Total Score: 7.05/10
Another new American brewer has crossed my lovely path (it has a nice shrubbery), this time it’s a Mid-West brewer from Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain, And the wavin’ wheat can sure smell sweet, when the wind comes right behind the rain… or so I’ve heard. Prairie Vape Tricks sounds like an interesting brew – an American Wild Ale aged on cherries. And tonight I’ve sorta got a theme with the beers I’m reviewing – next up is a cherry Porter, then it’s a whey Stout. Anyway, who are these Prairie guys? They seem pretty highly regarded by the beer reviewing community in the US, at least their brews rate highly. Checked out their website, love the label designs – very cool line drawings. Also their Bomb! Sounds like the eponymous (i.e. the Bomb!) Will have to track that one down.
Poured from a 355ml can into a Duvel tulip.
A: Great colour! Hazy ruby red body with a billowy 2 centimetre pink-coloured head that drops back to almost nothing. Carbonation looks pretty fizzy too. This could be a handful of a brew. Still, love the colour. 8/10.
S: Brett yeast funk with sour Morello cherries and a hint of grain character. Bit thin on the aroma side – needs a bit more oomph here. A second whiff reveals a vinous red wine grape touch. Not bad Prairie, not great either, it’s a classic 7/10 here. 7/10.
T: Tart, not crazy tart but it’s got a slight bit of mouth puckering going on, with sour cherry character that is a touch medicinal and a bit too muted IMO. Grain character is prominent throughout and a real distraction – for some reason I’m sensitive to grainy flavours in beer and find them off-putting. Other than that – yeah Brett yeast funk and musty flavours that linger all over the palate. It’s tasty enough not to be boring, but it never really goes far – and as I’m coming up to 1000 reviews brewers really need to work hard for that score. 7/10.
M: Medium(ish) body, a touch thin and watery, with a rather active carbonation that is the hallmark of many a Wild Ale – they tend to go with unpredictable yeasts, ergo the rustic nature of the style. 7/10.
D: Not off to a great start for Prairie, although Vape Tricks isn’t bad it’s just a bit lacking in various places. I’m sure Bomb! A 13% ABV brew with coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and ancho chilli peppers will no doubt be a glorious beer, this American Wild Ale aged on cherries is a bit hit and miss for me, sorry Prairie. 7/10.
Food match: Palate-cleansing beers like this generally do well with cheese platters.