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 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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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 paulozanello
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color, almost clear, with a one finger tan head that lasts for a short while leaving average lacing.

Aroma is fruity/spicy. I get a citric pungent note, almost catpeeish from the hops as well as a herb/spice coriander and pepper from the yeast. Also some floral notes there.

Taste starts with malt and some candy sugar that soon move to citric, mainly grapefruit and lemmon notes. Also some spice like clove, and coriander come through in the middle. There is some kind of funky notes to this beer as well, not bretty at all, more like a leathery . Bitterness then ensues towards the end of the sip along with spicy peppery notes.

Body is medium with medium to high carbonation. Finish is really dry with a bitter aftertaste.

Overall a very unusual tasting beer. I guess it would be better to call it a hopped up Saison instead of a farmhouse IPA. I like the dryness but, as with belgian IPAs, I think it is better to leave belgian yeast and american hops separated.

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Photo of RappAttack
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poors a clear straw color with a thin white head,
S: very interesting, Belgium yeast and bubblegum, with a small pine hoppy aroma.
T: like it smells (not a bad thing) very yeasty spicy hops come through more in the taste
M: light med body, with a stinging carbonation
O: a very different beer for me. i would like a bit more hoppyness especially if they are going to call it an IPA. iwould have it again and as always love the label

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color with less clarity than one would expect from an IPA - it's more akin to a Belgian tripel than anything. The head is a one finger off white color with mediocre retention/lacing.

S: Very strong Belgian notes come through; coriander, clove, candied sugar, and a touch of funk. As an IPA though, I expect a little more in the way of grapefruit/pine notes, but other than that, I really like how it smells.

T: Notes of bitter grapefruit from the dry hopping are prevalent at first, but after the bitter opening, the Belgian characteristics pull through, with hints of funk, spice, and candied sugar. The finish sees a return of the hoppy notes from the opening, subtly blended with the saison characteristics. Crisp, refreshing, and nicely balanced - not as clinically clean and bitter as Raging Bitch, but pretty much where it needs to be.

M: Given its saison roots, it's very well carbonated and finishes quite dry - a sensation that works well with its hop profile, without getting overly chalky and astringent. Medium bodied and incredibly easy drinking.

O: Color me impressed. It isn't perfect, but it's a solid hybrid of a saison and IPA, and is better balanced than Raging Bitch, too. Recommended.

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

On tap at Churchkey in DC. At the time of this review, this is the #45 beer on the "Top Beers - Belgian IPA" list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is yellow, hazy, almost white, nice head, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is grassy, a little fruity, yeasty, nice.

Beer is light in body, airy in the mouth and on the palate. Strong hop garden here, nice finish. I enjoyed this beer, drinks a little like a saison.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright orangeish-yellow beer that is slightly hazy, but also has a nice clarity to it. Lots of carbonation springs up from the bottom. The creamy white head reaches a little more than two fingers on a medium pour and dissapates slowly, leaving tons of sticky lacing as it goes. Definitely has a funky Belgian aroma to it with some banana and spicy, peppery notes to it. It also has a well-rounded, not-in-your-face citrusy, herbal hop aromas. Not overly aromatic, but not bad either.

Big funky juiciness right in the first sip, chock full of spices and candi sugar. The juicy burst is sweet and citrusy with a touch of banana, but with a healthy balance of peppery notes and clove. The farther it moves on the palate, the dryer, spicier, and hoppier it gets until the climax of a fairly dry and hoppy biting finish. The citrusy, piney hops combine really well with the big-time pepperiness to make for an almost too intense biting bitterness in the back, which then lingers on into the aftertaste for a few moments. The carbonation isn't distracting at a medium level, providing a bit of residuals to make their way through to the dry finish, juicing it up a bit.

Really good beer here, lots of complexity going on and remeniscent of a hoppy saison. Bold flavors dominate for sure, and its probably not for everyone. But for those who like complex Belgian-style beers with a healthy dose of hops, definitely give this one a go.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into short stemmed tulip.

A: a very bright orange. very hazy. slightly off-white head with good retention and pretty sticky lacing.

S: lemons and limes. a touch of grapefruit. the hops battle with a bit of eggy sulfur.

T: bitter and fruity all at once. sticky tangerines. lemons. a dry bitterness that battles. slightly barny, but not tart or funky. just something about it that is rather, do i say, farmhouse-like. the finish has grassy tones and finishes rather dry.

M: a vibrant carbonation on a luscious medium body.

D: reminds me very much of d'Achouffe Houblon. flavorful, but a high drinkability factor. wouldnt hate to see more offerings like this from flying dog.

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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 cps98
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a six pack from this months meeting. Super excited to get it home and tear into one of these bad boys. Two of my favorite styles combined into one bottle, awesome!

A – Poured a cloudy light orange with a healthy two finger white head. Bubbles stuck around for a long time but eventually dropped back to a ring around the challis.

S – The yeast worked it’s magic hear, great floral/spicy notes come through right away. The lemon notes from the hops are there but do not dominate.

T – There is more saison present than IPA. The floral notes are first followed by the malty sweetenss, a little honey too. The hops are not a dominate player but are present at the backend with some nice lemon lime citrusy flavors.

M – Good carbonation bite. I would classify this as medium bodied had a nice dryness to it.

O – I had high hopes for this when it was described to me and I think Flying Dog did a nice job. I was hoping for a little more hop bite but this beer didn’t disappoint.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden body with slight transparency. White head that stays around with good lacing.

S- Spicy Belgian yeast, some citrus notes.

T- The Belgian yeast dominates, slight hop presence in the finish.

M- Crisp and refreshing, well carbonated.

O- Good beer. Unique, but tastes more like a Belgian pale ale than anything else.

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Photo of John_M
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mahaffey's today.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, as I pick up considerable banana, clove, bubble gum and underlying citrus. Given the nose, the flavor profile is a surprise. The beer is quite dry, with barely enough sweet malt to balance the underlying bitterness in this beer. Also, while I get considerable yeast and hoppy bitterness on the flavor profile, there's not much else. The mid palate is almost non-existent, and the finish is all bitterness and alcohol. This is just not a very enjoyable beer (though there's nothing awful about this beer either). Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an almost watery finish.

I don't know. The flavor profile in this beer just seems kind of muddled, and it's hard for me to believe that this is what the brewer was going for. When I think how tasty raging bitch is, I just can't reconcile that with this beer. Can't see myself ordering this one again.

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

A new Flying Dog beer is always welcome. While I'm not a huge fan, I find them to be among the better of the local brewers.

Pouring a clear golden orange with a dense, white head with good retention and nice lacing, this looks good. The nose is pretty good too. Spicy and yeasty, there's clove, some bubblegum along with quite a bit of yeasty fruits as well, with papaya, mango and citrus hops. There's some sweetness as well, with sugar, honey and a touch of caramel. This really blends characteristics of saisons (super saisons, if you will), Belgian pale ales and IPAs. Very good. The yeast is so expressive, it covers up the Citra hops here.

The palate opens big and juicy with a good blend of citrus hops (light oranges) and plenty of fruity yeasty phenols. Papaya, mango and more tropical fruit to go with it. The honey and sugar aspects from the malt really do amplify the yeasty phenols. Bitterness is low for an IPA but high for a saison. The more rustic and barnyardy characters from saisons isn't really found here either. Drying and fruit on the finish, the, yeast does linger on with plenty of tropical fruit. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is quite enjoyable. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this beer works IMO.

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

A: Nice golden color with bubbles well paced apart showing good carbonation. A white film remains on top trough out.

S: Tropical fruits dominate with pineapple, papaya, and green apple at the front. There is that sharp note that comes with saison yeast (wyeast 3711?)

T: A more floral flavor comes trough with some very apparent alcohol bite. It's a dry one. There is a very pronounced ending bitterness; on style for an IPA.

M: Dry and well carbonated.

This is overall a great beer that combines two hard hitting styles: Saison and IPA. It is a must try for lovers of both

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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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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ba Review #115
Served On: 01/27/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 6.7%
Date/ Code: 116A12

Picked up a sixer at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick - My usual source for the latest Flying Dog releases.

Look: The beer poured a clear orangish yellow. The yellow was mainly around the edges of the Duvel glass. Tiny carbonation bubbles made a steady stream upward from the bottom. The head started off as a 1-finger of off-white froth consisting of random sized bubbles - but reduced down to a patchy film within seconds.

Smell: The aroma had typical Belgian yeast esters indicating the Farmhouse Ale component. A light citrus hop note was detected, but not as prominent as you would expect for the IPA theme. Some wet grass and bready notes were present. So far this beer seemed reminiscent of Flying Dog’s Secret Stash released back in the fall.

Taste: First on the palate was the Belgian yeast followed by a fruity sweetness. Hops were certainly part of the complexity, but seemed to be subdued by the stronger Belgian qualities. The finish was a quick hop-bite which lead into a cereal aftertaste with some faint bitterness.

Overall this is a very pleasant beer. If you like Saisons and other lighter Belgian styles, this will hit the spot. Again – I find it to be very similar to Secret Stash but with a higher ABV and slightly more of a hop profile.

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