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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Reviews: 140 | Ratings: 424
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 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 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 edchicma
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden lemon with a nic epillow head and good lacing. Mainly malt...some hop notes....smells a bit "lagery". Smooth creamy malty on the front, hops kick in a mid-palate...metallic and bitter on the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy, but has an unplasant matallic finish. Because of teh metallic finish, drinkability suffers.

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

I bought a 5 gallon keg of this for the home kegerator. Severed in an imperial pint, the beer pours a bright gold with a dense white head and clingy lacing. Pretty attractive beer here.

The nose is of spices (pepper), some pine, grass and some malts.

The taste is slightly sweet with some noticeable bitterness. The hops add a bit of spice with an aftertaste of pine. The beer has a bit of wheat thin cracker taste which adds a nice element.

The mouth is soft with a bit slickness. This is a very easy drinker, but its not really tasty enough to session. I like it, but I won’t be buying kegs of it again! I'll stick to the occasional six pack from here out.

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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 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 ultralarry2006
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a small head that quickly dissappeared leaving only some surface foam, and a little bit of spotty lacing. Body was a clear orange tinted gold. Looks pretty good.

Aroma - grassy, slightly herbal hops.

Taste - grassy, herbal hops with some toasty, biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, moderate to low carbonation, slight hop oil slickness, semi-drying from hop bitterness.

Drinkability - this is decent, and could be sessionable.

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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 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 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 bjohnson
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color with a very small ring of a head and a bit of algeae in the middle of the pond. Looks a little lively as there are some bubbles coming from the bottom.

S: Aromas of wheaty malts. Didn't notice any hops right away Smells very fresh and sharp.

T: Tastes of a floral hoppyness with a malty background that finishing very fresh. Not full bodied but the balance between the hops and malt are good.

M & D: Mouthfeel and drinkability are ok on this offering from Two Brothers. Very light tasting and easy drinking beer thats refreshing and goes down smoothly. Seems like a very good summer beer as you are sweating on the beach. I would have another one of these if it was offered to me, but not sure if I would go out and buy six pack, unless there wasn't a better alternative.

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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 brewandbbq
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Redbones.
Light gold and hazy with a nill white head.
Very light malt in the nose with earthy hops, firm and crisp.
Light to medium in body, smallish but quaffable.
Moderate hops dominate the flavor profile.
Light malt hidden behind a non offensive hopping rate.
Clean and fruity, hints of citrus and grain, alcohol quite shy.
Finishes quick and unassuming.
Humble as Prarie Path may be, it would make a fine session beer.

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Photo of SurgeonGeneral
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Srving temperature: 50F Serving Glass: Pint Glass

Aroma: Grains up front with a slight spicy yeast character. Malty sweetness & an herbal hoppiness come through next.

Appearance: Cloudy tangerine with ample off white head (excellent retention) and very nice lacing. Spider webs all over my glass.

Taste: Big grains dominate this brew. Bready notes poke through along with the afore mentioned spiciness. Nothing too out there.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with sparkling carbonation & a smooth finish.

Drinkability: A very easy going ale, good for BBQs & other hot outdoor activites. This would be a great crossover beer for the macro drinking crowd. Hilarious- my Mom tried this and gagged because it was so thick. She enjoys Green Light with ice, if that says anything..

Notes: Growing up, I lived just a block away from the Prairie Path this ale refers to. Like other reviewers from the area, drinking this brew always brings back fond memories from my childhood. I could get to the Wayne County Store in 20 minutes flat by bike from my house!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Two Brothers Prairie Path ale brings back good memories for me, as we actually have a trail called the Prairie Path in IL that I spent many hours riding bikes on in my youth...anyway..onto the beer. Pours from the bottle a bright deep golden yellow with a bubbly white head on top. Aromas of lemon dusted crystal, pale malts with a nice backing of spicy, herbal hops. Crisp and fruity with a hint of fresh baked bread. Pretty nice overall.

First sip brings a light, crisp maltiness with notes of fruit. A green, herbal, spicy hop flavor follows and provides a mellow bitterness. A bit bready with a touch of grain husks. This is a very laid back, easy drinking brew that's nicely put together overall and well balanced...but just fails to really grab me.

Mouthfeel is rather light with a bit of creaminess and a good flow of carbonation. Extremely easy to drink this one. My fiance has started drinking this over Miller Lite, which I applaud! I could see having a few on a hot day, but other than that this one leaves me searching for something more.

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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 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 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 blitheringidiot
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Attractive label explaining Saaz & Golding hops. Best by 08/01/05. (Just in time to resue this damsel in distress.) 5.1% ABV.

Pours a hazy light peach hue with a spotty head cap of ivory goodness.

Malty nose of hard candy and some apricot notes.

First swigs: Soft flavors of easy pale ale. Nothing to crazy sticking out. Light hops and light malt balance meet square in the middle. Firm apricot palate. Fruity flavor is fairly one dimensional. Super clean with an ephemeral finish.

Light body feel and crisp carbonation.

Last swigs: A mildly apricot fruited pale ale. Quite benign. Forgetable, edible but not regretable.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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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 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 gbontrag
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

53.5 F
Lustrous golden -- the color of cooked butternut squash, or maybe golden roasted chicken skin. Bawk, bawk, big yeast floaters.
Exploding head, large bubbles, 2 fingers. HOlds its heighth for awhile.

Aroma of detergent with orange zest. Opens bright like an open window on a crisp day. Pale malt. Fresh yeast starter made with a starchy flour like semolina, or whole wheat pastry flour.

Layer of crisp citrus; orange and lime. Chewy grains flash roasted. A great gulper -- I finished that bottle in 30 seconds, or so. Quaf, quaf, it would go great with duck, or goose and roasted roots and tubers, and green beans and almonds.

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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 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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Prairie Path Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.49 out of 5 based on 424 ratings.
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