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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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Reviews: 140 | Ratings: 419
Photo of Jason_cs
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appears a pale yellow with a thin white head. Aroma of hops, yeast, and some spice. Very light on the taste, with a citrus hint. Feels a little thin. Overall a mediocre beer. Drinkable, but not sure I would order again.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy, yellow-golden color with a thin cap of creamy looking head. The smell is sweet, slightly fruity, a little grainy and spicy. The taste reveals some of the same sweetness, pretty well bitter but not hoppy. There might be a bit of skunk to this bottle, although it's expo is 10/21/08. The mouthfeel is light in body with a creamy carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, this beer is decent, probably better than your average BMC beer but nothing spectacular. I would not make a point to seek this one out again.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into SA perfect pint.

A: clear golden, foamy white head, not much lacing

S: some faint sweet malts on the front, a slight zest of Belgian character which is not at all pronounced, a small bit of hops on the end. Pretty mild on the nose, not a lot of character

T: toast and bread on the front, some spice from the hops on the finish, pretty one dimensional but refreshing and easy drinking

MF: light body, high carbonation

D: this beer is drinkable but boring, reminds me more of a pale lager than a Belgian pale. Overall it is palatable, just very lacking in character

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Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a soft light yellow with a decent finger of airy carbonation.

Clove, herbal, floral, slight yeast spiciness.

Yeasty, floral, very subtle hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, very soft, light, refreshing.

Overall, this is a very subtle brew, but a nice light offering for a hot summer day.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served cold from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Boston Lager glass.

Pours with a nice light golden look, light carbonation leaves a finger of white head that quickly fades.

Aroma is slightly spicy and grassy. Flavor mild, bready, yeasty. Mouthfeel is light.

Nothing special here, certainly not as bold as other American blondes. Glad I didn't pay for it.

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Photo of nightcrawler
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

As Belgian pale ales go, I think this is pretty good. But if I could get it in a bomber, I would go that route. 12 ounces is not enough.

The color is a golden brown/dark tan. The smell is a bit weak, but the taste is surprisingly clean with just a kick of Belgian on the tail end.

I found the ale a bit thick on the tongue, like a flat cola. It wasn't something to savor and "squeeze" in the mouth. But the ease of drinking with the clean finish it makes this a beer I would drink again and again.

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

My wife grew up less than a mile from the Illinois Prairie Path, so when we saw this, we had to try it.
Billed as a belgian-style golden ale, Prairie Path, is lighter in alcohol than is typical for the style.
Poured a golden-color with orange tones and had a decent slightly off-white head. Aroma had a subtle spicy hop character.
Taste was decent with an initial mild sweetness followed by a low-medium hop bitterness. The lower alcohol content than most golden ales means that there is little or no noticeable alcohol in the aftertaste.
Light body and somewhat crisp mouthfeel.
Overall a drinkable beer.

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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 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 NeutroMan
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, with printed "best by" date of 11/21/09. Poured into a tulip.

It took a hard pour to get a barely half-finger rocky white head that metamorphosed rather quickly to a barely-there film. Appearance is a slightly hazy pale orange hue.

Aroma has lots of sweet breaded malts, minimal hops, and some mild fruity character (mostly apricot).

Taste starts out with sweet malts which give way almost immediately to a dry hop finish.

Medium-light-bodied mouthfeel with low carbonation. Fairly easy to drink, but this BPA needs some work.

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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 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 bruachan
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pale gold. where'd my head go?

wheaty, though without haze to speak of. leaves a pilsner aftertaste. some hoppy flavors--nice ones, at that. summery, with a crisp finish, though it's not particularly weak. a touch of bitterness

i am really not sure to what degree this is "belgian" (little corresponding aroma--just pils malts and some floral hop). the brewery website cites the usage of belgian malts, but i'm not sure belgian malts do a belgian beer make. the label says "golden ale" and i reckon it's actually a pretty fair example of that style. light, but present (and nice enough), malt character, good hop contributions. we'll call it a golden ale

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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 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 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 1fastz28
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a light orange color with a smallish head, smell is kinda citrusy, with a light hop presence. taste is first a bit bitter then a more smooth taste. it is not bad, could have a bit more body to it, the mouthfeel is kinda watery, this kinda tastes like a mixture of hefeweizen and a pale ale. its interesting.

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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 bwood06
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Clear golden straw in color with significant carbonation. Head is white, tall, frothy, and slow to dissipate. Head is retained as a thin froth. 4/5

S - Cereal and fresh baked white bread. Possibly a hint of corn. Grassy hops are very prevalent. 3.75/5

T - Toasted caramel malt is on the front with bitter grassy hops on the back end. Some tartness in the middle (green apple-esque). Bitterness lingers quite long. 3.25/5

M - Light and crisp with a drying astringency on the finish. Not quite as carbonated as expected based on appearance. 3/5

O - More bitter than any other blonde that I have ever had but also more full of flavor than any other blonde that I have had up until this point in time. Enjoyable but could have enjoyed even better if bitterness did not linger quite so long. Well hopped blonde but would like to have tasted more balance to the back end bitterness. Good summery beer nonetheless. 3.25/5

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Photo of Yesac
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.. whoops. Got this one trade from jwinship83 - thanks.

A - How bout' that, its gold in color. Pours clear with rising bubbles. Large, very foamy head fades to a thin layer that stays throughout.

S - Sharp bitter sour malt dominance

T - bready character up front and overall, unique wheaty malt taste, just a hint of hop in the middle and finishes with a acidic aftertase

M - The heavy carbonation explodes onto the tongue (to much for my taste) as the bubbles seems to dance off the tongue , thin in body

D - eh, not really my style of brews. I'd only have one due to the aftertaste and smell alone.

For this style I'm going for the Orval Trappist Ale.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

All and all a pretty simple brew, yet fairly likeable and easy to drink. The beer pours a pale golden with orange hues. The head is minimal. The palate is refreshing and clean with ample balance between hop and malt. Not a bad pounder. I'd be interested to try this on tap on a hot sumer day here in Chicago-perhaps as I wait for the next band at a summer street fest.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have gone to this often in summer and with light meals.
I found one forgotten in my cellar this winter.
Had it with salad and then pasta. (Better with the former.)
While they make a few hoppy beers, I find Two Bros beers generally go well with food (and that may be because they started as a brewpub.)
Prairie Path balances the hops and malts. I like balance. I liked the way this complemented the food.
But, I advise drinking their beers fresher than I just did.

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Prairie Path Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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