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 MaximalC
1.92/5  rDev -45%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Didn't know quite what to expect from this beer, but being a fan of Two Brothers, I figured it was worth investigating. I have to say I was pretty disappointed. Pours a transparent gold color with a meager head that is soon gone. Smell is faint, but what's there is not all that appealing. Flavor leans toward the hoppy end of the spectrum with a wheat aftertaste (reminiscent of Bud Light Golden Wheat, to be honest). Overall, a pretty thin beer with little working for it in any regard. Two Brothers have far better brews than this.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.33/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this on tap at the brew pub as part of a sampler...Pours a medium straw that is clear with a light white head, good retention, ok lacing...The aroma is super light bringing only hints of skunk that is super annoying...The taste is horrendous super skunk all around mixed with a barrage of carbonated skunk, just garbage.

Avoid this.

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Photo of godscorn
2.49/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served in a standard pint glass, from the bottle.

Mimimal head with very little lacing.
Nose reminds me of my grandparents dairy farm. I can smell straw. Weird.
Malty taste with a bit of hops in there. I can taste a bit of citris in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is watery at first, then thickens slightly. Carbonation wasn't impressive, but not flat.

There are better golden ales out there. Wasn't impressed with this.

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Photo of bditty187
2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best By 5/17/05

Clear amber gold with a slight tawny highlight, the color is a little deeper than insipid. That might not sound like much of a compliment but it is a lovely color. The head didn’t form that impressively, at the apex the foam was still less than one finger in height and it quickly faded to a soapy cap. This aspect of the beer is not impressive. There was no subsequent lacing, aside from a speckle or two. It is uninspiring to look at. The nose is buttery with a kiss of popcorn. Floral hops at the back, some herbal spiciness. Disinterested malts. The nose doesn’t explain anything to me. The label says “Golden Ale,” BA says “APA,” RB says “A Belgian Ale” (WTF does that mean!). Two Brothers Website says, “Prairie Path Ale is a Belgian-style golden ale. Prairie Path Ale is a full flavored, slightly bitter, clean and refreshing ale. The Belgian malts along with the Saaz and Goldings hops give this beer great drinkability.” Is this suppose to be like Duvel? They can’t be serious. To me this beer smells more like an English Pale Ale. Whatever it is I don’t find the aroma inviting. The first sip is boring. The second sip is buttered popcorn. The third sip is heavy with the residue of the second sip but some new flavors emerge like weak bitterness and some flowery vibes. Two Brothers thinks this beer is Belgian in nature? You got to be kidding me. First of all it is way to clean, it is also too “English,” and too damn simplistic for me to care. Where are “the Saaz and Goldings hops”? They are not offering any bitterness of note and little in the way of flavor. Either my definition of “Golden Ale” is wrong or this beer is just off. I really don’t understand what is going on. Lets say, for the sake of argument, I completely ignore style “guidelines” and just go by taste. This beer doesn’t taste good. I don’t care for it. Boring with too significant flavors of popcorn. Blah. Medium-light in body, watery on the tongue, the carbonation is low and this only hurts the situation. This beer is not drinkable or enjoyable or anything I’d suggest you try. It will take some serious convincing to get me to try this beer again. I purchased this bottle in Iowa City, IA. Not good.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a quickly diminishing small white head with fine sized bubbles.The body was clear and the hue was golden.The nose was on the weak side but I did detect some malt and hops.The flavor was fruity tasting and the mouthfeel was tingly and smooth.There was very little lacing with this beer.

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Photo of maxson924
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

At the time of writing this, I've never had another blonde ale yet, but the description on this site of blonde ales is pretty spot-on with this beer. In terms of looks, it reminds me of a pale wheat ale and looks quite nice, but in terms of taste, I found it forgettable.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Redbones for some pre-dinner appetizers on 10/18/05.

Poured a very a pale yellow. Extremely carbonated. Kind of made me think of Miller Light it was so pale and light, plus all those carbonation bubbles.

Could harldy pick up much other than some light malts in the aroma. And that was only with some extreme sniffing.

Flavor was very light. Malts were there but came across as very light and kind of like adjuncts. Hops were nearly non-existent.

Kind of watery and thin. But at least it had an ale heft to it and not the lightness of some adjunct lagers.

Drinkable but boring. Not what I would expect for the style. Nice session beer but no real flavor.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours with a gigantic head of thick pillowy foam on top of a clear, slightly orangish golden color. The head was trying to fall pretty quickly, and there started to become voids in it where it collapsed internally. There are a lot of bubbles rising to keep the head frothy.

Aroma: Through the foam I pick up dry grainy malt and some citrus. Other than this, I believe that I get a hint of oxidation, but this may be the grain.

Taste: The flavor is very light and grainy also with some floral and citrus flavoring hops. There is a bit of hops flavor initially that then fades to a dry grainy flavor. When I say grainy, I don't mean sweet. The finish is wet and rather uneventful. As it warms, it is taking on a much more chalky note. I think that this is what I believed was oxidation in the aroma.

Opinion: Well, its not a bad beer. It is too one dimensional for my taste, and is very lacking for an APA. It is definitely more of a Blonde Ale. I probably won't be seeking this out.

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Photo of Vancer
2.71/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fairly hard pour made just a wee bee ivory head, but on a clear and crisp golden ale - just full of sparkling carbonation. Head did have some staying power. Aroma is more along a standard pilsner than anything Belgium. Quaff is the same, almost more English bitter than anything else - woody, resinous and dry in the finish. Surprised by the "average-ness" of this brew, nothing unique or special with it. Not a bad tasting brew, but not one to come back for again.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear light bronze with a finger of head and minimal lacing.

Yeast and wheat, touch of grass and citrus, only a touch.

smooth with yeast and bready. round finish with a light citrus kiss. Not really any strong characteristics however.

medium body with a light carbination. Could drink these as long as you'd care to.

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Photo of Crosling
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Orange. Well orchestated aroma of butter toffee, burnt corn, peaches, spicy and grassy hops along with some grainy and cereal like malts. This tastes like a prairie. Dry, grainy, husky malts put forth notes of caramel, medicine and light fruit. The hops shine through the most here. They are herbal, grassy, quite spicy and not a pleasing combo, for me anyway. Not offensive.

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Photo of benmiliron
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a very raw beer in that the smell and taste is reminiscent of un-fermented malts. Smells like my mash tun, really. It's not overpowering though. Looks nice in the glass, hazy golden color. Hops - alphas only, not too floral, just bitterness. I've really not been too impressed with Two Brothers', and this is no exception.

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Photo of ZAP
2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pretty unique for a golden ale...clear golden in color...barely any lace...the nose is very soft with only some of the Belgian malt and saaz hops making their presence felt in even a slight way....This drinks as clean as it looks....crisp....I wouldn't say it's bitter, but it's got a pilsener like bite...relatively thin(surprisingly a bit watery...the last thing I expected)..not bad....not outstanding...

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Photo of Zorro
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare.

Clear golden colored ale with a small white colored head.Smells a little of aspirin, other than that this isn't really aromatic.

Tastes of soda cracker malt and medium hop bitterness. Citrus hop taste on the tongue. Fairly standard flavor for a pale ale.

Mouthfeel is decent.

Overall just a "Middle Of The Road Ale." Nothing particularly memorable about it.

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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly hazy golden straw, with no much head to speak of. Aroma was sweet, with cotton-candy and vague fruit. Flavor continued to favor the sweeter side, with some indistinct fruit and sugary-grain. Hopping was barely enough to balance. Not a bad beer, but not a lot to commend this beer, either.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

clear pale gold with not much head/lacing. understated nose-some vague fruitiness, sweet malt, and an grassy/vegetal aroma. lightly sweet malts upfront and a light but noticeable bitterness. just over light bodied with appropriate carbonation. maybe a good beginner's or lawnmower craft beer.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.01/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How does this pour such a huge head? I poured about 2/3 of it in a pint glass, and there is about 2 inches of head. It's a hazy orange-gold color, with lots of visible carbonation. Smell is not very strong, light malt and hops. Not a very interesting taste. The malt is very weak, the hops do go well with the carbonation level, though. Not terribly impressive, not bad, though.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a pale blonde with a one finger head that fads quickly to a soapy cap, leaving behind a tattered bit of lacing.

Smell; very subdued aroma, with a little sweetness, and maybe a little bit of apricots. There's really not a lot going on here, probably one of the most bring beers I've smelled ina long tim. At least it doesn't smell bad.

Taste; as with the aroma, there's really not that much going on here. There's a mild fruitiness, but it's a bit hard to nail it down, with a little sweetness to go along. I do get a little bit of some spices as this warms, but as with the fruit their hard to pick out, and the finish is a bit on the metallic side. I hate to call a beer boring, as I do like a nice subtle beer, but this one fits the bill if ever one did.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and pretty smooth, and the drinkability is pretty decent, as there's nothing to really make this one hard to put down flavor wise, other than the lack there of.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a malty golden color and nice head. Aroma was of light to medium hop, but the conditions for smelling were not decent. Hops were adequate in the taste, but not overpowering. Hops were balanced but mild. There was minimal malt feel. Had a very waterdowned overall characteristic. Overall, nice bier for a session drink. Just would benifit from more malt or grains.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: snifter. pours a slightly opaque bright orange color, with a pure white head on top. low retention rate and decent ring-like lacing.

S: not an outstanding aroma at all for a Belgian Pale. Some sweet breakfast corn malts, no hop balance in the nose. hint of honey.

T: flavor is much better. some nice sweet malts, still getting some corn notes. some noble hops balancing them out. good flavor but nothing outstanding. slight metallic tones.

M: smooth and crisp. good carbonation level, with a medium-body.

D: its a very drinkable brew, but a little weak on the flavor for me.

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Photo of semihobo
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle best by 4/2/09.

Crystal clear and light gold in color. Small head fades to an adequate blanket of foam coverage.

Muted smell of crackers, pale malt, and spice.

The taste is dry, very clean, an interplay between a sizable presence of peppery, euro hops and a biscuity / nutty malts. Some astringency. Average.

Mouthfeel matches the dry taste, lightweight but with peppery carbonation.

A drier take on the style, I would like this a little more it if it were a little sweeter. I'm going to keep trying Two Brothers, so far no knockouts though...

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Photo of pmatz2
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 20 oz. Pint glass with an aggressive pour. Little head to speak of. What head there was disappeared quickly. A dark golden color. Slightly sweet , slightly spicy but not overpowering aroma. Bits of hop/citrus and some biscuit smell from the malts.

Body wasn't very complex, might be a good beer to wean your friends off of the macro brews. There was not a lot of hop bite at all with this beer. Stayed on the sweet side

Very easy to drink went down smooth. I probably wouldn't go out of my way for this but it was drinkable

Easy drinking & smooth. Not one I would go out of way to get, but I certainly would not pass one up. Overall middle of the road.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's gold, and a bit hazy. The head is ample, but doesn't last very long. The malts are in the aroma with a slight bready smell. A bit of hops in the aroma too, but nothing special. A solid swigger here....easy to drink, pleasantly mild on the palate, perfect carbonation level. Bready malts make up most of the mild flavor, and hops finish it off, once again...mildly. This beer doesn't quite tickle my fancy, but it's worth a try.

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Photo of tar
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy/hazy light golden color with very little head. Not a very strong smell, but what is present is of fruit and flowers. The label says its "light in color, but not in flavor", I thought, however, that the taste was rather mild. There is a hint of fruit/sweetness and a weak aftertaste. An alright beer, it looks pretty good, but is not very impressive in smell, taste or feel.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Brothers' choice of category fooled me for a while, and I was looking forward to a "golden ale" in the way of a Duvel, and only later realized they are using the latest American nomenclature for kolsch.
Small head, lovely gold color. Aroma: buttery, spicy, grassy, herbal, very dry. To quote them:"Belgian malts balanced by Saaz and Golding hops produce a unique and savory ale, light in color, but not in flavor." A far cry from a Belgian, actually. Texture is thin, finish comes and goes. They're very earnest, and have excellent package design, these brothers, but they don't live up to their own hype. A satisfactory lawnmower beer, but not much more.

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