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Prairie Path Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Prairie Path AlePrairie Path Ale

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 385
Avg: 3.49
pDev: 21.2%
Wants: 9
Gots: 37 | 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

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 05-16-2002

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Reviews: 134 | Hads: 385
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.

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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.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of bruachan
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
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

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of DIM
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of kruse
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of NeutroMan
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, with printed "best by" date of 11/21/09. Poured into a tulip.

It took a hard pour to get a barely half-finger rocky white head that metamorphosed rather quickly to a barely-there film. Appearance is a slightly hazy pale orange hue.

Aroma has lots of sweet breaded malts, minimal hops, and some mild fruity character (mostly apricot).

Taste starts out with sweet malts which give way almost immediately to a dry hop finish.

Medium-light-bodied mouthfeel with low carbonation. Fairly easy to drink, but this BPA needs some work.

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Photo of Rayek
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip.

A: Pale copper with a slight haze. Carbonation is somewhat active in the form of tiny bubbles. A rocky off-white head starts out well. It recedes fairly quickly to a thin film. Leaves patches of lace.

S: Pears, biscuits, a little lemon and a pinch of pepper make up the nose.

T: Starts out with a fruity apple and pear sweetness that is quickly replaced with a sharp peppery bitterness. The sweet/bitter balance leans toward the bitter side. A metallic flavor creeps in toward the end. It fades into the spicy pepper finish.

M: The body is slightly sticky and has maybe a bit too little carbonation for this style.

D: I liked this beer overall. The flavor is fairly complex and the low ABV makes it easy to imbibe.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.57/5  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.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.62/5  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.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of giblet
3.52/5  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.


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Photo of endincolorado
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.7/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

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Photo of semihobo
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
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...

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Photo of KI9A
3.98/5  rDev +14%
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!

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Photo of godscorn
2.49/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.14/5  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.

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Photo of nightcrawler
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of tedsox31
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Prairie Path Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.