Farmhouse Pale Ale
Oxbow Brewing Company

Farmhouse Pale AleFarmhouse Pale Ale
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #247
ABV:
6%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,594
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 8.35%
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
563
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Oxbow Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Farmhouse Pale AleFarmhouse Pale Ale
Notes: American hops meet saison yeast in this dry, signature ale.
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SaisonMaker from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the few local saisons still on the market. After Mystic throwing in the towel and Allagash no longer making Saison and 16 Counties that pretty much leaves Farmhouse Pale Ale as my local Saison. This is a great beer and I might not miss the others so much if as long as this remains available. It has a great spice character. I can't tell if it's from the yeast, the hops or what but it's very good. Just an excellent beer. This is one of my favorites. I really hope it continues to be available. I can't wait for the hop craze to settle down a bit and for more breweries to produce these types of beers. I've started making my own because they are so hard to find. FPA is what I drink on the weekends to really enjoy life.

Nov 11, 2020
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patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow with four fingers of white extremely rocky head.

It smells of Belgian phenyls and coriander as well as hints of tropical fruit.

The taste is of fennel’s, coriander, lemon rind. It’s pretty spicy and represents the style well.

Medium body with moderate carbonation followed by a Tanic finish. I got this in the south somewhere on the East Coast and got it To California where I’m drinking it July 30th, 2020.

Jul 31, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a wispy cap; no lacing;

S: lemon and coriander with a hint of clove;

T: clove with a hint of lemon; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: didn't get any American hop character;

Jul 25, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale yellow with a 1 inch white head. Heavy lacing.

Aroma is citrus, mostly lemon. Also, floral, yeasty, funky.

Taste is tangy, yeasty, citrusy, Belgian like.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Dry, sour finish.

A good saison, much like Belgian ales.

Jun 04, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a Captain Lawrence muffin top pint; bottled on 12/18/19.
A: Pours a very hazy, dark golden (essentially aged bronze) color with explosive effervescence leaving a five to six finger, fluffy, white head, requiring a lot of settling and re-pouring, at least a finger of retention and foamy, sticky lacing.
S: Tart end of tangy, a little acrid as warms. Grassy and especially grainy aromas initially with cloves, white pepper, banana, and apple emerging.
T: Semidry and nicely tart. Banana and grainy flavors mix with spice (cloves and pepper) and some earthy notes. Moderate, but solid bitterness.
M: Light to medium bodied with strong, very persistent carbonation. Creamy but fairly crisp finishing.
O: What a gorgeous farmhouse ale, aptly named, I suppose. Could drink this all day. Seriously.

May 19, 2020
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Navanation from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle. Hazy straw color with a 1 inch head that laces nicely down the glass. Good carbonation. Not a strong straw taste as some other Farmhouse ales. Distinct, yet mild pepper taste. Nice blend of malts and hops. Excellent overall.

Apr 19, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle N Hum W 39th and Gold Star Park Slope - my two top brew hangs in nyc.
as centered and lovely a yeasty, orchard noseful as one could desire in a Farmhouse Saison.
Ripping tight finish.

Feb 24, 2020
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wonderful rustic funk to this one. earthy, grainy, hay, slight fruit must, peach skin, lemon, immense yeast qualities of banana, clove, spice, some minerality and mellow hop character to it. just delicious and a real treat to have available on shelf for $11ish a 4pk.

Nov 13, 2019
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apants007 from New York

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft the Double Windsor in Brooklyn, NY

Look: Gold, thin light head

Smell: faint sweet holiday cookie - sweet with clove or nutmeg spice

Taste: sweet cream corn, oak leaf, wet straw - the nutmeg comes through on the finish

Feel: thickish without being syrupy... typical of Belgian blonde

Overall; nice beer to welcome in the fall.

Sep 06, 2019
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Sheppard from Virginia

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale straw color. It had been forever since I have had this last. I remember why. It has that sweet tripel character instead of the clover estery character I enjoy. It's well made, but not my cup of tea..or saison.

Aug 19, 2019
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pants678 from California

2.82/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Yellow toward orange, white foam.

Straw, yeast, hops are dead.

Old bottle I think. Tartness is in the background, hops are just as hidden. Needs punch up if everything but malt, or a fresh pour.

Cracker dry.

Aug 16, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saison farmhouse beer brewed with american hops. Crispy flavor palate with golden yellow color. Drank super fresh from the brewery itself and a fresh tap.

Jul 07, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle sent from SierraNevallagash, poured into K Zildjian pint glass.

Hazy gold color with champagne-like carbonation spiraling up to the 1 finger head.

Aromas of hay and clove and pepper. Slight banana pudding, and some nice citrus hop aroma.

Flavor is of dry bitter grass and straw, white grapefruit peel, clove, and pine needle. Some slight grain kernel as well.

Feel is crisp and creamy at the same time, effervescent carbonation. Crisp dry finish.

Overall, a decent tasty pale ale that builds a bridge to Saison.

May 14, 2019
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. Bottle > Ommegang Game of Thrones glass.

Let's see if an American Brewers can come close to the prized and authentic French & Belgian versions...

Bottle conditioning is a beautiful thing! For both a living, lively look and jazzy, healthy mouth feel....

A light haze inside the golden, bubbly liquid. A constantly emerging white foam cover stays lively with the energetic yeast.

The aroma is exceptional, full of hearty and deep earthy grains, golden wheat, corn husk, lightly malted barley and the hops seem to have an equally earthy scent. The complex smelling house yeast gives of an array of spices and herbal blends. Sour fruits and slightly sweet berries. A very authentic Belgian style nose.

The living yeast and bottle conditioning packs a seriously righteous bite. Light and effervescent mouth feel, dry...light finish. Oooh yeah.

All flavor aspects meld together in a very harmonious balance. The crispy golden malt and earthy grains is very impressive and deep. The unknown American hops have a very "old world" European effect, spicy and dry earthy notes with some subtle and light fruitiness. The most impressive aspect to the overall flavor be profile is the unique yeast. This house yeast approaches some of the excellent Belgian brewed versions, coming very close to that complexity. Low levels of banana and Clove...as more funky grains and sour-ish fruit tones bring it further.

Overall....I'm impressed. Too often American Brewers make a very boring and limited version of the Pale Golden Belgian and Saison's...this one keeps my interest with some very deep yeast charechter and high level mix of ingredients. Crazy drinkable!!

May 09, 2019
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright with nice carb so goes down real easy nice amount of funk so while easy to drink give you something to think about . Whish I grabbed. 6 pack vs single . Won’t make that mistake again

Apr 27, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip,

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy orange color with a strong, bubbly, slightly foamy head. Looks like the Dupont.
Aroma: Strong aroma of belgian yeast & peppery spices. Lots of coriander and sweet biscuit malts. Some lemony citrus and vinous fruit aromas underneath. Subtle earthy funk underneath.
Flavor: Strong belgian yeast. It's yeasty w/ a lot of bready and possibly German malt presence. It's almost a munich malt flavor, or maybe it's noble hops? Nevertheless, not spicy nor sour. Less fruity.
Aftertaste/Finish: The carbonation is strong and cleans the malt sweetness right off the tongue into a clean, dry finish. Slight hop bitterness lingers, but it's subtle.

Overall: It's Belgian yeast flavored and I would describe this as a mix between a belgian golden ale and a saison. It has the belgian yeast and malt flavor as a golden ale, but has a slight underlying funk and fruit typical of a saison. Impressively, dry finish, but not spicy nor sour as in a saison. A pretty good saison. Balanced. Nothing stands out.

Mar 29, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Being a Belgo-phile, I want to like Oxbow... but I haven't yet.
This Farmhouse Pale Looks barely above average; clear, but finishes cloudy when the yeast and sediment make their way into my glass. Smells are better; citrus and wine coming in strongest. I Taste that yeast-driven refreshment and complexity; but then the hops take over and bitter-up my mouth. While the bubbles modify, they do not erase that after-taste. The hops also interfered with my dinner... or at least didn't complement or improve a common meal. If I have Farmhouse Pale again, it will be with lunch.

Only my second from Oxbow, I went on their website to see if I could give them a fair shake. I feel more simpatico with them now; basically a thoughtful brewery that designs their ales to a menu of a neighboring world-class restaurant. I will try another Oxbow saison soon. I hope I pick the right one.

Mar 25, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like most great things that happen in America's craft beer scene, a lot of inspiration comes from Belgium. Oxbow Brewing Company certainly doesn't shy away from these influences when building a farmhouse pale ale that captures the tried and true essence of saison fermentae but with the advancement of Pacific Northwest hops.

Their Farmhouse Pale Ale pours with a billowing golden straw color and an expansive cottony white froth. Teasing the nose with citrus, orchard fruit, spice and fresh baking bread, a strong white wine influence comes into play. Delicate sweetness plays on the tongue like bread dough, honey and cereal.

In true saison fashion, the yeast spices, moderate alcohol and firm hop resins chase off the bulk of sweetness to allow the fruit and spice tandem to command the middle palate. Orange, lemon and grapefruit link up with the cantaloup, pear and peach esters for a fruit forward taste. Not to be outdone, the spices of white pepper, coriander, lemongrass and basswood counter the fruit for a balanced taste heading into finish. A spicy and bitter late palate comes with the fragrant woods of freshly shaven pine, cedar and sassafras.

Medium light in body, the grain sweetness and associated starches are no match for the resinous finish and its mild vinous tartness. A medium length aftertaste of floral, fruity and spicy attributes all have a slightly detergent-like character that's overshadowed by the beer's crisp, clean and highly refreshing properties.

Feb 12, 2019
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argock from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from narrow necked bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Slightly hazy golden with short but persistent white foamy head with decent retention and spare lacing.

Minty, herbal-sage with light lemon and grapefruit hop nose with lightly bready pils malt note.

Flavor is herbal and spiced, again sage is most like it, with light citrus notes in the finish and a crackery but background pils maltiness. Bitterness is light.

Feel is very light with high carbonation, light body, and very dry finish.

A nice easy-drinking hoppy saison.

Feb 12, 2019
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz (330 mL) bottle without a date.

Very excited to find these bottles in NY. Oxbow is a brewery I have been wanting to try since I first read about them.

Farmhouse Pale Ale is considered their flagship and it pours a bright gold color with great clarity. A constant stream of bubbles keeps a creamy, white head on top of the beer. Looks great in the glass.

Moderate fruit and spice aroma. Definitely some orange and lemon citrus notes in both the aroma and flavor from the American hops. Peppery spice in the flavor as well.

The body is lighter than I expected, but it doesn't feel "thin" and makes for an extremely drinkable Saison/Pale Ale at 6% ABV. Very clean and approachable. This would make for an excellent pairing with a wide range of foods.

Feb 08, 2019
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bobv from Vermont

4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottle.
Moderate pour yields a one inch white head over a bright, golden body with nice lacing. Nose of saison yeast, spice, hay, and slight funk. Very nice flavors that mirror the aromas with the spice on the finish. Nice feel and overall a saison that I will come back to. Cheers!

Dec 21, 2018
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can’t believe I’ve ignored this beer for so long. Relatively cheap for a knockout farmhouse ale. No date on the bottle but I suppose that doesn’t matter, especially at Julio’s where they rotate and sell stock quickly. Subtle yet vibrant flavors. Funky and barny with plenty of grain and hay. It’s hopped in a way that complements the yeast character rather than overpower it, like overly dry hopping can do. Unique fruity flavors with a clean and smooth feel/body with a delightfully funky and almost tart/sour finish. This is a true New England farmhouse beer and it may become a staple for me. Wow.

Dec 21, 2018
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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...

Dec 08, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
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

Jul 01, 2018
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Jun 17, 2018
Farmhouse Pale Ale from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 563 ratings