Prairie Gold - Prairie Artisan Ales
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3.69/5 rDev -11.5%
Bottled acquired for $13.00 at a local SoCal beer store. Love the label; very artsy. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards. "Sour Bottle Conditioned Golden Ale." 6.5% ABV confirmed. Brewed and bottled by Krebs Brewing Co. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork (also called a cage) served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; this is my first beer from this brewery and they have quite a reputation. I also love sours.
Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
I have to note - it hurts to twist open this wire cage. Way too tightly wound. Seriously. Yields a satisfying pop upon removal of the cork.
A: Pours a three finger white colour head - quite thin - of no real cream, and mere average (~2 minute) retention. Body colour is a translucent pale lemon-yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Vibrant and inviting; I'm excited to try it. I do have to say, I'm underwhelmed by the head. Cloudy.
Sm: Nicely tart and sour. There's definitely lacto yeast here. Lemon zest. Pale malts. Lightly grassy. Fresh and appealing for a sour. Hopping is generic floral in character. Nicely citrus estery. Lemon esters are prominent. A mild strength aroma. No alcohol is detectable. I'm excited to try it.
T: Tart lemon zest. Generic floral hop character. Pale and grassy malts form the body. A dash of lacto keeps it nicely sour without getting puckerworthy. Constructively, the body is a touch weak; it could be fuller. I like the fruity esters. A refreshing approachable flavour profile; not as sour as many beers in the style. Some might say it's not sour enough. Not particularly funky either; if any brett was used it comes across minimally. Clean and pleasant to drink. All around, its biggest flaw is its simplicity. It's well balanced and built for the style.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation. Good thickness. Good acidity. Complements the flavour profile nicely.
Dr: I can see why this brewery is well regarded. This is a very drinkable sour golden ale and it hides its ABV well. That said, the price point is high for the quality. I could down this all night, and it would pair gloriously with a lightly acidic salad. But it's far from perfect. Well worth trying; I just wish the price was lower. I'd definitely try this aged or on-draught at a better price point. I look forward to trying more beers from this brewery. Tasty stuff.
04-22-2013 04:23:45 | More by kojevergas
3.74/5 rDev -10.3%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Very cloudy yellow body. Medium sized white head. Big bubbles, but not many of them.
Smell - Much like a berliner. Tartness. Fruity. Grainy malt dominates.
Taste - Again much like a berliner. Tart. Citrusy. Juicy tartness. Slight bit of funk to it, but only a hint. Again very grainy.
Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Moderate tartness. Light bodied.
Overall - Didn't expect something so Berliner-y. Tasty. Monotonous.
04-15-2013 23:53:44 | More by Alieniloquium
Prairie Gold from Prairie Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.