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Prairie Hop | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Prairie Hop is our hop driven saison. This beer is packed with Simcoe and Citra hops. Notes of peach, mango, and tangerine can be found in the flavor and aroma of this beer. The beer finishes dry which helps the hops jump out of the glass flavor wise.

Added by StaveHooks on 12-22-2012

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Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. It is stamped but I can't figure out the date it was bottled. Sampled on April 17, 2016.

The pour is cloudy amber-orange with a lingering white foamy head.

The aroma has a bit of Belgian yeast, toasted malt, and vague fruit characters. Nothing that really stands out but still decent.

Medium body and smooth.

Toasted bread and light fruitiness are in the taste with a mild to moderate finish. Mellow all around but not spectacular.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No label information. Prairie Hop is brewed in the style of a Dry-Hopped Saison ale, available in 16.9 oz. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a pearl white head of a frothy foam consistency over a medium hazy amber body with ample carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) A hop-led nose of juicy citrus, lemon, mild tropical fruit, resinous pine, and slight peppery spice atop a clean pale and cracker malt base. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Pine, citrus, tropical fruit and white pepper hop notes with a moderate bitterness, met with a very dry malt profile of pale grain and cracker malts, a slightly effervescent and peppery yeast profile. Quite a tasty hop profile that generates a lot of flavor atop a simple, but nicely built saison base. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly resinous, clean, very dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is slightly hoppy bitter and peppery over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A nicely flavored saison ale with a good bit of hop character, quite juicy with citrus and fruit notes that does a decent job of balancing out the dryness of the malt character. Pretty tasty and a decent beer consumed fresh, if at a reasonable price. 4

Prairie Artisan Ales'
Prairie Hop

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Photo of SawDog505
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass bottled I assume on the 191 of 15, a tad old. Pours a dark yellow with a 4 inch fluffy sticky white head that clings to the glass.

Smell clove, banana, hard candy, coriander, pepper, and limes.

Taste follows with clove, pepper, coriander upfront, with banana, lime, and hard candy in the background.

Mouthfeel is a little behond medium, a lot of carbonation, maybe a little dry, and good drinkability.

Overall for what it is, Classified as a Saison and that is one of my least favorite styles, this is good.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. Beer pours with a wicked large, bubbly head that does eventually dissipate a little bit. Excellent cloudy orange appearance with some yellow in the light with some patchy lacing on the sides. Really nice aromas of spiced, lightly grassy hops mixed with citrus orange. Sharp orange-citrus flavor with a bitter/very sweet aftertaste follows the flavor. Really delicious without anything too overwhelming. Great carbonation that helps make the drink approachable and crisp. Overall, I thought this drink was fantastic across the board.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$11 16.9oz bottle. Always enjoy m'self a good Prairie beer...

...and this is one. Shocker there. Honestly, it smells like what's on the label. It smells like wet grass, flowers, and yes, I guess mushroomy (that is to say it's earthy... not really smelling like mushrooms). It's a very "clean" funk from the yeast that couples uniquely with the hops. Like a wet pine tree with a musk to it. Unusual aroma on this beer, but one that I absolutely enjoy. The taste is almost exactly like the aroma. So clean, light, refreshing... 8% ABV? Watch out. Floral, grassy, a little resinous/piney, very slightly funky with a biscuit/bread flavor...really nice. The feel is on the thin side with a pop-like carbonation, which works very well with the style, but makes this crazy drinkable for the ABV.

Great beer. Certainly expensive, but it's a treat. Very clean. The flavor is light-ish, but that makes it all-the-more impressive. It's delicate and thirst quenching, but with a very pleasant depth of flavor -- for that, I give it a 4.25 overall rating. Pick it up.

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Photo of kitch
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 1 pint 0.9 fl oz (500ml) bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 19515, meaning it was bottled on 14th July 2015. It was poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a cloudy light gold colour (maybe even a bit murky) with a huge 3 finger white head that had good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma: Tropical pineapple, mango and peach, some grassiness and pear with a peppery mandarin finish.

Taste: Starts with biscuity bready malts, slight tartness with tropical mango and peach, followed by grassy and floral notes, some citrus zestiness and a mandarin, white peppery spice finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with mid to high carbonation.

Overall: Overall a great saison with nice tropical, zesty and spicy notes.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange color. Head is gargantuan. Might as well take a nap while it settles down. Aroma is a conflicting combination of aggressive hoppiness & Belgian yeast. Fruity & grassy hops arm wrestle yeasty spice and phenols. The flavor is much better. The citrusy hop flavor seems to make amends with the Belgian yeast aspects. I have zero opinion of the malt because I'm trying to make sure the other two aspects of the beer play nice. Medium bodied and fairly bitter. Belgian yeast and US hops usually don't mix well with me. I'm now $13 lighter in the pocket for further reference to said opinion.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-02-16 in Columbia, PA from a 16.9oz (1/2 liter) bottle.

A - Hazy, peach-gold color with a massive 4-finger pillowy-white head into a 20-oz tulip. Moderate lace.

S - Saison yeast, earthy and herbal spice, orange flesh, lightly cooked carrots, floral.

T - More orange than the aroma. I notice the citrus first, before the Saison yeast phenols. There's a moderate bready character underneath all the citrus. Then the earthy and herbal spices and some pepper kick in followed by a really nice Citra hop finish which is all flavor and just mild-moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation

O - My kind of Saison! Light on the phenols but still spicy and fresh tasting with an emphasis on the citrus. Nice fusion of old and new styles.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a taster glass.

A: Opaque golden with a tremendous off-white 2 finger head that wouldn't quit. Nice lacing.

S: A bit of barnyard funk mixed in with some great floral hops and fruity Belgian yeast. Peaches and mangoes dance nicely on the olfactory.

T: Light malts dance in with those terrific citrus flavors, followed by a kiss of Belgian yeast. Floral and fruity.

M: Medium with low to medium, dry carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try another winner from Prairie. Terrific.

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Photo of bnes09
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Here I was thinking this was a Belgian IPA and come to find out its classified as a Saison. Interesting how little some of these styles can vary, especially when brewed by innovative American brewers.

Pours a gorgeous orange with towering head that takes several minutes to recede enough to sip the wonderful beer beneath. Lots of yeast at the bottom of the bottle creates a milky haze.

Aroma of grass, weeds, herbs, veggies, cloves, bananas, and yeast. One of the "greenest" smelling beers I've ever purchased.

Buttery bread malt flavor. Follows the fresh botanicals in the nose with added garlic and floral notes. Very spicy overall with moderate yeast tones. Finishes on the dry side.

Moderate to medium body. Grainy, yeasty texture. Well carbonated. Creamy throughout then dry in the end.

I'm impressed yet again from this brewery. Another unique and tasty creation.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The only thing wrong with this hoppy saison is the alcohol presence.

The aroma is full of juicy pineapple peach and tangerine, along with a hint of pepper and clove.

The taste follows identically but with the tiniest bit of harshness from an almost soapy alcohol off flavor. A lovely tartness follows.

This beer is quite a beauty, a hazy golden brew with a frothy white head that lasts forever. It definitely gives fresh opal a run for it's money, but the alcohol harshness is what holds it back.

Truly an amazing example of what makes american craft brewing so great!

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Photo of teromous
3.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

There is a code on the bottle that says:
So...yeah not really sure what the bottle date is.

Appearance: Light gold hazy body with a ridiculous amount of white foam. Even pouring carefully into a glass will produce enough foam to put out a car fire.

Aroma: It has a very nice spicy hop aroma but I'm not picking up any farmhouse character. The bottle only says "Belgian Style Ale" so I am not sure if this is supposed to be categorized as a Saison/Farmhouse Ale. It certainly has the aroma of a Belgian IPA. There is a nice sweet lemon grass aroma and a bit of a floral character as well.

Taste: It's hard to really start pinning flavors down with the ethanol flavor that comes through. It's pretty strong. Otherwise there is a nice woody flavor to the beer with a touch of bitterness. There really isn't much flavor to this, as if it is watered down.

Mouthfeel: It has an extremely light body and a ton of carbonation that foams on the palate making it even lighter. It makes for a bit of an odd drinking experience as if the beer has no real presence in the mouth.

Overall: I started out really impressed with the beer. I was to the point where I would have recommended it to people who like Belgian style IPA's but unfortunately the further I went in the bottle the more I realized how empty the beer really was. It's like the beer has some nice character but no real foundation. It lacks body and a real base for the flavor to rest on. The hop character is there but very weak and rather insipid.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy amber color ale with a super large foamy head with excellent retention and great lacing. Aroma of dry hoppy notes with light green and grassy note with some rustic malt notes. Tate is also dominated by grassy notes with light dry rustic malt and hay notes. Body is full with great carbonation. Nice easy drinking saison with just the right amount of complexity.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured in to a Becher glass.

a: Cloudy apricot gold body. 2 Finger bubbly white head.

s: Malty, a bit funky, apricot, orange juice, faint spicy yeast, medicinal and floral hops.

t: Biscuity malts, ripe apricot and mango, orange zest, a bit of cooked pear, fresh grassy and floral hop finish.

mf: Medium body with good carbonation. A bit chewy and sticky as it warms. Spicy finish from the yeast.

o: Very nice saison. It is very interesting to note the changes from hop presence to yeast presence as it warms.

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Photo of puck1225
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow into a snifter. Thick white head with nice lacing. Pungent smell, flowery, sweet and spicy. A wonderfully smooth feel. Taste is great with spice and fruit, pears and apples. If this beer was cheaper, I would drink it a lot more!

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The liquid pours a cloudy goldenstraw but there is way too much foam and I really have to adjust my pour to deal with this issue; decent stickage as the head grows rocky and some clumps stick to the glass wall

Smell: Bready, with grassy and tropical fruit tones; the Saison yeast adds a noticeable dimension

Overall: Bread and yeast forward, with the grassy and tropical fruit flavors building; the finish is dry, which accentuates the bitterness but the yeast returns to prominence in the aftertaste; some warmth from the ABV

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I should probably try a fresher version as I am cannot recall how long this hung out in my cellar - perhaps six months or more; the hops have faded a bit and it would be interesting to see how they work with the Saison yeast as the brewer intended

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Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and lots of lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of mangos are present in the nose along with hints of yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has stronger flavors of mangos and tangerines that stand out in front notes of peaches and hints of yeast and slight bits of spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and is quite bubbly with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. The back end of the taste—mostly from the yeast and spices—lends some dryness to the mouthfeel.
O: This saison is quite interesting—it has lots of tropical fruit flavors akin those you would expect from a very hoppy IPA—but still retains a lot of the characteristics that you normally come to expect from a saison.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jhartley
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint .9 fl oz bottle into a tulip.
Hazy golden body with a huge 2 fingers worth or head, had to wait a while for it to calm down to pour the rest. small islands of lacing left on the inside of the glass.
Belgian funk and spicy hops on the nose.
Taste is so balanced and delicious it's ridiculous! Funkiness is moderated with the hops and aren't played against each; total compliment.
Nice light mouth feel and for and 8% abv beer...no hint of it at all. That's dangerous!
Overall, this is a great beer and I am not really sure of the age, but it doesn't matter since it just tastes too damn good. For sure going to keep an eye out for this one again!

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Photo of donspublic
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured with minimal head from tap into a tulip. Golden yellow, crystal clear. Nice hop smell, this gets past my dumbed down olfactory nodes. Sharp hop presence to the taste. Any Belgian personality is hammered by the hops. Drinks like a dry IPS. Really like this beer

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Photo of lochraneg
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy orange, white head
Smell: def prevalent hops
Taste: Sublte hops, fruit and citrus, slight sour ale
Feel: Medium body, really good
Overall: If you can find it try it.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A Prairie standard, not to be confused with Prairie Standard of course. My 3rd time having this I believe.

A - 500ml pour reveals a bit of pale orange beer with full-on haze and a ton of white foam. Falls and retains easily as a half-finger or so, bits of lace left.

S - Lemongrass, straw, kinda funky white wine grape, earthy orange, farm yeasts, lime.

T - Hops come through here more with amped bitterness and flavors. Lots of farmy hay-laden peach, grapefruit, and lemon-lime, along with general earthy/grassy/winy tones. Light sweetness and and a slightly bready finish.

M - Quite foamy in true Prairie saison fashion, pretty dry+yeasty finish, a somewhat chalky feel. Bitterness is above average for the style but doesn't quite reach IPA territory. Tiny bit of alcohol warmth going on but pretty easy-going for 8%. Light tartness.

O - Seems maybe a bit muddled in the hop/farmhouse intertwining, most of the focus seems to be on the hops, but pretty nice overall. Great flavor, likin' the yeasty foaminess, impressive for 8% too.

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Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing this over the weekend.

A- Cloudy medium orange bodied pour from the 500ml bottle into a wine glass. A large, thick white cap with a creamy texture forms over a finger with good retention. Ample sheets of lace down the sides.

S- Earthy, spicy Belgian yeast mixed with Citra and Simcoe fruity hops giving notes of tangerine, apricot, orange zest, mango and even a touch of lime.

T- The Prairie Belgian yeast imparts a lot on the beer with a drying, straw flavor and a earthy spicy feel. It could contribute some citrus but that could also be from the hops. Mango, peach, apricot stone fruits, tangerine, oranges, lime, lemon, floral and herbal hop blast after the yeasty flavors subside.

MF- Highly foamy with a massive dose of carbonation and a thick, somewhat chewy texture; frothy. Grassy, earthy bitter finish. A touch of warming from the alcohol. Puffy.

I have said this a lot but here it is truly impressive how well the 8% is hidden and how well brewed this is. The yeast is assertive but compliments the fruity and citrus hops very well while still holding its ground.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Duvel tulip.
Appearance - clear golden with a fireworks show of carbonation that builds a frothy, white head. Lacing is minimal to nonexistent. The second pour contained the sediment which made this cloudy like a puréed peach.
Smell - a mouth watering blend of fruity and sweet, with noticeable sour funk!
Taste - the citrus fruit from the nose is there right up front; I get some lemon sweetness, some tangy, bitter notes that remind me of a mix of grapefruit and green apple. Very well done and very refreshing!
Feel - after the nose and then after the first few sips, I anticipated a very bitter or sour finish, but this is surprisingly smooth and so easy to drink!
Overall - well worth the price point for a tremendous saison, but I like a few others just as much that don't break the bank. Tremendous nonetheless!

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Photo of DaverCS
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 poured into Duvel glass.

Pours cloudy orange color. Appearance is akin to that of peach juice. 2.5 fingers of fluffy, retaining head.

Aroma is a medley of hops and yeasty spice. Peach, mango, papaya, black pepper, a slight citrus sourness. Alcohol is present on the aroma.

Taste is surprisingly dry. Two beer styles competing for dominance yet in harmony. The beginning of the sip starts like a saison with the carbonation, slight spice, and yeast. It quickly transitions into a hop-forward beer. However, it doesn't taste/drink like an IPA. The hops approach, lend their mild bitterness, tropical fruits, and a prominent lime flavor, then fade to a big yeasty finish. Alcohol warmth and a slight spice is present. My only complaint is the heaviness of the yeast on the finish. The next time I try this beer (not readily available in AZ), I would decant-off any excess yeast at the bottom. The finish is slightly musty or dusty tasting. Also, this surprisingly is a very dry beer which I am actually a big fan of.

Overall, this is a very good beer; however, decant the beer to avoid the excessive yeast flavor, which is mildly off-putting. I see this pairing well with a spinach and artichoke dip or even more elegant pairings like a Dover Sole filet in a white wine butter sauce. It gets a 89/100.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 500mL bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 7/10/15, making this almost 2 months old.

A: Pours a hazy orange color. 1-finger white head with good lacing.

S: Pineapple, mango, peach, papaya. Slammed with tropical fruits up front, with a subtle Belgian-style yeast in the background.

T: Huge pineapple, mango, peach, tangerine, papaya, passion fruit up front. Middle of the mouth is very bitter and bold. Finishes dry but with a nice lingering tropical sweetness. Really have to work hard to notice that it's Belgian-style, but it's mostly in the aftertaste. This could very well be a citra IPA or DIPA.

M: Full, great carbonation. Alcohol hidden well. Quite dry and bitter on the finish, but not bruising.

O: Very nice work on the hoppy spectrum here from Prairie. Really showcasing the citra and simcoe here. I think it's okay that the Belgian-style aspect gets muted a bit as the hops dominate. Turns this into a nice bitter brew that is surprisingly drinkable. I think the ABV and the body are right in the sweet spot. One of the better hoppy offerings from Prairie, with a unique Belgian twist.

Recommendation: When it comes to hoppy beer from Prairie, this is the one so far. Get it and drink it fresh.

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Prairie Hop from Prairie Artisan Ales
93 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.