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Funky Gold Mosaic - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 808
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 26.79%
Wants: 60
Gots: 162 | FT: 10
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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

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 TheGenesisOfElegance
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I poured it into an oversized ale glass. First thing that can't be ignored is the deep cloudy orange color of the beer with lots of carbonation. Unfortunately the thick head dissipates to almost nothing with no lacing. The first scents that hit my nose was the yeast, and then as it warmed, the aromas changed and I got a blast of sour soda, like Squirt or Graf's 50/50. There was also some hints of fruit in there but I couldn't really distinguish anything in particular. Taste immediately reminded me of orange peel, yeast and once again, Squirt or 50/50. It has a nice and light mouthfeel with a good amount of fizziness.

Overall it's an amazing sour beer. I give it high marks all around as it's a very well balanced beer. I want more of it.

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Photo of churchillps
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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 goochpunch
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out a slightly hazed gold with a thin head. Smell is gorgeous. Fresh bread maltiness and some light wild house yeast funk. The majority of the funk in the nose comes from some raunchy mosaic hops: mango, peach, guava, guanabana, and BO. Flavor is big on crackery malts and acid. Hops aren't as much in the forefront, as it's the dry hopping adding those massive aromas. Pleasant and VERY light and refreshing bitterness in the finish. Yeast offers up some fruitiness. Refreshing and palate cleansing. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and effervescent. Acid strips the tongue. It's a shame that I'm not having this beer with food. This screams for a runny, washed rind cheese or fried seafood. Excellent.

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Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.6/5  rDev +10%
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 MichialTanner1
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
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 StrongRepublican
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from the 500ml bottle.

A: Bright, but hazy straw/honey color with a thick white head

S: Bursting with lemon/citrus and fresh earthy hops and wild brett/funk/horse blanket. Slight sourness noticeable.

T: Lemon grass, hay, some funk, pineapple/fresh fruit, and earthy/tropic mosaic hops.

M: Light, crisp, effervescent, and dry.

O: Really, really, pleasant and refreshing. Excellent as a dinner beer or by itself, just hard not to gulp it down it is so tasty.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours hazy golden in color with a fluffy one and a half finger white head that has great retention. Smell has some incredibly fresh juicy stone fruit aroma, primarily peach. There are also some slightly herbal, mango and pineapple hop aromas. Taste follows nose with bright juicy tart flavors of peach, crisp tropical hops, semi sweet light grainy sweetness to balance. Awesome sour

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Photo of oldn00b
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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 LittleDon
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8 oz. pour at Jester King Brewery on 8/8/2014. Floral and catty aroma, you expect a West Coast IPA, but get a mild sour with strong hop characteristics. Tons of off white head. You might expect medium to heavy body with a fair amount of residual sugar, but what you get is dry, light bodied, and low carbonation. A near perfect amalgam of IPA and farmhouse sour. Very clean finish. One of the more interesting beers of the year for me.

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Photo of CraftEyeDoc
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful nice strawish, hazy, light golden color with nice amount of head

S- Some slight citrus aroma

T- Yummy! Loads of citrus and a nice citrus after taste that lingers, some Brett flavor but the lingering citrus after taste is great

M- Light, crisp, nice carbonation and dry

O- Very unique beer and unique in a very good way. Very refreshing and wish I had more than the one bottle I was sent. Would love to drink again sometime soon. If you like wild ales it is def a good one to try. Not too tart but the citrus flavors are awesome. Very well done!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bottle at The Beer Hall in San Francisco.

I love Prairie Artisan Ales but not everyone is a home run. Don't worry about how the bar tender describes this beer, it’s a home run in my opinion. Not too sour with a more champagne-like tartness. The aroma was enticing to the point that I might wear it as cologne. – 4.5

A – Pours a clear pale yellow, almost without color, with slight white head. - 4

S – Aromas of citrus. - 4.5

T – A beautiful citrus taste with a bit of tartness. - 4.5

MF – A medium light beer with a dry finish. Good carbonation that gives it champagne qualities. - 4.25

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Photo of Ranz
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Even from opening the bottle, the carbonation is out of control--it suds out from the bottle-top. Thankfully, I only lost a little before pouring the golden-orange brew in my tall tulip, which easily created a finger of head. The haze disallows any opacity; what a great color for a summer beer.

S: Loads of sour grapefruit and sour-influenced mimosa; mottled orange rind and sour fruit candy finish it off. Lovely; I could breathe this in all day.

T: Strong, bretta-influenced spice--pineapple, sour apple, slightly curdled orange juice. Once it warms up, the Belgian-inspired yeast stain shines through beautifully, making this very balanced. The hops also come through with great subtlety.

M: On first sip, the carbonation gives a stronger mouthfeel than you would expect. Getting further in, you find that the prickly nature subsides. This is one of the best summer-inspired beers I've enjoyed.

O: Farmhouse-styled ales are usually not my thing, but Prairie had never disappointed before, so I wanted to give it a shot. I'm glad I did. This is a fun and creative spin on a style that needs some invigoration.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a hazy apricot with a foamy white head. Tons of carbonation. You can smell this one during the pour. Loads of bretty barnyard funk, hibiscus and tropical fruit. A swirl brings out the mango and papaya. Maybe a touch of pine. Taste is nicely acidic, but not overly sour. The brett isn't nearly as pronounced, and balances well with the floral and fruit notes. Mid-dry medium mouth that's is really crisp. This is a very good sour saison, another in a growing line of creative brews from Prairie Artisan.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
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 MisSigsFan
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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 russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Stays effervescent, alright lacing & faint head retention

S: Slight citric notes & tartness, a little grapefruit

T: Grapefruit pith, slight tartness up front, some lemony notes as well. Tartness, slight sourness, a bit of lemongrass as this warms, some dryness & some hay notes. Finishes dry, super tart, with hay & grapefruit notes

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly delicate carbonation

Through the roof drinkability, not terribly sour, but I could drink this in warm weather all day long; if the price was kinder. This has a Champagne feel/vibe to it... Prairie, you have hit another home run!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is outstanding, such a wonderful mosaic hop aromatic. its an increasingly popular variety, but examples of it being used this well are still few and far between. delicate blonde sour beer here, accentuated by generous mosaic dry hopping. its like pineapple juice in color, and the aroma follows suit. not overly sour, but unique to prairie, the way elizabeth was. where that one let me down though, this one takes off. juicy wet hops through the whole beer, but instead of a bitter finish, the bacterial funk kicks up and closes it out quickly with a tart dry and very bubbly finish. i love the yeast complexion in this, its dynamic and different, and makes this what it is. the hops though are the real genius. its tough to have both i have learned, hops and funk, they can really cancel each other out sometimes, or worse, produce unpleasant synergies. this one puts all that behind it though, and offers both a highly hopped and quite wild ale. very impressive stuff from prairie, its beers like this that keep them as one of the premiere operations in the country. best use of mosaic ive seen since odells woodcut number 6.

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Photo of zimm421
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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 stephens101
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Always happy to go Prairie hunting in search of the next big thing. Let's see if this one was worth the effort.

Golden orange in color with a quickly thinning off-white head.

Perfumy florals meander among fragrant, ripe, light fruits such as pineapple, lemon, and orange. Belgian yeast and spice are noticed eventually. A bit of vanilla mixes, but way back.

Soured fruits (orange, white grape and melon) flicker at the tongue followed by a vein of Belgian yeast, grain and spice, all contrasted against a busy, floral background. Finishes ultra-dry with the fruit and funk lingering in the palate.

Prairie just keeps hitting all the sweet spots with well-crafted brews that keep the flavor hoppin'. And While this one may not be as "wild" as some of its brethren, it sure does taste good, and has just enough funk to pucker you up.

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Photo of Gerberr
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

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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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a dull, pale honey/apple cider vinegar yellow without sediment and is topped by a loose white head that fades quickly without lacing. The nose has pronounced pineapple/citrus in the forefront followed by some funk and grain sweetness (especially when warming) - it's juicy and aromatic. The taste has similar resemblance to pineapple and oranges which quickly transitions into a slightly chewy, yeasty middle and finishes with hoppy, tropical fruitiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good funk and bitterness, potent citrus, adequate carbonation (that comes off a bit creamy), masked booze, and a semi-sweet, juicy finish. This beer is outstanding when fresh (drink now) and hits the dry hopped wild ale target better than my previous style favorites.

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Photo of emerge077
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque golden orange, frothy collar of white around the edges, lasting skim on the surface.

Hugely fruity aroma, big passionfruit notes and some rustic funkiness underneath. The bottle itself had a slight vinegar aroma, but the beer itself didn't.

Sour and full of passionfruit, juicy and tangy. Dry Brett aftertaste. Effervescent and spritzy. Light to medium bodied, very easy drinking, wish I had a few bottles of this.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The "funky-fresh" character ,on which Prairie has learned to hang their hat, is perticularly strong with this one. Lead by the irresistible mosaic hop, all of the tropical, citrus and winey flavors and aromas are all amplified.

Its hazy canary-yellow pour eludes to lemon-drop essence that comes to life in the very first whiff. Its tangy and under-ripened sense is of pineapple, white grapefruit, white grape, orange and mango (and despite a kinder uric undertone, hinging on tomcat) -all causing teeth grinding sensations to occur.

To taste, its faint malty sweetness seems more of tangy fructose sweetness rather than of malt. Only a dry creamy taste and wafer-like texture supports the acidity to come. Bright zinfindale, cider and lemon-lime offer a high tartness to the palate that the morphs into something of "Hawaiian Punch".

Lightly briney and earthy with straw and hay, the beer's IPA tendencies show with bold citrusy bitterness and candied pine needles. With its fledgling sweet balance wisping away, the finish it a tandem of hop bitterness and barrel sourness to strip the palate of all thirst and to keep the complexities coming, even deep into aftertaste.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Funky Gold Mosaic from Prairie Artisan Ales
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