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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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Reviews:
175
Ratings:
1,114
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
22.8%
 
 
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Reviews: 175 | Ratings: 1,114
Photo of KYGunner
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

Very light lemony, grassy, hoppy nose with a bit of pine and herbal tones. The flavor starts more piney, with some grassy straw and herbal hop notes. As the beer warms or my palate adjusted this began to really open. It became much more fruity with a strong peach flavor. I also caught notes of mango and tangerine but it seemed the peach was more prevalent. Interesting take on a Saison as the hops seemed to compliment the flavor rather well.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged bottle into a snifter, the beer is a slightly hazed, golden-straw coloring with a frothy, big bubbled, light, bright white head that retains around an inch and a half. Solid stream of carbonation bubbling throughout, also. Aromas of wet greens initially, with some citrus hops highlights and coriander spicing. Flavors are extremely well balanced, with a forward flavor of wet, peppery hops balanced with citrus and berry sweetness. There is a bready and roasted backbone that also blends and supports the spice and funk. Slightly warming, and the smooth body makes this a severely easy drinker. Wow. Candy sweet and herbal aftertaste that balances perfectly, and is subtle enough to draw you further in. Smooth, clean finish, with a hint of citrus and spice left behind to linger. Great brew.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased in San Antonio and shipped back in my luggage. Poured into a tulip.

A very dry brew! A dry saison with the up-front hoppiness of a DIPA. I prefer my hoppy IPA/DIPAs with enough sweetness or maltiness to balance the hoppiness, which can still be very pronounced and over the top. As a Belgian ale Prairie Hop is missing this favorable balance and thus while a tasty beer, it both falls outside of normal style characteristics and my prefered tastes. 4.0

A – Pours a pale golden, cloudy with a big mousey white 2-finger head. 4.5

S – Hoppy apricot then grapefruit, sweetness, some earthy yeastiness. 4

T – Herbal hoppiness, bitter but quickly fades, a little yeasty. No pepperiness though probably overwhelmed by or otherwise masked by the hoppiness. 3.75

MF – Medium-light body, dry finish, no lasting bitterness, very sharp. 4.25

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a huge sudsy head that was almost fist-size in the large tulip glass. It calmed down to a half inch layer that laced sporadically. Hazy orange color. Aromas are spice, lemon, citrus, and sweet grains. Flavor showcases the characteristic twang of a saison with the hoppiness of an APA. Mouthfeel is light and crisp for the style. A very good choice. My sample tasted like it might be past its prime though.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear golden with a very thin white head. The nose is citrus hoppy with a touch of bubble gum and mint. The taste is definitely yeasty with a great underlying slightly floral/citrusy bitterness. The mouthfeel is light-medium with a great hoppiness that lingers. This is a great beer that keeps a great hoppiness throughout drinking with great Belgian yeast characteristics. I'd recommend this beer for others to try, especially of you enjoyed bitter monk.

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Photo of Cresant
4/5  rDev -5%

Poured this 16.9 oz brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The body was golden an a bit cloudy. The big brittle head was white and left a cap of foam.

The smell was earthy. Belgian yeast and leafy hops.

The taste was of earthy hops, grassy. Unripe pears. Drying but light bitterness.

The mouthfeel was thinner than expected.

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Photo of barczar
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grassy, floral, and lemony, with light herbal notes, a touch of must, and an earthy, slightly bitter finish. Not as funky as some of their offerings, but a nice intro to the style.

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Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pour all Belgian blondes into Duvel glasses because THAT IS HOW I WAS RAISED, LAY OFF ME. Although, you know, this is obviously trying to be like Orval, because that’s the latest weird, unattainable obsession of American craftbrewers.

Anyhow—I’m working on some high-concept reviews involving social commentary and illustrations, and all of those are taking way too much time because I am very busy with actual work. So what we’re gonna do in order to generate content is we’re gonna blow through that giant box of Prairie I got last month. Because this is what Americans do now. Americans love marathonin’ it. Back in the primitive days we’d just watch one episode of the Jeffersons or whatever. Nowadays we watch and entire season of Girls in one night, because entertainment now has to resemble work or else we feel guilty for partaking in it.

So, yeah, this tries to be Orval and it does an okay impersonation. I like it better than Greenflash’s iteration, but the same as Rayon Vert, Hop’s hoppiness is a bit sticky and American and in some un-articulable way it just don’t jibe up with the Belgian Blondey-ness of the beer’s opening half. Pretty good, still.

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Photo of impending
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed deep copper orange, dense frothy orange tinged egg cream color, excellent lacing.

The aroma reaches from an incredible distance, thick, dense, heavy and airy all the same. The promised tropical fruits and citrus is delivered in spades. superb, wonderful

The saison is buried by the hops. An ipa with saison yeast. The sharp dry twang belies the yeast. High in acidic bitter. The dryness feels as if astringent mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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Photo of MtnBiker
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark amber. Smells of pine, very nice. Grapefruit. As an inexperienced hop head, how should I put this, it has the taste of some great IPA's ive had in the past, with a very good aftertaste. I know what tastes good and what tastes bad when it comes to IPA's and this is high up there on the list of yummy tasting stuff. Nothing bad about this beer's flavor in my opinion, taste is a subjective thing, I know. Try it, I don't think you'll be let down. I recently had a Lagunitas Hop Stoopid and would rank it on about the same level, if that helps. Great beer.

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Photo of kevanb
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Prairie Artisan Ales teku glass.

The beer pours a fairly clear copper color, hues of orange and gold, slight chill haze with a nice 2 fingers of soapy, frothy white head that has good retention and leaves a touch of spotted lace behind. The aroma is of yeasty fruit, citrus, peach and wildflower with some light hop spiciness and bready malt with just the subtlest touches of funk. There is some alcohol present on the nose, but the balance is nice and hop forward. The flavors are enjoyable, lots of fruit, peach, grapefruit, lemon, apricot, cracked peppercorn, yeasty clove, funk and sweet pale malt. The body is nice, coats the mouth well, very lively and prickly on the tongue without being abrasive or uncomfortable and finishes with a great creamy touch that is lightly dry.

Verdict: A nice take on the saison by Prairie, but it definitely lacks many qualities of a traditional Belgian saison. The fruit character is refreshing and enjoyable and was easily the highlight of this beer.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Duvel tulip.
Appearance - clear golden with a fireworks show of carbonation that builds a frothy, white head. Lacing is minimal to nonexistent. The second pour contained the sediment which made this cloudy like a puréed peach.
Smell - a mouth watering blend of fruity and sweet, with noticeable sour funk!
Taste - the citrus fruit from the nose is there right up front; I get some lemon sweetness, some tangy, bitter notes that remind me of a mix of grapefruit and green apple. Very well done and very refreshing!
Feel - after the nose and then after the first few sips, I anticipated a very bitter or sour finish, but this is surprisingly smooth and so easy to drink!
Overall - well worth the price point for a tremendous saison, but I like a few others just as much that don't break the bank. Tremendous nonetheless!

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Photo of kaiyote
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks and feels like a tripel, but tastes like a blend between that and a saison. I would have expected the dry-hopping to add more floral notes to this, but instead it seems to have mellowed it somewhat. There is an interesting amount of hops late in the swallow, however. Solid entry from Prairie Artisan Ales, in my opinion.

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Photo of Etan
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy dark orange with a coarse white head.

S: Orange candy, grapefruit juice, marshmallow, pineapple, cloves, vanilla, mild pine.

T: Leafy bitterness, cakey pale malt, pineapple, light booze.

M: Light-bodied with active carbonation.

O: A nice hoppy saison.

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Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing this over the weekend.

A- Cloudy medium orange bodied pour from the 500ml bottle into a wine glass. A large, thick white cap with a creamy texture forms over a finger with good retention. Ample sheets of lace down the sides.

S- Earthy, spicy Belgian yeast mixed with Citra and Simcoe fruity hops giving notes of tangerine, apricot, orange zest, mango and even a touch of lime.

T- The Prairie Belgian yeast imparts a lot on the beer with a drying, straw flavor and a earthy spicy feel. It could contribute some citrus but that could also be from the hops. Mango, peach, apricot stone fruits, tangerine, oranges, lime, lemon, floral and herbal hop blast after the yeasty flavors subside.

MF- Highly foamy with a massive dose of carbonation and a thick, somewhat chewy texture; frothy. Grassy, earthy bitter finish. A touch of warming from the alcohol. Puffy.

I have said this a lot but here it is truly impressive how well the 8% is hidden and how well brewed this is. The yeast is assertive but compliments the fruity and citrus hops very well while still holding its ground.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy dark apricot color with a one finger cream-colored head. Pretty attractive.

S: Light aromas of citrus, spearmint, dry yeast, funk, lemongrass and grapefruit. Smells really really good.

T: Lots of smooth, sweet malt mingling with musty funk. A peppery hop finish mixed with some mango and a bit of a buttery mouthfeel. The feel was a touch heavy for me, but this is a really good saison. Get it.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pink-tinged amber. Head is white, nice and foamy, great lace. Looks good; colour's a bit vague though.

Smells hoppy. Citric, zesty, fairly tart actually and a little wild. Bretty, barnyardy, hints of spice. Some currant notes and cinnamon. Sweet, touch of sour. Nice.

Tastes earthy, funky, spicy. Lots of star anise, pepper, a bit of barnyard, lemon zest, clove and a decent vanilla-tinged malt base. Pleasant, bit phenolic and a bit tangy. Nice.

Foamy, decent body. Nice texture but a bit of a pull.

Drinks quite nicely, fair freshness and zest balanced with a good earthiness. This is clever brewing, and a very nice introduction to the world of Oklahoma beer. Brew on, Sooner State.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, Belgian yeast, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, Belgian yeast, and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of bnes09
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Here I was thinking this was a Belgian IPA and come to find out its classified as a Saison. Interesting how little some of these styles can vary, especially when brewed by innovative American brewers.

Pours a gorgeous orange with towering head that takes several minutes to recede enough to sip the wonderful beer beneath. Lots of yeast at the bottom of the bottle creates a milky haze.

Aroma of grass, weeds, herbs, veggies, cloves, bananas, and yeast. One of the "greenest" smelling beers I've ever purchased.

Buttery bread malt flavor. Follows the fresh botanicals in the nose with added garlic and floral notes. Very spicy overall with moderate yeast tones. Finishes on the dry side.

Moderate to medium body. Grainy, yeasty texture. Well carbonated. Creamy throughout then dry in the end.

I'm impressed yet again from this brewery. Another unique and tasty creation.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$11 16.9oz bottle. Always enjoy m'self a good Prairie beer...

...and this is one. Shocker there. Honestly, it smells like what's on the label. It smells like wet grass, flowers, and yes, I guess mushroomy (that is to say it's earthy... not really smelling like mushrooms). It's a very "clean" funk from the yeast that couples uniquely with the hops. Like a wet pine tree with a musk to it. Unusual aroma on this beer, but one that I absolutely enjoy. The taste is almost exactly like the aroma. So clean, light, refreshing... 8% ABV? Watch out. Floral, grassy, a little resinous/piney, very slightly funky with a biscuit/bread flavor...really nice. The feel is on the thin side with a pop-like carbonation, which works very well with the style, but makes this crazy drinkable for the ABV.

Great beer. Certainly expensive, but it's a treat. Very clean. The flavor is light-ish, but that makes it all-the-more impressive. It's delicate and thirst quenching, but with a very pleasant depth of flavor -- for that, I give it a 4.25 overall rating. Pick it up.

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Photo of ShawnB
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought in the pint bottle, served slightly chilled in a mug that was probably not meant to host a saison. Oh well.

Appearance: Huge head. Four fingers. From the top kind of looks like a marshmallow that's been on a campfire too long (without the burn), but it's a lovely color similar to cantaloupe. Hazy with heavy carbonation.

Smell: Very aromatic, could smell very clearly while I was pouring. Slightly sour smell, only a hint of hops. Floral and fruity.

Taste: Surprisingly not nearly as strong as the smell. Has the typical funk on the finish, but otherwise only a faint tartness on the middle of the tongue. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected, but the carbonation is less heavy than it appears, which is a pleasant surprise.

Overall: Pleasant if not quite the flavor bomb I was expecting. A decent representation of the style. Perhaps an entry level representation, but I don't claim to know much of this particular style.

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Photo of VinceP
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Definitely a fine Belgian. I get the Simcoe and Citra as well as the tangerine, bitter orange and spicy Belgian yeasties. However, I get no peach or mango as described. Maybe my pallet needs some work. Good offering but may not order another.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A Prairie standard, not to be confused with Prairie Standard of course. My 3rd time having this I believe.

A - 500ml pour reveals a bit of pale orange beer with full-on haze and a ton of white foam. Falls and retains easily as a half-finger or so, bits of lace left.

S - Lemongrass, straw, kinda funky white wine grape, earthy orange, farm yeasts, lime.

T - Hops come through here more with amped bitterness and flavors. Lots of farmy hay-laden peach, grapefruit, and lemon-lime, along with general earthy/grassy/winy tones. Light sweetness and and a slightly bready finish.

M - Quite foamy in true Prairie saison fashion, pretty dry+yeasty finish, a somewhat chalky feel. Bitterness is above average for the style but doesn't quite reach IPA territory. Tiny bit of alcohol warmth going on but pretty easy-going for 8%. Light tartness.

O - Seems maybe a bit muddled in the hop/farmhouse intertwining, most of the focus seems to be on the hops, but pretty nice overall. Great flavor, likin' the yeasty foaminess, impressive for 8% too.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium gold with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head poured three fingers of frothy ivory foam which has slowly subsided and compacted. Quite attractive indeed.

Smell: grassy and lemony with a bit of funk and just a hint of tartness underneath. Quite good.

Taste: relatively strong funk with a nicely grassy and rather grainy character. A little more dank and complex than the aroma; definitely a good beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a bodacious carbonation and a concomitantly massive creaminess. Almost perfection!

Overall: a highly drinkable and tasty beer. 7% isn't giant nowadays, but this thing drinks like a session beer. What a treat!

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Photo of jzlyo
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is tropical fruit, cloves and herbs/spices. The flavor is citrus, tropical fruit, spices/very mild heat, slightly coarse texture and a tart/bitter finish.

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