'Merica | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

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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Reviews: 130 | Ratings: 839
Photo of cpetrone84
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour is heavily hazed straw yellow with a tight creamy white head. Nose is heavy grapefruit juice, tropical tartness, tons of hop, notes of leather. taste has lots of grapefruit, moderately bitter, light body. Balance of grainy malt, faintly floral and semi dry with a hint of leather. Brett? Rather hoppy.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: straw yellow color. Head of roughly two fingers on the pour which was present while drinking. Active carbonation while drinking is a touch low. No lacing.

Smell: getting a ton of white grapes from the wine yeast on the front. That funky Brett meshes perfectly with bright fruit notes of grapes, apricots, mango, kiwi, and peppercorns. Grassy undertones with continuing linger spices pull this aroma through.

Taste: like the aroma, the dry white wine characteristics lead the way. Prairie grass and straw warm up on the palate and provide a pleasant rustic notes. The grassiness yields to a dry, sprite, lemon/lime, and funky back end. A touch of sourness plays along well with the medium bodied fruits throughout. The finish is very dry yet allows the lingering notes of fruit, grass, and funk to shine through.

Mouthfeel: the front is fairly easy and light on the palate, then a corner is turned and a heavy dryness sets in. Really keeps the drinker on their toes. Carbonation is bright which does well with the fruit and sour notes of this brew.

Overall: this is a truly wonderfully put together brew. Nelson Sauvin was an outstanding choice for this brew, their inherent cutting edge was a perfect marriage with the white wine and Brett aspects. Bravo.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.22/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours three-finger head with very high retention down to half-pinky sized head, white clouds in color. Not as murky as Birra (varies bottle to bottle), but somewhat cloudy looking.

S- The best part of this beer. Crazy bready yeast, lemon zest, corander?, thin malts

T- Kinda off putting at first with yeasty/cleaning liquid taste. This lingers around for awhile kinda ruining the rest of the experience.

M- Harsh swallow, not creamy at all; harsh carb that hurts throat.

O- I love everything that Prairie does except some Vanilla Noir bottles and this. Can't win them all

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very light straw yellow with a two finger head of white foam.

Biscuits, toast, slight citrus, very subtle.

Taste matches aroma, biscuity toasted malt sweetness, some light musty funk, slight acidity, and subtle citrus notes.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, slightly acidic.

Overall, rather muted overall but decent.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my DFH snifter...

A. Pale gold, foggy, bountiful three finger head, very thick lacing, pillowy foam.

S. Grape skin, yeast, apple, honeysuckle, wine, sage.

T. Honey, white wine, apricot, grass, cracked pepper.

M. Bone dry, well-carbed, sweet on the edge of the palate but with a cutting, herbal, bitter, dry finish.

O. A very nice beer with an out of balance mouthfeel. Finish is extremely yeasty and dry, to the detriment of all the other pleasant qualities the brew presents. Even so, it glows with craftsmanship. This was made with love and the quality of the ingredients is notable in the flavor profile, which is complex and enjoyable. It's just too bad the finish is so over the top in its dryness and bitterness.

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Photo of mverity
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NYE bottle share at Proof courtesy of Rachel. Pours an opaque creamy yellow. Tons of white frothy head. Head holds really well and by the time I finished the sample, the head was still holding. Aroma is straight floral hops and grass. Such a great, but unique smell. Taste is floral hops with a good amount of banana behind it. Nice high carbonation and medium-thick body.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy, chalky, lemon color with a thick, dense, fluffy bright white head that faded into a thick fuzzy film.
S: Huge notes of Brett and citrus hops dominate the nose. I get scents of earth, straw, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, lemon, peppery yeast and herbal hops as well.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of Belgian style yeast, Brett, tangerine, mineral, and bitter citrus pith. Brett and strong cheese comes through strongly in the finish, and the aftertaste is full of chalky minerally yeast, bitter funk, and lemon rind.
M: Extremely soft and fluffy carbonation, medium full body, drying and bitter mouthfeel.
O: Flavorful, complex and delicious. Well integrated and executed. Definitely potent, cheesey and yeasty.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip

A- pours a cloudy pale golden-yellow with a huge bubbly white head that retains for a while, eventually leaving behind some sticky patches of lace

S- Wow, that's a lot of funk, cellar-like must, earthy cheese, cat litter, cardboard and chives. Beyond the funk, there are some nice fruity esters of oranges, lemon zest, green apple, mango and papaya, a touch of hop bitterness poking through

T- Big fruity flavors follow the aroma; sweet cantaloupe, mango, papaya. Some grassy and herbal notes kick in mid-palate with some white wine characteristics, sourdough bready yeast undertones with some powdery and musty flavors mixed in, more catty flavors in the linger

M- medium body with light prickly carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish

O- Lots of brett funk in the aroma with some nice fruity notes mixed in. I definitely pick up that 'cat litter' characteristic in this beer and it's a little overpowering at times, I see that as it's only downfall. Overall, very complex and a nice intro to Prairie for me.

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Photo of cavedave
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lightly cloudy straw color with a huge dollop of white lather atop. Classic look for sure

Funky and spicy aroma, righteous sweetness too it, grainy and delicious complexity, just how I love it.

Deep earthy funk leads the parade, followed by some hormonal funk, tart yeastiness, pepper and grain, merest hints of sweet backing it up, framed in some solid herbal hop. Complex and yummy, really delicious.

Medium body and carb., yet quite coating, deep funkiness stays clean and the finish is dry and epic.

What can I say? This beer is highly attenuated and wonderful, the earthy funk and hop bitter combine with yeast and bugs to create greatness. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing like a good saison on hump day, am I right? 1 pint 9 oz bottle picked up at the Madison Ave. Hy-Vee in Council Bluffs, IA for $8.99. I really enjoyed Bomb! so I’m eager to try another Prairie beer. Poured into a Tallgrass Brewing cervoise style glass at fridge temp.

Appearance: A gentle pour produced a huge three fingers of thin, fizzy, white head. Light straw colored body; cloudy. Totally looked like a Berliner Weisse at first. Eventually about a fingers worth of head remained with some nice, thick lacing/ring on the edges.

Smell: White grapes, light herbs, tart lemon, orange pith, and grapefruit. Light tropical fruit aromas. Some bitterness/pee. Dusty, dirty hay, and light rubber. Strong dry hopping in the nose.

Taste: Up front I get sweet white grapes and tropical fruits. Strong spicy, ammonia yeastiness. rubber and some farmhouse earthiness. Finishes with nice toasted pilsner maltyness. More bitter than I expected.

Mouthfeel: A very lively, prickly carbonation. Light mouthfeel. Little heat. Dry/chalky.

Overall: A hop forward saison. For me, the hops were a little too heavy handed and did some weird things with the brett. It’s almost like someone peed on a barn floor. Once the beer warmed up a pleasant lactic tangyness appeared in the nose and taste. I did enjoy the nice malty finish, and wouldn’t mind seeing more of that.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a cloudy straw gold color with a frothy couple inch white head that sticks around for a very long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like bready malt, yeast, grass/hay, pears, funk and some lemon peel. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some green grapes/white wine and some citrus. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's crisp and also well carbonated. The soft carbonation helps make this brew very smooth and easy to drink. 'Merica is a pretty good brew, I certainly liked it. Definitely worth a try if you come across some. $10.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Shallow_Gravy
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to Bruery Tulip. Reviewed live.

A - Pours a very hazy straw yellow. Huge 3 fingers of fluffy eggshell head on top, which regresses into a half inch pillow after a few minutes. Splotchy lacing around the glass.

S - First thing that hits is yeast. The Nelson hops are definitely very present with the typical white grape skin and tropical flavors. Something else is present, but I can't quite put my finger on it. It smells... Spicy? Everything is in unison and it's really nice.

T - Starts the same as the nose: Bretty funk up front in the form of a bit of Band-Aid. Pineapple follows along with grape and clean malt. A bit biscuity, but this is not at all about the malt. This is a showcase of Brett and Nelson. It works well.

M - Good deal of carbonation. It's thin, but not watery. Mouth is left with a bit of coating and lots of Nelson on the tongue.

O - Really good beer. Nice use of Nelson hops, and the Brett plays off of them well. Tropical and refreshing, it's like a not-so-tart Berliner.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy straw with a fluffy white head and good retention. Nice lacing. Great farmhouse nose, black pepper, pear, bit of funk. Lots going on palate-wise, fruit on the front, some lemon, grass, and funk, with a tart, pithy finish. Light bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, a tart, funky saison that is extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy. Small white head. Pale yellow body. Thin collar.

Smell - Herbal and lemony. Pilsner malt. Grassy.

Taste - Grassy and herbal up front. Lemony hops. Nelson is strong. Pilsner malt. Bitter and grassy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light but very bitter. Makes it seem heavier.

Overall - Overwhemled by Nelson, which isn't a bad thing. But one dimensional.

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Photo of vonnegut21
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Very nice pale gold with about four fingers of frothy white head that linger. Lots of lacing. Supremely foamy.

S: Excellent saison spiciness, pepper, hints of lemon. Maybe a bit of grassy hay.

T: Similar to the nose, but much weaker. The powerful flavors promised by the smell do not come through. Not bad, just a bit underwhelming after smelling it. A bit watery.

M: Decent carbonation, but a bit thin on the body. Again, watery comes to mind. Something is missing.

O: A decent saison, but for a style I've really come to love recently, this one doesn't stand up to many of the greats I've experienced lately.

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Photo of superspak
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with cyde. 750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours moderately hazy bright golden straw color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lacing. Minimal lacing on the glass, and some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge peach, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, grape, lemon zest, orange zest, straw, floral, grass, pepper, clove, herbal, cracker, light honey, white wine, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity of big tropical/citrus hop and yeast/brett ester notes with moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big peach, pineapple, lemon zest, grape, passion fruit, clove, pepper, straw, grass, floral, herbal, cracker, light honey, white wine, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of fairly tart/earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, pineapple, lemon zest, grape, passion fruit, clove, pepper, straw, grass, herbal, floral, white wine, cracker, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of hop, malt, and fruity/spicy yeast and brett flavors; with a good malt/spiciness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice saison style. All around good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and fruity/spicy yeast/brett ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Big foamy fluffy head pillowy lacing, hazy pale yellow color.

Nose very floral and effervescent, saison funk little funk gym sock, light lemony spices, mild grainy malt.

Taste brings more saison spices, light grainy wheat, toasty, malts, lemony, zest, citrus, effervescent and floral, light flowery like, little bitterness, light floral grassy hops, juicy. Finish is dry and effervescent, fair bitter grassy floral hops and lemony zest.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lots of carb.

Overall pretty nice, good saison characters with a nice effervescent lemony character, pretty nice.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Artisan ale from Oklahoma??? Go figure.

Poured into a snifter, this funky ale is a pretty opaque straw color with a thin head and very little lace. The nose is big and bold and all over the place. Some pine, pineapple, lavender, earthy funk, cat pee. And yet, it works. The taste is sort of the same, with strong brett flavoring and funky hop aftertaste. Seriously, the only word I can think of to sum this experience up is funk. And the funk is bringing it strong here. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

I really like this beer. Not only because I have newfound respect for Okie brewing, but because this is a bold experiment in funk and I am a better person for having tried it. Cheers to Prairie Artisan Ales.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

‘MERICA! HELL YES – what a label. Cheers.

A: The body is a bit unappetizing, pouring a putrid-looking yellow with haze so thick you can’t see through it at all. The head makes up for it, though, climbing thick and frothy to three fingers of pure white. Settles to an inch of sudsy retention; minimal lacing.

S: Damn, that is a dirty, funky yeast strain – pungent aromas of green olives, bleu cheese, and wet, musty straw fill the senses with even the slightest whiff. Powerfully wild, and I love it. Nelson Sauvin hops provide some fruity, floral white grape notes, though they are indeed buried by yeast.

T: This palate’s teeming with brine and funk. At the top, it bites with zesty, grassy hops, lemon rind, olive juice, fresh-ground black pepper, and extra-dry white wine. The funk is noticeable almost immediately after; like a mouthful of brined cheese, it’s savory yet sharp. All the dry, interesting flavors are imbedded in a deliciously pilsner malt quality, a neutral, bready, slightly buttery taste that permeates the entire brew; tastes natural and delicious. The finish is mildly dry, with some grassy flavors carrying on.

M: Feels full yet refreshing, coming off with a pillowy texture to compliment the intense dryness of the palate. No complaints here.

O: One of the best American interpretations of a Belgian style that I’ve had in a long time. Looks like we’re taking this farmhouse idea and running with it; honestly, given the choice between an American wild ale and a Belgian one, I’m pretty sure I’d pick the American. There’s novelty and originality in every bottle of this brew, plus a yeast cake so thick you could probably scoop it out and spread it on toast; if that’s not good beer, I don’t know what is.

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Photo of bmwats
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a teku.

A: Hazy, hay colored hue. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Settles very slowly, leaving dry, sticky residue behind as it does. Never fully settles. Thick beer ring lacing gives way to spotty residue.

S: Yeast, and fermented grapefruit and lemon.

T: Very yeasty. Light bitter hop character. Lemon pith.

M: Light and crisp character. Yeasty aftertaste lingers throughout.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really good. Hazy with a thick white head, and plenty of persistent lacing. Nose is yeasty, with funky citrus. Crisp, hoppy, and yeasty, with some fermented citrus accentuates. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of rudzud
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kyle for sharing.

A - Poured into a tulip a nice hazy hidden hue with s thick creamy sudsy head that left a nice blanket and lacing.

S - Aromas of light funk, good horse blanket, fall apples, really nice.

T - Taste is very funky and refreshing with good apples, just fun blanket nice.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice and crisp and clean.

O - Overall this was a delicious saison, well done.

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Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy, bright golden yellow color with a 2.5 finger frothy white head that very slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring. Very bubbly and has good retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Possibly over carbonated with tight bubbles forming around the head and item taking a long time to settle.

Earthy aroma with funky farmhouse yeast and a strong musty brett presence that dominates the nose. Barnyard must with grass, straw and funky bugs followed by vinous and light fruit notes, pale malt and citrus hops. The brett and saison yeast is complimented by a complex hop profile that gives off hints of earthy grass and pine as well as some sweet tropical and citrus fruit notes. Slightly lactic amd I'm also picking up a strong bread/biscuit character as well as some light fruit as it warms. The nose on this beer is very complex with a lot of different things going in, not just farmhouse funk. The best way to describe it is that is smells like a hoppy wild wheat beer/saison hybrid with a touch of white wine.

Fuller bodied than expected with tight carbonation up front as well as strong zesty spice and earthy hop flavors that linger over the other notes into a bone dry finish. Dry, earthy and bitter up front with peppery spice, earthy resinous hops and musty bugs followed by funky saison yeast, bread, biscuit and light fruit. Lots sticky, oily hop flavor up front with pine needle, grass and spruce tip along with a very prominent dry, musty brett character that's faintly countered by sweet citrus/tropical fruit, bread, biscuit, apple and pear. A bit one dimensional with all of the dryness from the hops and brett but there is subtle sweetness and a strong bready yeast component balancing things out. Some pineapple and grapefruit hop flavor buried underneath but overall, this beer is just a bit too dry/one note for my preference. Complex for sure, but the dry hops and brett and prominent bready yeast notes overpower almost everything else.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 9.27.13

A - Pours a cloudy very light orange-yellow with a huge off-white head with great retention.

S - Hoppy floral, corn, nutty, saison yeast, brett-like?

T - Brett, but I am sure there isn't any, strong saison yeast, with a hoppy finish.

D - Tons of carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Saison, hoppy, pilsner. Solid beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow with a medium white head and good lacing. Aroma of white chardonnay with a good Farmhouse character, cat pee, funk and notes of pilsner malt. Taste is slightly sweet with white wine, Farmhouse yeast, light malty notes and citrus. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium body. Good carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Very good hoppy Saison.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazed grapefruit juice color with a nice, soapy off white head. Leaves awesome lace spattered down the glass.

S: Smell is fantastic. Grapefruit pith, lemon, limestone, a slight bit of passionfruit and a ton of barnyard. Grass, pepper and a touch of bread crust.

T: A slightly spicy hop presence upfront. A lingering grapefruit juice bitterness on the back with some grass, hay, barnyard and a touch of lemon. Finishes with a lingering grassy bitterness and some lemon meringue. Mouthfeel is lively and crisp without being overcarbonated. This is probably the best I've had from these guys to date.

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'Merica from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 839 ratings