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Funky Gold Mosaic - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 772
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 63
Gots: 150 | 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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
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 LittleDon
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
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 wethorseblanket
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle.

A: Pours a hazed straw yellow under a 1" thick white head which fades to a cap and leaves spotty lace.

N: Tart, wheat, white grape skin and juice, pineapple, lemon zest, apple/peach/pear fruits and mild funk.

T: Soft pixie sticks tartness, fruity, tropical and citrusy with a mellow funky brett.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Dry, pineapple tropical, white grape, funk finish.

O: Oh - this is nice. Well balanced. Lightly sour, funk and hops.

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Photo of More_betterness
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a LA Teku.

A: Glowing hazy light golden body with a two finger loose head that recedes to a thin lacing around the rim of the glass. Just looks inviting.

S: Potent dank overripe pineapple and mango from the hops, followed by musty brett notes. Citric acidity rounds everything out. Lots going on here.

T: Not quite as complex as the nose. Sweet tangerine, followed by tart grapefruit and lemon. Doughy wheat takes up the rear and remains between sips.

M: Light bodied and effervescent, with a drying finish. Great for the style.

O: Great beer. Love everything I've tried from Prairie and this is no exception. Hops and certain strains of Brett play well with one another, and this beer is a very balanced example of that. Very glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle pours a hazed gold with a large cap of fluffy white head. Nice retention and a smattering of lace.

Nose is pungent, tropical mosaic hops that smell like they would play well with leathery brett. There is not much of a sour bacteria aroma until it warms to near room temp...Id say light grains are more prominent than anything sour if you have a cold sample. An amazingly intense farmhouse character pervades the beer, very nice.

The sourness comes out on the flavor, but more in line with a good berliner than a full on sour beer. The hop flavors are well integrated and fade quick before any bitterness is perceived. The grain is light and the yeast has a nice rustic thing going on, quite tasty. This has certainly got some wheat in it, a crisp snappiness does it impart. Another fine ale from Chase and Co. Glad I picked up 2 of them, despite the steep price tag.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by burg at the Swamp Head Batch 600 release. Pours gold--imagine that--with a fluffy white head. Aroma of grassy hops, lemon peel, lightly sour lacto notes, and some honey sweetness. Flavor follows the smell just like that, with some additional sour, tropical hop notes, vetegal fresh hops up front, sweet and tart lemons, and some straw. Pretty light bodied and easy drinking. This was very nice, and prairie continues to make great stuff.

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Photo of russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Justin8mypants
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$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.

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Photo of Ranz
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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 cpetrone84
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is hazed pale yellow with lots of tight white head. Nose is faintly dusty, leathery brett, a good bit of orange citrus and lots of pineapple and tropical fruits. Taste is a bit more musky, leathery brett, still tons of pineapple and citrus. Medium body, assertive carbonation, and lightly dry finish.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
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 StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
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 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.

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Photo of CraftEyeDoc
4.46/5  rDev +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 StrongRepublican
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Bierlerner
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a beautiful, rich, honey color. A two finger white head. Very nice.

S- light fruits like pineapple and mango. Slight hops in background. Little bit of funk. Smells like sunny day.

T- fruity, hoppy, slight funk. Very well balanced. Very refreshing.

M- A light and crisp body. effervescent carbonation. A little dry.

O- one of my favorite offerings from Prairie. Beautiful beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of TheGenesisOfElegance
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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 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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
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 champ103
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful deep hazed golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms, and recedes after a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: First whiff showcases the huge hop aroma. Juicy tropical fruits like mango and peach. Second whiff, the light funk comes into play. Which is always in the background but works well with the hops.
T: Like the nose, hops are big up front. Juicy and tropical fruits. Mango and peach are both apparent. Followed by a sharp acidic tartness with subsequent drinks. Finishes with a light tart white grape flavor and basement funk. Which works perfectly with everything else.
M/D: A light body and effervescent carbonation. Crisp, beautifully dry, but smooth at the same time. Immensely enjoyable and drinkable. I don't want the bottle to end.

There are almost two beers here. The first shows up with a huge juicy hop burst. On second sips the sour and funk come through. Which end up intermingling perfectly. Well made, and highly recommended.

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Funky Gold Mosaic from Prairie Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.