Borderlands Prickly Pear Wheat
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Serve in Shaker, Weizen


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Prickly pear, grown and harvested locally by the Arizona Cactus Ranch, graces our well balanced wheat beer with it’s unique flavor of cucumber and melon. Our prickly pear wheat is a light bodied, refreshing ale with a great wheat flavor and subtle nuances of citrus fruits like lemon and grapefruit.

Zymurgeist2's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Zymurgeist2 (1869) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 24, 2013
On tap at the brewhouse. Pours a very haze orange-ish, red-ish, pink-ish with an off-white head that lingers. Aroma of yeast and sweet syrup. Taste was very sweet and disjointed. The wheat added some chewyness in the mouthfeel. This was the only beer at the brewery that i thought lost the plot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2016
Tap at some shitty restaurant in Tempe.

Copper pour, not what I expected in a wheat beer. Syrupy flavor with some hop kick, not a lot of wheat character. Not terribly terrible, but I ordered a Two Hearted instead and was quite glad I did.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marheb (5019) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2016
(En fût à la brasserie): Un jus de prickly pear (mangue-ish) subtilement acidulé sur des céréales minces et peu sucrées.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbaaron (1978) - Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Draft at tasting room. Attractive ruby red. No head. Wheat. Vaguely fruity and sorta earthy. Light body. Not a lot going on really.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (13420) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Poured a clear golden amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of wheat, citrus, light prickly pear and light yeast. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of wheat, prickly pear and light citrus with a crisp finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Tap at Fate. Pours a reddish color with a mostly white head. Flavor is simple: watermelon jolly rancher dropped into a light beer. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2013
A reddish copper ale with no head. In aroma, strange mix between cotton candy, watermelon and pear, musky, OK. In mouth, a strange sweet fruity malt with fishy iodine and watermelon, tartness, interesting but becomes cloying in the end. On tap at brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wildbeercat (356) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Growler from BevMo! into a weizen glass; served cold. Aroma: Pretty unique. Cranberry-ish smell. Kind of fruit punch-y too! Appearance: Clear ruby body, not hazy at all. Little to no head. Taste: Definitely tastes like prickly pear! Kind of like prickly pear jam. If you don’t know what prickly pear tastes like, it’s hard to describe. It’s kind of tart, a little sweet, and tastes like a red berry, like cranberry or maybe a little strawberry. Anyway, beer is really fruity and good. Palate: Pretty light, but not thin bodied or watery. Clear and clean. Overall: A fun beer! Definitely tastes unique; how many other breweries have prickly pear beer? Won’t blow your mind with lots of depth and body, but it is certainly refreshing on a hot Arizona day and quite delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2012
On tap at the brewery. Pours hazy orange with a medium white head. This was one of the first batches and I was told the amount of hops used was more than future batches would be. Aroma was huge cascade and citrus notes. Flavor was thin grass and cracked wheat with big juicy citrus notes and thin prickly pear. The hops were huge in this beer, almost bordering ipa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2012
The beer arrives from the tap with a deeply hazed, murky, pink-red stained, dark straw. The beer is topped by a pale, off-white colored head, that is maybe a ¼-finger in thickness. The aroma is earthy & somewhat yeasty smelling and there is also a tartness to the nose, as well as a soft, sort of floral fruitiness that leans towards a berry-like character. Cracker like pale malt aromatics add to the earthiness and there is an almost raw grain like note in the nose as well.

Lightly tart tasting, with a subtler, expressively floral fruitiness. The beer is fairly light bodied, but definitely has viscous slickness to it that is likely from prickly pear fruit. There is that characteristic, bitter, slightly vegetal character that is a signature of prickly pear, but thankfully it is quite subtle here. As the beer warms up the tartness becomes more apparent. The prickly pear contributes flavors reminiscent of pomegranate, tart-not-quite-green-slightly-ripe berries and even a touch of watermelon like flavors. There is a touch of cracker like grain character towards the finish that shows that there is indeed some base beer character here; it definitely has some wheat character to it.

Quite a bit tastier than I was expecting, I really like that this misses the usual pitfalls made when brewing with prickly pear. As one would expect from this type of beer, it is fairly simplistic in its focus on the prickly pear notes, but it keeps this subtle enough that it works fairly well. If this was brewed with a Saison yeast I would likely be quite happy to drink a lot of this.

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