Prairie Hop - Prairie Artisan Ales
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4.64/5 rDev +9.2%
Look: Pours with huge, thick (medium sized bubbles), off-white (light yellow hue) head. It has slow retention, mostly diminishing. Medium thick layer stays on top for the ride and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Color on first pour is low hazy golden (apricot, pink hue), cloudy as fck on the second pour.
Smell: Dominant apricots then some peach, tangerine, citrus, zest and lighter tropical fruits, pine, noble hop. Light acidity, sharpness suits it very well - together with apricots make it a superb fresh smell. Sweet caramel lingers around also some light funkiness, earthy, herbal yeast. Outstanding, fresh, complex.
Taste: Pine, grapefruit, zest, noble hop notes rise a bit compared to smell. Apricots still dominant. Some earthy, acidity yeast notes too. Everything is connected with well balanced, light to medium caramel, herbal honey sweetness. Also light spice to be found. Medium pine, grapefruit bitterness stays for a while.
Mouthfeel: Relatively crisp, medium body, lightly dry with fair amount of carbonation. Maybe, not sure, some warming alcohol right at start, but goes away very fast.
Overall: Love this one, fresh yet complex and offers a lot to observe and play with. Everything in good balance with nice smooth apricot notes in front.
02-02-2014 20:48:39 | More by tmzl
3.89/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
01-30-2014 01:21:59 | More by cpetrone84
4.24/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
01-29-2014 03:54:36 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.05/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
01-27-2014 00:10:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.36/5 rDev +2.6%
Picked up on a recent trip south
A - golden color, white head that quickly vanishes
S - I could have smelled this all day - initially big juicy fruits - mango, peach, maybe a little kiwi - citra hops, tropical, a little spicy at the end
T - starts out following the nose - sweet and juicy then the spicier/peppery and yet earthy yeast comes in - they balance together well
M - starts out smooth, finishes dry, nice mid-level carbonation
0 - after bomb! maybe my favorite so far from prairie - lovely drinkable beer. highly recommended - almost a ideal mix of an ipa and a saison
01-22-2014 15:25:03 | More by jwchestnut
4.46/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
01-15-2014 03:49:15 | More by BillRoth
Prairie Hop from Prairie Artisan Ales
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