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Beer Review – Flying Dog Wildeman Farmhouse IPA

Flying Dog Wildeman Farmhouse IPA

I first heard about Flying Dog’s Wildeman Farmhouse IPA last May when reviews of it started popping up all over the blogosphere (click here to read one such review). Since I love Farmhouse Ales and IPAs, I figured this beer would totally be “in my wheelhouse”. While pulling together a mixed six pack a couple weeks ago, I saw this beer on the shelf and just had to pick up a bottle for a proper review.

Here is what Flying Dog Brewery has to say about their Wildeman Farmhouse Ale:

His axe is stained with the blood of a thousand adversaries. We fall in behind him as he leads up into darkness. He turns his gaze on us. “Tentanda via est!” The way must be tried. Wildeman has arrived. Legions of followers marched across Europe in his wake. But was most soon realized is that Wildeman is already inside of them, ready to be awakened. Will you fall in line or find the edge?

That didn’t tell us anything about this beer! Let’s see if this video from Flying Dog Brewery helps at all:

Hmm. That wasn’t very helpful either!

Let’s just jump to the review so that we can find out how wild this Wildeman really is…

  • Appearance: Slightly cloudy, yellow orange color. About half an inch of thick, off-white foam that dissipates slowly. A bit of lacing too.
  • Aroma: Smells like a lightly hopped Farmhouse Ale. Getting some clove, honey, orange and lemon zest, and some piney hops too.
  • Taste: Lightly carbonated with a creamy texture. Citrus and a touch of honey to start things off. A bit of that piney hop bitterness kicks in towards the middle with a definite lemon zest kick in the background. All of the flavors come together at the finish, i.e. lemon zest, a touch of bitterness, and finally, some of those clove notes kick in as well.
  • ABV: 7.5%

Flying Dog’s Wildeman Farmhouse IPA is a beer that became much more interesting as it came up to room temperature. While the IPA aspects of this beer weren’t very obvious when I took my first few sips, as it warmed up, the hops definitely let you know they were there and added a really tasty twist to the usual Farmhouse Ale flavor profile. I still get that mouth coating astringency in the finish, but this time with a mildly bitter kick that I really enjoyed. Well done Flying Dog!

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  1. Flying Dog is an annoying brewery. Annoying because they’re particularly difficult to pin down. Most craft breweries fall consistently within a particular range from world class (Green Flash, Three Floyds) to great (Ballast Point, Founders, Maine Beer Co.) to good/solid (Great Divide, Smuttynose) to mediocre (Harpoon, Brooklyn) to why bother? (Tommyknocker, Rock Art).

    Flying Dog brews are so wildly inconsistent from one to another that I’ve never been able labe them (maybe not necessarily a bad thing – I know). My first FD was Double Pale and I really liked it but over the next few years I felt that virtually everything else I tried was either poorly executed or exceptionally boring. Then came Gonzo Imperial Stout soon followed by Raging Bitch – really nice – made me reconsider the brewery all over again. Two or three uninspiring varieties later and I was done with them once more.

    Enter the Wildeman (to low expectations – not a simple style combination to tackle without leaning too far towards one or the other). Well, every now and then a D student turns in a well constructed essay. Flying Dog did it with this one. Now I’m back to square WTF with these guys and I don’t like it.

    I guess I should be happy for pleasant surprises and leave it at that.

    Which is where I’m leaving this…..



    • I can’t say that I have had nearly as much experience with Flying Dog. I’ve had the Road Dog Porter which was pretty good, the Gonzo and Raging Bitch which were really good, and now this one which I also really enjoyed. Based upon my limited, but good experiences, I will have to explore their line up a bit more.


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