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Farmhouse Summer Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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200 Reviews
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Reviews: 200
Hads: 547
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 17
Gots: 74 | 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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Reviews: 200 | Hads: 547
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a stunningly clear straw color. The head is a one finger white shade. It doesn't have the best retention, and only leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. Love the clarity, though.

S: The maltiness doesn't provide much - maybe a touch of crackery malt - and the hops used are very earthy in their tones. There really isn't much of anything on the nose, good or bad.

T: Again, there isn't too much here. A touch of wheat and cracker opens things up - and I mean a touch. The feeble malt base allows the hops to shine through, providing some finishing earthy, mildly sour notes. I was skeptical of the farmhouse label (and doubly skeptical when taking its clarity into consideration), but at the end of the day, I do notice a touch of funkiness, if only because it's hop-derived.

M: Certainly, it's a crisp, dry brew, one that's vibrantly carbonated and refreshing. I feel it's not really interesting enough to inspire great drinkability, but it goes down easily enough.

O: I'm not sure where the 'farmhouse' term comes from here - the yeast is way too clean/subdued. As a simple blond ale, though, it's okay. I wouldn't pick it up again, though. (1,196 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a slightly hazy, medium amber color with magnificient white puffy head that was easily revived with a light swirl. Smell is very mild with some fruitiness (citrus) and a bit of spiciness. Taste is a good combination of a hoppy bitterness, fruity malt, and nice background spiciness. Finish is very light and dry. A very easy to drink beer that would bewonderful on a warm spring day. (390 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draught: this one pours a fairly clear coppery color. There was a small off white head that left minimal lacing. Good aroma! A touch of rye and citrus hops. The taste is good. A good balance of rye, citrus hops and malts. Nice. (227 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear, god with a flash of copper. 1/2 inch white head on the pour leaves waves of lace on the glass.
Aroma of pale malt, wheat, some grass and a heavy yeast hit.
Flavor of pale malt, biscuit and wheat bread note. some yeast and light bittering one the finish. I would this is on the heavy end of the style.
Mouthfeel has some fruit light citrus and a nit of a buttery and bready middle and some citrus hop bitterness on the finish.
Drinkability is solid. Again heavy end of style, very intersting but not distinctive. (538 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this draft at TJ Smiths the other night.
IT is a golden straw colored beer with about an avg size head thats bright white. Faded pretty quickly leaving some lacing.
Carbonation was low.

Aroma was mainly of hops, which were slightly spicy and some malts.

Taste is spicy and with some very sutle hints of cloves.
Light mouthfeel

A pretty desent beer spicy and dry. I would like to fry this from a bottle for comparison purposes because I can taste so off flavors I'm sure are tap line related. (499 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.38/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale

Appearance- a light yellow with a weak fizzy head.
Smell- light. slighty wheaty with a hint of citrus.
Taste- very watery. I detect straw/hay with a weak citrus bite.
Mouthfeel- bitter up front with a watery bland taste in the end.

Overall- Too weak, too watery, and what little taste wasn't that pleasant. Not horrible but not worth drinking. My summer won't be wasted on this. Sorry Flying Fish!! (440 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a goldened straw color with a 3 finger head taht falls to a light coating over top. The nose is peppery spice, overlaying a light sweet and lemoney base. I can't put my finger on the sweetness. Its somewhat floral. The flavor is a little light comparted to the nose. The lemoney floral component is most dominant with the light peppery spice playing second string. I get a light metallic twinge on the finish. The feel is moderate to thick with a moderate carbonation. Maybe a touch too thick for me. I'd like a litte drying on the finish too. The drinkability is very good. Its a refreshing and crisp brew. The flavor is nice. No real flaws, just lacking anything to make it stand out. (692 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a bright, clear golden color. It poured with a medium sized, sticky white head.

s: Moderately funky grains with a little lemon. Some sweetness from caramel and vanilla notes. Pleasant enough, but pretty mild.

t: The funk is pretty tame on this one. Dry, flowery lemon and grains with a slightly sour, bitter finish.

m: This was thin and a little watery.

d: This was okay overall, just a bit bland. (413 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted at the 2003 Oregon Brewers Fest. Light gold color. Medium head. Aroma is malty, fruity and slightly herbal. Touch of must. A medium bodied sassion (? ) Malts are fruity and mild. Hops are slightly spicy. Light and refreshing. Nice mild flavors. Well balanced. Light and refreshing this would make a great summer session beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. (408 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale has a golden-colored body that is bright and clear. A white head is made up of bubbles that are not too tightly packed. The head doesn't last long, but a few splotches of lacing are left behind.

The aroma has a bit of light fruit, an herbal hop aroma, and some grainy pale malt.

The malt profile has a grainy, pale malt flavor, along with a little bit of a wheat twang. Fairly aggressive hops for a saison add a little bit of a bite. Some light fruit and a hint of pepper from the yeast comes through. Honestly, I'm not sure that I could have picked this out as a saison. It tasted more like some form of American Wheat Ale. The yeast doesn't do nearly enough work.

The light, effervescent feel for a saison is definitely lacking here. More of a moderate body with high carbonation.

Farmhouse Summer ale is a light beer that doesn't taste bad, but it doesn't taste like a saison either. (923 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
An aggressive pour resulted in a lucid, clean, clear, apple-juice color appearance with a minimal head that quickly dissipated and left hardly any lacing...
Faint, passive aroma of florals, grains, and honey...
The taste seemed peculiar and different than your typical Saison... Crisp, peppery bite that included slight notes of honey and vanilla, along with mild fruits and pears...
Mouthfeel was average to say the least, but the drinkability was at least good due to the relatively low ABV and lack of cloying flavors...
Certainly not the best depiction of the style... (643 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

This may be a bit light in the abv department for a Saison, but it has all the Saison elements. Pours a mostly clear gold color with a good size white bubbly head. Some lacing on the glass

Aroma is pretty good, lemon zest, Belgian yeast and a little funk. Taste is fairly mild for a Saison, but has the yeast, lemon and most important, a bit of musty, barnyard type funk.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. I could see this as an an every day "go to" summer beer. (467 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. This is really more of an American blond ale IMO. It's very good for that style but not so great for a saison, so I'll rate it as a hybrid of sorts. Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head and decent lacing. Aroma is wheat, citrus, light spice, and grain. Flavor is wheat, pale malt, grain, citrus, and light fruits. Palate is clean and crisp with fairly light body and medium carbonation. Drinkability is high since this is so light with somewhat mild flavors. Finally, let me say it again: if you're looking for a true-to-style saison, this is not the beer for you. If you just mowed the lawn on a 90 degree day, sure, it'll work. (661 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow body with some carbonation. Thin white head. A lot going on in the nose: lemon, spices, grass, a hint of other fruit, and a slight sour tang, especially when opening the bottle. For all in the nose, it's light on the tongue, then a long lingering wheat/citrus aftertaste, which detracts from its refreshing qualities. OK, but not that high on my summer drinking list. (380 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last of my summer brews...

A - Pale yellow straw color... Big white fluffy head off of a standard poor... Heavy, medium-paced carbonation... Coats glass exceptionally well ... A real attractive looking brew...

S - A very lightly scented beer... Subdued malt and caramel at first... Grains... Perhaps hints of citrus and vanilla... Pleasant, but a little on the weak side...

T - Earthy with strong hints of floral character... Perhaps mild lemon... Bready malts... Spices... Slightly hoppy aftertaste...

M - Smooth... Light to medium bodied... Slightly oily... Dry and sharp...

D - Easy drinking and enjoyable... A very good sessionable beer... A slight departure from the typical summer brew, which is greatly appreciated... (735 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Translucent yellow hue, wispy white head, thin, quick to collapse to a soapy residue… far from visually appealing. No lace. The nose is lean with soft lemon hints, wheat (maybe?), floral and grassy influences… the aroma is apathetic. Light palate, with lovely hints of spice, pepper, lemon, grass, hay… the finish is slightly dry… very refreshing! Minimal aftertaste. It is most worthy of its ‘summer ale’ moniker… most enjoyable to quaff. Medium-light body, ideal low carbonation, smooth and easy to drink… what a session beer this one would make. This beer has a niche… I’d love to imbibe in this one again. (619 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice deep golden color with a nice 1/4 inch head atop it.Malty aroma-not as much as I remember when I first had this a few years back.The overwhelming "earthiness" and "bready" qualities that I loved in it are gone as well. Great malty flavor with a slight hop bitterness.Some very nice residual yeastiness in the backround .Very smooth on the palate-nicely built for only a 4.6% beer.I could seriously drink this all night no matter what the season. Its pretty far from a saison for sure but on its own merits its quite the excellent brew. (540 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in a pint glass at a local bar.

There was a half a finger head when it was served. There was a very wispy head. I didn't pick up much from the foam.

The beer is the perfect light yellow of a summer beer.

This is the perfect beer for lounging on the back porch in the evening on a summer day. I thought it was very refreshing.

There were some fruit notes in the taste. I picked up pear and some light spice. (422 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint glass

A- pours a very pale shade of yellow with a quick fading, one finger white head. Would have liked to have seen more of a head

S- aroma gives me a lot of lemons....smells pretty good

T- very crisp flavor of lemons and some grassy hops as well. Almost like a saison

M- body is very, very thin...about appropriate for a summer beer

O- very easy drinking summer beer, real sessionable too (421 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: more on the golden apprearnce with
lots of retaining head

smell: decent amount of hop aroma for style, no Belgian yeast as label may of inticated.

taste: nicely balanced with some hop flvaor and typical rustis malt flavors of saisons

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied

drinkability: nice easy drinking american blonde ale (334 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a swirl of carbonation bubbles inside of a filtered crystal clear golden straw hued pour topped with a generously frothy ivory dense head cap well retained while nestled in to leave a spotty lace trail me glass.

Supreme albeit light aromas of clean floral distinction. Sugary tea and well balanced. Almost too well balanced as strange as that sounds. Neither this nor that.

First swigs: Grassy ale that thinks it’s a lager. Earthiness evolves to delicate grains and leafy hops. Benign mineral aftertaste. Hardly any flavor really to speak of, as odd as that sounds.

Easy light body. Shushy soft carbonation that forgives even the most discernable palate. Low 4.6% ABV lends to a slippery drinkability.

Last swigs: Delicate grainy ale that behaves like a kolsh. Perfect beer for converting the macro drinker. Harmless and quaffable. Tastes like watching baseball. Yes! FLYING FISH makes some better eers, ‘tis true, but this is a nice addition to a mixed case from BigTop.

Beer is good. Happy beering. (1,026 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours golden yellow with an active white foam head. Some visible carbonation.

S - Has a skunky smell that reminded me of Moosehead lagers. Also some earthy spice after it settled a bit.

T - As mentioned by others this says "Framhouse" on the label but this is certianly no saison. Some sweet notes of fruit combined with a spicy finish.

M - Relatively light, but it is well balanced and smooth for the summer.

O - Not impressive, but just a deviant of the other summer seasonal craft offerings out there. (514 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a plain pint glass.

A: Poured a lightly hazed, clean-looking yellow amber color with a rich, two-finger head of fluffy foam which left a nice amount of lace and fierce carbonation streams.

S: Smells of toasted grains and zesty wheat spiciness.

T: Tastes fairly light, but a good blend of buttered cracker malts and zesty, floral hop spiciness. There's a little lemongrass and citrus fruit added to give it more flavor and drinkability.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly light and crisp with only a slight chew due to the filtration of the beer.

D:A nice hot weather session saison and an interesting one because of the filtration process. Under 5% and enough flavor to hold up with a light lunch or sitting in a coller by the pool. (760 characters)

Photo of Phatz
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I must admit I am not typically a big fan of Farmhouse Saisons. That said, this one was not offensively farmhouse in character it was more approachable but I did not find it exciting either.

Appearance: Served a clear straw gold color with a white head

Smell: The aroma is small and seems to be hiding. It has hints of wheat and corn and grassy spice but little of that typical Farmhouse stench.

Taste: Spicy and dry with a zesty yet simple corn and wheat flavor with hops to bitter. It is a simple flavor, a simple beer that work but doesn't dazzle.

Mouthfeel: eh? Light but creamy. I guess by this point in the day I was a bit worn out and looking for more.

Drinkability: I found this to be more drinkable than some Farmhouse Saisons but that maybe because it lacked some of that stench that some people enjoy. Not all beers need to dazzle so this is a simple retreat if you want something different.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (954 characters)

Photo of bonkers
2.59/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-light golden color with lots of carbonation,thick head with lots of lacing. The appearance is actually the best quality of this brew.
s-faint sweet notes, nothing remarkable
T-in a word bland. There are faint sweet notes on the tip of the tongue, but this is an unremarkable beer.
M&D-this beer goes down easy, very light and not very filling.
Overall-A very dissapointing beer that I will never purchase again. I was also not pleased to see this was contract brewed at Matt's Brewing. (487 characters)

Farmhouse Summer Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.