Funky Gold Simcoe
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American Wild Ale
Ranked #532
Ranked #3,672
4.12 | pDev: 7.28%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Funky Gold SimcoeFunky Gold Simcoe
Notes: Funky Gold Simcoe is a dry-hopped sour ale. We took Prairie Gold and dry-hopped it with a huge amount of Simcoe hops. The end results are tropical, sour, and an all around new beer drinking experience! This beer is great fresh, but will continue to develop as the wild yeast continues to work in the beer.
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Photo of 5toutman75
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I love the funky sours and Prairie does them better than almost anyone by what I've had of theirs. I think my bottle is from Feb '16 although deciphering their numbering on the bottle is not a sure thing. I wonder if it has more of the funk flavor given that it was a shelf turd where I bought it. It has a nice head due to higher carbonation than a typical IPA. The smell is wonderfully funky awful. It's like a typical Red line stop on the Chicago El, but I love it in my beer! The taste is complex and with a dry finish. It has a feel carbonation wise almost like a champagne. Overall I wouldn't pass this up if you know you love your brett beers.

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Photo of monkist
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Freak freak da funk da funk da funk freak da funk da FUNK fuuuuunk! Yes. It's about how you FREAK the FUNK. And this is what it's all about.
Prairie has THE BEST wild yeast and Brett ever. Point blank. Theit yeast is so unique and so much of a trademark that I could recognize it without knowing it, hands down. And this yeast is what brings the FUNK into these wild ales, farmhouse ales, sour ales. That fizzy, smelly, tart, sour feeling that makes you think: What did they put into the brew?
This one in particular smelled like horse piss, half-rotten straw or dirty, wet socks. But it is amazing! That is why it is so amazing! Because it creates such a living feeling that you can't be unaffected by. And it's taste... I don't even want to know what went into it. It is simple mastery to create such an interesting, exciting, refreshing, alluring and disgusting, strange and yet amiable thing that you simply can't do without. And you keep wanting more. Keep wanting to return to Prairie to try more and more of their wonderful ales. And I think it's because of that funk. And Prairie knows best how to freak it.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 500 mL bottle poured into a Riedel Vinum Zinfandel glass.

Appearance: Hazy, golden straw yellow with a towering head of frothy white foam; spare lacing.

Smell: Tart, juicy fruit aroma of lemon, orange and tropical fruit along with some good farmyard funk: wet straw and woolen sweaters.

Taste: Juicy citrus, melon and tropical fruit with a sharp streak of wine vinegar a acidity and musty cellar funk. Increasing earthy, grass and yeast notes towards the bottom of the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with lively, effervescent carbonation.

Overall: Nicely sour, funky brew that blends well with the hoppy citrus and tropical fruit.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a Cigar City goblet.

A: Pours a hazy, yeasty gold with a big three-finger fluffy white head that fades fairly quickly. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: Punch of Brettanomyces funk up front, then yeasty and farmhouse and funky. Lemony citrus and a bit less tropical fruit in the hop profile as well. Light cracker malts.

T: Citrus fruit and Brett funk, and a saison-like yeastiness mixes with the Brett's horse blanket and barn earthiness - though less so than the nose suggested. Lemon and coriander, a mix of musky saison and yeast esters. Cracker malt sweetness. Orange and lemony citric bitterness in the hang with more Brett character.

M: Average to a bit heavy body for style, but still crisp with good carbonation sensation. Low alcohol presence.

O: Tasty and enjoyable. Not my favorite funky IPA…or Sour IPA or Hoppy Sour or whatever we’re calling these…but really enjoyable. I can’t see running out to get a bunch more but would gladly drink another if it were around.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No label information. Available in 500ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, frothy foam head of a pastel white color over a densely hazy golden amber body with abundant, lively carbonation. Retention is above average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Pale malt body with earthy brettanomyces funk, moderate acidity with gentle vinegar with a hop profile generating lemony and citrus hop aromas with a moderate bitterness. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Pale malt body with a gentle hop profile of lemon and citrus juice and a moderate bitterness, and a moderately strong brettanomyces earthy funk and acidity with a lactic sourness. Finishes puckering, mildly dry. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly residual, smooth, tangy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate-full, generating a medium frothiness and a briskly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly tangy earthy funky acidic over sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Very enjoyable sour wild ale, with a flavorful citrus hop backbone, and a gentle bitterness. While the sourness drives this beer, the dry hopping contributes nicely to the flavor without complicating it and without sacrificing any of the biting bitterness. 4

Prairie Artisan Ales'
Funky Gold Simcoe

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Photo of azurel
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden hazy straw color agressive head bright egg shell white. Dissapates quickly leaving minimal lacing.

Aroma is of sour funk, sweet

Flavor is a funk backbone with a sweet earthyness. Slight citrus orange, possibly tangerine, apricot. Flavor profile from the Simcoe isn't heavy or over bearing. Lets the base beer show through but reveals itself the more you drink.

Mouth feel is full, carbonation is heavy but smooth.

Another well done single hop sour by Prairie.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a foggy, very light straw with a white head. The head foams up quickly with three fingers of head after an easy-going pour. Lacing forms quickly after a sip, but with most of it slipping back into the beer. Aroma has some sour funk to it, with a wonderful citrus and earthy hop quality to it. Flavor profile is similar, with plenty of sour funk throughout the flavor. Flavor notes include citrus, and earthy, spruce. Mouth feel is bubbly, with a medium consistency. Overall, a fun, earthy sour. The sour funk is somewhat muted compared with other Funky Gold offerings.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve had a few times. There’s lots of flavor, yet it is light and crisp and thirst quenching. It is a very good sour.

Look: cloudy golden hue with a two-inch thick snow-white head.

Aroma: nice aroma of tropical fruit and some funkiness.

Taste: Lots of tropical fruit, lemon, mango, tangerine, and a great funky sour taste. It is not too sour.

Feel: light and crisp, lots of carbonation.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle, dated 02916, a hazy light orangish under two-finger thick white head which lingers and yields spotty lace. Aroma is tropical fruits (guava, pineapple), slight funk and metallic. Flavor is tart, lemony, herbal, mildly spicy. Moderate body but a bit thin feeling. Finishes tart, citrusy and yeasty. Was expecting more.

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Photo of kitch
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 16.9 fl oz (500ml) bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 02516, meaning it was bottled on 25th January 2016. Poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.

Appearance: It poured a hazy straw golden yellow colour with a close to two finger white head that dissipates slowly and eventually settles to an extremely thin cap and leaves sparse lacing.

Aroma: Strong tropical fruit aromas with passion fruit, unripe mango and apricot followed by a touch of citrusy tangy lemon and mandarin plus funky goodness.

Taste: Lightly sour followed by lots of tropical and citrus fruitiness. Apricot, mango, peach, passion fruit, tangy mandarin, lemon and a restrained but nice barnyard funkiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light to medium bodied with high prickly carbonation.

Overall: A very well made dry hopped sour ale. Lots of tropical and citrus fruitiness in both the aroma and taste with a restrained sourness and funkiness. Would love to drink this again.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a slightly cloudy gold topped by a dense three finger white head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: Smells of tropical fruits and citrus with a little pine. There's some tartness on the nose as well
T: Taste is nice and tart up front with some juicy citrus and tropical fruits with a pit of pine and earth with some slight funk. Swallow is more sourness with some lingering citrus, tropical fruit and pine.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium in body with nice carbonation that's a little under prickly with a drying finish that's just a bit oily.
O: Overall this is a really nice dry hopped sour. I really like this series and the products are always a nice representation for the style. I highly recommend these to people that like sours with some nice dry hopped flavors.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I pint .9 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a Prairie snifter

This beer pours gold in color and is topped with three inches of lively, white head that disappears quickly leaving little lacing.

I smell tart, citrus fruit and some pear.

The taste is tart lemon, citrus and some peach in the finish.

Medium bodied with lower carbonation levels.

This is a tasty beverage. A lot of sours are good, but it is tough to drink more than one. This beer is tart and delicious, and I want another.

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Photo of Weixiaobao
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: A beautiful psychedelic bottle. Three finger head in Prairie Artisan Ales chalice. Wish Prairie had dates on their bottles.
S: Am getting a lot more Brett barnyard funk than I remember from FG Mosaic. Really enjoy that funk/sour combo that this has.
T: More sour than funk on the palette. Very dry and clean finish.
F: Crisp and effervescent. Highly enjoyable.
O: Like the Mosaic slightly more than this one. Still delicious. Just wish it and other PA brews were a tad more affordable so I could drink all the time.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smell is barnyard funk, citrus, and fresh herbs. Taste is citrus, floral hop flavor and bitterness, a hint of pine, and some general funkiness with medium tartness. Liked Funky Gold Mosaic a lot more.

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Photo of do_ob
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a snifter. Light, hazy golden in color topped off with a big ol'd head of bubbly, whit foam. Quickly receded down to a lacing. Nose is tart cherries, blackberries, orange peel, lemon, sour apples, rye spice, brown sugar, and leather. Bsement funkiness is moderate. Really complex aroma that reminds me a bit of a Trappist style. The taste follows along pretty well, bringing forth big notes of tart, dried berries/cheries, lemon & orange peel, and rye spice. Vinegary sourness. Virtually no hop bitterness, but quite sour and dry. As intense as the flavors are while on the palate, there's little to speak of on the aftertaste. The feel is light, crisp, dry, and very carbonated.

Overall, not too bad but not one of my favorites. Unlike any beer I've had, which ultimately, is a good thing.

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Photo of Tuckerster
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice big head that fades away fairly quickly. The nose is huge, hits you hard with lots of funky goodness and not as much fruitiness as the Funky Gold Mosiac. Then the taste is fantastic with that funky gold sourness I was craving ever since trying this series, also a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste from the Simcoe. I would rate this better than Funky Gold Amarillo but not nearly as good as the Mosaic variety of this series!

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Photo of stephens101
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange with an billowy off-white froth. Aroma of grape and orange. Goes down clean and crisp with just a hint of funk. There are also plenty of light fruits followed by a quick hop bite. Not that "wild" but damn good anyway, and the more I drink it the more I seem to like it.

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Photo of donspublic
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into pint, 1 finger head dissipates to a pool rather quickly, minimal lacing. Bright opaque golden to look at. Not much on the smell. Taste is tart citrus and a mild dankness on the finish. Somewhat dry and very refreshing.

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Photo of Hallu
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm a huge fan of the Funky Gold Mosaic, which to me is one of the best beers in the world being brewed today. Dry hopping a sour ale was pure genius, and I don't know if they were the first to do it, but they did it right. I don't enjoy Funky Gold (the sour ale with no dry hopping), I find it too sour. Adding the hops balance it all out. But the Mosaic version still packed a mean sour punch. The Simcoe version is for the ones who didn't enjoy this powerful sour component. It's more mellow, there's not that metallic taste and smell. It's still smells like limes though, with the tropical hops being the main aroma. I love the smell. The taste is more on the malt, and it's nor sour nor bitter. It's like a session version of the Mosaic, although it's got more alcohol, much easier to drink, less complex. I miss that driness and funk from the sour ale and clearly prefer the Mosaic version. But this is still a damn good beer, keep up the good work Prairie, coz to me you're one of the best if not the best brewery in the US right now.

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Photo of mac31
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice balanced sour. Wonderful taste that follows the nose. Pineapple/tropical, candied, passion fruit, herbal (from hops). The beer next flows in to a modestly soured golden ale. The finish is that dry funk that many of us love and crave. The barnyardy finish is still quite restrained compared to some saisons, but is still there and finishes this beer off perfectly. The flavors clean up well with minimal lingering in the finish. The alcohol is undetectable and the carbonation is effervescent like crisp champagne. I'm trying to get in sours. Finding what I like and don't. If you are as well this is a great place to start. Nice job from the folks at Praire.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle with me, enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

The color is murky golden with white head. The smell is great - lots of tropical and citrus hop aroma with some wild yeast esters. The feel is excellent - almost perfect level of sour with a complimentary bitterness and dry finish.

The taste is very good -lots of brett flavor with a nice simcoe citrus and slightly herbal flavor with low bitterness and slight tangy fruity yeast with a low sweetness as it finishes. Overall this may be one of the best dry hopped sour beers I have had recently, was very impressed with the overall enjoyment factor and would recommend this to fans of sour beer that is not super acidic or overly tart.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is about the same as PAA's other Funky series beers. It is solid, but nothing special. It's not sour at all. There is very limited flavor, but the dry hopping was a nice touch.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with excellent clarity and a fingernail of dishwater white resting on top. The aroma is a contrast of tart Brett and very sweet, overripe pineapple. The taste is filled with plenty of tart Brett and overripe pineapple, pear. The mouth is highly carbonated and bone dry.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, Julian bottle date, bottled January 26, 2016. "Dry Hopped Sour Ale".

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A pale hazy golden yellow body, lots of steady carbonation, and two fingers of frothy white head, bubbly and stays a while. Minor wispy lacing falls back down into the beer.

S - A tart, earthy, funky, juicy, citrusy, grapey aroma. Notes of grass, hay, wheat, and cold leather. The Simcoe dry hopping is apparent with notes of juicy stone fruits - mango, peach, nectarine. A fresh and appealing aroma.

T - Taste is the same: juicy, fruity, funky, & sour. Tart, earthy, grassy, bacterial / yeast derived funkiness, and a very fresh juicy fruity blast of citrus from the Simcoe - mango, orange, peaches, lemon

M - Feel smooth, crisp, juicy, & sour / tart. A dry finish with lingering notes of sour, beckons the palate for another sip.

Overall, absolutely delicious stuff, one of the best sour beers I've had from Prairie, they definitely know how to do a dry hopped sour the right way! Extremely fresh and flavorful stuff. Highly recommended.

Prairie Funky Gold Simcoe -----4.5/5

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Photo of TJMahDonut
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Hazy yellow body (into a 10z glass thanks to Small Brewpub, Oak Cliff) with a thin, 1" white head that disappeared within a few minutes. Very minimal lacing.
S- Lemon and ginger permeate the nose here, along with a little grassiness.
T- Hold on to ya tongue. Tart lemon on the front of this bad boy, with a little grapefruit, and then those simcoe hops come through really nice to balance that out. A little bit of alcohol. I really like how funky this came out. Some really faint cereal on the finish.
F- Light body, the tartness of this one makes it a little sharp combined with a good amount of carb.
O- Great wild one. I'll have this again for sure, although the high ABV keeps this out of a session for me.

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