3fourths (9204) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy bright golden yellow. Bottle-conditioned natural carbonation builds a pillowy and patchy white head. Sharp and seemingly sugary tropical fruit / pineapple aroma character that seems to be from both the Nelson Sauvin and the phenols and acids produced by the yeast. Nelson Sauvin are one of my favorite hops overall, and one of the few "new world" strains that I enjoy in nearly every beer in which they are featured. But the aromatic hop character here is more like a strong pineapple / pear / fruit cocktail syrup and less floral than the Moa Pale Ale, which is my favorite Nelson Sauvin-hopped beer of all time. Also, this one has less of a real fruit smell, meaning it smells like fruit candies or fruit syrup rather than actual pieces of pineapple, peach, apricot and lemon. After it warms and opens a bit the yeast seems to blend into and mute out some of the hop aroma, so it becomes more soapy / musty / phenolic, and it’s chalky to boot. I got the same yeast character in the first two Prairie beers I tried. Highly effervescent approach of transparent malt sweetness (really I love pilsner malt and can usually identify it but here it seems lost), turning bitter, sour and bandaid-like across the tongue and palate. So: yeasty, sour, tart, soapy, etc., that ruins it for me. I might start to think that the house strain is the "brettanomyces, ale yeast and wine yeast" mixture I read about for the Prairie Ale. I guess my tastes align more with cleaner beer, and if this was less yeasty and bandaid-like then I could probably really get into the Kiwi hops here. There are a lot of breweries that cover poor technique and cheap ingredients with brutal bitterness and alcohol and treatments and such. I don’t think Prairie is one of them. I think Prairie has the talent to brew exceptional beer, but I think what the brewers like is their sort of musty, brett-heavy, sourish, bitter, barrel-treated beer. Good for them, sucks for me.
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy yellow gold pour with a tall, fluffy off white head. Aroma is loaded with bright citrusy hops and nice fruity and slightly funky yeast notes, a little pepper, nice cereal notes, a little biscuit and tart stone fruit. Flavor is very yeasty up front, with a sort of sour-doughy funk, light earthy fruit, lots of tart and bitter stone fruit, bright citrus notes, a little booziness, light pepper and spicy notes to the finish. Medium body, with a creamy entry leading into a pillowy blanketing cascade of very fine, but slightly sharp carbonation and ending with an off dry, slightly chalky finish. Really good stuff, tastes and smells great (though pretty boozy for my taste in a Saison) and what an interesting and enjoyable mouthfeel.
conway (2210) - - OCT 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Extremely hazy light gold with a big rocky white head. Aroma and taste are tropical and citrus fruit and earthy, musty funk. Slight rubbery aftertaste. Good dry palate and strong carbonation. Really enjoyed this one.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn. This is mega funky. And just when you think the funk aroma is done, in wafts more farmhouse. Pours a hazy orange juice color. I get a touch of the Nelson but the crazy funk from the yeast is the star of this show and I like it.
JBPortland (1492) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 9/29 notes. Shared with John for Breaking Bad finale tasting, beer #5. 500ml bottle pours bright hazy yellow with big 2 finger pillowy head. Nose is big grassy pine, leaves. Mouthfeel is smooth and full with medium carbonation. Taste is a pine forest explosion, big grassy notes, forest floor, mossy, herbal. Finish is more bitter grassy hops with a touch of warmth. Awesome.
Cory (372) - , California, USA - SEP 30, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma is sour citrus and goat cheese, foggy yellow color. Strong citrus that dominates the experience and not very complex or balanced hop notes. Kinda underwhelming and just seems like an okay IPA. For a farmhouse ale it’s mediocre.
JesseBones (60) - - SEP 30, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Has a sour milky aroma and a foggy appearance. The palate is on the thinner side with a few tiny bubbles. Not as sour in the front end as expected but the finish has a hint of lemon. The dairy funk is a little too much to make this one work for me. Would go great with a cheese to help me get past some of the more overwhelming flavors and reveal some of the more subtle ones.
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want1DIPA (227) - - SEP 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber pour at home. Smells like a dumpster, but tastes like pure vagina! I’m honestly hard!
Niko100 (2729) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy pale straw color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of yeast, floral, funk, & citrus; Flavor of slight sweet malt, yeast, citrus (notably lemon zest), hops, and pepper/spice; Dry finish; Fairly high carbonation; Pretty decent.
adnielsen (10538) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Steve’s house, courtesy of myself. Pours a bright light yellow appearance with a white head. Big fucken spicy, weedy, grassy, guava, passion fruity aroma. Big spicy juicy, guava, passion fruity, juicy, spicy herbal, vanilla flavor. Tasty but I could see how many wouldn’t like this.