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Prairie Path Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Prairie Path AlePrairie Path Ale

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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.43%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | 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 jwinship83


3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a best by date of 11/09 on the back of the label. drank from my duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a clear golden colored body with a small white head on it. lots of carbonation can be seen racing to the top of my glass. pretty generic "beer" look to it overall.

S- some sweet malts, grain, and not much going on as far as hops go. maybe a little bit of floral.

T- sweet bready malts and grains. floral/herbal hops at the end.

M- light bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- easy enough to drink a couple of and something that BMC fans could probably appreciate. when i first had this beer (before BA), i remember liking it a lot more.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 02:19:33 | More by jwinship83
Photo of wyattshotmaker


3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint with almost no head.kinda disappointing.nose is mostly bready malts with a nice spice from the saaz hops.overall,not too impressive.

palate is bready malts balanced by slight spiciness from the saaz hops.overall,pretty middle of the road.

mouthfeel is good for the style,and it's easy to drink.however,it's just not that impressive in my opinion.maybe i got a bad bottle,but kinda middle of the road.two brothers has done much better.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 02:13:17 | More by wyattshotmaker
Photo of cdkrenz


3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark golden orange hue to the body with an off-white frothy head standing about an inch and a half tall. Moderate carbonation and nice lacing make for an appealing look.

S - Soap, grain, malt and subtle hops.

T - Malty start moving to a smooth hopped middle. The finish offers a relaxing malt.

M - The feel is smooth and light. Perhaps a bit of subtle coarseness could bring out a bit more of the grainy flavor.

~ Overall I think this is a quality brew. My lovely wife was kind enough to bring this back to me during one of her recent trips down to the Chicago area. I'm always open to gifts I can drink. I suggest this beer be on your hit list.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 22:22:24 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. Best By date of 8/31/09.

A - Pale golden honey with few bubbles rising to a two-finger densely packed subtly off-white head. Good retention that lowers to a good covering and stays for a while with delicate, small pieces of lacing on the glass.

S - Lightly sweetened pale malts float delicately behind an assertive but not overpowering hop aroma. Slightly spicy with a touch of pepper and herbal with a light floral kiss. A dab of honey finishes out this subtle yet complex aroma. [Fusel alcohols on the nose later on. A bit solvent-like. Very timid though.]

T - Pale pilsner malts with a light sweet honey essence in the background with an over-arching hoppy spiciness and floral flavor. The finish is medium-dry. A light alcohol solvent-like flavor towards the end appears. Complex yet delicate.

M - Good carbonation yet smooth texture going down. Dry and a bit hoppy bitter on the finish. Medium-bodied.

D - Fantastic balance and good all around, this beer is an easy drinker and something I'd take part in any time I could. Good summer beer or sessioner.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 19:33:12 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of giblet


3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

mixed reviews...this beer has a nice golden color with good steady carbonation. good aroma and if you can get to it a good taste.

IF you can get to it. the head and froth were so over the top i could not enjoy. it started foaming in the neck before i ever had it pouring. i could only pour two thirds the glass because of the excessive head. 5 inches of head in a 16 oz glass does not work. i had to let it set for a good 10 minutes before i could even get any beer without covering me nose with froth.

i tried on three bottles too.

disappointing cuz the taste was good.

suckem up and movem out.


Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 12:49:13 | More by giblet
Photo of endincolorado


3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Gold-amber body with white head, and moderate retention. Not a whole lot of lace.

Smell- Hearty cereal grain, pale malt, little to no hop aroma. Slight buttery, biscuitty aroma.

Taste- Dry cereal grain, biscuitty malt, toasted cracker, wheat, light hop-bitterness to balance. Dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, good mouthfeel overall, appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability- Good session beer, crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 05:20:10 | More by endincolorado
Photo of PirateUlf73


3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 06:22:44 | More by PirateUlf73
Photo of Tone


4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden, yellow color. One and one half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, lemon aroma, some yeast cleanliness, and some wheat. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth a crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of hops and lemon up front, a sweet malt background, and a hint of spice (all spice maybe). A smooth finish overall, and not a bad brew. The lighter palate of this beer makes it a great summer session brew. I must say that I'm rating this brew a bit higher than the average, and I'm not sure as to why there is such a low average rating. Probably the best lemon beer I've ever had!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 03:32:15 | More by Tone
Photo of semihobo


3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle best by 4/2/09.

Crystal clear and light gold in color. Small head fades to an adequate blanket of foam coverage.

Muted smell of crackers, pale malt, and spice.

The taste is dry, very clean, an interplay between a sizable presence of peppery, euro hops and a biscuity / nutty malts. Some astringency. Average.

Mouthfeel matches the dry taste, lightweight but with peppery carbonation.

A drier take on the style, I would like this a little more it if it were a little sweeter. I'm going to keep trying Two Brothers, so far no knockouts though...

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 00:24:19 | More by semihobo
Photo of KI9A


4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Into the tulip glass, agressive pour. Beautiful golden, fast head. Some sheet lace.

S: Grains, some malt. Citrusy hops.

T: Just a great balance between sweet malts, nice smooth hops. Cloying funkiness.

M: Crisp. Refreshing. Leaves a mix of sweet/bitter in mouth for a bit.

D: Big drinkabilty here. Screw Budlights "drinkability". This is it. This is my idea of a damned near perfect session beer. Somethnig I can sit down with, and either relax with, or get a snoot full of. I'm not a hophead, but, there is enough hops in here to make me happy. Enough, at least, for a change of pace from my normal diet of malt-bombs. I'm digging this beer, and really digging this brewery. These guys are cranking out some great beers! Second only to New Glarus, as my favorite brewery...and not by much!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 02:53:11 | More by KI9A
Photo of godscorn


2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served in a standard pint glass, from the bottle.

Mimimal head with very little lacing.
Nose reminds me of my grandparents dairy farm. I can smell straw. Weird.
Malty taste with a bit of hops in there. I can taste a bit of citris in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is watery at first, then thickens slightly. Carbonation wasn't impressive, but not flat.

There are better golden ales out there. Wasn't impressed with this.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 04:45:43 | More by godscorn
Photo of marcobrau


4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 04:52:58 | More by marcobrau
Photo of nightcrawler


3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

As Belgian pale ales go, I think this is pretty good. But if I could get it in a bomber, I would go that route. 12 ounces is not enough.

The color is a golden brown/dark tan. The smell is a bit weak, but the taste is surprisingly clean with just a kick of Belgian on the tail end.

I found the ale a bit thick on the tongue, like a flat cola. It wasn't something to savor and "squeeze" in the mouth. But the ease of drinking with the clean finish it makes this a beer I would drink again and again.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 18:31:14 | More by nightcrawler
Photo of tedsox31


3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is golden and clear. There is a bright white head that dissipates fairly quickly, and it leaves some lacing along the rim of the glass.

The smell is yeasty, as well as citrusy, along with some spices. I also detect some hops in the background.

The taste is more of hops, which are pretty pronounced. There is also a slightly fruity taste; whether this is from the yeast or the malts, or the hops, I 'm not sure.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and also slightly creamy, and there is a clean finish as I swallow. Overall, a decent beer, and one that I would have again. There was just something weird about this beer that I cannot place right now.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 02:15:45 | More by tedsox31
Photo of Yesac


3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.. whoops. Got this one trade from jwinship83 - thanks.

A - How bout' that, its gold in color. Pours clear with rising bubbles. Large, very foamy head fades to a thin layer that stays throughout.

S - Sharp bitter sour malt dominance

T - bready character up front and overall, unique wheaty malt taste, just a hint of hop in the middle and finishes with a acidic aftertase

M - The heavy carbonation explodes onto the tongue (to much for my taste) as the bubbles seems to dance off the tongue , thin in body

D - eh, not really my style of brews. I'd only have one due to the aftertaste and smell alone.

For this style I'm going for the Orval Trappist Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 00:42:15 | More by Yesac
Photo of gmfessen


3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy, yellow-golden color with a thin cap of creamy looking head. The smell is sweet, slightly fruity, a little grainy and spicy. The taste reveals some of the same sweetness, pretty well bitter but not hoppy. There might be a bit of skunk to this bottle, although it's expo is 10/21/08. The mouthfeel is light in body with a creamy carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, this beer is decent, probably better than your average BMC beer but nothing spectacular. I would not make a point to seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 18:54:43 | More by gmfessen
Photo of paulthebeerguru


3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: snifter. pours a slightly opaque bright orange color, with a pure white head on top. low retention rate and decent ring-like lacing.

S: not an outstanding aroma at all for a Belgian Pale. Some sweet breakfast corn malts, no hop balance in the nose. hint of honey.

T: flavor is much better. some nice sweet malts, still getting some corn notes. some noble hops balancing them out. good flavor but nothing outstanding. slight metallic tones.

M: smooth and crisp. good carbonation level, with a medium-body.

D: its a very drinkable brew, but a little weak on the flavor for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 07:16:26 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of kinger


3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rich golden color poured from the bottle, pencil thin head lasted the entire duration with good lacing. Good strong hop aroma is present here. The mouthfeel was slightly bitter which accented the hoppy aroma. Overall flavor is very good and rather complex. For a golden ale this one is bursting with flavor. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 20:19:34 | More by kinger
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from bgramer (thanks Brendan). Best by 10/21/2008 printed on the bottle. Served in my Delirium Tremens tulip. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a one-inch loose off-white head and copious tiny bubbles in solution. Head quickly subsides into a thin skim of foam and some strands of lacing. Nose is mild and exhibits a light and fruity sweetness; maybe a hint of apricot detectable. Taste consistent with nose with a nice hops/malt balance, as well as a subtle biscuity character at the finish. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied with a full mouth effervescence and a slight bitterness/astringency at the end. Brew went down easy, and has a nice balance, but not really style consistent in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 22:05:49 | More by Jwale73
Photo of Slynger


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

Pours a bright, clear, golden color with a lean towards tangerine. Nicely sized fluffy white cap.

Both smell and flavor bring a bit of funky-sour, buttery fruitiness, to go along with lightly toasted grains, and lightly spicy, earthy-grassy, hops. It has a nice feeling medium-light body with buttery smoothness and creamy carbonation.

I was hoping for a bit more from this one as I have lived just off of said Prairie Path for many a year. While it is not really a Belgian Pale Ale it is still a good beer. I will definitely grab some for my next midnight session on the path.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 03:24:10 | More by Slynger
Photo of beermanbrian


3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden color with a fine bubbly head. Fair amount of lacing left behind. Crisp, clean smell. Reminds me of spring day (boy does that sound stupid). Mostly light malts with a faint grassy hop note. Taste is light malt with some cereal like flavors to it. Again some faint grassy hop in the finish. Mouth is a little thin. Overall another quality brew from Two Brothers. I would recomend trying all of their brews that I've sampled so far and this one is no different.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 01:06:36 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of JDV


3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

bottle thanks to drewbeerme!
Pours a medium to dark gold with a medium lived small white head. Smell is nice anc clean grassy hops which are subtle but nice and fresh. Taste is light and clean malt, with crisp grassy and lightly bittering hops. Smooth, flavorful and easy drinking. Medium to thin bodied with moderate carbonation. I enjoyed this one for sure, despite its relative simplicity.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 18:57:24 | More by JDV
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer


3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served cold from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Boston Lager glass.

Pours with a nice light golden look, light carbonation leaves a finger of white head that quickly fades.

Aroma is slightly spicy and grassy. Flavor mild, bready, yeasty. Mouthfeel is light.

Nothing special here, certainly not as bold as other American blondes. Glad I didn't pay for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 02:07:38 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
Photo of ajmoody76


3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

purchased at the local beer store. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint. golden yellow. pretty clear. one finger white head. ok lace. looks nice.

citrusy. not a lot of depth. no off odors.

spicy with citrus fruit. sweetness to it. balanced. dry aftertaste.

fair carbonation. mid body. good beer. these guys do a pretty good job brewing interesting styles for the midwest. i could drink this again. need to visit the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 03:52:15 | More by ajmoody76
Photo of tgbljb


3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden color with moderate white puffy head. Great retention.

Smell shows a light fruitiness, with a touch of bitterness in the background.

Taste shows a nice malt presence, with some frutiness noted. A nicely crisp taste..

Flavor fades a bit too quickly.

A nice easy drinker, but nothing great.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 22:18:34 | More by tgbljb
Prairie Path Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.