Prairie Artisan Ales, Dad Bod (Exclusive???)… 4.5/5

I went to the Prairie Brewpub, downtown Tulsa, for a business meeting.  You can see my review of the Brewpub by clicking here.  While there I picked out a couple of beers to drink.  I would have probably had more, but time was short.  The first beer I had was the Dad Bod (reviewed here) and the second the Prairie Ale (review to come).  The Dad Bod is Prairie’s Belgian IPA.  I found that the beer fits the Belgian IPA style.

From the Brewery…

Beer Menu1OK, a first for me… The Dad Bod is a new beer.  At the time of this writing there are only 88 check-ins for the beer on Untappd and all of them have been at the Brewpub.  So I would say this is a house beer for now.  It was not advertised as such, but after the little research I have done I am so happy that I selected to drink it.  The first post on Untappd for this beer was on June 10, 2016.  I had it on the 13th.  Woot!!!!

As for information from the Brewery? I only have what is printed on the menu.  “Prairie Artisan Ales Dad Bod, Belgian IPA, Tulsa OK”

ABV:  7.0%

I could not find anything else on Prairie Artisan Ales’ website.  If I find that the beer has been added to their site I will update this review.  (Let me know if they need a Social Media Dude… I have availability.) Of course anyone with more reliable information on this beer please comment and share with the rest of us.  I didn’t know it’s status when I ordered and did not quiz Andi, my server.  I wish I had been a little more inquisitive now.


The beer has a deep golden color with a clear white head.  There was good lacing on the glass from the head during drinking.  The first nose hit I got off of the beer was the sour/tang smell of yeast.  As expected when picking up a beer listed as a Belgium.  Then a hit off of the hops.

The first taste gave a sharp tang from the yeast and then the hops kicked in giving a slight dry finish.  The taste very much matches the nose.  There was very little malt taste to me.  Throughout the drink there was good carbonation.  The mouth feel was full with strong flavors, making this one of my new favorite beers.


I like this beer.  It is one that I would drink over and over.  If it is on tap at the Brewpub when I make it back there I will probably drink it over and over.  I give it a 4.5 out of 5 on my drink-ability scale.  This is a good beer that was a bit unique to drink and hope to see stand the test of time.

So if you get to the Brewpub, relax, sit back and have ABigBeer of Dad Bod.

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Roughtail’s 3rd Anniversary Ale… 3.5/5

Dropped into The Fur Shop to have a beer with a friend (click here to see review on the bar).  I ended up having a few beers from their great regional selection of craft beers.  I sat down at the bar next to my buddy and ordered without looking at the menu:  Craft, IPA, Regional Brewery, Draft. The beer handed to me was Roughtail Brewing Company’s 3rd Anniversary Imperial/Double IPA.

From the Brewery…

3rd-anniversaryLimited Brew/Limited release, April 2016.

3rd Anniversary is a West Coast style Double IPA brewed with Blood Orange and Grapefruit puree, Citra, Galaxy and El Dorado hops. It’s big, dry, and bitter with a refreshing citrusy aroma and flavor.

  • 7.8% ABV
  • 90 IBU
  • 8 SRM
  • Hops: Warrior, Citra, El Dorado & Galaxy

Note:  If you are a home-brewer (all grain) visit their website for a recipe, nice touch.


When I ordered I didn’t realize that I was getting a limited release IPA.  I figured it out when I told the name and felt glad I had a chance to taste it before it was gone.  Appearance it had a cloudy golden/hazy color.  The head was white and dissipated quickly for me.  The carbonation was good throughout the drinking of the beer.  As expected very little malt flavor.  A good bitter for the Double IPA beer and drinkable.  Well hopped with the taste of fruity undertones upfront along with a dry hop bitter finish. Just so you know a Double IPA is an American beer that focuses on ramping up the hops to 11.

I think the fruity undertones is where it fell down for me.  The slight taste of grapefruit is what made it average.  I don’t generally like grapefruit as a flavor.  Don’t get me wrong it didn’t overpower the beer or make it undrinkable to me.  I did enjoy it, but it was more of just an OK beer, nothing markedly special.  That is why I gave it a 3.5 out of 5.  I know a lot of other people give it higher marks.  So if you would like to add your own review comments below please do so.


Nice to have a limited brew/release available on draft at a local bar.  Granted from the regional breweries we should and do have these options when paying attention.  As for Roughtail’s 3rd Anniversary Ale, a Double IPA, I liked it as a good drinkable beer. I am happy that I got to drink it before it is gone. Would I drink something else if two equally rated beers were available, Yes.

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Shipyard’s Monkey Fist IPA 3.5/5…

Last Friday it was one of those nights where I did not feel like cooking.  It had been a “week” and I just wanted someone else to bring me a meal.  Did not figured I would get the Kid or House Mate to do it (not that I asked)… So pizza ordered and delivered. I also wanted to have a beer to go with it, so went to the fridge and selected Shipyard’s Monkey Fist IPA. (ABV 6.9% IBUs 67.5)  I had some beers from a local liquor store that has a pick 6 incentive already in the fridge.

From the Brewer

Monkey Fist IPA Beer
Poured and Ready to Drink

“Monkey Fist is the name of a knot tied at the end of a sailor’s rope to serve as a weight and make it easier to throw.”

Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA is edgy, aggressive and unique in style. This beer is brilliant copper in color and exploding with flavorful hop character but able to maintain a beautiful balance.

2-Row British Pale Ale, Malted Wheat, Munich, Crystal, Caramalt

Chinook, Cascade

ABV 6.9% IBUs 67.5


My Tasting

Cracked open the beer and poured it into a no stem wine glass.  I like it for tasting as it is not straight sides.  I found it to have a slight Hoppy Nose from the first sniff, nothing strong or overpowering.

The first taste met the IPA expectations of the beer with a Hop forward profile, little more bitter as it should be.  I did not get much malt or yeast taste out of it until the aftertaste.  Then some of the sweet undertones from the malt came through.  There was a good nose while drinking and carbonation held up through out the glass.  It went well with the pizza too.  The carbonation added to the mouth feel of the beer and gave it a good refreshing feel while drinking.

The color of the beer was copper in look and there was a cold haze to mine.  Sorry the picture is a bit dark.  Overall there was a solid hop forward and bitter aspect to the beer during the tasting.


Tasted as expected for an IPA, nothing overly special. I do like that Shipyard kept with a nautical theme for naming its beers.  Monkey Fist is a great name too.

A beer I would drink again if only large commercial brewer’s beers were available or nothing else new there to try.  Will give it a 3.5 out of 5.  So relax, don’t worry, and have ABigBeer.  Or 2.

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Dead Guy Ale… Maibock (4.5)


I had a bit of time on a Friday afternoon and one of my favorite bars was open for day drinking, Lot 6. (Click here to see my review)  Lot 6 is a great place with great people.  I would suggest you get by and see them ASAP if you are in the area.  One reason I went was because the owner posted that she had some new beers on the menu.  I tried one of those, Abita’s Purple Haze. (click here to see review)  After that I went back to an old standby, Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale.

From the Brewery…

Dead Guy
Rogue, Dead Guy Ale

The following is how Rogue describes the beer they have crafted:

“Tasting Notes: An ale inspired by the style of a German Maibock, brewed using our proprietary Pacman yeast, Dead Guy Ale is deep honey in color with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor and a well balanced finish.

FOOD PAIRING: Spicy, Pork”

For a beer in Oklahoma an ABV of 6.5% is pretty high.  The IBUs of 40 also adds  good flavor to the mix.  The beer has won many awards over the past 20 years.

My Thoughts…

This is one of my fall back beers when available.  I really like the Ale and could drink many in a night.  I don’t know if it was just my nose this night, but I did not find it to have a strong nose prior to tasting.  There was some subtle hop nose coming from the beer.

Tasting provides the flavor of a robust malt flavor with a great hop finish.  As you breath out after taking a drink the long-lasting hop flavor/smell finally hits home and finishes the taste in a fantastic way.  Not quite the bitter finish of an IPA, more of a well hopped ale.  To me the hoppy finish lasted longer than the time on the tongue and this adds to the enjoyment of the beer.

It has a great mouth feel of a rich tasting beer with good carbonation.  The balance of malt taste with the hop finish makes this one of the better beers I have had in a long time.  As the beer warms up in the mouth more flavor comes out.


I rate this beer 4.5 out of 5.  It is one of my favorite beers and I will drinking it again and again when available, or once I am done tasting something new.

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Yeti & Iron Monk battle…

So I went out with some buds to have a few beers a while back.  Went to the best Beer Bar in OK, McNellie’s South City.  See my post/review of McNellie’s posted earlier.  Also see my review of the Belhaven Black Scottish Stout I had that night.  When I got there it Stout Night was in play.

Dark and Roasty Drafts
Dark Beers on Draft at McNellies, 3/2016

I sent a picture of the On Draft Dark and Roasty beers to my buddy Bill who lives in the Burgh.  Asked him his thoughts on what to drink.  His first reply was the Yeti then Narwal, and Lagunitas.  So I went with the Yeti Imperial Stout and was not disappointed.  I figured I would circle back around to either the Narwal or one of the Lagunitas but that was not to happen… I wish I had remembered his suggestions.

Yeti Imperial Stout, CO, ABV 9.5%

The Yeti is how I like my stouts.  Dark, rich, with a hint of burnt malt and ends with a touch of sweet.  It also has a great nose and good strong bitter finish from the hops.  It had a good amount of carbonation that helped to relay the nose and give a bite to the flavor.

Yeti Stout
Yeti Imperial Stout, 9.5%

At ABV of 9.5% it will knock you on your tail if you were to drink a pint or more (yeah I have been to places where this happens).  Luckily on this night it was not served in a pint, but a smaller glass befitting its strength. It has IBUs of 75 so there is a good amount of bitter.

The Yeti has won a number of beer awards over the years and has stood the test of time.  I really enjoyed the Yeti and will drink it again. This is a beer that will go well with a nicely seasoned/seared/grilled chunk of beef.

I probably should have waited to have the high ABV  & bitter beer for the last beer of the night or I should have listened to my buddy Bill and had one of his other suggestions.  Instead I wanted to try a more local brew.  Looking at the list I had already had the Prairie Artisan Ales Bomb, ABV 13%.  Try drinking a couple pints of those in a night… remember I said something about that earlier.  So I went with the Iron Monk Milk Stout figuring to find something smoother and creamier to finish the night.

I would give the Yeti Imperial Stout a 4.5+ out of a 5.  I believe I need to drink a lot more of it to make certain of that ranking.

Iron Monk Milk Stout, OK, ABV 6%

Iron Monk Milk Stout
Iron Monk Milk Stout, OK

So my third and last beer of the eventing was the Iron Monk Milk Stout.  I went with the Milk Stout thinking about a smoother/creamier beer that would have more of a dessert finish for the night.  At 6% ABV it is a good beer, relative to the finish you off at night, if you had not been drinking a heavier beer before.  I am glad I didn’t drink one of the other high alcohol brews as I am not sure I would have been safe to get home, but still wish I had switched the two up in order.  The milk stout has IBUs of 26.  I did not find it bitter, but for some I am sure it would be.

It was a sweet and creamy beer that to me did not have much of a nose.  As I said earlier I did not find it bitter at all.  There was a touch of burnt or chocolate malt, mild hops.  The bit of nose detected was pleasant.

We got to talking around the table and it gave the beer time to warm up a little.  This helped to bring out the flavor and nose more and made it a much more enjoyable drink in the end.  A good finish to the end of the night.

Overall I would give it a 3.5 out of a 5.  It is definitely worth the drink and I will probably drink it again since it is local.  I hope to get out to Stillwater and visit the Iron Monk Brewery, est. 2014.


I liked both beers.  The Yeti was a better beer overall for my tastes, but I have been on a bit of an IPA kick over the past couple of years.  The Iron Monk Stout did deliver on what I wanted out of it.  I want to get out see the Iron Monk Brewery and try their IPA soon.  So now it is off to the next bar/beer to Sit Back, Relax and have ABigBeer.

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