Prairie Gold | Olds College Teaching Brewery

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Olds College Teaching Brewery
Alberta, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by schnarr84 on 04-20-2014

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by BigBry:
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz glass at Beer Revolution YEG - nice to see this teaching brewery put out an IPA!

This beer appears a slightly hazy and glassy, medium bronzed amber colour, with one finger of puffy, spongy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some spackled paint lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of somewhat dank piney hops, earthy orange and white grapefruit citrus rind, a hint of sour apple, gritty pale and caramel malt, and tame floral, grassy, and kind of weedy hops. The taste is rather acerbic, and bitter generic citrus rind, musty pine resin, grainy, and kind of bready caramel malt, and a further minor leafy, grassy, and slightly perfumed hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly accommodating (both structural and playful) in its tightly rendered frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and as smooth as the hovering hops will allow for at the moment. It finishes barely off-dry, the complex hops still holding sway over the lingering malt sweetness.

Overall, this is a pretty heady and enjoyable Yankee IPA from this cadre of Alberta's up and coming student brewers - nice and bitter, but somehow balanced, in that good and often strange way. Anyways, the kids (of all ages), they be all right, man!

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml can poured into tulip.

Pours a deep honey amber with a thin cap of foamy beige head that leaves flaming hot rod paintjob lace as it recedes.

Smells of juicy citrus, dank pine resin and sweet caramel malt.

Tastes of mild bitter citrus and pine, and breakfast biscuit caramel malt. Green floral hops.

Feels bright and refreshing. Medium-light bodied with frothy carbonation. Finishes mildly dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Simple and tasty.

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Photo of BdM
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of headlessparrot
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A respectable, if unspectacular, middle-of-the-road old-school American style IPA (which is to say that, while it's American in composition, its malty, British leanings are still traceable). Orange copper, with nice dense foam and good lacing, offering up smells and tastes that balance dank bitter pine resin and slight bitter citrus pith. Finish kicks with a nice bracing bitterness, though it's not over-the-top. Drinkable, and surprisingly compelling for (comparatively) high ABV.

A very "classic" American IPA, which makes sense given Olds' status as a teaching brewery--master the basics of the style before you get *too* New World and adventurous.

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Photo of mattsander
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of derdtheterd
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leaddog
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a copper with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - piney and earthy hops, grapefruit peel, citrus, bready caramalts.

Taste - Piney and earthy hops upfront followed by pine resin, grapefruit and citrus. The bready caramalts round things out.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness.

Overall - A well crafted American IPA from the folks at Olds College Brewery. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of bitterness from the hops (seeing as this is there first crack at brewing an IPA) I thought it was well executed.

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Photo of Trosevear
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Exeter
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Bunman3
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Whatever they are teaching the budding brewmasters, they must be doing something right! This beer pours hazy but somehow bright, with a decent amount of foamy head that retreats to the edges of the glass. I could not pick up much aroma - a bit of hops, pepper and bread. The taste is definitely on the bitter side - piney hops, malt, and citrus. Overall, this is an interesting beer that represents the style nicely.

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Photo of schnarr84
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Prairie Gold from Olds College Teaching Brewery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 13 ratings