Thursday, September 18, 2014

Prairie 'Merica Review

Brewery: Prairie Artisan Ales | Beer: 'Merica
Style: Saison | ABV: 6.5% | IBUs: 30
Serving Method: 750ml bottle poured into tulip glass

Prairie 'Merica
'Merica, another of Prairie's many Saisons, is a single hop, single malt variation of the style. The malt used is old school floor-malted Bohemian Pilsner, the hop variety is Nelson Sauvin (three pounds per barrel and dry-hopped), and the yeasts used are the house strain, two strains of Brettanomyces and a wine yeast.

This is the last of the first four Prairie offerings that showed up here in Houston last year, all four of which were consumed over the course of a weekend where I sorta fell in love with this Oklahoma brewery.

Here's how Prairie describe 'Merica:
The Nelson hops provide white wine flavors while Brettanomyces add a juicy quality to the beer.
Sounds good to me, let's light the fireworks and enjoy some good old 'Merica!

Appearance: A hazy golden body capped by a little over a finger of white head that fades quickly, leaving no lacing.

Aroma: A mix of tropical and orchard fruit, grassy, dank, and floral hops, barnyardy funk, white pepper, and pale malt. Just a hint of booze once it's warmed.

Taste: Up front, grassy, tropical-fruity, and moderately bitter hops along with funk, dried orchard fruit and spices. Underneath, a crackery pale malt body grounds everything. Spice from the alcohol throughout. There's a lot of strong flavors here, but everything comes together nicely. Dry hops, pepper, and a hint of booze in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a dry finish. Slickness from the booze throughout.

Drinkability: This drinks much faster than the alcohol content would suggest, making this dangerously smooth.

Verdict: 'Merica is another thoroughly enjoyable funky Prairie Saison with its own character. I'm really impressed with these guys so far, and glad they serve shelves here in Houston.

Grade: A (4.3 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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