Farmhouse Pale Ale | Oxbow Brewing Company

Farmhouse Pale AleFarmhouse Pale Ale
BA SCORE
89.7%
Liked This Beer
4.06 w/ 474 ratings
Farmhouse Pale AleFarmhouse Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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:
#2,869
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
474
Liked:
425
Avg:
4.06/5
pDev:
8.37%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
70
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 474 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of reebtaerG
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of fmccormi
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 750ml/25.4oz counter pressure-filled, pry-off cap bottle, filled from a tap at the source yesterday. It’s been sitting in the fridge for the last 24hrs. Poured to an oversized wineglass (TH stemware, for those keeping track). This is as fresh as it gets!

Appearance (4.0): Two fingers of predominantly fine, sudsy foam cap a hazy, honey-gold body with orange-tan lowlights around the edges. Not a lot of lacing, really, so much as spotty suds decorating all sides of the glass where the head has passed.

Smell (5.0): Soft, biscuity, and fruity—pear juice, gentle citrus (a bit of tangerine, maybe), macerated raspberry, banana, and red grapes—with gorgeous floral aromas backing it up. The yeast adds the orchard fruit and berry notes, I’m guessing, while the hops add some citrusy notes and all of this wonderful floral, grassy character. A soft hay scent adds more of the “farmhouse” angle in this beer. This smells fantastic.

Taste (4.25): Dry, and exceedingly drinkable. The malt body is light and crisp, with floury common crackers and baking soda biscuit crust on the palate. Hops come in quickly and crisply, with a moderate bitterness characterized by floral notes and citrus pith. Meanwhile, the yeast adds very subtle orchard fruit flavors, for the most part: underripe pear, apple skins, minerally vinous notes (kind of like pinot grigio). There’s a gentle, phenolic spiciness here that resembles coriander a bit when it hits the citrusy note from the hops. Just like the nose, dusty hay adds some more of the “farmhouse” vibe, hanging around everything else on the palate. No booze to speak of—it’s only 6% ABV from what I understand, but drinks as easily as a table beer.

Mouthfeel (5.0): The body comes off as maybe JUST shy of medium-weight, and extremely dry—but it stops short of too dry. Carbonation abounds, with a soft layer of bubbles coating all surfaces and mingling with the dry, moderately bitter body, foaming up with a sharp but very fine-grained tingle that mixes with the phenolic spiciness noted above. This is insanely drinkable, and like the best examples of light, Belgian pales/farmhouse beers, is easy to throw back quickly, but offers plenty of texture and variety if you let it down slowly.

Overall (4.25): This beer, I think, is a great example of a farmhouse-oriented, Belgian pale ale. Call it a saison if you want, but it doesn’t taste like spices or a particularly complex or unusual malt bill were used, like you might expect with a traditional saison. This feels more like a farmhouse ale with primarily pils-like malt and some very floral, citrusy American hops used mostly for bitterness—but with an outstanding yeast strain. And that’s where it’s at with beers like this, isn’t it? Not the adjuncts, not the specialty malts, or exotic dry hopping (all things that I adore and can contribute heaps to a good beer), but a really fantastic yeast strain. It’s what sets breweries like Jester King and Ommegang apart, and I think Oxbow might have something distinctive here, too. This is great, but relatively no-frills in its own way, and it makes me excited to try more beers from Oxbow.

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Photo of breardon1776
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluecrow
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ErrandWolfe
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AD17
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ScaryEd
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tapping at the Portland location.

The pour is a golden straw color with minimal head but decent lacing.

Aroma is lightly tart and subtly spicy.

Taste follows the nose with a lemony tartness up front followed by a peppery character. Back and brings some bitterness from the hops.

Mouth is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Spicy on the back end.

Overall a solid saison that I can't say does anything special. A little heavier than I'd like for this kind of beer, and not much crispness or carbonation.

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Photo of Dduquette
3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

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

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

Photo of Lonborgski
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From growler bought at tasting room to 16oz tulip glass.
Light clear gold color. Minimal head.
Smell of sour spice, lemon.
Clean, slightly sour, slightly spicy, some hop taste.
Unremarkable feel, a bit thinner than expected.
Overall, very nice, clean understated farmhouse ale.

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

Photo of mig100
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoostaBia
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of johnklotter
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Great Lost Bear, where it is billed as a straight-up saison.

Pours gold and lightly fizzy. Smells dry and lightly grassy with some delicate floral nodes coming through as it warms.

Tastes more spritely than it smells. Rich grass, floral malts, some tart nodes as well.

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Photo of SenatorSpaceman
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of N1Nkasi
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cradle_of_liberty
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wjawde
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Farmhouse Pale Ale from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89.7% out of 100 with 474 ratings
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