Prairie Hop - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 111
Gots: 150 | FT: 9
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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.
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Photo of muthe
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

perfectly stated packaging, opens to reveal a most excellent aroma. It pours with a rich golden straw color, crowned by dense pale head that slowly reduces to a thin ever present visually pleasing icing for this wonderful slice of rich cake. The taste is incredible, it as if someone has taken my favorite IPA and Blended it with the best of Belgian saisons. this beer left me satisfied yet wanting another like a a drug addict needing another fix.

Photo of mjstacker
4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pretty close to perfect,

Literally looks like fresh apple cider, cloudy and dense.

Smell is not it's strongest point, but smells musty and cloudy (if that's possible).

Taste is near perfect Farm House, slightly sour with some spice and hint of fruit.

Mouthfeel, feels like carbonated beer.

Overall, sick, literally might be a top-5 beer in my life. Big statement, i realize but i think this beer is fantastic. That said, Farm House is my favorite style.

Photo of ktblue22
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Ohhh this beer pretty much melts in my mouth. Its absolutely beautiful - I am in love with this beer. It pours a very hazy burnt orange with a vital 2 inch head. It tastes like amber honey after its been warmed in the sun - The taste is smooth, perky with a beautiful balance of malt and hops.

Honestly, this beer tastes like what the nectar of the God's must taste like. It makes me want to cry I can't get it where I live!!! Trading partners???? If you're out there, find me.

Photo of turfy
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As near a perfect beer as you can get, especially for warmer weather. Opened a bottle courtesy of regular trading partner Chocosushi. Pours a nice orange-golden color with a creamy white head. Nice lacing with a prominent ring that lasts throughout the drink. The nose reminds me of PTE ... lots of hoppy pineapple, tangerine, and citrus aromas, with just a touch of saison/farmhouse yeast. Taste follows the nose...simply fantastic! Perfect body and mouthfeel for a saison. To me, this is what a saison would be if Russian River took their recipe for PTE and made a farmhouse version. One of the best beers I have had in the past year. Extremely well done, Prairie, and I look forward to your distribution area arriving in Texas soon.

Photo of ryaneasterling
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A beautiful, subtle, and hop minded Saison/Farmhouse Ale. I didn't catch much "grassy" flavour but I did notice the subtle hop complexity and dangerous drinkability. This is a nod to the hop hysteria of the current beer landscape without being an abrasive hop bomp. It also avoids the trap of malt overload. This is a wonderful beer that just so happens to be up my "alley".

Photo of MinorThreat
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from C&C Bottle into snifter.

A-Pours a hazy light orange color with a big pillowy white head and reasonable lacing, minimal head retention

S-Bright notes of peach, tropical fruit, light citrus and spicy herbs with a subtle fruit sweetness, really nice

T-Brilliant tangy peach, bright orange peel and a little sweet funk. Incredibly well integrated while letting the finishing hops both compliment the base beer and shine as the dominate flavor. Exceptional

M-Lively and well carbonated with a spicy, cleansing finish. Spot on for a Saison

O-I have been fortunate enough to have every offering from Prairie and (withholding an infected bottle of Noir) and while they are all exceptional, I think Prairie hop is my favorite. It's so bright and vibrant with a really nice peachy presence (Citra Hopped?) that transcends the nose and taste. It's exceptional.

Photo of Ri0
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured 25.4oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Golden haze orange in color with 2 finger white head. Slowly fades with almost no ring remaining. Lacing is almost non existent.

S - Citrus and straw some light biscuit and yeast.

T - Taste is incredible. Big juicy citrus and tropical fruit with lemon. Mild spice with a Belgian yeast. Finishes with a touch or tart and bitter, but not much. This is similar to Ale Asylum Bedlam, but I like this even more.

M - Light and crisp with nice carbonation. Very refreshing.

O - This could be one of the best Saisons brewed. I wish this was distributed to WI, because I would buy it frequently in the summer months. Way to go Prairie Ales. Thank you 4balance!

Photo of Damian
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a corked and caged 1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a tulip

Cute and hip label artwork. Nicely done. After a loud pop of the cork, the beer poured a near crystal clear, light amber color. The liquid was capped by a fluffy, cottony, three-finger crown that slowly dropped to a lasting dollop of foam. While the head was quite impressive, I was disappointed by the minimal lacing.

The nose was outstanding. Amazingly complex and dynamic. The saison-like notes were well matched by fruity American C-hops. Clean, crisp and hay-like with a distinct farmhouse yeastiness. Fresh, grassy and floral. Lemony. Perhaps a touch musty with subtle hints of barnyard. The punchy, citrusy American hops contributed strong notes of candied orange peel and subtle hints of tropical fruits.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose but more hop forward. Strong, fruity and phenolic, Belgian yeast notes were instantly recognizable. Crisp and fresh with a stiff, pale malt backbone. Lots of citrusy hop character. Again, orange peel dominated. Some grapefruit was noticeable as well. Super smooth and not at all bitter. The finish was dry, grassy and immensely refreshing. As the beer warmed, the hops became more pronounced.

The liquid felt light, frothy and fluffy with a lively, bubbly effervescence. Slick, creamy and smooth on the palate.

Prairie Hop took a Belgian style beer and melded it with an American hop profile better than any other offering I have tried. This is truly a world class saison.

Photo of TBoneJones
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This cork barely needs to be touched to start popping. ? Interesting. Pours a great-looking unfiltered hazy golden/ deep yellow-orange with plenty of visible carbonation and a perfectly fluffy white header.
Hops I smelled immediately upon the uncorking. This smells fantastic. Citrusy hops, grapefruit, and yes a funk of its own. Hard to describe, to me like a barnyard peanut buttery leather (perhaps my nose's interpretation of Belgian yeast) surrounded by those fresh juicy hops.
The taste is right along the same path. The hops are juicy and then their bitterness rushes the funky part of the grainy-nut flavor through my mouth with ample carbonation and a medium/slightly thick creamy and refreshing mouthfeel. I also get a subtle herbal flourish, and orange rind is in there too. The slightly antique flavor I took as peanut butter sits well in the aftertaste, somehow. The finish is dry but right. The foam from the head is intact halfway through the chalice into which I poured this, appearing like cream. Nice. I dont recall having a beer that kept such a thick-top form. Unique brew. Recommended by local retailers here in north Texas, however I passed on it until now. Curiosity paid-off big time. Oklahoma is on the craft map here in a big way with in my opinion. This is as of now my second favorite Saison. Excellent overall. High drinkability. Seek.

Photo of StuporJew
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 Ml. Bottle into my trusty DFH tulip.

A - Pours a hazy, golden yellow that is hard to see through, just as it should be.
An agressive pour generates 2 fingers of creamy, opaque head that sticks around for a bit, and leaves an almost angelic lacing on the glass.

S - Grass, tangerine, grapefruit, and Lemongrass greet the nose.
There's a hint of pineapple in there, as well. Why can't this beer be from Texas?
It smells so good, I want to snuggle with it, even though it is 90 degrees outside right now! (And it's after midnight...)

T - Herbal notes hit hard on the front of the palate. More Lemongrass, light lemon zest, thyme, and melon rind abound, with more blue-tip Bermuda grass (I know what it tastes like... I WAS CURIOUS!!! So HUSH.) rounding out this smooth operator. Wow. This is possibly as close to a "Nectar of The Gods" Saison as you're going to get.

M - Creamy, and lingering, with a heavy, but not overpowering carbonation. The bubbles serve to push the flavors across your palate, but not to strip, or overpower it in any way. This beer is so full, in so many ways, that words don't do it justice.

O - Possibly one of the best Saisons I have ever had... and it's from OKLAHOMA. (No offense, folks, but your near-beer gives me mononucleosis) All in all, a delight, and a true feast for ALL of the senses, as far as any beer can be concerned. Considering I started my night by taste testing a Cooper's Stout clone with Coffee whilst bottling, to get the right level of coffee in my home-brew, this beer is spot-on. (You think my palate would be wrecked by now... Thank God for mineral water.) DRINK THIS BEER NOW. If you don't, you might never forgive yourself!

Cheers,

Matt The Beer-Guy

Photo of lookitzwess
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a wonderful complement to the burger that I just got done eating. Cheers!

Photo of TX-Badger
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I picked up a few bottles while in Norman for business and I'm very glad I got them. Onto the review.

A - Prairie Hop has a cloudy golden color, almost a straw color. Poured into a Dogfish head glass and it left a small amount of lacing.

S - On the nose I get a nice fruitiness, ripe citrus, grapefuit and lemon, and plenty of hoppy goodness.

T - On the palate I get the fruit I smelled on the nose, grapefruit and some lemon, maybe even a little orange. There is a slight sweetness on the finish to go along with the pine from the hops, very well balanced, maybe leaning just a little more on the hop side.

M - Full-bodied and rich on the palate, and the carbonation is just right.

O - A very well done Belgian style beer, reminds me of a Belgian IPA. It is a very well done saison/farmhouse ale that offers so much more than just a typical saison, as I stated before, I really would have guessed this more to be an unfiltered Belgian style IPA. Very well done, and I hope they keep making more!

Photo of darocny
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Prairie Hop

Meringue head. Moderate retention and lacing.

Fuzzy orange color.

Delicate funk in the nose with orange and fruit rind. Extremely well integrated.

Moderate carbonation and slick on the tongue. Very refreshing. Lemon and orange citrus in the front quickly followed by mild herbal with no spiciness. Ends dry, but very mellow. Great after taste that continues to linger. This is a perfectly well-rounded and balanced beer that goes beyond its parts.

A delicately hopped saison that is among the best I have ever had.

Photo of tmzl
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Resuin
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a becker glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent (not super hazy but fairly hazy) amber/gold and leaves a couple fingers of white head, which lingers around for a bit.

Smell: Quite an aroma - very herby/grassy with some nice citrus hoppiness to it. Very pleasant and light. Pepper, lemon, citrus, light coriander, grass, mango. Mouth-watering.

Taste: Matches the smell. Grassy with plenty of light & pleasant spices, citrus, orange peel, lemon zest. It really does remind me of a prairie (whatever that means). Very light and balanced flavors - I'm intrigued that this says 7% ABV, this one seems like an awesome session saison but that would be a little risky. That said, very sessionable flavor.

Mouth-feel: Medium, very nice carbonation with a medium to light body. Fairly light and fluffy. Maybe a hint of a syrupy texture to it, but definitely not that noticeable. This one goes down really smooth and nice.

Overall: Extremely refreshing, the hops really add some nice elements to this one. Grassy and fruity this is an excellent saison/hop beer with a tremendous smoothness and balance. I am very impressed with this brew and will be coming back to it often.

Photo of stephens101
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden orange with a shimmering off-white head. Sour grapefruit goodness to the nose. Orange and lemon zest with a little sugar and spice and other light, ripe fruits too. Tastes of lemon, Belgian yeast and grain with a fine hop finish. Dry as can be and a little crackery in the end. So fine. So fine.

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

Near death experience as I open the bottle and the cork shoots out but fortunately the beer itself did not gush. Fills the glass with an attractive hazy orange color and a nice dense and frothy white head on top.

The aroma absolutely kills it with a bright burst of tropical pineapple and mango notes. A bit peachy as well. Is this beer, or a Nantucket Nectars juice blend?

Powerful American hops and a rather fruity saison-yeast make for a damn pleasant drink. Tropical note still come through with a mouthwatering mango flavor and nice citrus note mixed in. More traditional Belgian yeast notes come along as well with a drying earthy note and subtle spice.

Mouthfeel is dry and bubbly. Overall, a new favorite of mine. Excellent use of hops here that play nicely with the farmhouse yeast for an uber-refreshing summer beverage.

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

750ml C&C bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Golden orange with 1-2 fingers of loose, white head. Slightly cloudy with low carbonation and decent retention.

Nose
Peach, apricot, pineapple, lemon, dried grass. and pink peppercorn. Exceedingly aromatic and tropical.

Taste
Wow! Peach, apricot, mango, pineapple and drops of lemon juice. Light pilsner malts, dried grass and a light blanket of barnyard funk. Caramel covered grains with touches of spelt, pine, peppercorn and perfumey florals.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, crisp and dry.

Overall
A beautiful marriage between a sublime American IPA and a fastastically rustic Belgian Saison. My hats off to Prairie Artisan Ales!

Photo of unclejazz
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Portland, Maine and enjoyed in HF glass

This had a vibrant orange color, like a warm horizon at sunset. The smell was of fresh mango and a bite of fresh hop pine. Secondary orange, banana, and pineapple. Taste is, if you can imagine, like the best mcDonald's orange drink I've ever had. Orange Julius with lots of teeth that bite your tongue and hold on as you drink it. This is exactly what it says it is on the bottle, a hoppy farmhouse ale and it's wonderful. See Prairie, drink Prairie.

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 aasher
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a light bodied, very cloudy and somewhat milky gold in color with a one finger, very soapy white head. The nose is in your face pineapple and Belgian yeast paired with a nice level of grassy hoppiness. Great nose. The flavors are bright and hoppy with excellent grassiness, lemon, grapefruit, and it finishes with a pineapple bomb of fruit character in the finish that dominates the after taste. I don't think I've ever seen that much pineapple in any saison. It is very unique and more importantly, incredibly good. You don't notice the 7% at all either, making this one dangerous and overly drinkable. This is my first Prairie experience and it blew me away. This is an incredibly flavorful and special saison. I highly recommend it.

Photo of Rutager
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another one from willandperry, thanks man!

Appearance. Pours a deep gold colour, quite hazy and topped with a finger of frothy white head.

Smell. Trpoical fruits! Papaya, mango, pineapple, all in a big way. There's a little sweet orange and grapefruit and a faint bit of saison yeast underneath all that fruit and an even slighter bit of sweet grainy malts. Very nice!

Taste. Wow, again juicy ripe papaya and mango, candied pineapple, a bit of orange flesh and grapefruit rind, just a little bit of peppery saison yeast and floral hops and a little bit of sweet light malt. Really nice stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Okay, this one blew me away. Just amazing tropical fruit smell and flavour that goes so well with the saison yeast. I need more of this. Thanks again Will!!

Photo of nataku00
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark hazy copper with two fingers of loose off white foamy head. Some light carbonation every now and then.

Nose is tropical fruit, mango, passion fruit, pineapple and peach, coriander and white pepper, light ester quality. Smells nice.

Taste is sweet tropical fruit hop flavors along with a light floral hop. Mellows to biscuit malt sweetness and fruit ester, spicy on the finish with some linger tropical fruit and fresh cut grass.

Light body with good carbonation. Very refreshing.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prairie Artisan Ales - Prairie Hop, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours a hazy golden orange with a small foamy head that retains. Lacing is there but a little on the sparse side.

Smell - Aroma is incredible! Saison typical Belgian sourdough with a hint of brett (rather than a blast) and juicy hops on top. All well blended to the point where it's hard to tell where one ends and the other begins.

Taste - Taste is juicy lemon and citrus hops and then brett sour but not overwhelming, just right. Ends slightly throat warm peppery but not hot.

Mouthfeel - Rests slightly sour and piney hop bitter. Slightly warm and boozy for 7% but otherwise super drinkable. Medium bodied.

Overall - Solid brew, this is my first out of Oklahoma and I am definitely impressed with this brew and would have it again.

Photo of alaimoa
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this gem in Portland,ME at the bier cellar
A: hazy deep gold with crystal off white head and a tiny bit of lingering lace
S: tropical funk with grapefruit peel
T: upfront tart pineapple grapefruit with funk bitterness and medium dry finish
M: medium bubbles, medium thickness

Overall an easy beer to drink and buy if you ever find it

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