Prison Rodeo Hoppy Coffee Ale
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American IPA
Ranked #980
Ranked #7,838
4.02 | pDev: 7.96%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Very Good
Prison Rodeo Hoppy Coffee AlePrison Rodeo Hoppy Coffee Ale
Notes: 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.
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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been a few months since I finished the last one, but I remember that all four of the beers I had were very impressive in that the coffee and the hops were very nicely balanced.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely delicious IPA that featured a surprising amount of coffee blended with the hops. I’m used to stouts tasting of chocolate and coffee - definitely not used to the coffee flavor combined with fruity hoppiness. And it totally works with this beer. Nice dark brown color with some fluffy head and sheets of lingering lacing. Smells of fruity hops, a little funkiness and some faint coffee aromas. Tastes even better - dark roast coffee, citrus hops, caramel and a nice malt backbone. Smooth slightly creamy mouthfeel, good carbonation. Very well-balanced and I would definitely buy more. High ABV is expertly hidden.

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Photo of ordybill
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is alcohol and wheat. The taste follows the nose.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy, almost opaque brown with some floaties. The head is enormous, rocky and creamy white. Very long retention with sheets of lacing.

S: Muddled light-roast coffee, caramel, milk chocolate, mocha, candied orange peel, vanilla, sugar cookie.

T: A great balance of coffee, malt, and hops. Nutty medium-roast coffee meets candied orange peel, orange marmalade, and pink grapefruit flesh with toasty, caramel and brown bread malt. Hints of vanilla. The flavors combine to evoke mocha and chocolate-covered orange peel. Slightly sweet, with a nice balancing bitterness of citrus peel, and then lingering fresh coffee roast. No discernible taste of alcohol.

F: Fluffy and pillowy, very carbonated, smooth and creamy. Nicely balanced between sweetness and a light dryness.

O: This isn't very fresh, yet still tastes fantastic. I wish I could try it fresher.

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Photo of Tone
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
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 snaotheus
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 +2.5%
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 MinerBob
3.62/5  rDev -10%
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 -1.2%
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 -4.7%
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 zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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 kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
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.


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Photo of Harrison8
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, murky orange with a finger of white head. Head retention is okay, with good frothy patches of lacing left behind. Aroma is herbal, pine, and resin hop notes right at the front. The hops have a bit of a sticky quality to them. Light notes of light roast, floral Ethiopian/Kenyan coffee peek out behind the hops. Flavor profile provides a dash more of coffee than the aroma, but not by much. Coffee is still light and floral. Immediately after the coffee opening, sticky resin and herbal hops deliver a bitter blow to the palate. The only break in the bitter hops vs coffee dynamic is a small dash of citrus hop right in the middle. Not enough to counter balance the bitterness of the herbal/pine hops though. Hoppy coffee is by no means an exaggeration. Mouth feel is slightly fizzy, with a crisp feel. Thickness rides right at medium. Overall, light floral coffee with herbal, and resin hops make this one outdoorsy glass of beer/coffee. The hops here are well done, but bitter, so be warned ye with a taste for bitter-less IPAs.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of Mateo2699
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like a citrusy IPA, getting some candied oranges and very centennial foward hops upfront. Taste follows the nose well, same citrusy IPA with a splash of vanilla and coffee in the back end. Takes you by surprise. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pale gold with a goodly head. The aroma features lemon zest, hazelnuts, light coffee, melon rind, pine, resin, sour maple syrup, bran flakes, and honey. The flavor starts rounded and fruity, with apricots, honey, banana, and cantaloupe, followed quick;y by a light and frothy coffee flavor, then a whack of slightly bitter, piney, resinous hops comes in, and the finish is mild and malty, with honeycake and lemon peel. The mouthfeel is light bodied and highly effervescent. Overall this is a very cool beer - it is hoppy, but the hop notes explore areas like stone fruit, and the malt is not forgotten, with the coffee gently floating on top.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a single-serve bottle into a pub glass.

Pours....hmmm...dishwater blonde is the best way to describe it. Dull golden brown, with plenty of haze. The saving grace is a nice head and excellent lacing. Still--not a "pretty beer" by any standard.

The aromas are strong on the hops, more from the "juicy" and "fruity" than the "piney" end of the spectrum. Lemon, sour apple, and peach all show up for the party. In the background, just a hint of the malty/coffee notes to come.

I'm torn about whether the flavor profile is "complex" or instead is better described as "crap, there is a ton going on here." It may be an IPA, and it smells like an IPA, but the first flavors on the palate are malty, biscuity sweetness, and a touch of the promised coffee. These hit the tip of the tongue first, followed by the hops and sour fruits in the mid palate, then straight hops at the back of the tongue. This is definitely a brew where you can feel the "play" of flavors from one part of the tongue to another, though there is so much going on, and in so jarring a fashion, that I can't decide if I like it or not. Still, very intriguing.

The mouthfeel is solid. Maybe a bit thinner than expected, but nice, semi-dry, and crisp, especially considering how malt-forward it is for an IPA.

Serious kudos to the brewer for trying something unique. Not necessarily my cup of tea, but would recommend as a one-off for something different.

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Photo of donspublic
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip 1/2 finger cream colored head, good retention and so so lacing. Hazy light amberish in the glass, yeast particles visible. Deceptive on the nose, reminds me of Calm before the Storm. Coffee on the nose, some citrus peeking thru. Initially coffee on the front, some malt sweetness, but flows quickly into tropical orange hops. Finish is more of a mild coffee bitterness. That said, pour this beer and walk away, once it warms the flavors meld better. The initial coffee/citrus thing can be a little off. Once it warms the beer comes into it's own, the flow between the coffee and citrus is almost creamy and the bitterness at the end fades off. Nice mouthfeel and drinks surprisingly well for a 9.5% beer.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull copper colored with an inch of creamy and densely packed dishwater white. Moderate lacing. I'm getting cold brew coffee in the nose with just a trace of piney hops. The flavor is packed with lightly bitter to nutty and chocolaty coffee with some piney hops in the back of the palate. The mouth is dry, oily and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of BrewsOverHoes
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange, with a nice lingering head. Instant smell of coffee and citrus, some sweet malt. Tastes similar the the aroma, initial punch of the citrus from the hops, malt falls in line behind and then the cold brew coffee notes linger on the palate. None over stepping one another, balanced really well. Nice hoppy offering from Prairie.

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

Aroma of citrus hops and cold press coffee. The flavor is a more balanced mix of coffee and hops, with particularly well matched hop and coffee profiles. Neither one out weighs the other. Hidden ABV and warmth shows up in the finish, aftertaste, and mouthfeel.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured an orange body with great head that sticks around for a while. The aroma is a mix of tropical fruits and mild, sweet coffee. The beer is easy to drink and light bodied with a balance of grapefruit (almost tropical fruit) hops and a milder, sweeter coffee flavor that meshes well and provides great flavors in this clean-finishing beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pour Taproom in Greenville.
Pours with an amber colored body topped by an off-white head that has decent retention.
Smells more like coffee than IPA, but certainly appealing. The flavor is a more balanced mix of coffee and hops, with particularly well matched hop and coffee profiles. Partially hidden ABV shows up in the finish, aftertaste and mouthfeel. Lively carbonation.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i am very appreciative of any brewer experimenting with coffee, especially those who will do something new with it, and coffee in pale beer is still somewhat new terrain, especially hoppy beer, but much like a lot of the best coffee places around the country have begun experimenting with things like dry hopped cold brew coffee, there is an obvious synergy with hops and coffee, and it makes sense that coffee works in hoppy beer! this is more robust than others by quite a wide margin, at least in my experience, as the coffee is super forward, and the ipa is anything but subtle, an enormous base beer with a lot of grain character and body, hop juiciness and bite, and brimming alcoholic intensity. i am amazed how well it works, where notes of honey from the malt pick up on the roast and chocolate aspects of the coffee, really awesome. there is a light green pepper or vegetal note, an over green sort of vibe from the coffee and the hops alike, but i grow to like it as the beer warms. interestingly enough, its not all that bitter, like, it resolves itself and somehow avoids that hop and coffee bitterness double jeopardy, also awesome. its full bodied and smooth, loaded with fresh coffee, low acidity, with citrus and berry notes alike from the hops. prairie has been up and down lately, but this is an up for me, and while i think the beer is overly intense and i want everything this offers but in a package that i could drink ten of, i have a ton of love for this, and hope they keep playing around with coffee. a coffee saison seems like a logical next step for these guys...

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Photo of andrewh995
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange gold with a white head. Smells of coffee, hops, caramel, and malt. Tastes of off coffee, slightly bitter hops, sweet caramel, some malt, and citrus. Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Overall it's a decent coffee IPA, just not the best out there. And definitely not worth the somewhat high price point.

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

A: Poured into a tulip glass to a deep gold that is almost a light brown. The beer is topped by a dense finger and a half of slightly off white head that fades slowly and leaves excellent lacing
S: Smells of fresh hops in the boil and sweet wort. It seriously smells like what I get when I walk into a brewery that's making beer. Slight hints of coffee as well.
T: taste is slightly coffee forward with some roast and chocolate notes along with some juicy citrus and fruit notes. Slight honey sweetness from the malts as well. Swallow is a nice blast of coffee along with more oily juicy citrus hop notes.
M: This beer has a medium mouthfeel that is a little creamy with soft carbonation that is adequate for the style. The beer has an oily hop finish.
O: This is a really interesting IPA. The coffee adds some interesting dimensions to the beer and it kind of works in an IPA. Not quite the same as a coffee stout or a porter but still nice. Worth a try if you like coffee and IPAs.

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Prison Rodeo Hoppy Coffee Ale from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 111 ratings