Funky Gold Mosaic | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Funky Gold MosaicFunky Gold Mosaic

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Hallu
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK now THAT's a brew for people who like a challenge. American Wild Ale ? Oh yeah it sure is wild. You know when an IPA smells like grapefruit, but a gentle grapefruit backed by friendly pine and tropical fruit ? This is the mean unsweet grapefruit, backed by an army of limes with M5s (because there actually is a faint metallic smell as well). The taste is even more complex. It is sour, dry, and bitter for sure. But the dryness is more that of a French white wine. Was it aged ? Brewed in barrels ? I don't know, but it's got that earthy quality to it. However, behind all this, you will find the more friendly sweet fruitiness of the citrus, but you got to work for it. This is a very interesting beer, with a complex story to tell. They say it'll continue to ferment, and I trust them. Although I said sour and earthy, it is not like a Belgian gueuze, because of this tropical feel. As you let it sit, the metallic smell wears off, the sourness and bitterness becomes more bearable, and it gets even better, with the finish almost similar to a tropical IPA. One of the best beers I've had for sure.

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Photo of larryi86
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a teku

A- A slightly hazy golden straw with two finger whit head.

S- Mild funk, lemon, faint tropical fruit, mild melons.

T- Sour lemons, honey dew, some tropical fruits, earthy finish with a nice mild barnyard funk.

M- Smooth, dry, light to medium body.

O- A solid dry hopped sour, but compared to other dry hopped sours I've tried this is missing a lot of complexity. Worth picking up if you get a chance, will be on the hunt for more soon.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint .9oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a murky yellow color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- initial aroma out of the bottle is of cat litter box. After the pour, aromas of citrus and tropical hops open, with notes of melon, grass & lemon pith. Funky yeast aromas of wet hay, old cheese & wet sock

T- tart lemon peel up front with flavors of melon rind, grass, wet hay, musty yeast,cheese rind. The flavors get stronger the longer you drink it

M- medium body with moderate fizzy carbonation produces a champagne like mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- plenty of lemon flavor, with a funky aroma. Good sour, but probably couldn't drink a while bottle on my own

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Photo of metter98
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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Photo of teromous
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle has a code that says:
I don't know how to interpret this into a date.

Appearance: The body is a light straw color. The head is a short creamy pure white cap. Pretty good retention. Even when it fades it maintains some fluff on the surface of the beer. Not much lacing though.

Aroma: It smells fantastic. It has this funky old urine soaked barn smell that is a hallmark of these wild ales. If you appreciate that odd smell then this has it in droves. This is married with a great mango and peach aroma. It's absolutely perfect. Subsequent pouring into the glass also revealed a bit of earthy character. It just has so much complexity. It's great.

Taste: There's a tartness up front that has a little bit of an orange flavor mixed with a bunch of lemon. It has just a hint of spice that you would find in something like a bay leaf but it's really far in the background and doesn't overpower the beer. It just kind-of peaks out and waves every now and then. Great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: It's a clean beer that has a very pristine finish. I wanted to mention this first because it's the highlight of the mouthfeel. It has a very light body and no bitterness. The sourness does not linger after drinking the beer.

Overall: I would highly recommend this beer if you like wild ales. The bottle says it's dry hopped (assuming with Mosaic) and it does add to the complexity of the beer. It doesn't overpower or ruin the flavor of the funky farmhouse character. It just adds a little of its own character to the beer which really shows restraint as well as good craftsmanship. If I was making a shopping list of beers to buy from Prairie this would definitely be on the list. With a lot of wild ales the flavor can change given the wild nature of the beer...I hope that this one doesn't change too much and I would really recommend getting it at this time (Jan 1st 2016) because right now it's fantastic.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bottle at The Beer Hall in San Francisco.

I love Prairie Artisan Ales but not everyone is a home run. Don't worry about how the bar tender describes this beer, it’s a home run in my opinion. Not too sour with a more champagne-like tartness. The aroma was enticing to the point that I might wear it as cologne. – 4.5

A – Pours a clear pale yellow, almost without color, with slight white head. - 4

S – Aromas of citrus. - 4.5

T – A beautiful citrus taste with a bit of tartness. - 4.5

MF – A medium light beer with a dry finish. Good carbonation that gives it champagne qualities. - 4.25

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Photo of brentk56
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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Photo of JasonMcEnteer
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From bottle: thick foaming head that dissapates quickly. Hazy golden color (~7srm). Smells Very fruity with notes of pineapple, kiwi, and oranges. Has a mild level of funk to the nose. Taste is slightly underwhelming for the aroma. It is moderately sour and sweet, with a mild tropical fruit taste. Mild hoppy finish that compliments the fruit flavors nicely.

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Photo of jhartley
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a opaque, slightly hazy, golden body , pretty thick head; mostly due to an aggressive pour. Dissipated quickly and left the thinnest amount on top.

Smells like fermented pineapple and orange juice with plenty of funky sourness! This ought to be interesting!

Taste...Well not what I was expecting at all. Subdued funkiness, hides in the background. More sweet than I anticipated. Real nice amount of bitterness.

Nice full mouth feel, but finishes so dry with that sourness that it's really easy to keep drinking more. Fizzy carbonation that evens out that funkiness.

Overall, this is not at all what I expected! Not in a bad way at all, either. A lot of things going on with this ale; sweet, sour, funkiness, bitterness. This isn't a beer you would sit back chug on the porch on a hot summer day, but it is very easy to put down if you aren't careful. Not too sour where you feel the enamel melting off of your teeth either. Really glad I picked this one up when I saw it at the store.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into chalice

Opaque gold body , nice foamy White head , good lacings

Aroma of citrus, lemon and sour apples

Tart lemony , medium carbonation , low sudsing

Good sour

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Photo of Apellonious
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A - hazy, cloudy straw color with a one finger head that moves a thin layer of lace.

S - Mango, tropical fruit, cantelope, hay, mild funk

T - There's the sour. Interesting left turn from the aroma. Lemon, dill, dirt and funk.

M - Mouthfeel is light,carbonation is medium. Tart finish.

O - Purveyors of the sour funk will enjoy this. The Mosaic aroma works well with the lemon sour dill flavors.

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Photo of Junkforadam
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sours aren't something I love, but this wild ale tastes and smells awesome. I would compare this to a pineapple-orange juice drink with beer. Almost like a "strong radler" if you will. Very citrusy on the nose, thick carbonation, medium mouthfeel, gold appearance. Easy to drink at 6.5%!

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy bright gold. Smell is something to behold. The acidity brings out the sharp hop aromas to a super tropical fruit floral bomb. Passionfruit, pineapple citrus zest, sweet spruce and pine. Taste is big sour guava and passionfruit. Acidity makes for a bit of a bracing mouthfeel, but still refreshing. Great beer.

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Photo of superspak
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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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Smell is super funky. Wet hay, musty, citrusy, and slightly catty. The taste follows for the most part. I get a little bit of pear in there as well. The sourness is there but doesn't overpower the other flavors. The one thing that tips off that this is mosaic is the sweaty kind of flavor I'm getting. Sort of fits together with the funky part. I do wish it were a bit more hop forward though. What's there is pretty subtle. You gotta look for it, unlike Almanac Citra which actually smells like an IPA. Mouthfeel is light, highly carbonated and just easy to drink. Goes well with this 90F weather I'm experiencing right now.

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Photo of zimm421
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Appears a hazy golden color with a good white head that sticks around and leaves good lacing. The aroma is musty, citrusy, funky and just what you would expect from this beer. The taste starts out full of lemon and grapefruit, with notes of pineapple and apricots. There's a quick period of funky brett and white wine, then the finish is bitter lemon. This all works together magnificently and keeps you going back for more. The finish is extremely dry. Overall, this is an excellent beer. I'm not sure I can choose between Mosaic and Amarillo, but my ratings give the edge here.

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Photo of MichialTanner1
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could drink the Prairie farm houses and AWAs everyday and not get tired of them. I love Funky Gold Mosaic, but don't think I can tell it apart from Funky Gold Amarillo. I thought they had used Mosaic hops in that one when I had it. Otherwise, see my review on Funky Gold Amarillo.

I guess I need to try these two side-by-side, which I will gladly do!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Bottleneck says 20115.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Lovely pungent aroma of hops that’s both bright and citrusy but also musty and dank. The Brett accentuates this dankness with its funk that brings some green olive notes.

T- Flavor is just as bright as the aroma with a juicy hop bite, refreshing tartness and a white wine-like fruitiness. Notes of pear, melon and white cranberry.

— Crisp and tangy with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- More light-bodied citrus-forward than the more earthy and filled-out Amarillo.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Very clean gold/yellow color. Very enticing.

Smell - The main scent I picked up was the mosaic hops, a little bit of grassy/earthiness, and then some pineapple (or some citrusy fruit - not just your standard lemon/grapefruit citrus)

Taste - Very nice taste... tastes exactly as I imagined a dry hopped sour to taste. Juicy and dry at the same time. Some great tropical fruit notes followed by some funkiness and a slight grass taste (not in a bad way) The hops hit you last and they are more present than I expected based off of my experience with FG Amarillo. All those flavors blend together better than I would have thought.

Feel - very low carbonation; smooth.

Overall - An adventurous beer that rewards your faith with a great tasting, unorthodox sour.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with slight bright orange hue. Fizzy white head forms and fades quickly.

Nose is funky, grass, hey, sour, and some bright citrus from the hops - lemon mostly to me. Really helps present Mosaic hops in a way that you go "okay, yep that's Mosaic" and they must have used a ton to get the level of hop aroma there.

Flavor follows and is great - nice sour hits right away, good pucker. Hop presence is clear but feels like the flavor comes mostly from the nose. Nice dryness.

Lighter body with a clean finish is impressive. Big fan of how this feels and finishes. Little hop bitterness lingers, a touch of sweet from the alcohol but lighter body still packs a ton of flavor. Definitely worth the price tag given the size and overall flavor here.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straw gold color, not transparent but it is translucent and glowey. Aroma is full with layers of flowery, sunny farm fields, dank juicy misc. and perhaps pitted, exotic fruits. Wet earthy bark and good plant soil beneath the juicy tropical fruit party creates a solid foundation for the wacky dry, crisp, fruity extravaganza. Flavor is all the above enhanced with a mildly assertive sour-ness mingled with fuzzy peach skins and a little bit of citrus rind. Mouthfeel is great! I do like this beer.

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Photo of wedge
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow gold with a low, bubbly white head. Aroma is a well-rounded blend of fruity/dank hops and sour, lemony funk. Juicy grapefruit, tangerine, passion fruit, kiwi, and lime along with leather, vinegar, and a layer of green hoppy resins. Flavors of tart lemon, grapefruit, apricot, white zinfandel, and pineapple, a little funky hay towards the end. Medium-light bodied, some hop oils lingering on the tongue, finishing with a dry acidity. Really fruity and juicy for the most part, but appropriately sour and dry like you'd expect. I actually liked the Amarillo better...

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 1 pt .9 fl oz bottle on August 14, 2015. Look is bright cloudy gold, medium head that fades to a ring, no lacing. Smell is strong almost tar-like resins, sour bitter citrus fruit and hints of sweet tropical fruit. Taste is bitter citrus fruit pith, pepper, tropical fruit and moderately sour. Feel is medium in body, dry and a bit prickly in finish.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark yellow and cloudy
S: Lactic, apricot, funky cheese, sweet fruit, mango, light Brett, peach
T: Peach, apricot, orange pith, light earthy Brett, grapefruit, light lactic
M: light prickly carbonation
O: A unique beer with the Prairie wild yeast profile

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Photo of popery
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a darkened yellow. It’s quiet cloudy. Nice white head. It seemed a bit fizzy at first but is holding up well. The aroma is big on tropical fruit hoppiness. The underlying sour character is lactic and definitely present but milder than expected. Some funk but it lacks much in the way of depth. Lots of sweet pineapple with a little bit of lemon and floral hops. The taste is moderately sour and bitter. It’s nice enough but some of the nice hoppiness gets lost. Fairly high carbonation. Medium body. Interesting beer. The hops come through pretty strong andt add a nice, sweet fruitiness. The funk is underwhelming, but maybe, I just expected more because of the name. Enjoyable.

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