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Wildeman Farmhouse IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Wildeman Farmhouse IPAWildeman Farmhouse IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

547 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 10
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CraftBeerTastic on 01-27-2012)
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Photo of harrisjohnson
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

harrisjohnson, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color with less clarity than one would expect from an IPA - it's more akin to a Belgian tripel than anything. The head is a one finger off white color with mediocre retention/lacing.

S: Very strong Belgian notes come through; coriander, clove, candied sugar, and a touch of funk. As an IPA though, I expect a little more in the way of grapefruit/pine notes, but other than that, I really like how it smells.

T: Notes of bitter grapefruit from the dry hopping are prevalent at first, but after the bitter opening, the Belgian characteristics pull through, with hints of funk, spice, and candied sugar. The finish sees a return of the hoppy notes from the opening, subtly blended with the saison characteristics. Crisp, refreshing, and nicely balanced - not as clinically clean and bitter as Raging Bitch, but pretty much where it needs to be.

M: Given its saison roots, it's very well carbonated and finishes quite dry - a sensation that works well with its hop profile, without getting overly chalky and astringent. Medium bodied and incredibly easy drinking.

O: Color me impressed. It isn't perfect, but it's a solid hybrid of a saison and IPA, and is better balanced than Raging Bitch, too. Recommended.

ThisWangsChung, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of dpmacd
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

dpmacd, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Max's on cask.

A: A lighter saison color, pale golden straw, and hazed over. The cask generates a thin head, white, that doesn't do much.

S: The nose really catches my fancy, with a floral hop bitterness paired with musty yeast and rich spices. Plenty of citrus, with coriander and musty yeast bringing up the rear. This isn't a Belgian IPA (IPA/tripel combo), as the saison yeast really does a number on the ale. A very powerful aroma.

T: My first sip was like my first encounter with the nose: interesting and unlike any other Belgian IPA. The hoppiness, floral and herbal with plenty of bitterness. The hops run head-long into the saison body, spicy and yeasty. The juiciness is intense, sweet with soft anise, coriander, and a musty yeast bite. The saison body is a stark departure from a tripel base, differently spiced. The yeast really controls the beer, dominating the flavor.

M: On cask, the mustiness is amplified. A must-try if you come across it. Knowing that it's been bottled, I'll be on the lookout.

akorsak, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey in DC. At the time of this review, this is the #45 beer on the "Top Beers - Belgian IPA" list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is yellow, hazy, almost white, nice head, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is grassy, a little fruity, yeasty, nice.

Beer is light in body, airy in the mouth and on the palate. Strong hop garden here, nice finish. I enjoyed this beer, drinks a little like a saison.

drabmuh, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

pixieskid, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +8.1%

duceswild, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -18.9%

nmann08, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of chodinheaven
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright orangeish-yellow beer that is slightly hazy, but also has a nice clarity to it. Lots of carbonation springs up from the bottom. The creamy white head reaches a little more than two fingers on a medium pour and dissapates slowly, leaving tons of sticky lacing as it goes. Definitely has a funky Belgian aroma to it with some banana and spicy, peppery notes to it. It also has a well-rounded, not-in-your-face citrusy, herbal hop aromas. Not overly aromatic, but not bad either.

Big funky juiciness right in the first sip, chock full of spices and candi sugar. The juicy burst is sweet and citrusy with a touch of banana, but with a healthy balance of peppery notes and clove. The farther it moves on the palate, the dryer, spicier, and hoppier it gets until the climax of a fairly dry and hoppy biting finish. The citrusy, piney hops combine really well with the big-time pepperiness to make for an almost too intense biting bitterness in the back, which then lingers on into the aftertaste for a few moments. The carbonation isn't distracting at a medium level, providing a bit of residuals to make their way through to the dry finish, juicing it up a bit.

Really good beer here, lots of complexity going on and remeniscent of a hoppy saison. Bold flavors dominate for sure, and its probably not for everyone. But for those who like complex Belgian-style beers with a healthy dose of hops, definitely give this one a go.

chodinheaven, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Jimmys
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into short stemmed tulip.

A: a very bright orange. very hazy. slightly off-white head with good retention and pretty sticky lacing.

S: lemons and limes. a touch of grapefruit. the hops battle with a bit of eggy sulfur.

T: bitter and fruity all at once. sticky tangerines. lemons. a dry bitterness that battles. slightly barny, but not tart or funky. just something about it that is rather, do i say, farmhouse-like. the finish has grassy tones and finishes rather dry.

M: a vibrant carbonation on a luscious medium body.

D: reminds me very much of d'Achouffe Houblon. flavorful, but a high drinkability factor. wouldnt hate to see more offerings like this from flying dog.

Jimmys, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of bubseymour
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Yellow cloudy wheat beer or Belgian Blonde appearance. Nice 1 finger billowy head with good retention and carbonation.

Smell - Spicy and floral. Very pleasant

Taste - A nice combination of Belgian Ale/bier characteristics combined with American IPA hoppiness. A nice blend of the 2 craft traits.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and pleasant

Overall - This has alot of similarities to Raging Bitch, so if you like that beer like I do, then you'll like this one.

bubseymour, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of bootsandbeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

bootsandbeer, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of cps98
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a six pack from this months meeting. Super excited to get it home and tear into one of these bad boys. Two of my favorite styles combined into one bottle, awesome!

A – Poured a cloudy light orange with a healthy two finger white head. Bubbles stuck around for a long time but eventually dropped back to a ring around the challis.

S – The yeast worked it’s magic hear, great floral/spicy notes come through right away. The lemon notes from the hops are there but do not dominate.

T – There is more saison present than IPA. The floral notes are first followed by the malty sweetenss, a little honey too. The hops are not a dominate player but are present at the backend with some nice lemon lime citrusy flavors.

M – Good carbonation bite. I would classify this as medium bodied had a nice dryness to it.

O – I had high hopes for this when it was described to me and I think Flying Dog did a nice job. I was hoping for a little more hop bite but this beer didn’t disappoint.

cps98, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of hopheadipaman
2/5  rDev -45.9%

hopheadipaman, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of stephenjmoore
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden body with slight transparency. White head that stays around with good lacing.

S- Spicy Belgian yeast, some citrus notes.

T- The Belgian yeast dominates, slight hop presence in the finish.

M- Crisp and refreshing, well carbonated.

O- Good beer. Unique, but tastes more like a Belgian pale ale than anything else.

stephenjmoore, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mahaffey's today.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, as I pick up considerable banana, clove, bubble gum and underlying citrus. Given the nose, the flavor profile is a surprise. The beer is quite dry, with barely enough sweet malt to balance the underlying bitterness in this beer. Also, while I get considerable yeast and hoppy bitterness on the flavor profile, there's not much else. The mid palate is almost non-existent, and the finish is all bitterness and alcohol. This is just not a very enjoyable beer (though there's nothing awful about this beer either). Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an almost watery finish.

I don't know. The flavor profile in this beer just seems kind of muddled, and it's hard for me to believe that this is what the brewer was going for. When I think how tasty raging bitch is, I just can't reconcile that with this beer. Can't see myself ordering this one again.

John_M, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of bconsidine
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

bconsidine, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new Flying Dog beer is always welcome. While I'm not a huge fan, I find them to be among the better of the local brewers.

Pouring a clear golden orange with a dense, white head with good retention and nice lacing, this looks good. The nose is pretty good too. Spicy and yeasty, there's clove, some bubblegum along with quite a bit of yeasty fruits as well, with papaya, mango and citrus hops. There's some sweetness as well, with sugar, honey and a touch of caramel. This really blends characteristics of saisons (super saisons, if you will), Belgian pale ales and IPAs. Very good. The yeast is so expressive, it covers up the Citra hops here.

The palate opens big and juicy with a good blend of citrus hops (light oranges) and plenty of fruity yeasty phenols. Papaya, mango and more tropical fruit to go with it. The honey and sugar aspects from the malt really do amplify the yeasty phenols. Bitterness is low for an IPA but high for a saison. The more rustic and barnyardy characters from saisons isn't really found here either. Drying and fruit on the finish, the, yeast does linger on with plenty of tropical fruit. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is quite enjoyable. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this beer works IMO.

DefenCorps, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of jrbuch
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice golden color with bubbles well paced apart showing good carbonation. A white film remains on top trough out.

S: Tropical fruits dominate with pineapple, papaya, and green apple at the front. There is that sharp note that comes with saison yeast (wyeast 3711?)

T: A more floral flavor comes trough with some very apparent alcohol bite. It's a dry one. There is a very pronounced ending bitterness; on style for an IPA.

M: Dry and well carbonated.

This is overall a great beer that combines two hard hitting styles: Saison and IPA. It is a must try for lovers of both

jrbuch, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A foamy white head is poured nicely, and sits on a clear body of peach gold. Not much carbonation, what little rises very slowly. Not bad looking head gets whipped up a bit and has some staying power also.

Bouquet is fruity, mild apricot, mild Belgian candy sugar, and a sense of very faint tart/sour sensation. Juicy smelling with a vinous fruit angle, quite nice.

An obvious hop angle hits immediately on the palate upon first sip. Bitter angle though doesn't seem to bring a discernible taste, eventually it mixes with the tart fruit to produce a sort of very sour apricot in a way, but mostly just bitter period. Sharp bite, with a medium carbonation feel. Juicy quality continues while drinking.

A real nice ambush beer. It has a sense of something fruity coming but not hoppy, then it hits with a surprising bitter. Nice and surprising.

smakawhat, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of mcphish22
4/5  rDev +8.1%

mcphish22, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ba Review #115
Served On: 01/27/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 6.7%
Date/ Code: 116A12

Picked up a sixer at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick - My usual source for the latest Flying Dog releases.

Look: The beer poured a clear orangish yellow. The yellow was mainly around the edges of the Duvel glass. Tiny carbonation bubbles made a steady stream upward from the bottom. The head started off as a 1-finger of off-white froth consisting of random sized bubbles - but reduced down to a patchy film within seconds.

Smell: The aroma had typical Belgian yeast esters indicating the Farmhouse Ale component. A light citrus hop note was detected, but not as prominent as you would expect for the IPA theme. Some wet grass and bready notes were present. So far this beer seemed reminiscent of Flying Dog’s Secret Stash released back in the fall.

Taste: First on the palate was the Belgian yeast followed by a fruity sweetness. Hops were certainly part of the complexity, but seemed to be subdued by the stronger Belgian qualities. The finish was a quick hop-bite which lead into a cereal aftertaste with some faint bitterness.

Overall this is a very pleasant beer. If you like Saisons and other lighter Belgian styles, this will hit the spot. Again – I find it to be very similar to Secret Stash but with a higher ABV and slightly more of a hop profile.

CraftBeerTastic, Jan 27, 2012
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Wildeman Farmhouse IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.