Funky Gold Mosaic - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 654
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 63
Gots: 110 | FT: 8
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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 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 shleepy
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at K&L in Redwood City. Poured from bottle into Duvel glass.

Murky, pale yellow. Big, fluffy head.

Smell is sharply citrus-hoppy; also has bubble-gum notes. Possibly hints of spice (but that could just be a combination of hops and malty flavors).

Taste is a lot less intense than the smell. "Soapy" and floral, herbal. Mild, hoppy bitterness.

Very dry, almost to the point of being sour, but not quite. Surprisingly watery. It almost feels like a session IPA.

Highly-refreshing and slightly interesting, but somewhat lacking in flavor.

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 denver10
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy white and light yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma if funky with the traditional barnyard aroma, pineapple, grape, mango and melon on the fruit end and just a touch of some grassiness. Flavor follows suit and is slightly tart. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, decent beer but not my favorite from Prairie.

Photo of Justin8mypants
3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

$6.99 for a 24oz bottle

A- Beautiful hazy yellow/goldish color, nice thick foamy head that dissipates into a thin layer of webby laces.

S- A lot of funk, once it warms up I started getting a lot more hops, and a lot of lemon and grapefruit.

T- Very strong on the lemon and grapefruit flavors with some sourness. A little bit of hops come through, just enough for a nice balance. There is a nice sour finish, nothing to off putting or overwhelming, just enough.

M- some prickly carbonation that becomes a little smoother once it warms up a little, it is a bit thinner than I expected but fairly smooth, especially when it warms up

O- My first sour beer. Upon the first smell, I was a little worried, but to me this beer just reminds me of a lemony beer. It almost seems as if the sour notes are derived from lemon, so it in my opinion was a good sour to be my first. Not to funky, just enough.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

September 12, 2014

16.9 oz bottle, highball glass (it was the best thing available)

A – Very yellow to golden with a hint of dark gold, a bit of cool haze but mostly high clarity. A huge white head of foam, at least two inches, fades slowly to leave a finger of head at the top. Effervescent bubbles.

S – Apricots and spicy fruit, haystack. Some lemony citrus in the background. A lot of acidity in the profile. Not at all tart as much as just funky (shocker). A little bit of tropical fruit.

T – A strong dose of lactic acid right off the top, the acidity washes over the tongue and is replaced by a residual sweetness. Lemons, both sweet and tart, and straw. Again, some tropical notes from the mosaic hops. Brett character, if any, is very subdued.

M – Only mildly effervescent, despite appearances. Again, bitterness on the front, a bit of tartness from the lactobacillus, and then sweetness that is not cloying or overwhelming, and does not stick to the tongue. A relatively wet finish.

O – The mosaic hops definitely add a bit of a tropical feel here. I like the balance on this, and the lactobacillus is very much present but not overwhelming. While not the best example of its use, I think this is a beer worth drinking.

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 rodmanfor3
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sour enough for my taste and not worth the price tag.

Photo of mothman
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of white head. Leaves some sticky lace. Color is a hazy golden straw yellow.

Flavor profile: A lot of fruity flavors. Big lemon citrus with mangoes and melon. There is a little tartness here, but this beer is mainly funky. Has a barnyard funk with wet horse blanket. Kind of wheaty. Grassy hops. Tannins.

Mouthfeel: Light tartness, funky, and bubbly. Crisp. Light bodied. Medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, an enjoyable wild ale. Very easy to drink and I could have a fair amount of this. I'd prefer a little more tart and a little less funk, but other than that it's solid.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a half-litre bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Rich, white, voluminous head tops a hazy-opaque, yellow-brown beer.

S: Funky indeed. Big ol' Brett rears his head with a strong does of lemon peel and dry earth.

T/M: Hmmm. Light, citrusy, and pleasant. The sourness is more pronounced than expected, but also more lemony and innocuous. The maintaste is funky-acidic with a hint of fruit on the endtaste. Aftertaste is refereshingly a touch hoppy with a bitterness that appears nowhere else in the taste. At least it's light and refreshing.

O: Not as outstanding as I'd hoped, but still interesting and worthwhile. I wish there were more Mosaic and less lemon/funky strange juice. Still. I'd have another, if someone else were buying.

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 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 MarcWP
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into Tired Hands stem.

Pours hazy, brilliant straw yellow, fluffy white head with a soapy consistency.

Aroma is of spicy yeast esters mixed with tropical, tangy hops. Kiwi, loquat, acidic nectarine, coriander, Meyer lemon, and faint white wine. Unique with the addition of the mosaic hops.

The flavor doesn't come together as well but is still quite pleasant. The citrus is dominant but soft. Pear and watered down white grape juice also appear. But as I drink more that's all I find.

Mouthfeel also feels a bit thin. Carbonation is actually low surprisingly after all that head that appeared at first pour. It's dry with a faint sweetness but it may be an illusion brought on by the hop fruitiness.

Overall a pretty good beer but lacks complexity, body, and pizzaz. Not nearly sour enough and not nearly enough hop character to make up for the week base. I found the original beer to be better than this. I've also been a bit more disappointed with Prairie overall lately. Maybe their sudden gain of popularity affected their egos and they presumably think everything they make will be great. Sorry to say, not the case.

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 helios7
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%

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

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright golden color with massive 4 finger, fizzy white head. Slight haze.

S- Earthy funk and musk, ripe pears, lots of mosaic notes (which i absolutely love!). Honneysuckle and melon. Moderate acidic notes.

T- Tart apples and pears. More melon notes again. A bit more acidic than funky, but remains extremely balanced as the sour doesn't crush your palate. Sweet finish

M- light, refreshing, crisp carbonation

O- Really good. Not a surprise though. This thing is drinking great in the summer heat.

$11 for a 500 ml bottle

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, fruit, earth, funk, and acidic aromas. There is a bit of a cooked vegetable aroma that dissipates as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, but there is an odd cooked vegetable aroma that only goes away as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle.

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 PhishNoC
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Aroma is lacking, flavor makes up for it.

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

On tap at Hops and Pie. Yellow, hazy, it has a decent little white head. Aroma was this weird funky lemon type aroma, really different and must be the mosaic hops. Flavor was nice, mildly sour with a strong citrus lemon flavor. Unique beer and one I'd live to grab a bottle of.

Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Photo of Franziskaner
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extremely hazy to the point of being mostly impenetrable to light despite the light golden color. There's a half inch of eggshell white tightly knit head. Strong aroma of floral mosaic hops and some horse blanket funk which was a very well matched blending. The flavor is more sour initially and turns to floral to slightly citrus hops at the back of the palate. The mouth is quite smooth and delicate. This is a great beer for the hot summer.

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 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 Tele
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

A: 4.5 Pours crystal clear yellow-gold. The off-white head looks light and fluffy. Really nice looking beer.

S: 4.25 Lots of lemon and orange up front with some bready funk and light hops and some pine. The hops are pretty mild, but the citrus notes are very nice.

T: 4 Pretty similar to the nose, but a bit less citrus. Bread and funk go well with the lemon and the lightly sour flavor.

M: 4 Mouthfeel is substantial enough without being too heavy. A little on the watery side and slightly under carbonated, but it’s quite refreshing.

O: 4 This beer is nice and has some interesting flavors, but it could be a bit more sour with more hops.

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Funky Gold Mosaic from Prairie Artisan Ales
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