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Space Cowboy Country Ale - Oxbow Brewing Company

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Space Cowboy Country Ale
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85
very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A crushable country ale brewed for our hardworking locals.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 03-26-2012)
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Photo of WanderingFool
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Space Cowboy pours a cloudy, mahogany brown with a small creamy head. The foam fades quickly down to a thin sheet on the surface leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is fruity and funky. Grapes and apples along with Belgian spice notes of pepper and clove plus a touch of funk.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and creamy with light carbonation. The flavor is malty with some fruit notes. It begins with apple and white grape, which is quickly followed by a bready malt flavor. Perhaps rye? The flavor almost reminds me of a British Bitter. It finishes slightly tart with a touch of spice (clove). Once gone the apple and grape flavor lingers on the palate.

For a 4% beer it's loaded with flavor. Very tasty.

WanderingFool, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler, filled at the brewery, shared with friends and poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear russet body under an inch of frothy tan head that settles into a ring and leaves spotty lace. All right.

S: Fascinating aroma: a melding of biscuity, nutty malt and roundly spicy, herbal, grassy yeast notes. Peppery and mildly fruity. Terrific.

T: Follows the nose: delicately sweet English malts open things up, followed closely by rich Saison spice and minerality. The finish is somehow both dry and nutty. Clean, complex, and refreshing.

M: Light-bodied, lightly carbonated. Appropriate for a session ale, but a bit lifeless for a Saison. Pleasant enough overall.

O: What a great beer! It's light enough in ABV to drink all day, and yet it provides a wonderful (and unique!) flavor experience despite its sessionability. Too many so-called table Saisons smell nice but taste like nothing, as the voracious yeast has just eaten everything in sight and the pale malts that were there are utterly gone. By throwing some specialty malts into the mix, this beer manages to be balanced and complex while maintaining its session ale bona fides. I'm a huge, huge fan.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of msondel
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

msondel, Feb 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

AngusOg, Mar 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

mkeene78, Nov 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

dunix, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

tinterlande, Apr 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

brutalist, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of rudzud
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler picked up my JLindros and myself for our beer dinner. Space Cowboy...awwww yah!

A - Poured into a pint glass a barely hazy golden honey orange hue with a light, fizzy one finger head that fades quickly to leave a very, very thin halo.

S - Nose is nice with typical farmhouse notes and nice floral hops. Some sweet malts, gentle citrus and yeasty esters. Quite enjoyable and inviting.

T - Taste is solid with light malty sweetness and subtly funked barnyard notes but clearly farmhouse. Pleasant light lemon/citrus as well as light spices as well. Slightly earthy too.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a good dry finish. Nice lingering spices too.

O - Overall pretty nice. Nice malts, some solid farmhouse funk, all solid and subtle. Not too sweet, nicely floral. Super drinkable beer from Oxbow.

rudzud, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a name like Space Cowboy, how could you go wrong.

Light fizzy head hits a finger and fades fairly quickly with little lacing left with no real head at the end, semi clear golden honey orange color.

Nose nice farmhouse, big malts, light cracked wheat, bit of citrus and hint esters, floral saison spices, touch bready golden sweet malts, touch herbal grainy.

Taste touch sweet malt, golden Belgian like, cracked wheat and straw, light wet hay and lots of farmhouse but lighter on the funk, light citrus, nice floral spices like coriander and light flowery, hint esters and hint fruit. Some bitterness, light grassy earthy and slightly herbal hop, some fresh hop flavors almost like wet hop. Finish is dry dry but could be drier and crisper, light lingering spices and citrus as well as light farmhouse flavors, saison malts, and more herbal grassy hops.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb esp for couple week old growler.

Overall pretty nice. Good malts, nice saison flavors and especially aromas, light farmhouse funk, good yeast additions, although could be just a bit crisper and drier. Decent hops too very drinkable.

jlindros, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Meridian Pint before their Allagash and New Belgium event.

Pours a clear light copper color with a nice white head and plenty of sticky lacing on the way down and a nice cap and collar throughout.

The nose carries some mild saison yeast with some faint spice, mild fruity esters, and a pinch of earth. Very delicate, but nice. I liked the idea of a "Belgian Bitter," and it is going well so far.

The flavor is really nice. The oats bring some body and enhance the subtle malt presence in the background. Just a faint touch of bread to go along with mild yeasty spice.

The body is light and fairly-effervescent, yet still has a hint of chewiness. Semi-dry finish and some lingering bitterness through the finish.

Overall, really quite nice. This combines two of my favorite things -- saison yeast and session beers. Great idea and very well executed.

Thorpe429, Mar 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mason jar at duckfat... surrounded by oxbow art, including a space cowboy

Amber, clear, inch of off white head that dissipates into a thin halo.
Sweet nose, yeast, slight lemon peel and hops.
Taste is upfront yeast, malt, followed by a slightly bitter finish, definitely lots of character.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, effervescent, slightly dry, yeasty finish, more alcohol bite than expected.
The beer is another tasty oxbow offering, but not my favorite.

ThePorterSorter, Feb 05, 2013
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Space Cowboy Country Ale from Oxbow Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.