Welcome to Thirsty Thursday, a weekly column where we pick a beer from our fridge and review it, because in a world where two new breweries launch every single week, sometimes we need some help sifting through all of the hops.
Today is the Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season and I wanted a beer that feels a little more like summer. I know spring just started and I’m not rushing it away, but baseball’s beginning makes me pine for warm, sunny days paired with hot dogs and a nice lighter brew. To help get in that mood, I decided to break my current trend of Double India Pale Ales and instead go with a Farmhouse Ale, so this week’s beer comes from Prairie Artisan Ales – it’s called Twist.
Founded in 2012, Prairie is a self-proclaimed third wave brewery from Oklahoma. While the company makes everything from barrel-aged stouts to fresh farmhouse ales, it also prides itself in their look, creating intricate brews that are “wrapped in unique, expressive and interesting art.” Recently, RateBeer ranked Prairie as No. 82 on the World’s Top 100 Brewers list and Evil Twin Bible Belt, a barrel-aged Imperial Stout, the best beer in the state of Oklahoma for 2018. Prairie offers six year-round beers and a whole slew of special releases each and every month. And Twist is one of those special releases.
Twist is a 5.8 percent alcohol by volume dry-hopped Farmhouse Ale, brewed with Citra hops and just a little bit of citrus. From my research, it seems to have the makings of a non-traditional Saison but to be honest, there wasn’t a lot of information on this beer.
Known for their uniquely artistic labels, this Prairie effort is certainly eye-catching. This 12-ounce can features a primarily blue label with two almost amoeba-looking human silhouettes on the front with a wide range of colors oozing from the background. It really reminded me of something you might see from DC Comics’ famous graphic novel Watchmen. Other than the name of the beer and it’s categorization, there’s no other information listed for the drinker. Not off to a good start, though I still had a good feeling about this one.
When I cracked it open and poured it into the appropriate glass, I noticed the strong dry-hopped aroma, the kind of smell that’s pretty typical for a Farmhouse Ale. There was also a little note of fresh yeast and a little bit of citrus – it smelled like lemon to my mostly untrained nose. It’s definitely a medium-bodied beer and poured with just a small amount of head, which was kind of a wheat color to accompany Twist’s golden and fairly hazy look. I really felt like it had the appearance of a sour beer, given how little carbonation was evident, even from the start.
As far as the taste is concerned, I feel like this was a little more of a complex beer than I anticipated, thanks to a citrus taste at the beginning and a more sour hit on the back-end. In between those, there was a ton of acidity. The acidity is pleasant and not overwhelming, because for some beers too much does it a disservice. Twist was incredibly refreshing, though I think one would be plenty before I’d have to cleanse the palate.
Overall, I thought this beer was quite tasty and would be the perfect beer to start a day at the ballpark. A little more noticeable citrus in the taste would have been preferred but other than that, my only really big knock is that I couldn’t drink several of these at once. I’m not quite sure what the price would be for a six-pack, so you’re on your own there. When I went to BeerAdvocate, I noticed the average score was 4.01 and I would probably just go a little lower than that, giving Twist a 7.5 out of 10.
Stay tuned for next week, because I might just try something from your favorite brewery.