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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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.

Added by StaveHooks on 12-22-2012

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1,146
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188
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
9.05%
 
 
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1/5  rDev -76.2%

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

How does this have a 94?! Taste is earthy with that typical belgian flavor, but a very thin mouthfeel & the hop taste is weak is totally forgettable. This is my least favorite Prairie offering to date.

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2.32/5  rDev -44.8%

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2.98/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not my kind of beer

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Guess I'm just not the biggest fan of belgian yeast

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.04/5  rDev -27.6%

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3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

There is a code on the bottle that says:
17351VV2
12:01
19615
So...yeah not really sure what the bottle date is.

Appearance: Light gold hazy body with a ridiculous amount of white foam. Even pouring carefully into a glass will produce enough foam to put out a car fire.

Aroma: It has a very nice spicy hop aroma but I'm not picking up any farmhouse character. The bottle only says "Belgian Style Ale" so I am not sure if this is supposed to be categorized as a Saison/Farmhouse Ale. It certainly has the aroma of a Belgian IPA. There is a nice sweet lemon grass aroma and a bit of a floral character as well.

Taste: It's hard to really start pinning flavors down with the ethanol flavor that comes through. It's pretty strong. Otherwise there is a nice woody flavor to the beer with a touch of bitterness. There really isn't much flavor to this, as if it is watered down.

Mouthfeel: It has an extremely light body and a ton of carbonation that foams on the palate making it even lighter. It makes for a bit of an odd drinking experience as if the beer has no real presence in the mouth.

Overall: I started out really impressed with the beer. I was to the point where I would have recommended it to people who like Belgian style IPA's but unfortunately the further I went in the bottle the more I realized how empty the beer really was. It's like the beer has some nice character but no real foundation. It lacks body and a real base for the flavor to rest on. The hop character is there but very weak and rather insipid.

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3.08/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.18/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml served into a 22oz snifter.

A - Hazy golden amber color with 1 finger of micro bubbles that form a tight cap.

S - Fresh green grass, loads of floral hops, pepper, perfumy alcohol, spiced bubblegum, tropical fruit, pineapple, sweet malts, apples, grapefruit peel

T - Spicy yeast, leafy herbal hops, lots of floral, snappy citrus, pine, sweet rich malt underneath, pineapple, lavender, the finish is long with a grassy herbal bitterness.

M - Light to medium body, low carbonation, smooth light flowy feel,

While I appreciate this beer I'm not in love with the hop profile, tongue numbing floral and too much to have more than 1 glass.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Really excited to try this one. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with cute label art and a hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high; I've enjoyed Prairie's other offerings and haven't had a bad beer from them yet.

Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Cost was $12.99 at a SoCal bottle shop. 8% ABV according to my bottle. "Dry Hopped Belgian-Style Ale."

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger wide head of beige colour. Decent frothiness. No real creaminess per se. No lacing. Nice thickness. Good retention for the ABV - about 4 minutes.

Body colour is a translucent glowing copper. Nontransparent. Nicely vibrant.

Appealing for the style overall, but not unique or special. I don't notice any overt flaws.

Sm: Lemongrass, lemon zest, pleasant floral hop character, biscuit malt, biscuity yeast, graininess, and a kiss of juicy nectar. On the fruity end, I do get peach, mango, and tangerine. A bit of lemon pepper does come through but isn't as subtle as it is in most great saisons. Hopping is definitely aggressive for the style, but seems well integrated and balanced. Quite clean; not as earthy or funky as most saisons. In fact, I get very little brettanomyces from the aroma. Mild in strength but pleasant. The juicy citrusy hops are a highlight. Really looking forward to trying it.

T: Definite tropical fruit including mango, tangerine, and peach, but also some red apple - which remains through the finish. Apple is well integrated; the beer never comes off cidery. Pleasant floral notes. The hop choices are interesting and atypical if the style, but they work well here.

Disappointingly, I don't get any peppery notes - a flavour I always look for in great saisons as a sort of benchmark for subtlety. Not getting any milky notes either. Little brettanomyces character is present. I do get a bit of alcohol, unfortunately - a definite problem in beers of this style. Not as rustic or earthy as you'd expect.

Lemongrass. Some pale malt. Biscuit malt. Grainy malts. Not really too bready. Cilantro. Spicing overall is quite limited for a saison.

I do get some hop bitterness on the climax, which isn't awful here but is definitely unexpected for a saison.

Mf: Slick and somewhat dry for the style. Definitely a departure from the style. Some residual hop oils are present. Good carbonation, thickness, and body. Suits the flavour profile pretty well.

Dr: A nontraditional saison with aggressive hopping, this offering from Prairie Artisan Ales is well worth trying. But while it gains interesting flavours from its experimentation with American hop additions, it leaves behind the complexity and subtlety inherent in traditional examples of the style. ABV is not well hidden, and I wouldn't call it refreshing, but it's certainly quite drinkable. This isn't my favourite offering from this brewery, but I might get it again on-draught at a good price.

C+

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