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Prairie Hop - Prairie Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
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842 Ratings
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Ratings: 842
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 105
Gots: 110 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: StaveHooks on 12-22-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, Belgian yeast, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, Belgian yeast, and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Putting together what's best about authentic farmhouse ale and the newest technique in hop implementation has not only put Prairie on the brewing map, but makes them excel!

And like those classy and rustic saisons, Prairie hop explodes its cork and comes racing into the tulip with exuberant carbonation and near-champagne appearances. It quickly constructs a cottony, airy white head that caps the zesty lightly golden ale beneath. Firm lace and high retention keeps the beer looking regal throughout.

Beautifully aromatic, the beer weaves together the earthy and floral traditional scents of saison with the tropical and citrus notes of today's better sculpted IPA. The fusion gives the nose new impressions with each whiff: mild grapefruit, mangoes, oranges, passion fruit, apricot, apples and lemon all take turn on a carousel of scents. Peppery spice allows notes of lemongrass and lemon pepper to emit just ahead of terse grain sweetness and damp hay.

Flavors reward the palate with all of the juicy and vibrant fruit taste that was introduced in the nose, but without the sweetness that's normally associated with those ripe flavors. Instead the dry malt complexes provide light grain sweetness and mild bread starch. Notions of honeysuckle come to mind as the beer transitions from malt to hops. But the taste of tropical and citrus fruits are a direct carryover from the floral bouquet and seems to be appreciated more in aftertaste than on the middle palate. Finishing herbal, flowery, and pleasantly grassy, the beer turns to clean and crisp bitterness, stopping just shy of IPA proportion.

But the beer's highest praise belongs with its mouthfeel. Its early arid creaminess offers soft impressions but the beer wastes no time developing into dryness and shedding its malt underpinnings. The finish comes quick and in bone-dry fashion. Its spritzy character bounces the beer off of the mouth and carries it into the gullet with ease. Medium warmth, light grassy bite, and prickling carbonation signal closure and encourage a quick revisit to the glass.

The beer is masterful as it really does strike the perfect balance between what's best about properly constructed saison and experimental new-wave hops. Its a delicious beer, making drinkability effortless.

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4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy to clodu golden body with nice lacing and a single finger head without much retention. Aroma of breads, musty belgian yeast, saison funk, clove, tangerine and pineapple citrus. Flavors are very Belgian with yeast, funk, both tart and sweet generic citrus, caramel and breads. A little peppery. Hops are mild and likely provide more of the citrus and earthy flavors. Medium body and moderate carbonation with a semidry finish.

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4.19/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque and murky dark orange, thin layer of white foam on the surface. Soapy, sudsy lace in the glass forming in irregular shapes.

Citric aroma of tangerine and grapefruit from the dry hopping.

Tart grapefruit, tangerine sweetness, peels, pith, and flesh. Earthy bitter greens. Ghostly hint of clover honey in the aftertaste. Tartness is pleasant and fruit-derived, it finishes dry with some lingering herbals from the base saison. Complexity is there, this beer is really well put together and drinkable. For fans of Crooked Stave, Fantome, etc.

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4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

one of the best saisons, if not beers altogether, that ive had in some time. this pours a soft pale amber color, faintly red, with at least two inches of sturdy white head and some suspended yeast. its mysteriously pale, and is emitting scents of far out yeast, fresh and abundant citrus hops, and a medium pale malt body with the dryness of an irish red. the flavor is the best of both worlds as far as hops and wild yeast goes. its familiar like mikkellers farmhouse invasion, minus the brett, substitute spicy apply saison yeast that's got all the farm you can handle. the hops are plenty bitter, but also cleverly fruity, which makes for excellent balance. every sip is different, cascading a new part of my palate, challenging yet comforting me at the same time. the craftsmanship behind the bubbles here is so profound, I promise you the beer world will start to talking about prairie before long. before this weekend, I had never heard of them at all, and this week I was fortunate enough to get a bottle of the noir in my rare beer club, and its burning a hole through my fridge. im sure ill drink it tonight after work unless I can garner some self control. this is maybe the best saison ever made, and it takes a lot for me to say that. the way the aggressive hops and the funky yeast play off each other is pure bliss. do yourself a favor and get a few bottles of this. youll never look back.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours with a small head of white foams n top of very hazy, gold body. The head settles quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - Funky Brett aromas with lots of wheat and tart lemon.

T - Thick wheat and musty yeast character up front with some lightly fruity hops in the middle. Finishes with funk, pepper, and a touch of citrus.

M - Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very nice, the funky yeast character is excellent and while I might like a bit more hop character, I did enjoy what it added to the party.

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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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).

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4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opens with a resounding pop! Love the label on these beers

Pours a chill-hazed bronze/amber with a thumb of ivory colored head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Hay, wet grass, faint lemon & just a bit of dirt/funk. Apple peels as this warms, some coriander & white pepper, plus some apple pie & pear notes

T: Grapefruit, lemongrass, a touch of apricot hiding in the background, along with some tangerine & a touch of funk up front. Green apple peels, funk, grassyness, lemons & grapefruit as this warms, some white pepper & cilantro notes. Finishes with spicy hops, grapefruit, funkyness in subtle doses, apple peel & orange peel

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation, nicely balanced

I like this, very drinkable. This to me, is like Tank 7's slightly smaller brother, a little less in your face with the hops & a touch more funkyness, a bit more overall finesse

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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Prairie Hop from Prairie Artisan Ales
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