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Funky Gold Mosaic - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 742
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 28.06%
Wants: 61
Gots: 140 | FT: 10
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 05-28-2014

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Photo of Junkforadam
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sours aren't something I love, but this wild ale tastes and smells awesome. I would compare this to a pineapple-orange juice drink with beer. Almost like a "strong radler" if you will. Very citrusy on the nose, thick carbonation, medium mouthfeel, gold appearance. Easy to drink at 6.5%!

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy bright gold. Smell is something to behold. The acidity brings out the sharp hop aromas to a super tropical fruit floral bomb. Passionfruit, pineapple citrus zest, sweet spruce and pine. Taste is big sour guava and passionfruit. Acidity makes for a bit of a bracing mouthfeel, but still refreshing. Great beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/17/2015. Pours very hazy deep golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, berry, white wine, pear, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, pepper, light musty funk, light leather, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/funky/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, berry, white wine, pear, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, pepper, light musty funk, light leather, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of earthy yeast spiciness and light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, pineapple, mango, melon, berry, white wine, pear, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, pepper, light funk/leather, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/funky/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/acidic/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Light-moderate dryness after the finish, with some light lingering acidity/yeast spiciness after the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dry hopped wild ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/funky/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Smell is super funky. Wet hay, musty, citrusy, and slightly catty. The taste follows for the most part. I get a little bit of pear in there as well. The sourness is there but doesn't overpower the other flavors. The one thing that tips off that this is mosaic is the sweaty kind of flavor I'm getting. Sort of fits together with the funky part. I do wish it were a bit more hop forward though. What's there is pretty subtle. You gotta look for it, unlike Almanac Citra which actually smells like an IPA. Mouthfeel is light, highly carbonated and just easy to drink. Goes well with this 90F weather I'm experiencing right now.

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Photo of zimm421
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Appears a hazy golden color with a good white head that sticks around and leaves good lacing. The aroma is musty, citrusy, funky and just what you would expect from this beer. The taste starts out full of lemon and grapefruit, with notes of pineapple and apricots. There's a quick period of funky brett and white wine, then the finish is bitter lemon. This all works together magnificently and keeps you going back for more. The finish is extremely dry. Overall, this is an excellent beer. I'm not sure I can choose between Mosaic and Amarillo, but my ratings give the edge here.

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Photo of MichialTanner1
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could drink the Prairie farm houses and AWAs everyday and not get tired of them. I love Funky Gold Mosaic, but don't think I can tell it apart from Funky Gold Amarillo. I thought they had used Mosaic hops in that one when I had it. Otherwise, see my review on Funky Gold Amarillo.

I guess I need to try these two side-by-side, which I will gladly do!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Bottleneck says 20115.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Lovely pungent aroma of hops that’s both bright and citrusy but also musty and dank. The Brett accentuates this dankness with its funk that brings some green olive notes.

T- Flavor is just as bright as the aroma with a juicy hop bite, refreshing tartness and a white wine-like fruitiness. Notes of pear, melon and white cranberry.

— Crisp and tangy with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- More light-bodied citrus-forward than the more earthy and filled-out Amarillo.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Very clean gold/yellow color. Very enticing.

Smell - The main scent I picked up was the mosaic hops, a little bit of grassy/earthiness, and then some pineapple (or some citrusy fruit - not just your standard lemon/grapefruit citrus)

Taste - Very nice taste... tastes exactly as I imagined a dry hopped sour to taste. Juicy and dry at the same time. Some great tropical fruit notes followed by some funkiness and a slight grass taste (not in a bad way) The hops hit you last and they are more present than I expected based off of my experience with FG Amarillo. All those flavors blend together better than I would have thought.

Feel - very low carbonation; smooth.

Overall - An adventurous beer that rewards your faith with a great tasting, unorthodox sour.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with slight bright orange hue. Fizzy white head forms and fades quickly.

Nose is funky, grass, hey, sour, and some bright citrus from the hops - lemon mostly to me. Really helps present Mosaic hops in a way that you go "okay, yep that's Mosaic" and they must have used a ton to get the level of hop aroma there.

Flavor follows and is great - nice sour hits right away, good pucker. Hop presence is clear but feels like the flavor comes mostly from the nose. Nice dryness.

Lighter body with a clean finish is impressive. Big fan of how this feels and finishes. Little hop bitterness lingers, a touch of sweet from the alcohol but lighter body still packs a ton of flavor. Definitely worth the price tag given the size and overall flavor here.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straw gold color, not transparent but it is translucent and glowey. Aroma is full with layers of flowery, sunny farm fields, dank juicy misc. and perhaps pitted, exotic fruits. Wet earthy bark and good plant soil beneath the juicy tropical fruit party creates a solid foundation for the wacky dry, crisp, fruity extravaganza. Flavor is all the above enhanced with a mildly assertive sour-ness mingled with fuzzy peach skins and a little bit of citrus rind. Mouthfeel is great! I do like this beer.

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Photo of wedge
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow gold with a low, bubbly white head. Aroma is a well-rounded blend of fruity/dank hops and sour, lemony funk. Juicy grapefruit, tangerine, passion fruit, kiwi, and lime along with leather, vinegar, and a layer of green hoppy resins. Flavors of tart lemon, grapefruit, apricot, white zinfandel, and pineapple, a little funky hay towards the end. Medium-light bodied, some hop oils lingering on the tongue, finishing with a dry acidity. Really fruity and juicy for the most part, but appropriately sour and dry like you'd expect. I actually liked the Amarillo better...

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 1 pt .9 fl oz bottle on August 14, 2015. Look is bright cloudy gold, medium head that fades to a ring, no lacing. Smell is strong almost tar-like resins, sour bitter citrus fruit and hints of sweet tropical fruit. Taste is bitter citrus fruit pith, pepper, tropical fruit and moderately sour. Feel is medium in body, dry and a bit prickly in finish.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark yellow and cloudy
S: Lactic, apricot, funky cheese, sweet fruit, mango, light Brett, peach
T: Peach, apricot, orange pith, light earthy Brett, grapefruit, light lactic
M: light prickly carbonation
O: A unique beer with the Prairie wild yeast profile

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Photo of popery
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a darkened yellow. It’s quiet cloudy. Nice white head. It seemed a bit fizzy at first but is holding up well. The aroma is big on tropical fruit hoppiness. The underlying sour character is lactic and definitely present but milder than expected. Some funk but it lacks much in the way of depth. Lots of sweet pineapple with a little bit of lemon and floral hops. The taste is moderately sour and bitter. It’s nice enough but some of the nice hoppiness gets lost. Fairly high carbonation. Medium body. Interesting beer. The hops come through pretty strong andt add a nice, sweet fruitiness. The funk is underwhelming, but maybe, I just expected more because of the name. Enjoyable.

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Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer really impressed me. If you didn't know that this was a beer, it would look like a glass of grapefruit juice. The nose has some funky straw and farm notes to it, but still has a pineapple/grapefruit/hoppy citrus aroma. As it warms, the grapefruit really stands out along with some salty soft hop notes. The mouthfeel is close to a juice.
Excellent beer. Overall 4.5.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Super hazy yellow gold. The haze makes it opaque enough to bounce back the light making it look lighter than it actually is. Pours with a big fizzy head despite a gentle pour. Crazy retention leaves a couple inch thick head. Slightly effervescent carbonation pulls from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Earthy with some funk. Stone cellar and musty wood. Vague yeasty spiciness. Touches of pepper and banana. Yeast, hints of bubblegum, and banana. More wheat than anything else with a slightly bready pale malt backbone. Warming ups a bit of the soft powdery spice. Mango, hints of pineapple, and passion fruit. Some pear as well. Fruity.

Taste: Sweeter than expected. Yeast adds some straight bubblegum with a hint of grass and ripe banana. Some generic peppery spice lingers in the background. White bread. A slight hint of tartness rides through the back. Mildly earthy with some dirt thrown in. Old stone cellar. Mildly lactic. Warming adds a hint of white wine must. Small hints of alcohol on the back as well. Vague tropical elements as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a moderate carbonation. The effervescence on the pour is hardly noticeable. A bit wet on the initial sip.

Overall: The magic reappearing barrel.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 1 pint .9 fl oz. Brown glass. Branded black pry-off pressure cap. Fantastic label art & design.

Expectations are high given the brewery and that this is currently #35 on the Top 50 Southwest list. Served cold into a goblet at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live as an American wild ale.

Distributed by the Shelton Bastards. 6.5% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 fingers wide. White in colour. Creamy and soft-looking. Could be fuller and thicker. Retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Nice complexion and consistency. Has an even fluffy look.

BODY: Clear vibrant yellow-gold. Translucent, with an incredible glean. Clean; no yeast or sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a fantastic appearance for a sour overall; its vibrance really sets it apart.

AROMA: Shockingly hop-forward, with obscenely evocative notes of tropical fruit (including juicy bursts of tangerine, melon, pineapple, and mango), faint grapefruit citrus and accompanying pith, and resin. Wow. The fruitiness accompanies a lively lactic sourness that showcases lactobacillus bacteria nicely as well as mild funkiness. Sourness is mild - maybe a 3/10 in terms of intensity.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

No off-notes or booze come(s) through.

In short, it's quite inviting. I don't know that I've come across a sour beer aroma this hop-forward and yet still so well balanced. Suggests a very interesting brew.

TASTE: White pepper accents the grapefruit and its pith, but fortunately there's no biting grapefruit bitterness. The Mosaic hop choice shines here, and boy did Prairie commit to it. It's packed with hop flavours, including the abovementioned tropical fruit; this might be the only beer I can stand pineapple in, and the mango and melon notes are fantastic. The lactobacillus-induced lactic sourness is quite tame - maybe a 3/10 in terms of intensity - but boy is it satisfying, and it complements a subtle funkiness delightfully well. As it warms, it develops, ushering in lush notes of key lime, white wine, hay, and a kiss of oak. More of a bacterial presence would be nice, as would still more sourness.

Depth of flavour is notable. Duration and intensity of flavour are average. This is a great marriage of hop flavour to sourness, but the balance still leaves something to be desired. Structurally, it's a bit frontloaded, with the last act feeling somewhat empty. There are more intricate sours out there, but this one is no slouch in terms of complexity. I quite like it, but as cohesive as it is it doesn't quite taste like a gestalt whole which is more than the sum of its parts. This could be improved, certainly.

TEXTURE: Spritzy and somewhat dry, with a medium body and moderate weight on the palate. Refreshing and quenching, with a juicy overall presence on the palate. Smooth and overcarbonated.

This texture sets off the sourness nicely, but the beer would benefit from more an acidic smacky feel. This mouthfeel doesn't quite elevate the beer, but it's well-executed nevertheless.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: A committed use of Mosaic hops makes this one very interesting, and I'd definitely encourage any beer enthusiast to try it. It's highly drinkable, hides its ABV well, and has plenty of flavour, but it's not in the upper echelon of beers in this style and there's plenty of room for improvement. The discerning drinker will be pleased but not impressed. Prairie continues to put out some of the best work in the region, and I can't wait to try the Amarillo-hopped variant. Tasty stuff.

High B- (3.49)

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Photo of HipCzech
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Mongoose Vs. Cobra, served in a tulip. Nearly clear, yellow gold, with a modest fringe of white foam and lasting skim. Aroma is full and fruity, plenty of citrus, some tropical fruit, spice and funk. Tastes of juicy grapefruit and tropical fruit, nice tartness, dank notes, a crisp and bitter, dry finish. Wild sourness nicely highlights fruity aspects of the Mosaic hops.

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Photo of Ri0
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured 650ml into teku.

A - Hazy golden straw with a 2 finger white fluffy head. Fades quickly into a ring and streams of tiny bubbles ascend upward all around the glass.

S - Sour rotten tropical fruit and some wet hay funk. A bit of lemon peel along with musty Brett.

T - Dry white wine with some sweet tropical notes. Lemon peel and Brett to give it the right amount of funkiness. Somewhat of a flavored Berliner style.

M - Tart with prickly carbonation and a light dry feel.

O - My first dry hopped AWA and it was quite good.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a Lindemans tumbler. Per the label, “a dry-hopped sour ale.”

Ap: A gentle pour reveals several fingers of thin, fizzy head. Body is a very light, hazy straw colored. Almost white wineish when held up to the light. Nice persistent cap of head.

Ar: Nose is to die for. Lots of cheesy ripe funk and fruity sweetness with a white wine tartness. Bit of dry hop bitterness in the back. The fruit brings to mind lemon peels.

T: Lots of peppery yeast esters, earthy funk, and more of that white wine tartness with a firm cracker malt backbone. Almost like licking a mild lemon.

Mf: Thin feel with lots of carbonation. Almost soda popish.

Overall: A very easy to drink ale that goes down too easy. Where it’s at now, it doesn’t have a full out sourness as much as a lemony tartness. Nice brett forward nose not unlike Orval with a wine like twang. Overall a nice funky and tart ale, hits the spot if you’re looking to get your brett fix without going full out lambic.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with a couple inch white head that stayed around a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like citrusy hops (tropical fruit, lemon peel), funk, and some grainy malt. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some grassiness, lime and green grapes/grape skins noticeable. The tartness isn't very strong at all, but with that being said it still tastes good. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and is well carbonated. Overall I liked this brew, and it was one that I liked more and more the longer I drank it. Definitely worth trying!

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle enjoyed from a gold catfish taster.

a - brew poured a foggy but transparent straw yellow with massive champagne like visible carbonation and a really fluffy creamy head of layers of fizzy bubbles. The lace was a giant sheet that connected to the head and moved as a whole.

s - nose is a funky sweet eggy tart lemon with some musty Brett over a soft tangerine hop.

t/m/o - the feel jumps out at the first sip as this one is alive with big fizz. Prickly carbonation. Taste is uber funky. Really eggy with a plastic edge. Finishes dry and musty. Gold ale beneath with soft tangerine hop somewhere in the middle. The finish is a bit odd and dry and musty. Not bad, but probably won't be more than a one time affair for me.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served from a 500ml bottle into a HF Stemmed Tulip.

Appearance is hazy gold with three fingers of foamy white head that settled and left some lacing. Smell is cat piss, mosaic fruity hops, lots of lemon and mild vinegar. Taste is Lemon, light faded hops, tons of yeasty funk, grass lingers. Feel very carbonated, mild sourness and pretty light.

Overall this is a fine beer. Wish I had it fresh to see if the dry hopping was more prevalent. Not worth the $12 bottle though.

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Photo of churchillps
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Wow, this is a near-perfect beer. I agree it's more Berliner than sour. Eminently drinkable. Perfect hop balance that shows itself then quickly leaves to present the other flavors. This is my idea of a summer beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip. My first Oklahoma beer!

Appearance: light golden hue with a good haze and a sizeable head of white foam. Looks great!

Smell: hops are super minty and sit atop a nicely sour base. The sourness is almost lemony, as it is so fresh and fruity. This is a mojito beer.

Taste: lightly sour with some buttery funk and more of those minty hops. This is a hard beer for me to categorize. It's fascinating in every way -- and I love it.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big carbonation and a great creaminess. Wonderful.

Overall: this beer appeals to me in a way that's hard to articulate. I think I like it because it is simply weird, like They Might Be Giants or something. Anyway, I am very sad I can't get it here in Seattle without trading.

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Funky Gold Mosaic from Prairie Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.