Prairie Path Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Prairie Path AlePrairie Path Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
twobrothersbrewing.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UncleJimbo on 05-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
431
Reviews:
140
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
12.32%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
56
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 431 |  Reviews: 140
Photo of SamIam
4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

Photo of Johan65
4.68/5  rDev +34.1%

Photo of Chrixsus
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of wac9
4.47/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

what a great beer not hoppy great color goes down smooth I could drink this all night

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Photo of cilldalua
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Boston Blackies in Chicago.

Appearance and smell suggested that this might be thin and light but that just set up the taste which was full with a lot of honey and the mouthfeel which was again full but very smooth. All in all a very enjoyable beer and one you could go back to again and again.

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Photo of andycorns13
4.28/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
4.27/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of livin4jc
4.21/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained from: Sam's Wine, Downers Grove
Sampled on: August 25, 2004

Aroma: Very faint. Has slight hop and lemon aroma.

Appearance: Clear. Very clear. Gold color. Absolutly no head - just a slight ring around the edge of the glass.

Taste: I liked the taste of this beer. I could taste the hops and a slight lemon citrus flavor. It does have an aftertaste, but one that I find quite refreshing. There is not a lot of flavor, however this beer has subtle hints of the Saaz hops, citrus, and spice flavoring. Would be great with heavy food.

Mouthfeel: It was smooth and creamy in my mouth. A little toward watery, but for this style of beer, I won't complain. They make up for it in the taste category.

Drinkability: For a cookout I'd say 5. It is good for the summer when you want something refreshing. For winter, I'd want a little fuller body - something to keep me warm. I'd buy it again.

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4.17/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had procured this bottle at our local, up-and-coming premier bottle shop, The Friendly Greek some time back, but I set it aside in favor of other beers in the backlog. Now, thanks to the ongoing series of snow days, I am confined to quarters and am winnowing through my backlog in an orderly fashion. It is currently Two Brothers in the barrel, to be followed b collaborations and so here goes nothing.

From the bottle: "Crafted to Remove Gluten': "Belgian malts balanced by Saaz and Golding hops produce a unique, savory ale, light in color, but not in flavor"; "Product fermented from grains containing gluten and crafted to remove gluten. The gluten content of this product cannot be verified, and this product may contain gluten."; "Two Brothers is a craft brewery on the outskirts of Chicago that specializes in rare and seldom-brewed beer styles. The two of us - Jason and Jim Ebel - strive to produce the very best beers available anywhere."; "We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do!"

I was concerned that the beer was two months past its "Best By" date and so I employed a very gentle pour which resulted in just a skim of wisps in lieu of head. No problem as I then used the servers' trick and agitated it into producing a finger of foamy, eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow (SRM = 4 -5) with NE-quality clarity and my old friends, Mammon, Croesus and Midas returned for a taste. I leaned in for a sniff and was rewarded with an odor like honey-lemon tea! No joke, the Saaz hops interacted really well with the Belgian malt to create a very mellow smell. I have been fighting a bad head cold of late and this seememed like just what the doctor ordered. My first draught was very tea-like, slightly thin on the tongue in terms of mouthfeel, but very much like drinking honey-lemon tea. I would have probably identified it as a Czech Pils or another type of lager, had they not identified it on the label as an ale. Finish was semi-dry and mellow to the point that I was driven to have a bit of a lie-down. Oh my.

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Photo of sdkuhn
4.17/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color, nice white foam head.
Smells malty, toasty, warm.

Taste: Nearly perfect. Awesome balance of maltiness and hoppiness.

Medium body and very drinkable.

This is my 2nd favorite Beligian Pale Ale - only Troubadour is better for me, and this is much less expensive and locally brewed.

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Photo of champ103
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright, vibrant, and clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Some spotty lace is left behind as well.
S: Saaz Hops for sure. Spicy, earthy, grassy, and floral. Light yeast aromas. A nice lemony aroma. Some honey sweetness and bready malts.
T: Pretty much follows the nose. Lots of Saaz hops with a nice peppery spice. Earthy yeast. Grassy and floral. Herbal tea. A honey like sweetness and finishes with a dry cracker and bread like flavor. Everything is very clean.
M/D: A medium body that is very effervescent. Dry, crisp, and clean. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

Another top notch beer from Two Brothers as far as I am concerned. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.14/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A decent, light-bodied golden ale with a mellow spicy hop character that seems to come from noble hops like Saaz. Pours clear and blond with a firm head that settles to slight ring of bubbles. No lace. Somewhat like a Kolsch but a touch darker in color and with a more toasted character. Just enough bitterness and crisp, toasted malt character to get this one from getting boring. Very clean and almost lager-like. Get this one fresh and it's a delicious session beer. Not sure this has the esters to be considered a Belgian ale; more of blonde, but that's quite alright.

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4.14/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect, sour macro.
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A: Clear, light, golden body with a fleeting one finger off white head.

S: Simple yet inviting mix of sweet and slightly sour bready malt, light peach, and dusty, euro hops.

T: Tasty... sourdough malt and potent dusty and herbal hops... like a perfect Budweiser.

M: Fine grained, well carbonated, thick enough, nice.

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Photo of matjack85
4.09/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this single, 12oz brown bottle as part of a build your own 6-pack at the Trader Joe's store in Glen Ellyn, IL. At just $1 a bottle it was too good a deal to pass up. Clearly marked best before date of 8/11/11 on the back label.

The beer poured a cloudy golden/yellow color, similar to pineapple juice. The 2-finger white head lasted a few minutes and left behind some decent lacing.

The smell was mostly fruity. Nice tropical smell with some lemon zest and sweet malt underneath.

Mild malt sweetness mixed with mild hop bitterness. Well balanced, very tasty, and easy to ddrink.

Light and crisp mouthfell without being overly carbonated.

While this is very good and I would recommend trying it, I was puzzeled a bit as to why it is listed as a Belgian pale ale as there wasn't much Belgian yeast flavor to it at all.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - I love the very classy lable on this bottle! Two brothers always has great designs on thier brews. Clear golden ale with a thin cap of white fizz and some nice sticky lace.

S - Clean and crisp aroma with a bit of citrus (orange and lemon) zest. LIghtly hoppy, citric, and sugared. A very delicate aroma.

T - Sweet orange and lemon with some hoppy rind flavors. Nice crisp malts similar to a German pils IMO. A good dose of hops becomes more assertive as the beer warms, and citric and honey flavors remain pretty delicate and smooth.

M - Nice acidity and carbonation. Thin mouthfeel but very balanced and delicate. A very gentle brew.

D - Very drinkable indeed. What it lacks in strength and complexity, it makes up for in it's muted gentle flavor and aroma. Seems to be more of a pale ale than a belgian though, as it doesn't seem outrageous or assertive enough to be compared to the likes of Duvel and Orval.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice lacy white head on slightly hazed medium golden liquid. Nose is lightly fruity with a phenolic quality to it. The taste is smoothly carbonated mouthfeel with a nice crisp malt base and flowery bitter hoppiness. Goes down quickly. Finishes with a slightly tangy bitterness. Great Summer outdoor quencher.
Thanks to jackndan/BIF6!

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Photo of elginirishpunk
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12zo bottle. Very clear and copper color. Very light carbonation and head thins out rapidly. Suttle aroma of citric hops and light lemon. Taste lingers of only a moment and then discipates. Very light and crsip beer for engoying any time. One of the most suttle golden ales and a very good beer.

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Photo of Tone
4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden, yellow color. One and one half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, lemon aroma, some yeast cleanliness, and some wheat. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth a crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of hops and lemon up front, a sweet malt background, and a hint of spice (all spice maybe). A smooth finish overall, and not a bad brew. The lighter palate of this beer makes it a great summer session brew. I must say that I'm rating this brew a bit higher than the average, and I'm not sure as to why there is such a low average rating. Probably the best lemon beer I've ever had!

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful golden look. Great soda carbonation as well, but nothing artificial looking. Very appetizing.

Smell: Honey and canteloupe or honeydew. Some vague peppery or lemon notes also. Good balance here.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nice flavor profile. I initially get malty honey and melon, and taste a follow up of lemon and pepper hops. Great balance in the flavor here. Sweet and sour. Mouthfeel starts nice and full-bodied but loses some creaminess towards the end and waters down a bit.

Drinkability: Nice look, smell, and taste. A refreshing beer, especially with fish.

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Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Prairie Path Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.49 out of 5 based on 431 ratings.
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