Prickly Pear Wheat | Borderlands Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Borderlands Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Prickly pear, grown and harvested locally by the Arizona Cactus Ranch, graces our well balanced wheat beer with it’s unique flavor of cucumber and melon. Our prickly pear wheat is a light bodied, refreshing ale with a great wheat flavor and subtle nuances of citrus fruits like lemon and grapefruit.

15 IBU

Added by Gueuzedude on 01-26-2012

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of Fee
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A good beer for folks that like fruity beers. Not particularly strong or weak - right in between. I'm not sure I would recommend it for folks not interested in a flavored beer, but it's not horrible.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 27 February 2016.
Sweet and full bodied. Kind of sugary, but the cactus flavor is nice.

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Photo of hjmayniac
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of 98green
3.42/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattSlem
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UtisTheLaw
2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Little_Joe
2.23/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Elguero1
2/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of bennetj17
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of MarkyMOD
2/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer arrives from the tap with a deeply hazed, murky, pink-red stained, dark straw. The beer is topped by a pale, off-white colored head, that is maybe a ¼-finger in thickness. The aroma is earthy & somewhat yeasty smelling and there is also a tartness to the nose, as well as a soft, sort of floral fruitiness that leans towards a berry-like character. Cracker like pale malt aromatics add to the earthiness and there is an almost raw grain like note in the nose as well.

Lightly tart tasting, with a subtler, expressively floral fruitiness. The beer is fairly light bodied, but definitely has viscous slickness to it that is likely from prickly pear fruit. There is that characteristic, bitter, slightly vegetal character that is a signature of prickly pear, but thankfully it is quite subtle here. As the beer warms up the tartness becomes more apparent. The prickly pear contributes flavors reminiscent of pomegranate, tart-not-quite-green-slightly-ripe berries and even a touch of watermelon like flavors. There is a touch of cracker like grain character towards the finish that shows that there is indeed some base beer character here; it definitely has some wheat character to it.

Quite a bit tastier than I was expecting, I really like that this misses the usual pitfalls made when brewing with prickly pear. As one would expect from this type of beer, it is fairly simplistic in its focus on the prickly pear notes, but it keeps this subtle enough that it works fairly well. If this was brewed with a Saison yeast I would likely be quite happy to drink a lot of this.

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Prickly Pear Wheat from Borderlands Brewing Co.
3.34 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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