Thursday, September 18, 2014

Prairie Standard Review

Brewery: Prairie Artisan Ales | Beer: Standard
Style: Saison | ABV: 5.6% | IBUs: 25
Serving Method: 12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass

Prairie Standard
Billed as their everyday beer, and a great beer to drink while noodling, Standard is another Saison in Prarie's Saison-rich lineup. With that in mind, this is one of the few Prairie offerings sold in four-packs of 12 oz. bottles. After a brief absence, Prairie recently brought Standard back.

Standard is dry-hopped with Motueka hops to the tune of one pound per barrel. Prairie's farmhouse yeast is employed for fermentation here. No official word on the malt bill.

Here's how Prairie describe Standard:
It's a light, crisp saison with a hoppy finish. A lovely New Zealand hop with a spicy lime like flavor and aroma.
The first four Prairie Saisons I've tried have all been great, so hopes are high here. Let's dig in.

Appearance: A lightly-hazy pale-golden body capped by three fingers of fluffy, white head that fade slowly with excellent retention and patchy lacing.

Aroma: A mix of grassy and citrusy hops, orchard fruit, white pepper, funk, and pale malt.

Taste: Up front, citrusy, grassy, and lightly hops along with mild funkiness. Underneath, a crackery malt backbone anchors everything nicely. Lemon-lime and leafy hops, mild funk, and husky malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: Goes back just a little faster than you'd expect given the alcohol content. This is just what I'd be looking for on a hot summer day.

Verdict: An amazing session choice, Standard has earned a place in my regular rotation. It's not terribly complex, but it is full of character, well-balanced, and highly drinkable. These guys are really impressing me.

Grade: A (4.5 out of 5 stars)

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