Prison Rodeo
Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Imperial IPA
4 | pDev: 8.25%
Jun 26, 2021
May 11, 2017
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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Rated by BarrelAgedG from California

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 09, 2018
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.5%. Brewed at Krebs Brewing Co. Slightly hazy orange colour, moderate white head. Aroma of coffee and malts, hints of fruity and piney hops. Rich mouthfeel. Flavour of coffee on a sufficient background of malts, also distinct piney hops, hints of bitter orange marmalade, fairly bitter finish and aftertaste.
Jun 26, 2021
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.12/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Had this in the summer of 2018 and most recently last month at E's house. I thought this was a brown ale for some reason.

Pours more of an amber color, 1/2" off white head. The aroma seemed to be both lacking in both hops and coffee. Just came in underwhelmed over both. I guess upon reflection, I've never really had a hoppy Prarie beer, their only other ipa I had was a sour one. Just residual type hop and coffee notes here.

Taste, eh, the bitterness is there, but there is just zero hop flavor. The coffee is there, but its dangerously close to coming off as a coffee from the toasted malt kind of feel to it. Lacked a bottle date. Just doesn't cut it as either a coffee beer nor an ipa.

Coffee beers are notoriously difficult to make me happy. At this point, I dunno, I've had about a dozen of them, and really only Stone's Dayman stands out as a keeper. Even Stone's other 2 I've had failed to impress. This was a rare miss for Prarie, but a common miss in style mash up for me. Hid alcohol well at least.
Nov 13, 2020
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Rated by Jarduino from Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Not sure that IPA and coffee is a good mix. However this brew is a decent balance of fruit hops and coffee, however tilted toward coffee .
Jun 19, 2020
Rated: 4.15 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Dec 13, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois

Sep 07, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana

Sep 02, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Gnilwod from Georgia

Aug 10, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia

Apr 08, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Feb 04, 2019
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Rated by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Drank on a personal tasting session.
Feb 03, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Jan 09, 2019
Rated: 4 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Dec 26, 2018
Rated: 4 by heysuz from Indiana

Dec 26, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by user785335 from Florida

Dec 22, 2018
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Reviewed by HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

4/5  rDev 0%
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.
Dec 04, 2018
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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.
Sep 04, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by paresis from Massachusetts

Aug 15, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

Jul 23, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by atlbravsrno1 from Maine

May 21, 2018
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 114 ratings