Wildeman Farmhouse IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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Wildeman Farmhouse IPAWildeman Farmhouse IPA
Wildeman Farmhouse IPAWildeman Farmhouse IPA

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 555
Photo of hardy008
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy pale orange with a one finger white head, with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma has pears, Belgian yeast, citrus, cloves, and pale malts.

The taste is more bitter than I would have expected and has citrus, citrus zest, pepper, phenols, Belgian yeast, pale malts, and cloves. The proportions of the ingredients do not seem to be ideal, and this beer kind of seems like it was just thrown together, without much thought be given as to how it would turn out. Each sip seems to start sweet, and finishes overly bitter, with a good deal of citrus zest.

Medium bodied with above average carbonation, and an overly bitter finish. A decent beer, but if falls short of the best Belgian IPAs.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present, just a code printed on the label 277A13. It's been a long time coming since I've last drank this beer, so I figured it was about time I had it again. Awesome Steadman bottle art, as always. Expectations are decently high.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours a nice bright, slightly cloudy lemon-orange colored body with two fingers of fluffy off-white head. Head has some nice staying power for a 7.50% abv beer.

S - Smell is light and fairly subdued. Mild earthy hops, lemongrass, wheat, overripe green apples, some must, & some indistinct tropical fruit.

T - Taste follows the nose with the addition of some spicy clove and bubblegum. Earthy grains, wheat, green apples, pineapple, dry herbal hop bitterness, and just a touch of yeast funk.

M - Feel ends dry and grainy, with some herbal hop bitterness and green apple lingering. Medium bodied with good, if somewhat high carbonation.

Overall, an okay outing from Flying Dog. Clearly this isn't their finest hour, but it is nice for what it is. Maybe not as much "farmhouse", but subtly complex, yet still approachable. An easy drinker; well worth a try at least once.

Flying Dog Wildeman Farmhouse IPA ---3.5/5

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

Best before 24.05.2014 stamped in the label.

A: First of all, the usual Flying Dog beautiful bottle art. Magnificent! Pours a dark yellow to orange color. Slightly cloudy reminds honey. Forms abig bubbled aired white head when poured. Medium retention and lots of lingering lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Great in the nose. An authentic sweet grains IPA with hints of spices. Strong notes of sweet pale grains, light caramel malts, crystal malts. Great piny and bit citrus hops profile. A bit fruity with notes of citrus fruits. Bready belgian style yeasts in the very end

T: Great taste. Slightly sweet upfront. Intense hops. Great spiciness. Notes of pine, sweet grains, orange peel, pineapple, pepper, caramel malts, crystal malts, brown sugar. Nice hoppy bitter sting. Great balance

M: Medium body. Bit molasses. Good carbonation. Sweet grains and quite piny aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Great combination of farmhouse & IPA. A winner

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Photo of cottonkoozie
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly cloudy, clover honey color. Nice white head with decent to good retention. good lacing.

S - Smells great but hard to describe. A diverse mix of smells. Some pine and citrus hops. A slightly lemon smell. A mix of spices that I'm not sure what they are, but remind me a little of a wheat beer, actually reminds me a little of the smell of allagash white.

T - The start is like like an APA, middle a little more hoppy, and finishes smooth like a witbier. Honestly to me taste like a decent apa, with a taste of allagash white, something about the flavor and smell just really reminds me of that beer.

M - Excellent, perfect carbonation levels

O - An interesting but good beer. Well balanced and different from the norms. I can't remember ever trying a Belgian IPA before, but I can say that this beer doesn't fit any other category I have tried.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Cloudy hazy dark gold, heavy bubbles on the body. Head is thick, with a hard pour was over two finger's length coming slightly off white. Honestly looks real nice.

Smell: Light yeast and hop with a lighter lemon skin that hits you in the end.

Taste: Heavy citrus, grapefruit and lemon combined alike. Bitter to most but very easy to adapt with light nutmeg notes.

Mouth: Heavy carbonation, sticky but a little dry. Not exactly smooth but very do-able.

Overall: Very good beer that I would definitely buy again. It's a borderline DIPA depending on your palates. Might have to grab more for some Sunday football. Grab a glass and hope you all enjoy. Salud!

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Photo of blackie
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big frothy white head atop a golden body with some haze. The saison yeast provides some spice while papery hops give grassy citrus. Flavors of clean wheat, too peppery with an unbalancing bitterness. The hops are harsh citrus and grass, leaving an unpleasant aftertaste of steeped vegetables and metal. High carbonation - harsh - with a light body.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $3

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold/amber colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, bread/grains, yeast, grapefruit/lemon

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, breads/grains and hops. There is also some grapefruit/lemon, floral notes and some herbal grassy notes. It ends with a yeasty dry somewhat bitter aftertaste.

Overall - An interesting tasting beer. Kind of like a belgian IPA mixed with a saison. A beer that I wanted to try, but not something that I'd rush out to buy more of.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #64 (May 2012):

LOOK: Quick to foam, semi-clear golden hue

SMELL: Peppery, herbal, gummy, eucalyptus, lemongrass, chalky, animal feed graininess

TASTE: Slick, semi-smooth, hop bitterness, phenolic, herbal, earthy, slightly dank, grassy, biscuity, orange pith, green peppercorn; dry, grainy finish

The forced viral video marketing for this beer didn't even come close to surpassing the true persona of Flying Dog and its labeling. Aggressive but drinkable; complex but still approachable for most beer geeks, as they'll be riding off the hopping.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This isn't my first time around the block with this beer. It's become one of my regulars, maybe partly due to the fact that I live very near the brewery.

Pours a slightly hazy orange-gold, with a thin, wispy head that laces down the glass.

This is a yeasty brew. Lemongrass and hay on the nose, which are both prominent in the flavor as well. Along with slightly citrusy (tangerine?) hops that play well with the bouquet of Belgian spices. Slightly sweet in a crisp sort of champagne-y way to balance everything out. Mouthfeel is soft but vibrant.

This makes for a good go-to beer throughout the year when you're looking for an alternative to the regular rotation of pale ales/IPAs. It sort of bridges the gap between a saison and tripel.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Beer is a clear light gold with a thin head. Aroma is esters, sour banana, Taste is sour up front. Finishes with a mild wave of hops followed by a lot of spicy notes. Mouthfeel is ok. It's well carbonated and light on the palate. Overall, I'm not sure what to make of this. The beer doesn't do too much for me. It is sour without much depth or any interesting notes.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a bottle at Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a relatively clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some bright yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy/foamy white head that slowly reduces to a medium sized medium thick patch, a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of spices, Belgian yeast, grassy hops, and pale malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale malts with moderate flavors of Belgian yeast. There is also a moderate to strong presence of spices (pepper stands out) and grassy/herbal hops. A light amount of bitterness is present.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Very dry.

O: I really enjoyed the hybrid saison/Belgian IPA style and found it quite easy to drink - as the alcohol is very well hidden. Refreshing.

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Photo of mpyle
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a big white head, good retention. Straw colored beer, somewhat cloudy.

Clove and pepper, and some more piney hop aroma. Citrus - maybe a tart orange. More farmhouse than IPA in aroma.

Short lived malt sweetness up front, then a tart and eventually hoppy flavor tends to dominate. A bit of a pepper flavor. Hop bitterness is assertive but not overpowering, and some of the tartness carries into the finish with the bitterness. Flavor is a bit thin for an IPA.

Medium body and moderately high carbonation. Body somewhat thin for an IPA. Alcohol warming is present but not overpowering.

Overall the flavors didn't meld nicely for me, with the tartness the most disagreeable element.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden amber with an off-white head that descends to a lasting cover. Lacing slides down glass with some sticking.

The smell is tart/sour with herbal-seasoned bread crumbs. Some citric zest comes through.

The taste is zesty/spicy - some lemon/lime. There is a sweet caramel undertone with a touch of tart/sour leading to a dry, bitterish finish.

It has a medium body with medium carbonation. Alcohol is well-integrated. Some malty smoothness is there.

It has an interesting character, though I don't know that it all blends in together to make this an excellent brew. Still, it has "farmhouse" qualities. Not sure about the IPA part, though it is relatively hoppy. Overall, not great, but decent enough. I prefer the Raging Bitch - but, that's just my opinion.

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Photo of gillagorilla
2.74/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz. poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: Golden yellow with minimal head and decent lacing.

S: Smells like a farmhouse. Very nice floral champagne notes with fruity esters like very ripe apples, similar to a dry cider. It smells like an apple orchard that is actively juicing and making cider.

T: There are hops but they are all farmhouse flavors with wheaty pine, resinous grass. The aftertaste is all pine resin.

M: There is a mild carbonation that lends a slight bit of coarseness.

O: It is what it says it is, but I was expecting more of a saison-y IPA, with some decent carbonation and sweetness. Not to my liking, but I believe this is my first farmhouse IPA.

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Photo of pacino77
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

didn't ralph steadman die? is that his name? the illustrator? that guy is pretty good with the watercolors; i'll give it up. if he has passed away, his estate does an amazing job of proliferating his artwork. oh dang, maybe it was just hunter thompson who passed away and i associate the two of them closely. i just had another baltimore beer with a label drawn by a famous artist. but this is about the wildeman, which was pretty good. the hops were pretty fresh tasting, dadgum bitter! and a little bit spicy. it smelled alright, looked pretty good, but unfortunately was not a very good accompaniment to the spicy korean style noodles i was eating. and maybe that's my own fault, for not opting to drink a super dry something or other. and i've got five more of these in the fridge, so i'll be sipping again under different circumstances, but at the moment am inclined to say solid, but not superlative.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

More bottles! I am not sure, but this may have come from my last visit to Highland Pizzeria.

From the bottle: "His axe is stained with the blood of a thousand adversaries. We fall in behind him as he leads us into the darkness. He turns his gaze on us. 'Tentanda via est!' The way must be tried."; "Ale brewed with spice".

My pour created a massive two fingers of dense, french vanilla-colored head that actually resembled the top of an ice cream cone. Color was a cloudy lemon-yellow. Nose had both a citrusy hoppiness as well as a mustiness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was interesting - hoppy, but also with a black pepper bite plus a dry mustiness. Finish was quite dry, between the spices and the yeast. This was an okay beer. I don't really dig a whole lot of adjuncts in my IPA so that worked against this one. Sorry.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange with great lacing.

Smell: Flowers, orange, and clay. Excellent balance for an IPA.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Same as the flavor. Maybe a bit too much clay. Amazing mouthfeel. Very active carbonation and a medium-full body.

Overall: A very good IPA. Underrated due to its saison-like qualities.

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Photo of shand
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

I keep telling myself I won't buy any more Belgian IPAs. Then I buy another Belgian IPA. Honestly, as far as the style goes, this isn't that bad. The hop profile works out fairly well with the sweet yeast, and there's a lingering hop that isn't that bad at all. I still don't think the specific combination of the sweet, banana-y yeast and American hops works out though. I've enjoyed a handful of Belgian IPAs, but they've all strayed away from the overly banana-y flavor profile. If you actually enjoy Belgian IPAs, you might like this. It's obvious that the style has done great for Flying Dog, since this is their second Belgian IPA to get bottled. But, much like Raging Bitch, I can't recommend it.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
2.64/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pretty clear gold with half a finger of a white head

Smell is grassy, banana, spice, a tiny bit of tropical fruit, clove

Taste is strange, really spicy, almost like rib rub spicy, banana, belgiany yeast, Dill Pickle, very bitter earth hops, strange bitter aftertaste, really not my bag

Mouthfeel is fine for the style, medium light with sharp carbonation

Maybe I am spoiled here in WI with IMO the best Belgian IPA that is avaliable in the world, but with that said I had a lot of them and this just is odd....

Smell is interesting in a good way, taste is interesting in a bad way... Tastes like a terrible saison mixed with a even worse IPA... Glad I only took one bottle from my brothers fridge... He has not even tried it yet, I hope he likes it more then me. I hate giving bad ratings but sometimes you just gotta.

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Photo of tronester
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden, with a medium, creamy off-white head. Massive lacing that sticks to the glass like glue. The smell is of of fresh apricots, and a hint of vinegar. Taste begins with some apricot, followed by some sweet bread, then some honey, and an herbal, asprin-like bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a good Belgian style IPA, though I would prefer a bit more hop bitterness and flavor for the style.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a nice gold with just a slight haze. Forms a big fluffy white head atop medium visible carbonation.

S: Belgian fruity esters (grape, pear, banana) with light cracker malt, some funk, and only hints of grassy hops.

T: The Belgian characteristics dominate the palate. Light malts, sweet fruity yeast esters with some citrus hops near the end. Mild pine bitterness in the hang.

M: Light body, moderate alcohol presence, and a healthy dose of carbonation sensation.

O: I'm torn here. It seems to be a pretty decent Belgian pale ale, but doesn't follow through on the promise of the IPA character. Not bad though.

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Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, hops, spices. Taste is lots of spice, hops, citrus, some malts, more spice, a lot going on here. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a solid beer worth checking out.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a golden yellow colored brew with a big thick and billowy white head. The head fades slowly over time to give a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a hay like and slightly funky aroma. Mixed with these are some smells of a bready malt as well as a herbal and citrus grapefruit hop aroma mixed with some sweeter tangerine and spice notes of clove and coriander as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with a slightly citrus sweet flavor of tangerine and some caramel. As the flavor advances some flavors of yeast and spice flavors of clove as well as some orange and grapefruit citrus come to the tongue. Toward the end of the taste, the flavor takes on some stronger flavors of a haylike and grassy taste as well as a more funky like flavor of the “farmhouse” variety. The flavors at the end, all combine to leave a nicely hopped and rather funked and slightly bitter malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the slightly above average side. The thickness was nice for the more grassy, hay, and yeasty characteristics of the beer while not being too light for the malt backbone and the abv for the brew. The carbonation was quite nice for the funky flavors as well and made for a rather nice drinker overall.

Overall – A rather pleasant drinking Farmhouse IPA. It had a nice blend of the funk and hop to make for a good and tasty drinking brew.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden child in color with a small white head thats airy and fades quickly. It's quite aromatic.
Aroma smells all farmhouse, tart and sour and funky oh my.
Tastes decent with a tart and dry bitter finish. Has a bit of spiciness running through it too.
There is a very sutle hop profile weaving in there too. Leaning towards citrus or tropical.
In the aftertaste there is sutle phenolic taste along with a sharp dryness.
Pretty good tasting though I would need time to aquire a taste for it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Well, he certainly looks pretty wild... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy sunrise gold topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon peel, light grapefruit zest, light orange peel, mild flowers, light dried honey, and a vague sense of bready Belgian yeast. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a sharp vein of grapefruit peel running through, stabbing the tongue from time to time. But not necessarily in a bad way. Most of the time, anyway. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, a tasty and enjoyable BIPA, even if the Belgian aspect is somewhat on the lighter end of the spectrum. Good times.

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Wildeman Farmhouse IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 555 ratings