Farmhouse Pale Ale - Oxbow Brewing Company

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 388
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 23.84%
Wants: 35
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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Oxbow Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: sk8man121 on 08-18-2011

American hops meet saison yeast in this dry, signature ale.
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Photo of Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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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 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 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 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 yourefragile
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip at Meridian Pint, DC.

Pours a hazed light golden copper with a pillowy white head. Fades to a thin collar and some thin webs of lacing. Earthy aroma, strong yeast and mild fruit esters. Medium thick body with soft carbonation and a dry, hoppy finish. Flavor is earthy, grassy and musty with a floral and resiny hop finish. Slight alcohol presence but otherwise this a lovely hoppy farmhouse ale.

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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 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 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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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 tbeckett
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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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 22Blue
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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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 cbutova
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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.


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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 WanderingFool
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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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 ThePorterSorter
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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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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Farmhouse Pale Ale from Oxbow Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.