Review: Prairie Artisan Ales Funky Gold Mosaic Dry Hopped Sour


It's been about 4.5 years since the last time I've ever had anything by Oklahoma's Prairie Artisan Ales was at the now defunct Barley Brothers in Winnipeg of all places. At the time, Prairie Artisan Ales was well raved about in the craft beer industry as being one of the most in demand breweries at the time. I don't hear much about the brewery on social media anymore but I'm expecting absolutely tasty beers.

Prairie Artisan Ales' Funky Gold Mosaic is described as: “a dry-hopped sour ale. We took Prairie Gold and dry-hopped it with a huge amount of Mosaic hops. The end results are tropical, sour, and an all around new beer drinking experience! This beer is great fresh, but will continue to develop as the wild yeast continues to work in the beer.” 7.5% ABV

Appearance: Opaque with a dark lemon yellow body to it. There's a moderate amount of carbonation in the body and a light snow white head on top, good amount of bubbling action near the middle of the top of the beer, but mostly near the sides.

Aroma: Liberal amount of sourness to it, lots of lemon, a moderate amount of a barnyard funkiness from the (presumably wild) yeast used in the beer. There's something about this beer that reminds me a bit of a lemon Lifesaver, but this really isn't a sweet beer at all. Good amount of acidity to it, thankfully not overly vinegary like many Sours are.

Taste: Very sour but not quite sour enough to make my face pucker up. There's a good deal of lemon and funky yeast notes in here to give it a nice oomph to the beer. Sharp acidic notes on the palate that leaves behind a mild aftertaste lingering long after the beer's been finished. Not overly vinegar-like.. as you can tell, I'm not a fan of vinegar-forward Sours. Light presence of apple and pear, and again.. lemon. There's a nice hop presence that pops up once in every few sips giving off an herbal presence as well as a light hint of piney goodness as well.

Overall Thoughts: Not as barnyard funky as a lot of sours... but it does funk up the more I drink it. It started out a bit tooooooo sour for my liking but halfway through, I'm wanting more of this. I'm not typically a fan of sour beers now days, but this one is great!

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