Prairie 'Merica - Prairie Artisan Ales
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3.08/5 rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Bomber split two ways. Received in a trade, thanks to Newkidroundhere.
Bright hay yellow, cloudy, sediment, with big bottle conditioned looking off white head. Head stays around for a while. Looks like an unfiltered Saison to me!
Not really a fan of the aroma. I know this is a single malt, single hop beer, but the Nelson Sauvin hops give off a really musty white wine, overtly floral pungent character that I don't like. Funky Belgian yeast mix with white wine, a bit too much in the form of one dimensional heavy-hitter components.
Taste follows the aroma, but also presents a mustard seed character. I could swear there is resemblence in this beer to a cheaply made McDonalds cheeseburger. Mustard seed meeting the yeasty funk of Belgian Saison and floral white wine hop character, does not sit well with me.
Body and carbonation are appropriate for Saison. Finishes slightly drying, medium-light body, and carbonation on the high side.
Overall, not a fan of this combination.. just not to my liking personally.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2013 04:03:43 | More by hoptualBrew
3.13/5 rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A- pours three-finger head with very high retention down to half-pinky sized head, white clouds in color. Not as murky as Birra (varies bottle to bottle), but somewhat cloudy looking.
S- The best part of this beer. Crazy bready yeast, lemon zest, corander?, thin malts
T- Kinda off putting at first with yeasty/cleaning liquid taste. This lingers around for awhile kinda ruining the rest of the experience.
M- Harsh swallow, not creamy at all; harsh carb that hurts throat.
O- I love everything that Prairie does except some Vanilla Noir bottles and this. Can't win them all
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2014 00:40:09 | More by gueuzedreg
3.15/5 rDev -23.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Really high expectations for this one - currently #22 on the Top 50 Southwest list and it's got a 93 overall rating. Reviewed live. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards. 7.5% ABV confirmed per the label. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with great label art and hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork acquired at me local Whole Foods and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Brewed with Nelson Sauvin hops and farmhouse yeast. "American farmhouse ale." Reviewed as a farmhouse ale since it clearly identifies as such.
Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Head is horridly thin. No creaminess or frothiness whatsoever. Head retention is very poor - maybe 30 seconds at best. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass.
Body colour is a murky but translucent and semitransparent yellow of subpar vibrance. I wouldn't call it dull, but it's certainly subdued, and in no way alive or inviting. No yeast particles are visible.
Sm: I'm greeted by obvious farmhouse yeast and its accompanying trademark funkiness. Definitely brettanomyces, with a vaguely lactic edge. Straw, clean barley, pilsner malt, cereals, and a generic floral hop character of minimal presence. Papaya, green apple, white wine, ripe vague fruit, mango, and fruit peel. Wheat. White grapes. Pear. It's got a nice light tart sourness. Light citric lemony character.
No alcohol is detectable.
The funkiness is a bit strange here, and I'm not getting quite as on board with it as I usually do. In any case, I'm optimistic, but it's not up to par with the aromas of the best beers I've had in this style.
Aroma is inoffensive and mild in strength.
T: Bready doughy/sourdoughy yeast with a light funkiness accompanied by a young feel. Wheat, pilsner malts, straw, clean barley, and a kiss of crackery malts. Lightly citric, with a lemony note. Some vague fruity notes including white grapes, mango, papaya, and apples. The tartness/sourness I hoped for based on the aroma isn't here. The doughy yeast presence is definitely overdone and detracts from the balance. Build for the style is definitely subpar; no substantial crackery malt presence, white pepper, or milky notes here - not to the mention the lack of spicing. I do get some vague floral hops as well as light citrusy hop character; not quite the assertive complementary presence you'd normally associate with Nelson hops. Not gestalt, but it's cohesive enough I guess.
Unfortunately, I do notice a bit of alcohol presence, which is rare for a beer in the style (regardless of quality).
Extremely poor depth of flavour for the style. Average intensity and duration of flavour. Lacks the complexity and subtlety of the best beers in the style. Feels quite young.
Mf: Has sort of a powdery musty feel to it. Smooth and wet. Too thick for the style and flavour profile. A bit overcarbonated; was this bottle conditioned? If not, that would certainly help. Has something of a bite to it. Definitely needs to be softer. Suits the flavour balance okay, but is far from custom-tailored specifically to it. There's no marriage of texture to taste here. Largely unrefreshing. Has some lemony acidity to it.
Not boozy, hot, oily, gushed, harsh.
Dr: Boy, am I disappointed in this one. As much as I've liked some of Prairie's beers, I'm not sure what happened here. None of the complexity, subtlety, or balance you find in the best farmhouse ales is present here. I imagine it'd get better with age; it feels quite raw and young as-is. Doesn't hide its ABV particularly well, but it's by no means boozy or hot. It's certainly not unique or special, and apart from trades, I won't be buying this again. Drinkable but wanting. Prairie puts out much better work. That said, it's above average overall.
Note: Pouring the yeast from the bottom into the glass yields a more milky appearance that resembles old stale orange juice. It does make the beer a bit better, albeit a bit more sourdoughy.
Serving type: bottle
09-11-2013 02:38:38 | More by kojevergas
Prairie 'Merica from Prairie Artisan Ales
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