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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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177
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1,120
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
22.8%
 
 
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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 1 pint .9 fl oz bottle on August 11, 2015. Look is cloudy gold with a thick head and lingering lacing. Smell is lemon, some spice and yeast. Taste is a blend a bitter citrus fruit flavors, yeast, and herb and spice notes. Feel is medium in body with a dry finish.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Will for getting me a bottle from Sid at Best Damn Beer/Krisp in San Diego. Had been hearing the hype about this OK brewery and was curious. Frankly, wasn't ready for this. Wow! What a great sensory experience. Opened and poured like a Saison. Looked good...but most do. Head and retention was a bit better than expected, but typical Saison look is not exactly a high point. None the less ...it looked like a good farmhouse brew.
Then it jumped out. Aroma was wonderfully fresh and bright with massive fruit hop scents. Brilliant citrus and mango/peaches. The taste just took it to another level. Hints of hay/grass and a touch of funk. Bready with oats and maybe some rye...but again just exploding with fruit.
It was like this great marriage of a very high quality farmhouse ale with big time west coast hops. Many have tried, but in my mind no one has accomplished it until Prairie. This is just one wonderful drinking beer. Mouth feel was soft and not overly carbonated. Yet still dry and crisp. refreshing! Rolled easily in mouth and on the tongue.
These guys know how to brew beer, and have a great sense of fresh flavor and aroma. This may not be your classic saison, but it may very well be your favorite. This is a special very very tasty beer.
Send more!

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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 puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. It is stamped but I can't figure out the date it was bottled. Sampled on April 17, 2016.

The pour is cloudy amber-orange with a lingering white foamy head.

The aroma has a bit of Belgian yeast, toasted malt, and vague fruit characters. Nothing that really stands out but still decent.

Medium body and smooth.

Toasted bread and light fruitiness are in the taste with a mild to moderate finish. Mellow all around but not spectacular.

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Photo of rudzud
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Received this as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange hue with a big, rocky 3 finger white head that fades to leave nice thick side lacing and a dense, creamy blanket. Outstanding.

S - Definitely a blend of styles here. Saison meets hop bomb. Nice lightly tropical notes (pineapple, mango), orange, faint pine resin with lovely saison funk/yeast notes intermingling throughout the hop profile. Not too funky and the hops knock out the typical black pepper notes one finds with a saison.

T - Not quite as assertive as the nose, but still lovely. Good hop notes, the tropics are very faint but with a good bitter lingering finish that is more pine than grapefruit peel. More saison notes than in the nose with solid belgian yeast notes, light barnyard funk. Delicious.

M - just excellent. Nice carbonation, crisp, slightly dry. Very, very well done.

O - Overall a damn fine hoppy saison. Wish the taste was a bit more tropical but even with that its still damn delicious. Well done Prairie

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bottle purchased in California, and brought back to Sydney, where I shared it with Rich and Sam.

Pours a bright golden colour with a hazy, solid body. Head is a creamy white, creating a full and frothy crest that's quite gorgeous. Lacing forms in streaky patterns down the glass. Light carbonation forms when tilted. Looks good.

Earthy basis on the nose, sprinkled with lemony hops trending towards a noble overtone: slightly herbal. Some clean acid comes through, sharper notes like fizzing aspirin and round mulchy hay. Very solid and big. Great stuff.

Taste is wonderful. Light, clean, zesty entry with characters of apricot and peach coming through, before the middle smooths out beautifully. Here there's a rounded complexity, green herbal tones, a touch of buttery sweetness cleaned up by a clean acidity. Finish has pepper and spice, a little funk-like acidity, green tomatoes, more apricot. It's just fresh and delicious, with an afterpalate that lingers for a long time.

Feel is bright and buoyant. A wonderful counterpart to the flavours.

This is a superb saison in any case: the hops just raise it to the level where it's genuinely exciting. It's a gorgeous beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours an apricot body with strands of microbubbles supporting a thick rocky snow white head.

S- The fresh raw barley aroma leads to a green grassy hop finish.

T- The nice dry but jammy apricot hops leads to some unripe stone fruit with a slight sweet finish that adds to the freshness. There are some Belgian yeast esters of green fruit and some pungent green hop notes that linger.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- The full juicy hops has some great compliments in the yeast esters and some nice malt support. This beer drinks very fast.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange color. Head is gargantuan. Might as well take a nap while it settles down. Aroma is a conflicting combination of aggressive hoppiness & Belgian yeast. Fruity & grassy hops arm wrestle yeasty spice and phenols. The flavor is much better. The citrusy hop flavor seems to make amends with the Belgian yeast aspects. I have zero opinion of the malt because I'm trying to make sure the other two aspects of the beer play nice. Medium bodied and fairly bitter. Belgian yeast and US hops usually don't mix well with me. I'm now $13 lighter in the pocket for further reference to said opinion.

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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 bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy gold color with an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. The brew smells like straw, grassy and citrusy hops, yeast, mango, citrus peel, and earthiness. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some peppery spice, tropical fruit, grainy malt and a bit of peach noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's well carbonated and goes down pretty easy. I think it's a good hoppy saison, another quality Prairie brew! It's pricey at $10.99 a bottle, but it's a tasty brew! Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a three finger light tan head that sticks around a good while before slowly reducing to a...wait a minute, it's not reducing, it's growing! I've never seen a head continue to inflate and protrude up and out of the glass before but this one did until it couldn't support itself anymore and fell over the side of the outside of the glass. I think it may have something to do with the nucleation point in the bottom of the Spiegelau glass.

S- Bright citrusy hop aroma that has a bit of sweetness from the malt. Very enjoyable and seems fresh.

T- Mildly bitter with good pine and grass notes. Certainly leans more toward the IPA side of things rather than a saison but the brightness and a bit of wheat flavor is there. Alcohol is well concealed.

M- Slightly sharp but quenching with a bit of spritziness. Medium-high carbonation and a medium body.

O- A very refreshing beer that walks the line between IPA and Saison.

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Photo of avalon07
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A nice aroma of light fruit, yeast, spices, and malt.

T: Tasted of yeast, light hops, malt, tropical fruit (mango), and spices. A surprisingly subtle flavor that gets better as you go along. It doesn't jump out at you, but it has a definite complexity.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well made and easy to drink saison. Not quite as aggressive as some of the style, but definitely tasty.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I picked up a few bottles while in Norman for business and I'm very glad I got them. Onto the review.

A - Prairie Hop has a cloudy golden color, almost a straw color. Poured into a Dogfish head glass and it left a small amount of lacing.

S - On the nose I get a nice fruitiness, ripe citrus, grapefuit and lemon, and plenty of hoppy goodness.

T - On the palate I get the fruit I smelled on the nose, grapefruit and some lemon, maybe even a little orange. There is a slight sweetness on the finish to go along with the pine from the hops, very well balanced, maybe leaning just a little more on the hop side.

M - Full-bodied and rich on the palate, and the carbonation is just right.

O - A very well done Belgian style beer, reminds me of a Belgian IPA. It is a very well done saison/farmhouse ale that offers so much more than just a typical saison, as I stated before, I really would have guessed this more to be an unfiltered Belgian style IPA. Very well done, and I hope they keep making more!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
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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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 champ103
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color. A beautiful color. Two fingers of white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: The nose is huge. At first big floral, herbal, and grassy aromatics. Fruity esters follow banana, pears, and slightly funky yeast. The aroma is so amazing, full, and so balanced between the hops and yeast. Prairie Hop indeed, just an amazing huge nose that is perfectly hoppy and rustic at the same time.
T: Follows the nose, though not quit as intense. Still excellent. Floral, grassy, herbal hops all intermingle with the fruity, (mango, pears) and slightly phenolic yeast. Very earthy. A light funk, and again near perfect balance of hops and rustic charm.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly carbonated. Very crisp, but smooth at the same time. There is enough dryness to to pull at the checks, which make this incredibly refreshing. So easy to drink. Something that is hard not come back to. Nearly perfect for the style and something that can be enjoyed all day.

This is an amazing hoppy saison. They nailed the style, and one of my favorite American versions at that. Tank 7 and Saison Brett are among my favorites, and this is just as good. I guess there is a new contestant for great American saisons. Well done.

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Photo of Rutager
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another one from willandperry, thanks man!

Appearance. Pours a deep gold colour, quite hazy and topped with a finger of frothy white head.

Smell. Trpoical fruits! Papaya, mango, pineapple, all in a big way. There's a little sweet orange and grapefruit and a faint bit of saison yeast underneath all that fruit and an even slighter bit of sweet grainy malts. Very nice!

Taste. Wow, again juicy ripe papaya and mango, candied pineapple, a bit of orange flesh and grapefruit rind, just a little bit of peppery saison yeast and floral hops and a little bit of sweet light malt. Really nice stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Okay, this one blew me away. Just amazing tropical fruit smell and flavour that goes so well with the saison yeast. I need more of this. Thanks again Will!!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This seemed to be a nice hybrid between an IPA and a Saison.

In a snifter the beer was a clear gold color with a very thin tan head.

Interesting aroma. Citrus, sweet malt like an IPA. Earthy hops and spice like a saison.

Lemon, orange, pineapple taste. Earthy hops. Spice.

Wow! Really tasty. Soft in the mouth.

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Photo of Resuin
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a becker glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent (not super hazy but fairly hazy) amber/gold and leaves a couple fingers of white head, which lingers around for a bit.

Smell: Quite an aroma - very herby/grassy with some nice citrus hoppiness to it. Very pleasant and light. Pepper, lemon, citrus, light coriander, grass, mango. Mouth-watering.

Taste: Matches the smell. Grassy with plenty of light & pleasant spices, citrus, orange peel, lemon zest. It really does remind me of a prairie (whatever that means). Very light and balanced flavors - I'm intrigued that this says 7% ABV, this one seems like an awesome session saison but that would be a little risky. That said, very sessionable flavor.

Mouth-feel: Medium, very nice carbonation with a medium to light body. Fairly light and fluffy. Maybe a hint of a syrupy texture to it, but definitely not that noticeable. This one goes down really smooth and nice.

Overall: Extremely refreshing, the hops really add some nice elements to this one. Grassy and fruity this is an excellent saison/hop beer with a tremendous smoothness and balance. I am very impressed with this brew and will be coming back to it often.

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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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Photo of BMMillsy
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%

On tap at Gainesville World of Beer. Pours cloudy yellow with a creamy white one finger head into my tulip. Aroma of big funky saison yeast, grassy hops, some pine, very sweet honey notes, and some other fruits in there. Flavor follows with very sweet fruits from the hops, a bit of zesty citrus peel bite, grass, honey. Mouthfeel is thicker than expected, but lightened up by the high carbonation. Overall this was very nice, but not what I had expected going in. Definitely a good beer, but easily one of my least favorite Prairie saisons out there.

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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 cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a very hazed light golden yellow with a tight white head. Nose has a nice dusty yeast with a hint of tangy spice. Lots of golden fruits from the saison and notes of it from the hops. Taste is even more dusty and yeast forward with a great balance of bright golden fruits in back. Light hop bitterness that adds to the flavor. Very dry finish, lighter body and assertive carbonation. Really nice stuff here, but gets a touch sweeter as it warms.

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Photo of FLima
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber color with a two finger head with medium retention.
Nice aroma mixing a Saison with an APA with notes of passion fruit, herbal, mild pine, Saison yeast, peaches and mango.
Flavor of pineapples, Saison yeast, herbal notes, tangerine, lemon, peaches, grapefruit, strawberries and finishing with a mild funky touch. Mildly dry aftertaste with a grassy and funky lingering taste.
Medium body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 7% is well hidden.
This is sure one of the best Saisons I had. I loved the American twist to it. Great fruity complexity. You got to try this.
Ap.3,5 Ar.4,25 Sab.4,5 Sens.4,5 Cj.4,5

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Photo of ovaltine
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: golden straw, cloudy, 2+ fingers of white head.

Smell: da funk, plus da hops (in da background). Very nice.

Taste: the Belgian funk hits first, nice and tangy, then the hops follow - light citrus, a little pungent. Exquisite.

Feel: lotsa carbonation going on, as I expect with a saison, and it's VERY dry.

Overall: I've been looking forward to this for a bit now, and it didn't disappoint at all. A great example of the style, with a bit more hop punch. Very well executed by Prairie.

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