Braudog (5950) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Like a slight hazy summer afternoon, this is bright, but just a little less than clear. The head is barely there. The beer drinks with a nice, light, quaffable essence, lightly flavorful and with a hint of spice. Nice guzzler for a hot afternoon. (#5178, 7/26/2013)
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2013
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Ahh Flying Fish, the Budweiser of craft beer. This draft pours golden with not much head. Aroma is little more than the scent of water. Taste is watered down to the point of nothingness. I guess itís slightly refreshing on a hot day in July. This was the best option at Applebees. What a joke.
PhillyCraft (3638) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had at least 10 of these over the last few years, this review is a recent batch at bbe during their flying fish takeover. pours clearish golden, notes are belgian malt, bread, light hops, vanilla, spice, and orange. Light bodied, drinkable but not a lot to grab onto. Decent local beer.
Dacrza (571) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date tasted: July 7, 2013... Glassware: Rare Vos shaker... Occasion: lazy Sunday, post mattress-shopping peace....Appearance: nice golden copper body with subtle effervescence; white sudsy lacing--a good start... Aroma: lemony zest on top of a crisp, clean hop aroma; some lawn mower clippings are hinted at... Palate: medium-bodied, with a presence late at the throat; a pillow-quality body, perfect for this heat... Taste: not much in the way of complexity; grassy notes at the end with some herbal/floral hints--but oddly maltier than a saison usually is... Overall: a low alcohol (4.6 ABV) allows this to be a pleasant pre-lawn mowing brew; the overall experience is within its genre....
TheHopster (866) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at The Franklin House in Schaefferstown PA. Light aroma and pale golden complexion with thin white head. Mild and watery malt with some wheat flavor. Slightly dry finish. Easy to session for summer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Palidor19 (3024) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
a great beer for the standard drink. not tot over the top but with enough funky taste to enjoy it with minimal taste. one downside is the overall feel of the brewing water, which lends itself.
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a light golden color with white head. Tastes of grass, and malts, only muted a little.
closey22 (1072) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy gold with them lasting wwhite head; little aroma and little Flava what there is is wheaty; feels lightish and fizzy; finishes dry but not bitter with notes of wheat/grain
QCBWarlock (44) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
As with a couple of Flying Fish Beers, the name lends itself to be mis-categorized, and thus misjudged.
In this case, the term Farmhouse suggested Saison, but it is fermented with American Choco Yeast, so it is a Blonde Ale. But it is a Blonde Ale with a very specific purpose: To be a Sessionable, Highly Drinkable/Thirst Quenching when it is hot as balls out Summer Beer. It is also quite different from virtually every other Summer Beer in that it does not use lemons, limes, spices, fruit or any other bullshit that makes a Summer beer virtually undrinkable IN the Summer.
So why call it "Farmhouse"? FF used to do a true Sour Mash for a small portion of the grist back in the day, but sour mashing is way too problematic, and unpredictable, so they switched to using approx 2% Acidulated Malt, which accomplishes the same thing: It creates a subtle tartness which is extremely thirst quenching, and most welcome in a heat wave such as the one we are experiencing right now.
So in judging this beer in particular, the INTENT of the brewery should also factor in to the judgement. If one were just judging this beer as a Saison, without any idea what style it is, or without knowing the purpose that the beer serves, low scores could be expected. Case in point; many of the reviews here.
Another factor here is (and I am sure to ruffle a few feathers with this) most of the people that review beers have no fucking clue whatsoever. They come to ratebeer (and similar sites), look at the scores (which TOTALLY influences their score no matter what they think), and then essentially parrot what others have already stated I know YOU are not part of that collective, but THEY are ;)
For ALL of those reasons, I have always encouraged folks to look at the brewers website/description FIRST, if possible, and then judge the beer armed with the correct info (Style, Expectations, Intent). I assure you that the scores of countless beers on this site would be much different if that were the case. But Iím a Realist. As has been said, certain utopias would be ideal in a nation of philosophers, but unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately, from a Machiavellian standpoint) we are far from that point. But I digress. >:)
JHeath99 (1252) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle poured into a glass. Light gold in color. Aroma of light hay. Tastes of flat alcohol.