Prairie Path Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Prairie Path AlePrairie Path Ale

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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

Perfect, sour macro.

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 pat61
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m drinking this from a craft beer glass 2 weeks after its best by date. L: It pours gold with a very slight haze under a 1” sudsy off-white foam collar that recedes at a moderate rate. S: Moderately low aroma of biscuit, light fruit, earthy, herbal hops character. T: Biscuit, light fruit, a touch melon and tropical fruit, traces of citrus, and a mildly bitter hop accent. F: Crisp, average carbonation, medium light body. O: A respectable, refreshing drink.

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Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This deep golden ale throws out a miniscule head that is reduced to only an edging within seconds. Some nice lacing qualities are noted however. This is a golden ale that you can actually smell the bitterness. The belgian malts also make their presence known to the nostrils. This is an interesting "golden ale." It probably contains the most bitterness I've encountered in such an ale. I like it though. The spicy Saaz notes really make an impression. This beer is almost like a pilsner "ale style." If that makes sense. Very drinkable. And tasty in my opinion. Light to medium body. Nice effort.

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Photo of KI9A
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Into the tulip glass, agressive pour. Beautiful golden, fast head. Some sheet lace.

S: Grains, some malt. Citrusy hops.

T: Just a great balance between sweet malts, nice smooth hops. Cloying funkiness.

M: Crisp. Refreshing. Leaves a mix of sweet/bitter in mouth for a bit.

D: Big drinkabilty here. Screw Budlights "drinkability". This is it. This is my idea of a damned near perfect session beer. Somethnig I can sit down with, and either relax with, or get a snoot full of. I'm not a hophead, but, there is enough hops in here to make me happy. Enough, at least, for a change of pace from my normal diet of malt-bombs. I'm digging this beer, and really digging this brewery. These guys are cranking out some great beers! Second only to New Glarus, as my favorite brewery...and not by much!

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Photo of riboflavin88
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy golden color, two finger white head with some nice lacing throughout the drink. Its nose isn't very strong, but I notice a hint of sweetness behind a faint lemon scent. This beer has a smooth, mild taste, a little spice, a touch of citrus, and mild yeasty flavor. I think the mouthfeel is great, good carbonation, smooth going down. This beer is very drinkable and would pair great with pizza! Awesome for a small brewery outside of Chicago, I plan to try more from Two Brothers.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a slightly hazy orange yellow color with no head. The carbonation was light to moderate. The aroma was sweet and malty. The hops greet you in a similar way as a pils would. There is some floral taste to it. Refreshing but almost dry. This is a very flavorful golden brew. There is the slightest hint of euro smell/taste to it. The mouthfeel is dry and slick. Overall this is very refreshing but complex. As the label states "looks simple but tastes complex". I suggest drinking this not too cold to bring out the flavors.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour was decent, a deep amber color coming through right out of the bottle. Nice clarity in this one as well. Some carbonation bubbling up to the surface throughout did little to enforce the white head which faded very fast.

Nice aroma here with a mix of decent fruit aromas and bready grains. Nice touches of some earthy grains as well and a touch of herbal hops. This carried over well into the flavor were a medium bodied ale led the way. Smooth, though it could have used a little bit more carbonation. Started with a nice rush of sweet malts, light tones of grapes and pears and a small dose of bread like flavors coming through rather nicely. Intresting mix here as the flavor tended to get sweeter as you went on and it tasted a whole lot stronger then it actually was. Still very drinkable and quite enjoyable with dinner.

Overall a very solid beer that I would have no issues with trying out again anyday. About as solid as they come!

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden color with a fine bubbly head. Fair amount of lacing left behind. Crisp, clean smell. Reminds me of spring day (boy does that sound stupid). Mostly light malts with a faint grassy hop note. Taste is light malt with some cereal like flavors to it. Again some faint grassy hop in the finish. Mouth is a little thin. Overall another quality brew from Two Brothers. I would recomend trying all of their brews that I've sampled so far and this one is no different.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark golden orange hue to the body with an off-white frothy head standing about an inch and a half tall. Moderate carbonation and nice lacing make for an appealing look.

S - Soap, grain, malt and subtle hops.

T - Malty start moving to a smooth hopped middle. The finish offers a relaxing malt.

M - The feel is smooth and light. Perhaps a bit of subtle coarseness could bring out a bit more of the grainy flavor.

~ Overall I think this is a quality brew. My lovely wife was kind enough to bring this back to me during one of her recent trips down to the Chicago area. I'm always open to gifts I can drink. I suggest this beer be on your hit list.

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Photo of ADR
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill-hazed hay color with a minimal and very white head. Laces don't develop. Peppery hop aroma, some lemon grass and bitter acridness. Light body with a fairly straightforward light brown sugar malt approach and an attenuated but highly crsip hop finish. Slight bite to a small aftertaste, re-inforced by Saaz aromas. Two Brothers beers are all over the map to me, this one is a keeper as a warm weather refresher beyond the sea of Hefes -- not a big beer but excelling in the bright category.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fluid ounce bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date of 04/21/2014.

Appearance: Carbonation rushes towards the top of the glass and forms a modest sized white head. A clear golden body sits underneath. The head collapses rather fast and leaves a trace of lace.

Smell: Bready grains. Sweet fruit. Minor notes of spiced hops.

Taste: Good hit of grains up front. Sweet citric notes from the hops start to break through the malts. Herbal hops develop through the finish. The hops are somewhat unique but this is really just a straightforward blonde ale.

Mouthfeel: Light-Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Clean and crisp… goes down nicely.

Overall: Nothing extraordinary happening in this brew but it certainly would make a perfect companion on a warm and sunny afternoon.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle courtesy of Shbobdb, (Thanks man, Great selection). The liquid is...Yes, Gold with good carbonation. The head is a big and fluffy off white 2 finger display with a rocky crust.

The smell is faint but hoppy over some whiffs of malt.

The taste is better. Very nice and more complex then this beers more pedestrian Lager counterparts. If you pour this, seeing and smelling a Pilsner of Helles be prepared for a larger array of tastes. This one is quite pleasing as a bouquet of florals are married to a peppy malt base. This brew is masterfully balanced. The finish is nice but a bit odd, I can't quite place it.

The mouthfeel is good, medium body, good crisp bite.

Drink-a-bility is A ok quite a nice refreshing brew. This would be a tremendous pick to keep on hand for those timid BMC drinker that just need to get their feet a little wet to start. Prosit, MK

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. Best By date of 8/31/09.

A - Pale golden honey with few bubbles rising to a two-finger densely packed subtly off-white head. Good retention that lowers to a good covering and stays for a while with delicate, small pieces of lacing on the glass.

S - Lightly sweetened pale malts float delicately behind an assertive but not overpowering hop aroma. Slightly spicy with a touch of pepper and herbal with a light floral kiss. A dab of honey finishes out this subtle yet complex aroma. [Fusel alcohols on the nose later on. A bit solvent-like. Very timid though.]

T - Pale pilsner malts with a light sweet honey essence in the background with an over-arching hoppy spiciness and floral flavor. The finish is medium-dry. A light alcohol solvent-like flavor towards the end appears. Complex yet delicate.

M - Good carbonation yet smooth texture going down. Dry and a bit hoppy bitter on the finish. Medium-bodied.

D - Fantastic balance and good all around, this beer is an easy drinker and something I'd take part in any time I could. Good summer beer or sessioner.

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