Prairie Birthday Bomb!

This beer was standing on a shelf, gathering dust. I remember when it was almost impossible to find Prairie Bomb!, much less the variants.

ABV: 13%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Prairies are ecosystems considered part of the temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands biome by ecologists, based on similar temperate climates, moderate rainfall, and a composition of grasses, herbs, and shrubs, rather than trees, as the dominant vegetation type. Temperate grassland regions include the Pampas of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, and the steppe of Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan. Lands typically referred to as ‘prairie’ tend to be in North America. The term encompasses the area referred to as the Interior Lowlands of Canada, the United States, and Mexico, which includes all of the Great Plains as well as the wetter, hillier land to the east. In the U.S., the area is constituted by most or all of the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma, and sizable parts of the states of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and western and southern Minnesota. The Central Valley of California is also a prairie. The Canadian Prairies occupy vast areas of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.”

Random: My birthday is in September. This year, it hits on Labor Day.

This beer poured with a two finger, tan head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation. The nose started with roasted malts and chocolate and lactose and a touch of sprinkles. The taste was much of the same. I picked up roasted malts and cocoa along with some sweet milk sugar and sprinkles. The booze was present, but not overwhelming. It had a lengthy finish with roasted malts and sprinkles. I picked this bottle up for $12.25, which came to $1.02 per ounce. This was definitely an expensive beer, but a rare treat that I would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Prairie Christmas Bomb!

It’s starting to get really cold, which makes it officially stout weather. Here we go…

ABV: 13%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Prairie Artisan Ales is small third wave brewery from Oklahoma. Since our founding in 2012, we have brought a unique perspective to brewing. Sometimes that means big bold barrel aged stouts and other times it means super crisp and funky farmhouse ales. Every beer we brew is wrapped in unique, expressive, and interesting art. The experience is unlike any other you can find in beer.”

Random: Whenever it rains, my right ankle starts throbbing. Thanks all those years of hockey and softball.

The beer poured with a one finger, light brown head on top of a black body. Due to the color of the beer, I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose started with all of the expected Christmas spices. I specifically noted cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. The roasted malts came through next with some black coffee. The taste was much of the same. The Christmas spices were the star of the show with lots of clove, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. Coffee, roasted malts and some smoke came through at the end of the sip. The alcohol was really well-hidden, but warmed the back of my throat. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and silky finish with Christmas spices. A bottle of this was $9.99, which came to $.83 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot and with that high of a price tag, it’s definitely a special occasion beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Prairie Pe-Kan

Since it’s Winter, it’s all about the stouts for me. Let’s see how this one was.

ABV: 11.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The pecan tree is a large deciduous tree, growing to 20–40 m (66–131 ft) in height, rarely to 44 m (144 ft). It typically has a spread of 12–23 m (39–75 ft) with a trunk up to 2 m (6.6 ft) diameter. A 10-year-old sapling will stand about 5 m (16 ft) tall. The leaves are alternate, 30–45 cm (12–18 in) long, and pinnate with 9–17 leaflets, each leaflet 5–12 cm (2.0–4.7 in) long and 2–6 cm (0.79–2.36 in) broad. A pecan, like the fruit of all other members of the hickory genus, is not truly a nut, but is technically a drupe, a fruit with a single stone or pit, surrounded by a husk. The husks are produced from the exocarp tissue of the flower, while the part known as the nut develops from the endocarp and contains the seed. The husk itself is aeneous, that is, brassy greensh-gold in color, oval to oblong in shape, 2.6–6 cm (1.0–2.4 in) long and 1.5–3 cm (0.59–1.18 in) broad. The outer husk is 3–4 mm (0.12–0.16 in) thick, starts out green and turns brown at maturity, at which time it splits off in four sections to release the thin-shelled nut.”

Random: I’m not a huge fan of pecan pie. It’s too sweet for me.

The beer poured with a half a finger of light brown head. It dissipated slowly, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with roasted malts and roasted pecans with some caramel. There is also notes of coffee and dark chocolate. I didn’t pick up any smoke. The taste started with roasted malts and dark chocolate. It transitioned into roasted pecans, molasses, toffee and caramel. It also had a black coffee note. The booze was undetectable. It had a thick body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and nutty. This was another beer that I received as a gift, but given how good this was, I would happily pay for a few of these to age. This beer is highly recommended.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Prairie/TRVE Sour Red Farmhouse Ale

I’ve been watching “Law and Order: SVU” religiously this season. Even though I miss the character of Stabler, I’ve been enjoying the season a lot. I never should have stopped watching the show. I think it’s going to end soon though, which would make me quite sad. Let’s talk about beer now.

prairie-trve

ABV: 6.6%

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our beer can now be found in over twenty five states and five continents. Every day we strive to bring you favorites like Bomb!, Standard, and Prairie Vous Francais while also pushing ourselves to create new inspiring beers.”

Random: I need to pick up some more beers of this style. I’ve still only had a few.

The beer poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left a small amount of lacing on the glass with a large crown. The body was a murky brown with a little bit of carbonation visible. The nose had some dark fruit, specifically currants, and a touch of sourness as well. There were red grapes as well. The taste was slightly tart, but not overly intense. It quickly went into oak and vanilla. It had a lot of yeast too. The body was light with high carbonation. The finish was quick with oak and red grapes. A bottle of this wasn’t cheap at $11.99, which broke down to $.71 per ounce. This beer was a standout, but it seems like every beer from the brewery is. If you can find this one, pick up a bottle or two.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Prairie Funky Gold Simcoe

Merry Christmas! At this point, I’m probably stuffing my face with dinner and having some good beers. Here’s my gift to you…

funkygoldsimcoe

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to beerlegends.com, “Simcoe Hops was released in 2000 by the Yakima Chief Ranch in Washington State. Its one of those hops that are closely associated with India Pale Ales, but its capacity does not stop there. Simcoe is used almost to obsession in varying ales, predominantly by American Craft Brewers. Its parents are unknown but is compared to Cascade Hops. Simcoe Hops is a dual purpose hops with high bittering potential. The alpha acid content comes in at 12.0%-14.0% with a relatively low beta acid content of 4.0%-5.0%. The co-humulone for this variety is very low (among the lowest) at 12.0%-15.0%. In total this makes Simcoe a good choice for foundational type bittering in beer. Simcoe is also known for its aromatic qualities. And is described as both fruity and an herbal piney earthy fragrance. The myrcene oil content is a skyrocketing 60.0%-65.0% which is among the highest. And naturally this leaves the other oils at a deficit from the norm with the humulene oil content at 10.0%-15.0%, and the caryophyllene oil content at 5.0-%-8.0%. The aroma in Simcoe Hops is complex, and this is part of what explains its popularity with bold hop heavy ales. Simcoe Hops is a heavy yielding plant at 2300-2500 lbs/acre, which is a theme from some of the Yakima varieties. The bright yellow lupulin comes from the medium size hop cones mid season after a moderately vigorous growing season. Going with the times, Simcoe has been bred for disease resistance which includes powdery mildew and sperotheca. As mentioned, Simcoe has made itself known for the American craft brewing and home brewing warriors, and is available.”

Random: I hate when breweries don’t list all the beers they produce on their website.

This beer poured with a huge and loose, four finger white head that dissipated quickly. I was surprised that it left no lacing on the glass. The body was bright yellow and completely hazy with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with funk and white grapes. I got some grass and hay. The first thing that hit me about the taste was how dry it was. I picked up white wine grapes, hay and grass. After a few sips, some lemon verbena came through too. The booze was hidden. The funk was moderate on this. It had a moderately thick body with light carbonation. The finish took forever with lemon and hay. I picked this up for $12.99 for the bottle ($.77 per ounce). I enjoyed this beer and it reminded me a lot of a white wine. If you’re into that flavor profile, try to find this on the shelf.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Prairie Phantasmagoria

I’ve only read one review of this beer and it wasn’t good. I was hoping they got a bad bottle, but (spoiler alert), I was not a fan of this beer. It’s rare that I say that about a beer coming from Prairie.

phantasmagoria

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Phantasmagoria is an IPA that is low in malt flavors, but high in hops. We brew this beer as a nod to the big hoppy beers of the west coast. We use loads of citrusy and piney hops at the end of the boil and in the fermenter to make this beer a hop experience.”

Random: This comes in at 70 IBUs.

The brew poured with a one finger, thick and fluffy white head. It dissipated slowly and left generous amounts of lacing on the glass. The body was really hazy and lemon juice yellow with light carbonation. I was surprised that I couldn’t see more carbonation. The nose was musty with hay and then grassy hops. I was surprised that I picked up a wheat note too. The taste was…well, interesting. The first thing that I picked up was lemon pledge and old pine needles. It had a green herbal note. Maybe it was arugula? Then, it went into wet hay. It also had a fruity note with a touch of tropical fruit, like star fruit. It had a thick body with a lot of booze. The carbonation was light and could have been amped up. The finish was lengthy with hay, dried grass and dried lemon peel. This beer was expensive at $5 a bottle ($.42 per ounce). I wouldn’t have this one again because of how expensive it was and how weird the taste was.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Prairie 3rd Anniversary Ale

I picked up this beer in New York and couldn’t wait to pop it open. Let’s see how it was.

prairie3rd

ABV: 8.4%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Three years ago, the Healey brothers set out on a journey to make great beer. Prairie Ale has been a key beer in building the foundation of the Healey brothers’ vision, and we could not think of a better way to celebrate our 3rd anniversary than by releasing a version of Ale that has been fermented on fruit. 3rd Anniversary Ale is our saison fermented on raspberries, giving it not only a delightful flavor and aroma, but a beautiful ruby color. We are excited to offer this beer to our friends in 500ml bottles as well as a limited number of 3 liter bottles. Get ready to celebrate because 3rd Anniversary Ale will see distribution later this month! We also have some fun events coming up in Denver during the Great American Beer Festival. Stay tuned for a detailed list soon!”

Random: I’ve been really into saisons lately. I’ve bought more of those than anything else.

When I popped the beer open, it was a gusher. I was luckily right by the sink, so I didn’t lose too much. When I finally got it into the glass, it had a thin, three finger head that dissipated right away. It left no lacing on the glass. There was a small crown left on top of the dusky, orange body. I couldn’t see how much carbonation because of the haziness. The nose had a lot of yeast along with a raspberry preserve note. It also had a white wine grape note. The taste started with the same white wine grape note. It quickly went into a jammy raspberry note and then a lighter bready note than the nose. The body was thick, even for the style with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with bready yeast and white grape skins. A bottle of this was $12.99 ($.77 per ounce). I really enjoyed this beer and would have it again, although I doubt I’ll get the chance to.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0