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Farmhouse Summer Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Summer AleFarmhouse Summer Ale

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474 Ratings
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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 193
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays


3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

12 oz. bottle from the Total Wine,

A: Pours a deep goldenrod with a medium white head, solid retention.

S: Grass and some herbs, hint of farmhouse.

T: Grassy flavours with some citrus. Light malt character. Not particularly robust.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, clean, a refreshing beverage.

O: An easy drinking summer beer, not really much to it, but it'll get the job done, enjoyable.

05-16-2012 19:38:10 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +23.6%

A light, yellowish colored ale that a pour develops a slight head. Not one of the better looking beers, but it is extremely drinkable as light citrus and wheat flavors are well balanced. Little to no aftertaste. More than one can be quaffed without getting bored. This ale has become one of my summertime staples in the refridgerator based on taste and reasonable price.

07-18-2003 12:21:12 | More by Gavage
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2/5  rDev -42.5%

11-22-2011 03:38:39 | More by corby112
Photo of weeare138


3.48/5  rDev 0%

growler from witbier...
Billed as Grey Lodge 10th Anniversary Dunkel Farmhouse but this is no different than the regular Farmhouse Summer Ale. In fact, I don't get the Dunkel monicker either b/c there is nothing that is "dark" about this version at all. A bit of a letdown, as I had hoped to have the same version but with dark malts added.
Appears a pale light gold with a small white head that quickly falls out into a gentle collar. Mild CO2 bubbles slowly rise to the top. Small spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of pils sweetness, sourdough bread, and definite wheat that comes out like crushed shredded wheat cereal mixed with a gentle hoppy spiciness.
Taste is of the described aromas. Actually tastes ok with all things considered. The killer here is that it's not a true saison. The English Ale yeast is definitley present and sadly not a Saison yeast. I would love to try this fermented with the duPont, or Fantome yeast. I know they do a sour mash with this but it just doesn't touch upon the funky, horse blanket, open fermentation that the real style emulates.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, smooth, crisp, airy, with a semi-dry finish that settles out with a slow wheat that drags down the back of the tongue.
Drinkability is alright. I know FF keeps this drinkable for the masses. One of my old neighbors knew I was heavily into craft brews and she brought me up a few bottles a couple of years ago. She described it like a lighter hefe weizen. She didn't know much about beer but something prompted her to buy a case of it. To me, this would be more of an American Ale than a Saison. Fellas need to make money though. Maybe we could get a Farmhouse "Roots" version of FF sometime soon in the big corked/caged bottles where they use the same recipe but a Saison yeast.

09-05-2006 23:56:19 | More by weeare138
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

This was served from the tap as a light yellow color with very little head. There was a citrus scent to the the nose and a definite lemon flavor in the mouth. It had a dry mouthfell, which enhanced its drinkability, since each swallow left me thirsty for another. The lemon flavor continued to linger after the finish, which makes this a good choice as a summer seasonal.

07-20-2004 19:07:51 | More by woodychandler
Photo of tempest


3.45/5  rDev -0.9%

A single bottle brought home from Liberty St. Tavern.

I'd call this beer a small saison as the body and flavor are considerably lighter than the heavy hitters of the saison style. Still it has a pleasant and crisp body with mild biscuit malts and a smattering of hops and Belgian spice. A simple but tasty summer beer. I'd take this over Sam Adams Summer Ale on a hot day.

08-06-2008 18:24:21 | More by tempest
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-17-2013 13:03:10 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of Georgiabeer


4/5  rDev +14.9%

Pours a somewhat hazy golden color with a very white, very foamy head that fades to a cap. Lightly sweet, and lightly funky in the nose. Pleasant. The taste is similar- some nice fruitiness, with notes of red apple and pear as well as some breadiness, a hint of bitterness, and a little bit of funk. Restrained, and very refreshing, but enough interesting flavors to hold your attention. This is in no way an American Blonde Ale, and those looking for such will be disappointed. This, as the label attests, is a classic Belgian farmhouse style ale. Call it a Saison if you will, but not a blonde. I enjoyed it, and suspect that many that didn't are looking for something more mundane.

08-06-2011 20:35:14 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.03/5  rDev -12.9%

(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.

08-31-2010 03:03:41 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Zorro


3.3/5  rDev -5.2%

Sampled through MrBURTON55 and the Summer Sipper 2007 BIF.

This is a clear gold colored beer with a momentary decent white head.

The smell is sweet and yeasty with a hint of spice. The malt is candy like and the hop is a little herbal and a little horse blanket.

The flavor begins neutral in sweetness yeasty. Very quickly the sharp hop level becomes apparent here, more bitter than most Saisons in sensation but probably only because of the lightness of the beer and low malt content. Mildly fruity but its most notable feature is the bitter snap in the after taste.

The mouthfeel is light.

A very light Saison, I prefer the stronger versions. It is drinkable but light for the style.

06-12-2007 05:47:31 | More by Zorro
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-27-2012 19:25:59 | More by duceswild
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

02-15-2014 16:42:29 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a clear golden color. White foam forms with good staying power. Aroma of earthy herbs, honey bread and spicy house proprietary yeast. In the taste, more of the same with some lemongrass, peppercorn and bread. Lightly tangy, well balanced, and somewhat light. Had good flavor on a light to medium bodied ale. Well carbonated. Overall, this is a nice session ale.

04-21-2013 19:55:22 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

08-03-2014 19:12:09 | More by BillRoth
Photo of John_M


3.23/5  rDev -7.2%

Some American breweries seem to do this style pretty well, some not quite so well. Flying fish is definitely in the latter group.

I give Flying Fish some credit for trying to make a drinkable summer ale with low abv., but I'm puzzled by the fact they call this a saison/farmhouse beer. The beer looks, smells and tastes like a rather insipid pilsner. Had on tap the other day at Mahaffey's.

The beer pours a yellowish gold color with pretty persistent head retention and modest lacing. The nose is pretty close to non-existent, with none of the spice and/or funk one would normally associate with a Belgium saison. If anything I get a very light aroma of hoppy bitterness. On the palate this beer is very light and crisp. I guess one might call it refreshing, except that it's so light, watery and insipid, I really had no interest in finishing off my 10 ounce glass of the stuff. While I give Flying Fish points for keeping the abv. down, in this case they clearly did so at the expense of having much flavor. At least IMO, this is not a beer that would hold any interest for me in the future.

04-21-2008 13:06:55 | More by John_M
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

09-05-2013 00:17:57 | More by smakawhat
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New York

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured a pale straw hue with aone finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured very subtle grain with hints of earthy yeast esters.

The taste was clean and light with a slight estery yeast and a gentle lemon zest.

The mouthfeel was clean and refreshing.

Overall an easy drinking saison. A very toned down specimen in my opinion.

05-06-2007 03:35:52 | More by plaid75
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

A: Poured a clear, bronze-orange with a foamy, dull white head that maintained very well while leaving a great full rim lacing. Visible carbonation was very soft.

S: soft with fresh grains and a light sour fruitiness (pineapple).

T: sweet grains with some toffee, buttery toast notes and a spicy citrusy flowering. Some sour fruitiness (pineapple) and honey dew. A nice spicy hopping is found on the finish with orange peels, lemongrass, and some malt sweetness wrapping things up.

M: light, very smooth with hardly a trace of carbonation detected.

D: A light drinking summer that goes down with barely a second thought. Worthy of a try.

12-09-2008 23:45:26 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of mdaschaf


3.3/5  rDev -5.2%

Had on tap at the Pickled Pig. Review from notes.

A: Pours a golden orange color with a small white fizzy head on top. Not much retention or lacing.

S: Faint citrus, mostly lemon, with a little bit of banana. A little grainy malt as well.

T: More light citrus fruit, some grass, and a little bit of bready malt.

M: Light to medium bodied wit medium carbonation. Pretty smooth and crisp.

O: A decent beer, probably not one I would be inclined to grab again though.

05-14-2012 12:05:30 | More by mdaschaf
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4.1/5  rDev +17.8%

The beer is a very clear light golden with carbonation evident. Head is insignificant. A nice light malty aroma tainted with hints of lemon. This is a really nice tasting brew. I rarely sampled from this style, but this one is enjoyable. Light body. Very easy drinking. Nice subtle maltiness (seems like a pils malt). A nice little hop bite that adds to the overall experience. No overbearing or complex tastes, but for the style and what little I know of the style, this seems pretty good. To me, a bit similar to a good kolsch.

05-14-2002 20:10:12 | More by Bighuge
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Picked up at Total Wine Reno, unrefrigerated and warm on the aisle. At least one of those buffoons didn't try and convince me that this beer was made by the Bruery too!

Pours out looking completely as expected, a minimally colored, yellow beer with 1/2" white head on the top. Aroma of grainy ness, wheat escapes me, doesn't come off as farmhouse, just a plain blonde ale.

Taste, a little more bitterness, less funkiness than it should have. Hops didn't come out in the aroma or taste, but the bitterness is probably from hops, its a little metallic, doesn't lend itself to the usual fruit or pine descriptors with hops. Mouthfeel is clean, wouldn't say refreshing, the yeast profile is kind of strong on this one.

Average all the way around.

07-26-2013 17:14:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

06-15-2014 19:57:25 | More by wrightst
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

07-14-2012 18:46:23 | More by rolltide8425
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

06-14-2012 20:22:41 | More by THECPJ
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

12-02-2010 17:13:05 | More by xnicknj
Farmhouse Summer Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.