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Oxbow Freestyle No. 30 (Birthday Ale)

Oxbow Freestyle No. 30 (Birthday Ale)
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Formerly brewed at Oxbow Brewing Company
Style: Saison
Newcastle, Maine USA
Serve in Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Birthday ale brewed with Belgian candi sugar, mixed culture fermentation, aged on Maine cedar.

At Oxbow we strive to keep you on your toes. Skipping from Freestyle 13 to 30 has probably turned a few heads...

We brewed Freestyle 30 on Tim’s 30th birthday. Two good friends of ours -- Sam Fitz (Beer Director at the Meridian Pint and Smoke and Barrel) and Greg Jasgur (Beer Director at Pizzeria Paradiso) -- collaborated with us on this beer. They trekked up from Washington DC in a snowstorm to hang out, brew, and help make this complex beer come to life.

Freestyle #30 is tart and malty, but dry. We find hints of black pepper, earth, leather, funk, tropical fruit, and coniferous forest. (March 2013)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (6181) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Draft at Ebenezer’s Lovell, ME. Nearly clear amber color, thin soapy head. Nose is mostly sweet malt with traces of honey and tones of dried fruit. Flavor is a mirror image of the aroma with hints of Farmhouse funk. Medium in body yet has a watery texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Tap @ Max’s. Pours clear amber with a medium, fizzy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is cookie malt, tart fruits, abd earthy hops. Flavor is tart citrus and tropical fruits with supporting malt and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (5075) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Tap. Pours clear amber with thin, fizzy white head. Aroma is cookie and cereal malts, light toast, herbs, dates, figs, and floral hops. Flavor is bready malts forward with a touch of sweetness and supporting floral notes, dark fruit esters, light sour notes, and faint herbs; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (21421) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2013
Draft. Cloudy golden amber color, thick white head, solid lacing. Aroma of dusty lemkns. Taste is funky citrus. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13231) - Washington DC, USA - APR 16, 2013
Draft. Murky dark amber body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, funk, some cherry, wood, orange, light lemon. Taste is medium sweet, lemon, some wood, light cherry, orange. Medium body, slightly watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (5629) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2013
On tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont. Light caramel brown body. With no head. Nose is fruity, spicy. Tate is also citrus,quite a bit and malts. Lemony in the finish. Quite tart. Happy birthday.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (2814) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - APR 1, 2013
Tasted at a cheese and beer pairing event at Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC. Very hazy, bright amber with a small off-white head and fair lacing. Hoppy aroma of tart orange, cedar, grain and more hops. Taste of orange, citrus, funk, grain, pine, melon and cedar. Light/medium body and low/medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (7480) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 28, 2013
On tap at Meridian Pint. Pours a clear, burnt orange with one ring of white head. Nose is sweet, stale candies, stale bread, a little vegetal, some funk, some dried orange, stale malt, only lightly soured. Flavor is sort of stale malt, oxidized, stale orange juice, carrot, some bitter greens. Light, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Tap at Churchkey for CBC thanks to nimbleprop and nmann08. Pours a full haze, glowing mango. Webby lacing. Nose is gamey melon, rindy, some diaper like phenols. Taste is dusty, very rindy, white pepper. Palate is bit powdery, chalky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2013
hazy gold, thin white ring, ample lacing. Husky honey-smoked nose, orange citrus. Flavor is orange syrup, hoppy and low sugar, DFH120 without booze, light pine and orange and melon.

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