Prairie Funky Galaxy | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Funky GalaxyPrairie Funky Galaxy

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by bump8628 on 03-19-2013

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark, or black Saisons may be making a return from the depths of Belgian farmhouse lore, but Prairie Ales brings the crisp and clean taste of modern Saisons to life and builds complexities on newly derived hops for citrusy and tropical effects. It's the new way to build a beer.

Medium brown in its pour, the mostly-hazy ale shows burnish gold highlight around the edges. The beer builds a lightened and airy foam structure from sandy tan froth- it simply looks like a dry ale. Firm withstanding and intricate lace speaks to well made Belgian ales.

Zesty tart fruits leap from the late hop additions in the form of musty grapefruit, oranges, apricots, and mangoes. Riding closely behind are darker notes of toast char, cocoa powder, and weathered wood. A deeper whiff reveals even more musty quality of light mushroom and freshly cracked peppercorn. With little in the way of sweetness, the nose picks up on light brown sugar notes in support of the toast, spice, and hops.

The typical dry spicy taste of Saisons are complemented by the dry toast and wood notes that rest early on the palate. With an incredible light taste of brown sugar, the beer avoids the associated sweetness that usuall accompanies the sugar. Additional spices from Galaxy hops offer citrusy bitterness late, but also gives the middle palate a fresh tropical and citrus fruitiness that's usually much less celebrated in Saisons.

Noticeable dryness lifts off the palate early and often. The quick finish nearly makes the beer more appreciated in aftertaste than in its actual procession across the tongue. Prickly, spicy, sawdust-like and peppery- the beer finishes with more than just alcohol warmth. The incredible Galaxy hops deliver a nearly teeth-churning sensation with smooth bitterness to close. tropical. light bitterness.

Saisons aren't normally dark, but the toasted grain accents dryness and allows a brighter peppery note to emerge. Saisons aren't usually fruity either, but the hops gives it a common bitter character with uncommon complexities. It's a highly varying beer with each sip that keeps me coming back simply by curiosity alone.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I was excited to try this beer. It sounded unique, and it's brewed in the state I live. Plus, not that it makes much difference, the label's pretty cool!

Pours an opaque brown. It sort of looks like coffee with a splash of milk added; certainly a unique look. Decent head, light tan in color.

The smell is great! Fresh citrusy hops, accompanied by that signature funk present in farmhouse ales. I seriously can't keep my nose out of the glass! There's a little dark fruit (think figs and such), cocoa, and some cardamon spice.

That first sip: Wow, a lot going on in there! Piney hops, and twangy ripe fruit are the two tastes most noticeable. There's also grapefruit, chocolate, roasted grain, dates, clove, a little coffee. There's quite a bit, and I love it when a beer can offer this many varied tastes.

It sits fairly heavy on your tongue, not quite the thickness of milk, but not too far from it. Has a medium length finish, but ends fairly dry.

This is really a great beer, and I'm sure I'll be enjoying it in the future. I'm surprised and glad for the caliber of some of Oklahoma's more recent beers, and I can't wait to see more follow.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, thick wooden dark brown, large coffee colored head.

Smells very tart, dusting of cocoa, dark citrus, some other vinous fruit...lots going on, very complex, smells great.

Starts with a lightly tart wine character, decent amount of bitter citrus too, fades into milk chocolate and sweet grape, pretty dry and spicy. Again, very complex, very good.

Good thick mouthfeel, creamy and well carbonated.

Great beer! Very complex. I'd swear this was aged in wine barrels.


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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Talk about ramping it up. This crew isn't fucking playing around with the releases.

After I get past that pesky cork cage I get a welcomed sight of dense tan head that sits quietly atop a murky, dark brown brew.

Floral hops are the first aroma noticed. They are followed by a wet straw mustiness, some plum and grapes, a bit of spent grain, and some damp earthiness. Interesting, unique and bold come to mind.

Flow the dark and soured fruitiness my friends. This one is spot on. Some grain, grape juice, and a nice bitter finish leave me reaching quickly for another swig.

Perfectly dry and light to medium in body, the sucker goes down fairly smooth with a slight alcohol edge to it.

I realize how easy it is to overrate local brews and get caught up in hype. I'm also not prone to jump on bandwagons, so I've held out my final verdict on the Prairie Ales, but this one has completely won me over. A unique take on a beloved style done with apparent tremendous care to detail.


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4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black with a creamy beige head that drops some patchy lace. The nose is a huge hit of perfumey flower pollen. The big floral notes continue on the palate but there's more going on - burnt toast, herbal bitterness, black pepper, pine, and a vein of funkiness like dirty leather. Once again Prairie nails the crisp dryness requisite for farmhouse style beers. A lot going on here, really complex. It's pretty hop-driven by the unique Galaxy hops but subtleties keep popping out as I make my way through the bottle. Another well-executed and interesting beer from PAA.

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Prairie Funky Galaxy from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 497 ratings