Prairie Funky Galaxy - Prairie Artisan Ales
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4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
Purchased at K&L in Redwood City; $13 for a 750 ml bottle.
There is something spectacular about beer packaged in sparkling wine bottles. From twisting the wire to release the cage to slowly releasing the cork to that satisfying *pop*; I just hope the beer in the package is worth the extra ceremony involved with getting it out. Although I have to say the label is a bit perplexing. Two blue hands pointing at a hot dog and some constellations with early '80s NBA (short shorts) guys...very strange....whatever...on to the beer.
As I pour the beer into a tulip glass, the color reminds me of a cola. The cola similarities do not stop at the color as the carbonation quickly forms a tan-ish head that threatens to overflow the glass but quickly recedes.
Imagine you are making dark chocolate (not that sissy milk chocolate crap) smores over a campfire made with damp hay; that is about what this beer smells like. Nice roasty malts mixed with a hint of funk.
Nice chocolate and roasted malts flood the palate, very mild bitterness, quickly followed by a clean, effervescent finish. Very little, if any, clove and phenolics; which in my opinion is a good thing!
This is a beer that you want to spend some time with; resist the urge to share your 750ml bottle, you will want this one all to yourself.
This is the second beer I have tried from Prairie Artisan Ales and I am eager to try a third!
06-24-2013 01:44:47 | More by KevT
British Columbia (Canada)
4.23/5 rDev +12.2%
Appearance. Pours a deep cola brown with almost 3 fingers of khaki head that love me long time.
Smell. Funky saison yeast, citrus fruits, some dark malts and dank old wood.
Taste. Funky, peppery saison yeast, old wood, dark malts with a touch of cocoa, and some citrus zest and melon. Interesting and tasty.
Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.
Overall. Man, these guys make some kick-ass beers. So happy to have almost the complete collection to sample. Thanks again for hooking me up Will!!
06-11-2013 02:30:22 | More by Rutager
3.91/5 rDev +3.7%
bottle picked up locally when I was in Chicago. Enjoyed from an eataly teku. brew poured a hazy brown with a generous frothy grey head. settled black in the glass. Head was super yeasty. smell is out of this world in fact out of this galaxy. bright crisp citric notes. Some saison bubblegum. I don't get much today at all on the nose. Lots of candy. things change upon first sip. roasted black mold come to the surface and push the galaxy happiness into the back seat. Body is medium and roasty with a bitter finish. Definitely a bit of an identity crisis, but those crisp hoppy galaxy notes are wonderful. The black saison isn't bad but i just find myself searching for galaxy in every sip picking out its magic deliciousness. Would love too try more from this brewery. As it warms becomes all about the brett, which is really nice.
06-10-2013 01:12:15 | More by cosmicevan
3.79/5 rDev +0.5%
25.4oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.
A - Dark brown/black mud with a massive 3 finger dirty tan head. Slowly goes down to a thin foam that lies atop the dark liquid below. Lacing is present.
S - Brett, barnyard, roasted malts. Galaxy hops are present and give a slight citrus acidic aroma. Ripe and rotten fruits.
T - Brett and wet hay with roasted malts. Citrus and ripe fruits. Some bitter and tart. So much going on in this it is hard to distinguish it all.
M - Plenty of carbonation with a somewhat creamy and medium body.
O - This one will stand out the most from the Prairie Ales Sasions. An odd mix of galaxy hops, Brett, and roasted malts. Your mouth will be confused yet satisfied. Thanks to Ken for sending this to me.
06-09-2013 18:43:58 | More by Ri0
3.68/5 rDev -2.4%
A: appear black in the glass, but held up to the light it shows to be a fairly translucent brownish gray. Forms a moderate sized sort of gray, sort of tan colored head head. Minimal lacing.
S: aroma is dominated by Galaxy. Orange and citrus, but then the roasted malt flavor muddles things up. Gives it a dirty quality.
T: taste is similar. Again there is Galaxy, with the citrus and orange, but then there is the black, roasted malt quality. Slightly acidic. Slight coffee quality. And again, the "black" portion of the beer just seems to muddle this beer up, throwing off the pleasant juiciness of the Galaxy and the lightness of the farmhouse.
M: on the lighter side of medium in body. Good carbonation. Mild, roasts malt bitterness.
O: this isn't a Bad beer, but its on odd combination that I'm not entirely sure that works.
05-26-2013 01:45:14 | More by Florida9
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
So that's where the Parliament/Funkadelic spaceship came from... Anyway, this stuff pours a brackish sienna topped by more than enough khaki foam. The nose comprises watered-down candi sugar, light greens, a hint of mild funk, and a faint undercurrent of very light cocoa. The taste holds notes of light chocolate powder, candi sugar, clove, mild mixed greens, some mild funk (mostly in the finish), and a hint of grapefruit rind. Everything is sorta muddled, but somehow in a good way. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, an odd but pleasant beer, one that must be tasted to be understood (to whatever limited degree you can).
05-24-2013 03:32:35 | More by TMoney2591
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
750 bottle served in a Duvel tulip
A - Pours black with 3 fingers of sparkling tan foam. Great retention with average lacing.
S - Big brett aroma, funky wood, earthy charred mushrooms, roasted grains, citrus rind, earthy floral, spicy, dried fruit, scalded milk,
T - Hoppy citrus notes upfront, musty roasted grains, some plastic flavors, spicy yeast, some notions of dairy mixed, bitterness transitions from citrus, to nutty, then to a coffee/peppery bitterness, notes of old furniture lacquer, acidity comes out after mid palate and grows turning to a dry and spicy finish.
M - Fuller body with a good amount of carbonation,
While I'm not very keen on dark Saisons, or dark/roasted malts combined with wild yeasts, this is the best I've had to date from both categories. The galaxy hops brighten and really pull this through and save it from being a weird combination of odd flavors. I liked it more this time than the first time. Worth picking up if it's in your area.
05-22-2013 20:49:41 | More by StaveHooks
4.21/5 rDev +11.7%
Pours dark brown with a little plum color to it. Appears to be quite cloudy. Nice big head, beige. Puffs up quite a bit on the initial pour and lasts for a good amount of time. Some nice lacing. Aroma is dominated by hop flavors. I haven't had a lot of galaxy-hopped beers, but this does jibe with what I remember. Mix of big citrus, tropical and berry hop notes. Tangerines, pineapples, blackberries, mangoes, grapefruits. Some light roastiness. Just a little chocolate background maltiness. Some nice funky, earthy flavors add a level of complexity. The taste is full of those fruity hops with some dark malt character and saison and brett funk. It starts with sweet, tart blackberries and pineapples before heading into drier, funkier flavors of cocoa, grapefruit and earth. Citrus pith, wood and funk in the finish. Fairly dry and comfortably bitter. Mouthfeel is pretty light. Normal carbonation. The malt adds some body, and there's a little hop slickness. Good stuff. After seeing some review scores and whatnot, I was expecting to be a bit disappointed, but this is quite good, and I'd put it on the same level as the rest of the Prairie lineup.
05-21-2013 04:52:36 | More by popery
Prairie Funky Galaxy from Prairie Artisan Ales
85 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.