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Funky Gold Mosaic - Prairie Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
93
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642 Ratings
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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 53
Gots: 106 | FT: 11
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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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Ratings: 642 | Reviews: 70
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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid brew. Perfect example of the style

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!

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.

Photo of helios7
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%

Funky nose, sour breads. Refreshing body, would work well paired with a meal.

Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Very "funky" indeed. Pretty tart with banana notes. Good, but not great.

Photo of PhishNoC
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Aroma is lacking, flavor makes up for it.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of barczar
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%

Tart aromas of peach, lemon, and chardonnay are accompanied by must and grass, along with lightly phenolic pepper. Flavor is exceedingly lactic, tart, with lemon at the forefront and peach skin adding complexity. The aftertaste is slightly musty, vinous, then lightly bready. Very complex, easy drinking beer, if you're into sours.

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Ap - Looks like a frothy orange juice. Sticky lacing. I like this.

Ar - Papaya. Some other citrus flavors.

T - Follows the nose. Tons of tart papaya. A bit of citrus, and limey fresh tartness.

M - Effervescent, light to medium bodied. Slightly dry, yet there's a fruit juiciness that cuts through the dryness.

Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros and Threelions

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a lightly hazy straw gold hue with a thin fluffy white blanket that fades to leave a thin blanket 4.25

S - Aromas of mosaic galore, grassy. I think the mosaic overpowers the funk quite a bit. 3.75

T - Taste is really nice. Grassy mosaic galore, lots of fruity notes pear like, wine grape notes, light funk. Like the nose, the hops here again almost overpower the beer but is a good thing I like mosaic. 4.25

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated after a bright bloom. Solid 4

O - Overall this beer was really tasty but the mosaic overpowers this beer. Still, it's tasty. 4

Serving Type: Bottle

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing from notes after enjoying on 7/23/14 out of a brown 500 mL bottle with no bottling dates that I can seem to find. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance (4.25) - Pours a the color of pure liquid gold, with enough haze to prevent it from being translucent, but without making it seem murky. The light seems to radiate off of the wonderfully lemony yellow body, which is capped by a massive three finger head of stark white, frothy foam. Initially, the bubbles are tight and dense, but some time allows them to expand, giving the head a swiss cheese appearance. After some time, the tower comes down, leaving puffs of suds intermittently across the surface and sticky, faint strings of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.5) - As with the few other dry-hopped sour beers I've had, I love the bright, fresh fruity aromas that come from the combination of the pungent hops and the souring bacteria--in many ways, it reminds me of a fruit drink that has fresh squeezed lemon juice to really give it that kick of tartness in complement to the other, sweeter fruit profiles. On this, I get notes of pear and passion fruit, white grapefruit and citric lemon acidity.

Taste (4.25) - While not quite as ripe as the delicious aroma, the taste brings to mind many of the same profiles as the smell, with white wine and and grapefruit leading the way with notes of green apple cider also hinting through. The citric characteristic from the nose brings a full on tartness to the flavor that, along with the fruity, pungent hops, overpowers any sense of the underlying malt base. Just the faintest hint of water cracker belies the presence of any grain at all.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Light bodied and moderate, effervescent carbonation with a pinch of tartness on the tongue.

Overall (4.25), this is a stellar beer that i would gladly drink again and again. I can't say it's my absolute favorite dry-hopped sour, but that is only because that spot is occupied by one of my favorite sour beers, period. This one, however, is one that I hope Prairie decides to produce again and again.

Photo of Chico1985
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to CamCam for sharing this 500ml. Always interested in trying a Prairie beer.

A - Hazy as hell super pale Dole fruit juice orange. Super foamy tall white head comes down quickly eventually becoming nothingness. Lots of sediment at the bottom.

S - Lots of sweaty foot funk, pineapple, passionfruit, grapefruit, tart tropical fruits.

T - Lots of bretty danky fruit flavors of kiwi, grapefruit, blood orange, apricot, definitely getting the NZ hop feel here. Kinda white wine-like with tartness and green grape flavors.

M - Chalky and tart, but kinda flat, somewhat unexciting mouthfeel.

O - Nice mix of hoppy/funky/tart flavors with decent complexity, though doesn't seem quite put-together. Almost too dirty-feeling in a way, kinda would've liked to see a base beer of sorts as well. But it's good enough to kinda forgive those factors.

Photo of JStampler
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

This is a solid beer. Pours and bubbles almost like Champagne with tons of bubbles an an inch of head that retains for a while. It smells of funk and lemon. The first sips while still fridge cold are nice and light. Theres almost no detection of alcohol and it drinks like afruity saison. As it warms midway through it turns more towards the sour feel with a tart taste and a dry finish. Almost reminds me of a carbed pinot grigio. I really enjoyed this one and I'm glad I traded for 2!

Photo of babaracas
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque but bright gold, with small fizzy white head. Smell: soft grain, dough, white grapes, lemon rind, unripe peach. Taste: lemon upfront followed by very dillute tropical fruit juice...passion fruit may be the closest, then as the carbonation builds it moves to lactic doused canned pear, and as it dries out this all fades into grain twang and brett-land with acetic and white wine notes and finishing with unripe peach and lemon peel. Very tasty with quite a bit going once it's warmed up.

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4/5  rDev -4.1%

A: Golden yellow with a pretty big foamy head.

S: Tart fruit!

T: Tart and sweet, bright grapes and apple, yeasty bread, some nice graininess, floral tones.

M: Light bodied and good carb bite.

O: Lovely beer. I don't get enough chances to get the wild ales as much as I'd like to.

Photo of cbutova
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of many brews I brought back from CO. I really wish Prairie would get into MA considering how it's distributed but until then I'll enjoy what I can get from them. Full review to phone just about an hour ago.

A- Golden yellow pour with a murky haziness with lots of yeast in suspension. A white cap fills the tulip up to three fingers with a puffy consistency dying down to almost nothing somehow. Lace is not happening.

S- Tropical tart fruits like passion fruit and pineapple along with a certain funky Brett straw feel. Dry hops add dank, stone fruit juice and citrus notes.

T- Passion fruit and Brett make up most of the flavor on my palate. Pineapple, tangerine, lactic and lemon flesh sourness, stone fruit pith, grapefruit juice and citrus zest round out this tart fruit bomb. No idea how much comes from the hops or what this beer is made with but it is a dank, funky fruit centric brew.

MF- Light end body that is pretty close to all dried out with a medium tartness. Carbonation comes in with a frothy consistency at a medium-high level.

Grapefruit, passion fruit and sour citrus explosion. Not sour but quite tart which suits the fruit flavors presented. Bitter citrus zest seems to linger with tarts forever.

Photo of Gerberr
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Really excited to try this stuff, got a bottle in a trade and poured into a Prairie snifter.
Pretty beer.

Smell:Funk, a slight dank/vegetal odor, mango.
A: Hazy "gold" straw color. Great lacing on the pour, 2-3 fingers dissipates rapidly to nothing.
T: Sour, tart, and Brett come through. Slightly sweet and citrusy. I get a grapefruit and lemon taste in there as well, present but not overpowering at all. Hop presence is defiantly there but delicate.
M: Thin and light, well carbonated but doesn't take away anything from the beer itself.

Overall: I heard good things about this beer and it lived up to its name, a very solid sour, not a world beater by any means but a good beer. I like the way hops are played in the beer, gives real character.

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Funky Gold Mosaic from Prairie Artisan Ales
93 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.