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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with nice retention and lacing on a hazy deep golden body.

S: belgian yeast and spices with corriander, citrus hops, mostly pineapple and banana and some pale malts.

T: musty grains and yeast, sweetness from banana, corriander and other herbal notes with hops providing mostly citrus and herbal presence.

M: medium body and high carbonation, semi dry finish.

Overall: I wasnt overwhelmed by this one. I think its overcarbonated. Not memorable or one I would have again. I would like more from the hops. More of a pale ale for me but still good belgian character.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8/7/12.

Pours a murky yellow with a super foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild spice and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice smell but the taste is not as good in my opinion.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a lightly hazed looking yellow color with a big white head on top. The smell of the beer was full of Belgian farmhouse aromas... Not funky, just grainy and earthy. The hop aromas were a little muted I thought. The taste of the beer was a lot like a regular Saison/Farmhouse ale also... Not much of a hop kick to it. The mouthfeel had a sharp carbonation to it with a lighter body. Overall this beer was good but I think that the hops could have been a little more pronounced in the nose and taste.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a small head covering the surface and rings of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of spices and Belgian yeast in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of peppery spices along with some hints of grassy hops.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and very dry on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: The dryness of this beer makes it quite refreshing. It seems like a cross between a saison and a Belgian IPA. The alcohol is also well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color, huge head to it.. tons of bubbles flowing up. Funky, yeasty smell. Taste is medium bodied, pretty good mouthfeel with lots of flavor. Nice and hoppy, with some great spiciness and funkiness, somehow still manages to stay pretty balanced and drinkable. A nice variation from the typical IPA, the Belgian yeasts add a good touch of flavor while the hops still shine through. Solid beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Where the often abrasive ales of Flying Dog might offend the palate with minerally bite, sharp citrusy hops, and dry malt flavor, their hoppy Belgain-style ales seem to offer the complexity and balance that wins over even the most abused palates.

Wildeman pours with a burnish golden color and haze that's typical of suspended yeast and high hopping rates in both Belgian ales and American hop-forward varieties. Strongly heady with a creamy white cap that lasts and laces during the entire session.

Sharp aromas of earth and cracker-like malts set the tone for an aromatic balance that tilts toward dried lemons, freshly cracked white pepper, and mulled grasses. Somewhat subdued in the well-rounded Belgian character of authentic farmhouse ales, but the hops are starting to make up for that.

Flavors of dry malt lay the faintest of foundations with mild wafer, dry bread sweetness, and light earthen grain. This acts as a springboard for dry fruit flavors of oranges, lemons, and white grapefruit to gather attention from the taste buds. As the beer marches across the palate, the balance shifts toward the peppery bite and hop bitterness that creates a sharp, dry, and sudden closure to the taste in finish. Where hop flavor seems to blend into the other elements of the Belgain ale, the hop bitterness does no such thing in its lasting impressions.

Medium-light bodied. Early creaminess of malt and carbonation is short lived as the highly effervescent ale springs into action and lifts the malt off the tongue and allows the peppery spice, alcohol warmth, and bitter resins to command the texture as well as taste.

What's wonderful about saisons are that they are the driest, fruitiest, and spiciest of all the Belgian styles. It makes sense for this base beer to bear the brunt of American hops in the growing Belgian-style IPAs, as American hoppy ales do much the same. I think Flying Dog is on the right track, but I would like to see more "Belgain" character and a balance that doesn't favor the spice and harsh bitterness quite so much.

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Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer is a cloudy orangish light amber color with some yellow hints. There is a two finger fluffy white head that goes away quickly leaving a small layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Smells more like a farmhouse ale than an IPA. There is a strong herbal, Belgian yeast presence with very little contribution from the hops.

Taste: Floral and herbal up front. The overall flavor is fairly light and doesn't overpower. There is a bitterness in the finish, but I don't know that I would have thought IPA if they didn't write it on the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a ton of carbonation that is aggressively tingly and then fluffy. The finish is slightly dry, but the carbonation distracts a bit.

Overall: I enjoyed the flavor of this beer, but I'm not sure about saying it is a "Farmhouse IPA". Not a very strong hop presence at all. Tastes good though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sixer picked up at Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a Flying Dog goblet.

Pours a clear deep golden color with a nice two-finger head with good retention and some nice lacing on the way down.

The nose carries some nice pepper and spice plus some floral and grassy hops. A touch of citrus there as well. Particularly as it warms, the pepper and spice really dominate. The flavor has a nice hop bitterness up front, followed by nice floral and earthy notes. A touch of spice in the background. Nice and integrated.

Body is medium with just a slight chewiness and a moderate amount of bitterness to the finish. Dry and spicy. Well done. I'll have to do a side by side with this and Raging Bitch.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by 8/6/2012. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a very nice 2-3 finger dense white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big lemon, apple, pear, pepper, orange zest, clove, bubblegum, grass, herbal, and yeast spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of lemon, apple, pear, pepper, clove, orange zest, bubblegum, grass, herbal, and yeast spices. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, pepper, herbal, grass, clove, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of yeast flavors with hop flavors; with a good sweetness/bitterness balance as well. No cloying flavors. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick and foamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian IPA. Nice flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a big two and a half finger head of white foam on top of hazy, golden body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - spicy Belgian yeast with some pine and grapefruit.

T - Bready malt with some clove and anise notes up front. Some pear and vanilla malt in the middle with a peppery finish of yeast and pine hops.

M - medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad, the aroma is more promising than the flavor turns out to be. There is a lack of hop character in the flavor despite pine and grapefruit notes in the nose and the clove is excessive. Drinkable, but not something I would be excited to have again.

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass a clear light to medium golden with a large blooming white head that stuck nicely to the glass leaving multiple rings of lace as it settled slowly into a frothy mass.Alot of tropical fruit and sharp grapefruit hop aromas,really fresh and inviting,slight yeasty phenols underneath the hops.Slightly medicinal and citric hops on the palate but they seem to lose some punch pretty quickly,spiced yeasy phenols play a small role.The flavors lack some depth and complexity but this is a pretty good beer,love the looks and aromas.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz growler into a tulip glass. Big thanks go to Stakem for filling this up for me off of a home keg.

Pours a hazed coppery gold, with 2 fingers of frothy bright-white head. This retains with a strong looking ½ finger of smooth foam, which kicks up a robust cascade of sticky spotty lacing. The aroma smells grassy and herbal with some fresh citrus character, while softer tropical fruit notes and doughy grains round out the edges. The nose is punctuated by a pronounced spiciness and ripe fruity esters, which really pick up strength as this warms.

The taste starts with crisp citrus, which has a flavorful snap across the tongue and is softened up from underneath by a mix of gentle ripe fruit, sweet bready grains, and herbal textures. There is a bold spiciness here from the yeast throughout, which really pulls hard into the finish, where is lingers with some leftover dry pith from the hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and is equal parts crispness and silky smooth with a good bit of an oily feel being present. Alcohol aids in bringing out the bitterness and spice here but it overall isn’t too distracting.

This was certainly an interesting take on a Belgian IPA, with that crisp juiciness of the hops and easy feeling body wanting this to go down quickly yet that bold spiciness from the yeast makes you hold back some. I guess in the end, I could have used a bit less spice here but I didn’t let it ruin my experience with this beer, as it’s worth checking out. This is a different beast than the Raging Bitch and I liked it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

Poured a clear golden yellow with a foamy white head; nice retention and lacing. Aroma of yeasty spice and notes of floral hops. Definitely drinks more like a saison than an IPA, the hops being subdued by the huge spice profile, which is right up in your face, as well as the alcohol which seemed unusually hot for a lighter beer. Light-medium body and fairly drinkable, but really off-balanced. Probably needs either a tweaking of the recipe, or more likely a little more time to mellow out.

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big white foam on the amber brew. Big foam, though coarse. Touch of fruit in the aroma, like green pears. Lots of carbonation on the tongue.

Lots of the scratchy bitter taste with a touch of butter. Funky Belgian flavors plus a hoppy bite. Quite assertive flavors . Browned biscuits with a splash of red wine and some green pepper. Finish is very dry, even a little woody. Dry fruit flavors, like a cider fermented all the way. Maybe over the top with all the yeasty weirdness and bitter hops, but it's interesting. More of a sipping beer.

I think this is one of the better brews from Flying Dog. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Olive Tree Market in San Diego.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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 russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours honey colored with 3+ fingers of rocky pearl colored head. Great lacing & above average head retention

S: Cloves, band-aids, breadyness & pears, some apple blossom as this warms

T: Pears & green appleskins, fairly intense bitterness, some lemon zest as well up front. More pears, appleskins & a bit of dryness as this warms, along with some grapefruit. Finishes somewhat dirty, but not near funky enough to get too fired up about, some nice pear notes as well

MF: Medium bodied, fairly lively carbonation, alright balance

Easy to drink, a nice take on the style, not one I would buy again, but worth a try

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Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to stakem for the growler shared w/ tenderbranson69

A hazed golden shade with full thick head that settles to a thin cap with no lace but has a tight bead. The smell has lots of noble hops which augment the slight belgian phenolic yeast odor with mild nutty malt and spice, the hops add a slight lemon rind to the nose. The feel is good with moderate full body and somewhat high bitterness with mild yeast creaminess and slight spiced and mildly astringent accent w/ a light alcohol impact overall.

The taste comes off as strong piney flavor at first with subtle belgian yeast which gives a light spice and it is slightly obscured by the hops which have some mild citrus tinges and the yeast adds a light funkiness to the middle which could almost be mistaken for brett with light barnyard character. The flavor recedes into a bitter and dry finish which is actually refreshing given the carbonation. Overall I like this in comparison to some other American Belgian style IPA's. It is very tasty with emphasis on hops and nice yeast augmentation.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 03/10/12 notes. Had on cask at Rustico in Ballston, VA. Served ina tulip.

a - Pours a murky orange color with almost no head, just a few bubbles, and no carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, floral hops, earthy notes, some Belgian yeast, spices, and some pepper. Little light smelling but nice.

t - Tastes of sweet fruity malts, floral hops, apples, Belgian yeast, mint, spices, grains, bready malts, and pepper. More fruit then the nose and sweeter, a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and no carbonation. Super smooth and easy to drink. Cask helps the body quite a bit.

o - Overall a nice Belgian style yeast and some nice fruit in the taste. Very nice body due to the cask. Would like to have it again, especially on tap to see the differences.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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 WVbeergeek
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brilliant lemonade clouded godlen color with a big white frothing head large bubbles but sturdy carbonation, pour soft the beer is pretty agitated off the bat when you pop the cap you will hear the carbonation release. Aroma, first off lemon/lime notes with hints of tropical fruit dare I say mango/pineapple combo. A bit of funky yeast similar to the same yeast they use in Ragin' Bitch, spicy and a bit funky. Flavor wise this hits with big time bitterness from both hop additions, spicy yeast notes, black pepper qualities and something I can't pin my finger on. The artwork and the beer are pretty crazy I like how the new sixpack holders proudly state that this stuff is being brewed in Frederick, MD something us beergeeks have been in tune with since they left Denver years ago. Serve it a bit cold it masks some of the bitterness that I found kind of offensive in my first couple sips fade a bit. The yeast is bitter, the hops are bitter, and there seems to be citrus pith that is bitter with minimal sweetness masked by the Belgian yeast strain this beer is a bit of a cluster. Mouthfeel is cloyingly dry and bitter with layers of hops, spice, alcohol, citrus peel just downright awful texture starts to make me want to gag...also you have to deal with the high level of carbonation I'm pawning the rest of these beers off on my cousin Joe, who pretty much loves any beer from Flying Dog. Overall I will not revisit or waste my time on such a harsh beer drinking experience. I like Belgians,saisons, IPAs, white ales, but not when they're all blended together.

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Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in my garage, poured into a thistle. Even with the co2 turned off, this brew displays ferocious carbonation. A hazed golden colored brew sits under a full fist of yellowish stained frothy head that recedes painfully slow. As it recedes, it completely paints the walls of the glass with a webbing pattern of lacing effect. Rising bubbles of carbonation assist the cap in it's slow dispersal.

The smell of this brew is vibrant with a yeasty scent of clove. Fruits like pear and apple are quite evident under the spices. Some herbal hops come forth with a nearly vegetative tinge that accents more of the fruity to floral components of the nose. Overall, I would say this brew smells more of a saison than anything with that bold clove spice.

The taste displays a perplexing mixture of saison spice like clove, a little bit of fruity esters like pear and apple skins that has a solid dryness about it. Then the bitterness of the IPA side of things comes forward with lots of herbal aspects, more notes of dried fruits and a big of vegetable touch. The alcohol here is not hidden at all and becomes progressively more forward with a warmth.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a lively level of carbonation. That full 7.5% alcohol is felt and really exaggerated by the dryness of this brew and the herbal hops. The whole idea here of a saison/ipa hybrid was well executed. Whereas the aroma is very saison forward, it is much more balanced between the 2 in the flavor department. If the alcohol was tamed down a bit I could see myself drinking a bunch of this quite effortlessly. However, as-is with its dryness and alcohol punch I am only good for a glass or 2 at a time. This is worth a try if you havent had it yet.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog continually produces beers that strike me as quite interesting and good. This is a strong example of a Belgian style beer. A minimal hop influence puts some spicy tones on things. It's a pleasant and easy drinker. I like this one. Definitely glad to have tried it, and I wouldn't be opposed to trying it again?

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer in Raleigh

A - orange gold with a big, dense, white head that has great retention

S - funky Belgian yeast; an odd note akin to hot dogs or smoke

T - funky, a hint of white grapes, bitter piny hop character

M - crisp, well carbonated, smooth, medium bodied

This is a decent Belgian IPA. The hops are bitter enough to be noticeable and fight through the intense, yeasty flavor. The nose is contradictory; off putting and pleasing at the same time. Good flavor, good drinkability. It's worth a try.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A foamy white head is poured nicely, and sits on a clear body of peach gold. Not much carbonation, what little rises very slowly. Not bad looking head gets whipped up a bit and has some staying power also.

Bouquet is fruity, mild apricot, mild Belgian candy sugar, and a sense of very faint tart/sour sensation. Juicy smelling with a vinous fruit angle, quite nice.

An obvious hop angle hits immediately on the palate upon first sip. Bitter angle though doesn't seem to bring a discernible taste, eventually it mixes with the tart fruit to produce a sort of very sour apricot in a way, but mostly just bitter period. Sharp bite, with a medium carbonation feel. Juicy quality continues while drinking.

A real nice ambush beer. It has a sense of something fruity coming but not hoppy, then it hits with a surprising bitter. Nice and surprising.

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Wildeman Farmhouse IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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