Monday, February 6, 2012

Flying Dog Wildeman Tasting

We saw the promotional video for Flying Dog's Wildeman last month. This weekend I got to satisfy my curiosity and actually drink this new beer from the Frederick, MD brewery.

In brewing Wildeman, Flying Dog Brewing continues in the tradition of its Raging Bitch IPA. Described as a "Farmhouse IPA," Wildeman takes its cues from two (so we thought) distinct styles of beer, Saison and India Pale Ale.

The beer pours a cloudy peach-orange color with a frothy white head. I chose to use a Flying Dog pint glass for my drink but a Chimay-style glass would be most fitting. Mild carbonation continues to feed the foam, though it eventually drops to a thin layer. The aroma is fruity with a hint of yeast. The flavor is initially reminiscent of a funky Saison, as expected from the aroma. That is followed by tart fruit and citrus notes. The mouthfeel is sharp and drying. A mild bitter flavor lingers in the end.

I drank the beer without having any food to go along with it, but it did make me long for a sharp cheese, perhaps some Irish Dubliner. Wildeman will be available year-round in the mid-Atlantic region. Flying Dog Widleman Farmhouse IPA is an enjoyable beer. I'd place it closer to a Saison, but the IPA influence is there. If you're looking for something a little different, this would be one to try.

Note: This bottle of Wildeman was an unsolicited sample from the brewery. I drank it and reviewed it of my own free will.

4 comments:

  1. Ooooo...Summer evening on the deck after a bike ride, a bit of cheese and fruit on the side.

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  2. Hmmm, not a huge Saison fan, but since this isn't technically one I guess I'll be ok. I'm curious about Flying Dog. I see their stuff but haven't grabbed it, yet. This might be worth a try

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    1. I'm a fan of their Canis Major, Wild Dog and Seasonal lines. The basic stuff like Old Scratch and Tire Bite doesn't do much for me. See http://flyingdogales.com/beers/

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