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Prairie Hop | Prairie Artisan Ales

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4.17/5
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1,157 Ratings
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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,382
Reviews:
191
Ratings:
1,157
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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136
Gots:
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Ratings: 1,157 |  Reviews: 191
Photo of Korbynlehr
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet hop nose, sweet hop taste. Different yet the same. Great yet only good. The hoppiness carries this beer through the seeetness. Very good beer with a kick.

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Photo of SFNC
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fmccormi
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (JK stemware). This has a bottling date December 16, 2016 if I’m not mistaken (assuming that the last portion of the batch info reads as a Julian-variant date in a leap year, as 2016 was: “33662092 19:36 35116”), which would make this bottle roughly two months and two weeks old at the time of consumption. Normally, I’d leave this on the shelf due to age, but because it’s a mixed culture farmhouse ale (if I’m not mistaken) and Prairie generally does a good job with hoppy brett beers, I’m still expecting this beer to be in pretty decent shape. It’s been refrigerated for several days prior to consumption, and rolled a bit to re-suspend hops and yeast particulates.

Appearance (4.25): This pours with about two solid fingers fluffy, custard-colored foam capping a very hazy, dark orangish-tan body. The head dissipates fairly slowly, leaving a sticky collar of foamy lacing around all sides of the glass and a good bit of foam on the surface of the beer. As the beer goes on, it leaves half of a very wide collar of foam on one side of the glass. Overall, very good retention and decent lacing.

Smell (4.0): A really interesting mix of overripe peach, smooth melon, and light lime zest aromas blend into a rich body of musty, basement-dank “farmhouse” notes, like the inside of a silo, along with some fresh-cut grass, a light bit of resin, and a delicate floral scent. It’s a nicely varied, diverse set of smells coming out of the glass here.

Taste (4.0): Hmm, this contains an oddly gentle array of overripe orchard fruit (apples, pears) and rich, bready (challah, brioche, kind of eggy/buttery breads like that) flavors that blend together nicely and smoothly. They’re infused with a tastefully restrained mix of the barnyard/basement notes picked up in the nose, with dry straw and a rich, musty flavor emphasizing the savory qualities of the malt. The hop flavor, at this point in the beer’s life, is focused on a piney, resinous bitterness with a touch of yellow grapefruit pith, with some grassy component that sits somewhere between strictly bitter and more flavorful. No sign of alcohol whatsoever.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Here, Prairie did an excellent job. The beer is somewhat full-bodied with a smooth, creamy body, and fine carbonation that spreads out evenly and tingles very, very nicely. In spite of the beer’s relatively heft malt, the hop oils really dry out the beer nicely, begging for another sip while remaining thoroughly satisfying.

Overall (4.0): If this is a mixed-culture beer, I’m not getting a lot of that character. That said, it’s an extremely well put-together farmhouse ale that avoids the pitfalls of most other hoppy saisons/other farmhouse styles. Now, though, I’m really curious to try an ultra-fresh version of this beer. Regardless, it’s quite good. I don’t like it nearly as much as ‘Merica or even Standard, but it’s still very good. I’ll have to keep an eye out for freshies in the future.

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Photo of khargro2
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a thin white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and citrus juice. Tastes follows nicely with clementine, grapefruit, mango and some Belgian funk. Pretty dry with mild tartness lingering in the afternoon taste. Smooth medium bodied ale. Very nice.

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Photo of wedge
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle stamped 33416 (which I assume means 11/30/16)

Lightly hazed orange hue with a fat soapy head that sticks well to the surface. Fruity Belgian yeast esters, under-ripe mango, grass, tangerines, and clementines in the nose. Hoppy Belgian flavor...grassy dry hop, melon, citrus peel, flowers, and straw. Creamy medium body, finishing dry and slightly tart. A little heavy feeling for me and exhibiting more dry-hop greenness than I like, but pretty solid all around.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely overpriced at nearly $20/ 4-pack. Very similar taste to Tank 7 - one of my favorite hoppy belgian ales.

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Photo of LeftHanded666
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got as a Christmas gift
Cloudy orange-yellow color
Bready, citrus smell
High carbonation
Medium-light mouthfeel
Sweet fruity peppery taste, a little tartness, some yeast taste, smooth and hides alcohol very well
Overall a very enjoyable beer. Would drink again if it was cheaper. Saw it at Tamuras for $11.99.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Prairie Artisianal Ales (brewed & bottled by Krebs Brewing) "Prairie Hop"
16.9 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, yellow ink jet production code is illegible
$9.99 @ Knightly Spirits, Orlando, FL

Notes via stream of conscious: Haha, I'm an idiot, without having read the label I was expecting a hoppy American beer, but as I poured it I could smell the mineralish Belgian yeast - and lack of bright American hops! I was reminded of La Chouffe Houblon (except that their yeast is so distinct). Massive rocky white head above a slightly hazy golden body (edit: much more cloudy with the yeast pour, and visible yeast remaining at the base of the bottle). Excellent head retention and lacing. Aroma: floral, yeasty/mineralish, grainy, earthy/grassy, and mildly fruity (with some citrus/tropical included) and phenolic (I'm not sure how to describe the phenolic side, perhaps a touch clove and plastic-like). The flavor adds in a note of tea, and light chocolate (I wasn't expecting that), as well as subtle spice - or is that the alcohol? - no, probably not, it's 8 % ABV. It has depth and complexity, and remains really rounded and polished. Soft and easy to drink with a medium body and a gently zesty-then-creamy seemingly natural carbonation that's median to slightly-elevated standard. Mildly spicy and dry finish with a sharp fruity edge, grass, and earthy and mineral components to balance. Very nicely done, I think that this is one of those beers that can serve in almost any situation - full of flavor and complex, yet quite drinkable.

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

50cl bottle. Hazy orange pour with a Belgian ale-style tall white head with good retention. Notes of herbal hops, unripe tropical fruit - mango, papaya, passion fruit - dank cellar, peach, a bit of honey and some farmhouse funk. Medium body and carbonation, with a bitter-sweet hoppy finish.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigGold
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First had poured from 16.9-oz. bottle, into goblet. Dry-hopping masked saison character a bit, reminding me of a dry-hopped Belgian IPA, but so far, my favorite beer from Prairie Artisan not named "Bomb!"

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gold body with a thin white head.

Nose is somewhat tart and snappy with hops. A malt overtone creeps in here, somewhat surprisingly.

Flavor is smooth with a slight tropical finish. Expected more tartness and hop character.

Mouthfeel is medium and slightly stripping.

Overall, a good quaffable beer. Less complexity than I expected.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RAFH
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of batt6343
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of braican
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of soupyman10
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a big three finger white head and active carbonation and lots of lacing. Aroma of saison yeast, light grainy and biscuit malt, lemon citrus and citrus hops. Flavor is dry grainy farmhouse malt, moderate funky yeast, lemon and orange citrus with an interesting light stone or tropical fruit flavor developing just before a dry, lightly funky finish with light citrus hops and a hint of camphor or mint. Medium bodied with sharp peppery carbonation. A nicely made dry saison, the hops seem subdued or are subsumed into the bone dry funky farmhouse yeast flavors. The subtle fruit flavors in the finish are what kept me sipping on this. It's a bit dry for my taste, and to its credit still was freshing, interesting and enjoyable.

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Prairie Hop from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 1,157 ratings
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