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Farmhouse Pale Ale - Oxbow Brewing Company

Farmhouse Pale AleFarmhouse Pale Ale

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%

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:
American hops meet saison yeast in this dry, signature ale.

(Beer added by: sk8man121 on 08-18-2011)
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Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at ChurchKey in DC. From notes.

A - Poured light golden in colour and bright with a three finger white head. Good lace spatterings and a film of retention.

S - Zesty, a little funk, hay, hops.

T - Some hops and hay, lemon, a little funk. A nice flavour profile that is pretty much exact to how they describe it commercially.

M - Really dry to finish, light to medium body, nice carbonation.

O/D - Quite a nice saison. Highly drinkable and a good solid flavour that's light but assertive. The style is being done a lot these days and rarely done this well. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2014 18:39:32 | More by tbeckett
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From03/07/14 notes. 14 oz. pour in a tulp at One Mile House in NYC.

a - Pours a deep clear yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks nice.

s - Smells of spice, yeast, earthy notes, floral hops, light lemon and citrus, grass, and dough. Nice nose, little more spice than I normally like but it is pretty good.

t - Tastes of spice, yeast, citrus hops, floral notes, lemon zest, pepper, grass, earthy malts, dough, and biscuit malts. Taste has a little more pepper than the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good saison. It has a little more spice and pepper than I personally like in a saison, but if that is your thing definitely check it out. Looking forward to trying their other beers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 18:32:08 | More by mdfb79
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Ontario (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An interesting cross, with a hopped up saison, quite drinkable and made me want to seek out more offerings by this brewery. Felt this was more along the Pale Ale side of things, lot of West Coast citrusy hop notes, refreshing with a grainy slightly rustic saison character. Good balance, some interesting complex character, and I would definitely have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2014 14:59:55 | More by mick303
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy


4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a Growler I bought yesterday at the brewery. The growler costs a bit, but refills are only $10, well worth it if you are ever in the Newcastle area.

The beer has good carbonation and pours with a nice one or two finger head. The head subsides fairly quickly leaving a nice ring around the rim. The beer itself is a medium shad of yellow, not quite so dark as to be described as "hay" but also with some slight haziness.

The nose is a bit of funk up front and then definite bready and yeasty notes. There is just the slightest hint of lemon and grass in there too.

The beer is incredibly crisp up front (carbonation based?), this quickly fades to a slight hint of malty sweetness and then is quickly replaced by tartness that might be hope related or perhaps from a touch of brett? I am not at all sure if this has brett in it, I don't think so, but there is just a bit of funky-bitterness here, not sour but a bit tart. Finally, the beer fades to a nice bit of hoppy bitterness.

This is a definite buy again.

Serving type: growler

01-11-2014 21:39:47 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2013 23:24:40 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of 22Blue


4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml. bottle. Batch 8. Thanks to trading partner Luke. Pours golden orange with a very nice white head. Very pleasing aroma of citrus, funk, and wood. Taste is lemon, sour stone fruit, funk, oak, and spice. Very refreshing. Well balanced, superb in all aspects.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 01:19:38 | More by 22Blue
Photo of jbaker67


4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold color with amber hues. Thick, dense head with great retention. Nose is citrus hops with a Belgian yeast element. Yeast and pale malt with a nice herbal / grassy hop bite in the backend. Mouthfeel is lively with a drying effect. Medium body. It’s refreshing, real fresh and clean tasting.

Serving type: growler

11-02-2013 11:57:35 | More by jbaker67
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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a cloudy, pale golden straw color with banana hues and a 1.5 finger frothy white head.  Good retention, slowly fading into a thick, lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Musty aroma with funky farmhouse yeast, light fruit, bread and peppery spice.  Subtle brett presence as well but smells more like a standard saison/pale ale hybrid.  Pale biscuit malts with cracker and light fruit.

Medium body with nice balance of farmhouse/saison character and pale ale notes.  Dry and musty with farmhouse funk and musty brett countered by light fruit, peppery spice, banana and bread.  Slightly dry in the finish. Not overly complex but well balanced and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2013 17:40:08 | More by corby112
Photo of mscottjohnston


4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from the tap at the brewery.

A: reminds me of white grape juice and honey color. Huge head that disappears quickly.
S: citrus and hops
T: citrus, hops and spicy-ness. Very subtle sweetness that doesn't overpower
M: medium body. Dry with well balanced carbonation.
O: easily one of the best farmhouse blondes I've encountered. Really well balanced flavors make this beer very pleasing to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2013 21:21:52 | More by mscottjohnston
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North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2013 00:50:09 | More by brentk56
Photo of RichardMNixon


2.69/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 01:37:10 | More by RichardMNixon
Photo of alaimoa


4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler straight from the brewery.

Pours a cloudy dark straw color with small head
Smells of citrus, grass
Tastes of mild hops, citrus with a near perfect balance

Overall a perfect farmhouse that is refreshing with perfect balance of ingredients. Citrus really shines through but you get a crisp and dry finish.

Serving type: growler

05-26-2013 11:32:08 | More by alaimoa
Photo of Rifugium


3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2013 02:50:51 | More by Rifugium
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New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2013 00:10:25 | More by BeardedBoffin
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District of Columbia

4.3/5  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.

Serving type: growler

03-23-2013 19:35:16 | More by MeneerBeerSnob
Photo of cbutova


4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2013 22:39:24 | More by cbutova
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Buck's Naked BBQ, Freeport ME:

In a pint glass:

A: hazy golden yellow colored body with a film of a white head. Some spider web lacing trickled down the sides of the pint glass.

S: hops, spice, apple, pear, light honey and lemon at the very end.

T: balanced between sweet and spicy. It got sweeter as the beer warmed.

M: light, sessionable, acceptable harshness on the tongue, leaving a dry aftertaste

O: I really like this but am trying to figure out how its a saison, I thought it was more of an American Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2013 00:26:30 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Of Love & Regret

The beer pours a hazy honey yellow with 1/2 an inch of sticky white head. The nose is lemony yeast, with a touch of white grape and subtle pez. In the taste there is definitely a touch of yeast and citrus with a balanced lavender/white grape-y bitter finish. The mouthfeel is of a classic saison's yeasty sweetness with a semi-dry bitter finish.This is definitely a delicious farmhouse with pale ale influences.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2013 03:04:56 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of WillCarrera


4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 04:49:25 | More by WillCarrera
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4.35/5  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.

Serving type: growler

07-23-2012 22:58:00 | More by WanderingFool
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Lion's Pride into a tulip.

A: Clear gold body under a sticky, fine white head. Nice spotty lace.

S: Very fresh, vibrant aroma of intensely floral hops backed by some assertively spicy yeast. A bit of citrus and breadiness as well. Fantastic hoppy saison nose.

T: Spicier and yeastier here, with some solid minerality and phenols ahead of some hay, grass, and floral hops. A bit of malt sweetness peeks in before the dry, bitter, spicy finish. Tasty.

M: Soft, well-carbonated, light-to-medium body. Good.

O: I wrote the above review off of a small pour at the bar, but then got to enjoy more of this terrific beer later that day at the brewery. Fresh from the tank it was even better, and I highly recommend it: it's a wonderful, distintive interpretation of a great style.


Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2012 01:49:17 | More by woosterbill
Photo of benbazi


5/5  rDev +22%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2012 03:12:30 | More by benbazi
Photo of Durge


4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2012 04:55:50 | More by Durge
Photo of Bendurgin


4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint at When Pigs Fly. This pours a hazy golden straw with no head.

The aroma has a nice funky profile with some oranges notes in the background. A little yeasty on the nose with notable funk. The pallet is a lot like the aroma. Hints of oranges with some yeasty notes of barnyard funk. A little bit of floral hops linger on the pallet.

Nice and light with good carbonation on this one. Overall this one is real solid. I feel like it shows promise for these guys.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2012 21:42:03 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of smakawhat


3.9/5  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.

Serving type: cask

04-09-2012 23:38:29 | More by smakawhat
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Farmhouse Pale Ale from Oxbow Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.