flavors of biscuity chewy malt mix with a pleasant yeasty fruitiness then flowery hoppy bitterness rounds things out just right. Lively carbonation on the tongue. Finishes bitter with some dryness on the palate. A great session ale due to it's low alcohol content.

Photo of nickd717
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. This is really more of an American blond ale IMO. It's very good for that style but not so great for a saison, so I'll rate it as a hybrid of sorts. Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head and decent lacing. Aroma is wheat, citrus, light spice, and grain. Flavor is wheat, pale malt, grain, citrus, and light fruits. Palate is clean and crisp with fairly light body and medium carbonation. Drinkability is high since this is so light with somewhat mild flavors. Finally, let me say it again: if you're looking for a true-to-style saison, this is not the beer for you. If you just mowed the lawn on a 90 degree day, sure, it'll work.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale. straw-yellow color with a big white head that leaces nice lacing down the glass. Smell is an earthy, grassy straw smell with a hint of spiciness like corriander or clove. The taste is grassy and straw-like malt with a cloying spiciness from maybe saaz hops that has hints of corrainder. A pretty basic saison, but a good summertime brew thats crisp and refreshing, but nothing extraordinary or exciting.

Photo of bditty187
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Translucent yellow hue, wispy white head, thin, quick to collapse to a soapy residue… far from visually appealing. No lace. The nose is lean with soft lemon hints, wheat (maybe?), floral and grassy influences… the aroma is apathetic. Light palate, with lovely hints of spice, pepper, lemon, grass, hay… the finish is slightly dry… very refreshing! Minimal aftertaste. It is most worthy of its ‘summer ale’ moniker… most enjoyable to quaff. Medium-light body, ideal low carbonation, smooth and easy to drink… what a session beer this one would make. This beer has a niche… I’d love to imbibe in this one again.

Photo of nms1987
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty disappointing stuff.

Pour an amber/gold color with a seltzer watery looking head that doesn't stay long.

A little spiciness on the nose but not a whole lot going on aromatically. On the palate it has a bit of nice tart character but this stuff isn't very interesting at all.
Its refreshing and easy drinking but not much more.

Not bad, but not good.

Photo of tjd112
4.34/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is from notes I compiled last summer. I poured this into a generic pintglass. Appearance is golden colour with good lacing and good head retention. Smell and taste is a good amount of citrus, grains, spices, malts, hops, and bread. Mouthfeel is refreshingly light to medium bodied, and this is a very drinkable brew for those who like citrus and need a fine lawnmower beer.

Photo of trappistlover
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge). Pours hazy golden color with white head. I thought this might be a saison, but it doesn’t appear to be once I opened it. Aroma has banana, spice and other notes that make this see a bit like a hefeweizen. Maybe a little apricot there as well. Taste is sweet with some bitterness on the end. Pretty well balanced. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Lightly bitter finish. A refreshing and easy-to-drink beer on a hot day (like it is here now).

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Austin's in Reading, PA

Clear yellow in color with a white head. It was not well retained, but that could have been due to the pour more so than the beer.

Aroma was good, cross between a light saison aroma and a pale wheat ale or maybe just a pale ale.

Taste was light, more pale wheat than anything, and certainly not a good representation of a saison.

Much lighter body than expected for the style, but still smooth, pretty easy to drink. Overall, the score probably suffered a little due to when I was drinking it, I thought it was a pale ale or a pale wheat ale., but overall, not a bad beer, I would probably order again.

Photo of philipquarles
2.44/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap. Pours clear gold with a small, fizzy white head that disappears instantly and leaves no trace. Smells incredibly faint; light malt with some light fruit. A bit floral, but that's a reach. Tastes of tangy wheat and sugary sweetness. Little/no hop presence, save for a hint at the finish. Light, fizzy feel. This doesn't even bare a passing resemblance to a proper saison; on top of that, it's too sweet to enjoy.

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Farmhouse Summer Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.