Ape Snake

Oklahoma
United States
Ape Snake Prairie Artisan Ales Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Ape Snake is a dark, dry hopped farmhouse ale. We’ve taken our dark farmhouse base and dry hopped it with Falconer’s Flight and Centennial hops. The combination of yeast and hops create an explosion of flavors, and this beer will continue to develop as it ages.

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ABV: 
7.9%
IBUs: 
30
Judges Review 
Joseph Formanek's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Prairie Artisan is renowned for brews with amazing complexity. Ape Snake, their dry-hopped Dark Farmhouse Ale, delivers on this promise to a certain extent, but less so than with other offerings. This deep brown-colored brew has a huge tan-colored head of small bubbles that maintains its presence throughout the drink in part due to the high carbonation level exhibited in this brew. The aroma delivers a lightly sour earthy funkiness with a light sweet melony citrus note in the background that is presumably due to the dry-hopping. Not much malt is evident.

While the expectation due to the appearance was that there would be a rich dark malt complexity, the appearance belies the flavor. The malt character in this brew is quite subtle, with an evident, slightly astringent Belgian Saison-like fermentation character dominating the drink. Perhaps a touch of Brett is present with a touch of sourness in the background. The middle and finish delivers a rather harsh piney character with some earthy dirtiness. The body is medium-light. The finish is appropriately dry for the style with a light touch of sweetness at the very end.

All in all, this is a decent Saison, but the complexity is lacking.