Wildeman Farmhouse IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

very good
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by CraftBeerTastic on 01-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 555 |  Reviews: 171
Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 edglodek
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of NickyDee21
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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 sneth019
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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 bootsandbeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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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2/5  rDev -46.8%

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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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