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Farmhouse Summer Ale | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Summer AleFarmhouse Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001

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Photo of BFCarr
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of ajilllau
3/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.46/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.48/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of chapeti
4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
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!

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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...

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Photo of Boto
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.84/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.35/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of malloyca
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of icehawk
2.43/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle (best by 8.7.13)

Appearance: Cloudy straw with fine white head

Aroma: Plums, yeast

Taste: A bit bread-like, white bread that is

Palate: Lots of carbonation making it mouth filling despite it's relatively light body. A bit spicy on the tongue

Overall: Not much flavor or discernable qualities

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at Total Wine Reno, unrefrigerated and warm on the aisle. At least one of those buffoons didn't try and convince me that this beer was made by the Bruery too!

Pours out looking completely as expected, a minimally colored, yellow beer with 1/2" white head on the top. Aroma of grainy ness, wheat escapes me, doesn't come off as farmhouse, just a plain blonde ale.

Taste, a little more bitterness, less funkiness than it should have. Hops didn't come out in the aroma or taste, but the bitterness is probably from hops, its a little metallic, doesn't lend itself to the usual fruit or pine descriptors with hops. Mouthfeel is clean, wouldn't say refreshing, the yeast profile is kind of strong on this one.

Average all the way around.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear and light gold in colour with a typical lager like thin white head and faint lacing.

The aromas are of sweet pale malt, biscuity and mildly fruity (pear and some lemon) yeast, some light notes of honey and maybe some grassy hops albeit very light just as the lemon is.

It's a pretty well balance between earthy hoppiness and pale malt sweetness aided by lemon and honey. It's delicious and very well done. The finish borders on dry with a mild lingering hop bitterness with faint notes of pepper. This is a good beer!

The mouthfeel is smooth and the body light, but not watery like I have read. The carbonation is medium or just over, but not hot in the least.

Overall, I feel this beer meets all the criteria of an American Blond Ale and many of a Farmhouse Ale as well as they seem similar and in that respect I am going to give it high marks. To add to that, the extreme pleasantness of this beer is also going to get it a great score and I don't see why it has gotten lower scores on Beer Advocate but I am going to give it a solid 4 out of 5.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Date tasted: July 7, 2013... Glassware: Rare Vos shaker... Occasion: lazy Sunday, post mattress-shopping peace....Appearance: nice golden copper body with subtle effervescence; white sudsy lacing--a good start... Aroma: lemony zest on top of a crisp, clean hop aroma; some lawn mower clippings are hinted at... Palate: medium-bodied, with a presence late at the throat; a pillow-quality body, perfect for this heat... Taste: not much in the way of complexity; grassy notes at the end with some herbal/floral hints--but oddly maltier than a saison usually is... Overall: a low alcohol (4.6 ABV) allows this to be a pleasant pre-lawn mowing brew; the overall experience is within its genre....

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Photo of Bung
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I tried this from the bottle enjoyed chilled in a tulip

The color is a clear golden with visible carbonation and thick white head with average bead and wavy lace pattern that sticks with lasting retention.
The smell is slightly fruity with yeast esters and mild vinous aroma with light herbal hop odor and spice with mild malt aroma with some toasted grain in the nose. The smell leads to a feel with medium high carbonation and moderate sweetness with medium low bitterness which gives a balanced impression with mostly dry finish.

The taste is very good with some yeast flavor which leads into the malt with tangy vinous element and malt is pilsner in character with honey-like sweet maltiness and light herbal almost peppery hop aspect keeping with a nice toasted flavor and slight dry subtle bitter finish. This is a quality pale Belgian I really appreciate its balance and drinkable style -nice East coast saison

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color. White foam forms with good staying power. Aroma of earthy herbs, honey bread and spicy house proprietary yeast. In the taste, more of the same with some lemongrass, peppercorn and bread. Lightly tangy, well balanced, and somewhat light. Had good flavor on a light to medium bodied ale. Well carbonated. Overall, this is a nice session ale.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a stunningly clear straw color. The head is a one finger white shade. It doesn't have the best retention, and only leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. Love the clarity, though.

S: The maltiness doesn't provide much - maybe a touch of crackery malt - and the hops used are very earthy in their tones. There really isn't much of anything on the nose, good or bad.

T: Again, there isn't too much here. A touch of wheat and cracker opens things up - and I mean a touch. The feeble malt base allows the hops to shine through, providing some finishing earthy, mildly sour notes. I was skeptical of the farmhouse label (and doubly skeptical when taking its clarity into consideration), but at the end of the day, I do notice a touch of funkiness, if only because it's hop-derived.

M: Certainly, it's a crisp, dry brew, one that's vibrantly carbonated and refreshing. I feel it's not really interesting enough to inspire great drinkability, but it goes down easily enough.

O: I'm not sure where the 'farmhouse' term comes from here - the yeast is way too clean/subdued. As a simple blond ale, though, it's okay. I wouldn't pick it up again, though.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are very light aromas of wheat and lemon citrus in the nose.
T: The taste has a bit of sweetness along with notes of lemons and hints of bready malts. No hops are detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has some thirst-quenching properties. It's definitely sessionable and I would have no problem knocking back a few of these on a summer day. The overall taste is pretty good when compared to other beers in this style.

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