Prison Rodeo Hoppy Coffee Ale | Prairie Artisan Ales

Prison Rodeo Hoppy Coffee AlePrison Rodeo Hoppy Coffee Ale
BA SCORE
93.6%
Liked This Beer
4.12 w/ 47 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:
#5,415
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
47
Liked:
44
Avg:
4.12/5
pDev:
7.52%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Czequershuus
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Jonathan-Morgan
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
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 tylerstravis
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of donspublic
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rsquared59
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of trygelski1
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
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 nwhittin
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OKCNittany
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewsOverHoes
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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 dexterk1
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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 StoutElk_92
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
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 firkingroovin
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesLeung
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Prison Rodeo Hoppy Coffee Ale from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 93.6% out of 100 with 47 ratings
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