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Prairie Tulsa Rugby AlePrairie Tulsa Rugby Ale

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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 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 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 braican
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Opens with a pop. A bit more carbonated than average, had to go real slow to pour this one into the glass. Settles slightly hazy and bubbly, a pale yellow with an aggressive head that settles nicely after a few minutes. First thought was that this is much more belgian-y than I was expecting; the nose has those notes of banana and yeast. The taste follows the nose with some earthy hop presence and notes of tangerine, but the flavors are pretty subtle and fade quickly. The feel is the most interesting: It's bubbly, but transitions quickly into that smooth buttery feel. Relatively dry, and easy drinking.

Overall I enjoyed the balanced flavor profile despite it being somewhat light in flavor, though I don't always love that overly carbonated feel. Felt more light a Belgian pale ale in some respects.

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Photo of pkalix
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

the other reviews hit it right on the head.... banana esters, relatively dry and with a belgian twang.... very head-y on the pour, it just kept growing.... it's alright, i suppose; not my favorite in any way. even with the extra headiness, it's beautiful on the pour.... i'd drink it again....

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Photo of SawDog505
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, pretty sure this bottle is well passed prime. Pours a very cloudy orange with a 2 inch head that leaves behind plenty of lace.

Smell is faint orange, some grass, pine, biscuit, and grapefruit. Very faint.

Taste much of the same, orange, biscuit, grass, and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is almost medium, enough life, not dry, and the drinkability is good.

Overall very dissapointed in this one, but it was definitely an old bottle.

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Photo of Davey-C
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled on 3/5/16 from 12 oz bottle with no date and noticeable sediment on bottom. Sampled from tulip. Aroma: initial aroma of Belgian-like phenolics. Aroma developed to reveal light hint of malt sweetness, light hints of continental-like hops and low to moderate phenolics associated with Belgian style. Esters overshadowed by hop and phenolic aromas. Phenolic notes of spices and very light hint of banana. Appearance: light copper color. Very clear with some sediment streaking from pour. Good head retention with 1"+ foamy white head. Head fades leaving skim on top with moderate amounts of fine lacing and rockey bubbles around rim. Flavor: hop forward balance with medium levels of hop bitterness from mid-late palate that linger after swallowing. Hop flavors of floral (light) and hop resin (light). Malt flavors are low and grainy. Finish is dry to moderately dry. Yeast profile of low to moderate amounts of phenolic Belgian strain. Aftertaste pleasant with flavors of grainy malt and moderate hop bitterness. Mouthfeel: medium - medium/low body. Moderate carbonation. No alcohol warmth. Astringency is low to none. Very slight mouth coating creaminess - hidden diacetyl? Overall: pleasant pale ale with moderate Belgian influence. I may have mistaken this for a Belgian, especially if hop bitterness was reduced. Belgian character not expected - would brew with clean American ale strain. Phenolics blend nicely with hops and malts to achieve very pleasant balance. 39/50.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. Beer pours with a pale, murky orange-yellow appearance with a large head that dissipated relatively quickly. Smell is pretty good with a orange and floral hops balance. Taste was a bit weaker than the aromas but it still had a refreshing citrus sour taste with light orange flavors. I enjoyed the crispness of the drink, which helped to bring out the flavors of the drink while helping the drink to be light and refreshing,. Overall, a refreshing pale ale.

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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 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 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 StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a pretty yeasty pale ale as they go. a good one, but not as impressive as i had hoped, and maybe a shade behind the best of what these guys are capable of. its cloudy for sure, especially in the bottom of the bottle. head is nice though, and lasting. almost chalky milky looking, but good. smells hoppy too, less bitter more leafy and vegetal, almost spice at times, and the beer is heavy for what it is, wheat and yeast in combination i think, but i like the weight, its wintery and sturdy. maybe a little less flavorful than it could be, or than it should be. i thought there would be more hops to it, its pretty simple. as rustic and full as it is, its a little bland compared to expectations, but refreshing still, and well carbonated, and well made. for some reason i still expect the world from every prairie bottle, which is a stretch for sure, considering at least half of them are just okay, but the ones that rock really blow the doors off it, and i always seem to hold them to that standard. more interesting than an average craft pale ale, but not quite as dynamic as it might be. high B from me.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Has all the makings of a great pale ale (look + smell), aside from the flavor - where it underwhelms; finish is a little metallic. Almost like they started making a gose and forgot to finish it. Love Prairie but this one is just so-so at best

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Photo of jw4free
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: poured a huge white head. Fades slow, lots of lacing. Cloudy yellow wheat look. S: excellent piney and citrus notes. T: weak, sort of stale grains. Does not match the great hoppy smell. F: nice tingle. Good hop bite. O: this pale ale is not bad.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a single bottle after returning from a trip to Tulsa. This is kind of wheaty, with a hint of banana. The cool label art was worth a quarter point.

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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 mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present that I can see, to my surprise. A new 'American Pale Ale' style to me from Prairie, acquired a single bottle at the local beer store.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a crisp juicy hazed golden orange body, small flecks of sediment seen floating in the glass. About two fingers of thick frothy white head with good staying power, that leaves behind fluffy scattered strands of lace. Looks very nice.

S - A soft, fruity, citrusy aroma. Pale bready malts meet notes of lemongrass, pineapples, peaches, mangoes, papaya, a bit of yeast presence. Not the traditional grapefruit / pine resin aromas normally associated with that of an IPA.

T - Taste follows the nose: a soft, juicy, fruity, floral flavor. Notes of pineapple, peaches, mangoes, papaya - soft tropical fruitiness. Balanced bready malts / yeast presence. Maybe some subtle notes of rye malt? Simple, but it hits it's mark.

M - Crisp, juicy, bready, & dry / yeasty in the finish. Easy-drinking, with light to moderate bitterness present. Light-bodied, with good crisp carb.

Overall, a simple, yet approachable and drinkable pale ale. 'Sessionable' too I suppose, if this beer was more readily available in 6 packs. Not terribly impressive, but worth a try.

Prairie Tulsa Rugby Ale -----4/5.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I'm pretty sure I got a bad bottle since there was definite sediment at the bottom, like heavily sitting there. Had to run water into the bottle to remove it. So I'm sure this is better than what I had, but I think I got the basic idea. Like others have said, it tastes more like an IPA than an APA, medium hoppy, piney; cloudy light-citrus color, foams readily and hangs around. Decent texture and body for a pale ale. I'm not an IPA fan, so I don't think I'd like this even at it's best, but it's probably good for the style, just more as moderately hoppy pine/citrus IPA.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a full 2-3 finger head. Smell is of lemon zest and floral hops, giving it a much more IPA-like aroma rather than a pale ale. The taste is citrus, bread or biscuit, lavender, with sweet, almost honey-like notes.

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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 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 beergoot
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apricot gold color; mild haze; aggressive carbonation; thick, chunky, white head. Fruity aroma; pineapple and pine resin. Citrus flavor, like old orange; yeasty; bready; bold hop bitterness. Medium body; crisp and biting; mostly dry finish.

A decent, flavorful pale ale that offers a punchy, citrus flavor with an interesting combination of soft yeast tones and a strong hop bitterness. The final pour revealed a lot of yeast sediment that really clouded the body. Unique enough and plenty tasty...

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is floral and very grassy. Resin resonates.

Flavor is grassy, with a lightly citrusy undertone and a moderately bitter finish. Becomes herbal as it warms.

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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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Photo of HopHunter19
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up right after it showed up on the shelves at my favorite local store, which is only 2 hours from Krebs OK so i'm assuming this is fresh.

A - a little hazy, nice white fluffy head. Nice lacing
S - has some good fruit character to it, but nothing out of this world. Definitely getting an earthy yeast smell coming from this too, and a weird skunkiness that almost reminds me of drinking Heineken back in the day
T - Definitely interesting, has it's own character for sure. Decent fruit character. Earthy. Yeast flavors present.
M - light-medium, alc covered, aftertaste is standard pale ale flavors
O - nothing to write home about, a good lawn mowing or chilling watching the game kind of beer

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled dated consume before 20151001 poured into a Spieglau IPA glass. Good appearance, moderately appealing nose, enjoyable taste, with a weak finish. Enjoyable, but I won't be buying again.

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