Farmhouse Pale Ale | Oxbow Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Saison

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,675
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
498
pDev:
8.37%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
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Photo of SierraNevallagash
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, hzy brass color, with a huge, billowing 3 finger head of white. Head slowly recedes, but is kept going by the lively carbonation. A galaxy of bubbles streaming ever upwards, with a faint crackle.

Nose is very grainy/wheaty. A paleness to the grist, but also a bright lemon/citrus zing. Maybe some lacto on the nose. Otherwise, it's just grainy, grassy, bright, and not terribly farmy. Some phenolic black pepper-like notes. Smell like a tart wheat beer, really.

Palate opens up with a very fragile hop profile, with notes of perhaps peach, pineapple, melon, and pine. These light notes are quickly overshadowed by an overbearing presence of wheat. Sweet, tacky, gritty wheat. After the wheat base, you get some phenols that express themself as primarily black peppercorn, but also a touch of bubblegum as well. After this, phenolic bitter notes blend with the tail end of hop oil notes, and creating a slightly drying bitter finish.

Mouthfeel on this one is actually fairly full and soft for how light it is. Mellow carbonation. Clings a little. The Mouthfeel is nice, in its own way. I like them bone dry, and this certainly isn't, but this is unique, and I won't dog on unique.

Overall, I'm torn. If this is a saison, I hate it. If it's a Belgian-style wheat ale, it's pretty good. For me, I'm judging this by the LABEL - A Farmhouse Pale Ale
To me, that's a Belgian(style)Pale Ale. And for that, I'm cool with this, and will rate it ad ad Belgian Pale. But as a saison? Come on...we're really blurring the sacred saison lines lately...

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Photo of KMcGrath
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KidBrewer
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of afroskully
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ajlvt
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Holderness
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery. Quite a hoppy take on the style, perhaps a bit much so. Lots of pilsner malt character throughout. Soft, smooth mouthfeel is the high point.

68/100

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Photo of Beersilio
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jrc1093
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Grey Sail Brewery in Westerly, RI

Pours a bright golden straw with a little dose of haze. A medium-sized white head yields some moderate lace.

Smells of bright barnyard funk mixed with pure spring water; subtle and very clean.

Taste is more barnyard funk, remaining subtle and clean, accompanied by a jolt of vegetation and very unripened pineapple; a nice, earthy hop presence rounds things out with a bitterness that feels just right.

Feels a bit thin at times, but bits of carbonation compensate and add the necessary heft. It's slightly effervescent and carries the flavors nicely, while also being crisp and dry when it needs to be.

Incredibly drinkable and approachable in flavor. Although it may lack a 'burst' at times, it's definitely a sessionable farmhouse ale if there ever was one.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: May 2017


A:
Pours a lightly hazy gold with an inch of bone-white head that fades to a skiff. Okay retention; some lacing. (4)

S:
Musty and tart. Black pepper, hay, barnyard, green pineapple. (4.5)

T:
Wow. Tart and earthy, crisp hop snap. (4.25)

M:
Light body with active carbonation and a lingering funky finish. (4.25)

O:
This is a hell of a saison. It pours a glowing orange-tinted gold with a skiff of white head. The aroma and flavor are what make it, though. Multi-layered earthy, sour, hay flavors; it's refreshing and rich in its own way. Very complex with some peppery phenol present to balance the rest (along with the hops). It definitely was (i imagine at least) a different beer than it was fresh but it was amazing regardless.
This is a very nice beer and I wish I'd grabbed another. (4.5)

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Photo of bultrey
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pretty close to perfect. Classic saison flavors. Peppery. A little citrus pith. Whiff of sulphur. Wicked dry but enough of malt backbone to support everything.

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Photo of Yeldarb92
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BenMorse
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pprichar
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of worldkrysis
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tachyons22
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Small white head, pale golden colour, citrus dusty scent. Crisp pine, bright citrus, clean and peppery.

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Photo of npachl
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of liquorpig
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Farmhouse Pale Ale from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 498 ratings