Farmhouse Pale Ale | Oxbow Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Pale AleFarmhouse Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States

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

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for bringing this back from his ME excursion.

Light fizzy head, hazy pale golden color.

Nose light floral hops, touch fruit, touch golden malts, slight hint of spices from the yeast with a dry bready like aroma.

Taste starts with earthy slight herbal hops, decent hop bite, juicy fruit, spicy hop, creamy malts, hints of an interesting dry spicy like saison taste, which must be from the yeast. Long bitter grassy hop finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall nice, decent bitterness, floral almost grassy hops, very drinkable. Unique and tasty.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lilee's in Brunswick. This was a really beautiful-appering beer. In a pint glass it was a hazy apricot color with a medium-sized white head. There was quite a bit of lace.

It had a citrus, peppery aroma that was very pleasant. There was a nice malt background.

Lemon and pepper taste. Nicely hopped. Sweet malt.

Dry and crisp. A really fun beer to drink.

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Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

gorgeous dark gold color with just a touch of haze. white head that leaves proper lace. nose is... yum! beautiful. like sniffing the air on a perfect, breezy day in the country. fresh lemons on the tree, lemongrass, grass, pepper, fruit, preserved lemon, spice and the scent of outdoorsish purity with mild hints of citrus and pine in the background. this beer smells like life. taste is clean, crisp and pure. nothing is overstated. belgian-style fruit and yeasty/spiciness hits first, but in a very subtle, elegant fashion. hops come out next as they mingle with just the slightest hint of pepper/farm/funk(?) and create a pleasant, citrusy, tingling bitterness that is just barely there in the finish. excellent. near-perfect balance. everything rings out with it's own voices in harmony just as they should. crisp, smooth and flavorful enough to return to all night long (which is what i did by the way, and I rarely order the same beer twice when i am at a craft-centric bar with tons of draft offerings - it was that good). medium body that melts in my mouth. clean finish. no aftertaste. wow. very impressive first offering from these country boys. the real sh*t, s&*t to make 'em feel s$%t!

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Photo of Burt
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half pour, served in a regular glass.

Golden orange that is hazy, large and thick off white head that has large bubbles in it. Leaves thick lacing on the glass.

Nice citrus and spiciness in the aroma.

Light hoppy citrus at first and turns slightly peppery at the end with a clean finish.

I had originally ordered an IPA and they were out. Bartender asked what I was looking for and offered this gem up. At first I thought it was a little light on the hops but as it warmed up had a nice hoppy flavor that was very balanced. Great beer.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Lion's Pride in Brunswick, Maine, 10 feet from the brewer. Wonderful aromas of lemon and peppery spice- unmistakable a saison. Hops play up in the background. This is a wonderfully balanced beer. Became more complex as is warmed. Solid carbonation, but not much lacing. A very good example of an American style saison (hops not funk).

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Photo of Chowdahead
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lion's Pride in Brunswick, ME on 8/26/11. Been looking forward to trying this beer since I heard this farmhouse brewery was opening earlier this year.

Pours a lovely golden color with a creamy white head. Nose is clearly Belgian yeast with a nice touch of hops and spice in the background.

Taste is refreshing and good with the traditional saison flavors up front followed by a light burst of hops and spice. Finishes dry and clean.

Overall a very impressive debut beer from this new Maine brewery. A true Farmhouse Pale Ale which combines the best of the saison and traditional pale ale styles. Very original beer for this area. Looking forward to future offerings from this brewery and have noticed they have been building their barrel collection which will hopefully mean limited release beers in the future.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lion's Pride in Brunswick, ME on 8-17, according to the bar tender this was the first keg anywhere... Thanks to whoever added the brewery because I couldn't figure out how to do it on my phone while I was there!

Pours a nice amber/blonde color with a small white head, nose is yeasty/bready/funky - quite nice and reminds me a bit of orval.

Taste is very good right from the start, dry and crisp with that light bretty tart note. A nice light spiciness finishes it off, this thing is deadly drinkable on a hot summer day!

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my chalice at Novare Res. Reviewed on my iPad. Is this the first keg anywhere? Possibly.

Hazy golden orange with a fine white foam head. Good film and foam coat when swirled.

Very good aroma is a blend of Belgian sugars and farmhouse funk. Hints of peach and orange.

Yummy. Dry sweetness and some crystal sugar. Orange peel and some pepper spice.

Some coat with fruit flavors. Medium carbonation is playful.

Impressive debut beer. Great to see a wonderful farmhouse saison that's brewed locally. All of you Maine BAs should seek this one out.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to be the first to review this wonderful new brewery's wonderful first offering. On-tap at Novare Res in Portland, ME.

A: Pours a brilliant, hazy gold. Cloudy, but full of life. One of the creamiest 2-finger eggshell heads I've ever seen, with excellent retention. Perfect 5 on this one.

S: Grass, hops and Belgian yeast in the nose. Spicy and sweet at the same time, with complex herbal notes throughout.

T: An absolute explosion of hops, Belgian yeast and pilsener malt up front, followed be a sweet, herbal center. Finishes somewhat dry. Extremely quaffable.

M: Mouthfeel is nice, with just enough carbonation and body to make this a comfortable drinking beer. Not too thick, which is nice.

O: There might be some homer bias going on here, but this is one of the best examples of an "American Saison" that I've ever come across. Pretty amazing beer for a first offering, if you ask me.

Keep it up, Oxbow!

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