Review: Farmhouse Summer Ale, Flying Fish

Farmhouse Summer Ale
Flying Fish Brewing Co. — Somerdale, NJ

  • Style: Farmhouse Ale
  • Bitterness: 15 IBU
  • ABV: 4.9%
  • Malts:  Two-Row Pale, White Wheat, Cara-8, Acidulated
  • Hops: Columbus, Styrian Goldings
  • Yeast: Chico
  • Calories: 155

Description:  A tribute to the highly drinkable "every day" beers from French-speaking Belgium. Contains Belgian two-row pale malt and 7% wheat. This beer is lightly filtered with an earthy, spicy hop character from imported Styrian Goldings hops and a beautiful rich creamy head from the wheat. — Flying Fish Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  This is the first beer I'm profiling from Flying Fish. I bought this bottle in Arizona, as it's not available in Oregon. I'm drinking it as part of my series on summer seasonals.

The tasting:  Bottle stamped with a best by date of August 7, 2013. Gold in color, hazy, with a white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma of spicy wheat, herbal hops, honey, and a light touch of lemon. Flavor starts with bready malt and is followed by spicy hops in the middle. Alcohol is not present in aroma or flavor and hop bitterness is low. Farmhouse Summer Ale is light bodied, has a crisp mouth feel, and finishes dry with bready malt and light spicy hops. Although this is a farmhouse ale, I don't taste much fruity character or spicy esters from the yeast. I'm surprised they used the Chico yeast strain (instead of one of the many Belgian strains) to ferment this beer. That might explain the lack of fruity and spice flavors.

Rating:  3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  Overall, Farmhouse Summer Ale, is light, refreshing, and a nice choice if you're looking for a session beer. This seasonal release is available through September 1.
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