Funky Gold Amarillo | 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): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Funky Gold Amarillo is the second beer in our dry-hopped sour ale series. We took our sour golden ale, Gold, and gave it a heavy dosing of Amarillo hops. The result is a beer that is a mix of tropical fruit and Prairie funk. Notes of peach, orange, white wine, and citrusy brett can be found in the flavor and aroma.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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Reviews:
75
Ratings:
603
pDev:
7.99%
 
 
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Photo of macrosmatic
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing snifter glass.

A: Hazy glowing gold, with fairly low visible carbonation and a thin white head without much retention.

S: Lemony citric tartness, Brettanomyces barnyard musk and a touch of pineapple. Some grassy hops with lesser pine notes, yeasty and a bit tangy.

T: Opens with lemony tartness and citric acid. Grassy and tropical fruity hop bitterness bite. The Brett still has musty funk and some pineapple; then more puckering lemony tartness, bready yeast and biscuity malts. It finishes with lingering Lacto tartness and hop bitterness.

M: Medium body, low alcohol presence. The carbonation sensation is on the low side of average, though the tartness makes up for it somewhat.

O: A really enjoyable beer. I could go through a few of these pretty easily. It’s nothing crazy or over the top, but they struck a nice balance between the hops and tart flavors. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a tulip to a hazy light gold topped by a dense two finger white head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: Smells of citrus with some slight floral qualities as well as a little funk and sourness
T: Taste is a nice tartness with a good bit of barnyard funk and horseblanket with hints of band aids. The citrus and floral notes from the amarillo are intermixed as well. the hop flavors play well with the bright and clean acidity. The finish on this beer is more funk and sourness with some lingering citrus from the hops.
M: This beer is light in body but not watery. Carbonation is adequate for the style and the beer has a dry finish.
O: Overall this is another good beer from Prairie. It has good flavors and complexity and represents the style well. It isn't nearly as sour as some others but it is there and it works well.

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

1 pint, .9 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in an oversized wine glass

This beer pours a hazy gold color. It is topped with several inches of off white champagne-like head that doesn't leave a lot of lacing.

The smell is tart like a lemon. I think this bottle is too hold to have much hop aroma left. I don't get any funk either.

It has a great sour flavor. It tastes like a really sour saison. As I mentioned, the bottle is too old to have any hop characteristics, but the sour flavor is really good. It is not so sour as to make it a sipper, but it is sour enough to capture my attention and each drink leaves me wanting another.

Medium with lots of carbonation

This beer wasn't fresh when I purchased it, so I let it set a few months to see how it tasted just as a sour. I am pleased. This is a sour that I could drink multiples of. I have had this beer fresh on tap and really enjoyed it that way as well.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a gusher. I had to clean the kitchen counter. Dark Gold with a thick white head that quickly settles. Lemony aroma, slightly dank, silky and crisp mouthfeel. The taste is grassy with lots of lemon, very tart, but other than the tartness not much aftertaste. I liked it but if you are not into tart or sour ales you may not.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No label information. Funky Gold Amarillo is brewed in the style of a dry hopped American Wild Ale, available in 16.9 fl oz bottles and on limited draft. One-off release from Prairie Artisan Ales.

Poured from a 16.9 fl oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Bottle was a moderate gusher, buyer beware! Pours a sudsy, crisp head of a pastel white over a densely hazy pale amber body with ample, lively carbonation and speckled sediment in tow and some settled. Retention is average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Tangy, acidic sourness atop a simple pale and malted wheat base, with the dry hop aroma suggesting lemons, pepper and grass, complimenting the tartness of the ale. Overall a pleasing blend of aromas. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Noticeable tartness from the front, nearly sour throughout the entire drink, tangy and moderately acidic, with the flavors of dry hopping coming in comfortably for the second half- dry citrus, sharp peppercorn effervescence and abundant lemon juice. The malt profile barely needs to contribute to the flavor of this beer, as the sourness and dry hopping carries it nicely. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, moderately slick, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is tangy, tart and slightly hoppy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters to note. 3.75

(Overall) Dry hopping sour ales seems to bring the best of two worlds together in a most unlikely way, and provided that the souring culture and hop choice are not wisely paired, the end result is likely to be a disastrous stacking of clashing flavors. Amarillo is one of the most accessible hop choices for its bright delivery of juicy citrus and fruit flavor, and I find that these flavors do an excellent job at contributing to the tangy and tart sourness of this beer, a smart pairing in this beer's case. I found the sourness level quite enjoyable, perhaps waiting on this bottle a bit too long did it some good in developing its sour streak with the slight setback of faded hop character, which was still nicely intact at the time of this review. 4

Prairie Artisan Ales'
Funky Gold Amarillo
/5.00

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.29/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pint-ish bottle. Pours clean light golden with white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is mostly funk and Belgian saison yeasty with a little zesty lemon peel and grass. Taste is similar but with the lemony grassy hops shining through more. An earthy funk is present with dry yeasty finish. Overall decent brew as it warmed but just ok.

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Photo of von_kaiser
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

10 finger head w/ a cloudy body. If you like the Belgian style of flavor and nose this will be up your alley. To me, as a sour head, this leaves much to be desired. Needs more tart action. Overall, won't seek out.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mason jar. Pale straw color with a one finger head that slowly recedes and leaves no lacing. Aroma of citric sourness and floral hops. Taste is a super pucker-ey lemon sour with hints of orange and grape before floral hops cleanse the palate on the finish. Light body and medium carbonation with a slight aftertaste. Nice finish for the style.
It's a solid wild ale that has a nice pucker from the sour. Very good drinkability despite the strong sourness. Another solid Prairie worth it's price tag.

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Photo of Extol
2.74/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - dark gold. Smell - weird. Funky. Taste - sour. I can't really describe what I taste. It's bizzare. It's tolerable. Overall - I can drink it, but likely won't again.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the Public House in Orlando. This brew is a really unique twist on a funky sour mixed with an IPA as it features a nice dose of the Amarillo hops. I enjoyed this more than I was expecting.

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Photo of Synaesthetik
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First impressions was the aroma not being nearly as expected. Some great citrus overtones, funkiness and a nice lactic sour smell, but no piny hops came through as I expected. Color is a hazy orange-yellow and looks great in a tulip. Taste was a little flat, sourness was amazing and the funk was perfectly balanced, but I was hoping for a little more bitterness or intensity from the dry hopping. Overall very delicious, but was a bit over-hyped for me.

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

The beer is orangish yellow and quite cloudy. Medium white head. The aroma is lemons, mangoes, funk and light lactic sourness. Mild mint note. Very little malt character. It’s sweeter and a bit funkier than the Mosaic version. It’s moderately sour. Big tropical hop sweetness. The mango and lemon seems bright and fresh. Lots of nice fruity funk in the taste. Drying finish. Bitterness is quite mild. Very nice beer. I liked it just a bit more than the Mosaic, though they’re quite similar.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks for bringing it back from OK, Sean.

A: A hazy pale gold with a thick, billowy white one finger head that lasted. Lacing for days.

S: Grassy hops, lemon zest, citrus heavy.

T: Follows nose with low bitterness on the finish. Very sparkly and packed with carbonation. The sourness was just right. Floral and funky.

M: Medium with heavy carbonation. It practically crackles on your tongue.

O: I'm not much of a sour fan, but this one convinced me to try more. Almost like drinking a saison with a hint of sour. A terrific brew. Recommended.

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Photo of smanson56
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have had this bottle for a while and finally got around to opening it. It pour the most wonderful hazy yellow/orange color. The nose has some great aromas and the Amarillo hops came through very clearly in the taste. All in all a really fine beer. Now I just need to find more.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A super cloudy haze lays in the body tone. Head is off white quick fading bubbles that end up being a skim on the edges in just a couple of minutes. Nose is super funky with tons grapefruit skin and pixie sticks. Taste plays right in line with the nose. The same grapefruit and dusty pixie sticks flavor come through perfectly.

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Photo of Rootscipio
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This thing was foaming before I even got the cap off. I dont think It is infected but I am not well versed in sours so I cant be sure. It did slowly grow on me abit as i drank it so who knows, I may become a sour person yet.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

Hazy, straw yellow body with a white cap. Lovely aroma - funky hops. Sour funk with an acetic finish. Grassy, floral, lemons. Earthy, hop forward, puckering finish. Medium body with prickly carbonation. Tasty.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden color with a very thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. More of a hoppy citrus aroma with an element of Belgian yeast and sourness. There is a floral element to it. More of a hoppy saison taste with some citrus flavor. The sourness is more at the end. Medium bodied. Very good beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a honey yellow, with a huge 3 inch head, and a little bit of lacing. There's good amount of haze from the yeast, visibly ropey near the bottom.

Smells super funky and yeasty sweaty, with some lemon and hay. Doesn't smell all that hoppy.

This is fairly white wine-y, for not being aged in wine barrels at all (that I know of). It's that sort of fruity and sweaty feeling that Brett often has. None of the grassiness I expect from Amarillo, but very citrusy.

This is light bodied, with a fruity and slightly pillowy mouthfeel. The carbonation level is fairly high.

This was nice, but I wish the hop presence was a little stronger.

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Photo of farmhaus
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a nice deep straw color with a touch of haze.
Nose: Quite muted but opens up slightly as it warms. An earthy funk with a hint of flowers.
Taste: Definite orange and apricot. Once again the floral character. Finishes tart.
Feel: Very light body. Finishes bone dry.
Overall: A good brew, but it's fairly one dimensional.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Murky golden color, smells tart and hoppy. Taste is more...funk and saison-ish, dry and VERY carbonated but really enjoyed the hops in this. Just, "eh" and didn't do much for me.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle guessing at date of late Dec, 2014:
Pours almost like a nice hefe, very hazy to even cloudy, white-yellow, with decent foamy white head. The nice thing is how the head lasts (pretty sure the glass am using has nucleation points). Nose I got on the pour, nice sour notes. Closer inspection yields a Brett-like tartness, which initially came across more as a lemony sour milk from afar. There is an earthiness in there as well (also some old sneaker funk?).

Taste does start with more of a lemon sour bite than I eventually got from the nose. Maybe it is the Amarillo hops interfering to confuse my nose? I am not getting much carbonation, in fact it's quite flat. The sour notes fade to an almost farmhouse style earthiness steadily. I get a berlinerweiss impression for this beer.

American wild? Hefe look? Brett Saison? Berlinerweiss? Whatever it is, it had me at the beginning, lost me a tad on first inspection, but won me over I the end. A tad expensive for my level of enjoyment, but a refreshing and interesting brew.

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Photo of Zach136
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours hazy gold from a gushing bottle. Thin persistent head. OK lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Tropical fruit, mostly pineapple and guava, with some acidic notes on the nose, that come through more on the palate. Nice clean acidity, similar to somewhere. Complex, but quickly dissipating and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, light bodied, dry-dissipating finish.

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Photo of Premo88
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(06715 among the numbers on bottle -- bottled on March 8, 2015?)

L: light gold and crystal clear ... the clarity is amazing, but there is quite a bit of debris suspended in the glass; lots of activity in the glass, a steady stream of bubbles flying up to the surface, mostly concentrated in a column in the middle of the glass; pushes up a huge white foam head, over 2 inches, but very little sticking or lacing despite the fact that it keeps a big collar and almost a full skin of foam

S: sour everywhere ... lemons, sour grapes, tart kumquats ... it's full of brett and wild yeast sourness; as it warms, takes on a hint of sweetness ... almost a wild tart strawberries thing

T: holy cow! a green, grassy sour ... the sour punches you hard, loads of lemon, sour grapes, super dry/tart white wine with all the sweetness sucked out, but as the sour flavor subsides, a green/grass hop flavor shows up -- almost tropical fruit-like, too, but mixed in with all the sourness it's coming out grassy for me. whatever the hops are doing, they're giving it just a touch of flavor to play with the heavy sour notes

F: full but light, very well carbonated ... it feels very Belgian influenced and is spendid

O: Prairie Artisan does it again for me -- this beer is fantastic. it's super sour but has just a touch of hop flavor to make for a delightful little dance of notes ... you could name several hop-related notes (peach, apple, tropical fruit, grass) and I might say, yeah, it's in there -- hard for me to nail down one flavor to describe it other than to say "good". has what some might call a "Belgian IPA" feel to it. no alcohol flavor whatsoever ... it's completely masked, and even as it tastes like a super dry white wine, it has none of the alcohol flavor/heat of a wine.

one note: the bottom of the bottle is chock full of sediment like a good Belgian ale should be. if you don't want that stuff in your glass, be warned.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Expectations are high since this is currently #43 in the Top 100 Southwest list.

BOTTLE acquired at a local grocery store and served cold into a gueuze glass at low altitude in Austin, TX; allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Reviewed live as an American sour ale (i.e. wild ale) per the label.

Distributed by the Shelton Bastards.

Boasts great label art. Bottle is brown glass, 2014 vintage, 1 pint .9 fl oz, and has a branded pry-off cap.

7.5% ABV.

She's a gusher! Foam rushes upwards immediately upon opening, suggesting overcarbonaton.

HEAD: Boasts a healthy ~3 inches of foam. White in colour and fairly thin. Uneven and effervescent. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Soft-looking enough. Not full or robust. Could be creamier.

Retention is nice - ~5-7 minutes.

BODY: Clear translucent yellow of average vibrance, with a bit of a lemony haze. Bright and clean, with no visible yeasty muck.

Overall, it's appealing for a wild ale without standing out. Has no unique attributes. If you told me it was a helles lager in a blind tasting, I'd buy it.

AROMA: Lemongrass and grassy hops complement the wild yeasty floral funkiness that dominates the aroma. Barnyard notes of straw supplement the funkiness. It's got a definite farmhouse twang and a seemingly above average acidity, but what I'm really missing is sourness; it's maybe a 2-3/10 in terms of sourness intensity. Faint white pepper and hints of muted doughy yeast flirt with a saison character. Lime and lime skin lend it still more complexity, helping set off the twangy citrus presented initially by the lemongrass.

I'm not sure if I'm finding sea salt or not; the lime makes it hard to distinguish.

Aromatic intensity is average.

Suggests a balanced funky beer with underwhelming and insufficient sourness for a sour ale.

TASTE: The sourness is indeed quite mild - maybe a 3/10 in terms of intensity, though its subsidiary tartness helps support the sour vibe. Funkiness is more prominent here, with wild yeasty notes supplemented aptly by lime, lemon, faint floral hop notes, lemongrass, straw, and white pepper. It's got a consistent farmhouse twang, but the absence of true spontaneous fermentation indicators coupled with the relative lack of amarillo hop character makes this somewhat disappointing; why brew a sour ale with amarillo which is neither sour nor amarillo-emphatic?

Sure, it's balanced, but the build as a whole is underwhelming, lacking the intricacy of better beers in the style. As much as I like it, it's fairly shallow and reticent, with relatively little going on. Not a gestalt beer, but it's cohesive enough.

Flavour duration and intensity are average.

Some drinkers may note a lemon detergent-like off-note - or even a soapiness. Not sure what's going on there.

While I don't find anything in terms of oak, there is a nice white wine character running throughout - but I'm not sure it's really working all that well in terms of accentuating notes in the base.

TEXTURE: Acidic without coming off vinegary or acetic. Smooth and wet. Thin, overcarbonated, fizzy, and light-bodied, to its detriment. It's not watery, but it lacks sufficient heft and weight on the palate. Not as soft or crisp as would be ideal. There's an odd starchy dryness on the backend.

OVERALL: This isn't Prairie's strongest work, and it's far from a stellar American sour ale. The execution doesn't deliver on the premise, there's no harmony of texture to taste, and its simplicity is odd. I'll enjoy finishing the glass, but this I'll definitely pass this up in the future - especially at the Shelton Bastards' unreasonable price point. It does hide its ABV pretty well, but it's not effortless in its drinkability.

I will say the lime taste coupled with the assertive acidity is the best aspect of this beer.

This might be currently rated one of the best 50 beers in the Southwest region, but I think that's more due to the scarcity of good beer in the Southwest than it is testament to this beer's quality.

High C+ (3.2)

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