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Farmhouse Summer Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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485 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 12
Gots: 35 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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

browniewithnuts, Apr 22, 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
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Hessian257, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of pezoids
4.7/5  rDev +35.1%

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
Photo of HamGlade10
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

HamGlade10, Feb 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

JMS1512, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of dexterk1
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

dexterk1, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of IrishRedRock
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%

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 PhillyStyle
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%

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
Photo of wonothesane42
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

wonothesane42, May 28, 2013
Photo of cbl2
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%

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
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

EBeckett3, Aug 09, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev -5.2%

The beer is clear golden with a decent white head. Very light in the aroma with some wafting grain huskiness and hops. Very light on the palate with a light flavor. Grainy, slightly acidic, with slight bitterness at the end. Light and refreshing. Almost too light. I find little resemblance to traditional saisons, so I am not sure why they use the Farmhouse Ale moniker.

BeardedBoffin, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev +14.9%

patm1986, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Budinetz, Feb 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Zetcha7x, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Lanstrum, May 29, 2013
Photo of BigMike
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%

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 23, 2009
Photo of beerluvr
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%

Features a barely off-white head, clear brassy/golden liquid. Lager-like maltiness and lightly fruity nose. Flavors of biscuity chewy malt mix with a pleasant yeasty fruitiness then flowery hoppy bitterness rounds things out just right. Lively carbonation on the tongue. Finishes bitter with some dryness on the palate. A great session ale due to it's low alcohol content.

beerluvr, May 15, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

JakeDebus, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

comfortablynirm, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Nerudamann
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

Nerudamann, Apr 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

salthemonster, Jun 22, 2013
Farmhouse Summer Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.