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 stirgy
4.72/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a newly tapped cask at the Grey Lodge.

This beer poured a cloudy pale yellow and had a thin white head.
Had a pleasant grassy hop aroma. This was much creamier, smoother and had more body than the regular draft version. Very flavorful. An excellent summer sipper.

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Photo of Ahoyhoyindeed
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: bright and golden
Smell: Slightly sweet and lemony
Taste: Citrus flavor up front, smooth and sweet on the back end
Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy but light
Overall: Fantastic summer beer, similar to Sam' sSummer but better
Serving type: bottle and on tap

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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 hellican
4.35/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden copper with a nice retaining head. Smell is floral, hoppy and grainy. Drinks crisply and smoothly, not quite with a snap, but almost. Hints of coriander, lemon and orange abound, but neither are in the spotlight. Low in alchohol means that this is a quality summertime picnic beer that you'll empty quite quickly.

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Photo of tjd112
4.34/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is from notes I compiled last summer. I poured this into a generic pintglass. Appearance is golden colour with good lacing and good head retention. Smell and taste is a good amount of citrus, grains, spices, malts, hops, and bread. Mouthfeel is refreshingly light to medium bodied, and this is a very drinkable brew for those who like citrus and need a fine lawnmower beer.

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Photo of jamesdr1968
4.32/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I found this beer to be one of the easiest-drinking beers I've ever had. Now, my review is flawed because I don't believe I have any other Saison/Farmhouse Ales to compare it to - this is my first. But from the description of the style, I expected something a bit more complex in flavor, and this was not complex at all. Low ABV combined with a mellow flavor equals very easy drinkability. For an every day Summer beer, I'd choose this hands down over the BMC beers; unfortunately this runs $32 a case, so it could be come an expensive habit. I may have to just fit it in here and there over the summer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light, yellowish colored ale that a pour develops a slight head. Not one of the better looking beers, but it is extremely drinkable as light citrus and wheat flavors are well balanced. Little to no aftertaste. More than one can be quaffed without getting bored. This ale has become one of my summertime staples in the refridgerator based on taste and reasonable price.

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Photo of bpw28
4.26/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(With the amount of floaties in this brew, I might have a bad bottle but it is a farmhouse. I looked back and no one mentioned the floaties. No best by date, but I got it from a place that opened this summer so it cant be totally old. I'm only saying this because its a ton, not a little. Anyway, moving on.)

Look: Three finger bleach white head that died pretty fast, Copper (about an 8 SRM), ok lacing, lots of carb, tons of "floaties".

Smell: Big malty, pleasant grassy, nice earthy, mild fruity (strawberry/orange type), light floral, slight woods, yeasty.

Taste: Very nice yeasty, nice malt, good fruitiness, earthy/grassy/woody/good funk. good carb, nice body, crisp and clean, semi-dry.

Final Thoughts: Even with the lacking appearance, I would buy this beer anytime. It's perfectly summer to me. It's a sit on the back porch and sip in the summer evening, taking in the smell of sun baked grass and fresh air. Great beer.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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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 frank4sail
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/6 keg in my beermeister. Very clear yellow look with lots of tiny bubbles. It has a rich sticky rocky white head. Freash hop nose with touches of lemon and yeast. Slight toasted malt flavor with a well rounded hop finish with a slight touch of lemon zest. Very clean hop finish. Cleaner and crisper and a little lighter than the bottle version (fresher). Very drinkable with its taste and its lasting head and lace. Without question a solid summer draft selection.

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Photo of sparkydoyle
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seemed to be more of a spiced cream ale (style owes a much to the English as to the Belgians). Grainy flavors, creamy mouth feel, faint hops but a lot of fruit and spice at the end.

More assertive than a lager, but with a creamy head, straw coloring,
light carbonation, crispness, low sweetness, and excellent clarity (slight chill haze). I liked it more than I would have if they had rigorously nailed the Saison style. Great to have while cooking and eating some barbecued chicken.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
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 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 Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a very clear light golden with carbonation evident. Head is insignificant. A nice light malty aroma tainted with hints of lemon. This is a really nice tasting brew. I rarely sampled from this style, but this one is enjoyable. Light body. Very easy drinking. Nice subtle maltiness (seems like a pils malt). A nice little hop bite that adds to the overall experience. No overbearing or complex tastes, but for the style and what little I know of the style, this seems pretty good. To me, a bit similar to a good kolsch.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good summer beer which is somewhere between gold and amber. A ok head but a nice lace that made up for it. A good smell. The taste has a nice spiciness to it, aking to their Grand Cru. This is pretty much a lighter, more drinkable version of that. They don't seem to be using the same yeast strain which produced all those zesty esters in the Grand Cru. This is refreshing and well worth a try.

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Photo of BuckSpin
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a warm golden amber with a tight 1/4" head of white foam that disappated quickly, yet clung stubbornly...odd.

Nose was nice & inviting. Crisp, citrus tones pulled you in. Initial the play is even with malts & hops, then the hops reign and invite the citrus currents to dance on the pallete. The brew continues to build and peak on the throat with sharper tones and hops, swallowing very clean and crisp with a likewise aftertaste. An excellent summer brew that would pair nicely with a variety of foods, I would definitely recommend it as a early session offering or with lunch/dinner or by its lonesome.

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Photo of StonyB
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

In general, I'm not a huge fan of summer seasonals. One of the few exceptions is this Farmhouse Ale from Flying Fish...

12 ounce brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance - Foamy, soapy head, with good retention. Rising stream of bubbles visible in the transparent but cloudy body. Color is a hazy, dark golden straw.

Smell - Yeasty champagne. A little fruit and malt. Not overpowering, not memorable.

Taste - Champagne in a beer. Slightly sour fruit, balanced by semi-sweet malt.

Mouthfeel - Dry, and somewhat mouth-puckering, yet quite creamy. Refreshing.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink. With a mild ABV (4.6%), a perfect session beer for summer.

It's probably unfair to call this beer a saison. Compared to the classics of the style, Saison Dupont and Hennepin, there's no comparison. However, if you look at Flying Fish's Farmhouse Ale as simply a good summertime beer, it does just fine...


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Photo of Foxman
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a crisp golden-yellow, almost fluorescent in the lights of the room, and slightly hazy. A dense bright white foam dwindled quickly, but left sticky lacing pasted to the glass.

The aroma was sweet malt, tempered ever so slightly with vague hoppy bitterness and a more pronounced tanginess from the wheat.

The sip brought the light malt sweetness washing in, carrying in tow the poignant lemony tang of the wheat. A very slight but discernable note of corn ducked in and out quickly. A mildly spicy hops presence gave a nice counterpart to the malt and wheat character, the bitterness partnering well with the sweetness and tanginess. The finish was dry, crisp, and certainly refreshing.

Light bodied, it did not seem to be as carbonated as it felt in my mouth. It seemed to leap around, like low-grade PopRocks, pinging off my cheeks and tastebuds. The lingering dryness of the hops is a pleasant remembrance.

The one thing I didn't like as much, the overly alive feeling in the mouth, is the thing that goes along with the zesty flavor to make this one very drinkable beer. A little bit of a dichotomy there, but one that benefits it when it comes time to choose which beer to drink. This is absolutely a great lawnmower beer. But, I think the cask has something to do with that, as the bottle is not in this league. A shame, really, that I can't keep a cask on my deck for after my yardwork.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: more on the golden apprearnce with
lots of retaining head

smell: decent amount of hop aroma for style, no Belgian yeast as label may of inticated.

taste: nicely balanced with some hop flvaor and typical rustis malt flavors of saisons

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied

drinkability: nice easy drinking american blonde ale

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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 Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy golden color with a very white, very foamy head that fades to a cap. Lightly sweet, and lightly funky in the nose. Pleasant. The taste is similar- some nice fruitiness, with notes of red apple and pear as well as some breadiness, a hint of bitterness, and a little bit of funk. Restrained, and very refreshing, but enough interesting flavors to hold your attention. This is in no way an American Blonde Ale, and those looking for such will be disappointed. This, as the label attests, is a classic Belgian farmhouse style ale. Call it a Saison if you will, but not a blonde. I enjoyed it, and suspect that many that didn't are looking for something more mundane.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint glass

A- pours a very pale shade of yellow with a quick fading, one finger white head. Would have liked to have seen more of a head

S- aroma gives me a lot of lemons....smells pretty good

T- very crisp flavor of lemons and some grassy hops as well. Almost like a saison

M- body is very, very thin...about appropriate for a summer beer

O- very easy drinking summer beer, real sessionable too

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Photo of GreenCard
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the Oregon Brewers Fest 2003 on 6/25/03...

Appearance: light straw color, wit-like haze, fluffy clingy snow-white head

Aroma: outdoorsy wheaty aroma with some floral hoppiness, slightly tangy

Flavor: tasty gentle sweetness followed by a slight lactic sourness, hop flavor and bitterness are miniminal, quite a lush palate nonetheless

Mouthfeel: light body, zesty carbonation, ultra refreshing

Overall Impression: A great saison. Usually a hit or miss in the US. This is the first beer I've tried from this brewery. Probably my favorite of the 19 I tried at the festival. If the rest of FFB's beers are this good...

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Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pale malt scent that is fruity to the nose and has hints of wheat. There seems to be a bit of spice as well; very nice. The taste is good also. It has a grainy pale malt flavor that boasts also of wheat and a fruity yeast finish. It goes down with ease and finishes a bit tart and fruity. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine saison. It's not the best I've tried, but it drinks well.

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