Prairie Path Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 8
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 05-16-2002

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a malty golden color and nice head. Aroma was of light to medium hop, but the conditions for smelling were not decent. Hops were adequate in the taste, but not overpowering. Hops were balanced but mild. There was minimal malt feel. Had a very waterdowned overall characteristic. Overall, nice bier for a session drink. Just would benifit from more malt or grains.

More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Two Brothers Prairie Path ale brings back good memories for me, as we actually have a trail called the Prairie Path in IL that I spent many hours riding bikes on in my youth...anyway..onto the beer. Pours from the bottle a bright deep golden yellow with a bubbly white head on top. Aromas of lemon dusted crystal, pale malts with a nice backing of spicy, herbal hops. Crisp and fruity with a hint of fresh baked bread. Pretty nice overall.

First sip brings a light, crisp maltiness with notes of fruit. A green, herbal, spicy hop flavor follows and provides a mellow bitterness. A bit bready with a touch of grain husks. This is a very laid back, easy drinking brew that's nicely put together overall and well balanced...but just fails to really grab me.

Mouthfeel is rather light with a bit of creaminess and a good flow of carbonation. Extremely easy to drink this one. My fiance has started drinking this over Miller Lite, which I applaud! I could see having a few on a hot day, but other than that this one leaves me searching for something more.

Photo of bsp77
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear, light gold but not as much head as hoped.

Smell: Hay, straw, quite floral.

Taste: Light bready malts with straw, grass and floral, herbal hops. Tastes fairly close to a Kolsch.

Feel: Doesn't have as strong of a mouthfeel as a standard Kolsch. It is light bodied, but not as dry or crisp as it should be.

Overall: Pretty much a gluten-free Kolsch, which would be a really good thing if the mouthfeel was better.

Photo of ADR
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill-hazed hay color with a minimal and very white head. Laces don't develop. Peppery hop aroma, some lemon grass and bitter acridness. Light body with a fairly straightforward light brown sugar malt approach and an attenuated but highly crsip hop finish. Slight bite to a small aftertaste, re-inforced by Saaz aromas. Two Brothers beers are all over the map to me, this one is a keeper as a warm weather refresher beyond the sea of Hefes -- not a big beer but excelling in the bright category.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - I love the very classy lable on this bottle! Two brothers always has great designs on thier brews. Clear golden ale with a thin cap of white fizz and some nice sticky lace.

S - Clean and crisp aroma with a bit of citrus (orange and lemon) zest. LIghtly hoppy, citric, and sugared. A very delicate aroma.

T - Sweet orange and lemon with some hoppy rind flavors. Nice crisp malts similar to a German pils IMO. A good dose of hops becomes more assertive as the beer warms, and citric and honey flavors remain pretty delicate and smooth.

M - Nice acidity and carbonation. Thin mouthfeel but very balanced and delicate. A very gentle brew.

D - Very drinkable indeed. What it lacks in strength and complexity, it makes up for in it's muted gentle flavor and aroma. Seems to be more of a pale ale than a belgian though, as it doesn't seem outrageous or assertive enough to be compared to the likes of Duvel and Orval.

Photo of secondtooth
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden, with decent off-white head. Lace is detailed and very impressive!

Nose is grainy and lagery. Not bad.

Taste is toasty, with a wee bit of citrus and hops. A pleasant and drinkable golden ale here, without much flash or over-the-top attitude. Not outstanding, but solid.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful golden look. Great soda carbonation as well, but nothing artificial looking. Very appetizing.

Smell: Honey and canteloupe or honeydew. Some vague peppery or lemon notes also. Good balance here.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nice flavor profile. I initially get malty honey and melon, and taste a follow up of lemon and pepper hops. Great balance in the flavor here. Sweet and sour. Mouthfeel starts nice and full-bodied but loses some creaminess towards the end and waters down a bit.

Drinkability: Nice look, smell, and taste. A refreshing beer, especially with fish.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Prairie Path pours a crystal clear golden body beneath an average-sized head of bright white foam. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves some very nice lace at the outset of the glass. The nose delivers a combination of yeast fruitiness, floral and grassy hops, and lightly grainy (and perhaps subtly toasty) malt. The body is medium/light and it's crisp carbonation tingles the palate. The flavor is as might be expected based on the nose, with a bit more graininess to the malt and more floral, herbal and spicy hops than are already suggested. It's anchored by a firm bitterness, and what sweet malt is there at the start fades to a dry finish that lingers with some swirling hop flavors (floral, spicy, grassy). It's an interesting and refreshing beer, but it still remains fairly basic in character overall. Still, it's a nice summer beer to enjoy at the end of a long day as the sun goes down.

3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into imperial pint glass.
Listening to Grateful Dead 01.14.67 Good Morning Little School Girl

A: Nice golden body with a thin white nose which hold good retention. No lacing.

S: The aroma holds a lemon, straw smell, which is nice and upfront.

T: The aroma is a good indication of the taste. The yeast makes a nice presence, but is not over powering.

M: Crisp, Slightly medium body.

D: Good ale, not anything that begs back for more. Very typical, but well done.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trying the Prairie Path Ale from Two Brothers out of Warrenville, IL. The appearance is clear golden color with very thin white (almost non-exisitent) head that appears to be trying to lace. The smell has very subtle citrus (lemonny) notes....not much else. The taste is a little bitter due to the citrus twang...not much grain or malt....I am guessing rye is used to give the beer a dryness and ability to clear the pallet except for the lemon sourness that hangs on. Mouthfeel is ok, I think the bitterness/tartness from the lingering pallet grasp of the citrus make this beer a bit dodgy. Overall it is ok....whoever added this beer to the BA has classified it wrong...this is a Golden Ale....not a Belgium Pale Ale.

Photo of PirateUlf73
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Seems well-carbonated as the bottle cap damn near liberated itself.

A: Hazy golden-orange color with an enormous white head that refused to die. Seriously, I had to wait several minutes for the head to simmer down to a manageable size. It practically climbed out of the glass on my initial pour. A bit of sediment at the bottom of the glass.

S: Moderate malty sweetness to start, with some yeasty fruit character, especially orange and pineapple. Just a tad bit of hop earthiness as well.

T: The initial sweet malt is almost immediately countered by a subtle earthy/grassy hop flavor. Some slightly puckering fruitiness comes through on subsequent sips.

M: Lighter end of medium-bodied and very well-carbonated. Feels slightly tingly on the tongue, and finishes clean and dry.

D: Very quaffable and refreshing.

A noble attempt at the Belgian pale ale style by Two Brothers. It's a beer that goes down nicely, yet rewards savoring as well. Probably wont set the world afire, but a good choice if you're in Illinois.

Photo of beerluvr
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice lacy white head on slightly hazed medium golden liquid. Nose is lightly fruity with a phenolic quality to it. The taste is smoothly carbonated mouthfeel with a nice crisp malt base and flowery bitter hoppiness. Goes down quickly. Finishes with a slightly tangy bitterness. Great Summer outdoor quencher.
Thanks to jackndan/BIF6!

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BBD of 01/19/15

Pours an effervescent gold with a thin beige head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness, malty sweetness, husky grainy notes & grassyness

T: Follows the nose with a little pepperyness up front. Become astringent as this warms, some pear notes as well along with grassyness & dryness. Finishes with bready sweetness, dryness & touch aspirin & grassyness

MF: Slight body, subtle carbonation. Body firms up a bit as it warms

Drank way better than I thought it would, not a bad example of the style

Photo of jackndan
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Prarie Path: A golden ale, in my view more of an American pale ale rather than a Belgian style beer. The beer pours very clear with minimal head that leaves no lace. Very nicely balanced with very tasty hops mitigated by the malts. A quality beer easy to drink, and tasty.

Photo of bditty187
2.53/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best By 5/17/05

Clear amber gold with a slight tawny highlight, the color is a little deeper than insipid. That might not sound like much of a compliment but it is a lovely color. The head didn’t form that impressively, at the apex the foam was still less than one finger in height and it quickly faded to a soapy cap. This aspect of the beer is not impressive. There was no subsequent lacing, aside from a speckle or two. It is uninspiring to look at. The nose is buttery with a kiss of popcorn. Floral hops at the back, some herbal spiciness. Disinterested malts. The nose doesn’t explain anything to me. The label says “Golden Ale,” BA says “APA,” RB says “A Belgian Ale” (WTF does that mean!). Two Brothers Website says, “Prairie Path Ale is a Belgian-style golden ale. Prairie Path Ale is a full flavored, slightly bitter, clean and refreshing ale. The Belgian malts along with the Saaz and Goldings hops give this beer great drinkability.” Is this suppose to be like Duvel? They can’t be serious. To me this beer smells more like an English Pale Ale. Whatever it is I don’t find the aroma inviting. The first sip is boring. The second sip is buttered popcorn. The third sip is heavy with the residue of the second sip but some new flavors emerge like weak bitterness and some flowery vibes. Two Brothers thinks this beer is Belgian in nature? You got to be kidding me. First of all it is way to clean, it is also too “English,” and too damn simplistic for me to care. Where are “the Saaz and Goldings hops”? They are not offering any bitterness of note and little in the way of flavor. Either my definition of “Golden Ale” is wrong or this beer is just off. I really don’t understand what is going on. Lets say, for the sake of argument, I completely ignore style “guidelines” and just go by taste. This beer doesn’t taste good. I don’t care for it. Boring with too significant flavors of popcorn. Blah. Medium-light in body, watery on the tongue, the carbonation is low and this only hurts the situation. This beer is not drinkable or enjoyable or anything I’d suggest you try. It will take some serious convincing to get me to try this beer again. I purchased this bottle in Iowa City, IA. Not good.

Photo of benmiliron
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a very raw beer in that the smell and taste is reminiscent of un-fermented malts. Smells like my mash tun, really. It's not overpowering though. Looks nice in the glass, hazy golden color. Hops - alphas only, not too floral, just bitterness. I've really not been too impressed with Two Brothers', and this is no exception.

Photo of richj1970
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle dated best by 6/23/2015.

A: Clear sunshine yellow with 1–2 finger white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Biscuits, bread, and a slight grassy funk.

T: Biscuit malts with some earthy notes. Some faint spices lingering around in the back.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Very easy drinking. A nice summertime choice.

O: Enjoyable brew. Not a style that I normally frequent, but a nice departure.

Photo of bwood06
3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Clear golden straw in color with significant carbonation. Head is white, tall, frothy, and slow to dissipate. Head is retained as a thin froth. 4/5

S - Cereal and fresh baked white bread. Possibly a hint of corn. Grassy hops are very prevalent. 3.75/5

T - Toasted caramel malt is on the front with bitter grassy hops on the back end. Some tartness in the middle (green apple-esque). Bitterness lingers quite long. 3.25/5

M - Light and crisp with a drying astringency on the finish. Not quite as carbonated as expected based on appearance. 3/5

O - More bitter than any other blonde that I have ever had but also more full of flavor than any other blonde that I have had up until this point in time. Enjoyable but could have enjoyed even better if bitterness did not linger quite so long. Well hopped blonde but would like to have tasted more balance to the back end bitterness. Good summery beer nonetheless. 3.25/5

Photo of cilldalua
4.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Boston Blackies in Chicago.

Appearance and smell suggested that this might be thin and light but that just set up the taste which was full with a lot of honey and the mouthfeel which was again full but very smooth. All in all a very enjoyable beer and one you could go back to again and again.

Photo of marcobrau
4.14/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A decent, light-bodied golden ale with a mellow spicy hop character that seems to come from noble hops like Saaz. Pours clear and blond with a firm head that settles to slight ring of bubbles. No lace. Somewhat like a Kolsch but a touch darker in color and with a more toasted character. Just enough bitterness and crisp, toasted malt character to get this one from getting boring. Very clean and almost lager-like. Get this one fresh and it's a delicious session beer. Not sure this has the esters to be considered a Belgian ale; more of blonde, but that's quite alright.

Photo of KTCamm
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 11/28

Pours bright sunny gold, see through, light foam ring. Grain, hay, earthy nose. Cereal grains. Taste is light, touch of sweetness, with a mild bitter close. Hint of citrus. Easy going, sweet, tasty. Honest beer, great midwest farm beer.

Photo of edchicma
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden lemon with a nic epillow head and good lacing. Mainly malt...some hop notes....smells a bit "lagery". Smooth creamy malty on the front, hops kick in a mid-palate...metallic and bitter on the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy, but has an unplasant matallic finish. Because of teh metallic finish, drinkability suffers.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle courtesy of Shbobdb, (Thanks man, Great selection). The liquid is...Yes, Gold with good carbonation. The head is a big and fluffy off white 2 finger display with a rocky crust.

The smell is faint but hoppy over some whiffs of malt.

The taste is better. Very nice and more complex then this beers more pedestrian Lager counterparts. If you pour this, seeing and smelling a Pilsner of Helles be prepared for a larger array of tastes. This one is quite pleasing as a bouquet of florals are married to a peppy malt base. This brew is masterfully balanced. The finish is nice but a bit odd, I can't quite place it.

The mouthfeel is good, medium body, good crisp bite.

Drink-a-bility is A ok quite a nice refreshing brew. This would be a tremendous pick to keep on hand for those timid BMC drinker that just need to get their feet a little wet to start. Prosit, MK

Photo of hotstuff
2.6/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a quickly diminishing small white head with fine sized bubbles.The body was clear and the hue was golden.The nose was on the weak side but I did detect some malt and hops.The flavor was fruity tasting and the mouthfeel was tingly and smooth.There was very little lacing with this beer.

Photo of emerge077
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single from Marianos, "best by 4/11/12" so it's plenty fresh.

Poured into a tulip glass, it has a brilliant golden clarity to it. On top is a compact layer of white foam, creamy texture, leaving rings of delicate lacing. Okay retention.

Aroma is coarse and grainy, multigrain bread and slightly sulfuric yeast. Some malt sweetness and mild peppery spice from the Saaz hops.

Smooth feel, light to medium body. Floral, husky grains, light bready sweetness, pepper and yeastiness, with a dry clean finish. Simple and easy drinking, though it's often overlooked (took me years to write a review of it). Not the first 2 Bros. beer i'll usually reach for, but wouldn't turn it down either.

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Prairie Path Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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