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Farmhouse Pale Ale - Oxbow Brewing Company

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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 34
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sk8man121 on 08-18-2011

American hops meet saison yeast in this dry, signature ale.
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Ratings: 351 | Reviews: 48
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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lilee's in Brunswick. This was a really beautiful-appering beer. In a pint glass it was a hazy apricot color with a medium-sized white head. There was quite a bit of lace.

It had a citrus, peppery aroma that was very pleasant. There was a nice malt background.

Lemon and pepper taste. Nicely hopped. Sweet malt.

Dry and crisp. A really fun beer to drink.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lion's Pride in Brunswick, ME on 8-17, according to the bar tender this was the first keg anywhere... Thanks to whoever added the brewery because I couldn't figure out how to do it on my phone while I was there!

Pours a nice amber/blonde color with a small white head, nose is yeasty/bready/funky - quite nice and reminds me a bit of orval.

Taste is very good right from the start, dry and crisp with that light bretty tart note. A nice light spiciness finishes it off, this thing is deadly drinkable on a hot summer day!

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into a tulip.

a-It pours a hazy dark straw color with one finger of white head.

s-A strong herbal hoppy smell dominates with a background of saison yeast and citrus fruits.

t-Very refreshing hoppy bitterness hits the palate followed by citrus and yeast then ending in a spicy herbal dry finish.

m-Smooth body with lively carbonation to accentuate the refreshing taste.

o-One of the best saison's I've ever had. I like that the hoppy bitter taste doesn't overwhelm the other lighter flavors and stays refreshing. I see myself drinking this as a farmer in the Low Countries after a long day of work.

Photo of RichardMNixon
2.76/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap for Philly Beer Week. Served on tap in a goblet/wine glass.

Pours a honey-orange with no head or lacing of any kind. Could have mistaken it for liquor. Nice aromas of barnyard and funk; I'm looking forward to it. The taste doesn't match the nose at all. Bitter like an IPA with just a touch of funk. Mouthfeel is bright and bubbly like a saison, but that just makes the IPA flavor more confusing.

This is a textbook case for those who feel hops have gotten out of hand.

Photo of benbazi
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Light yellow colored, nice lacing on the glass, minimal head

S: Slight funk, some barnyard

T; Dry with very slight hint of sourness.

M: Perfect mouthful overall, appropriate carbonation, medium bodied.

O: very good, Highley recommend, very refreshing pale ale with a hint of sour-style...

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Parker Pie. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Medium head that settles to a white collar.

Smell - Citrus orange hops. Lemony yeastiness. Doughy malts.

Taste - Orange citrus hops. Very grainy and wheaty. Doughy sweetness. A Belgiany sweetness. Yeast builds in the end with some herbal notes. Bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Medium carbonation. Smooth body, but bitter finish.

Overall - I loved the barrel aged version of this because it added a nice dimension. This is nice in its own right, but lacking that complexity the barrel added.

Photo of ErikaBockDopples
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice, thin headed beer with pungent aromas. Long, stingy aftertaste.

Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the cask into a tulip glass at Churchkey DC.

Soapy white head with lots of staying power, classic white and maybe 2-3 mm tall. Body color is a slightly cloudy brass yellow to gold, but also while drinking this leaves some long leg lacing which is real nice.

Nose is fairly basic, but nothing too exciting. Soft chewy grain and malt, just a hint of barynard sense nothing much.

Taste is a real nice mix of soft orange, hinting at faint sour, quite juicy with the cask like texture and some real solid tangyness. Yeast faint spiciness on the finish, buttery and torula yeast tasting coming out like with some nice muted black pepper.

Overall quite interesting, and certainly fascinating to have a saison out of a cask.

Photo of Cadebro
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden color with a half a finger of head.

S - Hoppy with a hint of funk and belgian yeast.

T - Hops and farmhouse funk with some grassy tones.

M - Medium bodies with a crisp carbonation and dry finish.

O - I enjoy Oxbow quite a bit. This is a solid beer, but I have enjoyed their freestlyes more than their regular beers.

Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see Oxbow ontap at Armsby Abbey.

A- Tulip pour from the tap with a golden body. Fluffy white head forms to about a finger in size. Cap retention is good but only spotty lace remains from a creamy ring.

S- As described, a good mix of American hops and Saison yeast. Citrus peel, some fruits, grass, herbal and yeast spice notes. Not the most strength for this style but still nice.

T- Shines here. For a flagship or year round, this really hits the nail. Hard to determine where everything comes from but its nice and balanced. Bitter orange peel, herbal things like thyme (mildly) almost, raisin, coriander, grassy and lemon zest notes are pleasant. Really good use of the yeast, encompasses a lot.

MF- Silky body with a bubbly feel which is very smooth. Herbal and zesty bitter finish.

Very good for what I think is their standard beer. Great balance with a melding of hops and awesome Saison yeast.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Meridian Pint. Served in a tulip.

Pours a nice golden color with a good white head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries a nice bit of earth and spice and light citrus character. More toward a Belgian IPA than a hoppy saison. Flavor is similar with earth and slight floral character taking over. Light body with good carbonation and a dry finish. Quite good.

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for bringing this back from his ME excursion.

Light fizzy head, hazy pale golden color.

Nose light floral hops, touch fruit, touch golden malts, slight hint of spices from the yeast with a dry bready like aroma.

Taste starts with earthy slight herbal hops, decent hop bite, juicy fruit, spicy hop, creamy malts, hints of an interesting dry spicy like saison taste, which must be from the yeast. Long bitter grassy hop finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall nice, decent bitterness, floral almost grassy hops, very drinkable. Unique and tasty.

Photo of Rifugium
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Pale golden-yellow color, hazy, with a small but solid cap of white head; some retention and lacing. Fruity esters in the nose, spicy yeast. Good saison qualities in the taste, grassy, herbal, light funk, sweet stone fruits, and a light peppery yeastiness. Crisp, light-medium mouthfeel, soft carbonation, easily drinkable. All of the three beers I sampled from Oxbow were pretty similar, but they were all definitely good. I'd like to see them more often.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Churchkey in DC, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a very hazy golden yellow color, topped with two fingers of fluffy white head, very good retention and a nice sheet of lacing.

S- Very impressive aroma, lots of yeast and floral hops, as well as some crispy fruit and spice, maybe some honey also. It has a lot going on.

T- Also very nice, lots of yeast, spice and crispy apple, both of which work well with a mineral quality that lingers in the background. There's also some nice floral hops and a bit of honey-like sweetness.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, dry feel.

O- A really nice saison, very complex and interesting, there's something about this beer that I can't quite put my finger on, it reminds me of Seizoen Bretta in a weird way. Anyway it's great stuff, definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oxbow Farmhouse Pale Ale pours a hazy, hay yellow with a big, frothy white head. The foam fades away slowly coating the glass in netted lace.

The aroma is tart with notes of green apple, hay and some orange citrus. There's a touch of bready yeast also present.

Each sip of this light bodied beer is soft on the palate with mild carbonation. The flavor is light fruit and tartness. It starts with lemon citrus. In the middle is some toasted malt and sweet apple fruit notes. It finishes with a Belgian yeast flavor of clove and pepper. Once gone the clove and fruity tartness linger on the palate.

This beer is nicely balanced between sweet fruit and spice. It's easy to drink with lots of flavor.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Growler from the brewery.
Pours a sparklingly clear light golden color with a huge persistent frothy bone white head. Funky earthy spicy aromas with just a hint of bread. The flavor follows the aroma but ads just a touch of light citrus fruitiness. Great lightly funky brew.

Photo of ggilman
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Novare Res, served ice cold in a tulip glass.

Hazy golden straw with tight bubbled finger of head. Sticky lace. Light fruit and yeast in the nose. Huge wave of bitterness washes over the palate, herbal rootsy bitterness with a slight wheaty funk. Sharp carbonation encourages small sips. Bitterness eases up as the ABV starts to show. Refreshing and dry, great example of the style, and full of promise!

Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into pint glass at Sonny's in Portland, ME.

A: light yellow/hay colored, minimal bright white head.

S: slightly sour, some funk but very minimal compared to a Fou' Foune or something.

T; bitter, wheaty, very slight hint of sourness.

M: good overall, appropriate carbonation, medium bodied.

O: very good, would definitely recommend, is a refreshing pale ale with a hint of sour-style.

Photo of Chowdahead
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lion's Pride in Brunswick, ME on 8/26/11. Been looking forward to trying this beer since I heard this farmhouse brewery was opening earlier this year.

Pours a lovely golden color with a creamy white head. Nose is clearly Belgian yeast with a nice touch of hops and spice in the background.

Taste is refreshing and good with the traditional saison flavors up front followed by a light burst of hops and spice. Finishes dry and clean.

Overall a very impressive debut beer from this new Maine brewery. A true Farmhouse Pale Ale which combines the best of the saison and traditional pale ale styles. Very original beer for this area. Looking forward to future offerings from this brewery and have noticed they have been building their barrel collection which will hopefully mean limited release beers in the future.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my chalice at Novare Res. Reviewed on my iPad. Is this the first keg anywhere? Possibly.

Hazy golden orange with a fine white foam head. Good film and foam coat when swirled.

Very good aroma is a blend of Belgian sugars and farmhouse funk. Hints of peach and orange.

Yummy. Dry sweetness and some crystal sugar. Orange peel and some pepper spice.

Some coat with fruit flavors. Medium carbonation is playful.

Impressive debut beer. Great to see a wonderful farmhouse saison that's brewed locally. All of you Maine BAs should seek this one out.

Photo of jacewg
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Bright, vibrant golden in color. Three finger puffy head. Tons of lacing and really thick retention.

Smell: Lots of zesty citrus, grainy Pils malt, spice, yeast, and maybe a hint of funk.

Flavor: Spicy yeast, grainy malt sweetness, lots of Belgian yeast character, citrus hop character and a pleasant bitterness. Flavorful and quite dry.

Feel: Well carbed. Dry. Light to medium bodied but manages to maintain a creamy character. Long, dry, citrusy finish. Bitterness is pronounced but not overwhelming. Nice beer.

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at Nosh in Portland, Maine, this is a clear, golden amber with decent white head and great thin lacing. The aroma is rhubarb wheat citrus, a bit floral. Very polite and likeable. The flavor brings mild bubblegum sweetness and peppery wheat citrus. Body is medium light with fine carbonation for easy tingly feel that goes down easily. Hops linger with an accent on the bubblegum theme. Very drinkable and a fairly unique farmhouse with this Bazooka Joe component.

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy honey color; the head was modest and left a few splashes of lace behind

Smell: Biscuity, grassy and spicy

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with grassy hop flavor developing in the middle; crisp and spicy, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice blend of flavors that come at you from a variety of angles

Photo of sk8man121
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to be the first to review this wonderful new brewery's wonderful first offering. On-tap at Novare Res in Portland, ME.

A: Pours a brilliant, hazy gold. Cloudy, but full of life. One of the creamiest 2-finger eggshell heads I've ever seen, with excellent retention. Perfect 5 on this one.

S: Grass, hops and Belgian yeast in the nose. Spicy and sweet at the same time, with complex herbal notes throughout.

T: An absolute explosion of hops, Belgian yeast and pilsener malt up front, followed be a sweet, herbal center. Finishes somewhat dry. Extremely quaffable.

M: Mouthfeel is nice, with just enough carbonation and body to make this a comfortable drinking beer. Not too thick, which is nice.

O: There might be some homer bias going on here, but this is one of the best examples of an "American Saison" that I've ever come across. Pretty amazing beer for a first offering, if you ask me.

Keep it up, Oxbow!

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this brew on tap at Alewife in Baltimore. It arrived a dark golden tinged with brown. The white cap of foam was a nice touch. The aroma has a freshness about it: green apple, pear, citrus, and a touch of honey. The grain comes through as well. Light, clean, and nimble on the palate. More fresh fruit, some sweetness, as it finishes with a bit of bitterness. I would like to see a more acidic bite to this, and perhaps a little more funk. The hop presence make up for that to produce a clean crisp brew.

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Farmhouse Pale Ale from Oxbow Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.