Oxbow Brewing Company

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Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Ranked #358
Ranked #8,748
4.05 | pDev: 7.16%
Aug 22, 2022
Apr 23, 2015
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Reviewed by nickb2000

3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Snifter Glass
Look: med-hazy straw yellow color, pouring a 1 finger head which dissipated into a mod-ring with lacing
Smell: Very strong trad sour smell with some funk and some light malt notes.
Taste: Mod tartness followed by some hops bitterness. Slight malt note. No real aftertaste
Feel: Light-moderate mouthfeel with gentle carbonation
Overall: Its a meh. nothing really impressive about it, underwhelmingly average
Aug 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Huuuge head on top of a very pale hazy body. Smell is spicy, cracker malt, a bit of peppermint, oak, a hint of esters, and floral hops— very interesting. Taste is dry cracker malt upfront becoming citrusy hops with a delicate spice backbone. Hints of mint, pepper, lemon peel, and oak abound. Mouth feel is creamy, soft, slightly tart, and dry on the finish
This beer is too classy for me, but it almost forgives me for drinking it. Enjoy it, because it’s a kind beer.
Jul 18, 2022
Rated: 3.74 by TheRatCage from Connecticut

Apr 13, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by irishevans from California

Jan 07, 2022
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Reviewed by BalancingBrooms from California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 2/2017, Opened 12/2021 (bottle states enjoy within 5 years)

Crystal clear pale straw with two finger white head that dissipates quickly. Nose is full of barnyard with white cherry, pears, plum, earth and band-aid. Opens with a nice light bouquet of pale fruits with ripe pear, white cherries, and white nectarines that fades to a nice band-aid dryness and some black pepper. Body is light to medium with similar carbonation. Ends dry with a long but faint band-aid funk. Overall a very nice brett saison with subtle complexities and that lovely type of funk I really enjoy.
Dec 28, 2021
Rated: 4.44 by TWStandley from Massachusetts

Dec 18, 2021
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
refreshing farmhouse ale easy to drink
Nov 20, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by caffeinelogic from New York

Sep 01, 2021
Rated: 4.14 by mjsullivan86 from Pennsylvania

Aug 16, 2021
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Reviewed by ChipChaight from New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
December 2017 bottle from the Bottling and Blending in Portland, ME. A gusher, pours a semi hazy pale yellow with rocky white head that dissipates, minimal lacing, smell is lime zest, watermelon flesh, wheat, lemon cake, and earthy hops, taste is wheat crackers, lychee, fairly bitter/funky/earthy Brett character, hints of pickled ginger and grapefruit, feel is light to medium bodied, medium carbonation and acidity. Almost 4 years in the bottle, hops are muted and Brett is prevalent, earthy and bitter goodness shine.
Jul 05, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by bouncepass from California

May 24, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Apr 18, 2021
Rated: 4.02 by psweendogg from Connecticut

Feb 03, 2021
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Reviewed by leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
June 2018 bottle at 5.5%

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw with three fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - spicy brett yeast, earthy, floral, and spicy hops, coriander, pepper, hint of fruity esters. citrus, vinous aromas, grape must, and grainy and biscuity malts.

Taste - earthy, floral, and spicy hops upfront followed quickly into tart citrus and vinous characteristics. The coriander, pepper, hint of fruity esters follow suit. The spicy brett yeast along with the grainy and biscuity malts round out the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes crisp and tart with all elements lingering.

Overall - For my first offering from this brewery, this is one fine brew that boasts a pleasant balance between tart and barrel. A nice find here in Cowtown.
Jan 30, 2021
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
January 2016 bottle

Pours slightly cloudy yellow with a frothy white foam head. Notes are dusty, tart, leathery, phenolic spice, barny farmhouse, hay, straw, grains, apricot, mild citrus, with floral earthy grassy piney hops. Feels medium bodied, smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice blend of hoppy saisons.
Apr 18, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by Chico1985 from Massachusetts

Apr 05, 2020
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a bright, almost neon yellow color. Completely hazy and opaque. Huge fizzy head crescendos before dissipating almost as quickly as it appeared. A thin layer of velvety foam eventually settles on top of the beer.

Aroma has some light fruity notes, fruity esters, a hint of peppery spice, and some light grain notes. In addition to all of that, there is a funky musty horse blanket aroma here.

Taste has notes of light cracker and grain malts with a generically fruity funk from the Brett - I appreciate that its not just funk but actually has some of that nice fruity character you can get from it. Spicy cracked pepper notes come through on the back end.

Feel is lively, but not overly carbonated. Very dry finish. Its quite light and bright.

Overall a really nice saison from Oxbow.
Apr 04, 2020
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
From the 500 ml. bottle with a bottling date of June 2018. It says drink within 5 years. I am sampling it on March 14, 2020.

The bottle gushed when I popped it open but it settled quickly. The appearance is a cloudy looking amber-yellow with a modest then diminishing white head.

A pleasant inviting aroma of toasted biscuit, yeast, and white grape or some overripe fruit.

Effervescent yet smooth medium body.

This beer begins sweet and toasty and then it evolves into a mildly tart finale. It is not too tart and not too sweet. That sounds like an old TV commercial! But I thought it was pretty good.
Mar 14, 2020
Rated: 4.02 by 4ster from Canada (ON)

Feb 08, 2020
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Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
/pale yellow can pour with a deep haze, a thin foam cap and an aroma of Brett funk the flavor is lemony with a wild yeast character and a dry finish.
Dec 16, 2019
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Reviewed by Stooven from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle dated February 2017, enjoyed September 2019. I have not had a fresh bottle for comparison. Lacing and head held up impressively for the age. Very dry, I'm not at all used to Brett, but this is what I know it to be like. Though a farmhouse, I was surprised at how tart the flavors were, was expecting more rounded balance with the citrus.
Sep 10, 2019
Rated: 3.82 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Aug 09, 2019
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a moderately hazy straw amber with a slight gold tint and a fine, two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Slight gushing on opening. Aroma of grainy malt, lemon, light stone fruit and light funk. Flavor is grainy malt, bretty farmhouse yeast; grainy and dry at first, but with interesting stone fruit, melon and citrus character developing into the finish. Medium bodied with bright, peppery carbonation. This is what I hope for in a farmhouse ale, with perhaps a bit more sharp funk than I'm usually ready for, but very interesting fruit notes that play off the dry farmhouse yeast. The citrus leans towards yuzu and grapefruit and there are faint, but unidentifiable stone fruit flavors too. I thoroughly enjoyed this, an initially simple saison that slowly reveals more flavor depth. Glad I found this.
Apr 11, 2019
Rated: 3.58 by VeganUndead from Virginia

Mar 11, 2019
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Feb 24, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by SFC21 from Florida

Dec 09, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by JunctionCat from Canada (ON)

Oct 26, 2018
Rated: 3.6 by Bammer21 from Illinois

Oct 15, 2018
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Reviewed by dzni from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from January 2016 bottle.

Appearance is bright golden with frothy white head
Smell, I get citrus, grapes, funk .. there's probably more here, but pretty complex, really nice smell
Taste is dry with a tiny citrus sweetness for balance, with a touch of funk.
Light body and mouthfeel, fairly carbonated
Overall, dry, super refreshing, with just enough funk to make it interesting but not overwhelming. Nicely balanced.
Aug 01, 2018
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On-tap at The Malted Barley in Westerly, RI

Pours a hazy golden straw with a thick, frothy white head; a bunch of sticky lacing left behind.

Smells of tart barnyard funk, torched wood, an elevated earthy brown sugar, and sweet peaches; strikes a subtle and quite incredible balance here.

Taste brings a light backbone of hay followed by familiar notes of cane sugar, peaches, and mild vegetation filtered through fresh spring water; such dynamic flavor considering its lower ABV.

Mouthfeel shows a fluffy, medium carbonation making itself felt immediately, thinning out over time without losing an inherently bright, bursting quality; both assertive, crisp, and refreshing.

So much packed into this saison; the notes are unique, refined, and never overwhelming. Beautifully done, and really expressive of what this style can bring to the table.
Jun 17, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by paresis from Massachusetts

Jun 03, 2018
Rated: 3.99 by AirBob from Massachusetts

Apr 20, 2018
Rated: 4 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

Mar 28, 2018
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
found marked down in some random liquor store in chicago, i love when something like this happens, a pricey bottle doesnt move and gets blown out at low prices, but is a wild beer and has clearly appreciated over time. hard to believe this hasnt resonated with the chicago beer community, but maybe i just got lucky. murky straw yellow from the bottle, thick looking for its modest abv, and without hardly and head at all, not particularly attractive aside from its bright sunny shade, but i pour it sort of lazily and drunkenly, and maybe didnt do it justice there, and the aroma is great, fully mature funky brett, peachy and melony and citrusy and somehow still hoppy to me after quite some time in the bottle. the label calls it a blended saison, perhaps using multiple yeast strains in it, a saison type with a little belgian flare, and this mix of bretts, or, the brett is just so mature and complex that it presents a mixed type fermentation profile. sliced pineapple and guava tropicality, minerals and earthiness as well grounding it, raw wheat, faint acidity, kiwi fruit and honeydew, white wine and green tea, a botanical freshness here for a beer so old, and honestly just a really good wild saison, even lambic-esque in spots. oxbow always impresses me, and obviously this one is pretty bulletproof as far as time as concerenced, as its still drinking beautifully. a little more carbonation would be cool, but the flavors here are awesome. a great illustration of what mature brettanomyces looks like in a well made saison!
Mar 21, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

Feb 07, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

Jan 13, 2018
Rated: 3.9 by Jason_cs from Florida

Jan 07, 2018
Rated: 4.46 by DrederickTatum from New Jersey

Dec 22, 2017
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Reviewed by HattedClassic from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
The beer pours a very nice white head that dissipates quickly while the beer itself is nice looking clear pale straw color that is pretty nice looking.

The smell is nice with a good hay and musky barnyard smell to it and some light kuzu citrus to it. It also has a little rye spice to it. The brett is fairly light but still adds a nice funk to it.

The taste is roughly the same as the smell. The brett in the finish is moderate and funky; not to mention a good complement to the other notes to give it a rustic impression from it.

The feel is pretty light with some good carbonation with a very good bite to it.

Overall, it's a good if fairly light saison
Nov 22, 2017
Rated: 4.32 by williahd from Maine

Nov 19, 2017
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 203 ratings