Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Freestyle Series #24 | Oxbow Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
BA SCORE
4.15/5
Exceptional
11 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
oxbowbeer.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by NuclearRich on 05-24-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
11
pDev:
6.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
0
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 2
Reviews by the Alström Bros:

  None found.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jmbbabson
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of NuclearRich
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing blonde IPA. The hop here really reminds me of citra, and tatses so so phenomenal. It has a great hazy pale golden color and a big fat white head. Smells like a Rastafarian worship. Taste has some grapefruit and pine, to match its big dankness and make it an example to be replicated if you want to double or triple hop something to be in similar fashion

 361 characters

Photo of jjcote
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Crumpetsnbeer
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Ljudsignal
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 32oz growler into a Lost Nation pint glass. Big thanks to JBPortland for hooking me up with this--been wanting to try Oxbow for a while.

Pours a vaguely hazy straw-gold; a creamy finger-high off-white head lingers for 2-3 minutes before fading to a collar of foam around the edge of the glass. Sudsy, spotty lacing.

In the nose, muted pine sap, onion flesh, chive, musty grapefruit rind, wheaty malt, and subtle peppercorn mingle pleasantly. Hints of lemongrass and a faint bready yeast. Pleasant and different enough to leave an impression, but understated--I need to practically stick my nose into the glass to get a real whiff.

The taste, however, is much more lively. A much stronger pine sap presence, as well as sweet Maui onion, fresh-cut grass and fresh-picked chive all appear prominently on the front, while a modest grapefruit pith note appears mid-palate alongside subtle cracked pepper, lemon zest, and bready yeast. Finishes with grapefruit pith, pine needle, and what I'd swear is a faint chili-like spiciness.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Despite the heavy pine presence on the palate, Freestyle 24 does not feel sticky or oily in any way. A very faint peppery tingle is evident on the lips, otherwise this is a clean and easy-drinking beer.

On the whole, Freestyle #24 is an impressive hybrid beer that manages to nail characteristics of the saison, American IPA, and kolsch without truly embracing any of the conventions of these styles. I look forward to my next opportunity to try some of Oxbow's offerings--this one was a winner for me.

 1,582 characters

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Freestyle Series #24 from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 11 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.