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Prairie Hop - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 988
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8%
Wants: 112
Gots: 165 | FT: 11
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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 tylerk88
2/5  rDev -52.9%

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. (201 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.18/5  rDev -25.2%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.44/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Turbid orange body with a massive massive white head. Like three fingers+. Stiff peaks. Seriously, I blew on it and it formed a wavecurl and held.

You can tell right away that the yeast is going to play an integral part in this movie: sweet belgian, crisp tart apples are the dominant note here. Some lemon.

Starts off sweet following the apple/lemon blueprint laid out by the nose, but takes a sharp detour into... like baked almond biscotti? Yeah, that reminds me of my classmate's dad's biscotti. NOT what I was expecting. Also, I'm not a huge fan of biscotti in general. I know, I know. Almond gives way and it rededicates to the yeast and hop bitterness of grassy lemon and apple and a slight tart funkiness.
Finish is at once yeasty sweet and sharply bitter.
A unique one per my experience. Probably wouldn't grab it again, but I could see how this would work for some folk (886 characters)

Photo of OsoRojo
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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 (204 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.74/5  rDev -12%

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. (557 characters)

Photo of thebigredone
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden orange color with a three to five finger head.

Smell is of nondescript hops and slightly funky Belgian yeast.

Taste is of vague, bitter hops. No citrus flavors, no real saison flavors, sort of a muddled mediocre beer. Similar to Prairie Standard, though Standard is cleaner and tastier.

Mouthfeel is just fine, nothing special.

Overall, a fine beer by Prairie. Perhaps this wasn't the freshest bottle, as there were no tropical or citrus flavors to be found. Prefer the very similar Standard at $12 a six-pack. (529 characters)

Photo of KATCanada
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
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... (340 characters)

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours light orange with a gorgeous frothy white head with good distribution. Excellent retention, good clinging. Smells of lemon rind, pine needles, spicy and peppery yeast with a touch grass, banana and melon. Taste is of passion fruit up front followed by citrus rind and a faint hint of watermelon rind. Slightly boozy finish with a lingering bitterness. Thin mouthfeel with a tingle on the back of the tongue. A good beer, but I guess I'm more into the yeasty saisons, rather than hoppy ones. (502 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tulip glass.

A: Pours an opaque, gradiated, dark gold, with two fingers of white sand colored head sitting atop, slowly receding. Superb retention: a ring of head lasts for at least an hour, though lacing is minimal.

S: Green apple, grains, a little sweetish malt, fairly earthy notes, and a little peach and mango.

T: Rustic tasting, a little yeast and malt, fruity esters provide some variety, finishing with a mild sweetness and bitterness.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, creamy texture.

O: A nice Belgian ale. The hops are minimal, though, despite the name. Still, it's well crafted for what's there. (614 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Mostly clear golden body. Small white head. Thin collar and some wisps.

Smell - Big tropical fruit. Mango and peach. A little yeasty.

Taste - Big hop presence. Tropical and stone fruits again, but some grassier notes. Pale malt in the midrange and an herbal hop flavor in the finish. Bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. Kinda bitter.

Overall - Not a lot of saison here, but nice hop flavors. Should also be noted that this beer had more of a peach aroma and flavor than two other beers that claimed to have peach added to them. Good stuff. (613 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.91/5  rDev -8%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A cellar temperature 750ml bottle is poured into a McChouffe chalice.

This is a clear orange beer with lots of rising carbonation. The head is off-white and fairly thin. It also didn't last very long. After a minute it is nothing more than a skim of foam.

Very nice citrus hop aroma. I can pick up a little bit of farmhouse yeast, but almost all of the aroma is dominated by the hops.

Like the aroma, this beer's flavor profile is dominated by grapefruit citrus hops. The malt and yeast do contribute, but it is minor. The malt is light enough and the yeast is just funky enough to remind you this is a farmhouse ale and note a hoppy pale. Hop oils and pepper form the yeast give the beer a great finish.

This may be a touch heavier than a typical saison and the carbonation is strong. There is a noticeable coat, but it isn't too sticky. The finish provides a slight tingle.

I like this beer. Dry hopping has made this a very interesting farmhouse ale. Fans of the style should seek this one out! I would have preferred better head retention, but the flavor and aroma are good enough for me to ignore my issues with its appearance. (1,137 characters)

Photo of Lagerhouserules
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This drinks more like a tripel than a saison. You taste the booze. It's pleasant, if abut syrupy. Nice hop presence balances the yeast. Some effervescence but not enough to my liking. Solid but wouldn't buy over a Hennepin (228 characters)

Photo of Profchaos20
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed 06/27/13 22 OZ Bomber in tulip.

A - Pours a hazy gold with orangey hues and a two finger head fluffy off white head. Some lacing.

S - Tropical fruits, Peach, Mango, and Apricot upfront but Peach dominates. Hints of citrus and spice. As the beer warms I begin to pick up some coconut. I really liked the smell at first but Peach and Coconut began to dominate the more it warmed, which I didn't enjoy nearly as much.

T - Tropical fruits and Peach/Apricot upfront. Tastes almost like it was brewed with or aged on Peaches or Apricots. Notes of pepper and spice in there as well and some malt. No bitterness at first but start to get a bit as the beer warms.

M - Light body, medium to high carbonation, dry.

O - Interesting and pretty good Saison. It was just too overwhelmingly peachy/fruity which started to get to me after awhile. This prevents me from putting it with my top Saisons. (907 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

Very light lemony, grassy, hoppy nose with a bit of pine and herbal tones. The flavor starts more piney, with some grassy straw and herbal hop notes. As the beer warms or my palate adjusted this began to really open. It became much more fruity with a strong peach flavor. I also caught notes of mango and tangerine but it seemed the peach was more prevalent. Interesting take on a Saison as the hops seemed to compliment the flavor rather well. (445 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged bottle into a snifter, the beer is a slightly hazed, golden-straw coloring with a frothy, big bubbled, light, bright white head that retains around an inch and a half. Solid stream of carbonation bubbling throughout, also. Aromas of wet greens initially, with some citrus hops highlights and coriander spicing. Flavors are extremely well balanced, with a forward flavor of wet, peppery hops balanced with citrus and berry sweetness. There is a bready and roasted backbone that also blends and supports the spice and funk. Slightly warming, and the smooth body makes this a severely easy drinker. Wow. Candy sweet and herbal aftertaste that balances perfectly, and is subtle enough to draw you further in. Smooth, clean finish, with a hint of citrus and spice left behind to linger. Great brew. (813 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased in San Antonio and shipped back in my luggage. Poured into a tulip.

A very dry brew! A dry saison with the up-front hoppiness of a DIPA. I prefer my hoppy IPA/DIPAs with enough sweetness or maltiness to balance the hoppiness, which can still be very pronounced and over the top. As a Belgian ale Prairie Hop is missing this favorable balance and thus while a tasty beer, it both falls outside of normal style characteristics and my prefered tastes. 4.0

A – Pours a pale golden, cloudy with a big mousey white 2-finger head. 4.5

S – Hoppy apricot then grapefruit, sweetness, some earthy yeastiness. 4

T – Herbal hoppiness, bitter but quickly fades, a little yeasty. No pepperiness though probably overwhelmed by or otherwise masked by the hoppiness. 3.75

MF – Medium-light body, dry finish, no lasting bitterness, very sharp. 4.25 (852 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a huge sudsy head that was almost fist-size in the large tulip glass. It calmed down to a half inch layer that laced sporadically. Hazy orange color. Aromas are spice, lemon, citrus, and sweet grains. Flavor showcases the characteristic twang of a saison with the hoppiness of an APA. Mouthfeel is light and crisp for the style. A very good choice. My sample tasted like it might be past its prime though. (419 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear golden with a very thin white head. The nose is citrus hoppy with a touch of bubble gum and mint. The taste is definitely yeasty with a great underlying slightly floral/citrusy bitterness. The mouthfeel is light-medium with a great hoppiness that lingers. This is a great beer that keeps a great hoppiness throughout drinking with great Belgian yeast characteristics. I'd recommend this beer for others to try, especially of you enjoyed bitter monk. (472 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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. (343 characters)

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pour all Belgian blondes into Duvel glasses because THAT IS HOW I WAS RAISED, LAY OFF ME. Although, you know, this is obviously trying to be like Orval, because that’s the latest weird, unattainable obsession of American craftbrewers.

Anyhow—I’m working on some high-concept reviews involving social commentary and illustrations, and all of those are taking way too much time because I am very busy with actual work. So what we’re gonna do in order to generate content is we’re gonna blow through that giant box of Prairie I got last month. Because this is what Americans do now. Americans love marathonin’ it. Back in the primitive days we’d just watch one episode of the Jeffersons or whatever. Nowadays we watch and entire season of Girls in one night, because entertainment now has to resemble work or else we feel guilty for partaking in it.

So, yeah, this tries to be Orval and it does an okay impersonation. I like it better than Greenflash’s iteration, but the same as Rayon Vert, Hop’s hoppiness is a bit sticky and American and in some un-articulable way it just don’t jibe up with the Belgian Blondey-ness of the beer’s opening half. Pretty good, still. (1,190 characters)

Photo of impending
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed deep copper orange, dense frothy orange tinged egg cream color, excellent lacing.

The aroma reaches from an incredible distance, thick, dense, heavy and airy all the same. The promised tropical fruits and citrus is delivered in spades. superb, wonderful

The saison is buried by the hops. An ipa with saison yeast. The sharp dry twang belies the yeast. High in acidic bitter. The dryness feels as if astringent mouthfeel.
cheers
jd (479 characters)

Photo of MtnBiker
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark amber. Smells of pine, very nice. Grapefruit. As an inexperienced hop head, how should I put this, it has the taste of some great IPA's ive had in the past, with a very good aftertaste. I know what tastes good and what tastes bad when it comes to IPA's and this is high up there on the list of yummy tasting stuff. Nothing bad about this beer's flavor in my opinion, taste is a subjective thing, I know. Try it, I don't think you'll be let down. I recently had a Lagunitas Hop Stoopid and would rank it on about the same level, if that helps. Great beer. (575 characters)

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Prairie Hop from Prairie Artisan Ales
94 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.