Phantasmagoria
Prairie Artisan Ales

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #988
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,649
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 8.29%
Reviews:
187
Ratings:
714
From:
Prairie Artisan Ales
 
Oklahoma, United States
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91
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Notes: 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
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the tap room:

Pours a hazy straw color with an orange tint. Looks like juice, honestly. The head is bubbly and starts about 1 finger thick but does dissipate quickly. Some lacing.

Smell is very citrusy with hops behind it. It smells bright, if you know what I mean.

Taste follows the nose and is exactly as described. Hops, pine, and citrus are high, everything else is quite low. Probably the lightest tasting 8% beer I have ever seen.

Mouthfeel is quite light bodied for the style, but get ready to feel the acidity from the citrus on your tongue.

Overall, not a good one to start with if you’re new to IPAs, but if you’re an IPA fan, there’s a lot to appreciate here. The bitterness is there, but it’s also quite light for such high ABV, so maybe a bit different than other IPAs around. I don’t know if it’s better, but it is different.

Jun 12, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

And now, for something CANpletely usual, we take you back to The CANQuest (tm), joined in progress! I have really been whaling away (in the hit, thrash or beat soundly meaning of the word, NOT the highly-coveted beer sense) at the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. This CAN will provide a segue into a short horizontal which will lead once more back into the breach, seeing a return to the pesky Bottles! This one was purchased at Rieker Bottle Works & surfaced this afternoon.

From the CAN: "Phantasmagoria Double India Pale Ale".

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. When I noticed that it was evincing a slight haze, I let it run freely at that point. It foamed up mightily to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention, leaving a load of lacing as it slowly fell. Color was a hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose smelled more like pineapple upside-down cake than the "citrusy and piney hops" mentioned in the Notes. Hmm. Mouthfeel was Medium-to-fill, not quite creamy, but on the approach, on the light side for the style. The taste had an oddly-tropical & citrusy bitterness, somewhere between pineapple & grapefruit. Hmm. Not bad, but definitely unexpectedly different. The pine came though as a cool mintiness on the finish. Mmm. It definitely hid its alcohol well, becoming very dangerously drinkable. Finish was cool and dry with a pleasant, lingering mintiness. I found myself in quiet CANtemplation upon finishing it. It was rather mellow, almost tea-like, but I'm not sure that I would want CANother. YMMV.

Apr 18, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fairly solid IPA from the always reliable Prairie. Canned date 6/12/19 so a little old. Pours a slightly hazy yellow-orange color with some fluffy white head and lots of spotty lingering lacing that looked soapy. Smells of nice ripe orange peel, lemon, pineapple, mango, grapefruit and melon. Also some malt, vanilla, weaker herbal and floral hops. Taste follows the nose, good balance and fairly nice bitter hoppy bite at the end but there might have been a little too much malt presence. Smooth slightly sticky mouthfeel, a little soft and juicy, nice carbonation. A nice beer.

Jan 07, 2020
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branham1989 from Texas

4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Phantasmagoria Double IPA 8% ABV 70 IBU. This Double IPA pours a slightly hazy golden orange color somewhere between apple juice and peach juice with a thin slightly off white colored head that dissipates quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. The aroma is of a cross between peaches and ripe mangoes with some malty sweetness and pine aroma the sweetness is almost overwhelming like over ripe fruits there’s also a little bit of pineapple and orange. The flavor is very fruity and malty the tropical fruits shine especially the mango and pineapple with just a hint of orange juice and peach the sweetness is a little bit heavy for a Double IPA in my opinion it finishes with some pine resinous and hop bitterness which slightly balances out the beer but I do wish there were more hops and that very well might be because this beer is slightly old I’m not sure the mouthfeel is also nice. 4/5 could easily be higher rated if the hops were more present

Aug 21, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.11/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

**
05/19/19

can to snifter.

LOOK: Yellow, slightly hazy, medium off white head.

AROMA: lime, concentrated but not really strong if that makes sense.
TASTE: lime, grapefruit, soap
FEEL: medium body, smooth, good carbonation.

OK brew.
**

May 19, 2019
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beerdedking from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Decent DIPA, somewhere between a NEIPA and a WCIPA. Orangey Mosaic profile, extremely drinkable, just not hops in my face like I hoped for a pricey 4 banger of 12oz cans. Could be past prime, but there are no dates on these cans. Glad I bought this, but one and done until I know I'm getting some fresh brews

Apr 21, 2019
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Taylor County Taphouse Abilene. Delivered in tulip a near perfect shade of straw-orange, smell was of tropical hops, expecting the best, the initial taste however is where the train left the tracks, not horribly, but enough to make me grimance a bit. First thought was this a non-hazy NEIPA(?), but a second or two on the tongue later, the "imperial" revealed itself. The 8% abv was well-hidden and as the tulip drained, the enjoyment rose, so...IMHO maybe not exceptional, but certainly worth a tulip or three!!!

Apr 09, 2019
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can 4/7/19

I find the color of this DIPA to be rather strange, it seems like it wants to be gold...maybe amber...maybe brown....truth is: its a mix of those. Weird right?
A small white-ish bubbly foam cap forms for a moment, fizzles out....and gone.

The aromatics are much more understandable. I mean, my nose is currently packed with raw honey, densely sweet tropical fruits that are both tropical and citric. Raw honey again, maybe even maple syrup level sweetness. The hops are running wild, but it really seems like that tupe of sweetness is coming from the malt and or grains (?)
A crispy, then slick medium bodied feel, certainly has plenty of left over malty effects, from both golden and amber style malt tones. The malt flavor is pretty much right on with the classic West Coast style 2xipa versions. A bit of alcohol heat rolls through the malty side and then its ALL hops. Grapefruit and dry leafy textures in both mouthfeel and taste dominate most. Peppery citrus and dried grasses mixed with funky medicinal herbs give it that...Hey! Im loaded with hops!! Edge.

Overall, A strange approach with some classic lines and new feeling. Prairie brews are never dull.

Apr 07, 2019
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Clemson_OB from South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This certainly isn't the cheapest beer, but man, is it good! A local bottle shop carries this stuff and I try and get a can/month because this stuff really is a treat. Very resinous without being too sticky, perfect amount of bitterness, and the finish is perfection. This is a very solid beer if you're willing to pay for it!

Mar 20, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Dec 13, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Nov 26, 2018
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spectru from Florida

3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Oct 31, 2018
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teromous from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Taste;

Oct 14, 2018
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Oct 03, 2018
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Sep 22, 2018
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CHickman from New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Sep 02, 2018
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -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.

Aug 20, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a cloudy golden honey color. Head is frothy and white. Retention is solid and lacing is minimal.

Lots of pineapple in the nose with a spicy lemon and orange zest. Super tropical nose and very aromatic.

Taste follows suit. This is like drinking tropical fruit juice with hops. Very well balanced and the flavors are entwined so well.

Mouthfeel is excellent to boot. Light to medium bodied. Feels wet and a bit oily with crisp carbonation.

Aug 04, 2018
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance
Blonde. Slight haze. Lively carbonation. 1 finger of creamy head.

Nose
Kiwi-strawberry, gooseberry, peach rings, candied orange, lemon, mango, and candy sugar.

Taste
Kiwi-strawberry, guava, gooseberry, and peach rings. Candied orange, mango, and lemon slices. Light candy sugar maltiness with a bready touch. Finishes with some earthy, piney, and zesty bitterness.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, oily, semi-dry, and lightly bitter.

Overall
Super solid with some interesting tropical flavors like gooseberry, guava, and kiwi-strawberry.

Jul 27, 2018
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy bright yellow with a huge pillow of white head that refuses to yield and leaves generous lacing. Aroma is pineapple and apple juice. Flavor is honey, pineapple, orange rind and only the slightest of pine bitterness in the end. Feel is creamy and smooth. Overall its unlike other beers I've tried in it's category.

Jul 24, 2018
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Clear yellow body with a one finger head.

Aroma – Mild floral and light green apples.

Taste – Very bitter alpha acids with a tiny hint of fruitiness that dies fast. Doughy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – Astringent and puckering.

Overall – Not my favorite beer these people make. They are far better at stouts.

Jul 15, 2018
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy gold with an excellent fast-dissipating head and good lacing.

The initial aromas foretell a solid malt backbone but quickly give way to citrus and piney hops, with a fairly pronounced "dank" note in the background..

The flavor is very well-balanced between tropical fruit (pineapple); white-fleshed stone-fruit (peach) and some fairly dank hop notes that are more pronounced on the palate than they were on the nose.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Well-carbonated and crisp for the ABV.

Overall, an excellent imperial IPA across the board. Very well-balanced with a pronounced bitterness that plays well with the juicy fruit notes.

Jun 23, 2018
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Smithole1818 from Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look-- hazy with a very cloudy body. Pours a perfrct head

Smell-- not a major smell but nice citrus... pineapple

Taste--- start with crazy citrus ..middle with this wonderful malty taste. With some pineapple end

Feel-- it has very heavy glossy feel like most double

Overall--- I really enjoyed the middle malty flavor. Would get again

Jun 22, 2018
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Initial impression from a can:

High C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

***
05/21/18 impression from a can:

Wonderfully yogurty. I suspect Simcoe was used. Finishes tangy but not tropical, contrary to expectation.

Pineapple in the second act. Pale malt. 2-row sweetness.

Low B / GOOD

***
03/17/20 nabbed a 12 fl oz can from Drizly while on Coronavirus quarantine. They incorrectly listed it as $2.99 USD for a 4 pack but only a single can was delivered (credit card chargeback, anyone?).

8% ABV. "Double India Pale Ale." No hop varietals are listed on the label, nor is there any other specific info on ingredients or brewing process. Some online sources indicate this is 70 IBUs.

Aroma yields yogurt, making me suspect Simcoe was used. Mango zest, hop oils, citrus, vague tropical fruit (it kind of borders on lychee, I guess), Mandarin orange.

Taste is an underwhelming match to the aroma, with neutral 2-row/pale malt backing a hop profile that - while pleasant - lacks the pungency, depth, and intensity of hop flavour one would hope for in an imperial IPA proper.

It conceals its ABV well and it's a nice easy drinking brew, but those after an assertive IIPA committed to showcasing the full potential of its hop varietals would do well to look elsewhere.

Low B- / WORTHY

May 20, 2018
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Emersonio from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

POUR: From a can into a Teku goblet. APPEARANCE: Light gold in color and slightly hazy. Chill brew, no bubbles. Nice white and thick head upon the pour. Recedes after settling. Light glass lacing. AROMA: Picking up some honey elements. Kind of malty and bready. Slight tropical fruit. TASTE: Passions fruit and subtle tropical notes. Light, delicate, and approachable. AFTERTASTE: Light and delicate mouthfeel. Delicate balance. Nice malty/ crackery back end notes as well. NOTES: Very subtle DIPA. Smooth and light. Very quaffable at 8% ABV. REVIEW/ RATING: Very good/ 4 out of 5.

May 14, 2018
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