Prairie Path Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UncleJimbo on 05-16-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
411
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
21.49%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
50
For Trade:
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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 411
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 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 Blavaq
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light gold, nice head.

S: A bit bitter, grainy scent

T: Good flavor for the style. A bit bitter, definitely get grainy notes up front. I get a hint of a caramel after taste, though I'm not sure what this might be from, possibly from the grain.

M: Good mouth feel, nicely carbonated. Cool and refreshing.

O: A decent ale for this style. I would drink more than one in a sitting. I highly recommend this to folks who are used to drinking nothing but MGD/BUD. This beer will not blow you away. I think a great positive for this beer is it being gluten free, this makes it a great option for those allergic to gluten.

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Photo of Etan
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Libbey craft pint glass.

A: Light orange/pale gold. Translucent. Small white head with ok retention and lacing.

S: Coarse grain, subtly fruity hop reminiscent of apricot.

T: Follows the smell, except the hop serves more of a bittering rather than sweetening role than in the nose. Soft wheat, a hint of sugary malt, wave of hop bitterness, ever-so-slight fruit notes from the hops and esters (unripened nectarine, tangy apricot), another breath of fresh grain and yeast in the finish.

M: Nice body for the style. Carbonation adds some creaminess to the palate.

O: A pretty good blonde ale. I think the hops could have been utilized a bit better in the flavor profile, which could have been a bit stronger in general, but still tasty and refreshing.

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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 match1112
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours from the bottle into a pint glass a clear bright gold color. a fingers worth of bright white head quickly settles to a thin cap leaving little lacing behind. smells are faint, but i can detect some grain, bready malts, spice from hops and light sweet fruits. the taste is bigger than the nose. all of the above blend together very well to create an easy drinking light tasting beer. mouthfeel is kinda thin but average for the style. overall this would probably be better for a long hot summer day, but it hit the spot on a cold winters night with dinnner just as well. plain and simple this is a nice beer.

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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 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 falloutsnow
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Piccadilly in Champaign, IL.

Poured into a St. Bernadus chalice at slightly below room temperature.

Pours a large, 1.5cm head of small bubbles that's fairly pure white in color. This decreases over time to leave a thin membrane of bubbles across the top along with some extensive lacing. Despite decanting carefully, beer is an opaque golden-orange color with what must be some active carbonation to support the continued foam. I don't think a BPA gets better looking than this.

Aroma is faintly tart, of green apples and slight lemon zest. This mingles with some malt sweetness, hop bitterness, and generic sweet fruit scents. Not particularly strong in this category: subdued, but pleasant.

Taste opens with malt sweetness, transitions to a mix with hop bitterness. Fairly standard. Towards the end, there is some nice, bright fruit flavors brought in by hoppiness and yeast metabolites (esters, anyone?). Aftertaste is grain-like, lightly bitter. Overall, very pleasant and drinkable. Would've enjoyed some of the complex fruit aromas to play out in the taste.

This is a fairly light-bodied beer, with carbonation that's adequate, but perhaps overly aggressive for the body's weight. Finish is semi-dry, and pleasing. Still, this so overly carbonated that it foams up in the mouth.

This is, overall, a very enjoyable, drinkable take on the Belgian Pale Ale style. The aroma and taste are to be recommended, though neither are particularly strong. Another Two Brothers beer I will keep my eye out for.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden, with decent off-white head. Lace is detailed and very impressive!

Nose is grainy and lagery. Not bad.

Taste is toasty, with a wee bit of citrus and hops. A pleasant and drinkable golden ale here, without much flash or over-the-top attitude. Not outstanding, but solid.

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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 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 BeerLover99
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A : golden yellow, trace head, very little lacing.

S: sweet citrus, earthy grain, mild spice

T: sweet citrus front, earthy grain middle, hint of spicy dry bitter finish

M: med/light body, dry feel

O: Two Brothers is solid and so is this beer. Nice session beer, but nothing amazing here. Perhaps good newbie brew.

SOLID, BUT NO NEED TO SEEK OUT!

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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 Brunite
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A : Poured into a pint glass. A golden body with a thin white head with decent retention. No lacing.

S: The aroma holds a lemony, straw smell with just a hint of spice.

T: Taste is like the smell. Some tartness....mild spicy...dry grains....a very dry biscuit on the finish.

M: Light body. Crisp.

O: Decent if not memorable. Average beer.

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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 KickInTheChalice
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: In the glass, Prairie Pat is a golden amber color, mostly transparent with a bit of haze and several floating pieces of floating particulate matter. A 1 cm creamy white head is not very impressive. The head fades rather quickly and leaves a light ring of lace.

Smell: There is not that much going on here. The nose has faint notes of sweet malts, noble hops, and a bit of honey, but that is pretty much it.

Taste: The flavor is delicate, but it improves on what I was expecting from the aroma. Light bready malt provides the backbone to support Saaz and Sterling hops, which impart a floral, spicy, and herbal quality, and giving it just a bit of fruity depth. There is a bit of honey at the finish, giving it a pleasant sweetness. This is more light and simple than strong and powerful, but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel: Can Two Brothers trademark this mouthfeel? Bubbly yet smooth and creamy, with enough carbonation to keep each sip very clean. Light to medium bodied.

Drinkability: Although not the time of year for it now, I could see myself having a few of these on a hot summer day out at a BBQ. There is just a little more going on here than 312, the light ale I normally find at such gatherings. Delicate, but not one of the more enjoyable beers I have had from Two Brothers.

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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 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 Ryan011235
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 1/13/10

Best by 2/26/10

Slightly burnt orange with golden highlights a la pineapple juice. Rather clear. Poured one finger head that dissipates quickly to patchy bubbles. Thin retention; lacing is spotty throughout.

Prairie path, indeed. The aroma is chalk full of earthy notes; hops, fresh-cut hay, grass, lemon zest & mild spice. A touch of malty sweetness in the back.

Very nice flavor profile. A modest, well-seated hop note leads off, coupled with a bit of spice; possibly white pepper. This near-seamlessly melds into earthy notes of hay & lemongrass. Floral undertones. Lightly toasted malts in the back.

Medium-light, yet solid bodied. Moderate carbonation is appropriate. Clean finish with a few residual notions of grass & hay lingering.

I like the clarity of Prairie Path. It's bouquet of grassy, herbal & floral tones never come across as muddled or musty. Though not my usual choice, but I wouldn't mind having this one again.

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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 GDBEERMAN
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into imperial pint glass.
Listening to Grateful Dead 01.14.67 Good Morning Little School Girl

A: Nice golden body with a thin white nose which hold good retention. No lacing.

S: The aroma holds a lemon, straw smell, which is nice and upfront.

T: The aroma is a good indication of the taste. The yeast makes a nice presence, but is not over powering.

M: Crisp, Slightly medium body.

D: Good ale, not anything that begs back for more. Very typical, but well done.

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Photo of KBomb
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull golden-amber color, faint and spotty lacing. Appearance isn't terribly inviting except for the sight of robust carbonation that will satisfy a thirsty mouth.

Aroma has a hint of that old-world yeast; ever so slightly fruity and medicinal. Subtly sweet and subtly toasty malt rounds out the smell.

Taste is mild, a little bit of grassy grains and floral hops give it some character, but its lacking any of those classic Belgian notes of fruit and yeast save for a little band-aid flavor.

Though the taste isn't all that impressive, it finishes very clean and coupled with its dry mouthfeel, high carbonation, and moderate weight--its fairly drinkable as a summer afternoon beer.

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Photo of mazingblue
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this bottle into a pint glass.

A: This beer poured a nice golden, almost amber color. A gem of a beer. Also, a medium carbonation. The only thing that disappointed me was the lack of lacing. When poured, I did not even get a finger of head. No retention.

S: I smelled a bit of biscuity-citrus hints. Smell is amazing, though. The hops are not overly aggressive, which is a plus for this type of beer style.

T: I tasted citrus, perhaps lemon. Yes, lemon. I also tasted the biscuity malt. Not a whole lot going on for taste. Good overall.

M: Crisp, lightly carbonated. Not much tingle. Smooth and light.

D: I could take down a 6-pack, no problem. I would continue to purchase this if there is nothing new I haven't tried at my local beer store.

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Prairie Path Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.
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