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.