Space Cowboy Country Ale
Oxbow Brewing Company

Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
French Bière de Garde
Ranked #65
Ranked #22,356
3.83 | pDev: 10.7%
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Notes: A crushable country ale brewed for our hardworking locals.
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 113 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Prohibition Pig. Hazy amber. Smells of bready malts and floral yeastiness. Some butter. Tastes a little acidic up front. Earthy, spicy, a little bit of an oily texture. Bready malts take over but dry out and leave a spicy earthy finish. Butter becomes more prevalent as it warms. Medium light and well carbonated. Strange and not what I expected, but it keeps me interested. Also, the seeming diacetyl flavor doesn't bother me much.

 443 characters

Photo of Ryanthebear
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper color with a thin white head. The aroma is dank and Dijon mustard. Pretty wild, but i get a lot of Dijon. I asked the bartender to see if I was hallucinating. He said it smelled like Dijon to him too. Medium body and carbonation. Tastes mildly sour with some bread and caramel. Overall pretty good. Definitely unique and worth a try at least once.

 360 characters

Photo of illpass78
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint on draft at 33 Elmwood in Westbrook, Maine.

Appearance: A clear copper with a one-finger eggshell head that sticks around a bit.

Aroma: Minerally. Some bread, grains. Fresh but with a slight yeast kick.

Taste: Really tasty medium depth ale. That mineral note from the nose is right there. Brown bread, crackers, maybe faint caramel. Dark cereal grains. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Some reviews have called it chewy and I tend to agree. Has a body to it but is very drinkable.

Overall: Very good offering from a great brewery. Makes me want to have more of this style, which I find to be underrepresented in America. Great pairing for expensive appetizers (roasted Brussels sprouts, some kind of broccoli thing, falafels).

 726 characters

Photo of ScaryEd
2.32/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a clear amber color with a pure white head. Not getting any retention or lacing. Head was gone in seconds.

The aroma is pure copper. It's almost like an old, wet penny smell. I get some cereal grains on the back end. It's like Wheaties with pennies in the bowl. Not pleasant.

The taste has a faintly tart flavor on the front, with a slightly metallic taste in the middle. Back end is back to tartness with a bit of grain.

The feel is medium-light bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and dry. Lingering bitterness on the back end.

Overall a pretty poor beer. It looks like tea, smells like pennies and tastes like sour metal. Perhaps I had an off batch but this is definitely not a beer I'd try again.

 710 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Growler from the source.
Lightly hazy dark golden color with a decent sized white head. Bready, cereal grains, earthy lightly funky with hints of fruit and light sugar. Crushable flavorful ale, I'm surprised this isn't rated higher, I could enjoy drinking this all night.

 272 characters

Photo of BradMacMullin
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured at Oyster Co in Portland. This is a pleasant surprise as I am a little hung over so a 4 percent beer this morning is just right. An hour from now I will require 7 percent minimum. Normally not a huge farmhouse ale lover,but this was nice. Pours a nice copper color with an Oxbow glass - nice touch. Yeasty floral smell and the taste very much delivers. I like this a lot and still feel good. Since it is only 4 percent, can have two more

 444 characters

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the Thirsty Pig in Portland. Served in a snifter, the beer is a hazy, orange-brown coloring with a frothy, foamy white head. Nose of floral highlights, with a tangy sweet caramel backbone. Flavors of floral and spice all over the palate, light and slightly sour. Biscuit and clove, jasmine and oregano, all very balanced. Very herbal throughout. Light and crisp bodied while you drink, with a tangy sweet and spicy aftertaste. Clean, fruity, farmhouse finish. Very clean and very tasty.

 503 characters

Photo of ToasterChef
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An Oxbow glass is filled from a chilled growler purchased yesterday at the brewery.

The beer is a translucent brownish/copper liquid with a small off-white head. About a finger of foam is on top of my glass when I pour vigorously, but it settles to skim after a moment or two.

The beer has a nice country/farmhouse aroma. It is more malt forward than some of Oxbow's other saisons, with hints of molasses. An earthiness from the yeast is also strong.

The taste has a good mixture of toffee malts and Belgian farmhouse yeast flavors. Hops are light and grassy.

The beer has a lighter body that seems to be in line with the style. Carbonation is low.

This is a really nice sessionable saison. It may be a touch darker and maltier than you are used to, but it is still quite enjoyable. It is worth seeking out if you find yourself here in Maine.

 847 characters

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mason jar at duckfat... surrounded by oxbow art, including a space cowboy

Amber, clear, inch of off white head that dissipates into a thin halo.
Sweet nose, yeast, slight lemon peel and hops.
Taste is upfront yeast, malt, followed by a slightly bitter finish, definitely lots of character.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, effervescent, slightly dry, yeasty finish, more alcohol bite than expected.
The beer is another tasty oxbow offering, but not my favorite.

 462 characters

Photo of rudzud
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler picked up my JLindros and myself for our beer dinner. Space Cowboy...awwww yah!

A - Poured into a pint glass a barely hazy golden honey orange hue with a light, fizzy one finger head that fades quickly to leave a very, very thin halo.

S - Nose is nice with typical farmhouse notes and nice floral hops. Some sweet malts, gentle citrus and yeasty esters. Quite enjoyable and inviting.

T - Taste is solid with light malty sweetness and subtly funked barnyard notes but clearly farmhouse. Pleasant light lemon/citrus as well as light spices as well. Slightly earthy too.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a good dry finish. Nice lingering spices too.

O - Overall pretty nice. Nice malts, some solid farmhouse funk, all solid and subtle. Not too sweet, nicely floral. Super drinkable beer from Oxbow.

 815 characters

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a name like Space Cowboy, how could you go wrong.

Light fizzy head hits a finger and fades fairly quickly with little lacing left with no real head at the end, semi clear golden honey orange color.

Nose nice farmhouse, big malts, light cracked wheat, bit of citrus and hint esters, floral saison spices, touch bready golden sweet malts, touch herbal grainy.

Taste touch sweet malt, golden Belgian like, cracked wheat and straw, light wet hay and lots of farmhouse but lighter on the funk, light citrus, nice floral spices like coriander and light flowery, hint esters and hint fruit. Some bitterness, light grassy earthy and slightly herbal hop, some fresh hop flavors almost like wet hop. Finish is dry dry but could be drier and crisper, light lingering spices and citrus as well as light farmhouse flavors, saison malts, and more herbal grassy hops.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb esp for couple week old growler.

Overall pretty nice. Good malts, nice saison flavors and especially aromas, light farmhouse funk, good yeast additions, although could be just a bit crisper and drier. Decent hops too very drinkable.

 1,128 characters

Photo of WanderingFool
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Space Cowboy pours a cloudy, mahogany brown with a small creamy head. The foam fades quickly down to a thin sheet on the surface leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is fruity and funky. Grapes and apples along with Belgian spice notes of pepper and clove plus a touch of funk.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and creamy with light carbonation. The flavor is malty with some fruit notes. It begins with apple and white grape, which is quickly followed by a bready malt flavor. Perhaps rye? The flavor almost reminds me of a British Bitter. It finishes slightly tart with a touch of spice (clove). Once gone the apple and grape flavor lingers on the palate.

For a 4% beer it's loaded with flavor. Very tasty.

 742 characters

Photo of woosterbill
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler, filled at the brewery, shared with friends and poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear russet body under an inch of frothy tan head that settles into a ring and leaves spotty lace. All right.

S: Fascinating aroma: a melding of biscuity, nutty malt and roundly spicy, herbal, grassy yeast notes. Peppery and mildly fruity. Terrific.

T: Follows the nose: delicately sweet English malts open things up, followed closely by rich Saison spice and minerality. The finish is somehow both dry and nutty. Clean, complex, and refreshing.

M: Light-bodied, lightly carbonated. Appropriate for a session ale, but a bit lifeless for a Saison. Pleasant enough overall.

O: What a great beer! It's light enough in ABV to drink all day, and yet it provides a wonderful (and unique!) flavor experience despite its sessionability. Too many so-called table Saisons smell nice but taste like nothing, as the voracious yeast has just eaten everything in sight and the pale malts that were there are utterly gone. By throwing some specialty malts into the mix, this beer manages to be balanced and complex while maintaining its session ale bona fides. I'm a huge, huge fan.


 1,169 characters

Photo of mclaughlindw4
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at frontier cinema. Very murky looking with small but lasting head. The aroma is faint citrus. Flavor is more of the same. Slight funk is present, and slighlty bready. I've had a few oxbows so far and think this is my favorite so far. Very drinkable and a bit unique. Can't think of anything to compare it too.

I like the low alcohol. I feel like this might be closer to what the style was actually like way back when so I give them points for that. The murky look kind of adds to the effect. To bad its $6 a pint or I would have several.

 546 characters

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$6 at Novare Res

Opaque muddy pond water tan color with a thin white head. Head collars and it looks like I have a still glass of pond water in front of me.

Smells like hay and sunburn. Nice.

Hay and toasted malt under a fairly sharp bitter. Oaty. Dry finish with lingering hop bitterness. At 4% the malt lacks depth but the oats make up for it a bit with some nice chewiness.

I just came from the Pineland Farms trail running festival and a beer that smells like hay and sunburn fits my mood perfectly. My first Oxbow: so far so good.

 540 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Meridian Pint before their Allagash and New Belgium event.

Pours a clear light copper color with a nice white head and plenty of sticky lacing on the way down and a nice cap and collar throughout.

The nose carries some mild saison yeast with some faint spice, mild fruity esters, and a pinch of earth. Very delicate, but nice. I liked the idea of a "Belgian Bitter," and it is going well so far.

The flavor is really nice. The oats bring some body and enhance the subtle malt presence in the background. Just a faint touch of bread to go along with mild yeasty spice.

The body is light and fairly-effervescent, yet still has a hint of chewiness. Semi-dry finish and some lingering bitterness through the finish.

Overall, really quite nice. This combines two of my favorite things -- saison yeast and session beers. Great idea and very well executed.

 875 characters

Space Cowboy Country Ale from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 113 ratings