Prairie Madness
Hailstorm Brewing Co.

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #800
ABV:
7%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,080
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 8.89%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
100
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Hailstorm Brewing Co.
 
Illinois, United States
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SCORE
90
Outstanding
Prairie MadnessPrairie Madness
Notes: Mosaic and Simcoe hops
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 100 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by TMoney2591:
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at Mundelein Brewfest 2014.

Still hanging around the Hailstorm table to try out their pale ale. It pours a clear brass topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, pine needles, mild biscuit, light honey, and a touch of orange zest. The taste brings in more of the same, the pine taking a stronger position than before, though its dominance is not secured. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent pale ale, one that doesn't overdo the hops and maintains a solid malty backbone that also doesn't overstep its bounds.

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TMoney2591 from Illinois, Jun 19, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Tucquan from Pennsylvania, Dec 29, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Jul 23, 2019
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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emerge077 from Illinois, Jan 12, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

brandoman63 from Illinois, Dec 06, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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ksimons from Illinois, Feb 08, 2018
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3.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very bitter. not balanced

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Guinnsslvr from Illinois, Feb 15, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

vande from Illinois, Feb 09, 2017
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3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

HabaJohn from Illinois, Jun 12, 2016
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

spointon from Illinois, Oct 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

enelson from Illinois, Jun 13, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

popcornlips from Illinois, Jul 25, 2015
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3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

barnzy78 from Illinois, Nov 07, 2018
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

sleuthdog from Illinois, Jun 13, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden orange with delicately persistent lacing. Nose is papaya and earthy, with mild floral overtones. Taste of tropical fruit, but hops are not balanced by the malt. This is quite the hop bomb. Mouth feel is thin, with minimal finish. This beer does not leave me with a great impression.

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emgong from Massachusetts, Jul 13, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BeerLover99 from Illinois, Jan 27, 2018
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3.22/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

16 oz. can. Mosaic and Simcoe. Amber body with a medium white head. Smells of spicy malts, garlic, floral hops. Tastes of bready malts, garlic hops. Oniony back end. Mild bitterness with a spicy malt finish and just a bit of sweetness. Medium body. Not bad. Strong garlic and onion flavor from the mosaic and Simcoe, though.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Sparky44 from Illinois, Aug 09, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

oldvines from Illinois, May 14, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gotti311 from Wisconsin, Dec 27, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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GrumpyGas from Illinois, Mar 23, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ssimpson89 from Illinois, Mar 24, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

PBIU from Illinois, Jan 27, 2018
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4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

dacubz from Illinois, Mar 25, 2018
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4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

c014572 from Illinois, Aug 08, 2018
Prairie Madness from Hailstorm Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 100 ratings