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Funky Gold Mosaic - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 698
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 2.16%
Wants: 61
Gots: 128 | FT: 10
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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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Reviews: 72 | Hads: 698
Photo of Justin8mypants
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of Ranz
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (1,121 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
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 (531 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (1,135 characters)

Photo of shleepy
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev +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. (1,137 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of CraftEyeDoc
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
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 (593 characters)

Photo of StrongRepublican
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of Bierlerner
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of TheGenesisOfElegance
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (773 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (979 characters)

Photo of StArnoldFan
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle purchased at my local bottle shop for $8.99. Like most Prairie bottles, it's a little pricey.

Poured into my Prairie Teku, cloudy opaque yellow with a fluffy white head that foams over the top of my glass and quickly recedes. The mosaic hop hits you up front with some nice fruit and floral notes on the nose. Tastes just like a light IPA with a very slight sour on the finish. For my fellow Houstonians, I can explain it like a Yellow Rose with a very slight sour after taste.

Overall, a very solid beer that I could defiantly see myself drinking outdoors in the summer heat, however at $8.99 per 500ml, I doubt I'll be doing so. This drinks like a beer that should be packaged in a four pack or even a six pack for the price of this single. As much as I love Prairies product, their prices are slowly pushing me away. (836 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a riedel tulip. Liquid is a hazy (you guessed it) gold. The pour kicks up a nice off-white three-finger head with decent lacing. It quickly settles down to a thin cushion with nice retention.

Lots of stuff going on in the aroma - white wine, sour apples, musty basement, mild citrusy hops, bit of earthiness. The basement threatens to overwhelm, but doesn't quite do it.

On the palate, lots of sourness up front, with some mineraliness underneath. The grapes, apples, and citrus quickly assert themselves, with white grapes at the forefront. Less funkiness on the palate than on the nose, but it's there too. Aftertaste is all fruit, with just a little funk underneath. Perfect amount of sourness. Nice mix of flavors.

Mouthfeel is relatively thin, but kind of viscous, with a lot of carbonation, which works well.

Overall, really nice. The fruit flavors work really well with the funkiness, and I haven't had regular Gold, but I think the hops add some nice citrus. Well done! (993 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (524 characters)

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