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Farmhouse Summer Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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497 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 13
Gots: 38 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Zetcha7x, Mar 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

victory4me, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

mvanaskie13, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Hessian257
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Hessian257, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

axeman9182, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of soupyman10
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap into a pint glass. Pours a light yellow/straw, slightly foggy color. No real head, no lacing. Nose is nice, light and crisp hops with a little hint of malt. Nothing overwhelming, but tasty. Taste is a little weak; crisp but not strong, a little floral hops and some quiet malt. Feel is standard, good carbonation. Drinkability is okay. It's an alright beer, certainly not a good saison (I didn't even realize it was supposed to be this style while drinking it), but not one I would necessarily throw out either.

soupyman10, Apr 18, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

browniewithnuts, Apr 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

wonothesane42, May 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

GFD400, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of hockeyfighter19
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

hockeyfighter19, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of jkane101
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

jkane101, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of HamGlade10
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

HamGlade10, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of curlybird
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

curlybird, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of PhillyStyle
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

PhillyStyle, May 14, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

ArtZan, Mar 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

tkdchampxi, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Lanstrum, May 29, 2013
Photo of pezoids
4.7/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a newly tapped cask at the Grey Lodge.

This beer poured a cloudy pale yellow and had a thin white head.
Had a pleasant grassy hop aroma. This was much creamier, smoother and had more body than the regular draft version. Very flavorful. An excellent summer sipper.

pezoids, May 03, 2003
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Budinetz, Feb 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

patm1986, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

salthemonster, Jun 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

newbeeraday, Sunday at 01:25 AM
Photo of IrishRedRock
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This reminded me a lot of their Grand Cru, but more toned down and better tasting. The flavors were much more balanced, making it much more drinkable. Had a nice wheat malt aroma in the nose, with some grass and earthy scents. Light golden color with a thin white head, nothing spectacular.

This has pretty much all the flavors of a good summer ale, making me yearn for some warmer weather. Lemon, wheat, and a light maltiness culminate in a slightly bitter hop finish. This is a refreshing brew, is easy to drink, and ranks high on the drinkability scale. It will be nice to have a few of these once things warm up!

IrishRedRock, Apr 25, 2003
Photo of BigMike
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with 2 fingers of head.
Smell is kind of grainy with some hints of citrus.
Very light as far as taste goes. Tastes like a better quality version of BMC.
It is however pretty drinkable. It's about 85 here now and this ice cold beer is going down smoothly.
Nothing too spectacular here.

BigMike, May 24, 2009
Photo of cbl2
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

6/8/2007 $6.99 6 pack 4.60% No best by date.


Pours a clear golden color that is slightly hazy and topped by a thin film of white head.


Fresh squeezed orange juice, with a faint hint of black pepper.


Smooth mouthfeel is followed by a blast of sweet orange citrus and a touch of bubblegum. Finish is dry and slightly herbal. This is a decent beer, but not a saison. Lacking in complexity, and funkiness that I've come to expect in my saisons.

cbl2, Jun 09, 2007
Farmhouse Summer Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.