Wildeman Farmhouse IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Wildeman Farmhouse IPAWildeman Farmhouse IPA

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555 Ratings
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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 10
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CraftBeerTastic on 01-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 555 | Reviews: 171
Reviews by pacino77:
Photo of pacino77
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

didn't ralph steadman die? is that his name? the illustrator? that guy is pretty good with the watercolors; i'll give it up. if he has passed away, his estate does an amazing job of proliferating his artwork. oh dang, maybe it was just hunter thompson who passed away and i associate the two of them closely. i just had another baltimore beer with a label drawn by a famous artist. but this is about the wildeman, which was pretty good. the hops were pretty fresh tasting, dadgum bitter! and a little bit spicy. it smelled alright, looked pretty good, but unfortunately was not a very good accompaniment to the spicy korean style noodles i was eating. and maybe that's my own fault, for not opting to drink a super dry something or other. and i've got five more of these in the fridge, so i'll be sipping again under different circumstances, but at the moment am inclined to say solid, but not superlative.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass a clear light to medium golden with a large blooming white head that stuck nicely to the glass leaving multiple rings of lace as it settled slowly into a frothy mass.Alot of tropical fruit and sharp grapefruit hop aromas,really fresh and inviting,slight yeasty phenols underneath the hops.Slightly medicinal and citric hops on the palate but they seem to lose some punch pretty quickly,spiced yeasy phenols play a small role.The flavors lack some depth and complexity but this is a pretty good beer,love the looks and aromas.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #64 (May 2012):

LOOK: Quick to foam, semi-clear golden hue

SMELL: Peppery, herbal, gummy, eucalyptus, lemongrass, chalky, animal feed graininess

TASTE: Slick, semi-smooth, hop bitterness, phenolic, herbal, earthy, slightly dank, grassy, biscuity, orange pith, green peppercorn; dry, grainy finish

The forced viral video marketing for this beer didn't even come close to surpassing the true persona of Flying Dog and its labeling. Aggressive but drinkable; complex but still approachable for most beer geeks, as they'll be riding off the hopping.

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Freshie growler fill up from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. $799 for the 32 ounce pour. They just got bottles of this new one as well.

Pours hazed, medium yellowy amber, near white head, leaves a thicker film and lovely fine and striated lace.

Light lemon, pepper and tropical fruit in the nose.

Brightly flavorful and complex brew, with zesty citrus, orange and lime. Coriander, ginger, a lime zest also come to mind. Biting hops dry things out quickly. Bitterness quite present, but not overpowering the spicy, floral and citric hop notes. Toss in a soft yeasty Belgian note and the deal is complete.

Love the style and I'm impressed with this new one from Flying Dog.

Photo of bsp77
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Very cloudy yellow with massive, towering white foam, leaving loads of sticky lacing behind. Impressive.

Smell: Very dry and musty, with clove, pepper, orange peel and a general spiciness.

Taste: Musty and earthy with almost a Brett-like character. Bready malts with lots of spiciness (clove, pepper, coriander). Strong citrus, either from orange peel or hops or maybe both. Not really bitter as the IPA name suggested.

Feel: Highly carbonated with a light medium body. Dry and refreshing.

Overall: More like a really spicy (and maybe hoppy) Saison than a Belgian IPA. Regardless, it is tasty brew.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of March 2013. Acquired from Trembling Madness in York. I had this on tap at In de Wildeman a few months back, so I jumped when I saw it on the shelf. Memories of Amsterdam! As always, I love the Ralph Steadman artwork on the label.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A hazy golden colour with strong carbonation. Yields an enormous head of creamy white foam that lasts for ages; this slowly subsides to a decent surface layer. Aroma of spicy, fruity Belgian yeast with notes of cloves, banana and bubblegum. Hints of citrus hop aroma and sweet malt. A distinctly boozy whiff in the background.

Tastes of fruity Belgian yeast esters with a hoppy character. Notes of cloves, banana, coriander, bubblegum, stewed hops/herbs and faint citrus. Quite dry, with considerable bitterness upon swallowing and a hint of alcohol in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, with tingly carbonation. Dry and somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of fruity yeast esters and stewed hop bitterness.

Pretty good, and distinctly Belgian in nature. The fruity yeast flavours and aromas dominate it's character. Not much in the way of aromatic hops - the hints of citrus are light and easily overpowered, though stewed hops add a strident bitterness. Ultimately, it comes across as unbalanced and overly yeasty. Worth trying, but not the best Belgian IPA out there.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brilliant lemonade clouded godlen color with a big white frothing head large bubbles but sturdy carbonation, pour soft the beer is pretty agitated off the bat when you pop the cap you will hear the carbonation release. Aroma, first off lemon/lime notes with hints of tropical fruit dare I say mango/pineapple combo. A bit of funky yeast similar to the same yeast they use in Ragin' Bitch, spicy and a bit funky. Flavor wise this hits with big time bitterness from both hop additions, spicy yeast notes, black pepper qualities and something I can't pin my finger on. The artwork and the beer are pretty crazy I like how the new sixpack holders proudly state that this stuff is being brewed in Frederick, MD something us beergeeks have been in tune with since they left Denver years ago. Serve it a bit cold it masks some of the bitterness that I found kind of offensive in my first couple sips fade a bit. The yeast is bitter, the hops are bitter, and there seems to be citrus pith that is bitter with minimal sweetness masked by the Belgian yeast strain this beer is a bit of a cluster. Mouthfeel is cloyingly dry and bitter with layers of hops, spice, alcohol, citrus peel just downright awful texture starts to make me want to gag...also you have to deal with the high level of carbonation I'm pawning the rest of these beers off on my cousin Joe, who pretty much loves any beer from Flying Dog. Overall I will not revisit or waste my time on such a harsh beer drinking experience. I like Belgians,saisons, IPAs, white ales, but not when they're all blended together.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a full glass of foam even with a very gentle pour. It pushes above the glass holding its shape like a glacier. Soon a hazy dense yellowish-apricot body develops with a strong carbonation pushing to the surface.

S- This beer has a slightly fruity ester aroma to the yeast character and an interesting widex hint that is not really offensive. There are some green fruity notes that are probably more from hops but could be yeast, that come through lightly in the finish.

T- The peppery fusel alcohol spice leads to a dry green woody hops flavor and some dry peppery yeast phenols that linger after the dry finish. There is a nice hop pungency that lingers after the finish. Some white plastic flavors come through and turn into more of a fusel alcohol flavor as the beer opens and some apricot hop and clove phenolic come through aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz and not really much alcohol heat.

O- Nice big hot mess of flavors some interesting some a bit odd but none of them are really offensive. Perhaps a bit shocking but pretty tasty all the same.

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A-Cloudy amber gold with two fingers of eggshell white head

S-Smells of citrus, bread, spices and hops

T-Funky, hoppy with notes of spice and citrus

M-Frothy with a light body

O-Another great beer from Flying Dog. It strays from the classic farmhouse taste, but an overall delicious ale

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a huge, pillowy 3 finger head. Excellent retention. Resulting lace is thick and sticks to the sides with ease.

Smell - The Belgian yeast is in full effect; slight spice, slightly sour. Anything else is well hidden beneath the turgid Belgian aroma.

Taste - Starts with the yeasty character, then a peppery spice and earthy tone makes it's way to the front, followed quickly by a citrus bitterness. Finishes sour, with a bitter orange peel quality.

Mouthfeel - Moderate body. Smooth and silky.

Overall - A commendable effort from Flying Dog. Nice use of the rye to help intermarry the belgian yeast with the hoppy IPA character.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer in Raleigh

A - orange gold with a big, dense, white head that has great retention

S - funky Belgian yeast; an odd note akin to hot dogs or smoke

T - funky, a hint of white grapes, bitter piny hop character

M - crisp, well carbonated, smooth, medium bodied

This is a decent Belgian IPA. The hops are bitter enough to be noticeable and fight through the intense, yeasty flavor. The nose is contradictory; off putting and pleasing at the same time. Good flavor, good drinkability. It's worth a try.

Photo of secondtooth
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow-golden, with a huge and overpowering head of creamy white bubbles. Impressive and ornate lace, too.

Nose is spicy and fruity. A promising and delicious beginning!

Body seems light, but the flavor is strong. I get a floral hoppy, funky sour mix...fruit, yeast, and spice. A seriously delicious mix.

Maybe one of Flying Dog's finest achievements I've had yet.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange with great lacing.

Smell: Flowers, orange, and clay. Excellent balance for an IPA.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Same as the flavor. Maybe a bit too much clay. Amazing mouthfeel. Very active carbonation and a medium-full body.

Overall: A very good IPA. Underrated due to its saison-like qualities.

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours honey colored with 3+ fingers of rocky pearl colored head. Great lacing & above average head retention

S: Cloves, band-aids, breadyness & pears, some apple blossom as this warms

T: Pears & green appleskins, fairly intense bitterness, some lemon zest as well up front. More pears, appleskins & a bit of dryness as this warms, along with some grapefruit. Finishes somewhat dirty, but not near funky enough to get too fired up about, some nice pear notes as well

MF: Medium bodied, fairly lively carbonation, alright balance

Easy to drink, a nice take on the style, not one I would buy again, but worth a try

Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz growler into a tulip glass. Big thanks go to Stakem for filling this up for me off of a home keg.

Pours a hazed coppery gold, with 2 fingers of frothy bright-white head. This retains with a strong looking ½ finger of smooth foam, which kicks up a robust cascade of sticky spotty lacing. The aroma smells grassy and herbal with some fresh citrus character, while softer tropical fruit notes and doughy grains round out the edges. The nose is punctuated by a pronounced spiciness and ripe fruity esters, which really pick up strength as this warms.

The taste starts with crisp citrus, which has a flavorful snap across the tongue and is softened up from underneath by a mix of gentle ripe fruit, sweet bready grains, and herbal textures. There is a bold spiciness here from the yeast throughout, which really pulls hard into the finish, where is lingers with some leftover dry pith from the hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and is equal parts crispness and silky smooth with a good bit of an oily feel being present. Alcohol aids in bringing out the bitterness and spice here but it overall isn’t too distracting.

This was certainly an interesting take on a Belgian IPA, with that crisp juiciness of the hops and easy feeling body wanting this to go down quickly yet that bold spiciness from the yeast makes you hold back some. I guess in the end, I could have used a bit less spice here but I didn’t let it ruin my experience with this beer, as it’s worth checking out. This is a different beast than the Raging Bitch and I liked it.

Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden straw color with an explosive pure white head. The head settled slowly looking like a big puffy cloud and left some chunk lacing on the glass.

The aroma is quite spicy. Big peppery notes with some clove as well. There is a general floral sweetness. Some tart apple and lemon and finishes with a dose of hay. Good saison aroma.

The taste is of a dry pilsner malt, some light bread. There is a floral sweetness, perhaps some sugar notes. The flavor is strong on the pepper and hay bitterness. This mixes with a rough alcohol note. I noticed this in Raging Bitch as well, its a bit harsh.

The feel is light and quite dry with fizzy carbonation. Spot on for a saison. The pepper and grassy bitterness is aggressive for the style and adds a harsh element. The ABV is a bit noticable as well.

Its a tasty brew but a bit harsh for a farmhouse style. Not much different from Raging Bitch, except a little lighter. Scale back the ABV a tad and ease up on the hops and this is a very good saison.

Photo of bum732
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Grassy with some floral notes, citrus in the background. Some additional spiciness.

L: Crystal clear golden yellow, white, effervescent, creamy head. Solid lacing and retention.

T: Slightly grassy malt with a prominent spicy hoppiness. Medium hoppiness with loads of green peppercorns. Fairly dry finish, spicy hoppiness lingers.

M: Medium high carbonation, medium body.

Like Raging Bitch, but with a more saison style. Not bad, but i think i prefer Raging Bitch.

Photo of Mongrel
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This isn't my first time around the block with this beer. It's become one of my regulars, maybe partly due to the fact that I live very near the brewery.

Pours a slightly hazy orange-gold, with a thin, wispy head that laces down the glass.

This is a yeasty brew. Lemongrass and hay on the nose, which are both prominent in the flavor as well. Along with slightly citrusy (tangerine?) hops that play well with the bouquet of Belgian spices. Slightly sweet in a crisp sort of champagne-y way to balance everything out. Mouthfeel is soft but vibrant.

This makes for a good go-to beer throughout the year when you're looking for an alternative to the regular rotation of pale ales/IPAs. It sort of bridges the gap between a saison and tripel.

Photo of RappAttack
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poors a clear straw color with a thin white head,
S: very interesting, Belgium yeast and bubblegum, with a small pine hoppy aroma.
T: like it smells (not a bad thing) very yeasty spicy hops come through more in the taste
M: light med body, with a stinging carbonation
O: a very different beer for me. i would like a bit more hoppyness especially if they are going to call it an IPA. iwould have it again and as always love the label

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi hazy bright gold color with a frothy and sticky bright white head. Nose is reminiscent of raging bitch. Fruity sub banana and clove a bit yeasty touch of citric hops.

Taste slightly reminiscent of raging bitch as well. Thick creamy mouthfeel. Tart citric Apple and pear on the front of the tongue letting you know it is different then its Belgian ipa counter part. Some caramel on the mid palate. Syrup like thickness on the back end of the tongue. Faint banana and clove throughout. Finishes tart citric and piney.

Fans of raging bitch will love this. Similar enough yet different in its own way. A bit too tart for me but it was interesting to see how well the saison and ipa flavors worked together.

Photo of GuyIncognito
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

How have I not reviewed this beer already?!? It is one of my favorite beers from the past year. Let me start by saying that "IPA" should not be anywhere near the name of this beer. It is a bottle conditioned Belgian style ale, with a slight touch of hops at the end. It pours an amazing head (watch out- it will foam up all over the place). The taste is complex and full of esters. If you swirl the last bit of beer in the bottle, it will produce a crazy Dr. Seuss like foam to top your beer off with. The flavors go in every direction, with a yeasty sediment cloud lurking right below the head. An amazing American version of a Belgian farmhouse beer. Just drop the IPA from the name please. What a fun beer! Nice job, Flying Dog.

Photo of gillagorilla
2.74/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz. poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: Golden yellow with minimal head and decent lacing.

S: Smells like a farmhouse. Very nice floral champagne notes with fruity esters like very ripe apples, similar to a dry cider. It smells like an apple orchard that is actively juicing and making cider.

T: There are hops but they are all farmhouse flavors with wheaty pine, resinous grass. The aftertaste is all pine resin.

M: There is a mild carbonation that lends a slight bit of coarseness.

O: It is what it says it is, but I was expecting more of a saison-y IPA, with some decent carbonation and sweetness. Not to my liking, but I believe this is my first farmhouse IPA.

Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, hops, spices. Taste is lots of spice, hops, citrus, some malts, more spice, a lot going on here. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a solid beer worth checking out.

Photo of puboflyons
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 355 ml. bottle. Sampled on September 15, 2012.

The pour is a fairly cloudy yellow with busy carbonation that grows into a huge, fluffy white head.

The aroma is quite distinctive in that it smells like wheat at first but after a couple sniffs it is evidently coriander and clove with a slightly notable yeast strain.

The body falls into the light to medium range but the texture is smooth.

The taste starts out with a pear-like quality that slides into a citrus zing and ends with a powerfully floral hopped bitterness that makes me wince with its pungency at first but then lingers to a fairly nice finale. A little too hoppy for my liking though.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dense tangeringe orange with a swirling haze and fulfillment of effervesce. A firm solid foam eggshell white head holds nicely with some soapy large macro-bubbles along the vessel walls. Lacing is splotchy.

S: Small touch of sour orange funk for aroma accompanied by some musky grains. Wish it had a bit more appeal, a hard style to match toe to toe with the belgian examples. In the end just an average experience.

T: Spicy bite of tangerines and pepper. Wow factor is there on the first impression. Spicy, some sour funk and musky grains of moderate levels. Wheat, grapefruit combine with a lingering funk of citrus bitterness.

M: Edgy, frothy mouthful, lots of carbonation, light bodied and acidic.

O: Overall funky, spicy, bright, hoppy and a good american interpretation. Solid by example. Starts off with a wow factor and holds strong til the end of the experience. A sixpack worthy buy that could of easily been bottled big.

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Wildeman Farmhouse IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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