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Reviews: 140
Hads: 960
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8%
Wants: 112
Gots: 152 | 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 TheBrewo
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

We crack a bottle, pouring into our oversized tasting snifters. It shows a dusky antique golden coloring, holding a one and a half finger tall head of creamy, fluid white bubbles. This is highly reproducible, and shows nice retention, leaving ridged, corded lacing around our glasses circumferentially. A thick haze permeates clarity, while dense aggregates of sediment float to the bottom of the swill. Carbonation appears to be moderate. Wafting past the olfactory receptors is an airy, flowery blend of musky pale and wheaty maltiness, molded barley and hay, gentle smoky plastics, white pepper spice, dried honeycomb, wax, herbal and perfumed floral hops, green grassy resins, sweet bubblegum esters, dripping juicy fruitiness of mango and pineapple, mild barnyard funk, and orange balm bitters. The following taste is much lighter than expected, but packed with flavoring. Notes include thick and souring toasted and raw damp hay, bright green grassy and herbal hoppiness, dried mango and pomegranate fruitiness, under ripe plantains, urea, bitter citric peel, yeasty metallics, dusty pale maltiness, bitter cucumber skins, old paperback book spine, pencil lead, bitter currant and gooseberry, bubblegum esters, sea salt and seaweed, white flour, and distant cloven phenols. The body is on the lightest edge of medium, and carbonation is solidly medium. Each sip gives hearty slurp, smack, cream, froth and glug, however, and the finish is drying and clean. The mouth is thus left with a cooling and dripping wet coating that makes way for a high and tight chalky astringency. The abv is appropriate, and drinkability remains high throughout.

Overall, we’ve been very excited to try our first brew from Prairie, and our first brew from Oklahoma!! This one certainly fits the bill, and doesn’t disappoint. It is a nice and dank saison, overdone with a thorough dry hopping. This allows for the hops to become part of the equation, without overwhelming it. Said hops are subtle but add a definite bitterness to the taste that continually enhances and deepens with warmth. Every component here is really well defined. The finish is crisp, clean, and intensely drying, and is probably the most enjoyable and memorable aspect of this beer. They really hit that stylistic point right on the head. There has been a big outflowing of these hop-driven saisons lately, and the cultural shift is nearly palpable. This is no doubt a product of that revolution, and it is welcomed with open arms. We can’t wait to see what else Prairie has in their arsenal. (2,577 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Still catching up on my PAA beer review notes--I drank this one back on 8/21/14. Enjoyed out of a brown 500 mL bottle with a cryptic numeral stamped on the neck that could be a date, but it's too hard to decipher--maybe it says 06 for June? That said, I think this is the first year they've done this beer in the 500 mL capped bottles instead of the C&C 750 mL, so best guess, this beer was bottled a month or two ago. Poured into a North Coast tulip glass with a wide flair around the rim.

Appearance (4.25) - Pours a honey golden amber color with a considerable amount of opacity to the body and a pretty uniform hue throughout. Atop sits a off-white colored head about two fingers thick, made up of small and medium bubbles that begin to swell and eventually dissipate, leaving a fine, almost nonexistent film across the surface of the liquid and a healthy ringlet of suds around the edge of the glass. Retention is excellent, and as I drink the liquid down it leaves soapy rings of lace across the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.25) - A fantastic blend of fruity, pungent hops and more spice-driven notes of the saison yeast. It's interesting, because both bring the impression of fruit to mind, but one brings it in a fresh-picked, juicy sort of way (the hops), while the other brings it in a more dried fruit, estery characterization. Notes of mango and orange peel dance with hints of dried apricot and preserved spiced pear, all buoyed by a subtle grassy undertone and suggestion of whole grain cracker.

Taste (4.25) - Very similar in nature to the aroma, with a multi-dimensional fruit explosion taking place in my mouth. More tropical fruit in the vein of mango and passionfruit with a touch of citrus zest, and here, the yeast-based dried fruit element is less overt, lending just a subtle spice of coriander and white pepper. The grassy sensation from the aroma is now more of a generic herbal component, and the malt provides a healthy backbone of table crackers to convey the hoppy, yeasty cocktail.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - On the medium end of light bodied, with moderate-to-high carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall (4.25), I have to say this is one of my favorite beers from Prairie, and perhaps my favorite saison. Of course, I'm a sucker for the heavily hopped saisons, but they aren't all done well--it's just that this one is. It's the kind of marriage between the two core elements of American (hops) and Belgian (yeast) styles that provides incentive for brewers to keep pushing boundaries, because when they work, sometimes they really work. (2,564 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber color with a two finger head with medium retention.
Nice aroma mixing a Saison with an APA with notes of passion fruit, herbal, mild pine, Saison yeast, peaches and mango.
Flavor of pineapples, Saison yeast, herbal notes, tangerine, lemon, peaches, grapefruit, strawberries and finishing with a mild funky touch. Mildly dry aftertaste with a grassy and funky lingering taste.
Medium body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 7% is well hidden.
This is sure one of the best Saisons I had. I loved the American twist to it. Great fruity complexity. You got to try this.
Ap.3,5 Ar.4,25 Sab.4,5 Sens.4,5 Cj.4,5 (614 characters)

Photo of freneticamnesic
4.25/5  rDev 0%

A - Slightly cloudy orange-gold, like a blonde or tripel; fluffy white head, dissipated quickly

S - Toast, caramel, apples

T - Flowery bitter hops up front give way to citrus, toasted malts and green apples

M - Smooth and creamy

O - Amazing balance between hops and lightly toasted malts and fruit (301 characters)

Photo of denver10
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours gold with a huge, thick frothy head that sticks around for the duration of the session. Aroma offers lemon, ginger, tropical fruit, pepper and a touch woody. A light and crisp, almost prickly, active mouthfeel that finishes wonderfully dry. Overall, loved it and right up there for me with my overall favorite American saisons like Funkwerks Saison and Firestone Walkers Opal. Only thing that would prevent me from drinking this one again is the price point. Should be $4 to $5 cheaper, IMO. (497 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy amber color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Has that funky, Belgian yeast aroma. Slightly citric. Maybe some piney hops. Belgian yeast taste. Citric, spicy hops at the end. There is a slightly funk aftertaste. Pretty much a hoppy farmhouse ale. Good beer, but I am not sure it is worth the price you pay for it. Should be at least $4-5 cheaper. (401 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 JohnnyHopps
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

Appearance - The beer was a straw yellow color with a foamy white head.

Smell - The farmhouse funk in the aroma is present, but not overwhelming. The citrus from the hops is noticeable.

Taste - Up front one notices the citrus hops which are somewhat muted. The lemon rind of the saison creates a sense of balance. The beer does not have the overwhelming sense of funk, but a like it. The dry after makes for a perfect finish.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is active in this one, and it fits the taste profile nicely.

Overall - I am not a huge saison drinker, but I can definitely appreciate this one. (602 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Bottle poured into Teku glass

A- Hazy orange
S- Farmhouse yeasts, bitterness
T- Citrus, grass, floral, bitterness
M- Medium

O- Intersting take on farmhouse ale. Grass and floral notes are amazing. (199 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Light orange color, very hazy, and a soapy white head.

Aroma- Pungent hop aroma of mangos and citrus with a little bit funky yeast in the background.

Taste- The flavor is dominated by tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, citrus, and tangerine. Malt presence is very minimal with maybe a slight cracker/bread malt balancing out the finish. Very mild when it comes to the saison characteristics, so much so that I forgot I was drinking a saison at times. However, there is definitely some funky yeast and the finish is dry.

Mouthfeel- Possibly the best aspect of this beer. First thing of note is the huge hop flavor and literally no bitterness to be found. This leads to the second note that this is incredibly smooth and soft, which lends to an amazingly easy to drink beer. I'd even say its a bit juicy as well, in the front at least. And at 8% there is no alcohol to be found whatsoever.

Overall- This definitely varies from the traditional saison, but that takes nothing away from this being an amazing beer. Huge tropical hop flavors with a soft/juicy mouthfeel that could make me drink this all day. (93/100) (1,147 characters)

Photo of ShawnB
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought in the pint bottle, served slightly chilled in a mug that was probably not meant to host a saison. Oh well.

Appearance: Huge head. Four fingers. From the top kind of looks like a marshmallow that's been on a campfire too long (without the burn), but it's a lovely color similar to cantaloupe. Hazy with heavy carbonation.

Smell: Very aromatic, could smell very clearly while I was pouring. Slightly sour smell, only a hint of hops. Floral and fruity.

Taste: Surprisingly not nearly as strong as the smell. Has the typical funk on the finish, but otherwise only a faint tartness on the middle of the tongue. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected, but the carbonation is less heavy than it appears, which is a pleasant surprise.

Overall: Pleasant if not quite the flavor bomb I was expecting. A decent representation of the style. Perhaps an entry level representation, but I don't claim to know much of this particular style. (942 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 MartzMimic
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with a bubbly white head. Huge aroma of tropical fruits, yeast and piney hops. Easily one of the best aromas I've come across. Tangerine, pineapple and mango stand out. There's a touch of spice, and the hops give it a decent bitterness. Medium mouth with a carbonated crispness. The other dry-hopped saisons I've tried were middling, at best. This one is juicy and flavorful. (393 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden orange with a shimmering off-white head. Sour grapefruit goodness to the nose. Orange and lemon zest with a little sugar and spice and other light, ripe fruits too. Tastes of lemon, Belgian yeast and grain with a fine hop finish. Dry as can be and a little crackery in the end. So fine. So fine. (317 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 Premo88
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

25.4 oz. bottle poured into tulip
2013 on cork

L: perfect. misty gold/orange with white foam for days ... the head is classic Belgian farmhouse, a pile of cotton balls, and it's super sticky; you can see the effervescence in the column (it's just clear enough), and the whole thing is just a show, man ... and what a show!

S: strawberries, rasberries, sour grapes, white whie ... lots of sweetness in with the tart/sour farmhouse note; yeast ... and bread dough

T: yes! strawberries, rasberries, grapes, sour grapes, white wine, some sweetness, some tartness ... my gosh. and now back there behind all that are hops, lots of them, American hops, too, with some floral/citrus flavors and a bitter backbone. if it were a pinch less bitter, it might be perfect (for me); as it is, damn ... this thing is good.

F: mesmerized by look, smell, flavor, it's hard not to say the mouthfeel is perfect. classic Belgian again, loads of carbonation but not harsh, rip-your-tongue-off carbonation ... it's bubbly and full but just soft enough to feel right (possibly TOO right ... i'm wanting to suck it down like water!)

O: now *this* is a true Belgian-American hybrid. it's mixing several quality Belgian notes with some nice American hop notes to create a fantastic saison. and the amazing thing: nothing is overdone. it's not a hop salad, not super sweet, not overly tart, not too murky, not antiseptic clear ... it's a pinch over my favorite bitter line, but it's NOT too bitter, not even close.

easy to see why so many like this brew. it's freaking good. (1,553 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 tmzl
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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. (1,264 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 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 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 jwchestnut
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 (583 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.
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Photo of macrosmatic
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a bright gold with some haze. Forms a half-finger white head that fades pretty quickly on top of moderate visible carbonation.

S: Yeasty, lemon tartness, pineapple and tropical fruit, and grassy - reminds me almost of a hoppy saison. Underneath is some light cracker malt and a touch of funk.

T: Follows the nose well. A nice interplay between the hops (lemony citrus, pineapple, and tropical fruit) and the yeast flavors (lemon, grassy, and a bit peppery). A light malt base flavor throughout. Finishes dry with a bit of hop bitterness.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation, and low alcohol presence.

O: This was very enjoyable. I'm not sure there was anything particular here to make it stand out above several other similar beers, but still quite good. If it was sitting on the shelves around here on a regular basis, I'd pick one up every once in a while for sure. (963 characters)

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml snagged at my local here waaaay up in Northern Maine poured into a tulip.

A – pours a pretty cloudy golden yellow. Some white head, which quickly dissipates

S – hmm. Lots. Sour, crisp dry apples. Some funk from the yeast (they must have a pretty unique strand though, I get this smell in all their beers that isn’t as spicy as most Belgian yeasts I’m used to), American hops.

T – more dry apples, tart strawberries, some American hops, bubblegum. Yum.

M – light to medium body and decent enough carbonation to make my mouth tingle where it should.

O – Man, am I sad to see this one go. $15 for a bottle, but I’ll probably pick up another. There’s so much going on. I think they nailed the balance on this one from sweet fruitiness to sour farmhouse. This is arguably the best saison I’ve ever had, and that’s not an exaggeration. (862 characters)

Prairie Hop from Prairie Artisan Ales
94 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.