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Prairie Standard - Prairie Artisan Ales

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182 Reviews
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Reviews: 182
Hads: 1,125
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 20.65%
Wants: 37
Gots: 184 | FT: 9
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StaveHooks on 12-20-2012

Prairie Standard is our everyday beer. Its a light, crisp saison with a hoppy finish. This beer is dry hopped 1lb per bbl with Motueka hops. A lovely New Zealand hop with a spicy lime like flavor and aroma.
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Reviews: 182 | Hads: 1,125
Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy golden color with 1-1.5 finger bubbly white head that doesn't stick around too long. Moderate lacing

S- Big aroma. Citrus, lemon zest, hop oil, grapefruit, hint of fresh cut grass, touch of biscuits, peach, honey, slight amount of bananas. One of the better smelling farmhouse ales i have come across.

T- Sweet, tart, light funk and hoppy. I like it. Lemon zest again, clove, and a touch of spice all over a pale malt backbone. Some biscuits again. Bitter hop finish.

M- Fairly smooth with a warm easy finish. A little wet, but not bad. Maybe a touch under carbonated for the style.

O-A very enjoyable saison and a nice intro to the style for those that want to baby step into the "funk". On the hoppier side for the style. Prairie is kind of taking the state of OK by storm with their brews and I can see why.

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Photo of AMW
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from Julio's.

A: Pours cloudy amber-orange. Lots of bubbles and frothy white head.
S: sweet citrus, maybe lemon or grapefruit.
T: Def. a sweet citrus on the front. While being described as a hoppy farmhouse ale, hops are not very present. A bit bready and yeasty.
M: wet. i prefer less carbonated beers and this was a bit too carbonated for me.
O: Can't say farmhouse/saisons are the style of beer I seek, but it's not bad. I'd probably wouldn't choose to have this again, but that's not because of the eer itself as it is to the style.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Super cloudy orange Bellini appearance. Wet speckled lacing grabs the edges and leaves trace layers behind when drank.

S: Sweet citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon and subtle Brett funk. Simplicity at its finest.

T/M: Like drinking a summer afternoon. Sun dried grain, citrus, Brett yeast, and a wild roots. Similarity to tang orange drink with Brett and alcohol mixed in. Spicy carbonation that mixes with the medium body.

O: A fantastic summer saison that is clean and crisp. Super great flavors. I'm proud of this Oklahoma breed creation. I can't wait to pick up a sixer. Cheers!

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, courtesy of Hi-Times,

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange with a frothy white head, gobby lace.

S: Very rustic with bananas and 'shrooms. Barnyard and must.

T: Still has the rusticity in the yeast flavours, but it gets really fruity at times offering a unique note of orange creamsicle along with a lot of pear.

M: Frothy, soft carbonation, medium-bodied, easy drinking.

O: A delightful American saison. Not Americanized, this is to style and very well done.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Belmont Station. The elusive Oklahoma 'tick'.

A: Hazy straw color with a firm, bubbly white head. Body is rife with carbonation bubbles. Very appealing.

N: Lime zest, black pepper, spruce. A lot of grass seed and some banana. There's a hint of rosemary in here. The citrus rides over a deft base of malt, and it leans fundamentally towards the herbaceous. Yeast comes out clean, I'd say.

T: Bitter with a touch of spruce, lemon, lime, and pepper. Lots of hayseed and grassy elements. There's a good yeast element underneath all of the hops.

M: Clean and dry. Spritzy like carbonated water.

O: A solid standard. I do feel like there are too many similar flavors here and they do stumble together rather than having the elements complement each other. I'd still buy this again.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Moderately hazed gold-yellow. Head is bright-white and creamy with a tight bubble formation. Solid retention keeps the cap around for the duration. Some bits of lacing stick.

Smell: Powdery yeast up front. Hits with some solid ripe banana and an underlying vague spiciness. Sweet pale malts are a bit bready. Some nice floral notes as well. Sweet without being cloying. Some grass and funky esters. Almost like pineapple on the back. Fruity bread with something like lime sitting on the back. Definitely unique.

Taste: Belgian yeast. Powdery and loaded with ripe banana and a soft clove finish. Some bubblegum sweetness. Layers of grass, hay, slightly musty, and some solid fruit flavors from the hops. Peach and orange flesh jump out. A solid lingering bitterness that doesn't overpower. Malts are sweeter than anticipated. Nectarine as it warms with some backing lime, like seriously. Bready and fruity like the nose. Odd.

Mouthfeel: Wet, not quite juicy. Medium to light body with a moderate to high carbonation. Clean. A bit more attenuation would be nice.

Overall: Who needs a deluxe version when this is your standard?

One of the more unique saison-type things I've encountered. A super unique fruitiness that works well with the blatant, yet mellow, Belgian yeast.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Hazy golden-yellow with 2 fingers of loose, white head. Moderate carbonation and good retention.

Lime, barnyard, potpourri and lemon.

Dried hay, potpourri and rose hips. Very distinct lime aromas from the hops as well as a touch of pineapple. Hints of lemon and spent grains. Finishes earthy with good doses of black and pink peppercorn.

Light bodied, crisp, clean and uber-dry.

Very rustic with a very unique hop profile. A really nice American interpretation of a Belgian Saison.

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Photo of champ103
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Little Rock.

A: Pours a beautiful hazed golden/orange color. A two finger dense white head forms with good retention. Excellent lace as well. Rings of lace left all the way down.
S: Earthy Belgian yeast up front. Bread and biscuit aromas, lots of fruity aromas as well. Mango and peach. Very nice.
T: Follows the nose with the funky/earthy Belgian yeast. Bread and biscuit malt. Slightly tart fruits of mango, peach, and apple. I love it.
M/D: A medium body with very good carbonation. Crisp, effervescent, and dry. So refreshing. Incredibly easy and enjoyable to drink. Tons of character, and something I can enjoy all day.

An excellent saison, and I am so glad I came across another Prairie Artisan offering. Really well done. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to hfs sniffer

A: dark honey to amber I color with a small white head that goes away fast but leaves an average size lacing at the top of the glass. It is semi translucent to the point I wouldn't call it cloudy

S: the smell is very yeasty upfront but is distinctly farmhouse like and on target for a saison. You can also definitely tell that it is Belgian, but other then that no more to note.

T: follows the nose as the distinct Belgian yeast is the first thing that comes through in the taste. The barnyard nature of the flavor has a strong presence but it is not overwhelming. Pretty much what I would expect from a standard Belgian saison so well done.

M: this is light and nice and crisp the carbonation helps this crispness that makes the beer very easy to drink though the low abv definitely helps this.

O: well the name of the beer really is best way to describe it. This is about as solid as you can get in terms of a Standard Belgian saison it has the farmhouse distinctive smell and taste with a nice light crisp drinkable feel. I highly recommend this beer and I looking forward to trying more from this OK brewery

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Photo of jlindros
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A hoppy saison is right up my alley these days... if done well. But minus points for screw top! and lack of date... tsk tsk.

Pours a decent fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace reinforced by quite a few bubbles streaming up, leaves a nice layered lacing, very clear pilsner golden slight wheat colored beer.

Nose delivers what it promises, a hoppy saison, with light toasty grainy saison malts, light saison spices, little lemon, lemon grassy, grassy earthy hops, fruity esters, golden malts, quite floral between both saison aromas and hops.

Taste brings more Belgian flavors, even some nice funk actually, a big saison farmhouse funk, not quite Brett level of funk but def a lot more funky than I expected, with saison spices, lemony citrus, lemon grassy, etc. Then grassy floral hops, a little earthy as well, and some lemony hops, with some bitterness but not a lot. Light fruity esters, and very faint hint of phenols from the yeast. Grainy golden malts, little toasty, and nice bready funk all around. There's a touch of an orange vanilla flavor too which is a nice addition. finish dry and grainy, nice lingering bitterness from the grassy floral spicy hops which seems to intensify, little lemony grassy earthy flavors, and just a bit more funk.

Mouth is med bodied, little abrasive, tons of carbonation.

Overall quite a nice beer, the screw top is the only real downer (and lack of date). decent appearance, nice floral nose between the malts, hops, and saison aromas, and quite a nice surprise with the farmhouse funk flavor, and blend of nice hops that get a decent bitterness on the finish. I would drink a lot of these in the summer, and I think i will.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed gold. An inch and a half of head appears and disappears vert quickly. Mediocre lacing.

Smells of bread, funk, herbs, earthy hops and some nice floral and citric notes.

Funk and bread start this one out. Some grassy hops and herbs follow around the middle. Slight citrus and bandaid at the end. Very dry, not much lingering flavor. Goes down light and easy, maybe a little heavy on the carbonation.

A nice, mellow, standard Saison. I'm not sure anything sets this apart from the rest, but nothing draws me away from it either. Great intro Saison. I think it fits its name very well.

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Photo of chefjack428
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

These guys recently entered the Philly market and I couldn't be happier.
Bottle poured into a Deschutes Teku.
Really nice copper orange color with a small head that quickly dissipates.
Aroma is very nice. The first thing that hits is big bright lime, some musty hay, slight brett and a bit of orange. Great farmhouse aromas.
Taste is also very nice, grains, fresh cracked pepper, bread yeast, brett and a nice bitter citrus finish. Carbonation is very nice, some what prickly on the tongue.
This is a very nice beer and I am sure I will have no problem going through the case I picked up. Sort of reminds me of a batch of Fantome Printemps I recently had.

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Photo of popery
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowy golden color, relatively light. Mildly cloudy. Big white head puffs up quickly and sticks around for some time. Lots of big bubbles. Aroma is apple/pear cider, earthy and mineral-ish flavors and a grassy hoppiness. There's a little spice of spice in the mix, possibly from the hops. Some nice bready grain notes. It's nice just a bit weak, and that apple cider flavor dominates. Mild funk. The taste is an improvement for me. On the palate, it's a pleasant, mildly sweet saison with a light spicy hoppiness. Quite refreshing. Dries out in the finish. Bright malt flavor and a spicy, floral hop bitterness. More funk. Very nice beer. Pretty gentle carbonation for the style. Light mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. Another very good beer from Prairie. I preferred Prairie Hop and Prarie Ale, but this is an impressive beer to see in 12 ounce packs. I look forward to more from the brewery.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, pepper, lime juice, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with peppery and chalky flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great aromas and flavors that make this one super easy to drink.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for the heads up Herf!

Appearance: golden, sunny, cloudy, ample carbonation streams, bright white head, 2 finger, lacy.

Aroma: lemon, Brett, hay, mild funkiness, herbal, floral and grassy hops, light grains.

Taste: grassy, floral hop notes, lemongrass, grains of paradise, pepper, spice, Brett funk, musky hay, bitter hop finish.

***One of the best hoppy Saison ales I think I've had. It's not overly funky and Bretty, but, but the hop and Saison funk marriage is well executed were neither outshine the other. Awesome!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Seems like the first west coast review as this is newly distributued to Southern California.
Labeled as a hoppy farmhouse ale with 7 little scenes on "how to noodle" (i.e., catfisting).

A: Gentle pour yields a +2-finger white head over a clear straw yellow with streaming carbonation. Slowly fading head leaves irregular rings and splotches.

N: Bready yeast, peppery spices, floral and fruity, lemony citrus, and mildly funky.

T: Yeasty, and earthy with mild spices. Citrus peel (orange and lemon). Wheat and malt grain.

M: Semi-moderate body and semi-full carbonation. Pleasant yeasty/grainy/citrus finish with a slight bitterness draws you back for another sip.

O: Easy drinking and refreshing. A starter and not something to turn to after having anything bigger since this is more delicate and simple. Look forward to trying others from this brewery.

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Photo of portia99
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Allagash stemmed glass. Never heard of the brewery or the beer, so going in blind on this one.

A - Pours a mostly clear pale golden color and a dense two finger cap of white foam that has very good staying power. Foamy lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S - Nice spicy and fruity aroma...cloves, oranges, lemons, a bit of pepper, some sugar and some mild hoppy bitterness. Nice blend of standard saison aromas...very enticing.

T - Flavor doesn't disappoint either. Soft malt base with some spicy cloves, coriander, some pepper...quite estery. Nice fruity, citrusy components too - full of oranges and lemons. Mid level hop bitterness that gives a bit of bite towards the finish and helps dry things out a bit.

M - Medium body with an aggressive higher level carbonation. Nice hoppy bitterness and spicy and fruity flavors.

O - I liked this beer a lot. Very flavorful saison that has good complexity and balance and a nice assertive hop bitterness. Went out on a limb on this one and turned out to be a good find. Definitely see myself buying more of this especially during the summer time. How can you go wrong with a bottle that has artwork showing instructions for "noodling" (i.e. - sticking your hand in underwater holes to catch catfish)...great stuff!

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours medium hazy gold with a foamy white head. A rocky skim of retention. Some lace. Great label -- how to noodle, showing catfish and fist.

Nice malt note up front, some spice, like white pepper, some tropical fruit, and yeast funk. Mine might be too cold, as the strength of aroma is mild. But I still get all those notes.

Some bitter malt up front, some seltzer-like qualities, husk, raw grain, very brief fruit, crackers, bitter herb. My one fault is that taste is fleeting, and it feels a bit thin (I'm holding back the term watery, but it is almost there). Aftertaste is mildly bitter.

Lighter bodied, well carbonated. Almost too much fizz.

A good domestic version of the style. Hits the right points, and has enough complexity. Some flaws, but fairly drinkable.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle served in a Prairie tulip glass. Pours a cloudy, yellow golden color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is a bit of straw, pepper, fruity esters, and earthy/grassy hops. Flavor is pale malts, grainy, pepper, lemon, yeasty, and a hint of funk. Mouthfeel is light, dry, refreshing and slightly bitter. Really good beer, great session beer.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head and little lacing

S-bready malt, lemongrass, slightly earthy funk, hint of pineapple

T-lemon, toasted malt, light pepper, pineapple, earthy, moderately bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, clean and crisp mouthfeel

O-a nice sessionable Saison with good flavor, a great summer beer

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A cellar temperature bottle is poured into a goblet.

The beer is opaque with a tarnished gold color. A white head rests on top. Plenty of carbonation can be spied inside. Pretty good lacing, but there isn't much head retention.

The beer has a very nice hoppy farmhouse aroma. Funky saison yeast is strong, but so are the citrus and grassy hops.

Standard's flavor is an interesting mix of bitter hops and classic saison flavors. It is a citrus-heavy hop flavor; and while the malts are sweet, I am not reminded of fruit juice. The yeast doesn't provide much pepperiness that I've tasted in other saisons. In the finish it does give of some farmhouse funk.

The beer does leave my mouth a little sticky; my lips are sticky too, but not as much. Body and carbonation are average for the style.

This is an enjoyable beer. Anyone looking for a different take on the saison style would enjoy this beer. Personally, I'll probably continue to drink local and buy Oxbow when I want a hoppy saison, but I am excited to see what else Prairie sends to us in Maine.

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Photo of weonfire
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Golden Color. light carbonated head. little tiny bubbles. 2 full inches of head that dissipates quickly. but never fully. a single stream of tiny tiny bubbles come up from the bottom.

S - light citrus. orange, grapefruit.

T - high carbonation. tiny bit of hops. orange and grapefruit. not bitter what so ever.

M - carbonation hits with a small punch. get a tingle on the tongue. Little bit slippery on the tongue.

O - This is really nice. low ABVs make this real drinkable. real light on the tongue. altho the high carbonation makes this bubble in the tummy. so can't have too many. It could be a bit thicker. that being said - i would buy this again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I couldn't be happier to see more Belgian ales brewed in America that demonstrates true "farmhouse" character. The folks behind Prairie Ales have captured the essence of Belgium farmlands in its unadulterated form,.

Bright of golden straw, the beer carries a bold lively appearance that throws its champgne-like bubbly-ness through the grain and malt appearances. It's a beautiful color and visual lightness that grows a frothy white head of cottony substrate that retains in creamy fashion while lacing intricately along the way. It's a great looking beer that's more lively than your average German lager.

Straight forward aromas of fresh kilned grain, supple sweet scents, and earthy overtones of hay, lemongrass, and pepper carry the tone. Grassy with its earthen hop character and slight wheat bread notes promote a cracker-like note that's simple yet celebrates quality in brewing.

Lovin' the taste of the ale, the grain sweetness is of cracker-like malts that celebrates its dry bread character above any lumbering sweetness. Slightly honey-like, the taste of fresh baking breads are rounded out with a middle palate of earth, straw, hay, and pepper. The grassy tone shifts to firm bitterness of lemongrass, white pepper, and light sulfury apple. All these variants come together seamlessly in a straight-forward taste that's simple and elegant.

Reasonably light on the palate, the beer has the crisp and clean drinkability of lager, but with the highly zesty carbonation of Belgian ale or French sparkling wine. The beer bounced off the tongue with sprite and zeal that ushers in a quick finish that forces much of the taste to be appreciated more in aftertaste than in its middle palate. The Belgians call this "digestability", I call it drinkability. It's effortless on both the palate and the stomach, but is yet complex enough to make me take notice.

The beer's high rate of drinkability makes it seducing. It's easy to ignore its clean taste as lacking complexity. But its balance and subtlties rewards the patient drinker drink after drink. It's about as close as Belgians get to session ales.

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Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A screw top. Who would've thought?

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a foamy half inch ivory head that dissipates slowly, lacing light lacing.

Grapefruit, tropical fruit, band-aid phenols, and a touch of barnyard funk form the aroma. Fairly sweet and reminiscent of a friendship bread starter.

Flavor reveals more phenols, slightly medicinal and plasticy, but not in a terribly negative way. Tropical fruit underlies the profile, slightly tangy, with earthy notes adding depth. There's an aura if farmhouse funk throughout.

Body is moderate, but lightened a bit by fairly spritzy carbonation. There's a hint of alcohol warmth.

Fairly complex, with enough farmhouse character to add intrigue, and enough supporting flavor to excite the palate, which most examples of the style tend to lack.

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Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent straw color with a thumb of fast-falling pearl colored head. Stays effervescent throughout, traces of lacing & average head retention

S: Bready, grainy, pears & white grape

T: Bready, grassy, white pepper, lemon & just a touch of apricot & apple skin up front. Hints of pineapple & white grapes sneak in as this warms, pears , light lemon zest, plus white pepper & lemongrass. Finishes slightly fruitty, with white pepper, faint apple peel & with lemon grass

MF: Light bodied, lively carbonation, good balance

Easy drinker, this will be a go to beer as long as I can find it. Fairly subtle, but flavorful enough to make want another. Would love to try this on draft to get a comparison. I could tear up some sushi, Thai or Indian food with this!

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Prairie Standard from Prairie Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.