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Oxbow Space Cowboy Country Ale

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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A nod to the traditional provision beers of England (mild ales) and Belgium (saisons), hereís the crushable country ale brewed for our hardworking locals. 4% abv

Mash: Oats, US Pale, Vienna, Crystal
Hops: American
Fermentation: Saison Yeast
Flavor Profile: Grainy Bread, Subtle Hops, Rustic Yeast


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (5571) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Draught at Novare Res, 3/6/16.
Deep orange-copper colored body shows a very gentle haze and a large, off-white head that shows moderate retention.
Fruity, almost juicy hops in the nose give way to tons of bread. Light sourdough and, unfortunately, a bit of iced tea-like crystal malt. Black and white pepper phenols, tons of dry, yellow fruit esters and no alcohol or flaw.
In the mouth, I canít help but be put-off by the crystal malt. It adds a very husky/scratchy character and the beer is borderline too dry. The juiciness of the hops and enjoyable esters definitely save it, while the ample carbonation keeps it fairly crisp on the end. I get theyre trying to simulate the more rustic malts of days past, but I really am hard pressed to enjoy this much specialty malt apparency in my saisons. Sure it comes off nicely rustic and with complex malt/grain characteristics, but the resulting texture is lacking, as well as there being too much breadiness and scratchiness. All that being said, itís only 4% abv and still a well-brewed beer, so I can certainly appreciate just sucking it up and drinking it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepatrickman (714) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2016
Draft at Oxbow. This is a really interesting beer that really showcases malt flavor and yeast esters. Thereís some pretty substantial "rustic" flavors from the malt bill -- oats and bready grain mixed with a bit of caramel sweetness -- and a flavorful saison yeast underneath it all. Really good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (7202) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 15, 2016
3oz pour at Maxís Belgian Fest 2016 pours a hazy, dark gold/orange with some cloudy, white head. Nose has some melon hust, a little orange, some watery tea, quite grainy. Flavor is very grainy, soggy grist, a little plastic, soggy bread, orange. Mostly dry finish, lightly tannic too.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138 (5673) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2016
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey during the Oxbow / Perennial event. Hazy golden yellow with off-white head. Aromas of funk, tart acidic notes, stone fruit. Tastes of tart acidic notes, stone fruit, tropical fruit, light vinegar, funk, lemons. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7088) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Draft at Pizzeria Paradiso. Poured a hazy copper color, with a small white head. Aroma funky yeast notes, some sweet flowers and honey notes. Very easy to drink due to low alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (3660) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 14, 2014
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, Iím surprised this isnít rated higher, I could enjoy drinking this all night.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Draft at the taproom. Pours a hazy amber with thick diminishing off white head. Aroma of oats, funky farmhouse yeast, clove. Medium light body. Taste dominated by oats and yeast. Nice beer. Could drink this all day

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2014
murky amber, thin white ring, wispy oily head. Very dusty nose, light manure and melon. Hay and playdoh palate mid, very dry, faint sulfur, lightly metallic and very watery, but if carbonation spikes higher would draw out esters even more.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Smell and taste of lemon, bready yeast and malt. Biscuit with a dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (14613) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Draft at Brouwerij Lane. Pours gold with white head. Nose and taste of florals, lemon, candied fruit and saison yeast. Lighter bodied.


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