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Farmhouse Summer Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Summer AleFarmhouse Summer Ale

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478 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 12
Gots: 32 | 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:
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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Reviews by dacrza1:
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New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev -0.6%

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....

07-08-2013 02:37:40 | More by dacrza1
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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

06-09-2003 11:19:21 | More by oberon
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

06-29-2012 22:41:01 | More by DavyJones
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3.9/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

12-01-2005 23:07:37 | More by chOAKbarrell
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

05-19-2004 01:03:21 | More by shapudding
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3.8/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

10-21-2008 01:00:13 | More by Jason
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

07-25-2014 19:34:23 | More by tylerbrowe
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

01-24-2012 12:15:00 | More by mdtnelson
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

07-24-2013 21:36:18 | More by KOP_Beer_OUtlet
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

11-21-2012 01:46:45 | More by KaitLee
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

07-26-2013 17:14:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +10.1%

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

05-09-2009 22:25:35 | More by SPRichard
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3.58/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

05-07-2011 19:53:32 | More by ianjsullivan
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

09-01-2012 21:33:38 | More by DarrellK
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3.03/5  rDev -12.9%

(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.

08-31-2010 03:03:41 | More by rhoadsrage
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -13.8%

06-06-2014 22:12:56 | More by acurtis
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

04-25-2013 23:44:23 | More by JMS1512
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

05-19-2012 03:28:44 | More by ksiazewski
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3.3/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

05-14-2012 12:05:30 | More by mdaschaf
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New Jersey

2.4/5  rDev -31%

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!!

04-26-2004 20:29:54 | More by NJpadreFan
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

08-22-2013 17:08:14 | More by Varkias41
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

04-15-2012 23:58:03 | More by Jordanbryan10
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

04-07-2012 12:51:00 | More by thefireman
Photo of emsroth

New York

3.8/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

07-13-2010 00:32:08 | More by emsroth
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-31-2012 02:14:22 | More by whatname
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Farmhouse Summer Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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