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Farmhouse Summer Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Summer AleFarmhouse Summer Ale

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476 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 12
Gots: 30 | 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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Photo of mvanaskie13


3.78/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

08-27-2011 01:20:28 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of browniewithnuts


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

04-22-2013 09:41:27 | More by browniewithnuts
Photo of hockeyfighter19


3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

04-18-2014 03:40:33 | More by hockeyfighter19
Photo of Hessian257

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

07-01-2012 00:56:24 | More by Hessian257
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.

05-03-2003 08:15:25 | More by pezoids
Photo of HamGlade10


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

02-27-2012 14:44:46 | More by HamGlade10
Photo of GFD400

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

07-17-2014 21:29:00 | More by GFD400
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!

04-25-2003 10:09:25 | More by IrishRedRock
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.

05-14-2009 20:09:50 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of cbl2

New York

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.

06-09-2007 03:50:18 | More by cbl2
Photo of JMS1512

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

04-25-2013 23:44:23 | More by JMS1512
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

08-09-2013 21:12:16 | More by EBeckett3
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

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.

07-27-2008 14:21:22 | More by BeardedBoffin
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

01-18-2014 17:15:00 | More by dexterk1
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-28-2013 00:50:23 | More by wonothesane42
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14.9%

11-15-2011 05:29:43 | More by patm1986
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.

05-23-2009 23:14:36 | More by BigMike
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

09-06-2012 14:42:15 | More by comfortablynirm
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

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.

05-15-2004 19:15:04 | More by beerluvr
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.

04-28-2011 03:47:18 | More by Nerudamann
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-23-2013 13:04:02 | More by JakeDebus
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

05-29-2013 22:53:59 | More by Lanstrum
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

08-09-2012 15:17:48 | More by DSlim71
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

07-17-2013 19:36:50 | More by prisdefer
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

03-12-2014 01:39:57 | More by Zetcha7x
Farmhouse Summer Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.