Wildeman Farmhouse IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

very good
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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:
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Added by CraftBeerTastic on 01-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 555
Photo of GuyIncognito
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

How have I not reviewed this beer already?!? It is one of my favorite beers from the past year. Let me start by saying that "IPA" should not be anywhere near the name of this beer. It is a bottle conditioned Belgian style ale, with a slight touch of hops at the end. It pours an amazing head (watch out- it will foam up all over the place). The taste is complex and full of esters. If you swirl the last bit of beer in the bottle, it will produce a crazy Dr. Seuss like foam to top your beer off with. The flavors go in every direction, with a yeasty sediment cloud lurking right below the head. An amazing American version of a Belgian farmhouse beer. Just drop the IPA from the name please. What a fun beer! Nice job, Flying Dog.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flying Dog Wildeman Farmhouse IPA, ale brewed with spices. Brewed by Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick, Maryland.

"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." Whatever that means. 7.5 % ABV.

Crisp, clear, golden appearance, under an enormous, brilliant white head. Looks fantastic.

Smells incredible, too. Aburst with vibrant hops. Brimming with citrus fruit, lemon and honey, with Belgian yeast lurking beneath.

Taste: Hop bite hits hard at the start, then flushed with fruity flavor, bitter meets sweet, then swept up with the funk. There's a party in my mouth and everyone's invited. An intriguing mix, a flavor unlike any I've had in a while. I've been skeptical of many of the "innovations" in the craft beer field lately, most of which seem to be little more than "let's make it hoppier". You know, the "white IPA", black IPA, etcetera. Farmhouse IPA? Don't care for the name, particularly, but I'm liking the hell out of the taste of it.

Medium body, excellent drinking, slide down good and carefree, while leaving traces of bitterness in the wake. You get the feeling of a saison overcome with hops, and, damn it all, but I like this one/ I like a lot.

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Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a nice, foamy, very frothy, cream colored head that settled after a bit and a little lace. Color is a clear light amber with plenty of bubble trails. Aroma is slightly on the mild side; hop, lemon, other citrus and fruit, and a little earthy yeast. Flavor's like nose, has a sharply rising bitterness, very slight sweet, and somehow a perfectly matching carbonic tang. Body is full and has lots of high points from strong bitterness and sharp, but pleasant carbonation. Also has alcohol warmth almost immediately. Finish is like flavor, with lemon and sweetness coming out a bit more, long, and drinkable

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful, hazy, golden honey hue with a GIGANTIC fluffy, cloud-like white head. So much sticky spiderweb lacing sticking like glue to the sides of my DFH glass. Explosive carbonation the bubbles and percolates beneath the remaining foam.

S- Nice lemony notes... some spicy black pepper and orange and grapefruit peel thrown in. The banana notes from the yeast come alive as it warms up. Picking up little hints of pineapple, ginger, pine needles, and little touches of caramel sweetness. Smells waaay more like a saison than a Belgian IPA.

T- Sharp notes of lemon, grapefruit, banana, black pepper, basil, thyme and ginger. Tasting some fresh grass, candied citrus peel, and bitter hops. This isnt a saison?...really? Hmmmm... whatever it's classified as, I dig it!

M- Amazing prickley carbonation that just lets all the flavors explode in your mouth. The bitterness and citrusy lemon from the hops are what stick around. Very lively and bright!

O- Really well done whatever you want to call it. Love the mouthfeel, beautiful looking, a wonderful floral aroma, and very refreshing on a hot day! I'll definately be picking up more of this!!!

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Photo of alexgash
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. No [discernible] date on bottle.

Pours a hazy dark lemon yellow with a voluptuous, billowy, light beige to off-white head. Very good lacing. Powdered sugary malt notes hit the nose, along with a good dose of orange zest, mandarin orange, lemon, and grapefruit hops. Some yeasty funkiness pervades as well. Nice.

Soft, lightly toasted malts up front. Mix of citrus, tropical fruit, and bitterness come on strong. Orange marmalade, lemon, pine, and grapefruit all come through, along with a little pineapple and juicy malt. Big bitterness takes over near the finish, but the fruity, citrusy flavors stay there. Dry, earthy, funky, musty finish. Medium-bodied with a creamy feel. Very appetizing and delicious.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very hazy goldenrod with a huge 3 finger head, good lace.

S: Grass and yeast, pear, a spicy direct smell.

T: Heavy white spice and yeast. Great earthy and grassy hop flavour with some soured malt.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy, easy drinking.

O: I admit I'm partial to the Belgian IPA, I like when these 2 schools come together. This is a very good beer. Delicious and well made.

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Photo of beerme626
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Beltway Liquors, poured into a weizen glass.

A: Beautiful light gold, with a brilliant three-finger head. Pretty and appealing.

S: Rich, with more fruits and herbs than I expected. Not as much hay as the other farmhouse I've had

T: Less hay than I prefer in a farmhouse, but delicious hops and light fruit.

M: Tingly, pleasant, delicious

O: A very good beer. Not exactly what I expected, but tasty.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
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 sayyad
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes: This is a great refreshing IPA with a subtle flower bouquet, a high drinkability and a sweet honey suckle flavors. An interesting IPA, certainly an aberration from the norm, a positive aberration nevertheless.

Disclaimer: Tasted from 6 ounce tasting glass. The ale still poured with a 1cm head and showed thin lacing on the glass.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a slightly hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Frosty ring of lacing sticks to the glass well.

S- Great sweet/spice hybrid with some mildly citrusy hops tying everything together. Notes of grapefruit, orange and a bit of clove.

T- Bright hop bitterness with equally bright juicy flavors and Belgian yeast. Certainly nothing farmhouse-like about it since it's mainly spice and hop driven leading to a flavor that's more fruity than funky. Very similar to Raging Bitch.

M- Sharp and tangy with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Very good, but I could've sworn that this exact beer already exists and it's called Raging Bitch. Luckily for Flying Dog, I'm not docking points for that and mislabeling it "Farmhouse." I'm sure they care.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow-golden, with a huge and overpowering head of creamy white bubbles. Impressive and ornate lace, too.

Nose is spicy and fruity. A promising and delicious beginning!

Body seems light, but the flavor is strong. I get a floral hoppy, funky sour mix...fruit, yeast, and spice. A seriously delicious mix.

Maybe one of Flying Dog's finest achievements I've had yet.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium brassy hue with a touch of chill haze and a one finger foamy white head with good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured full peppery hops and a healthy dose of esters.

The taste was herbal, earthy and ester laden. Pleasant leafy hops and the a clean graininess were enjoyed. Lingering hop spice.

The mouthfeel was a touch thin for the style.

Overall a tasty and quaffable Belgian IPA.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden with white head. It looked like a wheat but smelled of delicious hops. It had a definite medium/heavier body with solid mouthfeel. It tasted strongly of bitter hops but without any harsh bitter after taste. Overall this was a solid beer that I'd consider as a go-to session ale.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Massive billowy head, thick and sticky pure white, with fantastic retention. There's gotta be some wheat in there. Solid gold colored brew with ample carbo floating upward.

S: Nice pungent bouquet of resiny hoppy goodness.

T/M: Thin crisp body completely overpowered by pungent resiny hops. A ton of dry sharp raw hops here. Way out of balance but I think that's the point here, and it works well. Tasty. Not for the faint of heart. Hops are bone dry citrusy piney bitterness.

D: Awesome for what it is. If you can appreciate something that's intentionally off balance and a total hop bomb, then this is a brew for you.

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Photo of AmitC
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large snifter.

Hazy pale golden appearance. Over three fingers thick huge fluffy head of white color that persists really well. Awesome looks. More than average number of bubbles. Excellent lacing of the receding head.

Aroma: Very sweet fruity aroma with a lot of yeast presence. Clove is substantial. Good spice presence. Faint hops. Nose is more than of a strong belgian ale.

Taste: Very mild hop presence. Spicy-sweet finish. Malt presence is good. Clove like and some spice taste that follows the nose. Lack of hops is very surprising to me.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied feel. Moderate to high carbonation that does not hurt. Easy to drink. No astringency whatsoever.

Felt all the way as if i was drinking a strong ale made Belgian style.

Note: Hops in this brew grow on you as you drink. So improves the likability.

Style Rate: 4
Personal Rate: 4

I like it. I would have loved it if the brewers were not so stingy with the hops.

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Photo of Dijeriduster
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a six pack from the local beer cave poured into the cool new Flying Dog tulip. Had this on tap in NYC a few months back and have been aching for more ever since.

A - Straw gold with a large head even from an easy pour.

S - Saison yeast is right up front with citrusy hops tingling the nose and making one question what they are smelling...is it a saison or an ipa?

T - Nice citrusy bitterness hits first then fades to the Saison yeast. Strong yeast flavour here. Leaves a lovely aftertaste of the yeast with the refreshing nature of hops keeping you ready for another sip.

M - Thin like saison Dupont with high carbonation.

O - Not as good as it was fresh, the dry hops have faded in the bottled version but still a wonderful hybrid beer. Easily one of my fav belgian ipas and something I hope to see more from So Cal brewers.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemon yellow/amber body. Ridgy lacing all down the height of the glass. Ever-present foam layer holds strong. 3.5

Peppery saison yeast, tart/funky lemon, and dry spiciness. Herbal hops ring out a few citrus notes, as well. Smells like a hoppy farmhouse ale. 4.0

Nice funky farmhouse yeast with dusty white pepper and spicy hops. Chalky finish that still preserves some mild sweetness that you don't pick up on the initial sip. Not majorly hoppy, but that's typical of a Belgian IPA. Still very complex. Tangy and pretty funky without being sour. Very impressive. 4.5

Happily carbonated with a slippery body. No stickiness. A very nice feel. 4.0

I'm very happy with this mix-and-match selection. Would snag a sixer, no prob. A worthy Belgian IPA. 4.0

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Photo of larryi86
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- A very cloudy light orange color with a three white head.

S- Earthy spices, some floral notes, citrus, lemon, lemon grass, the farmhouse yeast really stands out.

T- Citrus and lemon upfront, nice earthy/piney bitterness and a touch of funk in the finish, getting earthy spices, pepper, floral notes, and yeast in the middle.

M- Medium body, carbonation make this one kind of prickly.

O- Definitely lives up to the farmhouse part of its name. I feel that it is a little rough around but that is what I like about this beer. I will be picking this up again.

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Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A-Cloudy amber gold with two fingers of eggshell white head

S-Smells of citrus, bread, spices and hops

T-Funky, hoppy with notes of spice and citrus

M-Frothy with a light body

O-Another great beer from Flying Dog. It strays from the classic farmhouse taste, but an overall delicious ale

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Photo of puboflyons
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 355 ml. bottle. Sampled on September 15, 2012.

The pour is a fairly cloudy yellow with busy carbonation that grows into a huge, fluffy white head.

The aroma is quite distinctive in that it smells like wheat at first but after a couple sniffs it is evidently coriander and clove with a slightly notable yeast strain.

The body falls into the light to medium range but the texture is smooth.

The taste starts out with a pear-like quality that slides into a citrus zing and ends with a powerfully floral hopped bitterness that makes me wince with its pungency at first but then lingers to a fairly nice finale. A little too hoppy for my liking though.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Max's on cask.

A: A lighter saison color, pale golden straw, and hazed over. The cask generates a thin head, white, that doesn't do much.

S: The nose really catches my fancy, with a floral hop bitterness paired with musty yeast and rich spices. Plenty of citrus, with coriander and musty yeast bringing up the rear. This isn't a Belgian IPA (IPA/tripel combo), as the saison yeast really does a number on the ale. A very powerful aroma.

T: My first sip was like my first encounter with the nose: interesting and unlike any other Belgian IPA. The hoppiness, floral and herbal with plenty of bitterness. The hops run head-long into the saison body, spicy and yeasty. The juiciness is intense, sweet with soft anise, coriander, and a musty yeast bite. The saison body is a stark departure from a tripel base, differently spiced. The yeast really controls the beer, dominating the flavor.

M: On cask, the mustiness is amplified. A must-try if you come across it. Knowing that it's been bottled, I'll be on the lookout.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Yellow cloudy wheat beer or Belgian Blonde appearance. Nice 1 finger billowy head with good retention and carbonation.

Smell - Spicy and floral. Very pleasant

Taste - A nice combination of Belgian Ale/bier characteristics combined with American IPA hoppiness. A nice blend of the 2 craft traits.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and pleasant

Overall - This has alot of similarities to Raging Bitch, so if you like that beer like I do, then you'll like this one.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with one finger of white head. Good lacing.

S - Bubblegum, cloves, black pepper, lemon zest, fresh cut grass, and a little bit of funky yeast.

T - Flavors are subdued on the front of the tongue, then I get a burst of pepper, lemon, and a nice grassy hop bite. There is a trace amount of funk, but nothing noteworthy.

M - Medium-light with aggressive carbonation. Very refreshing with a slightly dry finish.

O - I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It has a good hop presence, with the citrus/clove profile of a saison that keep it very light and drinkable. Very refreshing and perfect for the hotter months.

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Photo of Chaney
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I guess BA tagged this one as a Belgian IPA. Alrighty then!

Served in a Cigar City shaker pint.

A: Poured an extremely cloudy color that reminded me of a melted orange Creamcicle, with a 1/2 finger whispy white head that stuck around for a while.

S: Lots of grass mixed in with farmhouse funk. Okay, I totally get the citrus, fresh-mowed lawn thing, so I guess the Belgian IPA classification isn't far off.

T: The grass wasn't too powerful and the citrus wasn't too sweet, which made this quite a treat to my mind. I think the saison pepperiness won out over the tangy, IPA-ness by a little more than a nose.

M: Nice and spritzy, and with a moderate amount of lacing. The sweetness wasn't overbearing at all and I found myself going back for more and more.

O: I'm not a big fan of Belgian IPA, but I'm really a sucker for a good farmhouse saison. This was about as good as it could have been to my mind. :)

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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a touch of haze and a bit of a silvery sheen. Effervescence is strong and the head poured an inconveniently massive four fingers of frothy white foam. Attractive, if annoying.

Smell: sweet, golden malt; a hint of funk; citrusy hops and an overall "green-ness". Well-balanced and fragrant; I quite like it indeed.

Taste: a little bit funkier than the aroma, but the same trifecta of tasty malt, funk and a good hop character are all here. Bitterness takes over at the end, but doesn't wallop me. Balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a high carbonation level. Surprisingly, that mammoth head did not use up all the fizz this thing had to offer. Overall the mouthfeel is creamy and satisfying.

Overall: I like this beer a lot, perhaps more than I conveyed above. It is balanced, tasty, and just appeals to my palate. Very tasty, and I look forward to having it again.

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