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Free State Prairie Pale Ale

Free State Prairie Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   ABV: -
This is another twist on the traditional English Style "India Pale Ale". Served unfiltered. This beer is made from Pale Ale Malt and Munich malt and then powerfully hopped to 55 IBU with Simcoe and Ahtanum hops. Also dry hopped with a generous portion of Ahtanums for a fabulous aroma. India Pale Ales were made strong and hoppy to survive the long journey to the colonies and outposts in the West Indies. The preservative properties of the alcohol and the hops as well as the abilities of the very hoppy beers to mask the trevails of long travel made for some strong and flavorful beers.
O.G. 15.5/1062. Hops - 55 IBUs

tybee199's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tybee199 (13) - USA - DEC 4, 2001
Another excellent Free State brew. The batch I had was hopped with Simcoe, which gave it a very distinctive aroma and flavor. Great bouquet, nice color, nice bitterness (50 IBU). Perhaps a tad too reminiscent of Free State’s Hop jack Ale, but I still dig it. A lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this from a growler he got in a trade with mreusch. Pours a lightly hazy golden orange with a bubbly/creamy off white head that left some lacing. Aroma of cereal grains, floral and citrus hops, bready and hints of iced tea. Flavor of hop flavor, bready/cereal malts, some caramel and citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11538) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Growler acquired in trade with mreusch (thanks!). Poured a medium and hazy orangish color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of citrus, floral, tea, and lightly spicey. Tastes of citrus, orange peels, toasted caramel, and lightly earthy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 5, 2007
On tap at the brewpub. Suprised by the lack of aroma in this beer. The flavor was, for me, better balanced than the Copperhead I had just prior. Stong hop flavor with all the citrus, piney notes but strong mouthfeel and toasty malts as well. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Tap @ FS, pours a clear golden with a slight amber tint, nice white head and good lacing. Hoppy aroma is pine/resin, grass, citrus, and slight lemon. Flavor is a nice bite that lingers, with more fresh hops, and a lively palate. Another well done IPA from FS; well received on a hot and muggy summer evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
TAR (2671) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2005
Draft (Styrian Goldings version): Light golden color. Sticky, finely layered bright white foam wisp. Toasted malt husk, peppery/minty hop aroma with apple hints. Silky carbonation. Moderately grainy. Brash hop textures clash with the buttery yeast. Overt huskiness wreaks havoc on the palate. Unbalanced with only a sparse amount of florally-juicy/honeysuckle Styrian traits. Ends dryly woody and coarsely earthy with dirty yeast flavors muddling the soft hop whispers. The mere trace of bright hop burps fails to offer any redemption. Good, but with Styrians being one of my favorite hops, this was a letdown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2005
O.G. 15.15/1061, 55IBU. On tap at the bar. Orange-gold color with a thin head. Nice lacing. Nice hoppy aroma. Citrus peels, some honey? notes. Taste is a nice, intially sweet malt base that get overtaken quickly by the hops. Resiny, piney hops flavor. Finish is dry, piney. Nice mouthfeel. Ths hops changed for this batch. They used Styrian Goldings along with another that I neglected to write down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Good. Drink this when they don't have barleywine at the pub. Had this on tap. Strong hop character, both boiling and finishing, but not an over hopped beer. Good balance. Pleasing malt body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JAN 19, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2007 Fruity, citrusy, hoppy aroma, with some light malt sweetness. Medium-dark golden color, hazy, with a lasting, creamy off-white head and plenty of lace. Flavor has some biscuity Pale malt flavor and a small amount of caramel sweetness, but overall the citrusy spicy, juicy hop flavors are most prominent, and features some pineapple and herbal tones underneath. Medium bodied, lightly creamy palate. Aftertaste also very hop-accented and satisfyingly bitter. Fresh and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 10, 2003
I could taste the hops the way they smell right out of the package...aroma was conspicuously absent though. Initial bite strong but quickly and sadly diminished.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2003
This beer seems unfinished somehow, and is not nearly as good as Free State’s Copperhead Pale Ale (also an IPA). Bitter and malty enough for the supposed style (English IPA), but the hop aromas and flavors are prominently absent; the bitterness is the only aspect that really shines through. Not bad, but I’ve had much more complex IPA’s, from Free State alone.

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