Farmhouse Summer Ale | Flying Fish Brewing Company

208 Reviews
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A 12 fluid ounce amber-brown glass bottle. The front label is generic in design. For the Farmhouse Summer Ale, the neck label has a large ‘F’ inside the brewery decal. The main label has a green background and is a rather colorful affair which has a twin-engine aircraft formed from a fish skeleton on a blue background with the breweries name around the edge in a red circle. No freshness or strength indicated.

Appearance: A little head, even when poured rather vigorously. Soon settles to a thin whispy slightly off-white colored covering. A clear straw colored body with exceptional clarity. Nice inherent carbonation.

Nose: Feint hints of a wheat beer with some light spices and hops. Very delicate but it is there when explored for.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing. Clean entrance with some light grain sweetish malts in the beginning and a creamy middle. Light hops and a lemon grass ending with a short defined spicy bitterness in the latter stages. The carbonation levels add a zesty feel to the beer. This reminded me of a mix between a Lager and a Wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: Rather light with an average strength, but a lovely creamy feel on the tongue. The carbonation felt aggressive at times, which meant that the spicy nature and light hopping often only came through at the end.

Drinkability: This was very refreshing indeed, exceptionally tasty for a 4.6% ABV beer that is so light in nature. Very quaffable.

Overall: I really enjoyed this offering. Delicate at times, but very accomplished. Thanks to NeroFiddled for the sample.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1384th Review on BA
Bottle to Small Tulip

No bottle date

Purchased from Total Wine, Las Vegas for $1.79

App- A more golden orange with a nice one finger head, small retention and lace. Had a nice look to it.

Smell- Weird mix on this. Small blonde ale malty notes with a unique take on trying to be a saison. Thicker grass and earthiness.

Taste- Grassy for days with a grainular citrus and malty combo. Just didnt take well to the flavor profile being mixed. Pretty average beer.

Mouth- A bit thicker with a medium body and a medium full carbonation. Had residual earthy, lemony malts. Needs to be more crisp.

Drink- It was less than $2, wont be back to this one, but wasnt the worst beer.

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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 socon67
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours golden yellow with an active white foam head. Some visible carbonation.

S - Has a skunky smell that reminded me of Moosehead lagers. Also some earthy spice after it settled a bit.

T - As mentioned by others this says "Framhouse" on the label but this is certianly no saison. Some sweet notes of fruit combined with a spicy finish.

M - Relatively light, but it is well balanced and smooth for the summer.

O - Not impressive, but just a deviant of the other summer seasonal craft offerings out there.

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Photo of david18
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought this was a summer beer and not a farmhouse ale. I liked it when I had it and now see why it was more interesting than I expected. Very light color, average smell, ok taste but as a regular summer beer. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good and worth getting if you're hot and thirsty.

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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 ummswimmin
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in a pint glass at a local bar.

There was a half a finger head when it was served. There was a very wispy head. I didn't pick up much from the foam.

The beer is the perfect light yellow of a summer beer.

This is the perfect beer for lounging on the back porch in the evening on a summer day. I thought it was very refreshing.

There were some fruit notes in the taste. I picked up pear and some light spice.

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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 tgbljb
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a slightly hazy, medium amber color with magnificient white puffy head that was easily revived with a light swirl. Smell is very mild with some fruitiness (citrus) and a bit of spiciness. Taste is a good combination of a hoppy bitterness, fruity malt, and nice background spiciness. Finish is very light and dry. A very easy to drink beer that would bewonderful on a warm spring day.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
An aggressive pour resulted in a lucid, clean, clear, apple-juice color appearance with a minimal head that quickly dissipated and left hardly any lacing...
Faint, passive aroma of florals, grains, and honey...
The taste seemed peculiar and different than your typical Saison... Crisp, peppery bite that included slight notes of honey and vanilla, along with mild fruits and pears...
Mouthfeel was average to say the least, but the drinkability was at least good due to the relatively low ABV and lack of cloying flavors...
Certainly not the best depiction of the style...

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this draft at TJ Smiths the other night.
IT is a golden straw colored beer with about an avg size head thats bright white. Faded pretty quickly leaving some lacing.
Carbonation was low.

Aroma was mainly of hops, which were slightly spicy and some malts.

Taste is spicy and with some very sutle hints of cloves.
Light mouthfeel

A pretty desent beer spicy and dry. I would like to fry this from a bottle for comparison purposes because I can taste so off flavors I'm sure are tap line related.

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Photo of DIM
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear, god with a flash of copper. 1/2 inch white head on the pour leaves waves of lace on the glass.
Aroma of pale malt, wheat, some grass and a heavy yeast hit.
Flavor of pale malt, biscuit and wheat bread note. some yeast and light bittering one the finish. I would this is on the heavy end of the style.
Mouthfeel has some fruit light citrus and a nit of a buttery and bready middle and some citrus hop bitterness on the finish.
Drinkability is solid. Again heavy end of style, very intersting but not distinctive.

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Photo of philbe311
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last of my summer brews...

A - Pale yellow straw color... Big white fluffy head off of a standard poor... Heavy, medium-paced carbonation... Coats glass exceptionally well ... A real attractive looking brew...

S - A very lightly scented beer... Subdued malt and caramel at first... Grains... Perhaps hints of citrus and vanilla... Pleasant, but a little on the weak side...

T - Earthy with strong hints of floral character... Perhaps mild lemon... Bready malts... Spices... Slightly hoppy aftertaste...

M - Smooth... Light to medium bodied... Slightly oily... Dry and sharp...

D - Easy drinking and enjoyable... A very good sessionable beer... A slight departure from the typical summer brew, which is greatly appreciated...

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.38/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale

Appearance- a light yellow with a weak fizzy head.
Smell- light. slighty wheaty with a hint of citrus.
Taste- very watery. I detect straw/hay with a weak citrus bite.
Mouthfeel- bitter up front with a watery bland taste in the end.

Overall- Too weak, too watery, and what little taste wasn't that pleasant. Not horrible but not worth drinking. My summer won't be wasted on this. Sorry Flying Fish!!

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a goldened straw color with a 3 finger head taht falls to a light coating over top. The nose is peppery spice, overlaying a light sweet and lemoney base. I can't put my finger on the sweetness. Its somewhat floral. The flavor is a little light comparted to the nose. The lemoney floral component is most dominant with the light peppery spice playing second string. I get a light metallic twinge on the finish. The feel is moderate to thick with a moderate carbonation. Maybe a touch too thick for me. I'd like a litte drying on the finish too. The drinkability is very good. Its a refreshing and crisp brew. The flavor is nice. No real flaws, just lacking anything to make it stand out.

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Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted at the 2003 Oregon Brewers Fest. Light gold color. Medium head. Aroma is malty, fruity and slightly herbal. Touch of must. A medium bodied sassion (? ) Malts are fruity and mild. Hops are slightly spicy. Light and refreshing. Nice mild flavors. Well balanced. Light and refreshing this would make a great summer session beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale has a golden-colored body that is bright and clear. A white head is made up of bubbles that are not too tightly packed. The head doesn't last long, but a few splotches of lacing are left behind.

The aroma has a bit of light fruit, an herbal hop aroma, and some grainy pale malt.

The malt profile has a grainy, pale malt flavor, along with a little bit of a wheat twang. Fairly aggressive hops for a saison add a little bit of a bite. Some light fruit and a hint of pepper from the yeast comes through. Honestly, I'm not sure that I could have picked this out as a saison. It tasted more like some form of American Wheat Ale. The yeast doesn't do nearly enough work.

The light, effervescent feel for a saison is definitely lacking here. More of a moderate body with high carbonation.

Farmhouse Summer ale is a light beer that doesn't taste bad, but it doesn't taste like a saison either.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on sale this week. I'm not much of a summer ale/saison drinker, since I prefer hefe's, witbiers, and crisp pilseners for the dog days of the year. I'm proud to say that Flying Fish is brewed in my home state, as I have enjoyed some of their offerings. Saison's aren't up my alley much, but I like tasting things that are outside of my norm, and I was eager to give this seasonal a try.

Funny thing is, this beer reminded me of a pilsener in more ways that one. Very clear, bright pour, not a lot of head, and a very dry, crisp taste were the hallmarks of this. It wasn't cloudy, belgian, or yeasty in it's characteristics like I thought it would be. A bit of bitterness can be felt here, but it's a twangy form of it. Not strong hopwise, and the only spices I can detect here are a bit of pepper and ginger. Sure, it's light and the 4.60% ABV make it great for the summer. However, this is craft beer and I expected it to be more like a saison and to have more cloudiness and fruitiness to it's taste. Tartness is fine, but I didn't expect there to be so much of this in a saison.

Once I have more of Flying Fish's offerings, I could possibly pinpoint a trend or two among it's portfolio of beers. There wasn't anything wrong or unenjoyable about this, but this is not the beer one should delve into when learning about saison's. For the summer or a hot afternoon, it'll hold up alright...but I would love to see this redone for next year, more true to form.

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Photo of nickd717
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. This is really more of an American blond ale IMO. It's very good for that style but not so great for a saison, so I'll rate it as a hybrid of sorts. Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head and decent lacing. Aroma is wheat, citrus, light spice, and grain. Flavor is wheat, pale malt, grain, citrus, and light fruits. Palate is clean and crisp with fairly light body and medium carbonation. Drinkability is high since this is so light with somewhat mild flavors. Finally, let me say it again: if you're looking for a true-to-style saison, this is not the beer for you. If you just mowed the lawn on a 90 degree day, sure, it'll work.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow body with some carbonation. Thin white head. A lot going on in the nose: lemon, spices, grass, a hint of other fruit, and a slight sour tang, especially when opening the bottle. For all in the nose, it's light on the tongue, then a long lingering wheat/citrus aftertaste, which detracts from its refreshing qualities. OK, but not that high on my summer drinking list.

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Photo of bditty187
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Translucent yellow hue, wispy white head, thin, quick to collapse to a soapy residue… far from visually appealing. No lace. The nose is lean with soft lemon hints, wheat (maybe?), floral and grassy influences… the aroma is apathetic. Light palate, with lovely hints of spice, pepper, lemon, grass, hay… the finish is slightly dry… very refreshing! Minimal aftertaste. It is most worthy of its ‘summer ale’ moniker… most enjoyable to quaff. Medium-light body, ideal low carbonation, smooth and easy to drink… what a session beer this one would make. This beer has a niche… I’d love to imbibe in this one again.

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Photo of BigMike
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with 2 fingers of head.
Smell is kind of grainy with some hints of citrus.
Very light as far as taste goes. Tastes like a better quality version of BMC.
It is however pretty drinkable. It's about 85 here now and this ice cold beer is going down smoothly.
Nothing too spectacular here.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice deep golden color with a nice 1/4 inch head atop it.Malty aroma-not as much as I remember when I first had this a few years back.The overwhelming "earthiness" and "bready" qualities that I loved in it are gone as well. Great malty flavor with a slight hop bitterness.Some very nice residual yeastiness in the backround .Very smooth on the palate-nicely built for only a 4.6% beer.I could seriously drink this all night no matter what the season. Its pretty far from a saison for sure but on its own merits its quite the excellent brew.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy straw color with a thin head. Some lacing. Aromas of yeast, some citrus and slightly sour. Flavor is malty and bready. A bit tart. Having trouble pinpointing what I am tasting. Tastes kind of grainy. Overall this beer is alright. Not really for me but I don't think it is bad. Don't need to have it again.

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Farmhouse Summer Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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