Seasick Crocodile
Prairie Artisan Ales

Seasick CrocodileSeasick Crocodile
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,289
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
88
Ranked #24,112
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 6.19%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
16
From:
Prairie Artisan Ales
 
Oklahoma, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  2
Gots
  3
SCORE
88
Very Good
Seasick CrocodileSeasick Crocodile
Notes: Sour ale with cranberries, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg
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Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed amber with a thin pearl colored head. Nice lacing , below average head retention. Never quite drops bright

S: Cranberries & a little cinnamon

T: Follows the nose, also nutmeg, cinnamon & dryness up front. More dryness, nutmeg & cranberry as this warms, slight vanilla sweetness as well. Finishes dry with tart cranberry & a little cinnamon

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation

Tastes very festive, yet refreshing at the same time. A better nose would've really enhanced this

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Photo of puck1225
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a tough one. It is exactly what is advertised, and I am enjoying it, but it is not likely I will buy it again.

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Golden brownish dark pink (?!) color with short lived head and decent lacing. Very tart berry smell and taste. The warm spices come through, especially as it warms. Festive in an odd way!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Where the crowded holiday ale scene is peppered with malty sweet, overly spiced, amped up versions of some amber ale; prairie turns the likeness of apple and tartness in an underlying sour ale to pile on the spice that speak holiday along with a tart accompaniment of cranberry for extra measure.

A berry-stained rouge pours from the bottle as the hazy Seasick Crocodile crowns with a light and loose stark white froth. Short-lived in its persistence, the bubbles unleash a fruity and tart collection of scents and the usual suspects of holiday spice for a hint of yankee candle and a hint of mulled wine. Mild sweetness greets the palate with the likeness of wine spritzer, taffy, hard candy and fruit wine.

But soon after the sweetness retreats, the spices of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg start to dance on the middle palate with a peppery, spicy and lively zeal. But as a balance of sweetness is expected, this holiday ale instead counters with a sour punch of rose wine, green apple, white grape, gooseberry and kiwi ahead of the redded roundness of cranberry shifts the taste to a slightly more robust fruit flavor. Adding its own pectin peppery taste and texture, a light berry skin astringency comes with the bitterness of spice, light hoppiness and an earthiness of dry balsa in the late stages of taste.

Light, crisp and nearly refreshing, there's a full flavor of apple pie in here, sans any sweetness to delight the senses. But the polarizing collection of potpourri spice and sourness pulls the tatsebuds in different directions. A vanilla, lactose or malty sweet bridge would really help out a lot here.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

really cool new one from these guys, the clever ugly sweater label sold me on it, but its prairie and i buy all their beer anyway. fun for the holidays, the art is sick, and the beer really tastes like christmas, probably the most festive sour ive had in this way, not too tart, no more piquant than the cranberries in it certainly, and it has a cool warming baked thing with the cinnamon and the nutmeg, neither of which is overdone in here at all. its cozy and has a vanilla note, but quite a lot of layers as well. this is pink and murky, with an average white head, and better carbonation than it shows. aroma of tangy cranberry and a lemony element to the cleanish lacto, some berliner wheaty and sour character, earthy, classic, the ginger is natural, a little spicy, but well proportioned with the fruit, and the accenting spices that makes this very holiday appropriate. i thought the combination of ingredients sounded kind of weird on paper, but they come together well, the cranberry in front of the ginger and the cinnamon ahead of the nutmeg, but all are there, and it still tastes like beer underneath, which makes it for me. the cinnamon is slightly sweet with everything else, sets well against the pucker, and everyone who has a sip of this one in our group loves it, even those who dont generally like sour beer! impressive holiday beer here, ill probably pick up a few more of these to have around, really good for what it is. no surprise coming from these guys...

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a opaque burnt orange color with a fast receding off white foamy head. Smell is reminiscent of spices,berry,mild orange.Overall these are vague hints of aroma,mostly no smell. Taste is sour ,that is pretty much it, also taste nutmeg,cinnamon,cranberry. Feels refreshing and tart. Overall a strange one for sure, inadequate carbonation makes this look like a glass of juice. Overall I don't get this holiday beer. Maybe because it gets so hot in Oklahoma this is what works for them. Basically a weird sour beer with no funk combined with one of the most sour fruits. I should have judged this beer by it's name. I wish I had the beer the previous reviewer had- Even their website has the ABV wrong. It is 6.3 % ABV, not 5.4. To be fair this is claiming to be wild ale. Very vinous for sure.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 10/15/2019. Pours very hazy/cloudy reddish orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge sour/tart/tangy cranberries, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, fruit skin/seed, lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, melon, green apple, red grape/wine, peppercorn, hay, straw, herbal, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light biscuit, lacto funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Amazing complexity and balance of cranberries, fruity/acidic yeast, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge sour/tart/tangy cranberries, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, fruit skin/seed, lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, melon, green apple, red grape/wine, peppercorn, hay, straw, herbal, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light biscuit, lacto funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and cinnamon/ginger spiciness on the finish. Lingering note of sour/tart/tangy cranberries, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, fruit skin/seed, lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, melon, green apple, red grape/wine, peppercorn, hay, straw, herbal, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light biscuit, lacto funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of cranberries, fruity/acidic yeast, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/sourness, tangy fruit, and spiciness balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering sour/tart/tangy/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy, and acidic/tangy/tannic/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.3%. Overall this is an amazing fruit/spiced kettle sour! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of cranberries, fruity/acidic yeast, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the modestly sour/tart/tangy/spicy/drying finish. Perfectly balanced with juicy/jammy cranberries, Lacto complexity, and spices; with a nice pale/wheat malt backbone against acidity. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example. Tastes exactly like Christmas all the way through. Not overwhelming on any aspect.

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Seasick Crocodile from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 16 ratings