Prairie Path Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Prairie Path AlePrairie Path Ale

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80
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Reviews: 132
Hads: 375
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 7
Gots: 36 | 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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Reviews: 132 | Hads: 375
Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.7/5  rDev +6%
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. (1,531 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.56/5  rDev +2%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of elginirishpunk
4.07/5  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. (295 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.09/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.47/5  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! (351 characters)

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! (949 characters)

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. (675 characters)

Photo of Brunite
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (342 characters)

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. (732 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,343 characters)

Photo of sdkuhn
4.17/5  rDev +19.5%
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. (302 characters)

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. (580 characters)

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. (970 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
2.33/5  rDev -33.2%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.7/5  rDev +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. (473 characters)

Photo of KBomb
3.42/5  rDev -2%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of mazingblue
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of nsmartell
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
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 (593 characters)

Photo of dnjmed
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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 (346 characters)

Photo of cilldalua
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.54/5  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. (488 characters)

Photo of chetripley
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (669 characters)

Prairie Path Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.