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 ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (1,383 characters)

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.57/5  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. (806 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of nms1987
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: more on the golden apprearnce with
lots of retaining head

smell: decent amount of hop aroma for style, no Belgian yeast as label may of inticated.

taste: nicely balanced with some hop flvaor and typical rustis malt flavors of saisons

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied

drinkability: nice easy drinking american blonde ale (334 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy straw color with a thin head. Some lacing. Aromas of yeast, some citrus and slightly sour. Flavor is malty and bready. A bit tart. Having trouble pinpointing what I am tasting. Tastes kind of grainy. Overall this beer is alright. Not really for me but I don't think it is bad. Don't need to have it again. (333 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very light golden yellow with a nice white frothy head that faded quickly leaving behind a decent, but shortlived lace ring. Smell was lively, lots of yeast was present even in the aroma, and it was very light. Bread and earthy grains were the predominant aromas. Taste was crisp, light and refreshing, perfect for a summer day. Very smooth and full of bready and earthy grain tones, with a slight hop presence as it warmed. Overall this was excellent for exactly what it was a great summer ale. (504 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle Pours gold with small white head. Aroma of citrus hops, some grassy notes. Taste of light sweet citrus hops, very light malt. Palate is light carbonation. Overall an easy drinking, nice session beer on a hot summer day. A good summer ale. (250 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another confusingly labeled beer from Flying Fish (the other one being the ESB Amber Ale). "Farmhouse" of course implies Saison and with that should come certain expected qualities. Yeah, we do find some Saison characteristics here, however, in a blind taste test, I wouldn't be surprised if "Saison" isn't the first style that pops into mind. Reading the description of American Blonde Ale on BA and on the BJCP site, we can get a better idea of what to expect here, although, I'd suggest that this beer qualifies best as maybe a hybrid of sorts between the Saison and American Blonde. YOU tell ME...

Poured into a snifter, it starts off with a fairly attractive, champagne-like head - Saison-like, I suppose as well - about an inch high, not real compact, and a little fizzy. This drops down rather quick, leaving a light, thin, sparkling, swirly forth on top which lasts through. Looks like it wants to lace, but it all slips off. The liquid is a pale, yellowish golden color with a very faint haze.

The aroma is interesting I guess. Musty is the first thing that comes to mind, and a fruity, champagne essence follows. The other quality I'm picking up I can only best describe as moist skin, or skin that dew or sweat has just started to appear on - if that makes sense. All in all, not a bad smell. Reminiscent of a couple farmhouse-style ales I've come across over the years. Maybe the closest element here to "Saison".

I'll keep repeating it: champagne. This, but with a little more body. A tartness is present maybe from the wheat, the yeast, or a combination. Starts off with this and some light fruitiness, finishing pretty dry, and ending with a mild flare up of spice. The flavors may not be bold and complex, but the balance is decent.

This beer took awhile (and a few) to start to get in tune with (it also reminds me much of their Extra Pale Ale). I enjoy it out of a glass and out of the bottle. It's light and crisp and it went well with grilled vegetables. It may not astound but it's worth a try and surely has potential appeal to a wide audience. (2,070 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pour is a fizzy yellow with a half finger of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is lemongrass, spritz, and some faint corn.

First sip is... a weird corn flavor... doesn't finish too dry. Certainly not like other Saisons that I've had. The label says Farmhouse Summer ale - I call that a Saison and not an American Blonde. No matter what you call it - it is not enjoyable. needs a dryer finish and maybe a nice crisp hop finish. This seems under attenuated and corn flavored. Not a fan. (523 characters)

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

3rd beer of the night at the 13 August 2010 Friday the Firkinteenth at the Grey Lodge Public House in Philadelphia.

*Keep in mind that my review is for the beer served from a firkin*

A. Pours a hazy pale with a whisp of head.

S. Mint/anise and hay on the nose.

T. The mint/anise and hay come out along with a mild spicy pepper.

M. Thin with no carbonation at all.

D. I thought the flavors were interesting, but this beer was much too thin and flat for my taste. I'll have to try from a bottle/keg when available. (518 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass (I thought it was a saison...).

Thanks to stevglad and the N00b BIF for this bottle!

And the pain train that is the Leaving Falls Church uber-bender chugs along. This car pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of fast-dying white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light coriander, light lemon zest, graham crackers, orange peel, and some fresh spring flowers. The taste is heavy on the citrus notes (orange peel, lemon zest, a splash of ruby red grapefruit), but they all blend together into a muddled citrus-y mess; coriander, cardamom, and a pinch of nutmeg round things out on the tongue. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a decent summertime brew (for those seasonal drinkers among us), nothing altogether special, but tasty enough nonetheless. (847 characters)

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of mrgrinch
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (889 characters)

Photo of saalblade
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Frothy head on initial pour that quickly dissolves to wispy whites. The orange side of gold with a good clarity, but a slight haze.

S: Floral with a slightly spicy aroma

T: Got a nice bite at first from the hops but with an even spice and slight citrusy sweetness that gives it balance.

M: Medium-light body that's oh so crisp.

D: Overall, a very solid, easy-drinking beer for hot humid nights in Southeastern PA. (421 characters)

Photo of emsroth
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
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. (923 characters)

Photo of HeroicDoses
1.11/5  rDev -67.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer tastes like vomit. No really, it actually tastes and smells like fresh vomit. That might sound rather harsh, but it's the truth. I STRUGGLED through one of these, hoping at some point my palet would adjust to something that I was missing, but no, it just kept tasting like actual vomit. I don't really know what else to say, when a beer tastes this terrible the appearance and texture don't really matter. Epic failure. (429 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orangish-yellow color with a light haze. Thin foamy head with lively carbonation. Sweet wheat aroma with very light citrus undertones. Light, smooth feel with refreshing carbonation. The wheat character is very dominant, again with very light citrus flavors. Very good, refreshing summer ale. (298 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is slightly sweet, some citrus. Taste is good, hops and grain, well balanced, some citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this makes for a quality beer. (271 characters)

Photo of spartanfan
1.73/5  rDev -50%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a bright clear golden color with a huge fluffy white head. Lots of chunky lacing left behind.

S: Smells sweetly of grains and perhaps a bit of orange peel. Yeast is prevalant as well as a slight amount of funkyness. The smell reminds me a little of fresh vomit.

T: Bitter hops and faint sweet grains. This tastes a bit oxidized.

M: Thin mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.

D: This beer just tastes bad. I had to choke down the one I poured, and I WILL NOT have another.

This is my first time having this beer, but it is just plain bad. (558 characters)

Photo of tjd112
4.34/5  rDev +25.4%
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. (378 characters)

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