Sampled: 12 oz. bottle (Full Disclosure: sample provided by brewery)
Description:"His axe is stained with the blood of a thousand adversaries. We fall in behind him as he leads us into darkness. He turns his gaze on us. 'Tentanda via est!' The way must be tried."— Flying Dog Brewing Co.
Random thoughts: Alrighty then... Not sure if I should call 911 or if that's the trailer from some apocalyptic zombie flick. Moving right along...Wildeman is the first new addition to Flying Dog's year-round lineup since Raging Bitch (Belgian-style IPA). Their artwork is always a bit out there—maybe avant garde is the better word. Anyway, it merits its own discussion. Wildeman is part of my IPA Diversity series.
The tasting: Golden in color, crystal clear (like a pilsner lager), with a frothy white head that lasted the entire drink. In recent memory, I don't recall one that has lasted so long. The saison yeast makes its presence known in the aroma with loads of spice—pepper, clove, coriander. It also has citrus and musty / funky elements. Flavor of bready malt, followed by the same trio of spices from the aroma. In the middle, grapefruit and tropical fruit hop flavors come through. Wildeman Farmhouse IPA is medium bodied and has an effervescent mouth feel. It finishes dry with pepper, grapefruit hop bitterness, and warming alcohol.
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again! This is a great melding of the IPA and Saison styles. If you get Flying Dog beer in your area, this is definitely worth a try! Sadly, Flying Dog doesn't distribute in Oregon anymore.