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

Rich golden color poured from the bottle, pencil thin head lasted the entire duration with good lacing. Good strong hop aroma is present here. The mouthfeel was slightly bitter which accented the hoppy aroma. Overall flavor is very good and rather complex. For a golden ale this one is bursting with flavor. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.

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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 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 chetripley
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

True to the Belgian Pale Ale description, it is "light in color but not in taste". Poured from the bottle to a standard pint glass, fresh until next February.

A-Light golden looks like a pilsner and light, with a 1 finger head with little lacing on the glass.

S-Fruity and yeasty.

T-Instantly sharp tang, a little citrus then bitter end, with bitter aftertaste. Tastes a lot like a Czech pilsner(looks like one too).

M-D- Light and airy, easy to drink, hoppy finish may not please everyone.

Surprised by all that was happening, since the look is very simple.

Not my favorite offering from Two Brothers, nor my favorite style of beer, but worthy of a try yourself.

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Photo of bsp77
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear, light gold but not as much head as hoped.

Smell: Hay, straw, quite floral.

Taste: Light bready malts with straw, grass and floral, herbal hops. Tastes fairly close to a Kolsch.

Feel: Doesn't have as strong of a mouthfeel as a standard Kolsch. It is light bodied, but not as dry or crisp as it should be.

Overall: Pretty much a gluten-free Kolsch, which would be a really good thing if the mouthfeel was better.

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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 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 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.


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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, golden/straw color, with a white head. Leaves a decent amount of lacing down the glass. The aroma is of spicy hops, with a touch of malt aroma. The flavor is spicy, clean, refreshing, and sweet. The sweet flavor is almost honey-like. Overall, a very clean, refreshing, easy drinking brew.

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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 micromaniac129
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty boring unresponsive beer, as is the case with most blondes.
The golden color is nice, it's clear. The head is wimpy and fading. Carbs are almost nothing.
Aroma has a malty toasted bready smell.
Light tasting with loads of biscuits and toast. No hops.
Mouthfeel is medium in weight with an abrassive finish.
One and done.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of 01/26/2014 printed on the back label. My bottle is a bit different than the one pictured and is named Two Brothers Prairie Path Golden Ale, named after the Illinois Prairie Path which runs close to my house. My first time trying this beer from these guys, expectations are moderately high.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a nice hazed golden orange colored body with some bubbles lazily floating topside. One finger of soapy white head. Looks good for what it is.

S - Smell is of wheat, grains, light corn, grass, honey, biscuit, and some faint lemon / lime zest creeping in the background. What's there is nice, but there just isn't enough of it.

T - Taste follows the nose: dry grass, grainy Belgian malt, honeyed biscuit, faint citric lemon zest, and some dirty herbal earthiness from the Saaz and Golding hops used here.

M - Feel is sticky, with light bitterness. Grassy and dry. Light-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a simple, yet approachable beer, with a moderate 5.10% abv. Easy drinking and all, but just not entirely too interesting. Glad to have tried it, but I probably wouldn't want it again.

Two Brothers Prairie Path Golden Ale ---3.5/5

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

A great extra from Will that the wife truly appreciated...12oz bottle poured for the wife, with just enough siphoned off for me to review...

A: Clear golden straw with a pretty decent head and some decent lacing left behind on the glass.

S: Bready aroma with suggestions of a dry, yeasty character...hints of fruitiness and toasted bread, bread crust.

T: Lightly toasted grains and bready toast...dryness and yeast esters...small amount of fruitiness and a slight chalky sensation. Very low bitterness.

MF: Creamier light body with a dry-ish finish.

O: Decent gluten-free offering, definitely beer-like and not cider-like, which is my main complaint with most GF 'beers'.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first but certainly not my last Two Brothers offering. This first four of the six pack poured a head that topped a Samuel Smith Pint Glass, so I took it easy on this one and the head was minimal, but still nice looking for the style. Kinda an average beer here on BA, but I really dig this beer. Paired with a frozen pizza just out of the oven and it pairs well. Smell is on par for the style, but taste and mouthfeel are above average and drinkability -- well, I could drink several of these in one sitting. Nice job, Two Brothers.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

1/7/17 re-tasting of a bottle with a Best Buy date of 3 weeks ago (I'm still slow cleaning out my cellar)... I should ask about this beer's gluten-removal process.... Who thinks this affects the taste ?

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Photo of giblet
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

mixed reviews...this beer has a nice golden color with good steady carbonation. good aroma and if you can get to it a good taste.

IF you can get to it. the head and froth were so over the top i could not enjoy. it started foaming in the neck before i ever had it pouring. i could only pour two thirds the glass because of the excessive head. 5 inches of head in a 16 oz glass does not work. i had to let it set for a good 10 minutes before i could even get any beer without covering me nose with froth.

i tried on three bottles too.

disappointing cuz the taste was good.

suckem up and movem out.


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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 JDV
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

bottle thanks to drewbeerme!
Pours a medium to dark gold with a medium lived small white head. Smell is nice anc clean grassy hops which are subtle but nice and fresh. Taste is light and clean malt, with crisp grassy and lightly bittering hops. Smooth, flavorful and easy drinking. Medium to thin bodied with moderate carbonation. I enjoyed this one for sure, despite its relative simplicity.

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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 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 tedsox31
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 into a pint glass. The color is golden and clear. There is a bright white head that dissipates fairly quickly, and it leaves some lacing along the rim of the glass.

The smell is yeasty, as well as citrusy, along with some spices. I also detect some hops in the background.

The taste is more of hops, which are pretty pronounced. There is also a slightly fruity taste; whether this is from the yeast or the malts, or the hops, I 'm not sure.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and also slightly creamy, and there is a clean finish as I swallow. Overall, a decent beer, and one that I would have again. There was just something weird about this beer that I cannot place right now.

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Photo of Act25
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the better Gluten free beers I have tried.

A - Pours a clear, golden pale color with a short and shorter-lived white head. A bit of lace.

S - The aroma is too faint, smells fruity with faint yeast, grain, and caramel.

T - Taste is fresh, juicy, surprisingly good. A great session, summer, food beer. a blend of fruity flavors and with spicy hop and yeast. Finishes with a sweet caramel core but balanced. This is what makes it best gluten free.

M - It was a bit flat, thin, but on the good side crisp and sharp. A light bodied ale for summer.

D - A nice blonde, keeps up with others, and a solid session brew.

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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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Prairie Path Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.49 out of 5 based on 427 ratings.
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