Prison Rodeo Hoppy Coffee Ale | Prairie Artisan Ales

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4.03/5
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86 Ratings
Prison Rodeo Hoppy Coffee AlePrison Rodeo Hoppy Coffee Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
prairieales.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
We have been using coffee in beer for years. What began with Bomb! eventually made an appearance in Okie and Noir. Roast and chocolate and dark flavors dominated these beers. They were what most people would expect from a coffee beer. While loving these beers we also knew we could do a lot more with coffee. We knew there was an array of flavors in coffee and beer that would be great together. We wanted to take a different approach.

Prison Rodeo is that approach to coffee and beer. We started with a beer (maybe it was an IPA) full of juicy and citrus hops. It was about as far as we could get from a stout. We needed a coffee to stand up to and compliment the hops. We needed a coffee that was just as fruity and refreshing. Our friends at Spaceship Earth Coffee sourced multiple samples for us to pick from. After cupping numerous coffees this natural-process Ethiopia Sidamo Guji really stood out. We could tell the coffee was going to add another dimension to the beer.

We were careful to add just enough coffee to amplify but not dominate the beer. In the glass the beer is full of those bright, delicate fruit aromas before fading into a slight but noticeable roast aroma.

Added by gatornation on 05-11-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,787
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
86
pDev:
8.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of BKotch
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mjpolzin
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BubbleBobble
3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nickfl
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bammer21
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcb7472
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy maize color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of coffee, citrus hops, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level with a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of strong citrus hops, strong spicy hops, slight coffee, and a hint of floral notes. Overall, good appearance, strong body, but otherwise not well blended and simplistic.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sendbeer
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Branlott42
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Magery
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snaotheus
3.06/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2017-12-17
12oz bottle served in a snifter. Brought to me by a friend in OK. 15971PT1 19:42 19017 is the tiny, almost indistinguishable stamp on the shoulder of the bottle, which is mostly incomprehensible to me anyway.

Pours a hazy amber with a smallish head and not a lot of carbonation. Smell is a bit strange -- some citrus, some old hay, and yes, some noticeable coffee.

Taste is coffee and a mild, boring pale ale.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall...nothing special.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter from the bottle.

Appearance: Cloudy Amber color with medium bubbles on the body creating and orange tinted white head rising maybe just over half a finger's length. Semi sticky lacing drops quick after two or three sips.

Smell: Light coffee and malts, dissipates quickly and you kinda need to work to inhale it.

Taste: Sweet hops and coffee bean, a fusion of floral and a special creamy bitterness which is hard to explain. As if half and half was added to the concoction of beer.

Mouth: Medium carbonation and very full bodied.

Overall: I picked this beer up by luck, I don't get to have a lot of Prairie beers here in Long Island area and this was beyond worth grabbing. If you share it you're a better person than me, always with love...Salud!

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MinerBob
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours a burnt orange color with a nice white head. The smell is more happy that coffee. The flavor is hop and citrus but smoother than most IPA's. Overall not a bad IPA.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Plenty of hops but way too light on the coffee for my palate and preferences. Hides the ABV well, but if I'd had this blind doubt I'd have guessed a coffee IPA.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy brownish yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and mostly consists of coffee flavors. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA tastes nothing like 9.5% abv and hides all of its alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of smithj4
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of fresh roasted coffee beans with toasted caramel and pine. Strong roasty coffee notes with citrus and toasted caramel.

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Photo of RMW66
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ummswimmin
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle cost way too much at Whole Foods HQ in Austin, TX. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off crown cap.

"Hoppy coffee ale." 9.50% ABV.

Served chilled into a conical pint glass.

Smells like earthy roasty coffee - wonderful and aromatic, but not horribly pungent. Mild floral hop character lurks beneath, but the aroma is all coffee. I wouldn't figure this for a bright or hoppy ale if I encountered it in a blind tasting.

Tastes earthy yet floral, marrying mild coffee to a mildly hoppy brew nicely. The result is a balanced albeit restrained ale that never betrays its strength or beats you about the head with loud flavours. Coffee is present but not overwhelming as an additive, and the beer drinks like it's maybe 6% ABV - not its actual 9.50% ABV.

Mouthfeel is smooth, wet, medium-bodied, and a bit dry on the finish, emphasizing the coffee without dragging out a coarse coffee ground harshness.

Overall, it's a lovely little coffee ale and is a nice change of pace from the usual coffee stout fare, but I wouldn't buy it again at $16-17 a 4 pack as currently priced, nor is it world class regardless of price. More depth of flavour and unique coffee flavour is needed for this to truly stand out, but it's a kindred spirit to the other experiments with bright coffee ales breweries have put out (e.g. Mikkeller). I'm glad I tried it once and I'd happily buy it at $10 per sixer, but Prairie has got to work out a better distribution arrangement because their current prices are brutal for the consumer.

B- / WORTHY

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Prison Rodeo Hoppy Coffee Ale from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 86 ratings