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 macrosmatic
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a nice gold with just a slight haze. Forms a big fluffy white head atop medium visible carbonation.

S: Belgian fruity esters (grape, pear, banana) with light cracker malt, some funk, and only hints of grassy hops.

T: The Belgian characteristics dominate the palate. Light malts, sweet fruity yeast esters with some citrus hops near the end. Mild pine bitterness in the hang.

M: Light body, moderate alcohol presence, and a healthy dose of carbonation sensation.

O: I'm torn here. It seems to be a pretty decent Belgian pale ale, but doesn't follow through on the promise of the IPA character. Not bad though.

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Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, hops, spices. Taste is lots of spice, hops, citrus, some malts, more spice, a lot going on here. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a solid beer worth checking out.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a golden yellow colored brew with a big thick and billowy white head. The head fades slowly over time to give a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a hay like and slightly funky aroma. Mixed with these are some smells of a bready malt as well as a herbal and citrus grapefruit hop aroma mixed with some sweeter tangerine and spice notes of clove and coriander as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with a slightly citrus sweet flavor of tangerine and some caramel. As the flavor advances some flavors of yeast and spice flavors of clove as well as some orange and grapefruit citrus come to the tongue. Toward the end of the taste, the flavor takes on some stronger flavors of a haylike and grassy taste as well as a more funky like flavor of the “farmhouse” variety. The flavors at the end, all combine to leave a nicely hopped and rather funked and slightly bitter malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the slightly above average side. The thickness was nice for the more grassy, hay, and yeasty characteristics of the beer while not being too light for the malt backbone and the abv for the brew. The carbonation was quite nice for the funky flavors as well and made for a rather nice drinker overall.

Overall – A rather pleasant drinking Farmhouse IPA. It had a nice blend of the funk and hop to make for a good and tasty drinking brew.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden child in color with a small white head thats airy and fades quickly. It's quite aromatic.
Aroma smells all farmhouse, tart and sour and funky oh my.
Tastes decent with a tart and dry bitter finish. Has a bit of spiciness running through it too.
There is a very sutle hop profile weaving in there too. Leaning towards citrus or tropical.
In the aftertaste there is sutle phenolic taste along with a sharp dryness.
Pretty good tasting though I would need time to aquire a taste for it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Well, he certainly looks pretty wild... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy sunrise gold topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon peel, light grapefruit zest, light orange peel, mild flowers, light dried honey, and a vague sense of bready Belgian yeast. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a sharp vein of grapefruit peel running through, stabbing the tongue from time to time. But not necessarily in a bad way. Most of the time, anyway. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, a tasty and enjoyable BIPA, even if the Belgian aspect is somewhat on the lighter end of the spectrum. Good times.

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Photo of Mavigo
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this in a built six pack for my birthday, giving it a whirl. Served in a tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy, light golden orange color with a massive 3 inch white soapy head that lasts a couple minutes before shrinking down to a quarter inch layer, with nice amounts of lacing.

S: As I'd expect from an IPA, can clearly pick up hops, but it doesn't predominate, can smell wheat, yeast, floral, and citrus tones

T: Actually quite delicious, this would be my first Belgian IPA, and as I have more affinity to most Belgian style beers, I'm really liking this. It's very sweet and has a slew of complex, intertwined flavors. There's yeast, honey, citrus tones, barley, bits of malts, and of course hops, but with my experience with IPA's very, very mild, and I don't like the over hopness of IPA's so this is sitting really good with me.

M: Getting up there in terms of carbonation, but most beers of this style are pretty carbonated, adds to its refreshing appeal, the sweetness from the yeast and malts nicely contrasts the relative low bitterness of the hops, but it is quite present.

O Overall, I'd say this would be the best IPA I've had and my first Belgian IPA. I nicely brings together the sweetness of most Belgian ales with the bitterness of IPA's, being that its half what I like and half what I like and half what I don't, this is a nice synthesis, and another good beer from Flying Dog, I recommend this beer.

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Photo of JPlo
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale Gold color, very cloudy. Head is not very strong/lasting. Lacing is below average. Beer appealing, head underwhelming.

Aroma/taste: aroma is strong, can smell citrus and spices. Taste is sour/tart, strong flavour of spice, citrus, slightly sweet. Spicy and a Bitter finish.

Feel: smooth, Medium-full body, bitterness gives a prickly feel throughout and after. Finish is very long and bitter.

Overall a solid beer. Interesting flavor that I found slightly intriguing.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a slightly hazy honey and lemon gold. Sugar white head is thin and dissipates quickly.

Smells of lemon, coriander, candi sugar, lemongrass and piney hops.

Tastes of honey sweetness, lemon tartness, mild herbal elements, and a notable hop bite.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation on the tip of the tongue and roof of the mouth.

Farmhouse IPA, huh? Well, it works. Good balance of saison-like light ale elements with a strong but restrained hop bitterness. The two pieces fit together well and make for a highly drinkable ale with a refreshing lighter taste in the package of the heavier body and potency of some of the higher abv IPAs short of the imperial class. The result is undeniably worth trying for fans of either style, and will surely appeal to many in both camps.

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Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a cloudy pale orange with a large (2-3 finger) white fluffy head that lasted throughout, reducing to a large cap with awesome sticky foamy lacing.

The aroma was of bread and grain malts, floral and herbal hops and a funky Belgian yeast with notes of citrus (lemon and grapefruit), coriander and a mild fruity ester (pineapple and green apple).

The taste was rather crisp and quite yeasty with a hint of citrus along with a mild fruitiness early on, and then became decently hoppy with a bitter citrus peel presence and a slightly spicy grapefruit finish. The flavor lingered at the back of the throat for quite a long time, leaving behind a mild spicy hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a prickly carbonation.

Overall I found this to be a crisp refreshing brew, which offered a nice balance of fruit and hops and possessed a bold bitter finish and a smooth drinkability...


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Photo of Dodo2step
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

P- Thanks to my buddy Ray for thie brew.

A- A lot of head on the pour and it is white like the caps of ocean waves. pale wheat color. i had to wait to pour the other half. The peaks over flow the glas but are as stiff as..well you know.

S- clove aroma and citrus hop nose. Sour mash malt as well.

F- a spicey peppery flavor intially. On the backend the clove and citrus come out but not as well as i would like.

M- spice lingers in the mouth too long and leaves a poor aftertaste. Not very smooth and the complex tones confuse my tongue.

O- it is always hit miss with Belgian IPA's and this one was a miss. Not poor but just an average i would say. The appearance and nose saved this.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours a pale, hazy, tangerine-yellow color with a tall, white head and plenty of carbonation. Excellent lacing all the way down the glass. Aromas are biscuity malt, spicy Belgian yeast, fruit, citrus. Tastes are bold and well balanced, fruity, biscuity, citrus - orange and grapefruit, Belgian yeast, spice, astringent and fairly dry on the finish. Thinner body with tons of carbonation that is not off-putting. Overall, nice take on the style, but not much of a wow factor. Still recommendable though.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a slightly hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Frosty ring of lacing sticks to the glass well.

S- Great sweet/spice hybrid with some mildly citrusy hops tying everything together. Notes of grapefruit, orange and a bit of clove.

T- Bright hop bitterness with equally bright juicy flavors and Belgian yeast. Certainly nothing farmhouse-like about it since it's mainly spice and hop driven leading to a flavor that's more fruity than funky. Very similar to Raging Bitch.

M- Sharp and tangy with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Very good, but I could've sworn that this exact beer already exists and it's called Raging Bitch. Luckily for Flying Dog, I'm not docking points for that and mislabeling it "Farmhouse." I'm sure they care.

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Photo of SerialHiker
2.44/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a nice golden orange…popped open and formed tons of just off-white head that did final settle down into normal, finger width thickness…beer legs all over the glass…(3.75/5)

Smell: Light, floral, and a bit citrusy…some yeast aroma…some clove aroma…(2.75/5)

Taste: Bready malt covered in floral, citrus and piney hops…tons of floral tones throughout and into the finish…there is a bit of flowery bitterness in the after taste…a bit alcoholly that does set the flavor off a bit and doesn’t balance well with the floral…(2/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, tons of carbonation…clean and crisp flavor with some floral bitterness in the after taste…(3.5/5)

Overall: This is my least favorite farmhouse ale that I’ve had…the floral hops don’t settle well with the higher ABV in this brew and for me produces a flowery antiseptic taste that lingers on my palette… it’s too bitter for a Belgian and not hoppy enough for an IPA…the spices are a bit overdone…it’s certainly drinkable, but nothing that is overwhelming or something I would get again...(2/5)

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Photo of jimmah120
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle no date

look is a cloudy pale yellow with a big fluffy head. smells of barnyard, lemon, coriander, clove, etc. taste follows with pepper, clove infused wheat, small blast of bubblegum. there's a slight kick of herbal hops at the end, but otherwise it's very unlike an ipa.

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Photo of GuyIncognito
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

How have I not reviewed this beer already?!? It is one of my favorite beers from the past year. Let me start by saying that "IPA" should not be anywhere near the name of this beer. It is a bottle conditioned Belgian style ale, with a slight touch of hops at the end. It pours an amazing head (watch out- it will foam up all over the place). The taste is complex and full of esters. If you swirl the last bit of beer in the bottle, it will produce a crazy Dr. Seuss like foam to top your beer off with. The flavors go in every direction, with a yeasty sediment cloud lurking right below the head. An amazing American version of a Belgian farmhouse beer. Just drop the IPA from the name please. What a fun beer! Nice job, Flying Dog.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a full glass of foam even with a very gentle pour. It pushes above the glass holding its shape like a glacier. Soon a hazy dense yellowish-apricot body develops with a strong carbonation pushing to the surface.

S- This beer has a slightly fruity ester aroma to the yeast character and an interesting widex hint that is not really offensive. There are some green fruity notes that are probably more from hops but could be yeast, that come through lightly in the finish.

T- The peppery fusel alcohol spice leads to a dry green woody hops flavor and some dry peppery yeast phenols that linger after the dry finish. There is a nice hop pungency that lingers after the finish. Some white plastic flavors come through and turn into more of a fusel alcohol flavor as the beer opens and some apricot hop and clove phenolic come through aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz and not really much alcohol heat.

O- Nice big hot mess of flavors some interesting some a bit odd but none of them are really offensive. Perhaps a bit shocking but pretty tasty all the same.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear golden yellow with two-finger, white, foamy head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Great lacing.

S: Citrus and grass.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and solid bitterness. Not much hop flavor, just bitterness. Grass and spice.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

O: Overall, too bitter and not enough hop flavor. Otherwise, good.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog continually produces beers that strike me as quite interesting and good. This is a strong example of a Belgian style beer. A minimal hop influence puts some spicy tones on things. It's a pleasant and easy drinker. I like this one. Definitely glad to have tried it, and I wouldn't be opposed to trying it again?

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8/7/12.

Pours a murky yellow with a super foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild spice and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice smell but the taste is not as good in my opinion.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium brassy hue with a touch of chill haze and a one finger foamy white head with good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured full peppery hops and a healthy dose of esters.

The taste was herbal, earthy and ester laden. Pleasant leafy hops and the a clean graininess were enjoyed. Lingering hop spice.

The mouthfeel was a touch thin for the style.

Overall a tasty and quaffable Belgian IPA.

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Photo of AmitC
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large snifter.

Hazy pale golden appearance. Over three fingers thick huge fluffy head of white color that persists really well. Awesome looks. More than average number of bubbles. Excellent lacing of the receding head.

Aroma: Very sweet fruity aroma with a lot of yeast presence. Clove is substantial. Good spice presence. Faint hops. Nose is more than of a strong belgian ale.

Taste: Very mild hop presence. Spicy-sweet finish. Malt presence is good. Clove like and some spice taste that follows the nose. Lack of hops is very surprising to me.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied feel. Moderate to high carbonation that does not hurt. Easy to drink. No astringency whatsoever.

Felt all the way as if i was drinking a strong ale made Belgian style.

Note: Hops in this brew grow on you as you drink. So improves the likability.

Style Rate: 4
Personal Rate: 4

I like it. I would have loved it if the brewers were not so stingy with the hops.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a touch of haze and a bit of a silvery sheen. Effervescence is strong and the head poured an inconveniently massive four fingers of frothy white foam. Attractive, if annoying.

Smell: sweet, golden malt; a hint of funk; citrusy hops and an overall "green-ness". Well-balanced and fragrant; I quite like it indeed.

Taste: a little bit funkier than the aroma, but the same trifecta of tasty malt, funk and a good hop character are all here. Bitterness takes over at the end, but doesn't wallop me. Balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a high carbonation level. Surprisingly, that mammoth head did not use up all the fizz this thing had to offer. Overall the mouthfeel is creamy and satisfying.

Overall: I like this beer a lot, perhaps more than I conveyed above. It is balanced, tasty, and just appeals to my palate. Very tasty, and I look forward to having it again.

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

A: amber colored, slight cloudy when first poured like a wheat beer although it cleared after a few minutes, slightly carbonated, very thin to no head, white color

S: floral, sweet honey notes, some mustiness

T: lightly hoppy, dominant resiny flavor - obvious and forward but not overpowering. Pleasant if you like IPAs. Other than the resiny hops though, other tastes are subtle and somewhat lost, hints of fruitiness. This beer doesn't have any distinctive flavors that jump forward and hit you, it's easy going, no real surprises.

M: slight carbonation, light bitterness, no long lasting aftertaste

Overall: very light, drinkable, nothing too distinctive, no dominant flavors overall. As an IPA it's very light and not agressive.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

An IPA that is also a farmhouse ale....those two things don't sound like things that should be together, but I bought a bottle regardless. Out of a 12 ounce bottle with Flying Dog's crazy artwork on the label, on to the beer:

Into a goblet, this beer has a lovely bright golden color bodering into apricot flesh. The head is billowy and sticky, and drops while retaining a half-inch thickness. The aroma goes in the direction of a farmhouse ale. Just a little funk and some mint, spicy rye. A gentle breeze of grassy hops rains into the play. Liking it at this moment....

The IPA aspect comes more into play in the beer's taste. However, it doesn't quite meld as well as the aroma. The spices are very sharp and take time to get down. Very spicy overall. A hint of bubblegum attempts to balance the spicy aspect. A squirt of hops make their mark. The mouthfeel is very Belgian-styled; very bubbly in the mouth, airy in the body, and on the dry side in the aftertaste.

Some of the characteristics of Wildeman are desirable, and other aspects I'm not a huge fan of. A better balance in the flavor could make this one a memorable experience.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Massive billowy head, thick and sticky pure white, with fantastic retention. There's gotta be some wheat in there. Solid gold colored brew with ample carbo floating upward.

S: Nice pungent bouquet of resiny hoppy goodness.

T/M: Thin crisp body completely overpowered by pungent resiny hops. A ton of dry sharp raw hops here. Way out of balance but I think that's the point here, and it works well. Tasty. Not for the faint of heart. Hops are bone dry citrusy piney bitterness.

D: Awesome for what it is. If you can appreciate something that's intentionally off balance and a total hop bomb, then this is a brew for you.

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