Prairie 'Merica | Prairie Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
prairieales.com

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.

Added by bump8628 on 03-17-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
797
Reviews:
118
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10%
 
 
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93
Gots:
103
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of guityler83
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip glass it produced a bright white, two finger head with mixed sized bubbles, mostly fine, that quickly receeded. No lacing to speak of but a small amount of alcohol legs when swirled in the glass. A moderately hazy, straw yellow to lemon peel yellow color.

S: Strong tart lemon zest with spicey, clove like aromas. The 'barn yard' descripter seams apropriate here. very earthy, but not like dirt more like foresty. light fresh bread malts. very complex.

T: A punch of firm bitterness that surprised me and the aroma didn't elude to (i liked it). barnyard, horsehair vibe throughout but not over powering or clowing. balance is on the sweet side despite the initial bitterness punch. bready, doughy malts are subdued by the huge yeast/fermentation character.

M: Extremely dry finish with moderate carbonation. There is a lingering bitterness in the beer that almost tasted different than when its being consumed. A bit of a sharp carbonic bite that works with the spicey notes.

O: A bitter, zesty, spicey farmhouse that has some unique flavors. I like the beer and might try it again, but probably not something i'd keep on regular rotaion.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of MighHighBrewer
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a glass into a tulip on 10/8/13. I think this is a relatively fresh bottle.

A: The color of this beer surprised me - it's much lighter than I anticipated. It pours a light straw yellow color more reminiscent of a wheat beer than a saison. The beer is very hazy with no visible sediment. A nice fluffy head lingers a few minutes after pouring. Lacing is excellent.

S: Wow - a powerful nose for such a simple beer! Citrus notes are at the forefront: orange zest, lemon, etc. Next you get a healthy dose of barnyard funk: wet hay and a tad bit of blue cheese. Grassy notes are there but linger in the background. An exceptional nose.

T &M: Great, but not exceptional. It's too hoppy for my taste and the bitterness lingers on the tongue well after drinking. It's also a bit too grass-forward. I was hoping for a more fruity saison with spicy undertones....this beer definitely leans towards the spicy end of that spectrum with fruity undertones.

O: I'm most impressed with how Prairie manages to create such a complex beer with one malt, one hop, and one yeast strain. I give most of the credit to their yeast strain: it produces an excellent Saison/Farmhouse ale that would give most other Saison's a run for their money. I really only have two complaints: 1) the taste is a bit too hoppy for my taste. I'd dial down the IBU's by 5 or so. 2) I wish the hop was more fruit-forward than grass-forward. I prefer my Saisons on the fruity side so a different hop choice would throw this over the top for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of cbutova
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to a good friend. Second time around with this one.

A- Poured into a tulip glass from the 500ml bottle with a hazy, light golden body. Huge, foamy-puffy white head forms to three fingers or even higher with great retention, making me anxious to drink it. The foamy cap never quite falls under a finger tall and leaves massively thick lace piles.

S- Lots of aroma off the top upon pouring and a whole lot of things come to mind. Pungent Nelson hops are pretty big with notes of sour passion fruit, lemon, lime zest, tropical fruits and even some cat pee. Pineapple, stone fruits, farmhouse funk, Brett cherry funk and barnyard grass come to mind.

T- Things translate pretty well from the aroma but there are some big changes. An herbal, almost bitter dry grassy feel comes to mind and something I usually get in Brett beers. The hops are a bit more subdued under the yeast but still nice tropical, stone fruit and citrus comes to mind as well as grapes. Funky barnyard/farmhouse, vinous fruits, cooking herbs, tangerine, orange peel, Belgian yeast spice, pink peppercorns and lightly sweet cracked grains are a few things that come to mind. Juicy peach and mango with warmth.

MF- Foamy and creamy light to moderately thick body. Medium dryness and a pretty bitter spicy finish. Carbonation is super high and works nicely with the funky farmhouse yeast flavors, also helps to accentuate the Nelson hops.

Funky Saison yeast with a nice strong hop influence. Flavors meld nicely and it creates a unique brew. Would really like to know more about their yeast.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of denver10
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy sandy yellow with a big frothy white head. Aroma is passionfruit, lemon, grapes, sweet apples, a little spice, and a touch of bread. Flavor is huge bitter passionfruit and lemon, grapes come out to offer some sweetness once it begins to noticeably warm up some, pepper, cracker, funk, and grassy bitterness. A crisp, active, dry mouthfeel. Overall, worth the hype. Prairie wowed me with my first beer from them.

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy straw, yellow with a thick fluffy white head that retains a convex dish of foam.

S - Lemon, green apple, graham cracker, wheat, white grape, vinous, white pepper.

T - Fruitier and spicier than aroma. Tart lemon, white pepper, crackers and wheat, vinous, white grape, pear, light melon. Hops start to stand out as it warms.

M - Light to medium body, tangy, crisp and airy on the palette. Well carbonated. Long lasting dry finish.

D - A lot going on in this beer for 1 hop and 1 malt. Very nice.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Prairie 'Merica from Prairie Artisan Ales
4.1 out of 5 based on 797 ratings.
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