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 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 mpyle
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
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 -6.1%
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 -27.1%
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 -4.8%
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 -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 tjsdomer2
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
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 -18.6%
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 -29.8%
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 -1.3%
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 -1.9%
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 +4.3%
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 +2.1%
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 -0.5%
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 +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 Mavigo
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this in a built six pack for my birthday, giving it a whirl. Served in a tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy, light golden orange color with a massive 3 inch white soapy head that lasts a couple minutes before shrinking down to a quarter inch layer, with nice amounts of lacing.

S: As I'd expect from an IPA, can clearly pick up hops, but it doesn't predominate, can smell wheat, yeast, floral, and citrus tones

T: Actually quite delicious, this would be my first Belgian IPA, and as I have more affinity to most Belgian style beers, I'm really liking this. It's very sweet and has a slew of complex, intertwined flavors. There's yeast, honey, citrus tones, barley, bits of malts, and of course hops, but with my experience with IPA's very, very mild, and I don't like the over hopness of IPA's so this is sitting really good with me.

M: Getting up there in terms of carbonation, but most beers of this style are pretty carbonated, adds to its refreshing appeal, the sweetness from the yeast and malts nicely contrasts the relative low bitterness of the hops, but it is quite present.

O Overall, I'd say this would be the best IPA I've had and my first Belgian IPA. I nicely brings together the sweetness of most Belgian ales with the bitterness of IPA's, being that its half what I like and half what I like and half what I don't, this is a nice synthesis, and another good beer from Flying Dog, I recommend this beer.

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Photo of JPlo
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale Gold color, very cloudy. Head is not very strong/lasting. Lacing is below average. Beer appealing, head underwhelming.

Aroma/taste: aroma is strong, can smell citrus and spices. Taste is sour/tart, strong flavour of spice, citrus, slightly sweet. Spicy and a Bitter finish.

Feel: smooth, Medium-full body, bitterness gives a prickly feel throughout and after. Finish is very long and bitter.

Overall a solid beer. Interesting flavor that I found slightly intriguing.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a slightly hazy honey and lemon gold. Sugar white head is thin and dissipates quickly.

Smells of lemon, coriander, candi sugar, lemongrass and piney hops.

Tastes of honey sweetness, lemon tartness, mild herbal elements, and a notable hop bite.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation on the tip of the tongue and roof of the mouth.

Farmhouse IPA, huh? Well, it works. Good balance of saison-like light ale elements with a strong but restrained hop bitterness. The two pieces fit together well and make for a highly drinkable ale with a refreshing lighter taste in the package of the heavier body and potency of some of the higher abv IPAs short of the imperial class. The result is undeniably worth trying for fans of either style, and will surely appeal to many in both camps.

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Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a cloudy pale orange with a large (2-3 finger) white fluffy head that lasted throughout, reducing to a large cap with awesome sticky foamy lacing.

The aroma was of bread and grain malts, floral and herbal hops and a funky Belgian yeast with notes of citrus (lemon and grapefruit), coriander and a mild fruity ester (pineapple and green apple).

The taste was rather crisp and quite yeasty with a hint of citrus along with a mild fruitiness early on, and then became decently hoppy with a bitter citrus peel presence and a slightly spicy grapefruit finish. The flavor lingered at the back of the throat for quite a long time, leaving behind a mild spicy hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a prickly carbonation.

Overall I found this to be a crisp refreshing brew, which offered a nice balance of fruit and hops and possessed a bold bitter finish and a smooth drinkability...


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Photo of Dodo2step
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

P- Thanks to my buddy Ray for thie brew.

A- A lot of head on the pour and it is white like the caps of ocean waves. pale wheat color. i had to wait to pour the other half. The peaks over flow the glas but are as stiff as..well you know.

S- clove aroma and citrus hop nose. Sour mash malt as well.

F- a spicey peppery flavor intially. On the backend the clove and citrus come out but not as well as i would like.

M- spice lingers in the mouth too long and leaves a poor aftertaste. Not very smooth and the complex tones confuse my tongue.

O- it is always hit miss with Belgian IPA's and this one was a miss. Not poor but just an average i would say. The appearance and nose saved this.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours a pale, hazy, tangerine-yellow color with a tall, white head and plenty of carbonation. Excellent lacing all the way down the glass. Aromas are biscuity malt, spicy Belgian yeast, fruit, citrus. Tastes are bold and well balanced, fruity, biscuity, citrus - orange and grapefruit, Belgian yeast, spice, astringent and fairly dry on the finish. Thinner body with tons of carbonation that is not off-putting. Overall, nice take on the style, but not much of a wow factor. Still recommendable though.

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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 SerialHiker
2.44/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a nice golden orange…popped open and formed tons of just off-white head that did final settle down into normal, finger width thickness…beer legs all over the glass…(3.75/5)

Smell: Light, floral, and a bit citrusy…some yeast aroma…some clove aroma…(2.75/5)

Taste: Bready malt covered in floral, citrus and piney hops…tons of floral tones throughout and into the finish…there is a bit of flowery bitterness in the after taste…a bit alcoholly that does set the flavor off a bit and doesn’t balance well with the floral…(2/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, tons of carbonation…clean and crisp flavor with some floral bitterness in the after taste…(3.5/5)

Overall: This is my least favorite farmhouse ale that I’ve had…the floral hops don’t settle well with the higher ABV in this brew and for me produces a flowery antiseptic taste that lingers on my palette… it’s too bitter for a Belgian and not hoppy enough for an IPA…the spices are a bit overdone…it’s certainly drinkable, but nothing that is overwhelming or something I would get again...(2/5)

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Photo of jimmah120
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle no date

look is a cloudy pale yellow with a big fluffy head. smells of barnyard, lemon, coriander, clove, etc. taste follows with pepper, clove infused wheat, small blast of bubblegum. there's a slight kick of herbal hops at the end, but otherwise it's very unlike an ipa.

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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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Wildeman Farmhouse IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
3.76 out of 5 based on 555 ratings.
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