crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2017 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. >:)
355ml bottle. Surprised this isn’t actually a saison. Golden pour. Aroma is bready with herbal hops, pleasant. Falvor is sweeter, herbal, very hoppy but not bitter, herbal hoppy, bit too sweet but decent. tightslice (1313) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 6, 2017
Bottle from Total Wine in Mountain View, CA. Aroma is grassy, mild lemon, some soggy biscuits. Taste is grassy and chalky, stale biscuits. Coming from NJ and thinking they’re an underdog craft brewer, I really wanted to like this more...reminded me of some commercial brewer attempting a farmhouse. Weak and unappealing. mansquito (6438) - Nueva York, New York, USA - APR 16, 2017
From a can: pours clear gold with a white head. Aroma is hay, light grass, light farmy. Taste is lightly sweet. Low grassy bitterness. Not bad. unclemike (3124) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 20, 2017
Clear gold body with a high carbonation. Thin white head. Nose is mildly hoppy. Flavour is equally as unexciting nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2016
12oz bottle. Month past expiration. Zesty lemon herbal aroma. A pinch oxidized. Kind of like a filtered US Wheat with some perfumey saison/belgo yeast. Not that impressive.
dredmond (179) - Long Island, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2016
Drank Fourth of July weekend 2016, from cousin in NJ, surprising achievement of flavor from the yeast and hop selection and combo, no additional flavoring ingredients apparently
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Bif (2245) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2016
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with decent white head. Aroma of light fruits, with hint of heat and spice. Taste of light fruit, mild malt sweetness and dash of pepper. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Fairly light body, crisp, clean and refreshing. Has a nice fresh feel. Good summer time beer. gripweed57 (2463) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Bright gold color. Small creamy white head. Fruity, bready malt nose. Light tart wheat malt flavor. Light in body with a yeasty touch. Notes of apricot and earthy hops. Soft dry finish. demannu (451) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Very simple mild beer. Easy light summer drinking but nothing really unique or special. BillsmafiaCO (17) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Easy drinking summer beer. Had a single bottle, not a bad little summer beer would buy again