Prairie Hop - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
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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 cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of jwchestnut
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Photo of BillRoth
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +0.2%
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.

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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 joe1510
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml
$11.99
Liquor World - Kankakee, IL

An aggressive pop sounds as I pull the cork and gun smoke rises from the bottle. The body is jack-o-lantern orange when backlit with considerable haze but nothing chunky. Large pillars of carbonation rush to the dirty white, eggshell sheen, 2+ finger head. As the head relaxes is doesn't sink but becomes meringue like. Pretty fine looking saison, very Belgian-esque.

The nose is huge on fruit. Musty peaches, green apples, stone fruits, and a touch of candi sugar. The hop profile is grassy with a sugar cookie malt sweetness. The nose is incredibly bright, crisp, and mouthwatering. There's a welcomed wildflower quality, wild and musty. This is one of the brightest most intense new, to me, saisons I've had in a while.

Big grassy notes compliment musty green apple and peach esters. The sugar cookie malt is there but simply for a canvas to the yeast and hop characteristics. Again, the fruity esters are bright and expressive. The mild bitterness lingers on long after the swallow. The flavor is excellent but it doesn't live up to the aroma.

The weight lies between moderate and light on the spectrum but the carbonation gives it that airy feel, not quite on par with the best in the category but gives it a good go. The bitterness grows as I drink but never beyond moderate and leaves behind a grassy dryness on the swallow.

With a bursting ripe fruitiness, light body, noticeable bitterness, and an airy feel this beer is incredibly easy to put away. A 750 simply isn't enough. Prairie hop is one of the better newish saisons I've had. Plenty more of these will be drank in my future.

Photo of pmarlowe
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tulip glass.

A: Pours an opaque, gradiated, dark gold, with two fingers of white sand colored head sitting atop, slowly receding. Superb retention: a ring of head lasts for at least an hour, though lacing is minimal.

S: Green apple, grains, a little sweetish malt, fairly earthy notes, and a little peach and mango.

T: Rustic tasting, a little yeast and malt, fruity esters provide some variety, finishing with a mild sweetness and bitterness.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, creamy texture.

O: A nice Belgian ale. The hops are minimal, though, despite the name. Still, it's well crafted for what's there.

Photo of mjstacker
4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pretty close to perfect,

Literally looks like fresh apple cider, cloudy and dense.

Smell is not it's strongest point, but smells musty and cloudy (if that's possible).

Taste is near perfect Farm House, slightly sour with some spice and hint of fruit.

Mouthfeel, feels like carbonated beer.

Overall, sick, literally might be a top-5 beer in my life. Big statement, i realize but i think this beer is fantastic. That said, Farm House is my favorite style.

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light hazy orange. 3 fingers soapy white head. Appealing and style appropriate.

Smell is pretty fantastic. Tangerines, peaches and tropical notes. Slight mustyness with hint of spice.

Taste starts as tropical fruity, juicy hops. A slight tartness with a beady malt on the back end but still manages a dry finish.

Medium carbonation. Fairly light and refreshing on the palate.

Really easy drinker.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pink-tinged amber. Head is white, nice and foamy, great lace. Looks good; colour's a bit vague though.

Smells hoppy. Citric, zesty, fairly tart actually and a little wild. Bretty, barnyardy, hints of spice. Some currant notes and cinnamon. Sweet, touch of sour. Nice.

Tastes earthy, funky, spicy. Lots of star anise, pepper, a bit of barnyard, lemon zest, clove and a decent vanilla-tinged malt base. Pleasant, bit phenolic and a bit tangy. Nice.

Foamy, decent body. Nice texture but a bit of a pull.

Drinks quite nicely, fair freshness and zest balanced with a good earthiness. This is clever brewing, and a very nice introduction to the world of Oklahoma beer. Brew on, Sooner State.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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 TBoneJones
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This cork barely needs to be touched to start popping. ? Interesting. Pours a great-looking unfiltered hazy golden/ deep yellow-orange with plenty of visible carbonation and a perfectly fluffy white header.
Hops I smelled immediately upon the uncorking. This smells fantastic. Citrusy hops, grapefruit, and yes a funk of its own. Hard to describe, to me like a barnyard peanut buttery leather (perhaps my nose's interpretation of Belgian yeast) surrounded by those fresh juicy hops.
The taste is right along the same path. The hops are juicy and then their bitterness rushes the funky part of the grainy-nut flavor through my mouth with ample carbonation and a medium/slightly thick creamy and refreshing mouthfeel. I also get a subtle herbal flourish, and orange rind is in there too. The slightly antique flavor I took as peanut butter sits well in the aftertaste, somehow. The finish is dry but right. The foam from the head is intact halfway through the chalice into which I poured this, appearing like cream. Nice. I dont recall having a beer that kept such a thick-top form. Unique brew. Recommended by local retailers here in north Texas, however I passed on it until now. Curiosity paid-off big time. Oklahoma is on the craft map here in a big way with in my opinion. This is as of now my second favorite Saison. Excellent overall. High drinkability. Seek.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle corked and caged poured into a 3 Floyds wine glass

A- Allot of carbonation, 3 finger head dissipated quickly, to thin bubbly ring around the glass. The color is a beautiful burnt orange/brown, slight haziness.
S- The aroma is very nice, big hops upfront, nice sweetness comes out in the aroma, must be the citra hops. Mango, grapefruit, pine, grapefruit, some malt in the backend.
T- Taste is very similar to the nose, less sweet than i anticipated, the hops are present, slight bitterness but is mellowed out by the malt backbone, grassy notes, pine, grapefruit, slight peppery notes.
M- Light mouthfeel, very easy drinkability, dry on the finish.
O- Very nice, not sure what i was expecting, i was not expecting it to be so hop forward, i very much enjoyed this one, would of preferred to share with someone, not a beer i would typically drink on my own. Very satisfied with my first Prairie beer.

Photo of BobZ
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow with nice initial 3" head that recedes to a cap but leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Lots of floral hops, but not overpowering as some citrus is also noticeable.

Taste: Nice tropical fruits, tangerine, lemon, lime, all with a floral hoppy bitterness. Balanced very well against a malty backbone. All about the tasty citrusy hops with this beer.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp on the palate.

Overall: Delicious beer, especially on a warm afternoon. Looking forward to trying more from Prairie.

Photo of SadMachine
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of JGlitz87
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden color. Cloudy and pours with a thick 2 finger head that quickly dissipates.

S: The hops come through cleanly in the smell. Citrusy with a slight floral character.

T: Clean and crisp. Alcohol well hidden, and hops are perfectly balanced with the citrus elements. Very well composed Saison with a bit more hop than typical of the style. Interested to see how the hops mellow out after time with a aged bottle.

F: Light bodied with medium to high levels of carbonation

O: Great saison. I am always slightly skeptical of new breweries. However, this beer makes me want to go out and buy everything that Prairie has out.

Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a three finger light tan head that sticks around a good while before slowly reducing to a...wait a minute, it's not reducing, it's growing! I've never seen a head continue to inflate and protrude up and out of the glass before but this one did until it couldn't support itself anymore and fell over the side of the outside of the glass. I think it may have something to do with the nucleation point in the bottom of the Spiegelau glass.

S- Bright citrusy hop aroma that has a bit of sweetness from the malt. Very enjoyable and seems fresh.

T- Mildly bitter with good pine and grass notes. Certainly leans more toward the IPA side of things rather than a saison but the brightness and a bit of wheat flavor is there. Alcohol is well concealed.

M- Slightly sharp but quenching with a bit of spritziness. Medium-high carbonation and a medium body.

O- A very refreshing beer that walks the line between IPA and Saison.

Photo of alaimoa
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this gem in Portland,ME at the bier cellar
A: hazy deep gold with crystal off white head and a tiny bit of lingering lace
S: tropical funk with grapefruit peel
T: upfront tart pineapple grapefruit with funk bitterness and medium dry finish
M: medium bubbles, medium thickness

Overall an easy beer to drink and buy if you ever find it

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prairie Artisan Ales - Prairie Hop, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours a hazy golden orange with a small foamy head that retains. Lacing is there but a little on the sparse side.

Smell - Aroma is incredible! Saison typical Belgian sourdough with a hint of brett (rather than a blast) and juicy hops on top. All well blended to the point where it's hard to tell where one ends and the other begins.

Taste - Taste is juicy lemon and citrus hops and then brett sour but not overwhelming, just right. Ends slightly throat warm peppery but not hot.

Mouthfeel - Rests slightly sour and piney hop bitter. Slightly warm and boozy for 7% but otherwise super drinkable. Medium bodied.

Overall - Solid brew, this is my first out of Oklahoma and I am definitely impressed with this brew and would have it again.

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

I pour all Belgian blondes into Duvel glasses because THAT IS HOW I WAS RAISED, LAY OFF ME. Although, you know, this is obviously trying to be like Orval, because that’s the latest weird, unattainable obsession of American craftbrewers.

Anyhow—I’m working on some high-concept reviews involving social commentary and illustrations, and all of those are taking way too much time because I am very busy with actual work. So what we’re gonna do in order to generate content is we’re gonna blow through that giant box of Prairie I got last month. Because this is what Americans do now. Americans love marathonin’ it. Back in the primitive days we’d just watch one episode of the Jeffersons or whatever. Nowadays we watch and entire season of Girls in one night, because entertainment now has to resemble work or else we feel guilty for partaking in it.

So, yeah, this tries to be Orval and it does an okay impersonation. I like it better than Greenflash’s iteration, but the same as Rayon Vert, Hop’s hoppiness is a bit sticky and American and in some un-articulable way it just don’t jibe up with the Belgian Blondey-ness of the beer’s opening half. Pretty good, still.

Photo of thebigredone
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden orange color with a three to five finger head.

Smell is of nondescript hops and slightly funky Belgian yeast.

Taste is of vague, bitter hops. No citrus flavors, no real saison flavors, sort of a muddled mediocre beer. Similar to Prairie Standard, though Standard is cleaner and tastier.

Mouthfeel is just fine, nothing special.

Overall, a fine beer by Prairie. Perhaps this wasn't the freshest bottle, as there were no tropical or citrus flavors to be found. Prefer the very similar Standard at $12 a six-pack.

Prairie Hop from Prairie Artisan Ales
93 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.