Farmhouse Summer Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Reviews: 197
Hads: 540
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 16
Gots: 67 | 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 mikeg67
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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... (950 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of bpw28
4.26/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(With the amount of floaties in this brew, I might have a bad bottle but it is a farmhouse. I looked back and no one mentioned the floaties. No best by date, but I got it from a place that opened this summer so it cant be totally old. I'm only saying this because its a ton, not a little. Anyway, moving on.)

Look: Three finger bleach white head that died pretty fast, Copper (about an 8 SRM), ok lacing, lots of carb, tons of "floaties".

Smell: Big malty, pleasant grassy, nice earthy, mild fruity (strawberry/orange type), light floral, slight woods, yeasty.

Taste: Very nice yeasty, nice malt, good fruitiness, earthy/grassy/woody/good funk. good carb, nice body, crisp and clean, semi-dry.

Final Thoughts: Even with the lacking appearance, I would buy this beer anytime. It's perfectly summer to me. It's a sit on the back porch and sip in the summer evening, taking in the smell of sun baked grass and fresh air. Great beer. (933 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy golden color with a very white, very foamy head that fades to a cap. Lightly sweet, and lightly funky in the nose. Pleasant. The taste is similar- some nice fruitiness, with notes of red apple and pear as well as some breadiness, a hint of bitterness, and a little bit of funk. Restrained, and very refreshing, but enough interesting flavors to hold your attention. This is in no way an American Blonde Ale, and those looking for such will be disappointed. This, as the label attests, is a classic Belgian farmhouse style ale. Call it a Saison if you will, but not a blonde. I enjoyed it, and suspect that many that didn't are looking for something more mundane. (684 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.98/5  rDev +15%
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 (421 characters)

Photo of Antikythera
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of WEBBEER
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a golden sunshine yellow, crystal clear with no haze. Pours a half inch frothy head that goes to lace. Smells of hops and not much else. Taste follows smell with hint of fruit like pear and mild citrus. Very drinkable, flavorful and extra refreshing during a heat wave.
The name suggests a saison but in my opinion it is far from anything Belgium. That said I would recommend this ale and will serve it to friends as a session beer with seafood or as breakfast at the Jersey shore and along the Chesapeake waterways (529 characters)

Photo of KAP1356
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of Ahoyhoyindeed
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: bright and golden
Smell: Slightly sweet and lemony
Taste: Citrus flavor up front, smooth and sweet on the back end
Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy but light
Overall: Fantastic summer beer, similar to Sam' sSummer but better
Serving type: bottle and on tap (264 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
3.57/5  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. (1,214 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Mine was a gusher. Perhaps it was shaken in transport. Otherwise the beer is a golden with amber hues and murky.

S: Grainy with hints of orange and lemon.

T: Wow, not bad for a summer ale. The hop character is stronger than most American Blondes with the citrus aspect in the smell also apparent. Clove noters. Mildly spicey.

M: Light Bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall: One of the better American Blondes I have had. Refreshing. Hoppier than many Blondes out there. My rating for this is based on my comparisons in the category. Not necessarily to all beers across the board. (586 characters)

Photo of DuncanIdaho86
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Flying Fish has yet to me down, this Summer Ale sitting in front of me is no exception. A lot of beer drinkers tend to get carried away in super esoteric imports and stouts so complex you'd lose a Minotaur in them but its important to take a look at other easier ales for the sheer enjoyment of them. But I digress.

This crowd pleaser looked good coming out of the bottle with a modest sudsy head that kept just long enough to appreciate. The Color was just what you'd want to see on a hummer summer's day in Jersey - pale blonde. Get a quick wiff of it too, a little tiny baby bit citrus with (others have said banana) an apricot or pear note.

Take that first big sip. Go ahead, drink it down - because Drink ability is where the Farmhouse Summer shines. Go and pound it, the old you would have. Fresh and light on the tongue and sits well in the belly too. Clean finish? More like The Immaculate Ingestion! See what I did there?

Yeah, go grab a few more. (961 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of Shaw
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light blonde in color with a nice white head.

An earthy, lightly spicy aroma, with notes of clove and banana. Quite nice.

The clove and spice notes carry over to the taste. I see why the brewery considers this a session saison. It's like a lighter version of those beers.

Nice chewy body which is a lot fuller than I would expect for a lighter beer.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. It's a mix of saison and a light summer beer. (437 characters)

Photo of PhageLab
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - By far the most violent beer I've ever encountered. This beer was handled properly and sat perfectly still in my refrigerator for over a week before pulling it out and pouring it. Exploded like a champagne bottle. Mostly head, hazy yellow colored brew left behind.

S - Zesty lemon aroma with some spices and funk.

T - A Saison light. Has some hoppy citrus notes, but mostly it is muted and watery.

M - Crisp light body, sharp carbonation.

D - I could drink another, but why would I? Not a bad beer at all, just nothing here to hold my attention. (589 characters)

Photo of trappistlover
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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). (489 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.46/5  rDev 0%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out a yellow color that was pretty clear looking. The head was white and faded quickly. The smell was kind of on the weak side, some malts on the nose and just some light fruity notes. The taste is kind of bland, wasn't overly thrilled by the flavor or lack of one. The mouthfeel is very light since its a summer brew. The overall is that I'd probably take something else over this one. (403 characters)

Photo of CASK1
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was lured by the "Farmhouse" description on the label, and was expecting a Saison-style ale. Reviewing as an American Blond Ale (per BA).

Aroma is fruity and sweet. Low grainy malt aroma. Somewhat underwhelming. Appearance is golden and hazy. White head fades quickly to a stable thin layer on top of the beer. Sweet grainy malt dominates the flavor. Low hop bitterness just enough to prevent cloying sweetness. Some fruity esters, low citrus and some apple and pear. Body is light and refreshing, with medium-high carbonation. Very drinkable overall. Annoyed by the "farmhouse" description, which is usually associated with the Saison style. Good example of an American blond, but not a style I'll return to very often. (721 characters)

Photo of pburland23
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite summer seasonals here in the Philadelphia area. Always look forward to this one.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Prima Pils pilsener glass.

Beer pours a slightly hazy light gold with about a finger or so of bright, white head.

It's not exactly a saison. The farmhouse ale moniker is a misnomer. However, this is still a nice tasting beer. Malty sweetness is at the forefront of the sip and there is some dry spiciness on the end of the sip. There's an earthy component to the taste that runs through the beer.

Mouthfeel is light but overly refreshing. There's a lot of carbonation that provide some added depth to the beer.

Overall, I have a soft spot for this beer. It's not going to blow anyone away, but it's a refreshing, light, flavorful summer beer. Always enjoyable. (803 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The beer pours a lightly hazed golden orange color with a tall white head.

S: Lemon zest, banana, and bubblegum make for a very...interesting aroma. Light breadiness from the malts with a moderate sweetness. Hints of pepper and other spices.

T: Sweet pale malts with some light bready notes. Pepper and earthy flavors are present as is a hint of banana. Lots of lemon, particularly lemon zest, with a little bit of tartness to it.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Not nearly as bad as their IPA that I had before it, but still not a fan. (616 characters)

Farmhouse Summer Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.