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Space Cowboy Country Ale - Oxbow Brewing Company

Space Cowboy Country Ale
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BA SCORE
85
very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10%


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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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 21:50:31 | More by Thorpe429
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-09-2012 12:58:17 | More by jlindros
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the Thirsty Pig in Portland. Served in a snifter, the beer is a hazy, orange-brown coloring with a frothy, foamy white head. Nose of floral highlights, with a tangy sweet caramel backbone. Flavors of floral and spice all over the palate, light and slightly sour. Biscuit and clove, jasmine and oregano, all very balanced. Very herbal throughout. Light and crisp bodied while you drink, with a tangy sweet and spicy aftertaste. Clean, fruity, farmhouse finish. Very clean and very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2013 02:56:08 | More by GarthDanielson
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

Serving type: growler

06-27-2012 02:33:53 | More by woosterbill
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-05-2012 23:03:49 | More by rudzud
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$6 at Novare Res

Opaque muddy pond water tan color with a thin white head. Head collars and it looks like I have a still glass of pond water in front of me.

Smells like hay and sunburn. Nice.

Hay and toasted malt under a fairly sharp bitter. Oaty. Dry finish with lingering hop bitterness. At 4% the malt lacks depth but the oats make up for it a bit with some nice chewiness.

I just came from the Pineland Farms trail running festival and a beer that smells like hay and sunburn fits my mood perfectly. My first Oxbow: so far so good.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2012 02:09:47 | More by donkeyrunner
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-23-2012 23:12:51 | More by WanderingFool
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2013 20:09:15 | More by ThePorterSorter
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An Oxbow glass is filled from a chilled growler purchased yesterday at the brewery.

The beer is a translucent brownish/copper liquid with a small off-white head. About a finger of foam is on top of my glass when I pour vigorously, but it settles to skim after a moment or two.

The beer has a nice country/farmhouse aroma. It is more malt forward than some of Oxbow's other saisons, with hints of molasses. An earthiness from the yeast is also strong.

The taste has a good mixture of toffee malts and Belgian farmhouse yeast flavors. Hops are light and grassy.

The beer has a lighter body that seems to be in line with the style. Carbonation is low.

This is a really nice sessionable saison. It may be a touch darker and maltier than you are used to, but it is still quite enjoyable. It is worth seeking out if you find yourself here in Maine.

Serving type: growler

03-29-2013 00:09:01 | More by ToasterChef
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BradMacMullin

Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured at Oyster Co in Portland. This is a pleasant surprise as I am a little hung over so a 4 percent beer this morning is just right. An hour from now I will require 7 percent minimum. Normally not a huge farmhouse ale lover,but this was nice. Pours a nice copper color with an Oxbow glass - nice touch. Yeasty floral smell and the taste very much delivers. I like this a lot and still feel good. Since it is only 4 percent, can have two more

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 16:59:43 | More by BradMacMullin
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mclaughlindw4

Maine

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at frontier cinema. Very murky looking with small but lasting head. The aroma is faint citrus. Flavor is more of the same. Slight funk is present, and slighlty bready. I've had a few oxbows so far and think this is my favorite so far. Very drinkable and a bit unique. Can't think of anything to compare it too.

I like the low alcohol. I feel like this might be closer to what the style was actually like way back when so I give them points for that. The murky look kind of adds to the effect. To bad its $6 a pint or I would have several.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2012 21:40:34 | More by mclaughlindw4
Space Cowboy Country Ale from Oxbow Brewing Company
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