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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Added by UncleJimbo on 05-16-2002

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Ratings: 431 |  Reviews: 140
Photo of rudy0908
1.25/5  rDev -64.2%

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 jscheuf
2/5  rDev -42.7%

Photo of whartontallboy
2/5  rDev -42.7%

Photo of Sweffin
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of FortKnox15
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

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 dmheinz57
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of Cormega
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

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 NJBeer265
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of Knoxrb12
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of Matthew607
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of vinny21bal
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of Jrspop
2.76/5  rDev -20.9%

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 Eastside151
2.79/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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