Farm To Face | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
FARM TO FACE was brewed as a pale ale and fermented in stainless with our house yeast. After primary fermentation, pediococcus and lactobacillus were added along with 3lbs of peaches per gallon. Ten months later, the finshed beer is bright amber in color with peach, graham cracker and green apple in the aroma. Drinking this medium bodied beer is like biting into a juicy peach with tartness throughout. The finish has a long lasting peachyness.

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#493
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
770
pDev:
6.61%
 
 
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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 770
Photo of brother_rebus
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked a 6-9-2016. Very sour but still retained the peach and barrel flavors. Has a tartness mostly up front but doesn’t bring that leather-curing acetic lingering after-burn that some sours-gone-old can carry. The fizz is still A+. Wish I had another.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange color with a small white head that dissipated quickly. Smell was mild tart with peaches, lemon, funk and citrus. Taste was mild sour with a ton of peach flavor and hints of apple and lemon. Medium bodied with good carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Excellent overall sour ale.

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Photo of mkh012
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 bottle, bottled 4 months ago.

Pours deep, semi-hazy gold with no head and streaming carbonation visible.

The nose is peach cobbler, lemon custard, and mild band-aid funk.

The taste is big peach, clementine, tangerine, and honey. The tartness comes across as lemon and is fairly restrained (5/10).

The mouthfeel is silky and soft. The honey notes round things out, and there's subtle cheese-funk in the background that's just barely drying.

Overall, this is loaded with fruity flavors. Top 3 sours I've had from Allagash.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very tart puckering flavors. a nice fleshy and sweet peach ring flavor to stand up to the sour. but regardless the sour dominates and it comes out very tart and is complimented by an effervescent mouthfeel. pleasant lactic underripe peach quality, mellow acidity and peach flesh. super clean with an exquisite sour flavor.

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Photo of colts9016
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer sounds quite tasty. I love peaches and beer what a great combination. The beer is 46 degrees and served in a tulip glass. A massive three finger bright white head. The head is billowy, rocky, and creamy with fair retention. The head left no lacing on the glass as it dissipated quickly. The color of the beer is SRM 4 a straw color with golden hues. The clarity of the beer is a touch hazy, probably from the yeast.

The initial aroma when I popped the cork was peaches. Additional aromas in the beer are yeast, toasted malt, honey, caramel, grass, a touch of funk, tropical, and lemons.

The initial flavor in the beer is lemon and grass. Additional flavors in the beer are peaches, tropical, grass, honey, a touch of barnyard, toasted malts, floral, and earthiness.

The mouthfeel of the beer is acidic and sharp.

The body of the beer is light, high carbonation, and a medium finish.

The beer has an incredible balance to it. Just the right amount of funk, tart, and fruity notes. A must try for wild ale fans. I thoroughly enjoyed drinking this beer.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold orange color . Just below average body with plenty of fine carbonation that this out after awhile .
Aroma is really ripe , sweet peaches , sour funk, apples, yeast, and an overall fruit,floral smell .
Taste is more sour than the aroma hints at but not in a bad way, just coats the mouth and gives a sour apple feel.
The peaches are more mellow than in the aroma but they provide a nice sweetness and flavor. There's a little funk and sour apple taste, especially in the lingering finish .
Overall this was an incredible beer that I will make a point of looking for as soon as possible just to have a few bottles in stock

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. Caged and corked bottle. Date bottled: June 20 2018. Popped open on 9/25/18. 6.1 % abv. Applecrest Farm. Sour Ale Aged on peaches.

A seriously active carbonation and lively appearance due to the fruity enhanced fermentation and wild style yeast additions.

A copper, amber and golden look, crazy-ass streaming, tiny bubbles just flowing to the surface to create this, amazingly smooth, silky-style white foam head. It seems to keep reengergizing itself from below, as the carbonation and living yeast bits just keep pumping it out. The lave is chunky, intericate and sticky icky.

A petfect aroma of sour and tart funky yeasts, wild and funked-up..?but still, mostly fruity based, and I mean...very fruity! Wild berries, citrus sweet, wild peaches and tart, vanilla and cream, bluberries, heavy raspberries and green veggies and maybe some wet, summer grass. I think you get the idea that Farm to Face has a very complex nose, and seriously bold aroma.

The creamy and smooth foam at the top makes it feel wonderfully silky smooth, then the very light and dry body snap rides in! Effervescent and woody-dry like a very nice German Riesling style effect. Sour grapes, tangy earth and a grainy taste poos out a bit later toward the finish. The complexity from 10 months of furthur againg seems very effective.

I've indulged in some of the very best sours or wild ales since it popped up in such a popular way, maybe a decade or so ago. I can proudly say, this is one of tbe finer, and more intense versions I've had the pleasure of enjoying.

Multiple layers of sweet 'n sour fruits pop out, earthy-dry and tart effects over a dry but wicked smooth texture makes this brew a thing of beauty.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light gold in color with a fingernail of dishwater white on top. Vibrant carbonation bubbles are present inside. The aroma is of green apple and peaches. I'm tasting green apples, peaches, and pear. The mouth is moderately carbonated, very dry, and refreshing.

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Photo of SABERG
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle dated June 20 2018, into the test glass
A - Golden straw color, a touch of haze cant hide the active carbonation. After the initial flurry of twisting spheres settles down. A thin cap of white is supported through the entire experience.
S - Stone fruit forward, peach, nectarine, plum all blend with some sweet malt, a touch of white oak and funky lemongrass.
T - Fabulous fruits on display, that stone fruit trio are accentuated by the mixed culture and the kiss of oak barrel. Sweet malts quickly roll to the tart side! A touch of ashen rime, and beautiful hint of minerals, chalk, with a hint of salinity.
M - Starts out a touch malt forward then rolls right into the tart, palate response is centered the tongues edges are on notice but avoid the red alert. The offering swings through fruit sugar to tart culture seamlessly, finish is crisp and dry, the carbonation keeps things moving along.
O - A very good offering from a well regarded brewery, this must be a delight to brew. Starts as pale ale then the fun begins. Excellent fruit addition and scale, the mixed culture and a touch of oak all add up to a delightful experience.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a Clear Straw Gold with a medium white head. It has medium carbonation. The beer smells of peaches, lacto, vanilla, and apples. It tastes lightly tart, with peaches, apples, and biscuit. It is light and refreshing with a dry finish. A very nice sour from Allagash.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a tulip to a bright golden orange topped with a finger and a half of dense white head that retains well with decent lacing.
S: Smells of peaches with some light sourness and some light maltyness
T: Taste is some nice and bright acidity with a whole bunch of delicious peach notes. The peach is very authintic tasting and the sourness is just perfect. Swallow is more juicy peach with that lingering bright acidity.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of things as far as the body is concerned but it is not watery. Carbonation is effervescent and perfect for the style with just the slightest bit of pricklyness. The beer has a drying finish which is spot on for the style.
O: Overall this beer is exceptional. Great flavor and does exactly what you expect it to. Definitely one to try and enjoy. I wish I had more of these.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Barely foggy gold-apricot with a medium fizzy white head that settles to a spotty film and fuzzy thin collar.

Smell is both bright and spicy oak and funk with loads of fresh lemon spritzed peach, green apple and a touch of graham crust.

Taste is quite tart green apple in front of the peach with spicy oak and light funk. Acidity gets potent after time.

Very nicely crisp with a moderate body, soft fizz and a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of kdb150
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent, if typical, American sour. Most American sours tend to be a straightforward blend of fruit, wood, and sourness, and this is no exception. Pleasant to drink, but just not quite the complexity you get from a world-class sour beer. Still, a top-notch effort from Allagash, which has one of the best barrel programs going. Recommended.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No label information. Farm to Face ale is brewed in the style of an American Wild Ale brewed with peaches. Available in 375ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 375ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, foamy head of an eggshell white over a mildly hazy golden amber body with abundant carbonation and fine sediment. Retention is below average and there is no visible lacing. 3

(Smell) Pale malt body, with a sweet, bright and tangy nose of ripe peach flesh and skins, a gentle yeast spiciness and a modest acidity. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) The flavor falls in line with the aroma, with tangy, acidic peach juice and a subtle sweetness, a clean and light pale malt body and a drying, tangy and acidic finish. Undertones of white grape, lemon zest and peppercorn generate some subtle complexity in favor of this beer, nicely accenting and rounding out the fruit backbone. Clean, simple but very enjoyable and nicely balanced. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly residual, softly chewy, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is light/medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is slightly tangy, tart and acidic over sweet. Alcohol presence is very low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A very enjoyable pale sour with an enjoyable peach backbone and a high degree of drying, puckering sourness. Very clean, very quaffable and nice balance of flavors, although respectably leaning towards the sour end of the spectrum, which is just fine for the style. A very enjoyable beer, and another solid entry in the 375ml. bottle series. 4

Allagash Brewing Company's
Farm to Face Ale Brewed with Peaches
4.02/5.00

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Photo of barsonthetrak
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic sour. Tart and bright with a dry finish, very balanced and quaffable. Nice carb and finish on the sip. Glad I let it warm up and see the flavors develop into a more brett-forward taste. Would love to try it on draft.

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Photo of goingbrokeonbeer
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like apple juice in the glass with just a cap of head that disappeared quickly. Smell is light peachy apricot, green apple. Tastes like a tart apple with peach mixed in. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.87/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from my local Keyfood supermarket of all places. I forget how much this was. It was probably too much. 7/16/15 born on date.

Tulip pour. Ever so slightly hazed light amber body. Sticky white wash head.

Sour apricot scent. Faded grassy hops. Yeasties.

A sour punch of sorts. Very similar taste to extreme sour warheads. Very sharp. A very foggy sense of peach, more of a generic fruit sour flavor( I would have guessed apricot or sour plum). A little vinegar & a splash of varnish on the backside. Maybe a hint of sweetness lingers.

Bracingly sour. It doesn't have a ton of complexity. The first few sips, with it's healthy carbonation, are refreshing & tasty. After a few more though, it feels like my mouth is being sterilized.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A well done sour ale, nothing really out of place, but the promised peach bounty was disappointingly absent, replaced instead by a light fruitiness (though, truth be told, I seem to be less sensitive to stone fruits such as peach/apricot/etc., which too often seem muted in these vaunted sour beers they're so often a part of). Lacto/pedio sour on the nose, very, very light funk, perhaps a bit of oak tannins as it warms up, really quite pretty though, lightly hazy with a lasting ring of foam. Medium bodied, solidly tart, perhaps even a touch too strongly, that light fruitiness, no real trace of malt emerging behind the strong sour component. Again, totally well done, but I was hoping for something more fruit-focused, I think.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The tap list at the Blind Tiger NYE party was great, but this was the clear winner. I had been wanting to try this for a long time and it was better than expected. Such a balanced taste - not too sour, not too fruity. Pretty much perfect.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: 12.7 fl oz format. Brown glass. Classy orange and white label design. Unbranded silver colour hood-and-wire cap over a cork.

6.20% ABV. "Ale brewed with peaches." "begins as a pale ale" ... "after primary fermentation, we add pediococcus and lactobacillus and age it for ten months with three pounds of peaches per gallon."

HEAD: ~5cm in height. White head. ~7-8 minute retention. No lacing adheres to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Murky hazy copper colour of average vibrance at best. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Not a unique or special appearance for a wild ale, but generally appealing.

AROMA: Fresh vivid orchard peaches, intricate bacterial notes replete with complex intangibles, microflora(l nuances), a kiss of smacky lactobacillus and pediococcus, juicy fruity hops. Incredibly expressive and enjoyable.

Aromatic intensity is above average. No overt booze. No off-notes.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Smacky and twangy, with a mild balanced sourness - maybe a 4/10 in terms of intensity. Above average acidity. Smooth, wet, somewhat soft, refreshing. Medium-bodied. Well-carbonated.

Fresh juicy peaches. Supple and approachable. No hop profile to speak of - which is right for the style. The mix of sourness and tart peach is excellent, and delivers on this beer's terrific premise. Depth of flavour could be improved, as could flavour duration and intensity. What works well are the microfloral/bacterial intangibles, which imbue this brew with ample nuance.

Well-balanced and built, if a biteen simple compared to the best expressions of the sour ale style.

I'd like to see Allagash age this in oak instead of stainless steel, and play a bit with lambicus yeast.

I get none of the green apple or graham cracker promised on the label (nor do I want any of it).

OVERALL: Drinkable and enjoyable. More good work from Allagash, but not their finest sour ale expression. I'd definitely buy another bottle even if the price is a bit much. Well worth trying at least once - even for the most discerning of drinkers. Really lovely stuff, but not quite A-list material.

B (3.68) / GOOD

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Photo of frasergrove
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours crystal clear light golden pale, super frothy light head that lingers. Aroma is light and nuanced, lemon and earthy pepper with some tinges of stonefruit. Flavor is crisp and tart with nice peach forwardness. This is a darn tasty sour beer.

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Photo of Slack
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold and clear with a fair amount of head that settles to a nice ring. Decent lacing on a swirl and sip.

Nose is funk, white peach, apple, lactose, and grass.

Taste is tart, peach, lactose, salt, and minor sweetness.

Mouthful is medium to light and mildly crisp. Carbonation is above average. Finish is super dry.

A very drinkable fruited sour . Funky, fruity, crisp, and dry. This is well above average and am very impressed with Allagash's efforts although if I could change anything, I would bring the fruit more upfront but that is wishful thinking! Try this if you can.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Golden hue, medium white head and some spotty lacing. Tart green apples and funk in the aroma. Notes of bright peach, flesh around the pit, tart tree fruits, and green apple skins. Medium body, crisp and bone dry. This is a great stone fruit influence sour.

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Photo of weakascheese
4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Yes... just yes. It's good guys. It's really good. Dang it it's great. Heck it's fantastic. Oh my it's wonderful.

A sickly yellow color with about 3/4 inch of pure white bubbly head. The lacing is fine and sticky.

Unripe peaches on the nose. It's pretty highly carbonated.

It's a sour so it's... uh... sour. Sweet peaches somewhere in the middle and on the back end. A bit of funk in the back when the carbonation dies down.

Allagash you sons of guns you did with this one. Probably the best sour I've ever had. Wait! Yeah it is.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale muddy yellow body with a massive billowy white head that settles in and leaves lovely lacing down the glass.

Nose has some spicy yeast and tart lemon. If it didn't say peaches on the label, I would never come up with it on my own.

Farm to face has a nice tart mineral and lemon base. Some peppery notes in there as well, but once again I'm not finding any evidence of peach. Good tart lemon/green apple with a planed middle. Soft body with very light carbonation, the tart crests as a wave breaking and is just really well executed.
Thanks @TongoRad for sending this along in that NBS BIF#4 MWK box!

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Farm To Face from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 770 ratings