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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 105
Gots: 112 | FT: 8
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% 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.

(Beer added by: StaveHooks on 12-22-2012)
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4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy dark orange with a coarse white head.

S: Orange candy, grapefruit juice, marshmallow, pineapple, cloves, vanilla, mild pine.

T: Leafy bitterness, cakey pale malt, pineapple, light booze.

M: Light-bodied with active carbonation.

O: A nice hoppy saison.

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From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None
Glass: Tulip

I like the beer quite a bit, but also think it represents what has become something of a typical American "hop the hell out of it" mentality, which causes a loss of some of the nuances of the saison-style yeasts. To be honest, if they didn't tell me this was fermented with saison yeast, I would have thought it a US-hopped Belgian pale ale. At least it's not yet another Hill Farmstead beer making the top 50 (1/5 of which are). Great label artwork.

Pours a very tall head made up of small, medium, and large-sized bubbles, creating a slightly swiss cheese-like appearance, with excellent retention of over four minutes, eventually settling to a medium-sized ring around the perimeter of the glass and two small islands of foam atop the body of the beer. Lacing is quite good, of substantial webbing along the sides of the glass. The body is a hazy (40-50% opaque) golden orange color, with light bringing out paler golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible along the sides and center of the glass,

Very pleasant fruity hop aroma, which brings in tropical fruits such as guava and mango, with additional peach and grapefruit notes becoming apparent as the beer warms. Sweetness from the pale malt base goes well with the fruits, becoming a beer fruit cocktail in a way. This makes me wonder, though, is it an IPA (or APA) or saison (as in, where is the saison yeast and all its non-fruity complexity)?

Flavor includes pale malt syrups poured over grapefruit, guava, pineapple, mango, and peach, with slight tartness, slight Belgian yeast phenolics and mustiness that lets you know this is a saison, though heavily drenched in hops. Front of palate blends very sweet pale malts with fruity (guava, grapefruit, pineapple, mango) and hints of bitter hops together excellently, though missing are any traces of this being a saison. Mid-palate of sweet, pale malts joined to grapefruit, guava, pineapple, peach, and mango (in that order of detectability), moderate hop bitterness, and surprisingly notable Belgian yeast phenolics and slight mustiness letting you know, finally, that this beer is indeed fermented using saison yeast. Back of palate finds hop bitterness, tropical and citrus fruit flavors, and a bit of ethanol heat. Aftertaste of hop bitterness, tropical and citrus fruits, and mild pale malt sweetness.

Beer is medium in body, with medium-high levels of carbonation, leadint to a lightly fizzy, quickly-becoming-foamy mouthfeel that suits the beer quite well. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque bright orange yellow with a frothy foamy white head. Gorgeous

S: Wow - incredibly bright and dank citrus fruits. Mango, pineapple, orange juice - some sweet sugar covered juicy pink grapefruit. Underneath there is the belgian-saison yeast. Just so dank, fresh, and completely irresistible.

T: Not what I expected given the aroma. Very dry, bitter, and clean in contrast to the dank overripe tropical fruit juiciness I expected. Really tastes like a hop-forward saison or a big BPA. Really nice, incredibly refreshing.

P: Like a saison - active, sharp carbonation and the lighter side of medium body. Feels good, goes down easy

O: Very interesting beer, and a very good one. Artfully crafted.

Prairie Hop from Prairie Artisan Ales
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