Farmhouse Summer Ale
Flying Fish Brewing Company

Farmhouse Summer AleFarmhouse Summer Ale
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Style:
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #496
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
80
Ranked #45,641
Avg:
3.51 | pDev: 14.81%
Reviews:
217
Ratings:
611
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Flying Fish Brewing Company
 
New Jersey, United States
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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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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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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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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, straw-hued body with a relatively airy, white head. Smattering of lace spray on the descent.

Smell: Lightly grainy, bready accented wheat and pale malts encapsulating notes of sourish citrus, spice, clover honey, and zesty hops.

Taste: Pale malted barley and malted wheat, incorporating a slight tang and joining a honeyish sweetness. Bready, biscuity elements to it. Floral, spicy hops with a sufficient bitterness present. Small splash of lemonade. Light touches of unripe bananas and cloves. Fast flourish of slight sourness. The sweetness darts back in and out as you work through the bottle. Creamyish yet crisp on the drying finish with light hints of citrus and earthy spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation. Slight creaminess.

Overall: I'll be honest, and maybe it's my own fault, but I purchased this assuming I was getting into a saison. The word "farmhouse" in the title is generally appealing, the word "summer" on the other hand... I've heard saison yeast can be tricky to handle, but I'm somewhat surprised they just copped out with just a standard English ale yeast. At least they did go for a sour mash. So the beer is a tasty blonde, yes, even a very fine "summery" beer, but I'd a bit happier if they dropped the word "farmhouse" from the label.

May 16, 2011
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metter98 from New York

3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Oct 19, 2012
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

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

a very clean golden yellow pour with a very minimal amount of head. smells fruity (strawberry), bready, and citrusy (orange/lemon peels). there is a taste of fresh apples up front followed by a slight funky bitterness (from the yeast i assume). light body with high carbonation, still has a creamy feel to it and is very crisp and refreshing. there isn't much in the taste department aside from sweet and fruity, but it's a simple beer like this that i can find myself going back to next year and making it my summer go-to beer (especially with this price tag.. )

Aug 29, 2012
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BBM from New York

3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden yellow into a pint glass with minimal white head and lacing. Aroma was slightly sweet with just a hint of spices and alcohol.

Light, crisp, refreshing with a husky grain flavor and citrus hop bitterness. Not quite as lemony as some other summer beers. A subtle coriander spice is present, along with a somewhat bitter finish. Overall a really nice, drinkable summer beer.

Jul 29, 2008
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apmcpm from Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -71.5%

Jan 23, 2012
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DIM from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a bright, clear golden color. It poured with a medium sized, sticky white head.

s: Moderately funky grains with a little lemon. Some sweetness from caramel and vanilla notes. Pleasant enough, but pretty mild.

t: The funk is pretty tame on this one. Dry, flowery lemon and grains with a slightly sour, bitter finish.

m: This was thin and a little watery.

d: This was okay overall, just a bit bland.

Sep 03, 2008
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ahbaggins from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Jan 12, 2012
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microbrewlover from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy orange/brown color with a two finger head, good lacing and fairly heavy carbonation.

The smell is of straw/yeast, sweet malts, orange lemon and pepper.

The taste follows the nose with first the malts then a yeast taste followed by orange, lemon, pears? then spicy peppery hops.

The mouthfeel is crisp and spicy a little bready and chewy, probably due to the heavy presence of yeast and malts.

Overall I would call this a winner. This is a good balance of malts, yeast, fruits and hops. I can see myself drinking more of this when the summer arrives and the weather turns hot.

Apr 02, 2012
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khargro2 from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +14%

Aug 12, 2012
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +17.9%
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

May 17, 2013
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SuyoonShin from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Apr 19, 2013
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very light golden yellow with a nice white frothy head that faded quickly leaving behind a decent, but shortlived lace ring. Smell was lively, lots of yeast was present even in the aroma, and it was very light. Bread and earthy grains were the predominant aromas. Taste was crisp, light and refreshing, perfect for a summer day. Very smooth and full of bready and earthy grain tones, with a slight hop presence as it warmed. Overall this was excellent for exactly what it was a great summer ale.

Feb 25, 2011
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Whiskeydeez from Kansas

3/5  rDev -14.5%

Jun 01, 2014
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was pretty good overall. A light golden color body - kind of reminded me of white grape juice - with no head but a decent lacing. Not too much of a discernable smell; hints of malts were evident. The taste was pretty crisp with nice, malty undertones that made the beer appear to be really light. The mouthfeel was pretty average; a little on the thin side, but good for a Saison. The beer, overall, is pretty light and surprisingly refreshing. Definitely a good call on a hot summer day when your only other alternative is a past dated winter warmer. I definitely will be drinking this beer as the late spring and summer months approach.

May 03, 2007
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fishguyac from Virginia

3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jun 09, 2013
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tzieser from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +42.5%

Nov 19, 2011
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tehchico from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Aug 06, 2012
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

May 19, 2013
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timwardjr from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Jul 23, 2012
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Dbot from Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Jul 05, 2014
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msarver16 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14%

Feb 09, 2012
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lstokes from Illinois

3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottles of this beer had been transported around a lot, and may have sat in beer unfriendly-places more than once, so my review should be taken with a grain of salt, but I didn't get a skunked sense, I just I found the brew pretty boring.

It pours like apple juice with a small head, smells a little bit like apple juice with some biscuit character, and I even got that in the taste--a very light beer, apple with a yeasty quality and a bit of hops, a slightly spicy after taste.

It sure went down easy--the mouthfeel was dry and fizzy--but I can't rate it too highly in the "drinkability" category just because I wasn't that interested in drinking it.

Definitely did not have any of the high points I associate with a saison--much more of an american pale ale, but average for that style. Wouldn't seek it out but might recommend it to friends who like light quaffable ales.

Jun 06, 2009
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

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

Another confusingly labeled beer from Flying Fish (the other one being the ESB Amber Ale). "Farmhouse" of course implies Saison and with that should come certain expected qualities. Yeah, we do find some Saison characteristics here, however, in a blind taste test, I wouldn't be surprised if "Saison" isn't the first style that pops into mind. Reading the description of American Blonde Ale on BA and on the BJCP site, we can get a better idea of what to expect here, although, I'd suggest that this beer qualifies best as maybe a hybrid of sorts between the Saison and American Blonde. YOU tell ME...

Poured into a snifter, it starts off with a fairly attractive, champagne-like head - Saison-like, I suppose as well - about an inch high, not real compact, and a little fizzy. This drops down rather quick, leaving a light, thin, sparkling, swirly forth on top which lasts through. Looks like it wants to lace, but it all slips off. The liquid is a pale, yellowish golden color with a very faint haze.

The aroma is interesting I guess. Musty is the first thing that comes to mind, and a fruity, champagne essence follows. The other quality I'm picking up I can only best describe as moist skin, or skin that dew or sweat has just started to appear on - if that makes sense. All in all, not a bad smell. Reminiscent of a couple farmhouse-style ales I've come across over the years. Maybe the closest element here to "Saison".

I'll keep repeating it: champagne. This, but with a little more body. A tartness is present maybe from the wheat, the yeast, or a combination. Starts off with this and some light fruitiness, finishing pretty dry, and ending with a mild flare up of spice. The flavors may not be bold and complex, but the balance is decent.

This beer took awhile (and a few) to start to get in tune with (it also reminds me much of their Extra Pale Ale). I enjoy it out of a glass and out of the bottle. It's light and crisp and it went well with grilled vegetables. It may not astound but it's worth a try and surely has potential appeal to a wide audience.

Sep 13, 2010
Farmhouse Summer Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 611 ratings