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. >:)
altonbrownd (3752) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2015
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at MusselBar. Okay. A bit bland really. Watery nose and weak forgetful taste. Happy trails.
sloshgator (533) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2015
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale is ok but nothing to rave about. Slight lemony aroma coming from a bright yellow pour. Head fizzes a bit on the pour but quickly dissipates to nothing. Taste is a little funky and somewhat lemony making it refreshing but kind of thin. Farmhouse Summer Ale seems to have some execution problems -- could definitely be better.
DarksideLuke (5) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2015 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Undated 12oz bottle; sample courtesy of Perry County Beer. Pours yellow gold, very small head that dissipates into a ring. Tulip glass gives an earthy, grassy, lightly spiced, Belgium-y aroma. The body is light and refreshing. The bitter chewy wheat fore-taste quickly balances with obviously dry Belgium yeast aftertaste. The taste is certainly muted for itís 4.6abv, but thatís the charm to this very drinkable summery outdoorsy light farmhouse ale.
Travlr (15102) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Clear golden color, medium white head. Aroma has light fruit, white pepper, straw. Taste is lightly spiced straw, dry finish. Interesting.
skmikeg (1216) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pale yellow with a one finger white head with pretty nice lacing. Aroma is of cercel malts, grassy hops, sweet malts, pils malts, and some fruits. Taste is about the same as the aroma. Has a medium light body with a semi watery mouthfeel and a mostly sweet, medium-short finish. Overall, a decent blonde ale that would be nice on a hot summer day.
slowrunner77 (6722) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
"Light cereal and flowery hops are the main players with an ever so slight bit of funk tartness and Belgian spice thrown in the mix. Some fruity pear and dust as well. meh. Lighter than I prefer, but it is a summer seasonal after all."
beerbaaron (1580) - Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright golden with slight white head. Subtle aroma, light yeasty, fruity, malty. Lemony. Grassy. Light malty. Very light pepperiness. Light dryness. Bigger light body. Pleasant warm weather beer. Good companion with food.
bkurtz (955) - 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 wonít be drinking this again.
Iphonephan (4046) - 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 (6043) - 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.