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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Ratings: 599 |  Reviews: 214
Reviews by saalblade:
Photo of saalblade
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Frothy head on initial pour that quickly dissolves to wispy whites. The orange side of gold with a good clarity, but a slight haze.

S: Floral with a slightly spicy aroma

T: Got a nice bite at first from the hops but with an even spice and slight citrusy sweetness that gives it balance.

M: Medium-light body that's oh so crisp.

D: Overall, a very solid, easy-drinking beer for hot humid nights in Southeastern PA.

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Photo of chapeti
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
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 ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light yellow color with lighter head than what I expected,aroma was pretty spicey along with some powdered sugar notes.Taste was nicely balanced with some spicey notes with a nice light malty ending.Nice and refreshing and very drinkable,would buy again.

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Photo of DavyJones
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant darker golden color. Lots of malt in the nose. The taste is pretty solid. At first sip it seems like it is going to be too carbonated, but it smooths out considerably at the finish. The saison yeast is less noticeable in this beer than in other saisons I have had. To me, that's a good thing. A nicely crisp and refreshing beer. I would like to try it again next summer.

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Photo of Afroman
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of shapudding
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap, clear and golden with no head. Nice citrus and grainy scent. Very balanced and clean with hoppy overtones. Have been on a brewery tour at Flying Fish and know their process to be heavily filtered and highly refined, this shows through alot in this brew. Very nice drinkability, great session beer.

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Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Perhaps the first totally filtered Farmhouse Ale I have ever run into, pour a clear pale golden yellow color with a sturdy two fingers of white head that show good retention. A little fruit and medicinal with a dry cracker graininess and herbal hop in the nose. Crisp and smooth with a fluffy moderate sized body. Dry and mild biscuit and cracker maltiness becomes a little grassy middle to end. Hops go a little lemon with a slight bitterness upfront. Yeast drops some vague exotic fruit and medicinal pheonls on the taste buds for good measure. Finishes very dry and refreshing.

I thought it would have lost a ton of flavor and character being filtered and such but this ended up being a pretty solid Farmhouse Ale. On the light side but it makes up for that with its superb drinkability.

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Photo of ledouge
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tylerbrowe
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mdtnelson
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of KOP_Beer_OUtlet
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of gunnerlincoln
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of KaitLee
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BranfordBound
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -14%
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 SPRichard
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge fan of Flying Fish releases but this one really was a pleasant surprise. Had on draft at the P.O.P.E.

light yellow with a well represented head that leaves a good amount of lacing

not much going on in the nose, but i'm here to drink it not smell it

highly drinkable with a thin mouthfeel and almost sour apple taste...very refreshing and could easily put away a few of these in one sitting...excellent summer beer to kill some time with

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz poured into a mug.

A: Pours a light gold with a thick white, foamy head.

S: Some citrus (mostly lemon), a little purple cough syrup, and some yeasty aroma.

T: Starts out with a little sweet fruit then quickly adds a slight biscuit flavor. The hops, mostly lemon, control the finish with a mild graininess.

M: Light and on the dry side.

O: This is a light beer that does not have an extreme amount of flavor. However, it is a summer beer. This beer has high drinkability. More to the point, it is an easy to drink beer that still has some nice flavor. There is some fruit, mild biscuit, and crispness from the hops. It is on the drier side, but the hops are not as aggressive as an IPA or even a pilsner. It would be a perfect accompaniment on a hot summer day or with a nice crisp salad.

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Photo of DarrellK
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow hue with a lumpy light beige head that soon fades. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.
S- The clean aroma has a soapy quality with a very light lemon note in the finish. No yeasty character noticed.
T- The soft dry pale malt flavor has a corn note and a biscuit malt hint. The finish is a very slight hop hint with a larger sulfur quality that lingers as a dry taste for a bit.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a dry fizz.
D- This beer has a very light and lagered flavor to it with no yeast character or depth at all. There were no offensive or off flavors but I don't think I would work at their farm for long.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ksiazewski
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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