1. One Hundred Mags (Rule). Check out the sneak peek of BeerAdvocate magazine #100, plus some of the changes coming your way.

Prairie Hop - Prairie Artisan Ales

Not Rated.
Prairie HopPrairie Hop

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

929 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 929
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 109
Gots: 146 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StaveHooks on 12-22-2012

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.
View: Beers (71) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 929 | Reviews: 139
Photo of VinceP
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Definitely a fine Belgian. I get the Simcoe and Citra as well as the tangerine, bitter orange and spicy Belgian yeasties. However, I get no peach or mango as described. Maybe my pallet needs some work. Good offering but may not order another.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking beer. Very earthy. Kind of a grassy, mildly inky, clay-ish thing going on. Floral and perfume tones are there as well. Very faint touch of sweet with a doughy and yeasty thing there too. Nice Belgian style ale. Love to see American breweries producing Belgian ales on this level.

Photo of patpbr
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Foamy white head lingers above the deep orange brew
S - Fruity, lemon yeast
T - Grapes, apple and mango and its slightly bitter with a bit of grassy hop flavor.
M - Medium body that finishes dry
O - Great complexity and flavors that make this very good.

Photo of KATCanada
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice cloudy orange with short white foam. Looks nice, Not a ton of carbonation. Nose is grapefruit. Nice dry with a slight bitterness, just what I'd expect from the style. I feel a bit of the heat from this. Very slight funk taste, less than expected> very crisp and drinkable. Would drink again but I much prefer the Prairie Ale...

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Pours a mostly transparent golden color with a big fluffy white head.

S. Yeasty, lemony. Characteristic for a saison.

T. Nice. Yeasty but not too funky. White grape, maybe apricot or peach. Not overwhelmingly fruity. Slight bitterness. Green apple andgrassy aftertaste. It had that nice bit of hop bitterness and resin. The finish is pretty clean.

M. Body is a 4 on a 1-10 scale. Nice crisp carbonation. A sought warming going down. Finishes just slightly dry much like a green apple.

O. A very nice saison. Not too funky. Nice mild fruitiness. Very nice mouthfeel. Finishes with just enough flavor to make you go back for more. Gets better as it warms a little. Will drink again.

Photo of dcmchew
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear shiny golden with a small frothy head that doesn't seem to go away to soon.
Smells funky, with some lemon sourness. Hay, herbs, grass, cream, nice orchard fruit (pear, quince, yellow apple), bit of apricot, cherry plum, even tropical hints. A hint of brandy warmth up the nostrils.
There's a great yeasty complexity here, complemented by the hops. Initially, rich orchard fruit, like fresh pear, apple (hints of cider), peach, leading to some musty white grape and even a bit of mango juice. Rich citrus too, getting bitter and bitter, from light tangerine to grapefruit. Light grainy backbone, with a nice splash of honey to help all the flavors stick. The saison funk marries perfectly with the grassy hop, giving off a really strong "field" taste (aside of a light moldy feel), with herbs, green barley, straw, lemongrass, peppermint and lots(!) of floral notes, dry and perfumey to go along with the bitter dry finish. That's not all, there's also clove and some white pepper, trying to shine along with the funk.
Medium body, smooth carbonation. Aftertaste is rich with spices, funky grass, apple peel, citrus peel, light tropical fruit and a bit of alcoholic warmth that reminds of mixed fruit schnapps.
This is not just a hop driven saison, it's a monster of saison with hops integrated perfectly. They never steal the show, only complement the yeasty complexity. Awesome on so many levels.

Photo of NooseJustice
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Oh cool. Make me review this in order to give a rating. How's this for a review?

Photo of humuloner22
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is almost too clean!

Appearance: Light golden color with lots of light froth!

Smell: Not as hoppy/dank/floral as you would expect it would be. I couldn't find a date on this one, but I wonder if it might be on the older side?

Taste: Light, kind of thin, finishes really really clean! Its amazing really how clean this beer finishes. It could be a very dangerous beer on a hot day, considering it is 8%! Some floral notes, not much alcohol, maybe a little bit of some Belgian yeast going on. But not really dank or funky in that respect. Its an animal all of its own. Thus far my experience with Prairie has been with stouts but this is a very interesting version for sure.

Overall: Its the cleanest beer I think I have ever drank, it leaves no sticky residue in the mouth after drinking it. Its kind of like a saison, but not really. I don't know how to describe this beer because its not really an IPA and its not really a Belgian hopped up ale either. Its very unique really. Totally enjoyable.

Photo of philbe311
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was excited to stumble upon this recently while traveling through Maryland... A standard pour yields a voluminous three plus fingers worth of light airy fluffy snow white head comprised of mostly huge chunky bubbles... Excellent retention... Once settled, there is a mostly full veil of lacing and moderate-to-thick collar... The color is a slightly pale mix of light straw and muted amber... A moderate bit of carbonation some of which clings to the glass and some of which rises briskly throughout... Some lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head starts to settle... The nose is big and assertive... It's equal parts Belgian yeast blast and citrusy hop goodness... It smells like you're standing right next to the brew kettle... Vibrant lemon and orange zest... Some nice light earthy character as well... Grassy and Belgian yeast to start... A bit of an earthy hop bite throughout... Some light peppery notes on the finish... On the fuller side of light bodied... Very delicate... Limited carbonation... Airy, but not thin in any way... Just a subtle touch of dryness... Quite unique and enjoyable mouthfeel... A very unique and highly enjoyable brew... A tremendous introduction to Prairie Artisan Ales... The Saison character wins out by a bit, but the American hop presence add layers of complexity and dimension that make this a must try for any self respecting beer geek...

Photo of Franziskaner
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep gol in color with a slight haziness in the body. Vibrant carbonation bubbles are plentiful. There's a half inch of eggshell colored minuscule sized carbonation bubbles. Aroma is comprised of sourdough bread,tropical hops and grassy saison yeast. I taste a blend of sourdough bread,tropical hops and earthy saison yeas. The tropical hops really give it a unique twist. APA meets saison. There's plenty of carbonation and the mouth is crisp and refreshing.

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium gold with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head poured three fingers of frothy ivory foam which has slowly subsided and compacted. Quite attractive indeed.

Smell: grassy and lemony with a bit of funk and just a hint of tartness underneath. Quite good.

Taste: relatively strong funk with a nicely grassy and rather grainy character. A little more dank and complex than the aroma; definitely a good beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a bodacious carbonation and a concomitantly massive creaminess. Almost perfection!

Overall: a highly drinkable and tasty beer. 7% isn't giant nowadays, but this thing drinks like a session beer. What a treat!

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

A: poured into a Duvel tulip to a bright and cloudy yellow with a two finger dense white head that retains very well and leaves decent lacing
S: smells of fresh juicy hops, tropical fruits, and citrus
T: taste is tropical fruits, citrus, a little bit of spicy yeast, and some dry cracker like malt swallow brings more citrus and tropical fruits.
M: fairly light on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing oily hop finish
O: A delicious and heavily hopped saison. the saison characteristics are hidden behind the heavy handed hop notes but they do sometimes make an appearance.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy gold color with an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. The brew smells like straw, grassy and citrusy hops, yeast, mango, citrus peel, and earthiness. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some peppery spice, tropical fruit, grainy malt and a bit of peach noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's well carbonated and goes down pretty easy. I think it's a good hoppy saison, another quality Prairie brew! It's pricey at $10.99 a bottle, but it's a tasty brew! Definitely worth trying.

Photo of draheim
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500mL into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale straw w/ a fluffy white head, good retention.

Aroma is slightly funky Belgian yeast and nice aromatic, citrusy hops.

Taste is likewise a blend of Belgian funk and citrusy hops. Juicy but dry. Grassy. Everything really works nicely.

Mouthfeel is balanced and satisfying. Medium body, great carbonation. Nice gently bitter finish.

Overall an outstanding, well-crafted beer. Reminds me of some of my favorite dry-hopped saisons from the likes of Logsdon and Upright.

Photo of tylerk88
2/5  rDev -52.3%

How does this have a 94?! Taste is earthy with that typical belgian flavor, but a very thin mouthfeel & the hop taste is weak is totally forgettable. This is my least favorite Prairie offering to date.

Photo of Cresant
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured this 16.9 oz brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The body was golden an a bit cloudy. The big brittle head was white and left a cap of foam.

The smell was earthy. Belgian yeast and leafy hops.

The taste was of earthy hops, grassy. Unripe pears. Drying but light bitterness.

The mouthfeel was thinner than expected.

Photo of HipCzech
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Serving: 22 oz bottle poured into a Riedel Vinum Bordeaux glass.

Appearance: Hazy, straw yellow with a rocky white head. A thin layer of froth lingers throughout with some lacing.

Smell: Some sweet, bready malt with citrus, herbal hops, Belgian yeast and a bit of tart funk.

Taste: Very clean and refreshing; delicately malty body (less than in the nose) and light, fruity tartness, with a crisp and dry, slightly medicinal, hoppy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body and lively carbonation.

Overall: Bright, refreshing saison, layered with hoppy and fruity notes. No hint of its 8% ABV.

Photo of avalon07
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A nice aroma of light fruit, yeast, spices, and malt.

T: Tasted of yeast, light hops, malt, tropical fruit (mango), and spices. A surprisingly subtle flavor that gets better as you go along. It doesn't jump out at you, but it has a definite complexity.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well made and easy to drink saison. Not quite as aggressive as some of the style, but definitely tasty.

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Not enough flavor

Photo of OsoRojo
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

disappointed in this one after all the good words I had heard. just not enough of a saison or hoppy....kinda down the middle of the road at 55mph. good beer but not outstanding. 3.5 is all it gets from me

Photo of BMMillsy
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%

On tap at Gainesville World of Beer. Pours cloudy yellow with a creamy white one finger head into my tulip. Aroma of big funky saison yeast, grassy hops, some pine, very sweet honey notes, and some other fruits in there. Flavor follows with very sweet fruits from the hops, a bit of zesty citrus peel bite, grass, honey. Mouthfeel is thicker than expected, but lightened up by the high carbonation. Overall this was very nice, but not what I had expected going in. Definitely a good beer, but easily one of my least favorite Prairie saisons out there.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

We crack a bottle, pouring into our oversized tasting snifters. It shows a dusky antique golden coloring, holding a one and a half finger tall head of creamy, fluid white bubbles. This is highly reproducible, and shows nice retention, leaving ridged, corded lacing around our glasses circumferentially. A thick haze permeates clarity, while dense aggregates of sediment float to the bottom of the swill. Carbonation appears to be moderate. Wafting past the olfactory receptors is an airy, flowery blend of musky pale and wheaty maltiness, molded barley and hay, gentle smoky plastics, white pepper spice, dried honeycomb, wax, herbal and perfumed floral hops, green grassy resins, sweet bubblegum esters, dripping juicy fruitiness of mango and pineapple, mild barnyard funk, and orange balm bitters. The following taste is much lighter than expected, but packed with flavoring. Notes include thick and souring toasted and raw damp hay, bright green grassy and herbal hoppiness, dried mango and pomegranate fruitiness, under ripe plantains, urea, bitter citric peel, yeasty metallics, dusty pale maltiness, bitter cucumber skins, old paperback book spine, pencil lead, bitter currant and gooseberry, bubblegum esters, sea salt and seaweed, white flour, and distant cloven phenols. The body is on the lightest edge of medium, and carbonation is solidly medium. Each sip gives hearty slurp, smack, cream, froth and glug, however, and the finish is drying and clean. The mouth is thus left with a cooling and dripping wet coating that makes way for a high and tight chalky astringency. The abv is appropriate, and drinkability remains high throughout.

Overall, we’ve been very excited to try our first brew from Prairie, and our first brew from Oklahoma!! This one certainly fits the bill, and doesn’t disappoint. It is a nice and dank saison, overdone with a thorough dry hopping. This allows for the hops to become part of the equation, without overwhelming it. Said hops are subtle but add a definite bitterness to the taste that continually enhances and deepens with warmth. Every component here is really well defined. The finish is crisp, clean, and intensely drying, and is probably the most enjoyable and memorable aspect of this beer. They really hit that stylistic point right on the head. There has been a big outflowing of these hop-driven saisons lately, and the cultural shift is nearly palpable. This is no doubt a product of that revolution, and it is welcomed with open arms. We can’t wait to see what else Prairie has in their arsenal.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Still catching up on my PAA beer review notes--I drank this one back on 8/21/14. Enjoyed out of a brown 500 mL bottle with a cryptic numeral stamped on the neck that could be a date, but it's too hard to decipher--maybe it says 06 for June? That said, I think this is the first year they've done this beer in the 500 mL capped bottles instead of the C&C 750 mL, so best guess, this beer was bottled a month or two ago. Poured into a North Coast tulip glass with a wide flair around the rim.

Appearance (4.25) - Pours a honey golden amber color with a considerable amount of opacity to the body and a pretty uniform hue throughout. Atop sits a off-white colored head about two fingers thick, made up of small and medium bubbles that begin to swell and eventually dissipate, leaving a fine, almost nonexistent film across the surface of the liquid and a healthy ringlet of suds around the edge of the glass. Retention is excellent, and as I drink the liquid down it leaves soapy rings of lace across the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.25) - A fantastic blend of fruity, pungent hops and more spice-driven notes of the saison yeast. It's interesting, because both bring the impression of fruit to mind, but one brings it in a fresh-picked, juicy sort of way (the hops), while the other brings it in a more dried fruit, estery characterization. Notes of mango and orange peel dance with hints of dried apricot and preserved spiced pear, all buoyed by a subtle grassy undertone and suggestion of whole grain cracker.

Taste (4.25) - Very similar in nature to the aroma, with a multi-dimensional fruit explosion taking place in my mouth. More tropical fruit in the vein of mango and passionfruit with a touch of citrus zest, and here, the yeast-based dried fruit element is less overt, lending just a subtle spice of coriander and white pepper. The grassy sensation from the aroma is now more of a generic herbal component, and the malt provides a healthy backbone of table crackers to convey the hoppy, yeasty cocktail.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - On the medium end of light bodied, with moderate-to-high carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall (4.25), I have to say this is one of my favorite beers from Prairie, and perhaps my favorite saison. Of course, I'm a sucker for the heavily hopped saisons, but they aren't all done well--it's just that this one is. It's the kind of marriage between the two core elements of American (hops) and Belgian (yeast) styles that provides incentive for brewers to keep pushing boundaries, because when they work, sometimes they really work.

Photo of FLima
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber color with a two finger head with medium retention.
Nice aroma mixing a Saison with an APA with notes of passion fruit, herbal, mild pine, Saison yeast, peaches and mango.
Flavor of pineapples, Saison yeast, herbal notes, tangerine, lemon, peaches, grapefruit, strawberries and finishing with a mild funky touch. Mildly dry aftertaste with a grassy and funky lingering taste.
Medium body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 7% is well hidden.
This is sure one of the best Saisons I had. I loved the American twist to it. Great fruity complexity. You got to try this.
Ap.3,5 Ar.4,25 Sab.4,5 Sens.4,5 Cj.4,5

Photo of freneticamnesic
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

A - Slightly cloudy orange-gold, like a blonde or tripel; fluffy white head, dissipated quickly

S - Toast, caramel, apples

T - Flowery bitter hops up front give way to citrus, toasted malts and green apples

M - Smooth and creamy

O - Amazing balance between hops and lightly toasted malts and fruit

to view more.
Prairie Hop from Prairie Artisan Ales
93 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.