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Prairie Path Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Prairie Path AlePrairie Path Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

341 Ratings
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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 6
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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Photo of WoodBrew
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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 falloutsnow
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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 elginirishpunk
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of matjack85
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour was decent, a deep amber color coming through right out of the bottle. Nice clarity in this one as well. Some carbonation bubbling up to the surface throughout did little to enforce the white head which faded very fast.

Nice aroma here with a mix of decent fruit aromas and bready grains. Nice touches of some earthy grains as well and a touch of herbal hops. This carried over well into the flavor were a medium bodied ale led the way. Smooth, though it could have used a little bit more carbonation. Started with a nice rush of sweet malts, light tones of grapes and pears and a small dose of bread like flavors coming through rather nicely. Intresting mix here as the flavor tended to get sweeter as you went on and it tasted a whole lot stronger then it actually was. Still very drinkable and quite enjoyable with dinner.

Overall a very solid beer that I would have no issues with trying out again anyday. About as solid as they come!

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Figured I needed a beer whilst moseying down memory lane, and this one was the first to jump outta the fridge. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, light black pepper, a pinch of what seems like nutmeg, and a decidedly light bit o' caramel. The taste follows pretty closely, though the pepper comes through a bit more, and some lemongrass joins the party as well. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice brew, nothing overtly special, but I could easily see downing several of these if given the opportunity.

Photo of Brunite
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A : Poured into a pint glass. A golden body with a thin white head with decent retention. No lacing.

S: The aroma holds a lemony, straw smell with just a hint of spice.

T: Taste is like the smell. Some tartness....mild spicy...dry grains....a very dry biscuit on the finish.

M: Light body. Crisp.

O: Decent if not memorable. Average beer.

Photo of champ103
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright, vibrant, and clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Some spotty lace is left behind as well.
S: Saaz Hops for sure. Spicy, earthy, grassy, and floral. Light yeast aromas. A nice lemony aroma. Some honey sweetness and bready malts.
T: Pretty much follows the nose. Lots of Saaz hops with a nice peppery spice. Earthy yeast. Grassy and floral. Herbal tea. A honey like sweetness and finishes with a dry cracker and bread like flavor. Everything is very clean.
M/D: A medium body that is very effervescent. Dry, crisp, and clean. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

Another top notch beer from Two Brothers as far as I am concerned. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: In the glass, Prairie Pat is a golden amber color, mostly transparent with a bit of haze and several floating pieces of floating particulate matter. A 1 cm creamy white head is not very impressive. The head fades rather quickly and leaves a light ring of lace.

Smell: There is not that much going on here. The nose has faint notes of sweet malts, noble hops, and a bit of honey, but that is pretty much it.

Taste: The flavor is delicate, but it improves on what I was expecting from the aroma. Light bready malt provides the backbone to support Saaz and Sterling hops, which impart a floral, spicy, and herbal quality, and giving it just a bit of fruity depth. There is a bit of honey at the finish, giving it a pleasant sweetness. This is more light and simple than strong and powerful, but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel: Can Two Brothers trademark this mouthfeel? Bubbly yet smooth and creamy, with enough carbonation to keep each sip very clean. Light to medium bodied.

Drinkability: Although not the time of year for it now, I could see myself having a few of these on a hot summer day out at a BBQ. There is just a little more going on here than 312, the light ale I normally find at such gatherings. Delicate, but not one of the more enjoyable beers I have had from Two Brothers.

Photo of sdkuhn
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color, nice white foam head.
Smells malty, toasty, warm.

Taste: Nearly perfect. Awesome balance of maltiness and hoppiness.

Medium body and very drinkable.

This is my 2nd favorite Beligian Pale Ale - only Troubadour is better for me, and this is much less expensive and locally brewed.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.05/5  rDev +16%
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 Ryan011235
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 1/13/10

Best by 2/26/10

Slightly burnt orange with golden highlights a la pineapple juice. Rather clear. Poured one finger head that dissipates quickly to patchy bubbles. Thin retention; lacing is spotty throughout.

Prairie path, indeed. The aroma is chalk full of earthy notes; hops, fresh-cut hay, grass, lemon zest & mild spice. A touch of malty sweetness in the back.

Very nice flavor profile. A modest, well-seated hop note leads off, coupled with a bit of spice; possibly white pepper. This near-seamlessly melds into earthy notes of hay & lemongrass. Floral undertones. Lightly toasted malts in the back.

Medium-light, yet solid bodied. Moderate carbonation is appropriate. Clean finish with a few residual notions of grass & hay lingering.

I like the clarity of Prairie Path. It's bouquet of grassy, herbal & floral tones never come across as muddled or musty. Though not my usual choice, but I wouldn't mind having this one again.

Photo of jrallen34
2.28/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this on tap at the brew pub as part of a sampler...Pours a medium straw that is clear with a light white head, good retention, ok lacing...The aroma is super light bringing only hints of skunk that is super annoying...The taste is horrendous super skunk all around mixed with a barrage of carbonated skunk, just garbage.

Avoid this.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Prairie Path Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.