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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 Stinkypuss


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
Photo of thedoubler55

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
Photo of mdaschaf


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
Photo of bigfnjoe


3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint glass

A- pours a very pale shade of yellow with a quick fading, one finger white head. Would have liked to have seen more of a head

S- aroma gives me a lot of lemons....smells pretty good

T- very crisp flavor of lemons and some grassy hops as well. Almost like a saison

M- body is very, very thin...about appropriate for a summer beer

O- very easy drinking summer beer, real sessionable too

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2011 20:34:28 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of Antikythera

New York

3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at Jack Duggan's in Philadelphia International Airport, terminal A East, along with buffalo shrimp and fries. Saw it on the tap and just had to have it.

Appearance: dull gold, a little foggy, a little creamy head.

Smell: you know, I don't really remember. A little yeasty. Nothing special.

Taste: nice, a little spicier and more complex than most summer ales.

Mouthfeel: creamy. Again, pleasantly odd for a summer ale.

Overall: I'd get this again if I saw it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 03:31:54 | More by Antikythera
Photo of KAP1356


3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Barnaby's. Presented in a pint glass...

A - Light blonde color with a nice 1 finger white head that slowly fades to a cap.

S - Hops and malt. Nothing special going on here.

T - Taste is nice and refreshing. Spicy with some clove and hop being the most pronounced flavors.

M - Nice effervesence and crispness. Lighter bodied.

O - Nice beer for the summer, but other than that, nothing else going on here. I can see why it was the special for the night at $2.50 a pint.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2011 16:24:41 | More by KAP1356
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz pint glass on tap at the Cloverleaf Tavern on 7/7/11.

Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale pours a brilliantly clear sunshine yellow. There's a bit of wispy white foam sitting atop the beer, but it vanishes without a trace pretty quickly. The nose has some of grainy sweetness, but almost smells a bit like some corn product was used as an adjunct. There's also a small earthy-noble hop note to the aroma. The flavor is almost identical, same grain, corn, and hoppy points get hit on. Bitterness is pretty much nonexistent mid palate. If anything I'd say the hops are just a touch more present here (to the beer's credit), but it's really not enough of a difference that I can bump taste up to the next score. The body is surpremely light, makes it very drinkable/thirst quenching for the hot weather. The carbonation, if measured in volumes, would probably be a bit on the low side. However, when paired with this thin (and I say that with no negative connotation) body, it definitely pops a little and adds some liveliness. The great mouthfeel makes me wish the flavor profile was a little more fine tuned on Flying Fish's Farmhouse Summer Ale, because I think then it would make close to an ideal summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 01:48:51 | More by axeman9182
Photo of micromaniac129


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

Had this draft at TJ Smiths the other night.
IT is a golden straw colored beer with about an avg size head thats bright white. Faded pretty quickly leaving some lacing.
Carbonation was low.

Aroma was mainly of hops, which were slightly spicy and some malts.

Taste is spicy and with some very sutle hints of cloves.
Light mouthfeel

A pretty desent beer spicy and dry. I would like to fry this from a bottle for comparison purposes because I can taste so off flavors I'm sure are tap line related.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2011 12:38:34 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in a pint glass at a local bar.

There was a half a finger head when it was served. There was a very wispy head. I didn't pick up much from the foam.

The beer is the perfect light yellow of a summer beer.

This is the perfect beer for lounging on the back porch in the evening on a summer day. I thought it was very refreshing.

There were some fruit notes in the taste. I picked up pear and some light spice.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 23:31:12 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of Rifugium


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

First had: ? (possibly on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA)

A fresh ale that I've seen described as both a blonde ale and a saison. Pours yellow-gold, slightly hazy, with a white head that gets thin rather quickly. Grains and hay in the nose. Grassy with light, floral hops in the taste, and slight tones of light fruits, melons, and the like. Light-medium mouthfeel, and generally pleasant drinkability. Good for a session, but not something I'd go for often.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 21:18:26 | More by Rifugium
Photo of xnicknj


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

on tap at devils alley in philly. review from notes.

Displays a light, creamy head, but almost instantly disappears with little to no retention. The lacing around the glass is minimal, and the beer is a light golden color with a decent amount of carbonation.

The aroma is very light, with a freshness to it, but easy on the hops and spice as nothing really jumps out during the initial impression.

Begins with a hint of fruit, and a touch of spiciness. Some straw is in there as well, as a mild sweetness peeks through in the middle. Finished off with a faint bitterness and dryness.

There is a noticeable bubbly, yet smooth feel, and lighter body. Pretty easy drinking, but not incredibly impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2010 17:13:05 | More by xnicknj
Photo of LordAdmNelson


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

Not terribly impressed by this beer, though I was duped by it not being a saison/farmhouse ale (just ordered it randomly). Appears a light yellow beer with a bit of white head. Smell is faint, some yeast, some lemon, some zing to it, but also a bit of what smells like corn or something. Taste is the same way, crisp, clean, with some lemon, but the corny taste sticks around. It's like a craft version of a macro, if that makes sense. I'm just not a huge fan of blonde ales I guess. Medium to light mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Good drinkability if only because it was light and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2010 02:34:17 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of mrgrinch

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a very yellow beer, with a nice refreshing color. Not heavily carbonated though it had a nice head when it was presented by the server. (This beer was served on tap in a pint glass).

Smell - Fresh smelling with many aromas. Not boring.

Taste - This beer has plenty of flavor. None of which I can put my finger on. I am not a fan of most summer beers because of their typical fruitiness. This beer certainly does not taste fruity. Not simple and boring, but instead a crisp and zingy taste.

Mouthfeel - This beer is thin and clear. It goes down easily. It is very light on the palate.

Drinkability - Though not enamored on the taste at first, Flying Fish Summer proved to be an interesting and refreshing beer. I enjoyed it with a light dinner of salad and pasta and it was good enough that I had another. Probably one of the best "summer" beers that I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 00:44:21 | More by mrgrinch
Photo of Hojaminbag


2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale has a golden-colored body that is bright and clear. A white head is made up of bubbles that are not too tightly packed. The head doesn't last long, but a few splotches of lacing are left behind.

The aroma has a bit of light fruit, an herbal hop aroma, and some grainy pale malt.

The malt profile has a grainy, pale malt flavor, along with a little bit of a wheat twang. Fairly aggressive hops for a saison add a little bit of a bite. Some light fruit and a hint of pepper from the yeast comes through. Honestly, I'm not sure that I could have picked this out as a saison. It tasted more like some form of American Wheat Ale. The yeast doesn't do nearly enough work.

The light, effervescent feel for a saison is definitely lacking here. More of a moderate body with high carbonation.

Farmhouse Summer ale is a light beer that doesn't taste bad, but it doesn't taste like a saison either.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2010 13:10:03 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of nickd717


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2009 23:20:25 | More by nickd717
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In my opinion, the name is VERY deceiving, in that no mention should be made of 'farmhouse' ale; this beer is nothing more than a simple summer beer. The mere implication that it had any of the complexity inherent in a saison/farmhouse got me angry. In that vein, it's drinkability is great on a hot day, the aroma and flavor were lacking, for even that style of beer. Very light-colored and carbonated, but no head. Sorry that this review isn't a little more detailed, but I was very annoyed after my first sniff/taste. If you want a top-notch refreshing ale made by Flying Fish to drink in the summertime, rush out and get some limited edition Exit 11 (American Wheat Ale) before it's all gone...it's outstanding, and puts this so-called 'farmhouse ale' to shame.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2009 23:09:55 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of david18

New York

3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought this was a summer beer and not a farmhouse ale. I liked it when I had it and now see why it was more interesting than I expected. Very light color, average smell, ok taste but as a regular summer beer. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good and worth getting if you're hot and thirsty.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2009 22:10:22 | More by david18
Photo of philipquarles


2.4/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2009 21:07:35 | More by philipquarles
Photo of PhillyStyle


2.95/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2009 20:09:50 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of SPRichard

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2009 22:25:35 | More by SPRichard
Photo of drtth


3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker style glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: This one is very clear and a bright yellow gold, with minimal white head and lacing.

Smell: The aroma is gentle and fresh with a hint of pale malt and light spicy, floral hops

Taste: The flavor is tart and tasty with traces of lemony spice and light soft pale malt and with some herbal bitterness but no single flavor dominating.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light with some light carbonation. The finish is short and soft with traces of sweet malt and spicy grassy hop.

Drinkability: This is surprisingly easy to drink. I could down several if I wanted a mildly favored beer to have several pints.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2009 01:49:29 | More by drtth
Photo of BBM

New York

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden yellow into a pint glass with minimal white head and lacing. Aroma was slightly sweet with just a hint of spices and alcohol.

Light, crisp, refreshing with a husky grain flavor and citrus hop bitterness. Not quite as lemony as some other summer beers. A subtle coriander spice is present, along with a somewhat bitter finish. Overall a really nice, drinkable summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2008 21:27:52 | More by BBM
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is clear golden with a decent white head. Very light in the aroma with some wafting grain huskiness and hops. Very light on the palate with a light flavor. Grainy, slightly acidic, with slight bitterness at the end. Light and refreshing. Almost too light. I find little resemblance to traditional saisons, so I am not sure why they use the Farmhouse Ale moniker.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2008 14:21:22 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of Seanibus


3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a real surprise, without the usually astringent, unpleasant house taste that Flying Fish brings to its beer.

It pours absolutely beautiful - light yellow with a vast, enduring billowy head that dissolves slowly to tremendous lacing. It has, however, almost no aroma, the main flaw for this beer. The flavor is lemony and slightly (and pleasantly) sour with a little hint of bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin and refreshing. This is a highly drinkable, if somewhat unusual, summer session beer

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2008 20:27:01 | More by Seanibus
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Some American breweries seem to do this style pretty well, some not quite so well. Flying fish is definitely in the latter group.

I give Flying Fish some credit for trying to make a drinkable summer ale with low abv., but I'm puzzled by the fact they call this a saison/farmhouse beer. The beer looks, smells and tastes like a rather insipid pilsner. Had on tap the other day at Mahaffey's.

The beer pours a yellowish gold color with pretty persistent head retention and modest lacing. The nose is pretty close to non-existent, with none of the spice and/or funk one would normally associate with a Belgium saison. If anything I get a very light aroma of hoppy bitterness. On the palate this beer is very light and crisp. I guess one might call it refreshing, except that it's so light, watery and insipid, I really had no interest in finishing off my 10 ounce glass of the stuff. While I give Flying Fish points for keeping the abv. down, in this case they clearly did so at the expense of having much flavor. At least IMO, this is not a beer that would hold any interest for me in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2008 13:06:55 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Farmhouse Summer Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.