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Farmhouse Summer Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Summer AleFarmhouse Summer Ale

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502 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 502
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 14
Gots: 39 | 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 Budinetz
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -8%
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...

Photo of salthemonster
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Hessian257
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of hockeyfighter19
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of SPRichard
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Photo of touchmeimsac
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a slightly hazed pale straw with a small white head that fades. Very slight lacing on the glass.

Very light aroma - some pilsner malt and spicy hops. Very faint breadiness.

Taste matches the smell. Very light pilsner malt taste with just a hint of hops. Light bready and yeasty tones in the background.

Light body, decent carbonation.

This saison is at the very lightest end of the spectrum for the style. It's easily drinkable, but really lacks the depth and complexity of a true saison. Lawnmower beer.

Photo of browniewithnuts
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of BigMike
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of GreenCard
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the Oregon Brewers Fest 2003 on 6/25/03...

Appearance: light straw color, wit-like haze, fluffy clingy snow-white head

Aroma: outdoorsy wheaty aroma with some floral hoppiness, slightly tangy

Flavor: tasty gentle sweetness followed by a slight lactic sourness, hop flavor and bitterness are miniminal, quite a lush palate nonetheless

Mouthfeel: light body, zesty carbonation, ultra refreshing

Overall Impression: A great saison. Usually a hit or miss in the US. This is the first beer I've tried from this brewery. Probably my favorite of the 19 I tried at the festival. If the rest of FFB's beers are this good...

Photo of soupyman10
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of bort11
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Inch of white head. Recedes with no lacing. Very clear pale yellow. nucleation site creates streamers of carbonation.

Smell is green and grassy. Parsley, celery, with a little bit of apple fruit aromas. Taste is very green and leafy.

Mouthfeel is a little watered down, light but clean. Not a great farmhouse, but not aweful

Photo of zoso1967
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of curlybird
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of axeman9182
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Alpha309
2/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of pezoids
4.72/5  rDev +35.6%
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.

Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Farmhouse Summer Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 502 ratings.