Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Prairie Path Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
140 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by UncleJimbo on 05-16-2002

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 140 | Ratings: 422
Photo of rlee1390
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, not much carbonation, or head, some lacing.

S-Lots of wheat, honey, spices and lemon.

T-Grass, wheat, slight honey, tad lemon, not much bitterness at all.

M-Light some carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

O-A boring, but easy drinking, beer. Try it and then forget it.

 286 characters

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.

 473 characters

Photo of PirateUlf73
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Seems well-carbonated as the bottle cap damn near liberated itself.

A: Hazy golden-orange color with an enormous white head that refused to die. Seriously, I had to wait several minutes for the head to simmer down to a manageable size. It practically climbed out of the glass on my initial pour. A bit of sediment at the bottom of the glass.

S: Moderate malty sweetness to start, with some yeasty fruit character, especially orange and pineapple. Just a tad bit of hop earthiness as well.

T: The initial sweet malt is almost immediately countered by a subtle earthy/grassy hop flavor. Some slightly puckering fruitiness comes through on subsequent sips.

M: Lighter end of medium-bodied and very well-carbonated. Feels slightly tingly on the tongue, and finishes clean and dry.

D: Very quaffable and refreshing.

A noble attempt at the Belgian pale ale style by Two Brothers. It's a beer that goes down nicely, yet rewards savoring as well. Probably wont set the world afire, but a good choice if you're in Illinois.

 1,047 characters

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.

 970 characters

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

Reviewed on 07/31/2009. On tap at Blind Tiger. This beer pours a clear orange with a small head. The aroma is of fruit and bready yeast. The flavor is of bread, yeast, sweet fruits. It is very pleasant drinking and definitely underrated on this site.

 250 characters

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.

 1,531 characters

Photo of Rayek
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip.

A: Pale copper with a slight haze. Carbonation is somewhat active in the form of tiny bubbles. A rocky off-white head starts out well. It recedes fairly quickly to a thin film. Leaves patches of lace.

S: Pears, biscuits, a little lemon and a pinch of pepper make up the nose.

T: Starts out with a fruity apple and pear sweetness that is quickly replaced with a sharp peppery bitterness. The sweet/bitter balance leans toward the bitter side. A metallic flavor creeps in toward the end. It fades into the spicy pepper finish.

M: The body is slightly sticky and has maybe a bit too little carbonation for this style.

D: I liked this beer overall. The flavor is fairly complex and the low ABV makes it easy to imbibe.

 740 characters

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.

 613 characters

Photo of malcontent
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, pale gold body sports a finger and a half of head on a hard pour. Head fades quickly to leave only spotty lacing.

Smells almost like an American wheat beer: lemony tang, grain husks and soft pepper all stand out.

A sour quality prevails throughout the consumption of the beer. A touch biscuit-y at first and then a bit of cereal mash on the finish. Water is detectable and creates a clean finish.

Carbonation is overdone, a real surprise given the lack of a long-lasting head. However, as I continue to drink the beer my enjoyment never wanes. A flawed but highly drinkable brew. One I would have no trouble ordering in the future.

 649 characters

Photo of Maryobeerian
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: gorgeous golden amber with thin foam
Smell: bready, biscuit, fresh cut grass
feel: carbonation in front, smooth in back, a bit thin for an ale but round for a lager
taste: flavor forward, crisp, slight fruit notes, nice bitter at the finish
If I think of this as a lager, it's rather nice.

 295 characters

Photo of dnjmed
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip. says best by 6/8/10

color is orange. a finger of head that dissipates quickly.

weak smell of earthiness and definite saaz hops.

the saaz hops are what i enjoy from the taste. a hint of lemon maybe some currants.

good amount of carbonation makes for a light and crisp mouthfeel

all in all quite drinkable

 346 characters

Photo of tapman
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a special place in my heart as my father and I would take weekly bicycle rides down the actual Illinois Prairie Path past my favorite burger joint and comic book store. Before I reviewed this brew, the last of my six pack, I was sure to share the other 5 with my pops. Ah well, back to work...

Pours a light golden orange. Carbonation glistens as it rises in abundance. Head pours two fingers, but quickly dissipates into a thick, creamy lacing. For the style it could be a little more hazy with a denser head, but compared to most American lagers, especially BMCs, the color is rich and the lacing is sticky and lasting. Still, needs to be unfiltered.

Aroma is that of Hawaiian sweet bread (if you've had the pleasure of trying it) combined with Belgium wheat malts. The bread like Golding hops are, I feel, a nice compliment to the light bread in the malts. Besides bread no discernible hop presence.

Taste is a little thin. Everything is present in the nose, but there is a small metallic tang up front and in the dry finish. As it warms the bread comes out more and the metal becomes less. Hops also become brighter, but the lack of powerful flavors bring this one down. Still, would be great for a summer session at a football tailgate party or any outdoor event.

Mouthfeel is as expected. Not as effervescent as other Belgiums with a thinner than usual body for the style, pale as it may be. On the bright side, when compared to a steam beer, which is what this truly reminds me of, the body is creamier and more effervescent than most. Too bad it doesn't fit the style, but its pleasant enough.

What can I say, it tasted a lot better when sharing it with my dad and thinking of old memories so I will buy this brew again, but purely for sentimental reasons. Not a bad brew, and like I said would be great for an outdoor excursion with a cooler of ice, a grill full of meat, and a hot sun. Would compliment a burger perfectly.

 1,953 characters

Photo of tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden color with moderate white puffy head. Great retention.

Smell shows a light fruitiness, with a touch of bitterness in the background.

Taste shows a nice malt presence, with some frutiness noted. A nicely crisp taste..

Flavor fades a bit too quickly.

A nice easy drinker, but nothing great.

 314 characters

Photo of nsmartell
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark yellow color with a thin white head that lasts for some time.

Smell: Malts, grassy and citrus hops and lemon.

Taste: Just as the smell suggests, but the lemon flavor is more pronounced here than in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and smooth with good carbonation.
Drinkability: Very drinkable brew. Perhaps too drinkable (or I was really thirsty. Not sure which.) This beer was gone before I knew it. Definitely a thirst quencher, more than a sipping beer. Wouldn't seek out again, but wouldn't turn one down.

 654 characters

Photo of kimcgolf
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm swimming upstream on this one, since I really enjoyed it. Poured to a bright amber-orange with nice off-whit head that last well and left okay lacing. Aroma was a pleasant blend of malty fruit, bread and a touch of honey. Mouthfeel is full and brings inthe slight bitterness of hops to the mix. Flavor picks up the bread and fruit of the nose, and the flavor is smooth and long.

A pleasant surprise.

 404 characters

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. Best By date of 8/31/09.

A - Pale golden honey with few bubbles rising to a two-finger densely packed subtly off-white head. Good retention that lowers to a good covering and stays for a while with delicate, small pieces of lacing on the glass.

S - Lightly sweetened pale malts float delicately behind an assertive but not overpowering hop aroma. Slightly spicy with a touch of pepper and herbal with a light floral kiss. A dab of honey finishes out this subtle yet complex aroma. [Fusel alcohols on the nose later on. A bit solvent-like. Very timid though.]

T - Pale pilsner malts with a light sweet honey essence in the background with an over-arching hoppy spiciness and floral flavor. The finish is medium-dry. A light alcohol solvent-like flavor towards the end appears. Complex yet delicate.

M - Good carbonation yet smooth texture going down. Dry and a bit hoppy bitter on the finish. Medium-bodied.

D - Fantastic balance and good all around, this beer is an easy drinker and something I'd take part in any time I could. Good summer beer or sessioner.

 1,105 characters

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

 897 characters

Photo of Chiefy770
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fluid ounce bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date of 04/21/2014.

Appearance: Carbonation rushes towards the top of the glass and forms a modest sized white head. A clear golden body sits underneath. The head collapses rather fast and leaves a trace of lace.

Smell: Bready grains. Sweet fruit. Minor notes of spiced hops.

Taste: Good hit of grains up front. Sweet citric notes from the hops start to break through the malts. Herbal hops develop through the finish. The hops are somewhat unique but this is really just a straightforward blonde ale.

Mouthfeel: Light-Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Clean and crisp… goes down nicely.

Overall: Nothing extraordinary happening in this brew but it certainly would make a perfect companion on a warm and sunny afternoon.

 797 characters

Photo of ADR
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill-hazed hay color with a minimal and very white head. Laces don't develop. Peppery hop aroma, some lemon grass and bitter acridness. Light body with a fairly straightforward light brown sugar malt approach and an attenuated but highly crsip hop finish. Slight bite to a small aftertaste, re-inforced by Saaz aromas. Two Brothers beers are all over the map to me, this one is a keeper as a warm weather refresher beyond the sea of Hefes -- not a big beer but excelling in the bright category.

 495 characters

Photo of cdkrenz
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark golden orange hue to the body with an off-white frothy head standing about an inch and a half tall. Moderate carbonation and nice lacing make for an appealing look.

S - Soap, grain, malt and subtle hops.

T - Malty start moving to a smooth hopped middle. The finish offers a relaxing malt.

M - The feel is smooth and light. Perhaps a bit of subtle coarseness could bring out a bit more of the grainy flavor.

~ Overall I think this is a quality brew. My lovely wife was kind enough to bring this back to me during one of her recent trips down to the Chicago area. I'm always open to gifts I can drink. I suggest this beer be on your hit list.

 654 characters

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!

 949 characters

Photo of beermanbrian
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden color with a fine bubbly head. Fair amount of lacing left behind. Crisp, clean smell. Reminds me of spring day (boy does that sound stupid). Mostly light malts with a faint grassy hop note. Taste is light malt with some cereal like flavors to it. Again some faint grassy hop in the finish. Mouth is a little thin. Overall another quality brew from Two Brothers. I would recomend trying all of their brews that I've sampled so far and this one is no different.

 471 characters

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.

 533 characters

Photo of KI9A
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Into the tulip glass, agressive pour. Beautiful golden, fast head. Some sheet lace.

S: Grains, some malt. Citrusy hops.

T: Just a great balance between sweet malts, nice smooth hops. Cloying funkiness.

M: Crisp. Refreshing. Leaves a mix of sweet/bitter in mouth for a bit.

D: Big drinkabilty here. Screw Budlights "drinkability". This is it. This is my idea of a damned near perfect session beer. Somethnig I can sit down with, and either relax with, or get a snoot full of. I'm not a hophead, but, there is enough hops in here to make me happy. Enough, at least, for a change of pace from my normal diet of malt-bombs. I'm digging this beer, and really digging this brewery. These guys are cranking out some great beers! Second only to New Glarus, as my favorite brewery...and not by much!

 797 characters

Photo of riboflavin88
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy golden color, two finger white head with some nice lacing throughout the drink. Its nose isn't very strong, but I notice a hint of sweetness behind a faint lemon scent. This beer has a smooth, mild taste, a little spice, a touch of citrus, and mild yeasty flavor. I think the mouthfeel is great, good carbonation, smooth going down. This beer is very drinkable and would pair great with pizza! Awesome for a small brewery outside of Chicago, I plan to try more from Two Brothers.

 502 characters

Prairie Path Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.49 out of 5 based on 422 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!