Review: Prairie Artisan Ales Ape Snake

A dry hopped dark farmhouse ale, what is this supposed to be? According to Prairie, this one is made with their dark farmhouse base beer and dry hopped with Centennial and Falconer’s Flight hops. I’m definitely intrigued by the style description and looking forward to this adventurous recipe.

Company: Prairie Artisan Ales

Location: Tulsa, OK

ABV: 7.9% ABV

Style/Description: Dry Hopped Dark Farmhouse Ale

Price: $9 (500ml bottle)

Appearance: Dark almost opaque pour, with a tight tan head and big sticky lace.

Nose: Delicious hoppy aroma, grassy resins with some fruity citrus. Mild spicy saison esters on the nose.

Taste: The first thing that hits me in the flavor is the roasty espresso that was absent in the nose. An interesting juxtaposition with the fresh dry hop. Dank piney hops to begin, with juicy tropical notes as it rolls down the throat. Some peppery herbaceous saison and a hint of farmhouse funk with some Belgian banana tastes. Medium mouthfeel, somewhat oily texture and a thin flat carb. Carbonation is disappointing, I like a my saison a bit fizzier. Could be a bottle to bottle issue.

Finish: Slick and coating finish, some roasted aftertaste with mild Brett notes.

Overall: Interesting recipe, a strange mix of dark malts, light saison esters and tropical dry hop tones. Maybe not my favorite mix of tastes, but a unique brew that is definitely worth trying. I would suggest drinking them as quickly as possible as those delicate dry hop flavors and aromas will be fading quickly.

Rating: 3/5



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