Prairie 'Merica - Prairie Artisan Ales
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4.29/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a D'chouffe tulip. The pour is crystal clear, deep gold in color, and sports a huge rocky head that unfortunately dies quickly to a thin layer of foam. On the nose I get lemongrass, sour apples, cider vinegar, and a hint of barnyard funkiness.
Light to medium body with a nice firm feel and a bright, spicy, complex flavor. There are grainy, cracker-like notes up front with a fair amount of grapefruit and lemon flavors, very much like a pilsener. At mid-palate, flowery, spicy hop flavors come in and balance things out nicely. The beer develops to a stony, champagne-like dryness in the back of the mouth and finishes dry and musty with a hint of vinegar-like acidity and a sharp brett-like tanginess that lingers impressively in the mouth. Very easy-drinking and refreshing, but still quite complex and calls for some thoughtful sipping. My only real quibble is over the rather poor head retention.
I'm still exploring this style and don't have a lot of experience with it, but this is one of the best I've had so far. The combination of pilsener-like flavors up front and musty dryness in back is tough to beat. I like the very faint funkiness and appreciate that it contributes to, rather than dominates, the flavor. Definitely a beer worthy of repeated visits.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2013 19:40:42 | More by deadonhisfeet
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4.46/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: straw yellow color. Head of roughly two fingers on the pour which was present while drinking. Active carbonation while drinking is a touch low. No lacing.
Smell: getting a ton of white grapes from the wine yeast on the front. That funky Brett meshes perfectly with bright fruit notes of grapes, apricots, mango, kiwi, and peppercorns. Grassy undertones with continuing linger spices pull this aroma through.
Taste: like the aroma, the dry white wine characteristics lead the way. Prairie grass and straw warm up on the palate and provide a pleasant rustic notes. The grassiness yields to a dry, sprite, lemon/lime, and funky back end. A touch of sourness plays along well with the medium bodied fruits throughout. The finish is very dry yet allows the lingering notes of fruit, grass, and funk to shine through.
Mouthfeel: the front is fairly easy and light on the palate, then a corner is turned and a heavy dryness sets in. Really keeps the drinker on their toes. Carbonation is bright which does well with the fruit and sour notes of this brew.
Overall: this is a truly wonderfully put together brew. Nelson Sauvin was an outstanding choice for this brew, their inherent cutting edge was a perfect marriage with the white wine and Brett aspects. Bravo.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2014 18:57:40 | More by KFBR392
Prairie 'Merica from Prairie Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.