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Prairie Path Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Prairie Path AlePrairie Path Ale

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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:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 05-16-2002)
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Photo of TMoney2591


3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 22:34:38 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Brunite


3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 20:30:22 | More by Brunite
Photo of champ103


4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 22:55:40 | More by champ103
Photo of KickInTheChalice


3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 18:44:19 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of sdkuhn


4.2/5  rDev +20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 04:11:49 | More by sdkuhn
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 01:11:32 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of Ryan011235


3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 20:42:45 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of jrallen34


2.28/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2010 20:57:52 | More by jrallen34


3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 00:40:30 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of KBomb


3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull golden-amber color, faint and spotty lacing. Appearance isn't terribly inviting except for the sight of robust carbonation that will satisfy a thirsty mouth.

Aroma has a hint of that old-world yeast; ever so slightly fruity and medicinal. Subtly sweet and subtly toasty malt rounds out the smell.

Taste is mild, a little bit of grassy grains and floral hops give it some character, but its lacking any of those classic Belgian notes of fruit and yeast save for a little band-aid flavor.

Though the taste isn't all that impressive, it finishes very clean and coupled with its dry mouthfeel, high carbonation, and moderate weight--its fairly drinkable as a summer afternoon beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 20:23:29 | More by KBomb
Photo of mazingblue


3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this bottle into a pint glass.

A: This beer poured a nice golden, almost amber color. A gem of a beer. Also, a medium carbonation. The only thing that disappointed me was the lack of lacing. When poured, I did not even get a finger of head. No retention.

S: I smelled a bit of biscuity-citrus hints. Smell is amazing, though. The hops are not overly aggressive, which is a plus for this type of beer style.

T: I tasted citrus, perhaps lemon. Yes, lemon. I also tasted the biscuity malt. Not a whole lot going on for taste. Good overall.

M: Crisp, lightly carbonated. Not much tingle. Smooth and light.

D: I could take down a 6-pack, no problem. I would continue to purchase this if there is nothing new I haven't tried at my local beer store.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 23:49:00 | More by mazingblue
Photo of nsmartell


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

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark yellow color with a thin white head that lasts for some time.

Smell: Malts, grassy and citrus hops and lemon.

Taste: Just as the smell suggests, but the lemon flavor is more pronounced here than in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and smooth with good carbonation.
Drinkability: Very drinkable brew. Perhaps too drinkable (or I was really thirsty. Not sure which.) This beer was gone before I knew it. Definitely a thirst quencher, more than a sipping beer. Wouldn't seek out again, but wouldn't turn one down.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 03:57:22 | More by nsmartell
Photo of ChadQuest


2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear light bronze with a finger of head and minimal lacing.

Yeast and wheat, touch of grass and citrus, only a touch.

smooth with yeast and bready. round finish with a light citrus kiss. Not really any strong characteristics however.

medium body with a light carbination. Could drink these as long as you'd care to.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 06:14:00 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of homebrew311


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
Photo of dnjmed


3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip. says best by 6/8/10

color is orange. a finger of head that dissipates quickly.

weak smell of earthiness and definite saaz hops.

the saaz hops are what i enjoy from the taste. a hint of lemon maybe some currants.

good amount of carbonation makes for a light and crisp mouthfeel

all in all quite drinkable

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 05:05:15 | More by dnjmed
Photo of cilldalua

New York

4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2009 20:24:51 | More by cilldalua
Photo of zeff80


3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, short-lived, white head. It left little to no lacing. A fairly unimpressive appearance.

S - It smelled fruity with notes of yeast and caramel.

T - Nice blend of fruity flavors and spicy yeast. It had a nice sweet caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied ale that is easy drinking.

D - This is a good tasting beer although it doesn't seem like a "Belgian Pale Ale". Still it would make a solid session brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 21:50:37 | More by zeff80
Photo of chetripley


3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

True to the Belgian Pale Ale description, it is "light in color but not in taste". Poured from the bottle to a standard pint glass, fresh until next February.

A-Light golden looks like a pilsner and light, with a 1 finger head with little lacing on the glass.

S-Fruity and yeasty.

T-Instantly sharp tang, a little citrus then bitter end, with bitter aftertaste. Tastes a lot like a Czech pilsner(looks like one too).

M-D- Light and airy, easy to drink, hoppy finish may not please everyone.

Surprised by all that was happening, since the look is very simple.

Not my favorite offering from Two Brothers, nor my favorite style of beer, but worthy of a try yourself.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 03:53:23 | More by chetripley
Photo of cadizkyguy


3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first but certainly not my last Two Brothers offering. This first four of the six pack poured a head that topped a Samuel Smith Pint Glass, so I took it easy on this one and the head was minimal, but still nice looking for the style. Kinda an average beer here on BA, but I really dig this beer. Paired with a frozen pizza just out of the oven and it pairs well. Smell is on par for the style, but taste and mouthfeel are above average and drinkability -- well, I could drink several of these in one sitting. Nice job, Two Brothers.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 18:52:11 | More by cadizkyguy
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pale gold. where'd my head go?

wheaty, though without haze to speak of. leaves a pilsner aftertaste. some hoppy flavors--nice ones, at that. summery, with a crisp finish, though it's not particularly weak. a touch of bitterness

i am really not sure to what degree this is "belgian" (little corresponding aroma--just pils malts and some floral hop). the brewery website cites the usage of belgian malts, but i'm not sure belgian malts do a belgian beer make. the label says "golden ale" and i reckon it's actually a pretty fair example of that style. light, but present (and nice enough), malt character, good hop contributions. we'll call it a golden ale

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 04:48:37 | More by bruachan
Photo of kimcgolf


3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm swimming upstream on this one, since I really enjoyed it. Poured to a bright amber-orange with nice off-whit head that last well and left okay lacing. Aroma was a pleasant blend of malty fruit, bread and a touch of honey. Mouthfeel is full and brings inthe slight bitterness of hops to the mix. Flavor picks up the bread and fruit of the nose, and the flavor is smooth and long.

A pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 02:25:49 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of ClockworkOrange


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

A 12 ounce bottle picked up at the Beer Stop for around $1.75. Poured into a nonic pint glass. The ale appears a clear golden yellow color with about an inch of foamy bone white head. Nose and flavor are of spicy yeast, pepper, toasted bread, lemon, apricot, sweet malt. A notch better than medium in both body and carbonation. Tasty and accessible.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 05:26:26 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of DIM


3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a bright, mostly clear golden color. It poured with a short, soapy head.

s: Pretty mild overall, I got some spicy hops, a little lemon, and some sweet grains. No real "Belgian" character.

t: Lightly bready with some fairly bitter spicy hops at the end. No obvious yeaty flavors.

m: Crisp, active carbonation and a pleasant, mild lingering bitterness.

d: This was okay, but nothing to memorable. I wouldn't have called this a Belgian anything if I had tasted it blind.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 09:44:34 | More by DIM
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

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

Reviewed on 07/31/2009. On tap at Blind Tiger. This beer pours a clear orange with a small head. The aroma is of fruit and bready yeast. The flavor is of bread, yeast, sweet fruits. It is very pleasant drinking and definitely underrated on this site.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2009 01:54:19 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of kruse


3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My wife grew up less than a mile from the Illinois Prairie Path, so when we saw this, we had to try it.
Billed as a belgian-style golden ale, Prairie Path, is lighter in alcohol than is typical for the style.
Poured a golden-color with orange tones and had a decent slightly off-white head. Aroma had a subtle spicy hop character.
Taste was decent with an initial mild sweetness followed by a low-medium hop bitterness. The lower alcohol content than most golden ales means that there is little or no noticeable alcohol in the aftertaste.
Light body and somewhat crisp mouthfeel.
Overall a drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 18:30:06 | More by kruse
Prairie Path Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.