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Farmhouse Summer Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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490 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 12
Gots: 36 | 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 Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle a slightly hazy medium gold with a large head of foam that shrunk quickly but left a solid layer throughout the session.

The smell is malty with good notes of earthiness.

The taste has some lemony bitterness up front from the hops followed by a good sweet malt presence with some biscuit flavour. The finish is quite dry. Unusual tasting beer and I'm glad I got to try it thanks to jwc215.

Bitterbill, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue Tulip. No date or info on the bottle.

Thanks to NeroFiddled for the extra!

A - A moderate pour released a hazy straw yellow-golden color with no carbonation rising up. A loose thin white head popped up to drop to a tiny ring near instantaneously.

S - The nose is really mellow. Light cereal grainy with pale malts and wheat with a low spiciness to the nose. No real hop presence.

T - The lack of hops on the nose is made up for in the flavor. It's got a crisp and light straw and pale malt background to a moderately spicy and cleanly hopped flavor.

M - Light-bodied and crisp, it has a smooth beginning with a dry and medium carbonated finish.

D - Besides the appearance which is really lacking, it's not a bad beer, it just needs some work. The spiciness isn't pronounced or distinguishable, its just there and the malt is the same way. It just needs some more character. Drinkable though as it is. A solid sessioner and refresher for a summer day.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is slightly sweet, some citrus. Taste is good, hops and grain, well balanced, some citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this makes for a quality beer.

tone77, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of Dogbrick
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a pale gold/yellow color and is mildly bubbly. Thin off-white head that did not last. The aroma is wheaty and vaguely spiced. Light and crisp with a nice hops presence along with more spice and a little citrus. The finish is a little on the sweet side but has a small hops bite to it. Kudos to Flying Fish for actually making a Summer Ale with some flavor other than lemon.

Dogbrick, Oct 07, 2003
Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Boone757, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of ZAP
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A summer beer with some character...not a chugging beer..one to be studied and savored...relatively clear golden in color with a nice creamy white head that laces the glass nicely....Nose reminds me a little of a Whit Beer...some definte wheat notes on the nose but also a spicy hop accent...great aroma...body is light but not thin...pretty charged up too...taste isn't as nice as the nose but is still interesting and enjoyable...spicy characteristics take control of the taste...herbal like...also some lemon notes...malt is in the background but mixes in to offer some balance to the spiciness....overall this is definitely an interesting beer worth a try..

ZAP, May 20, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow-ish gold with a low wispy white head, decent carbonation, and almost no head. Tart yeasty Belgian aroma; light horseyness and fresh cut hay notes. Tastes much like it smells with a light sourness (?) and a grainy malt profile. Light bodied and refreshing.

Per label: "Bottle Conditioned Belgian Style Ale"

Per FFBCo webite:
Malts: Two-row pale, white wheat (7%)
Hops: Magnum, Styrian Goldings
Yeast: English (... strange ... ?)
Original Gravity: 1.041
Alcohol by volume: 4.6%

2001 version
Tasted: 07/03/03

RBorsato, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

KevinGordon, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A 12 fluid ounce amber-brown glass bottle. The front label is generic in design. For the Farmhouse Summer Ale, the neck label has a large ‘F’ inside the brewery decal. The main label has a green background and is a rather colorful affair which has a twin-engine aircraft formed from a fish skeleton on a blue background with the breweries name around the edge in a red circle. No freshness or strength indicated.

Appearance: A little head, even when poured rather vigorously. Soon settles to a thin whispy slightly off-white colored covering. A clear straw colored body with exceptional clarity. Nice inherent carbonation.

Nose: Feint hints of a wheat beer with some light spices and hops. Very delicate but it is there when explored for.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing. Clean entrance with some light grain sweetish malts in the beginning and a creamy middle. Light hops and a lemon grass ending with a short defined spicy bitterness in the latter stages. The carbonation levels add a zesty feel to the beer. This reminded me of a mix between a Lager and a Wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: Rather light with an average strength, but a lovely creamy feel on the tongue. The carbonation felt aggressive at times, which meant that the spicy nature and light hopping often only came through at the end.

Drinkability: This was very refreshing indeed, exceptionally tasty for a 4.6% ABV beer that is so light in nature. Very quaffable.

Overall: I really enjoyed this offering. Delicate at times, but very accomplished. Thanks to NeroFiddled for the sample.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +14.9%

ROGUE16, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of maximum12
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to MrBURTON55 for passing this along in the now-infamous Summer Beer BIF.

My first beer from this brewery. Poured an extremely clear golden yellow, & there was some gushing from the bottle, resulting in an almost-too-big head in the pint glass. Reeked of wheat with a bit of sweetness lingering underneath.

Taste is wheaty lemon juice with a shot of summery breeze underneath.

Nothing great, nothing bad about this beer. Definitely a session beer that one could put away without thinking about it. Very drinkable & easy to reach for another sip.

maximum12, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of FosterJM
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1384th Review on BA
Bottle to Small Tulip

No bottle date

Purchased from Total Wine, Las Vegas for $1.79

App- A more golden orange with a nice one finger head, small retention and lace. Had a nice look to it.

Smell- Weird mix on this. Small blonde ale malty notes with a unique take on trying to be a saison. Thicker grass and earthiness.

Taste- Grassy for days with a grainular citrus and malty combo. Just didnt take well to the flavor profile being mixed. Pretty average beer.

Mouth- A bit thicker with a medium body and a medium full carbonation. Had residual earthy, lemony malts. Needs to be more crisp.

Drink- It was less than $2, wont be back to this one, but wasnt the worst beer.

FosterJM, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of outoffocus
3/5  rDev -13.8%

outoffocus, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
2.61/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle with BB 9-22-14 into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden color with a tiny white foam head. The head fades superfast leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite light overall with some smells of wheat and biscuit along with some lighter smells of a fruit sweetness which are mainly of a pear and lemon aroma. Along with these smells comes a very light grassy smell as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit taste and light fruit flavor of peach and pear. The peach and pear fruit flavors are later lost, being replaced by some other sweet flavors of a caramel and light candied sugar nature. Along with the transition in the sweet, there is also a transition in the malt with more wheat flavors and a cracker flavor coming to the tongue at the expense of the biscuit. With a light grassy and lemon flavor that comes to the tongue at the end of the taste, it leaves one with a muddled malty and sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For the low abv. of the brew, the body is average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather low. The moderate thickness is fairly decent for the mix of malt, sweet, and light grass flavors of the brew, but the lower carbonation is not really appropriate for the brew, taking away the crispness and refreshing character that the beer should have.

Overall – Ah… A very lack luster beer. Nothing was all that great.. A rather weak look and very little aroma with the flavors never really find a balance and the body was a bit off for me. Not one I will likely do again.

Darkmagus82, May 19, 2014
Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, a very good summer beer. Slight Floral, fruity aroma. Head doesn't last very long, but the beer seemed well carbonated. Mildly hoppy. Refreshing and enjoyable.

Suds, Jun 15, 2002
Photo of deapokid
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

deapokid, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of tgbljb
3.9/5  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.

tgbljb, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

ShemRahBoo, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Whiskeydeez, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of st9647v3
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

st9647v3, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

bigred89, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of jmdrpi
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

jmdrpi, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Bung
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. pretty clear yellow/gold pour. Thin layer of white but retains fairly well.

Aroma, quite bready with some caramel.

Taste, not nearly as sweet as the aroma. Well balanced light grain bread, some herbal spice and hop notes. Fades fairly quickly.

Nothing über complex but very drinkable. Just slightly dry. Good level of carbonation. I would drink this again.

Bung, May 29, 2013
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

BeerForMuscle, May 19, 2013
Photo of millerbuffoon
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

millerbuffoon, May 17, 2014
Farmhouse Summer Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.