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Prairie Hop is our hop driven saison. This beer is packed with Simcoe and Citra hops. Notes of peach, mango, and tangerine can be found in the flavor and aroma of this beer. The beer finishes dry which helps the hops jump out of the glass flavor wise.

3fourths' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7979) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2013 750ml bottle. cloudy semi-dark wheat colored body with a billowy and sitcky white head. strongly floral nose with a lot of potpourri, dish soap, wax, mango and peach notes; very yeast-heavy. the vanilla candle wax and tropical fruit esters begin to grow as it breathes, and though my first impression (cold from the bottle) was nice, as it arrives around 55 F there is an ester amplification. I have to say it’s more a design problem than execution. medium to medium-full body; medium aicd; strongly tart; yeast and chalk texture with a lot of gummi malt sugars. an abundance of tropical / fruity American hops appears through the ester cloud, but the core is bitter pine sap. even with a careful pour it’s all in suspension. perhaps you have to sit these bottles upright for a week to settle them out. so here is a beer that I would call more of raw unfiltered wheat IPA (wheat or not, the malt and yeast share similarities with Hefeweizen, flavor-wise) than anything I would call Saison. I like the effort, it has the fundamentals right to land somewhere in the area of XX Bitter (mostly pale malt, strong hop expression, Belgian yeast); but the use of American hops and doughy yeast turns it into a very bitter ester-bomb. the malt texture seems smooth by comparison to all of this, so it’s one of the things I like most about this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (3821) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Aroma is tropical fruit, cloves and herbs/spices. The flavor is citrus, tropical fruit, spices/very mild heat, slightly coarse texture and a tart/bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7571) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Draft. Orange-lemon malt and grapefruit peel aroma. Pale yellow with small head. Sweet floral orange malt and light bitter orange peel flavor. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (3782) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Whole orange nose, Clear amber, medium head. A little farmhousey, lemon zest. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8503) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Half liter bottle shared by jackl, 8/30/14. Pours a clear amber with a thin frothy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of citrus, candied citrus, lemon, earth, mild caramel malt. The taste is citrus, tropical hops, earth, caramel malt. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkSanta410 (268) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a hazy yellowish amber. Bit of visible sediments, cloudy. Aroma is funk, pepper, a bit of tartness. Hints of citrus hops. Taste is nice funk, pepper, citrus hops with a bit of hoppy bitterness. Very smooth. Palate is medium body with medium carbonation. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (4576) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle. Gold with a small head. Nose is Belgian yeast, honey, marshmallow. Citrus, dried wood. Resin. Taste is similar. Tobacco, peach, pear. Belgian countryside yeast. Medium body, soft carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontape (282) - Valley Village, California, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy light gold with a thick ring of foam sticking around the edges. Nose is tropical Simcoe, dank Citra, Prairie farmhouse yeast. Taste is hoppy but not overly bitter with some light funk. Grass, grains, mango, citrus, hay. Finishes super dry, hop notes linger on. Really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (924) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Fresh bottle from Oakland Rd HyVee. Pours hazy straw/gold with ample rocky white head. Mineral, lemon zest, pepper -- Belgian-inspired funky saison I’d say. Despite the name, hop bitterness isn’t huge. They must contribute some of this tropical fruit. Lightly sweet with a ridiculously dry, almost puckering lightly tart finish. Need to chase this one with water. Overall: this is nice. Not $12+tax/500ml nice, but nice enough that I’d drink it again (as long as I’m not buying). Man, when did I become such a cheap curmdgeon?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chiiidog (30) - Lubbock, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Nice saison. A hint of hops comes through in the aroma and taste. I’d like to have Ale & Hop side-by-side to see if I can pick out the hops a little better (I’m pretty sure Ale is this beer’s base).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (944) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
Draft to tulip Lemon, mandarin, wheat, and spruce. Muddy amber with a spotty white head. Taste is mandarin, yeast, caramel malt, and yeast. Subtle, balanced, and good.

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