Wildeman Farmhouse IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

Wildeman Farmhouse IPAWildeman Farmhouse IPA
555 Ratings
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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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, best by 303 of 12. Pours straw yellow, with a one inch fluffy white head, with lots of lace. Smell is powerful clove, banana, grass, citrus, and biscuit. Taste clove, banana, citrus, and grapefruit, but very balanced in a aggressive way. Body is medium large, lots of carbonation, a little dry, and drinkable. I love how Flying Dog takes styles that aren't my favorite Belgian and Farmhouse and hop them up so I enjoy. Did it better with Raging Bitch, but really enjoyed this also.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Wildeman Farmhouse IPA pours a hazy tangerine, with minimal visibility. A four finger high mountain of white foam comes together atop the beer, and head retention is out of this world. The lacing is left in a solid ring at the top of glass, but it's fairly splotchy underneath. Despite all that, the nose is a little bit weak. There are some bubble gum fruity and light clove aromas present though, about what I'd expect for a Belgian IPA. The flavor is a bit more phenolic, with clove shining through more than anything else. There is a bit of bitterness, and some citrus peel hoppiness present as well as a brief opening of cracker-like maltiness. Still, I found myself checking the bottle for the "best by" code (August 14th) because of the relatively tame hop presence. The body is suitably light, but the carbonation is a little too dull. Wildeman is a pretty solid beer, it's just a little light on the hops for a Belgian IPA.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazed orange, thick white head that has good retention and lacing.

S/T - Barnyard funk up front, balancing with light grainy malt and herbal, grassy hops. Finishes slightly on the bitter side.

M - Medium to light in body, high carbonation, but stays nice and fluffy smooth across the palate, finishing quite dry.

O - Could easily just label this a saison and I'd be happy. Nice taste, I'd get it again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale blonde color with good bubbling. Bone white head with good retention and a little lacing.

Aroma is full on grapefruit, blood orange, tropical pineapple, and mango hop aroma. Add a little unmalted barley to the smell and your spot on. This smells like an American made "Belgian" IPA.

Bitter and astringent from start to finish. This tastes like there's very little "Belgium" inspiring this beer. This is maybe a hopheads IPA with some Belgian sensibility. Not that thius beer is bad per se, just not something I'll buy again. I love IPA's of all shapes and sizes, but this just cuts my palate in the wrong way.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy dark yellow with a good full foamy head. Nice lacing and a decent skim head retention down the glass.

Spice and yeasty malty musty grain. A hint of fruit, but barely.

Bitter brew here. Almost a touch too much, as this beer does dry out. Some good malt/hop balance in initial sip, then the beer gets very bitter. Malt and some spice fight thru, barely. Finishes dry, a little harsh bitter.

Nice medium body and good carbonation.

Dropped my overall to 3.5 because taste matters so much. I liked this, and I think this is a solid brew from these folks, and worth trying, but it would be hard to have more than one.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve been incredibly pleased with a ton of what Flying Dog has come out with; I’m excited to see what they’ll do with a Belgian style brew.

Caught it just in time – the bottle date on this one translates to Best Before August 6 of this year, a little less than a month away. I would have liked it fresher, but this is alright.

A: Phenomenally bubbly; comes out with four inches of head and just a touch of actual body. Pale gold with a ton of bubbles everywhere, with a rising, bubbly head of bright white. Tons of stringy lacing with thick, sudsy retention.

S: Wildly funky, with one hell of a bready yeast presence; biscuit dough, coriander, and estery clove give this a beautiful Belgian character. Hops peek through as well – green and spicy – at a level a little below what you’d imagine in an IPA nose. Lots of creamy sweet malt give it a nice vanilla touch, along with fleshy orange and mango character (augmented by the hops); these two profiles mix to make something like an orange dreamsicle in aroma. Smells delicious.

T: Ah, that’s quite a bit different than I was expecting. Hits with a big herbal bitterness first off, running full-tilt into pine and sage, with touches of pepper, grapefruit rind, lemongrass, and balsamic vinegar. It’s spiced wonderfully, but you can only tell after you’ve had a few sips and the shock has worn off. Malts are not richly sweet, as in the nose, but crisp and wafer-like to complement the bitter character of the palate; still, there’s a smooth vanilla and fruity wheat flavor that can’t be overlooked. Aftertaste is a testament to thick, bready yeast, with a touch of aspirin and citric acid on the end.

M: Foamy and bubbly across the board. I’d grab this on a hot day for refreshment, even though it has a complex, sippable palate.

O: Belgian IPAs are swiftly becoming one of my favorite styles thanks to beers like this; what an enjoyable experience. On to Raging Bitch!

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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2.45/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm a fan of Flying Dogs beer, especially their Barley Wine and In Heat Hefe, so I was excited to try this "Saison" IPA.

I was quite disappointed. No saison-like qualities that I could detect. Unbalanced and overly bitter. It pretty much tasted like a bad take on an imperial IPA.

If you just want to get trashed and love bitter beer without much hop flavor than this one is for you, otherwise try some of Flying Dogs other offerings because they are much better.

I'm thrilled I only bought one!

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of hosehead83
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy gold in color, with a hugefrothy head of white foam.
Aroma-Spicy yeast
Taste-Belgian-like spicy yeast,earthy hops, lingering bitter hop finish. Muted white grapefruit notes. Tasty and refreshing. Hits all the right notes. Very nice.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden straw color with an explosive pure white head. The head settled slowly looking like a big puffy cloud and left some chunk lacing on the glass.

The aroma is quite spicy. Big peppery notes with some clove as well. There is a general floral sweetness. Some tart apple and lemon and finishes with a dose of hay. Good saison aroma.

The taste is of a dry pilsner malt, some light bread. There is a floral sweetness, perhaps some sugar notes. The flavor is strong on the pepper and hay bitterness. This mixes with a rough alcohol note. I noticed this in Raging Bitch as well, its a bit harsh.

The feel is light and quite dry with fizzy carbonation. Spot on for a saison. The pepper and grassy bitterness is aggressive for the style and adds a harsh element. The ABV is a bit noticable as well.

Its a tasty brew but a bit harsh for a farmhouse style. Not much different from Raging Bitch, except a little lighter. Scale back the ABV a tad and ease up on the hops and this is a very good saison.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a small, maybe 5oz or 6oz tumbler about the shape and proportion of a shaker pint. I’d do better, but this is the best I can do right now, in Brazil. Freshness date of August 6, 2012 printed in black ink near the bottom-right corner of the front label (“219A12”), if I deciphered that correctly from Fresh Beer Only.

Appearance (4.0): Very aggressive head on this one, but once it’s under control it’s easily two fingers of slow-dying, rocky, cream-colored goodness leaving bits of lacing on the way down. The body is a hazy, straw-yellow color, with streams of carbonation clearly racing to the top. This is an attractive beer, no doubt about it.

Smell (3.5): Mostly classic saison here, with some damp hay and spice (coriander, clove) holding it down, but there is some moderately vegetal, slightly fruity hop character underneath—Summit and Centennial? Not claiming to know my hop varieties well, but this has the slightly onion-y vibe going on here. As a saison it smells nice, but as an IPA it’s underwhelming.

Taste (4.0): Follows the nose, in most regards here. Again, wet hay and some spicy undertones (black pepper, clove, coriander) constitute the “farmhouse” side of this beer pretty well, and then there are those dirty, moderately vegetal hops coming through in the back. The difference is the hops are more fruity than in the nose, and there’s more of them here, period. Good saison characteristics, decent-but-not-great IPA characteristics. There’s an herbal bitterness in the finish that kicks it up a notch though, so that’s good.

Mouthfeel (4.0): No slouch here, with an active, soft, and foamy but not lush—think thick shag carpet vs. velvet :-) —carbonation pairing well a dry-finishing, medium-weight body.

Overall (3.5): I was torn on whether or not to give this a 4 in the taste department. Above 3.5, probably, below 4.0, definitely. Overall, it’s actually not a bad farmhouse ale of the classic saison variety, but personally I think they’ve somewhat missed the mark on the IPA front. The Belgian IPA category is deceivingly catch-all, covering super-hoppy BSPAs (many of which are excellent), Tripel-DIPA hybrids (hit or miss, but can be huge hits), white / witbier-IPA hybrids (still intriguing, still not sure what to make of the concept) and saison / farmhouse-IPA hybrids (love the idea, have yet to see one knock it out of the park). This is a good beer, no doubt about it, and I’d drink it again—but I’m not sure it helps define the category. I would love to give this another shot though, especially with a fresher bottle!

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Wildeman Farmhouse IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 555 ratings
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