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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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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