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Prairie Hop - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 877
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 100
Gots: 131 | FT: 8
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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 russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

C+

Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of mothman
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of BillRoth
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
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.
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Prairie Hop from Prairie Artisan Ales
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