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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
‘Merica is a single malt, single hop farmhouse ale. It’s brewed with floor malted pilsner and 3lbs per bbl Nelson Sauvin hops. The beer is conditioned with 2 brett strains and wine yeast. The Nelson hops provide white wine flavors while Brettanomyces add a juicy quality to the beer.

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Photo of popery
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale orangish yellow, straw color. The beer is quite cloudy. The head puffs up into quite a mass at first, but it proves to be rather fizzy and dissipates quickly. Pretty much no bubbles are left at a minute, and there's no lacing. The aroma is chock full of Nelson Sauvin hops. It's wonderfully and fresh and juicy. I'm getting grape, melon and pineapple flavors primarily with peach, orange, lime, mint, mango and grass adding to the mix. It's a tremendous hop aroma. Underneath all of that hop fruitiness, there's a touch of yeasty, earthy funk. It doesn't hit you in the face like the hops, but the beer is definitely in saison/farmhouse territory when you look for the yeast flavors. Just a touch of soft honey-ish malt. The taste is starts off with sweet fruitiness and more of that honeyed pale malt before developing a firm bitterness of lime rind, lemon/grapefruit pith and earth. There's a spicy, herbal edge of juniper, mint, peppercorns and earl grey bergamot. The yeast dries out the beer and shows off some of that funky prairie flavor, but it's not the focus of this beer. This beer is a celebration of the Nelson Sauvin hop. I absolutely love Alpine Nelson and Keene Idea, but while a rather different take, 'Merica can stand with those beers as the best expression of the hop that I've tried. Mouthfeel is lively with lots of hop oiliness. The finish is drying and the bitterness lingers for some time. This is a wonderful beer. My only slight knock on it is that I think the malt flavor could use a little tweak, maybe a touch of wheat. Regardless, Prairie has proven themselves as a brewery to watch with a second round of excellent releases. I'm thrilled that they have wide distribution and look forward to more beers from them.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into HF stem

Pours a very cloudy, peach color. Healthy amount of head settles leaving almost nothing...oddly, there is zero lacing.

Smells of over ripe fruit, mustiness.

Taste is just awesome, there is the fresh hopiness mixed with the earthy flavors of the saison end of business. I'm REALLY starting to love this IPA/saison hybrid thing thats going on in the beer world. Reminds me of an overripe mango (that's the Nelson?) followed by a slight pepper/earthiness.

'Merica is very nice in the pie hole....there is a slight creaminess and just the right amount of body (it's on the heavier side of thin, which fits perfectly IMHO). The carb level is a little on the lower end, but doesn't really hurt this beer much at all.

Prairie has been kicking out some fantastic beers, and this is one of the best examples to date!! Full disclosure, I was a Redbud Cuvee 3 and 4 fanboy, so I call: "In before the hype!" lol Seriously though, I strongly recomend this and or any other things they've been doing.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a winner, had on tap at churchkey in DC.

It has a beautiful look, opaque golden orange with a ring of white head. Some lacing, it just glows.

The smell is amazing, it has a dandelion sort of grassy earthiness with the citrus tropical Nelson sauvin hop character too. Nice stone fruit notes as well.

The taste is amazing, truly drinks like a mix of an American IPA (Nelson by alpine is what I think of because of the hop bill) and an earthy, fruity sort of funky saison, I'm guessing there is some Brett in there. The malt is dry and clean, pilsner malt is what I'd guess, very nice. This would be an amazing beer to pair with cheese!!!!

The feel is good, high carbonation and medium over the palate.

Overall, a very pleasant surprise and a great first beer from OK!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I didn't know anything good came out of Oklahoma, then I tried this beer at When Pigs Fly. What a nice beer!

In a snifter the beer was a cloudy dark yellow color with a large bright white head. There was a small amount of lace.

Earthy aroma, some spice and citrus.

A wow! for the taste. Earthy hops. Coriander. Grapefruit and orange peel. Tropical fruit/melon.

Tart, refreshing. I could drink a lot of these.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

With the incredible spicy dryness and lightly wine-ish earthen taste of Saisons, Prairie Ales layers upon the recipe with the tropical and citrus hop flavors for a combination of tastes that I can only describe as "funky-fresh".

Goldenrod colors carry a rustic yeast haze that promise full flavor. The beer releases a tall column of foam that's creamy, light, and zesty in its character. High retention and decorative lacing patterns give the beer an elegant all around appearance.

Mouthwatering aromas of fruit and earth alight in nose with everything from dried oranges, limes, apples and white grapes to pineapple, mangoes and papaya. A soft wheaty backbone draws in herbal and earthy notes of chives, tea, cork, and a light catty note.

The taste of dried fruit and fruit peels pile on the taste buds but do so with sweeter, more tart impressions of cantaloupe, Tropical Fruit Punch, and an almost-sherbet taste that's irresistible in taste and approaching sourness. Finishing herbal with the winey taste of grape, sassafras, and with a gin-like twinge- the beer perplexes the palate and refreshes it with ease. All this rests on a light pillow of bread dough and cellar-like must.

Its dry taste achieves much the same in texture as the tart-sweet interplay is pulled from the tongue by the airy and creamy carbonation. The dry spicy finish brings about mild alcohol warmth and light wine astringency. An aftertaste of fruit, wheat and cork must echo in the throat and retro-olfactory senses and cause nearly teeth grinding behavior.

The Nelson Sauvin hops are made for Saisons. But Prairie gives it a powdery-tart taste and texture that seems wood aged and sour blended. Their taste reminds me of Anchorage Brewing Company and what they do to achieve complexity.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml served in a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazy brass golden color with 2 fingers of airy white foam. Melts pretty quick with zero lacing.

S - Pungent grassy hops, musty onions, spicy floral, dirty hay, grapefruit and lemon citrus, dry white wine, it's a very complex and savory aroma. Once warmed up a bit the aroma turns sharp and has more of a pungent potpourri smell going on.

T - Starts off with spicy floral hops with wild onion patch bite, very earthy grassy flavors that are cut by a clean citrus zest, there's almost a saltiness to it as well. The malt is subtle and I wouldn't have known it was floor malted if it wasn't on the label. Finishes spicy with a very dry finish. Notes of lemon and herbs on the aftertaste.

M - Spritzy carbonation, medium body, carbonation drops off a little quick.

One of the best single malt/hop beers I've had. This beer is very complex and pulls flavors and aromas that I've never experienced in one beer before. Well done.

This paired very well with spicy artichoke dip.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours that cloudy off yellow color like many of Prairie's beers, larger head than most, very attractive.

Nose is dominated by huge bright citrusy hops. Lemon, lime, pineapple, orange...so bright and hoppy. Amazing.

Taste is pungent lemony citrus, fades into some bitter orange with hints of grapefruit. Some floral character too. This is the brightest and most lemon-lime like Nelson Sauvin beer I've had, and it has some of that pungent Simcoe like character. Very good.

Mouthfeel is good, not as carbonated as I expected but solid.

Excellent beer.


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Photo of bump8628
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with a white frothy head that eventually settles to a thin ring. The aroma smacks you with a punch of fresh orange zest and cut spring grass right away. Hops continue to dominate the palate with more citrus, melon rind, grass, dank raw herbs, and the characteristic freshly dug onion flavor that I normally associate with Summit hops. Malt is basically buried beneath the onslaught of hoppiness (not necessarily a bad thing). Bone dry finish further accentuates the sharp bitterness and keeps it flowing down the gullet.

A showcase for Nelson Sauvin hops to be sure. The complexity born from the simplicity of a SMaSH beer is pretty amazing. That said, I guess a small complaint would be that the pungency of the hops completely overwhelms any of the subtle nuance that might have been gained from the floor-malted pils. Still a really enjoyable beer and another great effort from Prairie.

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