Prairie Funky Galaxy - Prairie Artisan Ales
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4.16/5 rDev +10.3%
Found a bottle of this beer in Boulder, Colorado. After getting over the sadness I felt at Prairie Artisan appearing in CO but not New Mexico, I grabbed a bottle to take home.
I poured the beer into a Samuel Smith's pint glass. The liquid poured out black as night, thin and viscous and produced an enormous head that quickly filled the entire bottle. The beer thus seemed almost over-carbonated. Still the head was beautiful, frothy, foamy, pillow-like and off-colored cream. I would have loved the appearance much more if the head wasn't overwhelming, so that explains the low rating in this category. There is considerable lacing all about the glass and this is a plus.
The smell is very appealing; first hitting my nose with citrusy tartness like a grapefruit, then giving off some hop resin. Considering the dark profile of the beer, this was not what I was expecting aroma-wise and adds some real intrigue.
The taste is immediately tart and citrusy, like biting into an orange, but it finishes dry and chocolatey. At the finish, a malty backbone does a good job of balancing out the tart and bitterness. Also, some booziness does pop up.
The beer is really light and refreshing and despite the dark appearance, could be my drink on a hot summer day. The tartness is tasteful and does not overshadow the dark mals and chocolatey notes, which emerge perfectly to give a balanced finish that is dry but not vicious.
For a first taste of Oklahoma beers, this is a great example. A unique beer that is distinguishable from the crowd and is pleasing and that can hit the spot when one is thirsty.
12-03-2013 03:56:44 | More by ONovoMexicano
3.2/5 rDev -15.1%
Jet black body with a thick, creamy, light tan head. Citrus and pine hop notes; slightly phenolic. Light flavor of dark malts, a twinge of cocoa; bitter and astringent finish. Medium-light body.
A beer I'd really like to enjoy but the phenolic and bitter nature in the taste overwhelms all the other good parts. Perhaps this is all due to this being a farmhouse ale and some brettanomyces yeast action in the beer. Drinkable, but looks better than it tastes.
12-02-2013 21:50:51 | More by beergoot
3.61/5 rDev -4.2%
This beer pours a medium bodied pitch black in color, almost like a porter, with a one finger creamy mocha colored head. The nose features a good amount of funky brett with dark malt and light leather. The flavors are very dry and funky. It initially drinks like an Irish stout before dive bombing into the yeast. The brett is almost overpowering. It almost has some plastic to it as well. There is some galaxy hop character but it struggles to fight through the dark malt and brett. It drinks medium in body and very dry. Overall I think this would've been better suited as a blonde, especially since all of their lighter wilds have been home runs. The roasty dark malt just took too much away from the most intriguing parts of this beer.
11-28-2013 16:41:03 | More by aasher
4.83/5 rDev +28.1%
(Served in a teku)
A- This beer pours a get black body with a deep tan head that is supported by lots of microbubble strands. The beer is a slow motion gusher and the yeasty trub streaks up the sides of the glass.
S- The full galaxy hop aroma comes through during the pour and is followed by a mellow but bright pungent hop aroma that reminds me of opening a fresh bag of hop pellets.
T- The green bright hops flavor is woody with some full brett flavor of white cheese rind and some great earthy saison yeast ester flavors to follow. There is a tart hint in the finish that grows a bit as it opens.
M- The light mouthfeel has a full crisp fizz with no alcohol heat.
O- The full woody bright green hops are pungent and delicious with a big brett character that can stand up to them. The taste really blends as the two characters grows together. Very sessionable.
11-25-2013 21:51:25 | More by rhoadsrage
3.65/5 rDev -3.2%
Funk indeed, Galaxy not so much. Quite a bit of funk going on here, not so much sour as the stinky cheese and barnyard variety. That's all well and good, and as advertised, but the hops are completely overshadowed and the dark, dry malts don't match very well here with the funk or lend any real support. A bit of a mish-mash and a one trick pony. Just okay.
11-24-2013 21:33:28 | More by Georgiabeer
3.71/5 rDev -1.6%
Bottle from Winooski Beverage Warehouse. From notes.
A - Black pour, creamy mocha head of two fingers. Good thick rings of lace and a half finger of retention.
S - Funky, Bretty, spoiled fruits, dark fruit.
T - Funky and Bretty again.Quite fruity, pineapple. Hoppier than the aroma, but the classic big tropical Galaxy profile is defintely was overshadowed by the Brett. Dark fruit, some roast, more citrus as it warmed but it was still masked by Brett.
M - Good carbonation, medium to full creamy body and a sweet fruit Brett finish.
O/D - Quite an interesting beer. Such a shame the Galaxy was so hidden. Complex and tasty nonetheless.
11-24-2013 14:09:11 | More by tbeckett
3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
Thanks to rudzud for sharing/splitting this interesting beer.
Huge foamy semi thick 3+ finger mocha head that doesn't want to fade but eventually collapses on itself, mild spotty lacing and soapy, just about pitch black beer.
Nose has definite funk, wild Brett like character that's either obvious intended funk or wild infection, horse blanket, musty and dank cellar, then funky saison with mild farmhouse spices, some malts with hint of grainy and mild creamy dark choc like malt little cocoa, and I think very light fruity almost tropical like hops, definite galaxy hops. But almost all that is drowned by the funk.
Taste comes creamy, very creamy, with lactose like flavours, milk choc, little cocoa and dark malts but light, and little grainy. Galaxy hops are there too, nice fruity floral hop, little mild tropical fruit like mango almost, etc. The funk is def there again, horse blanket Brett funk, and mild farmhouse funk too. Finish is creamy and a bit sticky, little dry, nice bitter fruity galaxy hop lingering, more funk and horse blanket, little yeasty.
Mouth is med bod but quite creamy, quite carbonated, not sure if I like the creamy, and carbonation is too much.
Overall ok but the wild Brett funk seems to overpower too much. Nice hops though, malts are ok, creaminess is meh, wish the hops came through a lot more as I love Galaxy hops, and the funk is just too much, not even sure if it was intended.
11-23-2013 01:25:37 | More by jlindros
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, slightly sour dark fruit, and funky Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour roasted malt, fruit, and funky Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is interesting with a wide variety of unique aroma and flavors all meshed together in a single beer.
11-22-2013 04:01:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
Binny's - Bolingbrook, IL
As soon as I pull the cork there's a loud pop and lots of gunsmoke. An easy pour fills the glass with a coffee brown body topped by a mocha head that's nearly unstoppable, half the glass in height actually. Ruby highlights pretty up the body when backlit and the head crackles down to a more manageable height while becoming craggy and leaving behind chunky lacing.
I could smell both the hopping and brett the second the cork was popped. Brett is upfront and in your face but brighter than your typical horse blanket, farm funk. Damp hay and pollen heavy wildflowers jump from the glass, a little dusty. Lactic, lightly sweetened citrus pass through here and there; lemon, orange, grapefruit, and a touch of mango in the back. Inviting.
Flavor isn't quite as bright as the aroma but there are some added, interesting aspects. Damp hay and wildflowers get things going again. The big citric hoppiness hits in the middle; lemon from middle to finish, grapefruit, orange marmalade, and soft tropical notes all play their role. Mild coffee and chocolate show up on the swallow and leave a soft bitterness. This sounds out of place but actually works very well. Surprisingly well actually.
The body is light with a nice softness. The coffee notes on the finish leave a soft lingering bitterness. My only gripe is that I'd like to see a touch more carbonation for some pop. The body is nice, the bitterness is nice, the bubbles are light.
I set this beer aside for a few months after it was already on the shelf for a few months. I'm not a big fan of black saisons or black IPAs but the little extra time seems like it killed some of the hops and brightened up the brett profile. I have to say I am pleasantly surprised by this beer and while it's not as good as some of their other offerings I'd pick this up again.
11-18-2013 04:02:21 | More by joe1510
Prairie Funky Galaxy from Prairie Artisan Ales
85 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.