Phantasmagoria | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Phantasmagoria is an IPA that is low in malt flavors, but high in hops. We brew this beer as a nood to the big hoppy beers of the west coast. We use loads of citrusy and piney hops at the end of the boil and in the fermenter to make this beer a hop experience.

70 IBUs

Added by MammothTarantula on 11-14-2014

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Photo of petrusek23
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueSpader
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andyjeigh
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyLarue
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barnzy78
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, no apparent freshness date, but is stamped: PHANTAZ B#36071. I open the can and it gushes everywhere. The pour is all foam and it takes 10 minutes just to get it all in the glass - eventually it's a hazy yellow-golden color with a white foamy head. Aroma is lemony citrus, grassy hops, and pineapple. Flavors are tropical and the best part of the beer so far - taste notes are sweet fresh pineapple, mango, mandarin orange, lemongrass, biscuity malt, and a touch of pine and tart passion fruit. Fuller body, overly carbonated, balanced finish. Overall, it was better than I thought it was going to be after I opened it; but it was just good at best. I'm not sure if there was something wrong with this can, but there didn't seem to be any off flavors, giving me reason to give it a fair review. However, if I followed my friend Ken's protocol of always buying at least 2, I might have been able to figure out if this particular can was an anomaly with the gushing experience. Oh well, in the end, it's just beer and it ended up being a good beer.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft, Loosa Brews, Tuscaloosa AL.

Slightly hazy pour, a deep golden color with a nice finger of foamy head that leaves a nice level of lace as it settles.

The nose on this is killer. Sweet, with a light dank quality and notes of citrus and passion fruit. Candy sweet, hops not taking over the aromas at all.

Damn, this is one of the better DIPAs I’ve had in awhile. A re-emergence if that sweet citrus and tropical fruit. Passion fruit, pineapple, tangerine. Hops emerge, but not in an overpowering way. Lightly piney, resinous. Subtle bitterness in the finish. Very balanced, very tasty.

Smooth, crisp, juicy. No overly bitter finish, very light stickiness. Smooth DIPA. 8% isn’t anything crazy, but any residual alcohol is masked perfectly.

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Photo of KMcGrath
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 322wingedfoot
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spectru
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very cloudy almost opaque light golden color. Its white head is not tall but it persists. It smells IPAish; Mouthfeel is smooth and sparkly; Smooth flavor, not too bitter and with a little something extra, citrus perhaps. No hint of the 8% ABV. A slightly bitter after taste, typical of IPAs. Quite drinkable.

The second can, about 3 days later: The flavor is odd, I can't name it I don't particularly care for it.

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Photo of McBraniel
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teromous
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's difficult do identify the numbers, but on the side of the can in yellow ink: "205819PHANTAS 19037 0008208"

Appearance: The body has a very hazy golden orange body. It has a very large white head that is creamy textured. It has very good retention and lacing.

Aroma: It has a very robust aroma of mango and grapefruit.

Taste: I get grapefruit immediately. This is followed by a very strong mango flavor and a punchy peach flavor right in the middle and towards the end. There is more mango at the end.

Mouthfeel: The bitterness really matches the flavor profile blow-for-blow. It feels a bit thick but it is cut deeply by this sharp bitterness and slightly acidic fruit flavor. It is an enjoyable beer that has moderate drinkability.

Overall: I really had to check the can to make sure this wasn't brewed with some sort of fruit. The aftertaste on this beer is legendary and it has a really good fruit presence throughout. It is really an impressive beer and I would both drink it again and highly recommend it. In a can it does amazingly well, so I would recommend at least starting there, or getting it in a keg if you can. Although it was difficult to tell when this was brewed (given the difficult date code on the can) I will be looking for this again next year, around the same time.


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Photo of maniaczak
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Foamy and sudsy covering, dull weathered white, covers a brightly colored tangerine body. Medium dense clarity, with a thick sudsy ring lacing around the vessel.

S: Sweet grapefruit, sugary grains,with a fresh wet citrus sniff of moderate regards. A bit of musky lemon flowery hops, perfumy in nature. Lightly dried orange peel on the trail.

T: Bittering orange and bitter musky floral hops. Pine, citrus are forefront a dry grain backing. Bittering hop resins are sticky and juicy, with some tangerine and lightly sour fruitiness. Musky tropical finish.

M: Mouthful was a bit light, some juicy water pulp, bittering.

O: Juicy hop resins are bittering and aplenty making this a joy to drink. Sour citrus fruitiness. You can never really go wrong with Prairie. Outstanding flavor makes this worthy the price of admission.

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Photo of holygrams
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty gold color. One inch white head that lasts forever. Spotty lace.
Citrus and pine aroma. A little sweet malt.
Ditto for the taste. Citrus and pine, caramel malt background.
Nicely hopped. Good example of a west coast IPA.

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of weseaststream
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of reptile3141
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beernoobie
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good looking brew with hazy gold color and a nice 2 finger foamy off white head that faded slowly and left excellent foamy lacing. Smells super tropical with a ton of citrus fruit that brought out mango, guava, pineapple, orange peel, lemon, papaya and faint piney notes. No balance, but damn that’s freakin juicy!

Flavor followed suit with everything in the nose plus floral hops, biscuit, melon and fresh cut grass. Tastes much more balanced than it smells and flows down extremely easy. A really tasty offering.

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Photo of drtth
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The slightly hazy dark golden yellow beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1” white head that slowly recedes to a thin layer of foam on the surface while leaving a sheet of foam and lots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of arches of lacing and lots of slender legs of lacing and small patches of foam.

The aromas are mostly about the citrus and pine from the hops. There’s also some light tropical fruit—mango, pineapple—and some light bready caramel from the malt backbone.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with lots of citrus, resin and tropical fruits. There’s also just a bit of bready caramel malt sweetness that backs up and softens the noticeable bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly prickly with the persistent moderate carbonation. The relatively long finish begins as the hops and sweetness begin to fade away leaving to leave light bitterness in the slightly resinous dry ending.

Overall this is a very nice, well made beer that I enjoyed and would be happy to have again. The beer showcases the hops with their citrus, tropical fruits and pine resin without any cloying sweetness or overwhelming bitterness. That all said, I’ll not be going out of my way to find this beer given the easy accessibility of fresher and more locally brewed IPAs.

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Photo of ejohnson654
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Phantasmagoria from Prairie Artisan Ales
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