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Prairie Hop - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 146
Hads: 994
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 3.06%
Wants: 113
Gots: 164 | FT: 10
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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 UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (1,403 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (2,275 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
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 peels, pith, and fruit that lends sweetness. 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. (560 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle with label somewhat reminicent of Pretty Things.

A: Opens with a robust pop and pours a hazy yellow-orange with a solid two-finger fine white head which slowly fades to a cap leaving rings and spotty lace.

N: Wonderful fruity peaches, mango, and tangerine citrus and tropicals, with a slight belgian yeasty note. Floral, herbal/grassy.

T: Bready yeast, mildly pepper spice, citrus peel, melon fruit, trace funk. Liquid sunshine.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Dry and yeasty finish.

O: Blending of Simcoe and Citra hops lend an IPA-ish quality while the yeast and spices balance the traditional saison/farmhouse style. Really nice and would have again. (698 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
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). (2,387 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking beer. Very earthy. Kind of a grassy, mildly inky, clay-ish thing going on. Floral and perfume tones are there as well. Very faint touch of sweet with a doughy and yeasty thing there too. Nice Belgian style ale. Love to see American breweries producing Belgian ales on this level. (292 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
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 (883 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 superspak
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with Cyde. 750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 dating stamped on the cork. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pineapple, peach, lemon zest, tangerine, mango, pear, apple, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, hay, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of pineapple, peach, tangerine, lemon zest, mango, pear, apple, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, hay, grass, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, peach, mango, tangerine, hay, floral, grass, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hop and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a fair amount of malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, lightly slick, and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic dry hopped saison! All around great complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops, malt, and fruity/spicy yeast esters; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,528 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

White head with some lace left. Color is a hazy golden orange.

Flavor profile: very fruity and hoppy. Clementines, tangerines, and oranges. Floral and pine hops. Kind of herbal. Belgian yeast with some dryness. It has grape like flavors with some tannins. A light amount of barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel: smooth with a slight bitterness. Kind of funky. Lighter bodied. Nice carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, a really solid saison. I loved how fruity and hoppy this one was. Very drinkable! (495 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass. Solid pop off the cork.

Deep orange to murky yellow body, and quite opaque. Not much noticeable carbonation. Head is fleeting, bright white and two fingers, but with a very soapy appearance. Dissolves quickly, and leaves a fizzy collar.

Fantastic bouquet. Huge tropical pineapple and grapefruit quality. Big juiced grapefruit notes, earth hop and mushroom and green garden herbality. A spritzy mimosa like carbonation quality of fruit as well.

Bright tasting fruit palate. Big spritzy and hop forward tropical notes and fruit juice. Hop bitter quality with a zesty oil, hot flashing quick and subtle peppers on the aftertaste. Supper crisp dry body with light quenching and coating mouthfeel. Good amount of malt sweetness and hints of Belgian cand y slightly it seems.

A fresh fruity dry and hoppy like mimosa in a glass. Quite tasty like most Prairie brews. (905 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 BillRoth
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Will for getting me a bottle from Sid at Best Damn Beer/Krisp in San Diego. Had been hearing the hype about this OK brewery and was curious. Frankly, wasn't ready for this. Wow! What a great sensory experience. Opened and poured like a Saison. Looked good...but most do. Head and retention was a bit better than expected, but typical Saison look is not exactly a high point. None the less ...it looked like a good farmhouse brew.
Then it jumped out. Aroma was wonderfully fresh and bright with massive fruit hop scents. Brilliant citrus and mango/peaches. The taste just took it to another level. Hints of hay/grass and a touch of funk. Bready with oats and maybe some rye...but again just exploding with fruit.
It was like this great marriage of a very high quality farmhouse ale with big time west coast hops. Many have tried, but in my mind no one has accomplished it until Prairie. This is just one wonderful drinking beer. Mouth feel was soft and not overly carbonated. Yet still dry and crisp. refreshing! Rolled easily in mouth and on the tongue.
These guys know how to brew beer, and have a great sense of fresh flavor and aroma. This may not be your classic saison, but it may very well be your favorite. This is a special very very tasty beer.
Send more! (1,276 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 dcmchew
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (1,403 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bottle purchased in California, and brought back to Sydney, where I shared it with Rich and Sam.

Pours a bright golden colour with a hazy, solid body. Head is a creamy white, creating a full and frothy crest that's quite gorgeous. Lacing forms in streaky patterns down the glass. Light carbonation forms when tilted. Looks good.

Earthy basis on the nose, sprinkled with lemony hops trending towards a noble overtone: slightly herbal. Some clean acid comes through, sharper notes like fizzing aspirin and round mulchy hay. Very solid and big. Great stuff.

Taste is wonderful. Light, clean, zesty entry with characters of apricot and peach coming through, before the middle smooths out beautifully. Here there's a rounded complexity, green herbal tones, a touch of buttery sweetness cleaned up by a clean acidity. Finish has pepper and spice, a little funk-like acidity, green tomatoes, more apricot. It's just fresh and delicious, with an afterpalate that lingers for a long time.

Feel is bright and buoyant. A wonderful counterpart to the flavours.

This is a superb saison in any case: the hops just raise it to the level where it's genuinely exciting. It's a gorgeous beer. (1,202 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours an apricot body with strands of microbubbles supporting a thick rocky snow white head.

S- The fresh raw barley aroma leads to a green grassy hop finish.

T- The nice dry but jammy apricot hops leads to some unripe stone fruit with a slight sweet finish that adds to the freshness. There are some Belgian yeast esters of green fruit and some pungent green hop notes that linger.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- The full juicy hops has some great compliments in the yeast esters and some nice malt support. This beer drinks very fast. (637 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another great looking bottle from Prairie.

Pours a thick toffee color with a nice head; head fades pretty quickly though.

Smells of grassy hops and sweet fruit: I get peaches, bananas, other tropical fruit. Lovely aroma.

Taste is a little different: less sweetness for sure, a fair amount of bitter hops up front, but again a very strong dose of peach, some other fruit, some grassy hops. This is a really unique flavor profile, never had a hoppy beer with quite so much peach flavor before.

Mouthfeel is good, lots of carbonation and very drinkable.

Another great beer from Prairie, and maybe the most original of the bunch. Super fruity hops and overall a very well balanced beer. Good stuff, I'm really impressed by this brewery!

8.7/10 (745 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium gold with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head poured three fingers of frothy ivory foam which has slowly subsided and compacted. Quite attractive indeed.

Smell: grassy and lemony with a bit of funk and just a hint of tartness underneath. Quite good.

Taste: relatively strong funk with a nicely grassy and rather grainy character. A little more dank and complex than the aroma; definitely a good beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a bodacious carbonation and a concomitantly massive creaminess. Almost perfection!

Overall: a highly drinkable and tasty beer. 7% isn't giant nowadays, but this thing drinks like a session beer. What a treat! (725 characters)

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 1 pint .9 fl oz bottle on August 11, 2015. Look is cloudy gold with a thick head and lingering lacing. Smell is lemon, some spice and yeast. Taste is a blend a bitter citrus fruit flavors, yeast, and herb and spice notes. Feel is medium in body with a dry finish. (297 characters)

Photo of SadMachine
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden orange with a billowing white head of large bubbles that leaves spotty lacing

S- The aroma is a bit confusing as it first smells like a bright citrusy IPA, but that is followed by light barnyard funk, grains, and farmhouse yeast. There are some nice melon notes as well.

T- Taste is melony and yeasty, with a good bit of grain flavor as well. Some grassiness and floral notes come through.

M- The mouthfeel is medium with a ton of effervescent carbonation.

O- Overall this is a very nice saison, though it could use some more pronounced/defined flavors. (581 characters)

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Prairie Hop from Prairie Artisan Ales
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