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654. Oxbow Brewing Grizacca

Oxbow Brewing GrizaccaOf the three beers I brought back from Oxbow this one was my favorite. It had less to do with the taste and more to do with the carbonation. Both Bandolier and Freestyle #24 seemed nearly flat while this one had ample carbonation and a decent head. It was not due to the growlers sitting around as I drank the other two almost immediately and this one actually stayed in the fridge for at least a week.

In addition to the carbonation Grizacca has a very nice unfiltered pale orange color. Aroma has lots of lemon and melon and the taste follows with a slightly sweet finish.

Overall a nice beer and the best of the bunch from my last trip to Oxbow. 
Pros: 

Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Oxbow
Brewers Description: 
A contemporary American grisette, an esoteric farmhouse ale style that was traditionally brewed in southern Belgium for thirsty coal miners. Heavily hopped with notes of citrus and fresh cut grass. Saison yeast  and light malts keep this ale light and crushable.

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650. Oxbow Brewing Freestyle #24

Oxbow Freestyle 24Sorry for the crappy cell phone pic on this review but I forgot my camera at my parents house for a few days and didn’t want to let the growler sit too long.

Freestyle #24 is described by Oxbow as an “American Blonde IPA”. Like Bandolier this one had very little carbonation and almost no head. Aroma was different with what I can only describe as onion, sounds odd but hops can do some strange and wonderful things. The taste was  different with a very earthy cut grass and pepper taste.

Very interesting beer with an odd combination of aroma and taste. It worked but not really my choice of IPA flavors. 
Pros:
Interesting and unique
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Oxbow
Brewers Description:
American Blonde IPA

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649. Oxbow Brewing Bandolier

Oxbow BandolierPicked up a couple of 32 ounce growlettes at Oxbow. Three new beers for me and the first was Bandolier their “springtime farmhouse ale”. First thing I noticed was the almost complete lack of carbonation and zero head. Not uncommon for Oxbow beers but it certainly takes away from over appearance of the beer.

Aroma and taste were a nice mix of floral and light citrus. Nothing too exciting but a solid beer that is easy drinking with a nice clean finish. 
Pros: 

Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Oxbow
Brewers Description: 
This springtime farmhouse ale is soft and satisfying with round biscuity flavor and zesty floral aroma.

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547. Oxbow Brewing Arboreal

Oxbow ArborealAnother beer that has been in my cellar for some time. Arboreal was a brewery only release with only 200 bottles total. This was bottle #57 which is the only bottle I was able to purchase as their was a one bottle limit. I really wish I had more as this was an amazing beer.

Getting into this beer was a chore. The wax dipped top was very thick and hard to cut through. Once I did get through it and opened the bottle some of the precious contents were lost as it was a gusher. Fortunately I was prepared and opened over the sink with glass nearby so I was able to contain most of the beer.

Appearance is a deep red with a solid off white head. Aroma had plenty of funk, I find it difficult to identify the aromas on many of these sour/wild beers. Taste is very complex with a nice sour fruit taste with some oak but the bourbon was not apparent. I wonder if it was there and went away with age or if the sourness simply overpowered it.

This beer was truly amazing and it is unfortunate that more people will not be able to enjoy it. If anyone has a bottle at home, OPEN IT or contact me as I would love to obtain another bottle. 
Pros: 

Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 8.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Oxbow Brewing
Brewers Description: An American Sour Ale, fermented and aged in bourbon barrels with Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus.

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469. Oxbow Brewing Freestyle #14

Oxbow Freestyle 14This is the final beer from my last trip to Oxbow and it is another good one. Freestyle 14 is another blonde saison (similar to Loretta) but with a slightly higher ABV and more brett funk.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record the color is a pale yellow with almost no head. Aroma has plenty of grassiness and funk. The taste follows with slightly more funk than I expected but it was far from overwhelming. This is a really nice beer and did not seem like it was a higher ABV than the 15 and Loretta.

Oxbow continues to do great things in Newcastle and if you are planning a trip to Maine this summer be sure to get off Route 1 enough to get some beer from Oxbow.
Pros: Just the right amount of funk
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Oxbow
Brewers Description: Blonde Saison hopped exclusively w/German Hersbrucker

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467. Oxbow Brewing Loretta

Oxbow LorettaLoretta is one of five beers in Oxbow’s perennials series. I originally had this beer at the brewery last year but opted not to buy a growler. This year Oxbow introduced the growlette, a 32 ounce growler, which allowed me to take home many different styles of their beer without committing myself to drinking 64 ounces of each.  My typical trip to Oxbow now includes a full growler of Farmhouse Pale Ale and a growlette of each of the others.

Loretta is a sessionable blonde ale at a very reasonable 4% ABV. Appearance is fairly typical for an Oxbow beer with a nice pale yellow and almost no head. Aroma has some light lemon, some wheat and just a bit of funk.

Taste is mild with the same lemon zest, wheat and a bit of earthiness. Overall I really enjoy Oxbow beer and this would be near the top of my list of session beers for the summer.
Pros: low ABV and tasty
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 4.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Oxbow
Brewers Description: Our grisette, a rustic blonde ale brewed with spelt grown at a draft horse farm in Pittston, Maine.

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449. Oxbow Brewing Sasuga

Oxbow SasugaAnother growlette from Oxbow. Sasuga is one of their brett beers and they only allow 32 ounce fills – no 64 ounce growlers so more people get to enjoy the brett goodness Oxbow is producing.

Appearance is not all that exciting with a nice pale orange color and thin white head. Aroma has some brett funk but also a very nice earthy smell. Hard to describe but if you have had this beer you know what I am talking about. Taste is excellent and not as funky as you would expect for a brett beer. This would be an excellent beer to help introduce someone to brett beers.

My only complaint is it seems a little watered down, maybe it is the low ABV that causes that but overall this is a very enjoyable brett saison. 
Pros:
Complex flavor
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Oxbow Brewing
Brewers Description: A rice ale fermented with brettanomyes and saison yeast.

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448. Oxbow Brewing Space Cowboy

Oxbpw Space CowboyOxbow makes some great beers and during the summer they have a couple of low ABV beers that still have lots of flavor. Space Cowboy and Loretta are both great options for hot summer days.

I picked up a growlette (32 ounces) of each of their beers last time I was there and enjoyed this one after work. The beer has a great light orange color with a thin white head, minimal lacing on the glass. Aroma is fairly subdued but there some spice and the saison yeast comes through.

Taste is very pleasant, not easy to describe as there is no stand out flavor. Light spice, some mild malts and some farmhouse grassiness. Overall this is a very enjoyable low ABV beer and something worth bringing home when you make the trip to Newcastle.
Pros:
Very drinkable
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 4.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Oxbow Brewing
Brewers Description: A crushable country ale brewed for our hardworking locals.

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338. Oxbow Freestyle No. 8 (American IPA)

Took a trip to Newcastle on Friday to check out Oxbow’s new tasting room (see recap here) and brought home a growler of thei Freestyle No. 8 an American IPA. I love what Oxbow is doing with their year round beers, seasonals and then the Freestyle Series. A very solid line up for a small brewer.

Freestyle #8 pours a slightly hazy orange with minimal head and lacing. Aroma has plenty of citrus hops and is just a bit earthy. Taste is excellent with lots of hops up front, then the sweet malts kick in and finished slightly bitter. A very drinkable IPA from a brewer known for its saisons.  
Pros: 
Appearance, solid taste
Cons:

Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Oxbow
Brewers Description: The Freestyle Series is our ongoing creative outlet, showcasing beers that are generally only brewed once.

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