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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a bit of lacing on the surface and a thin collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass that slowly faded away.
S: The smell has aromas of grainy malts along with some notes of earthy yeast and spicy hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of earthy yeast and grainy malts along with notes of floral and grassy hops. There is a light amount of bitterness, which particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit clean and crisp on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and is a good representation of the style. It would probably make for a good summer beer or a pairing with a meal.

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Photo of emerge077
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single from Marianos, "best by 4/11/12" so it's plenty fresh.

Poured into a tulip glass, it has a brilliant golden clarity to it. On top is a compact layer of white foam, creamy texture, leaving rings of delicate lacing. Okay retention.

Aroma is coarse and grainy, multigrain bread and slightly sulfuric yeast. Some malt sweetness and mild peppery spice from the Saaz hops.

Smooth feel, light to medium body. Floral, husky grains, light bready sweetness, pepper and yeastiness, with a dry clean finish. Simple and easy drinking, though it's often overlooked (took me years to write a review of it). Not the first 2 Bros. beer i'll usually reach for, but wouldn't turn it down either.

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Photo of zeff80
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, short-lived, white head. It left little to no lacing. A fairly unimpressive appearance.

S - It smelled fruity with notes of yeast and caramel.

T - Nice blend of fruity flavors and spicy yeast. It had a nice sweet caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied ale that is easy drinking.

D - This is a good tasting beer although it doesn't seem like a "Belgian Pale Ale". Still it would make a solid session brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Prairie Path pours a crystal clear golden body beneath an average-sized head of bright white foam. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves some very nice lace at the outset of the glass. The nose delivers a combination of yeast fruitiness, floral and grassy hops, and lightly grainy (and perhaps subtly toasty) malt. The body is medium/light and it's crisp carbonation tingles the palate. The flavor is as might be expected based on the nose, with a bit more graininess to the malt and more floral, herbal and spicy hops than are already suggested. It's anchored by a firm bitterness, and what sweet malt is there at the start fades to a dry finish that lingers with some swirling hop flavors (floral, spicy, grassy). It's an interesting and refreshing beer, but it still remains fairly basic in character overall. Still, it's a nice summer beer to enjoy at the end of a long day as the sun goes down.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light but bready malts, apples & apricots along with a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out full of yeast and malt with light flavors of fruit (apple & apricot) and spice. Then a good background of hops bitterness comes in, but it’s just enough to provide a decent balance. The after-taste is bitter and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, just a little bit filling, may not be quite on-target for the style, but still a pretty good beer. I could drink a few of them, but might look for something a little more flavorful after that.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dark amber with an infusion of orange. All manner of things are swirling around in the liquid: fine, light floaters; fine, dark floaters; slivers that resemble citrus pulp; and large flakes. Within minutes, the larger pieces settle to the bottom, clearing things up nicely. The smallish, yellowed ivory cap is unimpressive and deflates so quickly that the surface of the beer is almost visible (with a bird's eye view) before very long at all. The only glass coverage is a high collar of lace that doesn't look too committed.

There isn't much goin' on in the nose. Prairie Path doesn't smell hoppy enough to be an APA and doesn't smell anything like a Belgian pale ale (or a Belgian Golden Ale, as Two Brothers calls it). To be fair, they've used Belgian malt, not Belgian yeast, so it stands to reason that the aroma wouldn't be all that distinctive. The beer most resembles a weak, English pale ale; probably due to the use of Goldings hops.

Not bad on the palate; at least it's an improvement on the nose. It still doesn't remind me of a Belgian pale/golden ale however. A barely sufficient quantity of lightly bready malt is just able to support the hops; a good mixture of floral, spicy Saaz and fruity, herbal Goldings.

As I approach the second half of the bottle, I find that I'm enjoying the beer more and more. It doesn't break out of the 'slightly above average' mold though because the flavor profile just isn't interesting enough. An unwillingness to play by the style guidelines and a willingness to cherry pick characteristics from several different styles can sometimes be a positive. Here though, it doesn't seem to work as well as it might.

Prairie Path Golden Ale is a hodgepodge of a beer that doesn't quite come together to form a unified whole. Having said that, I felt much more kindly toward it by the tenth ounce or so. Although I won't be looking for another bottle anytime soon, I'm not sorry that I gave it a home.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BBD of 01/19/15

Pours an effervescent gold with a thin beige head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness, malty sweetness, husky grainy notes & grassyness

T: Follows the nose with a little pepperyness up front. Become astringent as this warms, some pear notes as well along with grassyness & dryness. Finishes with bready sweetness, dryness & touch aspirin & grassyness

MF: Slight body, subtle carbonation. Body firms up a bit as it warms

Drank way better than I thought it would, not a bad example of the style

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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 TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Figured I needed a beer whilst moseying down memory lane, and this one was the first to jump outta the fridge. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, light black pepper, a pinch of what seems like nutmeg, and a decidedly light bit o' caramel. The taste follows pretty closely, though the pepper comes through a bit more, and some lemongrass joins the party as well. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice brew, nothing overtly special, but I could easily see downing several of these if given the opportunity.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yippee. Another exciting installment of the American Blonde Ale.

Pours amber touched golden with a strong grain presence on the nose. Flavor brings a lot of the same. One dimensional, but consistent. Feel is okay. This is pretty basic. No real flair. But at least it brings a more hearty character than most of the others in its style.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trying the Prairie Path Ale from Two Brothers out of Warrenville, IL. The appearance is clear golden color with very thin white (almost non-exisitent) head that appears to be trying to lace. The smell has very subtle citrus (lemonny) notes....not much else. The taste is a little bitter due to the citrus twang...not much grain or malt....I am guessing rye is used to give the beer a dryness and ability to clear the pallet except for the lemon sourness that hangs on. Mouthfeel is ok, I think the bitterness/tartness from the lingering pallet grasp of the citrus make this beer a bit dodgy. Overall it is ok....whoever added this beer to the BA has classified it wrong...this is a Golden Ale....not a Belgium Pale Ale.

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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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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 WesWes
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head that fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and Munich malt scent along with a light hop aroma. It seems quite malty; very nice. The taste is decent. It has a smokey malt flavor that boasts of pale, Munich, and rauch malts. The Belgian yeast doesn't seem to be present in the taste. It goes down smooth and finishes with a dry Goldings hop flavor. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a forgettable beer. The appearance suffers (no head retention). The taste is smokey for some reason and the CO2 is less than desirable. It's one and done for me.

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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 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 DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A touch hazy yet it has a nice bright yellow hue and a 1/2 inch of sticky white head.

S - Smell is mild but enjoyable. Fruity yeasts, mild grains, and even some hops which is a surprise for a Blonde ale.

T - Nothing really ground breaking but it goes down easy. The yeasts make a nice fruity impression and the hops are mild and the grains are easy on the palate. Not bad.

M - Light and easy to drink. Great summer beer.

Overall it's not a bland Blonde ale but it's really nothing to buy again. Another great beer from Two Brothers.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Best before 4/3/06. Hmph, and they just recently entered the MA market. Pretty quick for it to be out of date on the shelf...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the clear light golden brew. Head fades pretty quickly down an uneven layer of bubbles, although with lots of white lacing. Aroma is minimal, some pale malt and effervescence. Taste is light pale sweetness, countered and overcome by rounded bitterness that dominates the rest, on through the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, although the bitter is more dominating thatn I would want, and drinkability is acceptable. Nothing much I would strive to revisit here.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden amber with some good bubbling, spradic lacing and a ring foam. The first whiff, whether cold or warm, is sweet butter. As it warms, the buttery malts simmer down just a tad. Then a few other drier grains come up in the tail end of each end. The taste is equally buttery, but with some hard water taste in the middle with a light bitterness at the finish. The palate is a little toasty, sweet, and dry.

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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 Jwale73
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from bgramer (thanks Brendan). Best by 10/21/2008 printed on the bottle. Served in my Delirium Tremens tulip. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a one-inch loose off-white head and copious tiny bubbles in solution. Head quickly subsides into a thin skim of foam and some strands of lacing. Nose is mild and exhibits a light and fruity sweetness; maybe a hint of apricot detectable. Taste consistent with nose with a nice hops/malt balance, as well as a subtle biscuity character at the finish. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied with a full mouth effervescence and a slight bitterness/astringency at the end. Brew went down easy, and has a nice balance, but not really style consistent in my opinion.

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Photo of Suds
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on-tap while visiting Chicago.
The beer is a clear, golden color with a frothy, noteworthy head. Moderate lace. The nose is grassy and fruity, with a substantial citrus character. Light body, and fairly high carbonation. A little acidic trait in the brew as well. Not really a lot of sweetness in this one, but there is a solid, sharp bitter finish. I see this one as a great, refreshing, summer sipping beer.

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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 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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