Prairie Pale Ale | Little Apple Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Little Apple Brewing Company
Kansas, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewer favorite! This is our hoppiest beer of our flagships. English hops are used with a dash of American hops creating a wonderful hint of citrus complexity. Complimented by a mild, sweet yet full body with the slightest hint of caramel. A well-balanced IPA. Cheers!

62 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2002

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by dwheeler:
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2.16/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer looks fine, but like all little apple brews there is no head. Aroma is sweet, I am not sure what the other people are smelling, but I can't detect hops, just malty sweetness that is more sugar than malt.

Taste, like smell it is all sweet, sickly sweetness backed up with some bitterness. This is not a beer that makes you want to have another. I am a good drinker and 4 of these makes me crook as a dog the next day (Aussie slang, google it). Mouth-feel is think to the extreme.

I love going here, but boy I wish they brewed a dryish hoppy beer that was easy drinking and made you want to have another. Yet another fail by LAB. Not sure what the other reviewers are drinking.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of LXIXME
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pastramionrye7
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of kdoc8
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of a sampler at the brewery - Slight hops aroma and taste, but not at all strong. Pours light red-golden in color, has good drinkability without an overwhelming flavor of hops or alcohol. Sweet on first taste, and then becomes bitter in the aftertaste.

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Photo of bditty187
4.27/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery-orange, translucent, the small whitish head dissipated quickly but it does lace very well. Mild nose, hops are detectable, citrusy in nature, a kiss of malt… a pleasing aroma. Nicely bitter palate, a solid foundation of caramel malt allows the hops to shine. Complex enough, medium bodied, smooth, awfully damn tasty… way too drinkable for the abv. The finish is sweetish, caramely, and slightly acidic, it leaves you wanting another one. Thank You, marc77 for the growler of this damn fine brew!

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mdquigley
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Local Brew!
The nature of this beer changes from batch to batch, so they say, due to constant tinkering and availability of ingredients.

Poured from growler into 20oz mug

A: Copper hue with white head that recedes into a wispy ring on the rim of the glass.

S: Very sweet with fruity and citrus notes. Preserved fruit comes to mind. It's not unpleasant , but hard to place. Hops are there in force.

T: Sweet and syrupy with a good strong floral hop bitterness. The flavor balances out after a few mouthfuls, but at first it's a strange contrast.

M: Medium-heavy body, coats the mouth. Somewhat dry.

D: Nearing 7% and pretty heavy, so I won't be drinking more than one right now. This isn't meant to be a session beer.

Overall: I admit that I am not a fan of IPAs or even Pale ales, but I enjoyed this. However, I'm going to need some friends to help me get rid of this 1/2 gallon growler in a timely fashion.

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Photo of marc77
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light orange and quite clear in apperance. The head settles quickly, but is persistent enough to leave Belgian lace. A mild citrusy Cascade nose is accompanied by a more floral EKG note. Not nearly as pungent in hop nose as many AIPAs, but is pleasant nonetheless. Hop bitterness, although assertive, is clean and welcome considering this is a pretty big IPA. A slightly herbal Columbus note adds complexity. Mellow medium caramel malt backbone. Hint of toasted malt in the finish. The smooth mouthfeel and medium body add to the enjoyment. Way too drinkable for the alcohol content. Note: the brewer alters the recipe every time. This beer now uses Ahtanum hops and possesses an undertone of pine.

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Photo of blasass
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of jmbranum
4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whammo! This is one heck of an IPA! Massive amounts of hops assault the palate in a way that you would expect out of a Pacific Northwest beer. You can pick up notes of pine, spruce and juniper as well as a bit of malt, but not much really.

Surprisingly though the aroma isn't that strong which makes this beer doubly deceptive, both in its hoppynes and in its bitteerness.

Anyway I recommend this beer for hopheads. I enjoyed it but likely wouldn't have more than one pint at a time. This is definitely an IPA and not a regular Pale Ale.

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Photo of jokelahoma
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As listed, this is an IPA. Even the brewery calls it that, in spite of the name.

It's a pale copper brew, quite clear, and a decent head that lasts a good while.

Aroma is fairly well balanced between good sweet malt and English style hops. Not bad at all.

The flavor is just... well... unique. The beer drinks backward! By that, I mean that the flavor starts out quite sweet, then is followed immediately by hop flavor. Only at the end do you get the bitterness, which starts to grow... and grows... and grows... it keeps growing until it just barely crosses the line to harsh, then all at once disappears completely. Again, it's basically a backward drink. I was so surprised by this, I had to take another drink, and it behaved exactly the same way. It's not bad at all, just different. It drinks easily once you get used to that.

I didn't mind this one at all. Good flavor, good aroma, nicely put together. I've had better IPAs, but this one is certainly passable. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Tone
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight floral hops, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight alcohol, slight earthy malt, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, feel, and blend. The body and aroma were lacking.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper/orange color with a small, tan, rocky head of foam. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of pine and spruce. It had a burnt toast malt aroma, too.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel malt and sharp bitter hops. It had a crisp citrus kick, as well.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium bodied IPA.

D- This is a very nice IPA. Great blend of sweet caramel and warm, spicy hops.

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Photo of AndyBeerGuy
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

First ever review. Please be kind!

It looks good. Pale orange with some golden touches. A small head of foam. It smell of caramel and toasty malt. Tasted like the aroma. Good but not great. I'm struggling with mouthfeel. It was good. Not watery. This is a nice pale ale. I think it might be there as a gateway beer to get people interested in craft beer.

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Photo of Burt
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the growler a brilliantly clear, copper tinged, fully red color. The head starts out at about a half-finger thick and shows a amber tinged tan color. The head quickly becomes wispy though. The aroma has hints of diacetyl to it as well as an earthy herbaceous hops, a touch of apple and even a bit of caramel. Towards the end of the aroma it begins to pick up toasty malt note.

The taste is sweet up front and accentuates a nice berry like note. Floral citrus flavors join the berry notes to round out the fruity hop character. There is a nice solid bitterness here, which starts to bite the mouth in the middle and moves to a lingering, almost astringent finish. There is a touch of diacetyl in the flavor. It is just enough for me to notice a light butterscotch note, but not enough to detract from the flavor profile. In fact it probably even adds to the good flavors of this beer.

The beer is only lightly carbonate (appropriately so for a growler), which helps to soften the palate impact of this beer. This beverage balances between the soft creamy feeling malt notes and the sharp, piquant hop notes quite well. There is just a touch of zippy carbonation here, which also serves as a counterpoint to the soft creamy character of this beer. Being served from the growler almost gives it a feel like it was cask conditioned (though I wonder if the slight leak it sprung while enroute has something to do with this). In the beginning the diacetyl may be just a touch too much, but even my sensitive palate gets used to and even accepts it as part of this beer. The diacetyl is at the level where it actually seems to accentuate the fruity flavors of this beer, in fact it is this that brings out that berry note I noticed in the flavor. This is quite a tasty beer and is certainly a lofty introduction to the beers from Kansas.

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of 22Blue
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +13%

Prairie Pale Ale from Little Apple Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 21 ratings