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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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184
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1,136
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.03%
 
 
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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 TBoneJones
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This cork barely needs to be touched to start popping. ? Interesting. Pours a great-looking unfiltered hazy golden/ deep yellow-orange with plenty of visible carbonation and a perfectly fluffy white header.
Hops I smelled immediately upon the uncorking. This smells fantastic. Citrusy hops, grapefruit, and yes a funk of its own. Hard to describe, to me like a barnyard peanut buttery leather (perhaps my nose's interpretation of Belgian yeast) surrounded by those fresh juicy hops.
The taste is right along the same path. The hops are juicy and then their bitterness rushes the funky part of the grainy-nut flavor through my mouth with ample carbonation and a medium/slightly thick creamy and refreshing mouthfeel. I also get a subtle herbal flourish, and orange rind is in there too. The slightly antique flavor I took as peanut butter sits well in the aftertaste, somehow. The finish is dry but right. The foam from the head is intact halfway through the chalice into which I poured this, appearing like cream. Nice. I dont recall having a beer that kept such a thick-top form. Unique brew. Recommended by local retailers here in north Texas, however I passed on it until now. Curiosity paid-off big time. Oklahoma is on the craft map here in a big way with in my opinion. This is as of now my second favorite Saison. Excellent overall. High drinkability. Seek.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle corked and caged poured into a 3 Floyds wine glass

A- Allot of carbonation, 3 finger head dissipated quickly, to thin bubbly ring around the glass. The color is a beautiful burnt orange/brown, slight haziness.
S- The aroma is very nice, big hops upfront, nice sweetness comes out in the aroma, must be the citra hops. Mango, grapefruit, pine, grapefruit, some malt in the backend.
T- Taste is very similar to the nose, less sweet than i anticipated, the hops are present, slight bitterness but is mellowed out by the malt backbone, grassy notes, pine, grapefruit, slight peppery notes.
M- Light mouthfeel, very easy drinkability, dry on the finish.
O- Very nice, not sure what i was expecting, i was not expecting it to be so hop forward, i very much enjoyed this one, would of preferred to share with someone, not a beer i would typically drink on my own. Very satisfied with my first Prairie beer.

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Photo of BobZ
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow with nice initial 3" head that recedes to a cap but leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Lots of floral hops, but not overpowering as some citrus is also noticeable.

Taste: Nice tropical fruits, tangerine, lemon, lime, all with a floral hoppy bitterness. Balanced very well against a malty backbone. All about the tasty citrusy hops with this beer.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp on the palate.

Overall: Delicious beer, especially on a warm afternoon. Looking forward to trying more from Prairie.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden orange with a billowing white head of large bubbles that leaves spotty lacing

S- The aroma is a bit confusing as it first smells like a bright citrusy IPA, but that is followed by light barnyard funk, grains, and farmhouse yeast. There are some nice melon notes as well.

T- Taste is melony and yeasty, with a good bit of grain flavor as well. Some grassiness and floral notes come through.

M- The mouthfeel is medium with a ton of effervescent carbonation.

O- Overall this is a very nice saison, though it could use some more pronounced/defined flavors.

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Photo of JGlitz87
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden color. Cloudy and pours with a thick 2 finger head that quickly dissipates.

S: The hops come through cleanly in the smell. Citrusy with a slight floral character.

T: Clean and crisp. Alcohol well hidden, and hops are perfectly balanced with the citrus elements. Very well composed Saison with a bit more hop than typical of the style. Interested to see how the hops mellow out after time with a aged bottle.

F: Light bodied with medium to high levels of carbonation

O: Great saison. I am always slightly skeptical of new breweries. However, this beer makes me want to go out and buy everything that Prairie has out.

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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 alaimoa
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this gem in Portland,ME at the bier cellar
A: hazy deep gold with crystal off white head and a tiny bit of lingering lace
S: tropical funk with grapefruit peel
T: upfront tart pineapple grapefruit with funk bitterness and medium dry finish
M: medium bubbles, medium thickness

Overall an easy beer to drink and buy if you ever find it

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Mostly clear golden body. Small white head. Thin collar and some wisps.

Smell - Big tropical fruit. Mango and peach. A little yeasty.

Taste - Big hop presence. Tropical and stone fruits again, but some grassier notes. Pale malt in the midrange and an herbal hop flavor in the finish. Bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. Kinda bitter.

Overall - Not a lot of saison here, but nice hop flavors. Should also be noted that this beer had more of a peach aroma and flavor than two other beers that claimed to have peach added to them. Good stuff.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prairie Artisan Ales - Prairie Hop, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours a hazy golden orange with a small foamy head that retains. Lacing is there but a little on the sparse side.

Smell - Aroma is incredible! Saison typical Belgian sourdough with a hint of brett (rather than a blast) and juicy hops on top. All well blended to the point where it's hard to tell where one ends and the other begins.

Taste - Taste is juicy lemon and citrus hops and then brett sour but not overwhelming, just right. Ends slightly throat warm peppery but not hot.

Mouthfeel - Rests slightly sour and piney hop bitter. Slightly warm and boozy for 7% but otherwise super drinkable. Medium bodied.

Overall - Solid brew, this is my first out of Oklahoma and I am definitely impressed with this brew and would have it again.

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

Pours a golden orange color with a three to five finger head.

Smell is of nondescript hops and slightly funky Belgian yeast.

Taste is of vague, bitter hops. No citrus flavors, no real saison flavors, sort of a muddled mediocre beer. Similar to Prairie Standard, though Standard is cleaner and tastier.

Mouthfeel is just fine, nothing special.

Overall, a fine beer by Prairie. Perhaps this wasn't the freshest bottle, as there were no tropical or citrus flavors to be found. Prefer the very similar Standard at $12 a six-pack.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a slight cloudy light orange/amber. big bubbly head of slowly fizzling white foam.

S - Aroma is like the perfect blend of classic ester driven saison notes with bright citrus forward American hops. together it creates a lovely perfume. Or maybe a colonge as i would totally wear this. notes of black pepper and banana jump out quickly. the hoppy notes come through in soft notes of clementines, mango, lemon pith, and orange zest.

T - soft, subtle notes of doughy bread. zippy, lemony acidity enters quickly followed by bright citrus flavors. lively notes of grapefruit rind, pine needles, and sweet orange peel. bitterness dulls on the back of the tongue, just bready and banana flavors. finish is slightly hoppy but more prominently black pepper.

M - medium bodied but closing in on full. creamy mouthfeel. high carbonation with tight bubbles.

O - excellent beer. a real standout. i am certainly going to be looking out for more prairie ales in the future.

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Photo of DmouthCaliBrewz
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle to FFF teku.

A: Pours a hazy deep orange, with a large and fizzy effervescent head that recedes to two fingers after a few minutes, and then down to a rim around the edges halfway through the beer. No lacing.

S: MMMM This is delicious. Juicy fruits and citrus on the nose, immediately followed by a noticable funkiness. The combo of the funk and hops is awesome. I definitely pick up on the Citra hops here. Also getting a bit of peach and some slightly tart green apple.

T: Taste is more of the same, with citrus and strong funk up front. Towards the middle it starts to round out with some floral esters and an earthy yet somewhat spicy yeast character. Notes of pear and more greet apple develop late on the palate, then it all rounds out with a crisp and dry bitterness on the end. Real awesome balance of funk from the yeast and fruit from the hops. The two interplay wonderfully. Well done.

M: Lively carbonation, and lightish body. Perfect for the style.

O: This was nothing short of superb. Amazingly drinkable, yet amazingly complex. There is something here for anyone. I wanna stock this baby year round.

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

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None
Glass: Tulip

I like the beer quite a bit, but also think it represents what has become something of a typical American "hop the hell out of it" mentality, which causes a loss of some of the nuances of the saison-style yeasts. To be honest, if they didn't tell me this was fermented with saison yeast, I would have thought it a US-hopped Belgian pale ale. At least it's not yet another Hill Farmstead beer monopolizing the top 50. Great label artwork.

Pours a very tall head made up of small, medium, and large-sized bubbles, creating a slightly swiss cheese-like appearance, with excellent retention of over four minutes, eventually settling to a medium-sized ring around the perimeter of the glass and two small islands of foam atop the body of the beer. Lacing is quite good, of substantial webbing along the sides of the glass. The body is a hazy (40-50% opaque) golden orange color, with light bringing out paler golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible along the sides and center of the glass,

Very pleasant fruity hop aroma, which brings in tropical fruits such as guava and mango, with additional peach and grapefruit notes becoming apparent as the beer warms. Sweetness from the pale malt base goes well with the fruits, becoming a beer fruit cocktail in a way. This makes me wonder, though, is it an IPA (or APA) or saison (as in, where is the saison yeast and all its non-fruity complexity)?

Flavor includes pale malt syrups poured over grapefruit, guava, pineapple, mango, and peach, with slight tartness, slight Belgian yeast phenolics and mustiness that lets you know this is a saison, though heavily drenched in hops. Front of palate blends very sweet pale malts with fruity (guava, grapefruit, pineapple, mango) and hints of bitter hops together excellently, though missing are any traces of this being a saison. Mid-palate of sweet, pale malts joined to grapefruit, guava, pineapple, peach, and mango (in that order of detectability), moderate hop bitterness, and surprisingly notable Belgian yeast phenolics and slight mustiness letting you know, finally, that this beer is indeed fermented using saison yeast. Back of palate finds hop bitterness, tropical and citrus fruit flavors, and a bit of ethanol heat. Aftertaste of hop bitterness, tropical and citrus fruits, and mild pale malt sweetness.

Beer is medium in body, with medium-high levels of carbonation, leadint to a lightly fizzy, quickly-becoming-foamy mouthfeel that suits the beer quite well. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate.

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Photo of timc100
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque bright orange yellow with a frothy foamy white head. Gorgeous

S: Wow - incredibly bright and dank citrus fruits. Mango, pineapple, orange juice - some sweet sugar covered juicy pink grapefruit. Underneath there is the belgian-saison yeast. Just so dank, fresh, and completely irresistible.

T: Not what I expected given the aroma. Very dry, bitter, and clean in contrast to the dank overripe tropical fruit juiciness I expected. Really tastes like a hop-forward saison or a big BPA. Really nice, incredibly refreshing.

P: Like a saison - active, sharp carbonation and the lighter side of medium body. Feels good, goes down easy

O: Very interesting beer, and a very good one. Artfully crafted.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
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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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 darocny
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Prairie Hop

Meringue head. Moderate retention and lacing.

Fuzzy orange color.

Delicate funk in the nose with orange and fruit rind. Extremely well integrated.

Moderate carbonation and slick on the tongue. Very refreshing. Lemon and orange citrus in the front quickly followed by mild herbal with no spiciness. Ends dry, but very mellow. Great after taste that continues to linger. This is a perfectly well-rounded and balanced beer that goes beyond its parts.

A delicately hopped saison that is among the best I have ever had.

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

A - pours a hazy light orange with a lasting head. Nice lace. Medium bubbly.

S - hoppy. Moderate mango and pine. Mild spicy yeast.

T - tropical, citrus and mild floral upfront with a nice piney finish.

M - light-medium body. Creamy texture. Relatively dry. Smooth bitterness.

O - a very good hoppy Saison made with American hops. I'd consider it more like a Belgian IPA. Regardless, it tastes and smells nice. It's assertive, but not over the top.

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Photo of daledeee
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is a lot of buzz about the Prairie brewery. I found a couple bottles, although somewhat pricy.

Pours a dull cloudy orange. Typical white head with not much lasting power.

Nose is funky fruit.

Taste is hoppy. I think I would say along the American hop profile at first but it mellows out. In other words, there is a pretty big burst of hop flavor with the first sip. Then it evolves into a more fruity flavor. It has a mild citrus rind leaning. Not overly complex with spice and funk but this is one refreshing beer.
Mouth feel is not very dry and that's OK with me. Alcohol is very well hidden. I really enjoy this beer. I think it is getting better as it airs out too!

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Photo of muthe
4.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

perfectly stated packaging, opens to reveal a most excellent aroma. It pours with a rich golden straw color, crowned by dense pale head that slowly reduces to a thin ever present visually pleasing icing for this wonderful slice of rich cake. The taste is incredible, it as if someone has taken my favorite IPA and Blended it with the best of Belgian saisons. this beer left me satisfied yet wanting another like a a drug addict needing another fix.

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Photo of StuporJew
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 Ml. Bottle into my trusty DFH tulip.

A - Pours a hazy, golden yellow that is hard to see through, just as it should be.
An agressive pour generates 2 fingers of creamy, opaque head that sticks around for a bit, and leaves an almost angelic lacing on the glass.

S - Grass, tangerine, grapefruit, and Lemongrass greet the nose.
There's a hint of pineapple in there, as well. Why can't this beer be from Texas?
It smells so good, I want to snuggle with it, even though it is 90 degrees outside right now! (And it's after midnight...)

T - Herbal notes hit hard on the front of the palate. More Lemongrass, light lemon zest, thyme, and melon rind abound, with more blue-tip Bermuda grass (I know what it tastes like... I WAS CURIOUS!!! So HUSH.) rounding out this smooth operator. Wow. This is possibly as close to a "Nectar of The Gods" Saison as you're going to get.

M - Creamy, and lingering, with a heavy, but not overpowering carbonation. The bubbles serve to push the flavors across your palate, but not to strip, or overpower it in any way. This beer is so full, in so many ways, that words don't do it justice.

O - Possibly one of the best Saisons I have ever had... and it's from OKLAHOMA. (No offense, folks, but your near-beer gives me mononucleosis) All in all, a delight, and a true feast for ALL of the senses, as far as any beer can be concerned. Considering I started my night by taste testing a Cooper's Stout clone with Coffee whilst bottling, to get the right level of coffee in my home-brew, this beer is spot-on. (You think my palate would be wrecked by now... Thank God for mineral water.) DRINK THIS BEER NOW. If you don't, you might never forgive yourself!

Cheers,

Matt The Beer-Guy

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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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Prairie Hop from Prairie Artisan Ales
4.21 out of 5 based on 1,136 ratings.
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