Funky Gold Mosaic | Prairie Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
prairieales.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Funky Gold Mosaic is a dry-hopped sour ale. We took Prairie Gold and dry-hopped it with a huge amount of Mosaic hops.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 05-28-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,328
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
952
pDev:
8.61%
Bros Score:
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of jaydoc
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, fruit, earth, funk, and acidic aromas. There is a bit of a cooked vegetable aroma that dissipates as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, but there is an odd cooked vegetable aroma that only goes away as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is outstanding, such a wonderful mosaic hop aromatic. its an increasingly popular variety, but examples of it being used this well are still few and far between. delicate blonde sour beer here, accentuated by generous mosaic dry hopping. its like pineapple juice in color, and the aroma follows suit. not overly sour, but unique to prairie, the way elizabeth was. where that one let me down though, this one takes off. juicy wet hops through the whole beer, but instead of a bitter finish, the bacterial funk kicks up and closes it out quickly with a tart dry and very bubbly finish. i love the yeast complexion in this, its dynamic and different, and makes this what it is. the hops though are the real genius. its tough to have both i have learned, hops and funk, they can really cancel each other out sometimes, or worse, produce unpleasant synergies. this one puts all that behind it though, and offers both a highly hopped and quite wild ale. very impressive stuff from prairie, its beers like this that keep them as one of the premiere operations in the country. best use of mosaic ive seen since odells woodcut number 6.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of mangos and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of mangos and citrusy hops along with moderate notes of Brett funk.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a good job at pairing the flavors of the Mosaic hops and the Brett funk.

Serving type: bottle

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4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The "funky-fresh" character ,on which Prairie has learned to hang their hat, is perticularly strong with this one. Lead by the irresistible mosaic hop, all of the tropical, citrus and winey flavors and aromas are all amplified.

Its hazy canary-yellow pour eludes to lemon-drop essence that comes to life in the very first whiff. Its tangy and under-ripened sense is of pineapple, white grapefruit, white grape, orange and mango (and despite a kinder uric undertone, hinging on tomcat) -all causing teeth grinding sensations to occur.

To taste, its faint malty sweetness seems more of tangy fructose sweetness rather than of malt. Only a dry creamy taste and wafer-like texture supports the acidity to come. Bright zinfindale, cider and lemon-lime offer a high tartness to the palate that the morphs into something of "Hawaiian Punch".

Lightly briney and earthy with straw and hay, the beer's IPA tendencies show with bold citrusy bitterness and candied pine needles. With its fledgling sweet balance wisping away, the finish it a tandem of hop bitterness and barrel sourness to strip the palate of all thirst and to keep the complexities coming, even deep into aftertaste.

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3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 1 pint .9 fl oz. Brown glass. Branded black pry-off pressure cap. Fantastic label art & design.

Expectations are high given the brewery and that this is currently #35 on the Top 50 Southwest list. Served cold into a goblet at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live as an American wild ale.

Distributed by the Shelton Bastards. 6.5% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 fingers wide. White in colour. Creamy and soft-looking. Could be fuller and thicker. Retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Nice complexion and consistency. Has an even fluffy look.

BODY: Clear vibrant yellow-gold. Translucent, with an incredible glean. Clean; no yeast or sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a fantastic appearance for a sour overall; its vibrance really sets it apart.

AROMA: Shockingly hop-forward, with obscenely evocative notes of tropical fruit (including juicy bursts of tangerine, melon, pineapple, and mango), faint grapefruit citrus and accompanying pith, and resin. Wow. The fruitiness accompanies a lively lactic sourness that showcases lactobacillus bacteria nicely as well as mild funkiness. Sourness is mild - maybe a 3/10 in terms of intensity.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

No off-notes or booze come(s) through.

In short, it's quite inviting. I don't know that I've come across a sour beer aroma this hop-forward and yet still so well balanced. Suggests a very interesting brew.

TASTE: White pepper accents the grapefruit and its pith, but fortunately there's no biting grapefruit bitterness. The Mosaic hop choice shines here, and boy did Prairie commit to it. It's packed with hop flavours, including the abovementioned tropical fruit; this might be the only beer I can stand pineapple in, and the mango and melon notes are fantastic. The lactobacillus-induced lactic sourness is quite tame - maybe a 3/10 in terms of intensity - but boy is it satisfying, and it complements a subtle funkiness delightfully well. As it warms, it develops, ushering in lush notes of key lime, white wine, hay, and a kiss of oak. More of a bacterial presence would be nice, as would still more sourness.

Depth of flavour is notable. Duration and intensity of flavour are average. This is a great marriage of hop flavour to sourness, but the balance still leaves something to be desired. Structurally, it's a bit frontloaded, with the last act feeling somewhat empty. There are more intricate sours out there, but this one is no slouch in terms of complexity. I quite like it, but as cohesive as it is it doesn't quite taste like a gestalt whole which is more than the sum of its parts. This could be improved, certainly.

TEXTURE: Spritzy and somewhat dry, with a medium body and moderate weight on the palate. Refreshing and quenching, with a juicy overall presence on the palate. Smooth and overcarbonated.

This texture sets off the sourness nicely, but the beer would benefit from more an acidic smacky feel. This mouthfeel doesn't quite elevate the beer, but it's well-executed nevertheless.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: A committed use of Mosaic hops makes this one very interesting, and I'd definitely encourage any beer enthusiast to try it. It's highly drinkable, hides its ABV well, and has plenty of flavour, but it's not in the upper echelon of beers in this style and there's plenty of room for improvement. The discerning drinker will be pleased but not impressed. Prairie continues to put out some of the best work in the region, and I can't wait to try the Amarillo-hopped variant. Tasty stuff.

High B- (3.49)

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4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque golden orange, frothy collar of white around the edges, lasting skim on the surface.

Hugely fruity aroma, big passionfruit notes and some rustic funkiness underneath. The bottle itself had a slight vinegar aroma, but the beer itself didn't.

Sour and full of passionfruit, juicy and tangy. Dry Brett aftertaste. Effervescent and spritzy. Light to medium bodied, very easy drinking, wish I had a few bottles of this.

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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw, capped with a couple of inches of foam; a few dots of lacing linger as the head descends

Smell: The Mosaic fruits juts forward, with tropical fruit, grapefruit and white wine grape notes; lemony sour tones also present themselves

Taste: Lactic lemon, up front, with the tropical fruit, grapefruit and white wine grape flavors building; earthy funk, in the middle, with the flavors from the front end also showing up in the caboose

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; moderately sour

Overall: Very enjoyable and well-balanced; Prairie has brewed a nice one, here

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4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/17/2015. Pours very hazy deep golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, berry, white wine, pear, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, pepper, light musty funk, light leather, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/funky/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, berry, white wine, pear, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, pepper, light musty funk, light leather, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of earthy yeast spiciness and light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, pineapple, mango, melon, berry, white wine, pear, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, pepper, light funk/leather, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/funky/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/acidic/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Light-moderate dryness after the finish, with some light lingering acidity/yeast spiciness after the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dry hopped wild ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/funky/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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