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Prairie Hop - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 112
Gots: 92 | FT: 7
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% 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.

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Photo of StuporJew
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 Ml. Bottle into my trusty DFH tulip.

A - Pours a hazy, golden yellow that is hard to see through, just as it should be.
An agressive pour generates 2 fingers of creamy, opaque head that sticks around for a bit, and leaves an almost angelic lacing on the glass.

S - Grass, tangerine, grapefruit, and Lemongrass greet the nose.
There's a hint of pineapple in there, as well. Why can't this beer be from Texas?
It smells so good, I want to snuggle with it, even though it is 90 degrees outside right now! (And it's after midnight...)

T - Herbal notes hit hard on the front of the palate. More Lemongrass, light lemon zest, thyme, and melon rind abound, with more blue-tip Bermuda grass (I know what it tastes like... I WAS CURIOUS!!! So HUSH.) rounding out this smooth operator. Wow. This is possibly as close to a "Nectar of The Gods" Saison as you're going to get.

M - Creamy, and lingering, with a heavy, but not overpowering carbonation. The bubbles serve to push the flavors across your palate, but not to strip, or overpower it in any way. This beer is so full, in so many ways, that words don't do it justice.

O - Possibly one of the best Saisons I have ever had... and it's from OKLAHOMA. (No offense, folks, but your near-beer gives me mononucleosis) All in all, a delight, and a true feast for ALL of the senses, as far as any beer can be concerned. Considering I started my night by taste testing a Cooper's Stout clone with Coffee whilst bottling, to get the right level of coffee in my home-brew, this beer is spot-on. (You think my palate would be wrecked by now... Thank God for mineral water.) DRINK THIS BEER NOW. If you don't, you might never forgive yourself!


Matt The Beer-Guy

StuporJew, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of notchucknorris
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy dark apricot color with a one finger cream-colored head. Pretty attractive.

S: Light aromas of citrus, spearmint, dry yeast, funk, lemongrass and grapefruit. Smells really really good.

T: Lots of smooth, sweet malt mingling with musty funk. A peppery hop finish mixed with some mango and a bit of a buttery mouthfeel. The feel was a touch heavy for me, but this is a really good saison. Get it.

notchucknorris, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Liquoric3
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Liquoric3, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

mdaschaf, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of TxUltraRunner
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

TxUltraRunner, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of kevanb
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Prairie Artisan Ales teku glass.

The beer pours a fairly clear copper color, hues of orange and gold, slight chill haze with a nice 2 fingers of soapy, frothy white head that has good retention and leaves a touch of spotted lace behind. The aroma is of yeasty fruit, citrus, peach and wildflower with some light hop spiciness and bready malt with just the subtlest touches of funk. There is some alcohol present on the nose, but the balance is nice and hop forward. The flavors are enjoyable, lots of fruit, peach, grapefruit, lemon, apricot, cracked peppercorn, yeasty clove, funk and sweet pale malt. The body is nice, coats the mouth well, very lively and prickly on the tongue without being abrasive or uncomfortable and finishes with a great creamy touch that is lightly dry.

Verdict: A nice take on the saison by Prairie, but it definitely lacks many qualities of a traditional Belgian saison. The fruit character is refreshing and enjoyable and was easily the highlight of this beer.

kevanb, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of monitorpop
4/5  rDev -5.7%

monitorpop, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of mahak213
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to LiquidDegenerate for the bottle!

Appearance- Hazy, golden yellow with a fairly dense, bright white head.

Smell- Bready, yeasty, character mixed with fruity hops and clove. Peach and mandarin orange are the most prominent, and it has just a slight peppery note.

Taste- Definite Belgian yeast, tropical fruitiness. Has a slight hop bitterness that works really well to help dry the finish. A slight mustiness is present, along with a floral, grassy note.

Mouthfeel- Good amount of carbonation, medium body, finishes dry and slightly bitter.

Overall- Really solid stuff, and very easy to drink. I definitely look forward to trying some more offerings from Prairie.

mahak213, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of dcloeren
4.75/5  rDev +12%

dcloeren, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of KristineT
4/5  rDev -5.7%

KristineT, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of dsterbed
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

dsterbed, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of beerhawk41
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

beerhawk41, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -24.3%
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.


kojevergas, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -5.7%

illidurit, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of goochpunch
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy golden apricot with a thick white head that eventually recedes. Smells strongly of sweet citrus peel and pine. Belgian character is overwhelmed by hops. Pale malts. Flavor is also very hop-forwarded. Kind of sweet up front with a drying finish. Belgian yeast plays a bit more in the flavor. Could use some more carb in the mouth. As an IPA I love this, as a hoppy Belgian, it's pretty solid.

goochpunch, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of douginromeo
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

douginromeo, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of maddicts
4.75/5  rDev +12%

maddicts, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

BKotch, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of raffy313
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

raffy313, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange color, slightly hazy, fluffy head. Tropical and citrus aroma: apricots, pineapple, as well as spices like black pepper . Finish is dry and slightly bitter. Light, but not thin, thanks to carbonation. One of the best examples of IPA and Saison available on the market.

jibbyvonjibb, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of eggs
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

eggs, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Tyrus
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Tyrus, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of celeriac
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

celeriac, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of JoeDurp
5/5  rDev +17.9%

JoeDurp, Jun 24, 2013
Prairie Hop from Prairie Artisan Ales
94 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.