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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.

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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 20:01:51 | More by bpw28
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4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 20:35:14 | More by Georgiabeer
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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
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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
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3.85/5  rDev +11%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 22:12:11 | More by WEBBEER
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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
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 15:49:21 | More by Ahoyhoyindeed
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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
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3.85/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 19:22:07 | More by kylehay2004
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 20:58:31 | More by DuncanIdaho86
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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
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3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 01:52:14 | More by Shaw
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2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 12:18:55 | More by PhageLab
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3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
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).

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 01:56:21 | More by trappistlover
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New York

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 23:24:57 | More by socon67
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2.78/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 23:50:34 | More by Knapp85
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 01:50:47 | More by CASK1
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3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 01:21:10 | More by pburland23
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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
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3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 18:46:17 | More by womencantsail
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4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, straw-hued body with a relatively airy, white head. Smattering of lace spray on the descent.

Smell: Lightly grainy, bready accented wheat and pale malts encapsulating notes of sourish citrus, spice, clover honey, and zesty hops.

Taste: Pale malted barley and malted wheat, incorporating a slight tang and joining a honeyish sweetness. Bready, biscuity elements to it. Floral, spicy hops with a sufficient bitterness present. Small splash of lemonade. Light touches of unripe bananas and cloves. Fast flourish of slight sourness. The sweetness darts back in and out as you work through the bottle. Creamyish yet crisp on the drying finish with light hints of citrus and earthy spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation. Slight creaminess.

Overall: I'll be honest, and maybe it's my own fault, but I purchased this assuming I was getting into a saison. The word "farmhouse" in the title is generally appealing, the word "summer" on the other hand... I've heard saison yeast can be tricky to handle, but I'm somewhat surprised they just copped out with just a standard English ale yeast. At least they did go for a sour mash. So the beer is a tasty blonde, yes, even a very fine "summery" beer, but I'd a bit happier if they dropped the word "farmhouse" from the label.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 17:53:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 19:53:32 | More by ianjsullivan
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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
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3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look - light golden in color, somewhat murky, with off-white foam that disipates quickly.

Smell - a light maltiness, but also a bit of a cereal or grain vibe from the beer. Not much else that is noticeable.

Taste and Mouthfeel - definitely a more "cereal" type of taste, but more musky and refined than the cereal taste one gets from an adjunct lager. No fruitiness except for a slight hint of citrus in the aftertaste, and almost no bitterness. Texture is pretty well-balanced.

Overall - not a bad brew, but not terribly interesting from my tasting point of view. There's a little bit more variety toward the end of the taste, but it would be nice if it were there throughout.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 03:47:18 | More by Nerudamann
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North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 02:58:17 | More by nms1987
Farmhouse Summer Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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