Fox Farm Brewery

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Fox Farm Brewery
Connecticut, United States
Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale
Ranked #4
Ranked #4,345
4.25 | pDev: 6.12%
Dec 03, 2023
Feb 27, 2019
Made with Connecticut-grown ingredients including: sweet gale from our land, spruce tips from Tiny Acre Farm (Woodstock, CT), Thrall Family Malt (Windsor, CT), Fox Hollow Hops (Colchester, CT) and our own well water. Fermented and foeder-aged with a combination of our own house culture and Voss kveik, a unique Norwegian farmhouse yeast strain.
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Rated: 3.49 by vfgccp from New York

Dec 03, 2023
Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from Maine

Aug 02, 2023
Rated: 4.18 by SpaethJam from New York

Jun 17, 2023
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Pours murky, pale gold in color with one inch head. Taste is white grape, honey, spruce, and sour mix. Light bodied, sour, high carbonation. Super interesting herbed ale. One of Fox Farm's better gruit style beers. Really tasty. Have not had a gruit beer this well done since Mystic brewery closed.
Oct 08, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by alexsergio from New York

Apr 16, 2022
Rated: 4.13 by smi69 from New York

Sep 03, 2021
Rated: 4.26 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Aug 08, 2021
Rated: 3.78 by Sellen from Connecticut

Jun 20, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

Jun 08, 2021
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Reviewed by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: Pours a straw to pale gold color with a light haze. A gentle pour yields two fingers of fine, white head that doesn't stick around for too long. After a minute or two there is a 5 mm ring of head around the circumference of the glass that leaves a bit of spotty lacing as the beer goes down.

S: Lemon, grassy notes, distinct herbal notes, green grapes, funky wood, light note of spice, and a bit of grainy malt,

T: On the palate I get lemon, green grapes, fresh cut grass, a funky herbal character, funky oak, grainy malt character, and a light earthy spice on the backend and finish mixing with more citrus notes.

F: Light body with medium-high carbonation. It has a soft mouthfeel with a bit of prickly carbonation that tickles the top of the palate on it's way to a finish with medium dryness.

O: This is another good one from the folks a Fox Farm. If you like farmhouse ales I can't recommend it enough.
May 20, 2021
Rated: 3.98 by Sulty from Massachusetts

May 02, 2021
Rated: 4.46 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Apr 19, 2021
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a cloudy, hazy bright yellow color. Fizzy, off-white head appears and disappears off the top of the beer quickly. Aroma has notes of spicy yeast, bright citrus, grain, a light funk, and lemongrass.

Taste follows the nose with a lovely blend of bright lemon citrusy notes, spicy yeast, grain, a mild funk. There is a light spiciness that lingers on the palate, but it also has a pretty short finish. Feel is light to medium bodied. Brightly carbonated. Mildy dry finish.

Overall this is a lovely farmhouse ale. The Norwegian yeast adds this lovely mild citrus to the beer. It’s light, and weirdly in a way I don’t usually see from farmhouse ales - refreshing and “crushable”. It seems odd to say I’m impressed by something from Fox Farm, since I already have such a high opinion of them, but this impressed me.
Apr 10, 2021
Rated: 4.41 by MrDarcy from Massachusetts

Jul 20, 2020
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like pear, green apple, citrus, stone fruit, sugar cookie, orange peel, and white wine.

This is just super soft and super pleasant all around. The Voss Kviek yeast gives off such a warm and citrusy/bubblegum type funkiness. There's some wine barrel, a bit of soft almost doughy/cookie like sweetness, a bit of funky floral character, and a touch of lemon/orange rind.

This is light bodied, soft, clean, with a citrusy and sparkling finish. It's quite drinkable.

It's hard to find much fault with this creation. I really like that Norwegian touch.
May 22, 2020
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Batch No. 2; bottled 11/2019

Pours a clear pale straw body, persistently effervescent, and eventually a brilliant bright golden haze as the yeast integrates; two fingers of rocky, soapy white foam shows decent retention and yield creamy islands of spotty cap, a thin collar, and thin yet tightly-wound wallings of lacing.

Aroma begins with a bright tropical funk quickly bolstered with notes of overripe pear, lemon peel, fresh grass, and a beautiful overarching herbal sweetness giving a vague nod to hints of pineapple and peppery tangerine; dirt, savory seaweed, and a musty white grape acidity eases over the back end and through the finish.

Taste opens with fresh lemon zest and sweet barnyard funk coursing through the profile as touches of oaky limoncello and lemon peel give a pleasant rounding to the mid-palate; on the back half, fruitier tones of peppery tangerine, pineapple, and peach peel become apparent, while an earthy spice and tropical funk define the finish.

Mouthfeel features a light body with a moderate-high carbonation; a faint juicy texture fades seamlessly into the perfectly rounded mild-moderate acidity peaking tartly over the mid-palate, where a taut herbal grit emulating bitterness emerges more discernibly into a bone-dry, spritzy finish with a semi-wet swallow.

While the addition of hops puts this one's technical merit as a gruit/ancient ale in question, what proves undoubtable is the sheer quenchability of a beer casually light yet shining with detail and dimension brought on by its stylistically eccentric addition; backed by an equally refined lightness and a suitably effective twang along the palate, this is an unquestionable top-tier refresher of a beer if there ever was one.
Apr 13, 2020
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
First beer review I’ve done in years because I enjoyed this so much.
Aroma: fresh cut lemon
Mouthfeel: fluffy but not overcarbed like a lot of saisons
Taste: ginger and lime that’s what I taste and it is so good.

This beer is so good and unique. It’s subtle in every way but also packed with so much flavor. Awesome beer.
Apr 11, 2020
Rated: 4.74 by Magnapinna from Connecticut

Mar 31, 2020
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
750ml bottle purchased at the brewery yesterday. Pours a semi-clear yellow with a moderate amount of head, and no lasting head / lacing. Smell didn't stand out to me in any way, other than you can smell the tartness that's to come. Taste is fantastic. Clean, crisp, lightly tart, not a ton of aftertaste. This is very, very drinkable. I don't even know what the gruit / ancient herbed ale style is, but if you are a fan of farmhouse ales, this one is great.
Mar 22, 2020
Rated: 4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

May 20, 2019
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 25 ratings