Prairie Madness
Hailstorm Brewing Co.

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Hailstorm Brewing Co.
Illinois, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #980
Ranked #9,882
4.03 | pDev: 8.93%
Nov 25, 2021
Apr 28, 2014
Prairie MadnessPrairie Madness
Notes: Mosaic and Simcoe hops
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3.74 by Eman17 from Illinois on Nov 25, 2021
4.37 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota on Aug 11, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Canned 8/20/16; drank 9/9/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through dark orange appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a big white head; strong, frothy tree-rung lace.

Grapefruit, fresh flowers & mild caramel notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Grapefruit & smooth caramel flavors up front; dry pine needle notes on the finish.

This is not my IPA profile, to be sure, but it's well-made & drinkable.

Jul 23, 2019
4.5 by jtransel from Illinois on Jun 08, 2019
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4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by defunksta from North Dakota

Poured from a 1pt can into a tulip at 45 degrees,

Look: Pours a beautiful dark, clear amber color with a prominent, foamy and sticky head.
Smell: Strong dank earthy aromas. Heavy hop flavors of pine and tropical fruit. Orange, melon, and candied fruit.
Taste: Dark and earthy notes. Flavor or orange, pineapple, canteloupe and honeydew. But quickly eaten up by dank earthy pine flavor finished with a drop hop bitterness.
Feel: Medium to heavy bodied. Well carbonated. Slightly oily. Resiny but leaves a clean, dry, bitter finish on the tongue.

Compared side by side to 4-Handed Incarnation's IPA: This one has less of a black tea flavor. Slightly more tropical fruit, orange and melon. It is more oily and resinous. Heavier and lasts on the tongue longer. Maybe slightly sweeter too.

Overall: This is an excellent IPA. The mosaic and simcoe hops beautifully characterize this beer. It is dark, dank, and resinous, which is a rare treasure in IPAs. Not to mention it is so well-balanced with dry-hopped fruity melon flavors and a piney, spicy, bitter, clean finish. It has all the characteristics I'm looking for in an IPA. I don't give many beers more than a 4.5 on here... Going on my top 10 list. No wonder it is the GABF IPA winner of 2017!

Mar 18, 2019
3.65 by barnzy78 from Illinois on Nov 07, 2018
4.05 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Sep 23, 2018
3.84 by Rimbimhoot from Illinois on Sep 22, 2018
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5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by chicagocraft from Illinois

World Class!

Sep 21, 2018
3.83 by Bammer21 from Illinois on Aug 20, 2018
4.06 by uncleotis from Illinois on Aug 11, 2018
4.37 by c014572 from Illinois on Aug 08, 2018
4.06 by lochef81 from Michigan on Jul 30, 2018
3.88 by Hondo from Nevada on Jun 28, 2018
4 by akk14 from Illinois on May 06, 2018
4.8 by JCWP from Illinois on Apr 21, 2018
4.36 by dacubz from Illinois on Mar 25, 2018
4.03 by ssimpson89 from Illinois on Mar 24, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by GrumpyGas from Illinois

16oz draft poured into a pint glass shows a partly cloudy orangish amber body and floats a good inch of fluffy white head that disippates to a thin, but persistent cap, and leaves erratic spidery lacing.

Aroma is piney resin, tropical fruit, mostly pineapple, with some citrus hops, and just a hint of a biscuit malt.

Flavors match with more emphasis on the pine resin, especially on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, leaning full, and a sticky finish.

Overall, a fine example of the style.

Mar 23, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by michaelsmith11 from Illinois

Had this fresh, canned two days ago. The look is copper colored with a nice head. The smell is very fruity, lots of citrus, tropical. The taste is citrusy and tropical up front but with a nice bitter finish that cuts through the fruit. It's has a medium mouthfeel with a dry finish. I really enjoyed this beer. The fact that it was fresh and only two days old had a lot to do with it but it was very good.

Mar 16, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ksimons from Illinois

A-dark amber in color with a thin layer of cream colored head

S-aroma is of tropical fruits and citrus

T-taste starts out somewhat sweet with tropical fruits but then ends in a very bitter pine and citrus

M-medium body and crisp carbonation

Overall a nice IPA, maybe a little too bitter in the finish, but glad to get to try it considering it won gold at GABF

Feb 08, 2018
3.81 by Beardown98 from Illinois on Feb 03, 2018
4.35 by BeerLover99 from Illinois on Jan 27, 2018
4.24 by PBIU from Illinois on Jan 27, 2018
4.3 by bowzer4birdie from Illinois on Jan 21, 2018
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by emerge077 from Illinois

Canned 1/10/18, consumed 1/11/18.

Jan 12, 2018
4 by chuckgietzen from Michigan on Jan 11, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

Had this on 2017-10-28 in Warrenville, IL from a 16oz canned on 2017-08-22 and again on 2017-12-06 from a 16oz canned the day before on 2017-12-05. I changed my ratings and comments to reflect this delicious fresh batch. This won gold at 2017 GABF.

A - Gold-bronze with a 1.5 finger off-white head and very good lace.

S - Melon, tropical, mint, pineapple, light dank, biscuit, light caramel, pine. Very nice. I can smell it easily from 18" away.

T - Toasted rye bread, pineapple, pine, melon, light caramel, mint, pepper. Gooey hop bud goodness. Nicely bitter but balanced with residual sweetness.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Resinous and a bit prickly with some residual stickiness.

O - Delicious. My kind of IPA. West Coast style with a big dollop of tropical fruit and melon. Impressive. I understand why it one gold.

Below are my original overall comments from the first time I tried the beer On 2017-10-28 when it was about 10 weeks old. Fresh makes a significant difference. My original overall rating was 4.06.

O - I need to try this fresh at the brewery as soon as my travel and availability permits. I would have gone there today but this isn't on tap. I'm sure it's due to winning gold for IPA at 2017 GABF. Everyone wants to give it a try. At least I was able to find this canned example at Binny's.

Dec 29, 2017
4.08 by Arseel from Illinois on Dec 27, 2017
4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois on Dec 16, 2017
4.53 by NappyB from Illinois on Dec 13, 2017
4.35 by pstam87 from Illinois on Dec 03, 2017
4.29 by Dankacheese from Illinois on Nov 26, 2017
4.1 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin on Nov 22, 2017
4.24 by BeerBeast from Florida on Nov 10, 2017
4.34 by REVZEB from Illinois on Oct 07, 2017
3.83 by hockeypuck from Maine on Aug 18, 2017
4.32 by Eric_T_07 from Illinois on Jul 29, 2017
4 by rossracing from Illinois on Jul 20, 2017
4.15 by shopk from Illinois on Jun 01, 2017
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