Karate Chimp
Prairie Artisan Ales

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Style:
Berliner Weisse
Ranked #309
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
89
Ranked #15,870
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 7.02%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
26
From:
Prairie Artisan Ales
 
Oklahoma, United States
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Notes: The Karate Chimp is our version of a Karate Chop to your taste buds! We took a sour ale and added apricot, mango and tangerine fruit to ramp up the flavor a bit.
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4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Drank it straight from the can, like a thirsty man in the desert.

S: A little funky to be honest. Pleasantly funky.

T: I drank this back-to-back with Vape Tricks (the sour ale aged on cherries). Karate Chimp has prominent apricot notes. It's enjoyable. Though I'm getting the feeling, right-or-wrong, that these are all the same sour ales with different fruit juices added. Don't quote me on that; I'm probably wrong. At any rate, I enjoy this.

F: Carbonation hits the tongue first.

O: I agree with the take that Prairie's sour ales all taste pretty similar. Still, I enjoy this. And at $8-9 for a 4-pack, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent & hazed honey color with a sliver of beige colored head. Stays effervescent throughout. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Pears, citrus

T: Tart orange, dryness a little apricot up front. More tartness, apricots & citrus as this warms. Finishes dry/tart with citrus & apricot

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation

Pretty solid take on the style, but there is a sameness to these sours Prairie does, good, not great

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It slices, it dices, it juliennes! With a round house kick to the tastebuds, the fruits of apricot, mango and tangerine combines to make Prairie's sour ale basically defenseless for the palate.

Pouring a rather ruddy peachy gold, the frothy beer falls still shortly after an explosion of tropical, citrus and stone fruit fragrances. With a zip of white wine and a peppery twinge to the nose, its scent is pleasantly acidic. But to taste, its a candied sweetness that comes way of agave, angel food cake and taffy first on the tongue.

With the zip and zeal of pop rocks candy, the middle palate strongly favors the fruit as the tangerine, apricot and mango tease the tastebuds with a tropical punch medley. Exotic with tropical, zesty with citrus and deeply flavored with apricot, a bold impression of sangria comes to the late palate with a light basswood earthiness and a peppery balance of white pepper and coriander.

Medium bodied and fruit-centric from start to finish, Karate Chimp is a deliciously fruit beer with sour under pinnings to wash any thirst away with ease while rewarding the senses with fruit tartlets. A medium short aftertaste follows a racy and pleasantly acidic finish.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 8/7/2019. Pours very hazy deep golden amber/light orange color with a small fairly dense and rocky off white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy apricots, mangoes, fruit skin/pits, tangerine, lemon, lime, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, and white bread dough; with lighter notes of honey, toast, peppercorn, lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of apricot, mango, tangerine, fruity/acidic yeast, and pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge juicy/tart/tangy apricots, mangoes, fruit skin/pits, tangerine, lemon, lime, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, and white bread dough; with lighter notes of honey, toast, peppercorn, lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and light spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy apricots, mangoes, fruit skin/pits, tangerine, lemon, lime, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, white bread dough, light honey/toast/pepper/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of apricot, mango, tangerine, fruity/acidic yeast, and pale/wheat malt flavors; with a fantastic malt/tartness and tangy fruit balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tartness and tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy, and fairly acidic/tangy/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.4%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited kettle sour. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of apricot, mango, tangerine, fruity/acidic yeast, and pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, refreshing, and fairly crisp to drink with the mellowly acidic/tangy/drying finish. Fantastic soft feel for the style, and mellowly lactic. Flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Fantastic balance of big juicy fruits, lacto complexity, and pale/wheat malts against acidity. Mild residual sweetness with crisp acidic/tangy dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example as expected.

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Karate Chimp from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 26 ratings