Review: Prairie Artisan Ales Funky Gold Citra

Prairie’s newest installment in the Funky Gold dry hopped sour ale series gets the Citra hop treatment. A personal favorite hop of mine, I was looking forward to this review, and have enjoyed the previous Funky Gold. Brewed in Krebs, let’s see what the post-Chase Prairie crew can do with the Funky Gold base beer.

Company: Prairie Artisan Ales

Location: Krebs, OK

ABV: 7.5% ABV

Style/Description: Dry Hopped Sour Ale

Price: $8.99 per 500ml

Appearance: Cloudy straw pour, with some orange tints. Moderate head, with sticky Belgian lace.

Nose: Tons of orange citrus aroma, with some bitter zest and peel notes. Aroma jumps out of my glass, I can smell it while it’s sitting on the table in front of me.

Taste: The orange juice promised in the aroma comes through in spades in the flavor, leading the pack on other citrus and tropical esters. Pineapple, peach, lemon and mango all make appearances in front, with the bitter peels of all of them towards the back. As the beer washes down the “funky” portion of the name comes in with some earthy spicy notes of coriander and black pepper. Body is light and dry, with a mild carb.

Finish: This brew finishes with some of the bitter citrus zest remaining, as well as just the right amount of juicy fruit sweetness. Flavors don’t hang around for too long, leaving a crisp refreshing finish.

Overall: Tasty beer here, to be sure, I’d grab one quickly for all the delicate dry hopped juiciness, and maybe sit on one for a bit to see if it gets funkier or dries out any more.  Reminiscent to me of some of the beloved Citra hop bombs like 3 Floyds’ Zombie Dust, with a farmhouse twist on the end. I wish I was drinking this while having brunch, this would go amazingly with an eggs Benedict and a sunny spring patio.

Rating: 4/5



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