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Farmhouse Pale Ale | Oxbow Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
American hops meet saison yeast in this dry, signature ale.

Added by sk8man121 on 08-18-2011

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 425
Photo of RichardMNixon
2.76/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a hazy, rich golden color. Head is well put together. Fluffy and long lasting. Light lacing.

S- Immediately hit with strong, spicy yeast aromas. Heavy on the Belgian spice character. Light sweetness. Modest hoppiness.

T-Spicy yeast character is equally as strong once I begin to drink. The yeast is dynamic and it do,images the flavor. Some citrus hops and doughy malt.

M-Has a creamy feel. Mostly dry. Alcohol well hidden. Well carbonated.

O-Was pretty excited to try this one. A slight disappointment. Well made but it's a too heavy on the yeast.

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Photo of Cadebro
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tapping at the Portland location.

The pour is a golden straw color with minimal head but decent lacing.

Aroma is lightly tart and subtly spicy.

Taste follows the nose with a lemony tartness up front followed by a peppery character. Back and brings some bitterness from the hops.

Mouth is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Spicy on the back end.

Overall a solid saison that I can't say does anything special. A little heavier than I'd like for this kind of beer, and not much crispness or carbonation.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pigs Fly. The color is hazy orange with just a few bubbles.

The aroma is full of sweet orange zest and malt.

The taste is malty in the front but finishes dry and slightly bitter. Lemongrass is noted throughout as this is very good.

The body is light and this is crisp and refreshing.

This is fantastic. Simple and enjoyable.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow orange color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Belgian yeast, spicy, pilsner malts, vanilla, green apple, esters, and slight citrus notes.

Taste: Same as above with slight bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, a little dry, some bitterness, and a little chewy.

Overall: Pretty nice saison from a brewery in the woods. We'll be visiting you guys again in the future.

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of ggilman
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

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Photo of MDDMD
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-light hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-bread dough, spicy, yeast, hint of citrus

T-fresh bread, citrus, yeast, light pepper, light floral, hint of sweetness, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-solid farmhouse ale, nice balance

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Meridian Pint in DC. Beer is yellow and hazy with a wispy white head, small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, yeasty, a little odd, almost spicy.

Beer is light in body, nice yeast character, very unique tasting but I can't really describe this uniqueness. It has a nice finish, no aftertaste, not too bitter or dry, I'd have this again and others from the same brewery.

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Photo of mick303
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of illpass78
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. on tap in their Portland tasting room in a thing that looks like a mini stange/nonic type of glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw with a pillowy white head that sticks around a while.

Aroma: Hints of lemon, sour apple and some barnyardyness are present.

Taste: Really tasty saison. Follows the nose, with those lemony and sour notes noticeable, and some hay and yeastiness also in the mix. Also some spicy kick.

Mouthfeel: Good representation of the style.

Overall: I've been a fan of this brewery for a while and wanted to finally try their flagship. Doesn't disappoint. Good beer from a really good brewery.

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of Wowcoolman
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Lion's Pride in Brunswick, Maine, 10 feet from the brewer. Wonderful aromas of lemon and peppery spice- unmistakable a saison. Hops play up in the background. This is a wonderfully balanced beer. Became more complex as is warmed. Solid carbonation, but not much lacing. A very good example of an American style saison (hops not funk).

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of TonyReaves
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler I bought last weekend into a Duvel tulip. Poured hard and got a 1 1/2-inch head. Cloudy and blonde.

Smell is citrusy, with some straw and light breadiness.

This is a dry, dry ale with a strong Saison yeast flavor and a big hoppy finish. This is on the hoppy end for saisons.

Dry ale with high carbonation.

My wife and I shared a growler, and most of the way through I'm not remotely bored with this beer. An excellent saison.

I'd recommend making a trip to the brewery for growler fills if you're in Maine. They're really friendly.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this ontap while at the Lion's Pride. Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a clear golden straw with a one finger head that leaves very nice side lacing down the tulip.

S - Very nice clean, fresh, wet hops in this aroma. Just a slight hint of beglgian spices on the nose.

T - More of the same with sharp, fresh hops being first and foremost. In the middle there are more dry, saison qualities from the belgian yeasts with a nice grassy hop finish.

M - Very nice carbonation for this one. Keeps it light with a good dry crisp finish.

O - Really enjoyed this offering from Oxbow. I've tried all their beers and these guys are no joke. Solid offerings all around.

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