That was until I had some offerings from the aforementioned breweries. The depth of flavor they've managed from all components of the beer is just incredible. I think hops/malt are sometimes overlooked with this style. My entire mindset of farmhouse style beers has changed and I'm suddenly interested in developing the malt and hop complexity that I've tasted in these beers.
To kick things off, I brewed up a new farmhouse recipe utilizing our Session-IPA malt bill with some minor changes (added a touch of biscuit for some more graininess). I went ahead and did a FWH with CTZ, then hopped the beer liberally with Amarillo, Simcoe and Citra from 10 minutes down through the whirlpool (45 minute whirlpool on this one until the temps were down to 170). The yeast used was a re-pitch of WLP568 from the Farmhouse Ale I made a few weeks back (there will be a post coming on that next week).
Overall, I'm looking forward to delving into Farmhouse Ales more. I don't think of it as a categorized style anymore as a lot of these beers won't fall into a category or official style. It's truly fascinating that after many years of brewing and drinking craft beer something like this can happen and an entire new world of beer and possibilities can open up.
** - The hops pictured at the top left are from the Tilted Barn Farm in Pottstown. We are looking forward to brewing with them in the coming months.