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Funky Gold Mosaic - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 697
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 6.97%
Wants: 61
Gots: 129 | FT: 10
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of MichialTanner1
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
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! (356 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of oldn00b
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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... (584 characters)

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
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 (261 characters)

Photo of popery
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
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. (1,246 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
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) (3,650 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.12/5  rDev -1%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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! (706 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of churchillps
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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. (214 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%

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. (331 characters)

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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. (312 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
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 (672 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (2,111 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (851 characters)

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Funky Gold Mosaic from Prairie Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.