Farmhouse Pale Ale - Oxbow Brewing Company

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 377
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 7.25%
Wants: 35
Gots: 39 | 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

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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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 377
Photo of benbazi
5/5  rDev +20.8%
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... (295 characters)

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.14/5  rDev 0%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of TonyReaves
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of ggilman
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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! (414 characters)

Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of Cadebro
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

gorgeous dark gold color with just a touch of haze. white head that leaves proper lace. nose is... yum! beautiful. like sniffing the air on a perfect, breezy day in the country. fresh lemons on the tree, lemongrass, grass, pepper, fruit, preserved lemon, spice and the scent of outdoorsish purity with mild hints of citrus and pine in the background. this beer smells like life. taste is clean, crisp and pure. nothing is overstated. belgian-style fruit and yeasty/spiciness hits first, but in a very subtle, elegant fashion. hops come out next as they mingle with just the slightest hint of pepper/farm/funk(?) and create a pleasant, citrusy, tingling bitterness that is just barely there in the finish. excellent. near-perfect balance. everything rings out with it's own voices in harmony just as they should. crisp, smooth and flavorful enough to return to all night long (which is what i did by the way, and I rarely order the same beer twice when i am at a craft-centric bar with tons of draft offerings - it was that good). medium body that melts in my mouth. clean finish. no aftertaste. wow. very impressive first offering from these country boys. the real sh*t, s&*t to make 'em feel s$%t! (1,198 characters)

Photo of Burt
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half pour, served in a regular glass.

Golden orange that is hazy, large and thick off white head that has large bubbles in it. Leaves thick lacing on the glass.

Nice citrus and spiciness in the aroma.

Light hoppy citrus at first and turns slightly peppery at the end with a clean finish.

I had originally ordered an IPA and they were out. Bartender asked what I was looking for and offered this gem up. At first I thought it was a little light on the hops but as it warmed up had a nice hoppy flavor that was very balanced. Great beer. (539 characters)

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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). (352 characters)

Photo of Chowdahead
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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! (533 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of sk8man121
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
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! (920 characters)

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Farmhouse Pale Ale from Oxbow Brewing Company
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