Prairie Hop - Prairie Artisan Ales
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Reviews by jlindros:
4.28/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
New brewery showed up at the store, with Belgian style Farmhouse beers, which I love these days. And not too expensive, with decent reviews, so I had to get the two. I'll try the Hop first.
Wow, the really twisted the handle of the crown, it probably has about 15 twists and almost impossible to turn now. Then it got twisted on itself, so needle nose pliers made quick work of it.
Finally pours a pasty white bubbly fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, some decent lacing, semi clear a little hazy golden honey color.
Nose is quite nice, a blend of floral hops and farmhouse aromas. I'll start with the farmhouse saison aromas, wheat, grainy malts, hay, dried grass, lemon zest, light spices, a very light farmhouse funk, and a light fluffy Belgian golden malt. Then hops, floral, light leafy grassy, a bit of a citrus zest, slightly herbal. Some earthiness too between the funky saison yeast and grassy hops. Lemony citrus aromas eventually end up taking over mostly as it warms and swirls in my glass.
Taste starts with the saison funk, little funky yeast then quickly into the saison malts, grassy wheat, fresh cut grass, dried hay, floral lemon grass, etc. It also brings light golden Belgian malts, a little grainy malt base, a light sweetness and juicy feel. Saison also brings light spices, lemon zest and citrus spray, and a little yeasty farmhouse funk flavors. Then into hops, floral fresh hops, lighter but nice, light leafy grassy flavors, little earthy and touch spicy, as well as a bit of the citrus, lemon zest and touch of fresh orange flesh. The bitterness starts light but ramps a bit as it goes, as the hops progress they get slightly spicy and earthy, chewy even. The finish gets a bit drier but still slightly sticky, long fairly bitter hop, little earthy, some leafy and grassy, with light saison grainy malts, lemongrass, hay, and light saison funk and spices.
Mouth is med bodied, lots of fluffy carbonation, juicy feeling.
Overall pretty nice, a well done saison and nice fresh hops to go with it. The hops go well with teh saison as expected, nice grassy little leafy and floral, some lemony citrus zest, and just enough bitterness. the saison flavors are on nicely too, not too much funk which would have overpowered the subtle hops, drinkable and tasty, well done. I would drink quite a few of these no problem (not in a row of course).
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2013 00:54:08 | More by jlindros
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4.64/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Look: Pours with huge, thick (medium sized bubbles), off-white (light yellow hue) head. It has slow retention, mostly diminishing. Medium thick layer stays on top for the ride and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Color on first pour is low hazy golden (apricot, pink hue), cloudy as fck on the second pour.
Smell: Dominant apricots then some peach, tangerine, citrus, zest and lighter tropical fruits, pine, noble hop. Light acidity, sharpness suits it very well - together with apricots make it a superb fresh smell. Sweet caramel lingers around also some light funkiness, earthy, herbal yeast. Outstanding, fresh, complex.
Taste: Pine, grapefruit, zest, noble hop notes rise a bit compared to smell. Apricots still dominant. Some earthy, acidity yeast notes too. Everything is connected with well balanced, light to medium caramel, herbal honey sweetness. Also light spice to be found. Medium pine, grapefruit bitterness stays for a while.
Mouthfeel: Relatively crisp, medium body, lightly dry with fair amount of carbonation. Maybe, not sure, some warming alcohol right at start, but goes away very fast.
Overall: Love this one, fresh yet complex and offers a lot to observe and play with. Everything in good balance with nice smooth apricot notes in front.
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2014 20:48:39 | More by tmzl
3.89/5 rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pour is a very hazed light golden yellow with a tight white head. Nose has a nice dusty yeast with a hint of tangy spice. Lots of golden fruits from the saison and notes of it from the hops. Taste is even more dusty and yeast forward with a great balance of bright golden fruits in back. Light hop bitterness that adds to the flavor. Very dry finish, lighter body and assertive carbonation. Really nice stuff here, but gets a touch sweeter as it warms.
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2014 01:21:59 | More by cpetrone84
Prairie Hop from Prairie Artisan Ales
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