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Wildeman Farmhouse IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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85
very good

171 Reviews
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Reviews: 171
Hads: 555
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 5.57%
Wants: 12
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: CraftBeerTastic on 01-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mpedara429
2.26/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours out a cloudy golden color. Three fingers of white head with a good amount of lace left behind.

S: It smells mostly of clove and yeast. Some lemon and floral scents as well.

T: There are spices up front, particularly clove and some generic bitter hoppiness in back. There is a hint of lemon in there as well. It leaves a bitter aftertaste.

M: Strong carbonation. It is a light to medium body that is crisp and clean.

O: Unique, but a really weak offering that I wouldn't go to again. If I wanted a Belgian Ale, I would go with one that is less bitter. If I wanted an IPA, I would get one that had more diverse flavors than just "bitter". The spices are overpowering and it seems more like a bitter version of a Belgian Ale than anything else. (754 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with nice retention and lacing on a hazy deep golden body.

S: belgian yeast and spices with corriander, citrus hops, mostly pineapple and banana and some pale malts.

T: musty grains and yeast, sweetness from banana, corriander and other herbal notes with hops providing mostly citrus and herbal presence.

M: medium body and high carbonation, semi dry finish.

Overall: I wasnt overwhelmed by this one. I think its overcarbonated. Not memorable or one I would have again. I would like more from the hops. More of a pale ale for me but still good belgian character. (588 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a big two and a half finger head of white foam on top of hazy, golden body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - spicy Belgian yeast with some pine and grapefruit.

T - Bready malt with some clove and anise notes up front. Some pear and vanilla malt in the middle with a peppery finish of yeast and pine hops.

M - medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad, the aroma is more promising than the flavor turns out to be. There is a lack of hop character in the flavor despite pine and grapefruit notes in the nose and the clove is excessive. Drinkable, but not something I would be excited to have again. (698 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flying Dog Wildeman Farmhouse IPA, ale brewed with spices. Brewed by Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick, Maryland.

"His axe is stained with the blood of a thousand adversaries. We fall in behind him as he leads us into the darkness, He turns his gaze on us. "Tentanda via est!" The way must be tried." Whatever that means. 7.5 % ABV.

Crisp, clear, golden appearance, under an enormous, brilliant white head. Looks fantastic.

Smells incredible, too. Aburst with vibrant hops. Brimming with citrus fruit, lemon and honey, with Belgian yeast lurking beneath.

Taste: Hop bite hits hard at the start, then flushed with fruity flavor, bitter meets sweet, then swept up with the funk. There's a party in my mouth and everyone's invited. An intriguing mix, a flavor unlike any I've had in a while. I've been skeptical of many of the "innovations" in the craft beer field lately, most of which seem to be little more than "let's make it hoppier". You know, the "white IPA", black IPA, etcetera. Farmhouse IPA? Don't care for the name, particularly, but I'm liking the hell out of the taste of it.

Medium body, excellent drinking, slide down good and carefree, while leaving traces of bitterness in the wake. You get the feeling of a saison overcome with hops, and, damn it all, but I like this one/ I like a lot. (1,303 characters)

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer pours out with a nice big fluffy tight head with small bubbles and it sticks around what seems forever. It leaves great lacing around the glass and has tones of small bubbles streaming off the bottom and looks well carbonated. It has a nice golden straw color that you can not see all the way through but it looks very clean. Great looking beer!

S- I get that typical barnyard funky-ness in this along with a minuet amount of hops. Definitely lots of lemon rinds and some fresh cut grass smell. A must to swirl this beer up when smelling and it becomes a lot more aromatic.

T- Right off the start you get the hops with a strong lemon flavor that last throughout the taste. The funky taste is in the background but tends to get lost from the lemon and hops flavor. This beer is really tart and drys your mouth out.

M- Medium body and well carbonated which cleans your pallet for the next sip.

O- This is a descent beer in its own unique way and unlike any that I have had. It is refreshing on a hot summers day and tends to make you thirstier as you drink it. If you like funky beers and IPA's you should definitely give this one a try. Cheers! (1,163 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two finger's worth of big chunky frothy off white colored head... Excellent retention... Sticky lacing clings to the glass... A minimal bit of very rapid paced carbonation... The color is a medium gold with a moderate orange hue...

S - Belgian yeast is at the forefront... A bit funky... A bit spicy... A very light but assertive hop pungency... Lemon... Fresh cut grass... Perhaps even some very faint floral notes...

T - The hops are much more pronounced on the palate... They are of a earthy and noble character... There is an undeniable funkiness... Loaded with orange and lemon zest... Slightly tart... Bread crust... The hoppiness lingers on the finish... Quite complex...

M - Medium bodied... Slightly dense... Lightly carbonated... Dry finish... Chalky through out... A bit rough around the edges...

D - An interesting brew from Flying Dog... I've enjoyed their recent Belgian infused offerings... Unique and quite tasty... Not something I would drink with regularity, but I would never shy away from either... A nice little beer... (1,050 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Flying Dog shaker pint glass.

Pours straw gold topped with a pillowy thick bright white head. Significant splotching lacing as the head recedes and the brew is consumed. Strong aroma of farmhouse yeast and mild grassy notes on the nose. Opens with funk and grass, fruit, perhaps pear and apple peel midpalate and finishes dry with some notes grapefruit-rind hop bitterness. Overall, a successful Belgian/American-style hybrid. An overall enjoyable brew. (482 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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 (615 characters)

Photo of Dijeriduster
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a six pack from the local beer cave poured into the cool new Flying Dog tulip. Had this on tap in NYC a few months back and have been aching for more ever since.

A - Straw gold with a large head even from an easy pour.

S - Saison yeast is right up front with citrusy hops tingling the nose and making one question what they are smelling...is it a saison or an ipa?

T - Nice citrusy bitterness hits first then fades to the Saison yeast. Strong yeast flavour here. Leaves a lovely aftertaste of the yeast with the refreshing nature of hops keeping you ready for another sip.

M - Thin like saison Dupont with high carbonation.

O - Not as good as it was fresh, the dry hops have faded in the bottled version but still a wonderful hybrid beer. Easily one of my fav belgian ipas and something I hope to see more from So Cal brewers. (840 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very hazy goldenrod with a huge 3 finger head, good lace.

S: Grass and yeast, pear, a spicy direct smell.

T: Heavy white spice and yeast. Great earthy and grassy hop flavour with some soured malt.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy, easy drinking.

O: I admit I'm partial to the Belgian IPA, I like when these 2 schools come together. This is a very good beer. Delicious and well made. (406 characters)

Photo of Momar42
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle not Duvel tulip

A - Hazy, cloudy yellow.  One finger of tiny, bubbled froth. Decent retention. 

S - herbal spicy and zesty notes.  Straw and earthy aromas too. Not overpowering but very inviting.  Aroma is supposed to make you want to drink it and this one succeeds. 

T - high carbonation is immediately noticeable. The spiciness quickly follows but struggles to stay prominent.  With each successive drink it's the same. Either too much carbonation or not enough body. The taste is nice, but too mild. Virtually no aftertaste and for this style thats unfortunate. 

M - clean, too clean. I like more in this area from my farmhouse brews. 

O - flying dog has been getting better and better lately and I've been enjoying their offerings. I think this beer falls pray to appealing to the masses. Perhaps an introduction to the style, but is lacking for those already familiar with it. Drinkable, enjoyable but doesn't hold a candle to the very high quality offerings available elsewhere. (1,009 characters)

Photo of DubbelDown
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Looks good in a glass, nice pale color... robust head.

S: Pungent. Lots of spice and hops. Interesting and complex.

T: Not to my liking. Too overwhelmingly spicey. It may be a good example of this style, but not very drinkable for me (and especially not good at the price $11.00/6-pk).

M: Overwhelmingly foamy. Do not even attempt to drink it from a bottle, you'll only get a mouth of foam (I usually use a glass, but even then, the carbonation overwhelmed everything else). Not to my liking. On the one occasion I drank it from a bottle, it foamed over... this was the 5th or 6th drink from the bottle, and it was not set down hard (just a slight tap). I'm surprised the bottle can contain the forces of carbonation within.

O: Funky, spicy, and foamy. Not a terrible flavor, just not real good. Not what I expected from an IPA (I've yet to meet too many IPAs that I don't like) - Belgian style or otherwise. (917 characters)

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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 (319 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (1,376 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange-tinged blonde with loose white froth that fades to film. Nose is white pepper, a bit dose of funk, lemon zest, Band-Aids and flowers - definitely more Belgium than US.
Pears and yellow apples, lots of wax, a phenolic hit of clove and a funky lime, coriander leaf and grapefruit pith finish.
Numbing citrus cough drop ending and long yeasty linger. Medium, some chew, crisp, bit of oil.

Definitely more a saison than a Belgian IPA. Citra adds an interesting finish, but this seems to put IBUs over aroma in making this an IPA (like other FD beers) which adds up to harshness, especially on the astringent finish. Hard work; in de Wildeman deserves better. (663 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of thepeter
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

big puffy head that lasted, straw hazy pour. Aroma grass, bitter hops, pitted fruits young peaches earth. taste similar to aroma, although a lot less fruit in the taste and more grass adn hops. Good Carb, not too bubly like some saisons, light on the tongue but nice body better than the sum of its parts. (305 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was the last one of the day during a recent sojourn to Baltimore's wonderful Alewife. Not being a hard-core advocate of the farmfouse style, I ordered this with a dollop of trepidation. It appears as a cloudy amber body awash with fast-moving carbonation bubbles rushing to greet a thatch roofof vanilla froth.

What passes for the nose is a smorgasbord of apple and corriander - a Belgian nose? The body seems to waver between a chalky bitterness and a short seduction of malt. The mouthfeel contains some sharp edges in the vein of Holly Hunter's character from Raising Arizona: " Her insides was a rocky place in which my seed could not find purchase." Don't know if this really relates to this beer, but .... well, I always liked that line.

In any case, the beer was well crafted; however, not he one that would ever turn me on to the farmhouse style. A worthy attempt, though. (888 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz served in a snifter glass

A - Pours a brassy gold color with 2 fingers of white head. Pretty good retention and lacing.

S - Spicy Belgian yeast, molded hay, dusty, dried peaches and apricots, light taffy notes.

T - Grassy bitterness really pounds the palate up front. Mineral infused soda water and a strong medicinal character rides underneath a dry water cracker-like malt. Dried lemons come out as it warms up a bit. The grassy pushes all the way through the very, very, very dry finish.

M - Medium, semi-thick body at first but the micro-carbonation quickly turns the mouthfeel airy.

Nice and spicy. Love the dryness of this beer but the hops provide a punishing bitterness that really blacks out alot of the flavors. Some medicinal phenolic notes stuck out as well.

Throwing truck loads of hops in a beer doesn't always make the good beer. Having said that I would buy this again. (898 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by 8/6/2012. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a very nice 2-3 finger dense white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big lemon, apple, pear, pepper, orange zest, clove, bubblegum, grass, herbal, and yeast spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of lemon, apple, pear, pepper, clove, orange zest, bubblegum, grass, herbal, and yeast spices. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, pepper, herbal, grass, clove, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of yeast flavors with hop flavors; with a good sweetness/bitterness balance as well. No cloying flavors. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick and foamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian IPA. Nice flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyable stuff. (1,109 characters)

Photo of tony223366
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amazingly huge head! About 5 fingers on a half pour. The head is white, fluffy and peaky. Top is like meringue. Color is a light caramel, foggy from the yeast. Gorgeous beer.

S: Awesome Belgian yeast aroma. Fruity with some farmhouse must. Some sweet caramel malts. Almost a strawlike aroma. I smell some spicy hops.

T: The flavor is great, nice, drinkable balance between musty, slightly funky hops with spiciness. Malts are sweet caramel and the finish is a little sweet. Wish it was a little more bitter.

M: Good mouthfeel, medium body with fluffy carbonation.

O: It's unfortunate that it's so sweet but still good because it's fairly interesting. Far from the best Belgian IPA I've had but very good. (712 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew with a sunny golden-wheat coloring. It holds a one and a half finger whitish head. The bubbles are tight and active. This shows good retention, leaving patterned lacing all around the glass. Foam is easily reproducible with a light swirl. Carbonation also appears higher, and no haze or sediment is noted. The aroma is bright with wheat and crystal malts, spicy coriander, and orange and lemon rind. It is initially very reminiscent of your standard Wit. Grassy hops and metallic, bready yeast quickly mix in, along with a bitter phenolic clove, and slight booziness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is very soft and fresh, with nicely savory malts. The taste opens up with fresh orange flesh and citric hops. Soft wheat mixes, with vanilla bean that is light and sweet. The middle moves forward with souring grain, lactics, and a much more bitter hop bite. The bitterness enhances through the finish, with a more powerful citric character on the back. The malts, however, prevail here, with that continued strength from the robust wheaty start. The aftertaste breathes of citric hops, steady malts, bitter wheat, bitter booze, and general sourness. The body is medium, and there is huge bubbly carbonation. There is big froth, slurp and cream to each sip, but it becomes so frothy it is hard to keep in all in your mouth and still get some flavoring. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks relatively easily.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the appearance and the nose. The coloring was gorgeous, with a solid head to boot. The nose filled with a cooling and inviting aroma. This was, however, a bit malt heavy for the style, and surprisingly very much like a Witbier. These vibes also poured over a bit too much into taste, and we found things to stray a little too far from the stylistic path. It was a refreshing beer, nonetheless. (1,879 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Flying Dog's Wildeman Farmhouse IPA last week for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. In my experience Flying Dog can be pretty hit or miss, but a Farmhouse IPA peaks my interest, I am expecting something like a very hoppy Saison, so lets see how it goes. It has a best buy date of August 7th 2012 Batch A. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- I like the label it's a little dark and weird, it's what I have come to expect from this brewery and I like that. The cap came off with a loud hiss and it poured a nice golden straw color that took on more of an orange and slightly straw color that was pretty hazy. It had just about five fingers worth of very fluffy and a little rocky white head that left tons of nice lacing and died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end. This is one great looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off very Saison like with some nice sweet malts and wheat up front that impart some wheat and grain aromas along with some candied sugar aromas. Up next comes some straw, grassy, and barnyard aromas followed by a light amount of tart and and slightly funky aromas. Next comes the hops which blend well with the Farmhouse aromas and impart a mix of citrus and floral hops with the citrus hops seeming to stick out the most. I like the aroma of this beer, it was really good, different, and interesting, the Farmhouse aromas worked very well with the hoppy aromas.

T- The taste is a little different from the aroma, it starts off with a real light grainy and wheaty flavor that is a little tart and pretty sweet, but it's quickly overpowered by tons of pretty bitter hops that give this beer a higher amount of bitterness and is a little to overpowering and imparts some citrus and floral flavors. Next comes a light tart and funky flavor followed by a slight straw and barnyard flavor that carries on over to the aftertaste with a little more bitter hops. This tasted ok, but I thought the hops were overly bitter and overpowered some of those great Farmhouse flavors.

M- A little smooth, crisp, prickly, medium bodied, with a higher amount of carbonation that made this beer feel fizzy. The mouthfeel was pretty average and too carbonated for such a bitter beer.

Overall I thought that this was an OK beer and a slightly above average example of the style, it was going in the right direction but this beer needed much more balance to it. This beer didn't have the greatest drinkability, it wasn't that smooth and the flavors have a hard time holding my attention, one is enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and the aroma, they were both pretty damn good with a nice complex aroma and tons of great head. What I liked least about this beer was the lack of balance, less overly bitter hops and more farmhouse flavors could makes this a great beer. I don't think I would buy this beer again, I would rather have a Raging Bitch, it's worth a try, but don't expect it to blow your mind. All in All this beer was solid, but the lack of balance prevented it from being something great, I like that Flying Dog is blurring the line between styles but I think it could have been executed just a little better. I may need to try a fresh bottle, I was pretty sure this beer was newly released and it just showed up at The Lager Mill, that's why I am surprised to see it was a week away from being out of date, I don't really understand that. (3,445 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker: Mad 4-finger head that's loose but smooth & drops slowly, forming crags & craters. Body is a golden straw, transparent with just a few nucleation bubbles & bright highlights. Very nice, probably should've done a tulip for this one. Head settles at about 1&1/2 fingers & retains well. With the last pour, the beer turns cloudy.

Smells of apricot, peach, a little floral, a creamy kind of custard, some citrus, a little grassy. Definitely some farmhouse action going on here, more detectable than the IPA character.

Citrus is notable at first, but a smooth, round citrus, not bitter & jabbing. The peaches & apricots come through, but then halfway through things turn very bitter & dry. The bitterness is interesting, as it's not like most IPA bitterness I've had - it's almost more like bitter greens, a grassy, flattening kind of taste. The boozy, dry character gets very strong, too, & lasts way into the aftertaste. Not sure if what I'm tasting could be called "phenolic", but there's a kind of hot, plastic-like alcohol flavor to it (band-aid?). Mineral & stony, too, the way I sometimes liken Orval to licking a rock in my mind. A bit overpowering, really.

Full-bodied & effervescent, filling the way a lot of farmhouses are. That bitterness & dryness overwhelm my palate & paved over my tastebuds in a way I don't really care for.

I was really digging this going in - the look & smell were pretty admirable, but that steamroller of underbalanced bitterness & dryness were too much for me to really enjoy this. (1,540 characters)

Wildeman Farmhouse IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.