Review: Prairie Artisan Ales Phantasmagoria

A rare India Pale Ale from the good folks at Prairie Artisan Ales! I love the label on this, very spooky. Before now, Phantasmagoria was only available in a very limited amount on draft only. Mostly in Tulsa too, lucky stiffs. Anyway, I’m looking forward to digging in to Prairie’s first double IPA.

Company: Prairie Artisan Ales

Location: Tulsa, OK

ABV: 8.0% ABV

Style/Description: Double India Pale Ale

Price: $14 (4-pack 12 oz bottles)

Appearance: Cloudy light copper pour, big fluffy head, sticky clinging Belgian lace.

Nose: Hoppy citrus aroma, light grasses, some tropical scents. Mangos and pineapples, with light resins.

Taste: Fruity citrus flavors are way out in front, orange peel, lemon and grapefruit. As a compliment to the citrus are the tropical fruit flavors, mango and pineapple. Mild caramel grains attempt to offset the fruit flavors, but the orange juice dominates. For a double IPA there isn’t much maltiness, and the booze is well hidden behind the sweet and fruity hops. Reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum somehow?

Finish: Finishes with bitter resins and orange peel, the sweeter and more delicate fruit flavors going down the throat and leaving some of the harsher notes behind.

Overall: Very nice beer, glad to see Prairie get into the fruit juice IPA game that Roughtail has been excelling at lately. Prairie’s IPAs have never blown me away, but Phantasmagoria is clearly the best one that they’ve put out so far. It’s exciting to taste so many new and innovative IPAs coming out of OK. Drink as much as you want now, these won’t hold up like this very long!

Rating: 4/5



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