Wildeman Farmhouse IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

very good
171 Reviews
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by CraftBeerTastic on 01-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of troysoy2
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle to give a try, poured into a pint glass, and easily got a two finger head off of a gentle pour. Superfine off-white bubbles with really nice retention, over a straw colored body with surprising clarity. Probably filtered, I suppose.

The smell is initially of saison yeast. Earthiness presides over a robust citrus and tropical fruit aroma.

The taste is very much pineapple, with some tangerine flesh and zest. Not a hop bomb, by any stretch of imagination, but definitely a decidedly fruit-tinged farmhouse ale. Malt and a bit of spice provide some balance to the juicy hops. The mouthfeel is a huge improvement over the Garde Dog ale, which I felt was too fluffy. Here, I feel Flying Dog has found a good balance.

I'd compare this to Ommegang's BPA, but with a stronger tendency towards pineapple, and a little bit more of a kick to it. Overall, a decently strong offering by Flying Dog, and one that I'm glad I tried.

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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 Beer4Baltimore
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle
A - aggressive pour into a 22 ounce glass yields 4 fingers of foamy head on top of a spritzy looking hazy amber liquid.
S - smells of grassy hops with little malt character. There's plenty of belgian yeast aromas.
T - bold, hoppy, earthy, spicy.
M - well carbonated like a good saisson. Medium to heavy bodied with a good flow and slight oily aftertaste from the hops.
D - a smooth drinker with a little residual dryness that is not bad at all. Alcohol is slightly present.
I was a little reluctant to buy a whole six pack of yet another Flying Dog Brewery blitz(AKA raging bitch), but this one definitely paid off in terms of quality versus abv.
An all around good Belgian IPA.

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Photo of magine
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a hazy orange gold color, with a massive white head. Lots of tight bubbles. Real good initial lace and it settles to an island. Great lace remains. Very good looks.

Nose is filled with some good Belgian notes; yeasts, sweet fruits, cloves, spices. Hoppy citrus notes as well. Good nose.

Brew is peppery; spices, citrus hops and malty yeasts balance things. Good initial carbonation and spice followed by the creamy yeasts in the middle. Good flavors, good semi dry finish. Really nice drinkability here. Hops wake up as it warms and really blends well with the Belgian flavors. Very nice combination of hops and Belgian flavors here. Good full body as well. Good stuff.

Very good blends of flavors here, great brew here from Flying Dog. A great summer brew...or anytime brew really. I like the masked abv as well. Good stuff.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy straw body, 2 finger fluffy head,
great lacing

S: banana, clove, malt, yeast

T: banana, grain/malt, fresh/yeast finish

M: med/light body, smooth/tongue prick mouth

O: Would get again + recommend. Fine summer
beer and good gateway offering.


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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 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 jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi hazy bright gold color with a frothy and sticky bright white head. Nose is reminiscent of raging bitch. Fruity sub banana and clove a bit yeasty touch of citric hops.

Taste slightly reminiscent of raging bitch as well. Thick creamy mouthfeel. Tart citric Apple and pear on the front of the tongue letting you know it is different then its Belgian ipa counter part. Some caramel on the mid palate. Syrup like thickness on the back end of the tongue. Faint banana and clove throughout. Finishes tart citric and piney.

Fans of raging bitch will love this. Similar enough yet different in its own way. A bit too tart for me but it was interesting to see how well the saison and ipa flavors worked together.

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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 JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - hazy golden color with a thick white head that stayed around as a layer leaving lots of lacing.

S - saison yeast with a bit of floral hops in the background.

T - you can really taste the saison yeast upfront with some bitter hops showing up before finishing with dry, yeasty notes.

F - medium bodied with easy drinkability.

O - a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hot damn a new Flying Dog Beer! Stamped 213A12 so I guess it's a 2012 release.

A - Bam the cap popped off and a nice full inch of head quickly formed into my glass. Pillow like yet only mild lace and the beer itself is a pure yellow with a respectable haze.

S - Smells of a nice Belgium IPA I get citrus hops with wheat and Hefeweizen notes of coriander, and spice.

T - A nice bit of pine, more hop forward than I expected but it does mellow with fruity yeasts and very mild wheat. The spices are there in the finish lingering with the piney citrus hops. Not bad.

M - Medium bodied and very hop forward.

Overall a very nice Belgium IPA and I am kind of glad it's hoppy since it makes it tasty! Others drink like a Belgium Pale ale!

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Photo of kevinv
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle dating noted. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy, straw yellow with a huge frothy white head. Great head retention and spotty lacing.

S - The Belgian yeast provides very characteristic smells. Big and fruity. Some lemon, pepper, and other spices. Very saison-esque.

T - Huge juicy flavors. Bright, citrusy, peppery. Mild hop bitterness. Again, the Belgian yeast really comes through. Dry finish, no presence of alcohol.

M - Low medium body with lots of active carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.

O - Quite an enjoyable beer. Different than what I'd normally drink, but a nice take on this up and coming style.

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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 hollyisaway
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Beckley's Motel and Liquor. Poured into a Tommy's Pizza pint glass.

Appearance: standard IPA. Hazy as all hell, with yellow and amber tinges. Bone white head.

Smell: the spices perfect this. the IPA smell doesn't prove itself, but the "farmhouse" elements certainly raise it past average.

Taste: Tastes more like a hoppy saison, akin to what Johannson's Dining in Westminster offers, than an American IPA. Hoppy, but so much spicing and "farmhouse" ingredients brings it more into saison tradition. This beer claims IPA, and it surely is by technique, but you are getting into a hoppy saison.

Mouthfeel: Honestly, boring. It's there. It's solid. Spices stay in the mouth, hops leave. It is average, so it gets the marked average score.

Paid about $1.80 for the bottle; I love this beer for the price point and for loving Flying Dog, but I wish the head wasn't so extreme and the appearance had more power. The taste is perfect, and is great proof of a reclassification of "imperial" saisons or something along those lines.

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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 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 Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Freshie growler fill up from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. $799 for the 32 ounce pour. They just got bottles of this new one as well.

Pours hazed, medium yellowy amber, near white head, leaves a thicker film and lovely fine and striated lace.

Light lemon, pepper and tropical fruit in the nose.

Brightly flavorful and complex brew, with zesty citrus, orange and lime. Coriander, ginger, a lime zest also come to mind. Biting hops dry things out quickly. Bitterness quite present, but not overpowering the spicy, floral and citric hop notes. Toss in a soft yeasty Belgian note and the deal is complete.

Love the style and I'm impressed with this new one from Flying Dog.

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

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: dark cloudy yellow; 2-finger creamy head; mostly clear
S: smells strongly of yeast, belgian bottle conditioning
T: radically astringent Belgian; very hoppy and resinous. They have basically hopped the hell out of a dubbel and sent it to pine heaven; this will not be to the tastes of many, but I like it.

Similar to what a Raging Bitch is for an IPA.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Upon pouring, a huge, pillowy head rapidly expands like foam and fills over 1/3 of the glass; and this is on a careful pour! The head is a dense, lovely creation crammed pack with creme colored bubbles sitting over a somewhat cloudy, straw-colored brew. Great retention with splotches of white bubbles trailing behind on the sides of the glass.

S: Phenolic with all familiar, spicey yeast notes and dashes of clove. Smells a lot like a great hefeweizen with a nice pop of hoppy citrus hiding in the background. Definitely powerful.

T: A little watered down from the nose, the spicey yeast notes are most readily noticeable in the initial wave of flavors to hit the tongue. Notes of clove and a bit of bubblegum hide in the background with just a subtle kiss of lemony citrus. Finishes with a moderately traceable malt backbone. As an IPA, the one trait this beer most picks up on is the bittersweet finish. The slightest bit of a rubbing alcohol flavor crops up in the finish as the beer warms

M: Medium to light bodied with adequate carbonation, crisp and drying in the finish with a hearty dose of alcoholic warmth lent by the 7.5% abv.

O: Great smelling beer with an pretty well executed mix of hefeweizen spiciness and IPA bitterness (only a touch of citrus) in the flavors. Interesting beer to try, but probably not my favorite of styles.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice US take at a hoppy saisonesque brew.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Compulsory Ralph Steadman illustrated label, with the image of an expressionistic character… The Wildeman… Side paragraph notes overall spirit and a bottling code 216A12. Shows 7.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Gold pour with a finger of frothy foam, fair retention, with good surface memory and good lacing.

S - Fresh nose, earthy, lightly hoppy, citric, with a nice yeasty spice hint…

T - Bitter complexity… Grassy, citric, yeasty notes with touches of spice, light peppery hint. Sweet, honeyed insinuation in the moment preceding the bitter closing.

M - Medium body, creamy flow before the bitter lingering finish, medium/small carbonation… tiny bubbles adding a nice rhythm to the structure.

O - Pretty pleasing, enough complexity to entice with a take at a US Belgian/IPA/Saisonesque kind of thing. It works.

Notes: Sure enough, it reminds a bit of their recent Harvest Secret Stash offering and works in a similar fashion, slightly hoppier pointing to their Raging Bitch but without getting there. Glad to see this one, hopefully making part of some regular rotation, price/quality ration this is a nice six-pack.

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