Thursday, September 18, 2014

Prairie Funky Galaxy Review

Brewery: Prairie Artisan Ales | Beer: Funky Galaxy
Style: Saison | ABV: 8.0% | IBUs: 30
Serving Method: 750ml bottle poured into tulip glass

Prairie Funky Galaxy
Funky Galaxy is what Prairie describe as a "black farmhouse ale", which really equates to a "Dark Saison", a lesser known subcategory of the Saison family. While most of the time we think of Saisons as being lighter in color, Dark Saisons are (unsurprisingly) a little darker thanks to their darker malt bills.

While I can't find a list of exactly what the malt bill is here, Funky Galaxy is hopped with Galaxy hops as its name suggests, to the tune of three pounds per barrel. Fermentation is handled with two strains of Brettanomyces and a wine yeast.

I can't find any sort of official description from Prairie on how this bad boy tastes, so I guess we're going in dark here. Let's go!

Appearance: A dark brown, almost black body capped by two and a half fingers of bubbly tannish head that fades in average time, leaving excellent lacing.

Aroma: A mix of toasty malt, piney hops, and barnyardy funk. Plenty of booze emerges as it warms.

Taste: Up front, citrusy, tropical-fruity, piney, and moderately bitter hops along with subtle, but consistent funky character. Underneath, a backbone of chocolatey and roasty malt balances everything out. Roasty malt, light funk, and lots of green hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy with smooth medium carbonation and a drying finish. A little heat and slickness from the alcohol throughout.

Drinkability: As with all Prairie beers I've tried thus far, the moderately-high alcohol content is masked so that everything drinks faster than you'd expect.

Verdict: While it doesn't quite come together as well as the other beers I've tried from these guys, Funky Galaxy is still a great beer. It ends up being reminiscent of a slightly less intense Black IPA with a mild funky twist. With the malt intensity turned up a little, in my mind this potentially could be something special.

Grade: A- (4.1 out of 5 stars)


Note: While this review is being published in 2014, the tasting notes contained within were taken when the beer was fresh in 2013.
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