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Prairie Path Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Prairie Path AlePrairie Path Ale

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BA SCORE
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282 Ratings
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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.43%


Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 05-16-2002)
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into SA perfect pint.

A: clear golden, foamy white head, not much lacing

S: some faint sweet malts on the front, a slight zest of Belgian character which is not at all pronounced, a small bit of hops on the end. Pretty mild on the nose, not a lot of character

T: toast and bread on the front, some spice from the hops on the finish, pretty one dimensional but refreshing and easy drinking

MF: light body, high carbonation

D: this beer is drinkable but boring, reminds me more of a pale lager than a Belgian pale. Overall it is palatable, just very lacking in character

Serving type: growler

01-31-2010 00:52:12 | More by homebrew311
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had procured this bottle at our local, up-and-coming premier bottle shop, The Friendly Greek some time back, but I set it aside in favor of other beers in the backlog. Now, thanks to the ongoing series of snow days, I am confined to quarters and am winnowing through my backlog in an orderly fashion. It is currently Two Brothers in the barrel, to be followed b collaborations and so here goes nothing.

From the bottle: "Crafted to Remove Gluten': "Belgian malts balanced by Saaz and Golding hops produce a unique, savory ale, light in color, but not in flavor"; "Product fermented from grains containing gluten and crafted to remove gluten. The gluten content of this product cannot be verified, and this product may contain gluten."; "Two Brothers is a craft brewery on the outskirts of Chicago that specializes in rare and seldom-brewed beer styles. The two of us - Jason and Jim Ebel - strive to produce the very best beers available anywhere."; "We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do!"

I was concerned that the beer was two months past its "Best By" date and so I employed a very gentle pour which resulted in just a skim of wisps in lieu of head. No problem as I then used the servers' trick and agitated it into producing a finger of foamy, eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow (SRM = 4 -5) with NE-quality clarity and my old friends, Mammon, Croesus and Midas returned for a taste. I leaned in for a sniff and was rewarded with an odor like honey-lemon tea! No joke, the Saaz hops interacted really well with the Belgian malt to create a very mellow smell. I have been fighting a bad head cold of late and this seememed like just what the doctor ordered. My first draught was very tea-like, slightly thin on the tongue in terms of mouthfeel, but very much like drinking honey-lemon tea. I would have probably identified it as a Czech Pils or another type of lager, had they not identified it on the label as an ale. Finish was semi-dry and mellow to the point that I was driven to have a bit of a lie-down. Oh my.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 20:42:13 | More by woodychandler
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Chiefy770

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fluid ounce bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date of 04/21/2014.

Appearance: Carbonation rushes towards the top of the glass and forms a modest sized white head. A clear golden body sits underneath. The head collapses rather fast and leaves a trace of lace.

Smell: Bready grains. Sweet fruit. Minor notes of spiced hops.

Taste: Good hit of grains up front. Sweet citric notes from the hops start to break through the malts. Herbal hops develop through the finish. The hops are somewhat unique but this is really just a straightforward blonde ale.

Mouthfeel: Light-Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Clean and crisp… goes down nicely.

Overall: Nothing extraordinary happening in this brew but it certainly would make a perfect companion on a warm and sunny afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 01:07:55 | More by Chiefy770
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 14:03:43 | More by KTCamm
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Zorro

California

3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare.

Clear golden colored ale with a small white colored head.Smells a little of aspirin, other than that this isn't really aromatic.

Tastes of soda cracker malt and medium hop bitterness. Citrus hop taste on the tongue. Fairly standard flavor for a pale ale.

Mouthfeel is decent.

Overall just a "Middle Of The Road Ale." Nothing particularly memorable about it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2013 06:25:11 | More by Zorro
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of 01/26/2014 printed on the back label. My bottle is a bit different than the one pictured and is named Two Brothers Prairie Path Golden Ale, named after the Illinois Prairie Path which runs close to my house. My first time trying this beer from these guys, expectations are moderately high.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a nice hazed golden orange colored body with some bubbles lazily floating topside. One finger of soapy white head. Looks good for what it is.

S - Smell is of wheat, grains, light corn, grass, honey, biscuit, and some faint lemon / lime zest creeping in the background. What's there is nice, but there just isn't enough of it.

T - Taste follows the nose: dry grass, grainy Belgian malt, honeyed biscuit, faint citric lemon zest, and some dirty herbal earthiness from the Saaz and Golding hops used here.

M - Feel is sticky, with light bitterness. Grassy and dry. Light-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a simple, yet approachable beer, with a moderate 5.10% abv. Easy drinking and all, but just not entirely too interesting. Glad to have tried it, but I probably wouldn't want it again.

Two Brothers Prairie Path Golden Ale ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 22:46:32 | More by mfnmbvp
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yippee. Another exciting installment of the American Blonde Ale.

Pours amber touched golden with a strong grain presence on the nose. Flavor brings a lot of the same. One dimensional, but consistent. Feel is okay. This is pretty basic. No real flair. But at least it brings a more hearty character than most of the others in its style.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 02:51:16 | More by RblWthACoz
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty boring unresponsive beer, as is the case with most blondes.
The golden color is nice, it's clear. The head is wimpy and fading. Carbs are almost nothing.
Aroma has a malty toasted bready smell.
Light tasting with loads of biscuits and toast. No hops.
Mouthfeel is medium in weight with an abrassive finish.
One and done.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 12:05:32 | More by micromaniac129
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, not much carbonation, or head, some lacing.

S-Lots of wheat, honey, spices and lemon.

T-Grass, wheat, slight honey, tad lemon, not much bitterness at all.

M-Light some carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

O-A boring, but easy drinking, beer. Try it and then forget it.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 21:35:10 | More by rlee1390
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 18:53:11 | More by bsp77
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great extra from Will that the wife truly appreciated...12oz bottle poured for the wife, with just enough siphoned off for me to review...

A: Clear golden straw with a pretty decent head and some decent lacing left behind on the glass.

S: Bready aroma with suggestions of a dry, yeasty character...hints of fruitiness and toasted bread, bread crust.

T: Lightly toasted grains and bready toast...dryness and yeast esters...small amount of fruitiness and a slight chalky sensation. Very low bitterness.

MF: Creamier light body with a dry-ish finish.

O: Decent gluten-free offering, definitely beer-like and not cider-like, which is my main complaint with most GF 'beers'.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 16:16:26 | More by Scotchboy
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dmfrench

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect, sour macro.
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A: Clear, light, golden body with a fleeting one finger off white head.

S: Simple yet inviting mix of sweet and slightly sour bready malt, light peach, and dusty, euro hops.

T: Tasty... sourdough malt and potent dusty and herbal hops... like a perfect Budweiser.

M: Fine grained, well carbonated, thick enough, nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 00:55:27 | More by dmfrench
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A touch hazy yet it has a nice bright yellow hue and a 1/2 inch of sticky white head.

S - Smell is mild but enjoyable. Fruity yeasts, mild grains, and even some hops which is a surprise for a Blonde ale.

T - Nothing really ground breaking but it goes down easy. The yeasts make a nice fruity impression and the hops are mild and the grains are easy on the palate. Not bad.

M - Light and easy to drink. Great summer beer.

Overall it's not a bland Blonde ale but it's really nothing to buy again. Another great beer from Two Brothers.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 05:05:02 | More by DrDemento456
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metter98

New York

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a bit of lacing on the surface and a thin collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass that slowly faded away.
S: The smell has aromas of grainy malts along with some notes of earthy yeast and spicy hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of earthy yeast and grainy malts along with notes of floral and grassy hops. There is a light amount of bitterness, which particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit clean and crisp on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and is a good representation of the style. It would probably make for a good summer beer or a pairing with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 00:50:03 | More by metter98
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Blavaq

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light gold, nice head.

S: A bit bitter, grainy scent

T: Good flavor for the style. A bit bitter, definitely get grainy notes up front. I get a hint of a caramel after taste, though I'm not sure what this might be from, possibly from the grain.

M: Good mouth feel, nicely carbonated. Cool and refreshing.

O: A decent ale for this style. I would drink more than one in a sitting. I highly recommend this to folks who are used to drinking nothing but MGD/BUD. This beer will not blow you away. I think a great positive for this beer is it being gluten free, this makes it a great option for those allergic to gluten.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 20:31:03 | More by Blavaq
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Libbey craft pint glass.

A: Light orange/pale gold. Translucent. Small white head with ok retention and lacing.

S: Coarse grain, subtly fruity hop reminiscent of apricot.

T: Follows the smell, except the hop serves more of a bittering rather than sweetening role than in the nose. Soft wheat, a hint of sugary malt, wave of hop bitterness, ever-so-slight fruit notes from the hops and esters (unripened nectarine, tangy apricot), another breath of fresh grain and yeast in the finish.

M: Nice body for the style. Carbonation adds some creaminess to the palate.

O: A pretty good blonde ale. I think the hops could have been utilized a bit better in the flavor profile, which could have been a bit stronger in general, but still tasty and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 00:17:56 | More by Etan
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MaximalC

Illinois

1.88/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Didn't know quite what to expect from this beer, but being a fan of Two Brothers, I figured it was worth investigating. I have to say I was pretty disappointed. Pours a transparent gold color with a meager head that is soon gone. Smell is faint, but what's there is not all that appealing. Flavor leans toward the hoppy end of the spectrum with a wheat aftertaste (reminiscent of Bud Light Golden Wheat, to be honest). Overall, a pretty thin beer with little working for it in any regard. Two Brothers have far better brews than this.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:02:17 | More by MaximalC
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match1112

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours from the bottle into a pint glass a clear bright gold color. a fingers worth of bright white head quickly settles to a thin cap leaving little lacing behind. smells are faint, but i can detect some grain, bready malts, spice from hops and light sweet fruits. the taste is bigger than the nose. all of the above blend together very well to create an easy drinking light tasting beer. mouthfeel is kinda thin but average for the style. overall this would probably be better for a long hot summer day, but it hit the spot on a cold winters night with dinnner just as well. plain and simple this is a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 16:15:53 | More by match1112
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emerge077

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 02:45:21 | More by emerge077
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 00:18:14 | More by WoodBrew
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Piccadilly in Champaign, IL.

Poured into a St. Bernadus chalice at slightly below room temperature.

Pours a large, 1.5cm head of small bubbles that's fairly pure white in color. This decreases over time to leave a thin membrane of bubbles across the top along with some extensive lacing. Despite decanting carefully, beer is an opaque golden-orange color with what must be some active carbonation to support the continued foam. I don't think a BPA gets better looking than this.

Aroma is faintly tart, of green apples and slight lemon zest. This mingles with some malt sweetness, hop bitterness, and generic sweet fruit scents. Not particularly strong in this category: subdued, but pleasant.

Taste opens with malt sweetness, transitions to a mix with hop bitterness. Fairly standard. Towards the end, there is some nice, bright fruit flavors brought in by hoppiness and yeast metabolites (esters, anyone?). Aftertaste is grain-like, lightly bitter. Overall, very pleasant and drinkable. Would've enjoyed some of the complex fruit aromas to play out in the taste.

This is a fairly light-bodied beer, with carbonation that's adequate, but perhaps overly aggressive for the body's weight. Finish is semi-dry, and pleasing. Still, this so overly carbonated that it foams up in the mouth.

This is, overall, a very enjoyable, drinkable take on the Belgian Pale Ale style. The aroma and taste are to be recommended, though neither are particularly strong. Another Two Brothers beer I will keep my eye out for.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 05:26:00 | More by falloutsnow
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 01:24:33 | More by secondtooth
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elginirishpunk

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12zo bottle. Very clear and copper color. Very light carbonation and head thins out rapidly. Suttle aroma of citric hops and light lemon. Taste lingers of only a moment and then discipates. Very light and crsip beer for engoying any time. One of the most suttle golden ales and a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 08:44:57 | More by elginirishpunk
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matjack85

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this single, 12oz brown bottle as part of a build your own 6-pack at the Trader Joe's store in Glen Ellyn, IL. At just $1 a bottle it was too good a deal to pass up. Clearly marked best before date of 8/11/11 on the back label.

The beer poured a cloudy golden/yellow color, similar to pineapple juice. The 2-finger white head lasted a few minutes and left behind some decent lacing.

The smell was mostly fruity. Nice tropical smell with some lemon zest and sweet malt underneath.

Mild malt sweetness mixed with mild hop bitterness. Well balanced, very tasty, and easy to ddrink.

Light and crisp mouthfell without being overly carbonated.

While this is very good and I would recommend trying it, I was puzzeled a bit as to why it is listed as a Belgian pale ale as there wasn't much Belgian yeast flavor to it at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 05:21:41 | More by matjack85
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A : golden yellow, trace head, very little lacing.

S: sweet citrus, earthy grain, mild spice

T: sweet citrus front, earthy grain middle, hint of spicy dry bitter finish

M: med/light body, dry feel

O: Two Brothers is solid and so is this beer. Nice session beer, but nothing amazing here. Perhaps good newbie brew.

SOLID, BUT NO NEED TO SEEK OUT!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 17:17:35 | More by BeerLover99
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Prairie Path Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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