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 I’m 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. >:)
bkurtz (739) - PERU - AUG 25, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a very pale,clear light yellow. Earthy aroma. Earthy malt flavor that ends a little bitter, like dirt. Interesting, light summer beer, but I won’t be drinking this again.
Iphonephan (3183) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared at the Beer Heads bottle share in Falls Church. Pours a clear light gold with an off white head. Light citrus nose. Flavors of lemon. Light bodied. Clean finish.
PorterPounder (5470) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Las Vegas, NV - Total Wine - Summerlin - 12 oz bottle. Hazy light golden pour, soft, snow white head. Aroma of coriander, cloves and bubble gum. Flavor brings out some coriander spiciness bubble gum sweetness and some Belgian candii sugar notes. Crisp mouthfeel. Enjoyable.
sneezey (129) - Hackettstown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2014
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very clear and light color to go with the weak taste. Where is the wheat? No typical spice, light taste, and no cloudiness. That extra pale malt makes it an extra pale ale. Only the hops seems to have save the aroma and at least a little bittering. But that doesn’t go with the style at all. Not a complete waste, just a very confused brew.
John25 (450) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Clear yellow gold. Pretty bad, zero farmhouse character. Basically a light pils/lager with some lemon and hay and a clean finish Nothing special or unique. I wouldn't get this again
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ads135 (2911) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 5, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A pretty mediocre beer. Tastes more like a light lager than anything. Watery, a hint of lemon.
malrubius (1681) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Save On. Clear golden with small head and chill haze. Noble hop and crackery sweet malt aroma. Mild fruity peach mango sweetness with woody earthy spicy hop bitterness clean dry finish. Light body. Refreshing. Good.
berkshirejohn (4448) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Philadelphia Airport. A very unexciting light lager. Pales traw in colour with a tight white head and a high level of carbonation; grainy aroma; sweet grainy taste with a trace of citrus; and a sweet finish with some damp cardboard in place of hops.
solidfunk (3886) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not sure where the farmhouse idea comes into this. Pretty much just a blonde lagery beer. Tap.
Jrwhitney6 (302) - - MAY 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
At Dubb Linh Square from tap. Copper color with decent head. Light and malty. Easy to drink, not particularly complex.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone