Farmhouse Summer Ale
Flying Fish Brewing Company

Farmhouse Summer AleFarmhouse Summer Ale
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Style:
American Blonde Ale
Ranked #494
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
80
Ranked #45,414
Avg:
3.51 | pDev: 14.81%
Reviews:
217
Ratings:
611
From:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
 
New Jersey, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  18
Gots
  95
SCORE
80
Good
Farmhouse Summer AleFarmhouse Summer Ale
Notes: 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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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Hazy blonde. Short white head. Light carbonation.

Nose
Lemon zest, nougat, wheat, cracker, and light spice.

Taste
Cracker, tangy wheat, and slight nougat. Lemon zest and a touch of peppery spice.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, clean, off-dry, and refreshing.

Overall
A tasty farmhouse style Blonde.

Sep 03, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

2.84/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Plays the part with a nice golden color with wet head and lace and the de riguer biscuit note repping the nose. Bit of astringent graininess on the back end damages the flavor profile. Also a bit gritty in the texture. Seems like they were going for a bit of a Belgian spice thing but it went off the tracks. Pass.

May 18, 2019
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Knoght5191 from Pennsylvania

1.45/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Poor taste and a poor look. Flying fish seem to have alot of possibility with their brand but recently they seem to be lacking. This is just like drinking a bud lite. Sorry to say.

Mar 31, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Accomplice IPA glass

L: Clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Thin rim of lacing.

S: Grainy... mild citrus.

T/F: Strong grain/light malts dominate the brew. A little sweet and biscuity. Mild spice and lemongrass. Light and drinkable. Well carbonated.

O: A pretty middle-of-the-road kinda beer. Easy drinking... flavor wasn't my speed, but I do like the low ABV and sessionability. Certainly not one to seek out... I'd have it again if offered.

Aug 18, 2018
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Krajnyak from Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not a fan. Pours a nice straw color, a bit cloudy. Almost no head, and what did pour was gone in a minute. Nothing hit me with the smell. For me, the taste was overwhelmed by the feel. It was sharp to the point of metallic. Was so overpowering I didn’t get anything else in the profile. I couldn’t pick out what may have caused that....perhaps the water. Hops were there somewhere, but it tasted more like a Coors Light than a craft brew.

Jul 17, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer that was apart of my winnings when the 'Hawks beat Philly for the cup in 2010 that was finally paid off. It poured a clear yellow with no head and no lace. The scent had some floral and biscuit notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

Nov 24, 2017
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a slightly hazy pale amber with a two finger foamy white head that dissipated quickly. An extemely faint fruity aroma was present. Upfront taste is sweet and tangy with a somewhat metallic experience on the tip of the tongue. Very light hoppiness on the tail end. Medium body with light carbonation. This beer is drinkable after the first few sips. The metallic taste departed. However, there are much better farmhouse ales to be had.

Sep 16, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yellow slight amber in color with medium carbonation.yeast,malt and hop aroma.taste is identical to smell but more complex. Very easy beer to drink,not extreme in any area but nicely balanced. Hops are very distinct but not overpowering which made this a very enjoyable beer

Jun 25, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Eek, see through light yellow color with quickly dissipating head. This has a yeasty scent with slight malt on the edge. Flavor is fairly decent, spicy hops to start and a bready finish. It's fairly light in mouthfeel with more carbonation than it looks like it has.

Jun 19, 2017
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BFCarr from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Low in alcohol but high in complexity. Easy to drink with a floral, hoppy taste. Ends with a light fruity flavor.
Pours golden with a 0.5" head. Feel is okay, good for the ABV.

Sep 04, 2016
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ajilllau from Florida

3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average beer. I've had it from the keg and the bottle. Bottle was much better, but they are both sort of boring. I would carry it again both ways next year but there is nothing memorable about it.

Aug 18, 2016
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a straw yellow color with a bit of bubbles, seemed pretty clear through the body as well.

Smell is sweet from the cracker malts, touch of spice and hops but otherwise nothing too much. Flavor wise it's a bit weak, some malt dough sweetness, hint of lemon, there's a touch of yeast but overall it's pretty watery.

It's a very easy beer to drink but also very boring.

Jul 12, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with very little head. The nose and flavor are mildly funky. The body is light and this offering is very drinkable.

A nice lawn more beer but nothing extraordinary.

Jul 02, 2016
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Better than its reviews. Light ABV, refreshing, and unusual being filtered.

A: Totally clear golden color with a modest head that declines to a ring and leaves dots of lace around the snifter.

S: Lemony, bright, welcoming, light, with a modest grainy malt

T: Slightly herbal and fruity, the beer has a lemony feel up front and remains balanced w fruit and herbaceous finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body with crisp carbonation. Nice feel.

O: An american blonde is right, not really a saison, other than it's a summer beer.

May 24, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.02/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow liquid, solid half inch of head on it, average lacing and retention.

Aroma didn't strike me as a 'farmhouse' beer. Was more like just a wheat beer.

Taste had some metallic bitterness to it. Again, not farmhouse-esque. Can't figure out the kind of hops they're using here. Not off flavored, but just not offering much in the distinct flavor department outside of said bitterness.

Mouthfeel keeps hitting with wheat like grist, bitterness and some aspects of the yeast as it warms give way to 'oh that's what they were getting at' farmhouse wise. Weird beer.

Dec 03, 2015
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.48/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

**
04/27/2012
12 oz Bottle to Pint Glass
Appearance is beer yellow color with little head . Good Smokey Flavor for a lighter beer. Easy to drink.
**

Nov 26, 2015
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raiderandbeerfan from Nevada

3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Scored this one in Reno at the Total Wine. Pretty warm that day on the unrefrigerated aisle.

Pours out looking as you'd expect for a blonde ale, pretty uninteresting, mild color yellow, 1/2" white head on it. Grainy, the belgian yeast doesn't stand out at all on this one.

A little more bitterness than expected, less funkiness or belgian phenols than expected. Hops didn't come out in the aroma or taste, but the bitterness is probably from the hops, its a tad metallic in the mouthfeel, doesn't give itself the usual fruit or pine descriptors when purveying into the hop field. Clean mouthfeel, but not really refreshing either. The yeast profile is just weird, can't make up its mind what beer it wants to be. Kinda average all the way around for me.

Aug 26, 2015
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chapeti from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank a few of these in a "session", so I don't really know what the rating numbers mean that I picked. All I know is that this is the most drinkable, reshreshing, enjoyable beer I've had all summer. Goes down smooth and tasty leaving me wanting more, and I did have more. I'm so sick of over hopped beers that this was a much needed change and I'll go out and get a bunch more tomorrow. Drink well, my friends!

Aug 21, 2015
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SitkaSteve from Idaho

3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a hazy pale yellow color with a nice little one finger white foamy head that dissipated immediately.
The smell takes some lemon juice and brings in a nice earthy/herbal quality running over some light black pepper notes. Gentle sweet fruits slyly give way to a nice balance all around.
The taste melds the lemon juice, earthy/herbal qualities to the black pepper in a stealthy spicy sort of way.
The mouthfeel is about a light on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light in this one. Sweet to semi-tangy fruity notes slide over my tongue.
Overall, this was a nice surprise. I'm unfamiliar with the company and am unsure how this bottle was found in a bottle shop out here in ID. I see there's nothing else by them. I'm curious...

Aug 03, 2015
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Boto from Connecticut

3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

May 25, 2015
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Gajo74 from New York

3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Interesting light brew. Fruity aroma as well as some floral esters. Taste is peppery, lemony and yeasty. A nice drinkable brew for warm weather. I enjoyed it.

May 03, 2015
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Doctor_Bogenbroom from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I got it on tap a bit late for the season, but I thought it to be a good, crisp, tasty brew. I'd definitely get it again. It's very smooth going down.

Dec 11, 2014
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JayQue from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

Aug 24, 2014
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

2.6/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

May 19, 2014
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malloyca from District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold appearance, with nice lacing. Floral aromas of yeast, followed by some grain and stone fruits. Good mouth feel, with medium body and nice effervescence. Bone dry taste with a tight, hoppy finish. This is a very solid beer and great for summer session drinking.

Aug 09, 2013
Farmhouse Summer Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 611 ratings