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Wildeman Farmhouse IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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Wildeman Farmhouse IPAWildeman Farmhouse IPA
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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

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Added by CraftBeerTastic on 01-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 555 |  Reviews: 171
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a deep hazy straw-yellow, huge fluffy eggshell white head, lots of lacing and nice retention. The aromas are very nice, but the hops unfortunately take a backseat. Lots of banana and candied sugars. There's a clean belgian funk going on, I just wish the hops were more pronounced. Flavors are nice, but not aggressive. Fruity funk dominates with a subtle spiciness. More banana and bubblegum blended with black pepper. There's a nice bitterness, but it's once again not aggressive. It's more refreshing than anything. There's a nice earthiness and the flavors are pretty rustic. Mouthfeel is nice.. it's creamy, but at the same time it's maybe a tad over-carbonated. Either way it's pretty smooth; medium-bodied. Alcohol is barely noticeable. It's a pretty refreshing beer, I just wish the hops shined more.

This has more saison/farmhouse qualities than IPA qualities. It's a nice crisp beer, enjoyable, but nothing to crazy over. Raging Bitch BLOWS this out of the water, IMO.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of wedge
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foggy golden yellow. A big, chunky head rests on top, retaining well as a lumpy covering, leaving bits of lace behind. Sweet, yeasty aroma...grassy, floral hops, peppery citrus, and some cake-like malts. The citrus element is stronger on the tongue. Orange, grapefruit, and lemon bitterness. Juicy with spicy phenolics and more green, floral notes. I want more smoothness and some of that malt to come through, but this is solid as an aggressively hopped saison. Dry, medium body with a little creaminess. Decent overall, but I'm glad I just got the single.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, Earthy, and a bit sweet, with notes of dry hops. In the taste, a sweet Earthiness to dry yeasty presence, with some orange citrus hops. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry yeast and small orange citrus hops in the aftertaste. A nice yeast presence and pleasant orange citrus hops to balance it out.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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1/5  rDev -73%

Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy golden apricot color with a one finger frothy cream head that resembles a cappuccino in density.

Aroma begins with dank marijuana, onion, citrus, ending with a farmhouse funk.

Flavor is heavily citrus and barnyard funk, coupled with belgian yeast esters of apple and pear, add complexity, but the hop bitterness plays the role of palate deadener. There's a slightly peppery finish.

Body is moderate to light, with substantial carbonation and a light alcohol warmth.

Overall, I wish the focus had been more on flavoring than bittering hops. They dominate the interesting farmhouse and belgian yeast esters.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.7/5  rDev 0%
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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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mntlover
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow with big three finger head that falls fast but laces well enough. Nice to see the bubbles rising to meet the whit cap.

Aroma is nice sweet mango trying to peak out under a big lemon and spice aroma . Hints of banana and cloves or the cloves are making thing of bananas, some light peppery hints.

Taste is like the aroma kind of some light sweet malt underneath but big citrusy lemon punch with lots of spice hits right away. Spice and lemon backed but bursting carbonation. Kind of over powering for me was wanting a hopped Saison not another Belgian IPA which I really am about tired of.

Mouthfeel is lighter side of medium with big carbonation to sock it to you. Sadly don't want to be socked right now.

Overall eh not really bad for the style think I am just burned out on it.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like salty grassy hops with some metallic and unripe apricot, and little wild honey and yeast.
T: It tasted like bubble gum and waxy grassy hops, with some wild honey and yeast and metallic. It had a mostly clean and tangy aftertaste that was a little sweet.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This had a nicely balanced scent and taste with good body. No noticeable alcohol and fairly smooth finish, so it was easy to drink. Nice crisp beer, although nothing too special.

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3.33/5  rDev -10%
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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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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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4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. No [discernible] date on bottle.

Pours a hazy dark lemon yellow with a voluptuous, billowy, light beige to off-white head. Very good lacing. Powdered sugary malt notes hit the nose, along with a good dose of orange zest, mandarin orange, lemon, and grapefruit hops. Some yeasty funkiness pervades as well. Nice.

Soft, lightly toasted malts up front. Mix of citrus, tropical fruit, and bitterness come on strong. Orange marmalade, lemon, pine, and grapefruit all come through, along with a little pineapple and juicy malt. Big bitterness takes over near the finish, but the fruity, citrusy flavors stay there. Dry, earthy, funky, musty finish. Medium-bodied with a creamy feel. Very appetizing and delicious.

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

This beer pours a beautiful straw color which is clear with tons of carbonation from the Belgian yeast that makes up most of the beers profile. Yeast is in the forefront of the aroma profile with hops rounding it out with a nice citrus and piney edge. The flavor is yeast as well with hops coming through as mostly bitterness more than flavor... which I find is common in farmhouse/Belgian IPA beers. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and keeps you coming back for more. Overall a great addition to the Flying Dog arsenal of beers that always bring an original feel to a style of beer that a lot of breweries are putting out, good stuff.

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Photo of IronLover
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow in color with an orange hue through the middle and a deep haze. Poured with a huge white foam that almost over- topped the glass. Excellent head retention. Belgian yeast, banana and spice aromas up front with grapefruit and citrus hop aromas in the background. Creamy feel despite the assertive carbonation. Yeasty and sweet banana flavors up front that transition to citrus grapefruit and pineapple hops thru the middle and pine flavors toward the end. A light biscuity backbone beneath and a spicy, peppery flavor that rides overtop from start to end where it intensifies. Finishes with a spicy pine hop aftertaste. Nice flavor complexity.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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