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Prairie Hop | Prairie Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
prairieales.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Prairie Hop is our hop driven saison. This beer is packed with Simcoe and Citra hops. Notes of peach, mango, and tangerine can be found in the flavor and aroma of this beer. The beer finishes dry which helps the hops jump out of the glass flavor wise.

BEER STATS
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#2,856
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
1,170
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
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Reviews by Kinsman:
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4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Near death experience as I open the bottle and the cork shoots out but fortunately the beer itself did not gush. Fills the glass with an attractive hazy orange color and a nice dense and frothy white head on top.

The aroma absolutely kills it with a bright burst of tropical pineapple and mango notes. A bit peachy as well. Is this beer, or a Nantucket Nectars juice blend?

Powerful American hops and a rather fruity saison-yeast make for a damn pleasant drink. Tropical note still come through with a mouthwatering mango flavor and nice citrus note mixed in. More traditional Belgian yeast notes come along as well with a drying earthy note and subtle spice.

Mouthfeel is dry and bubbly. Overall, a new favorite of mine. Excellent use of hops here that play nicely with the farmhouse yeast for an uber-refreshing summer beverage.

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More User Reviews:
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Putting together what's best about authentic farmhouse ale and the newest technique in hop implementation has not only put Prairie on the brewing map, but makes them excel!

And like those classy and rustic saisons, Prairie hop explodes its cork and comes racing into the tulip with exuberant carbonation and near-champagne appearances. It quickly constructs a cottony, airy white head that caps the zesty lightly golden ale beneath. Firm lace and high retention keeps the beer looking regal throughout.

Beautifully aromatic, the beer weaves together the earthy and floral traditional scents of saison with the tropical and citrus notes of today's better sculpted IPA. The fusion gives the nose new impressions with each whiff: mild grapefruit, mangoes, oranges, passion fruit, apricot, apples and lemon all take turn on a carousel of scents. Peppery spice allows notes of lemongrass and lemon pepper to emit just ahead of terse grain sweetness and damp hay.

Flavors reward the palate with all of the juicy and vibrant fruit taste that was introduced in the nose, but without the sweetness that's normally associated with those ripe flavors. Instead the dry malt complexes provide light grain sweetness and mild bread starch. Notions of honeysuckle come to mind as the beer transitions from malt to hops. But the taste of tropical and citrus fruits are a direct carryover from the floral bouquet and seems to be appreciated more in aftertaste than on the middle palate. Finishing herbal, flowery, and pleasantly grassy, the beer turns to clean and crisp bitterness, stopping just shy of IPA proportion.

But the beer's highest praise belongs with its mouthfeel. Its early arid creaminess offers soft impressions but the beer wastes no time developing into dryness and shedding its malt underpinnings. The finish comes quick and in bone-dry fashion. Its spritzy character bounces the beer off of the mouth and carries it into the gullet with ease. Medium warmth, light grassy bite, and prickling carbonation signal closure and encourage a quick revisit to the glass.

The beer is masterful as it really does strike the perfect balance between what's best about properly constructed saison and experimental new-wave hops. Its a delicious beer, making drinkability effortless.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 4.29.13

A - Pours a clear reddish-orange with a one inch off-white soapy head.

S - Hoppy pine and pineapple, citrus.

T - Hoppy pine and a candy like flavor.

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - Hoppy, light and sweet citrus. A unique, but pleasant candy-like flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter glass. This beer pours out slightly hazy and golden dark straw in color. Forms a great one finger width rocky and dense crown that is off white in color. The smell is funky and earthy with some fruity notes and straw presence. Smells like it could be a little tart. Very pleasant. The taste comes in with some fruit notes like tart melon, peaches and then some funky earth like straw. It ends up being very slightly tart with some acidity but far from sour. This is a very good saison. The mouthfeel is dry and well carbonated. Really good for the style. I really enjoy this.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Luckydog91
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of spham
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of monkist
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prairie just can't go wrong! Luckily it isn't a Belgian Ale but a perfect Farmhouse Ale in Prairie fashion! It is quite American hoppy in the nose and the taste is a well balanced, hop forward saison, almost sour here with quite some spice in there.
And then halfway through the yeast becomes more and more remarkable and makes me realize that it is indeed a Belgian Saison or at least it is what the yeast makes me think of. But the American hops just make it smell and taste perfect and this is what it counts! Although I was not impressed with this as much as Prairie's other brews, still it was 100% fun and great beer and this is what I love about them! All good!

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of 22Blue
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of kevinpd58
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kemoarps
3.44/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Turbid orange body with a massive massive white head. Like three fingers+. Stiff peaks. Seriously, I blew on it and it formed a wavecurl and held.

You can tell right away that the yeast is going to play an integral part in this movie: sweet belgian, crisp tart apples are the dominant note here. Some lemon.

Starts off sweet following the apple/lemon blueprint laid out by the nose, but takes a sharp detour into... like baked almond biscotti? Yeah, that reminds me of my classmate's dad's biscotti. NOT what I was expecting. Also, I'm not a huge fan of biscotti in general. I know, I know. Almond gives way and it rededicates to the yeast and hop bitterness of grassy lemon and apple and a slight tart funkiness.
Finish is at once yeasty sweet and sharply bitter.
A unique one per my experience. Probably wouldn't grab it again, but I could see how this would work for some folk

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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Prairie Hop from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 1,170 ratings