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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: 426
Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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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 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 WillCarrera
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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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 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 benbazi
5/5  rDev +21.7%
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...

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 timtim
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

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Photo of Burt
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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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 Chowdahead
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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