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Prairie Tulsa Rugby AlePrairie Tulsa Rugby Ale

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by russpowell on 07-18-2013

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Photo of ordybill
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma is hops with some earthy yeast tossed in. The taste is a great hop flavor with some yeast in the background. An outstanding beer. Also has a great bottle cap, a frontal view of a catfish.

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Photo of Kevin_McCord
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was a nice dark yellow/orange-ish with a 1 finger head

Smell was very easy on the nose, slight hop smell.

Taste... Just amazing with low ibu. Gorgeous pale ale.

Very smooth drinking. Something you can sit on or drink a lot of. An all around good brew.

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4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good pale ale. I normally associate this brewery with esoteric mixed styles with unusual fruits added, but this is a very solid pale ale with lots of hop character, but still somewhat low key. Will drink again if I find it.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottleneck says 2035.

A- Pours a hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Somewhat pungent hop aroma with a bit of musty yeast character.

T- A bit of assertive hop bitterness with a nice earthy quality that melds well with the yeast presence that also produces some fruitiness.

M- Lingering hop bite with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A great take on a pale ale. Prairie took the style and put their own twist on it. Wish it wasn't so pricey but hey, you pay for what you get, and in this case it's awesomeness.

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Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic, the definition of a great Pale Ale. It is interesting to see Prairie brew such a conventional beer!

Tropical, citrusy, orangey nose with a nice hop forward taste that is incredibly nice and light but with a nice resinous hop kick. Very crisp finish, these could be easily hammered down the hatch, but greatly benefit to explore the nuance of a Prairie APA.

Absolutely pick it up, a perfect end to Summer!

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from EBF to a tulip. Another Prairie treat I get as a Massachusettsian.

L - Juicy, very hazy medium-dark orange. Good looking on the pour.

S - Orange peel, banana, citrus hops. Yum.

T - If I have any critique, it's that its a bit basic. I like the simplicity though. It tastes as it smells, citrus hops on the front end but a very smooth finish, add grapefruit to the taste profile from the smell. Not bitter, extremely drinkable.

MF - spot on. Low carb, medium body.

O - If I had a friend who was weary of craft beer and I wanted to lure them in, I'd use this as bait. I mean that in a good way, its smooth, its basic, its nice on the palette and very drinkable. Well done APA.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/18/2015. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, light pine, honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, pine, honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, pine, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome pale ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy pale orange to light amber. loose bubble white foam

S:grass, pine, citrus, bread

T: Very classic APA. subtle citrus, more bready notes,, piney resin finish. great balance.

F: creamy, smooth, clean finish leaving some malty bread and bitter pine dancing the mambo on the palate

O: This is a damn solid Pale Ale. In the IPA dominated style this is a great flavorful substitute. This would be a great everyday drinker option.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps the most complex Pale Ale I've ever had this delivers a ton of hop goodness but a significant malt structure. Massive lemon notes, I taste peaches, apricot, nectarine, honey, some floral notes, rose petal, caramel malt and wheat.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Murky, hazy light orange, slight lemon color. Whispy head, do not see any clinging lace.

Smell: Lots of citrus up front, some biscuit malt aroma, slight herbal notes

Taste: Again more citrus, slighltly sweet caramel malt character, dry and balanced. Delicious, could sip this one or pound several in a row. Very flavorable. Nice balance between malt/hops,/ clean yeast/ dryness

Feel: light crisp, light to medium body. fairly low carbonation.

O: Love this one! one of the better "normal" offerings in four packs from Prairie. Despite the steep pricetag, this one was worth it, and I'd say one of the better pale ales I've had in a long time!

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Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice chill haze golden honey hue with a solid fat one finger creamy white head that fades to leave a thin creamy blanket. No real lacing though. 3.75 (x .05 = .188)

S - Aromas of lightly sweet malts, tea leaves, juicy fruit chewing gum, faint pineapple. Rather interesting aroma, a nice tropical bubblegum aroma going on. 4.5 (x .2 = .9)

T - Taste is not quite as good as the nose. Sweeter malts, lots of herbal tea leaf flavour, light caramel, very crisp, maybe some light pear. The finish is very light bitterness. Interesting hop choice here; this beer is fresh so the lack of tropical juicy fruit gum on the taste that was there on the nose is deliberate and unfortunate. 4 (x .45 = 1.8)

M - Mouthfeel is very crisp and clean, very nice carbonation, very light drinking. 4.25 (x .1 = .425)

O - Overall, this was an interesting beer. All about the hop choice and while it led to a very pleasant nose I wish it translated over onto the taste. That being said, a very solid offering from Prairie. 4 (x .2 = .8)

Total Rating Score: 4.11
Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of stephens101
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes 8/19/14*

Looking for something a bit beyond the garden variety PA. Hope this is it.

Plenty of dingy white froth grows quick atop this golden brew.

Herbal hops, melon and rind aroma.

Spicy and fruity with a masked mustiness. Slight chalk at the very end.

Medium in body as it should be. Interesting yet mellow makes for a good combination.

Exactly what I was looking for.

*Tulsa Rugby Ale has stood the test of time and has become one of my standard go-to beers.

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Photo of Moose90
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served On-Tap

A — Pours an orangey and mostly clear hue into the glass, there is a nice looking off-white colored head that forms on top and leaves behind some consistent enough lacing.

S — Smell is light and floral, with notes of tangerine, and chewy orange, notes of pine and resin help cut through some of the sweetness.

T — Doughy and malt forward initially, though it develops into a real pungent, floral, and bitter hop profile with notes of orange, tangerine, piney and resinous towards the finish.

M — Medium bodied, though fairly dry towards the finish, nice balance.

O — Very good overall, a nice lighter offering from Prairie.

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Photo of Ri0
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12 oz bottle into snifter. Shout out to Ken for sending this to me.

A - A nice looking cloudy apricot orange. Good 2 finger white head forms and leaves a collar with splotchy lacing.

S - Big citrus aroma, grapefruit, orange, and some apricot. Nice floral hops with a bit of straw and hint of funk. Sweet biscuit malts fill it in.

T- Fruity and citrus, grapefruit, orange, apricot. More floral hops with a touch of bitterness. Some balance is found with the sweet biscuit maltiness.

M - Light bodied with a citrus, bitter, dry finish. Carbonation holds up well.

O - Just another great beer from Prairie Ales. The OK state is doing much better than "Okay."

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, cloudy, murky orange. Probably not the most beautiful looking pale ale color I have seen. But a fluffy white head of about 2.5 fingers, along with fantastic retention and lacing make up for the color.

S- Wonderful hop profile get it started. Can almost smell the stickiness. Grapefruit pith, orange peel, and slight pine. Enough of a sweet, bready malt base to stand up to it.

T- Nice balance here. I enjoy the apricot and juicy fruits together with all the characteristics that the nose leads with. I also found a surprising, yet wonderfully timed touch of spice/pepper in the finish. I delightful surprise to say the least.

M- dry as can be. Mid body that borders on being a little heavy for the style. Near chewy almost, but finds a way to still go down fairly easy. Nice warmth in the back of the throat, and just the right amount of carbonation.

O- Another impressive brew from PAA. This brewery just seems to get me. Rugby flows well with a number of layers.

$9.99 for a 6 pack

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the classic "American" pale ale has worn tiresome on the palates of the contemporary beer drinker, a more hop-forward flavor emerges- one with elevated, and often newer and more exotic hop flavors, and a body that's drier, crisper and cleaner. Yet without reverting directly to a more session-type IPA, Prairie has found out how to catch the eye of beer lovers and keeping the style relevant in Tulsa Rugby Ale.

With a slightly burnish goldenrod pour, the beer builds a lofty cotton-like head that entices the eye and draws the senses closer to its tropical fruit and citrus perfume. And as its honey-like, biscuity sweetness rolls onto the tongue, a balanced taste is realized early.

Somewhat British-like in its malt creaminess and supple sweetness, a hint of marmalade pulls from the hop flavors, redolent with ripe oranges, pink grapefruit, apricot and mango. Its honey and thin caramel taste relaxes and allows the ale to follow and IPA track into a softly resinous, lemon leaf, pinecone finish.

Crisp, malty and moderate, the medium-bodied beer is more supple in its sweetness and less caramelized than its ancestor examples of a decade ago. And though the hops take center stage, the ale finishes quite impecibly balanced as it trends malty-dry and leafy bitter in after tow.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper to gold in color and extremely murky. There's a fingernail of off white covering the majority of the top. Lively aroma of dank grassy, piney hops. I taste a nice blend of piney hops and light malt. The mouth is very light, smooth, and quaffable. There's a lot of flavor and you can drink this all day.

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Photo of denver10
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a firey orange-copper with a nice dirty white head. Aroma is orange peel, toasted bread, pine and some gum coming from the Prairie yeast. Flavor follows suit. A creamy, active mouthfeel. Overall, this is a really damn good classic APA with the addition some of Prairie's unique yeast. It is not, however, close to being worth $10.50 a 4 pack as I paid. Points docked for the obscene price.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/5/15.

Pours a murky golden-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, tropical fruit, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, tropical fruit, and pine needle flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with great citrus and tropical hop aromas and tasty flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of smcolw
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Impressive four-finger head. As it recedes, it forms a dimpled dome. The lace is spotty. The color is straw to gold with a solid haze with some bottle-conditioned yeast pouring into the glass at the end.

The smell starts off grainy, as if there is unmalted (pale) barley in the brew. I then get elements of vanilla, cream and very pale malted barley. There's a light, floral hop--almost unnoticeable.

The taste is a bit more pedestrian. I get a good pale malt base and a more biting black pepper finish. Decently long aftertaste with a bit of freshly cut weeds on the back of the throat. The carbonation is fine but above average. Solid body.

Overall, the complexity is strictly in the smell. The taste breaks no rules but does not create interest either.

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Photo of goochpunch
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed apricot honey body. Thin head. Clean nose - light pale malts, citrus hops. Taste is crisp and bright with a touch of toasted malt. Nice citrus oil hop profile. Mouthfeel is light with a moderate carbonation. Solid old school American pale.

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Photo of stevoj
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Boise Co-op. Not your typical post match brew, but really good. Listed as an APA, with tons of Saison character. Cloudy pale golden body with some floaties and a thick foamy head. Yeast is predominant aroma, taste builds some hop bite. Smooth and creamy, mild fruity notes too. Gender bender for sure, but extremely tasty.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Herf!

Appearance: medium orange, hazy, bright off white head, two fingers, some lacing.

Aroma: floral, grassy, herbal hops, some mild pine with light sweet juicy fruity sweetness.

Taste: dry, grassy hops, light citrus, rustic yeast esters, light citrus fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel: lighter bodied, creamy feel, good solid carbonation, clean and easy drinking.

Overall: well done, solid pale ale. Doesn't push any limits, but is easily quaffable and tasty without a whole lot of bitterness.

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Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a chill-hazed bronze/amber with a thumb of cream colored head. Never quite clears up, above average lacing & head retention

S: Pineapple, grapefruit & breadyness

T: Grapefruit, a touch of woody hops, breadyness & some pear up front. Apricot mixed with much grapefruit & grapefruit pith, plus a touch of aspirin & just little bit of pineapple, a bit of peppery hops as this warms. Finishes juicy, peppery & citrussy

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation, nicely balanced, juicy

Super easy to drink, somewhat hop forward for the style, but it works. Not as mind-blowing as some of the other beers Prairie makes, but is a solid/welcome addition to the Okie beer scene. This will be in the rotation as long as I can get it

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a permanent 1/2 inch frothy head and hazy orange gold. Aroma is hoppy (citrus, tropical fruit, grass and pine) and estery/yeasty with a decent whiff of malt. Flavor is hoppy and juicy with a earthy/spicy herbal finish. Mouthfeel is medium and good CO2. Good stuff.

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