Prairie Hop - Prairie Artisan Ales
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3.15/5 rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
750ml served into a 22oz snifter.
A - Hazy golden amber color with 1 finger of micro bubbles that form a tight cap.
S - Fresh green grass, loads of floral hops, pepper, perfumy alcohol, spiced bubblegum, tropical fruit, pineapple, sweet malts, apples, grapefruit peel
T - Spicy yeast, leafy herbal hops, lots of floral, snappy citrus, pine, sweet rich malt underneath, pineapple, lavender, the finish is long with a grassy herbal bitterness.
M - Light to medium body, low carbonation, smooth light flowy feel,
While I appreciate this beer I'm not in love with the hop profile, tongue numbing floral and too much to have more than 1 glass.
Serving type: bottle
12-22-2012 00:37:01 | More by StaveHooks
3.21/5 rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Really excited to try this one. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with cute label art and a hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high; I've enjoyed Prairie's other offerings and haven't had a bad beer from them yet.
Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Cost was $12.99 at a SoCal bottle shop. 8% ABV according to my bottle. "Dry Hopped Belgian-Style Ale."
Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a two finger wide head of beige colour. Decent frothiness. No real creaminess per se. No lacing. Nice thickness. Good retention for the ABV - about 4 minutes.
Body colour is a translucent glowing copper. Nontransparent. Nicely vibrant.
Appealing for the style overall, but not unique or special. I don't notice any overt flaws.
Sm: Lemongrass, lemon zest, pleasant floral hop character, biscuit malt, biscuity yeast, graininess, and a kiss of juicy nectar. On the fruity end, I do get peach, mango, and tangerine. A bit of lemon pepper does come through but isn't as subtle as it is in most great saisons. Hopping is definitely aggressive for the style, but seems well integrated and balanced. Quite clean; not as earthy or funky as most saisons. In fact, I get very little brettanomyces from the aroma. Mild in strength but pleasant. The juicy citrusy hops are a highlight. Really looking forward to trying it.
T: Definite tropical fruit including mango, tangerine, and peach, but also some red apple - which remains through the finish. Apple is well integrated; the beer never comes off cidery. Pleasant floral notes. The hop choices are interesting and atypical if the style, but they work well here.
Disappointingly, I don't get any peppery notes - a flavour I always look for in great saisons as a sort of benchmark for subtlety. Not getting any milky notes either. Little brettanomyces character is present. I do get a bit of alcohol, unfortunately - a definite problem in beers of this style. Not as rustic or earthy as you'd expect.
Lemongrass. Some pale malt. Biscuit malt. Grainy malts. Not really too bready. Cilantro. Spicing overall is quite limited for a saison.
I do get some hop bitterness on the climax, which isn't awful here but is definitely unexpected for a saison.
Mf: Slick and somewhat dry for the style. Definitely a departure from the style. Some residual hop oils are present. Good carbonation, thickness, and body. Suits the flavour profile pretty well.
Dr: A nontraditional saison with aggressive hopping, this offering from Prairie Artisan Ales is well worth trying. But while it gains interesting flavours from its experimentation with American hop additions, it leaves behind the complexity and subtlety inherent in traditional examples of the style. ABV is not well hidden, and I wouldn't call it refreshing, but it's certainly quite drinkable. This isn't my favourite offering from this brewery, but I might get it again on-draught at a good price.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2013 21:43:39 | More by kojevergas
Prairie Hop from Prairie Artisan Ales
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