Tallgrass Ale - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wardough on 12-02-2007

Tallgrass Ale is the flagship beer of Tallgrass Brewing Company, and we think it will be your new favorite beer! Truly a craft beer, the recipe was first brewed by Jeff as a 10-gallon batch of homebrew. Of all his homebrew recipes, Jeff chose Tallgrass Ale as the flagship beer because of the beer’s surprising light body, extraordinarily smooth and balanced profile, great taste, and clean finish. The first time Jeff brewed Tallgrass Ale he thought it looked a little too dark, but after he kegged that first batch, the finished beer was really, really tasty! That first little 10-gallon batch of Tallgrass was gone way too fast!

The beer was different from anything he or his friends could find on tap or on the shelf. It was a beer that was a deep chestnut color, yet had a great flavor and was so light tasting that it kept you wanting more. The distinctive look and taste of Tallgrass Ale comes from our unique blend of German, English, and American-style malts and a generous helping of both American and traditional English hops. These ingredients, our English brewer’s yeast, and the Flint Hills’ excellent brewing water gives Tallgrass Ale a distinctive, toffee-highlighted taste and smooth profile that is always drinkable.

22 IBU
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Ratings: 158 | Reviews: 93
Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 16 oz pint can, part of an 8-pk brewery mixed pack. No date to be seen, poured into an imperial pint.

Appearance: Not quite clear burnt sienna beer topped with a nice light beige cap which shows pretty decent retention.

Smell: A bit unique, actually, this doesn't really smell like a typical brown ale or the traditional English pub ale I was expecting. There's definitely some generic sugary sweetness here, as well as a hint of almost rummy brown sugar, some darker toasted malt that's not quite bready, not quite caramelly, and not quite toffee-like...it's also not really roasted...I can't quite pin it down. Mild yeast esters, and some kind of odd hoppy notes. The website says this uses English, Belgian, and German barley, as well as English and American hops. I really have no idea what's in here at this point. It's interesting, but I don't love it.

Taste: The taste is a bit more traditional. Mild bready and toasted malts. Ends nutty and lightly dry, with mild fruity esters. It's kind of like a cross between a mild-mannered American Brown Ale and an English Mild. Everything thus far is good, but it gets something of an odd sweetness (almost sugary) before finishing a bit bitter, and there's just something here that doesn't work for me. It's just a bit odd.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated (in the English style), which works well with the maltiness and the lowish abv. Slick and smooth.

Overall: I really enjoy some of Tallgrass's brews; the Oasis is a serious player; overall, however, this is not probably one I'd buy again. There's definitely notes of nice nut brown in here, coupled with a lightly roasted English mild, but there's also something else that just throws everything out of whack a bit.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):

Heady topping with a matching lace down the glass and a dark mahogany glow in the light. Smells of brown bread, citric-woody hop twang and some vague nuttiness. Some smoothness within the medium body; heavy-handed toasted-malt flavor seems to blanket from front to back. Suggestion of toffee sticks in the middle. Hops are very modest with only a quick smattering of bitterness and flavor. Borders the Dark Mild Ale style with the hoppiness being so subdued. Very nutty. Toasted grain has some subtle roasted qualities and a faint fruitiness. Roasted flavor does jump up for a brief moment but does not make it too far as the toasted dominance pushes it back down. Semisweet, toasted-bread finish.

Good Brown Ale drinking here, the aftertaste seems to linger forever ... not a bad thing at all.

Photo of Beaver13
2.77/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16oz can. Pours a light amber brown with a smallish creamy off white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet toffee and caramel malts with some chocolate and some grain.

The flavor is sweet chocolate and toffee with some grains and a slight acidic bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a decent mild brown, but nothing special.

Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz tall boy can! No freshness date seen.

Sudsy head, sticky. Dark garnet color with brown edges. Toasted biscuits and baked apples in the nose. Smooth and creamy medium body. Toasted maltiness is pretty thick on the palate, not bready but pretty grassy. Modest hopping, some herbal flavor in the back. Mild fruitiness of apple and pear in the middle, relatively dry finish.

Session ale, sure ... its much more than that though. Pretty complex brew in a can is a huge plus. Give it a whirl if you are into malty browns.

Photo of bsp77
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Received as part of the September shipment of my BOTM club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Hazy orangish-brown with initial frothy head receding to a thin line with slight lacing.

Smell: Rich toffee and sweet caramel with light fruit and English hops. Unfortunately, the rich smell fades quickly.

Taste: Semi-dry toffee, caramel and toasted malts. Maybe a slight nuttiness. Not much going on at the finish.

Feel: Low carbonation, creamy yet almost thin body. Mostly dry finish.

Drinkability: Nice, but really doesn't stand out. Mostly just simple malts.

Photo of GilGarp
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint-sized can served cellar temp into an imperial pint glass.

Tallgrass Ale is in need of a more creative name, for one thing. Then again, maybe there is some genius in the simplicity...

Dark redish brown color with good clarity, the head is creamy but short-lived. No lacing as it settles.

Aroma is mostly malty, slightly roasty, but, in general, pretty unremarkable.

The flavor is that of a simple brown ale. Not that there is really anything wrong with that but it fails to capture much excitement. Very little hop bitterness but it manages to be fairly well balanced by using some roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Smooth, balanced and easy-drinking.

Overall a solid brown ale and definately sessionable but nothing too unusal or distinctive about it. Maybe the name fits it after all.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallgrass Ale

Appearance: Mostly clear, medium to deep brown body with a light ruby cast. Creamy, sand-colored head. Good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, "grain", apple, light pear. Background floral and grassy hops.

Taste: Chocolate, brown sugar, toasty bread, mild dark-caramel, apple, light pear. Hints of underlying floral hops (EKGs?). Moderate bitterness. Perfectly balanced and well-polished from start to finish. Finishes dry with a splash of residual malt and light, lingering hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body. Zesty carbonation. Smooths as it warms and some of the CO2 is released.

Overall: Quite a nice, easy-drinking brown ale. Possibly the least malty of the Tallgrass brews, but still full of flavor. It's not so rich or flavorful though that you couldn't enjoy it, let's say, at a ball game in the summer. And it's got a lot of character that would allow some really nice food pairings as it's not overwhelming. Nicely done!

Photo of plfahey
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Reddish brown with bright ruby highlights and high clarity. Pours with a thin, light tan head which has fair retention.

Aroma-Chocolate malt and breadcrusts up front, with a slight vanilla sweetness. The soft, dark malt profile ranges from bread, to toast, to light roast and chocolate, and a dab of caramel to top it off. Not much in terms of hops or esters, but the malt profile is quite nice.

Flavor-Smooth chocolatey malt and baked bread mingle with toast and caramel on the palate. A light, soft vanilla note in the mid-palate adds a nice note of complexity to the malt profile. The finish is dominated by toasted malt with a dusting of cocoa powder and a faint grassy hop character with low hop bitterness to balance the malt. Finishes moderately dry.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with soft, moderately low carbonation. Smooth and almost a little creamy.

An awesome, sessionable brown ale from tallgrass bursting with awesome malt character. Did I mention that it's a full pint and it comes in a can? Portable, sessionable, and delicious-what more could you ask for?

Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say the tall cans are what attracted me to Tallgrass in the first place. This is their second beer I have had.

Poured in a tall wide flute. Dark amber yet still clear, lots of head, 2+ fingers. A bit too quick on the head forming. Though it settled quickly and I poured the rest of the can in.
Nutty smell, maltly and then a bit of smoke.
At first just a malty taste, then turns to nut, cream, milk at the end. The was a big change in the profile from normal brown ale to really tasty.
Medium body but still clean. Moderate carbonation.
The ending was almost milk stoutish but it works really well. A well built drink.

Photo of midwestbrewers
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, almost mahogany color. One of the most beautiful colors I have ever seen in a beer. Thin head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Very smooth and pleasant malty smell. Some subtle bread notes. Not very aggressively hopped.

T: Same as the smell. Smooth and malty but nothing amazing.

Beautiful color and smell. Taste is a little lacking for me but a very good beer overall. With the ABV a nice session or a craft starter for someone new to the scene. Good beer Tallgrass Brewing Co.

Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Wichita

Pours brown/chestnut with 1 finger of sand colored head. Insane, sticky lacing & average head retention

S: Toasty malt & caramel

T: Toasty malt, caramel & dryness up front. Nuttyness comes through as this warms, some herbal hops & grainy bitterness hits the back of your throat. Finishes dry, nutty & sweet (caramel)

MF: Medium bodied, with low carbonation & some stickyness, this shows a ton of body for a beer of it's ABV

Drinks pretty easy, a very good Brown ale

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a pint glass. This is from an assortment of KS brewery selection generously traded to me by JeepCop. Thanks Dale!

Pours a deep clear amber, with 1 ½ fingers of stiff light tan head. This retains with a thin foamy creaminess that throws a nice looking cascade of spotty froth up onto the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of roasted nuts, sweet caramel, and some green earthy hop character. Man, that roast REALLY emerges as this warms. Pretty decent nose on this overall.

Those hops are more prevalent in the taste, with a green bitterness that is quickly balanced by the sweetness of those caramel malts. A flush of roast and nutty flavors come out across the backend of the profile and is what linger the most here, along with some leftover hop flavors that kiss the finish. The mouthfeel has a lighter medium body on it, with some crispness on the tongue and then much creamier feel the back. Very smooth and easy feeling body on this.

Totally serviceable American Brown Ale here, that's fairly flavorful and completely drinkable. This is definitely one of the more approachable versions of the style that I've had in a while. A nice effort here from Tallgrass.

Photo of maleman
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. opaque, dark amber with minimal head that receded into a thin film. spidery lacing.

s - dark, roasted malt notes. some caramel, some grass.

t - smooth coffee at first impression. the roasted malt comes across in the aftertaste.

m - light to medium bodied. less than avg carbonation. slight bitter aftertaste.

d - nothing outstanding, but not a bad quaff. could work as a session. will probably buy again.

Photo of morimech
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown color with two fingers of head that had good retention. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Aroma of caramel, a little bit of nuttiness, and some floral elements. The flavor just lacks punch to push the score into the good range. The caramel malt is the prominent flavor. Just a little bit of a tree nut flavor. The hops that I picked up in the aroma are hard to find in the flavor. The body is on the lighter side but considering the ABV and style, seems about right. Good carbonation. A beer that drinks exceedingly well and one that won't hurt you too much if the 4-pack is consumed.

Photo of bum732
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Clear fruitiness with some toasted nuts, vanilla as it warms.

L: Clear reddish brown, light tan head that dissipates.

T: Slight nuttiness with a prominent fruity backbone. Rasberries and cherries mostly. Medium low bitterness with additional fruitiness. Finishes with some slight ash, semi-dry finish.

M: Medium carbonation, medium bodied.

Ok, quite fruity, interesting brown ale. Could use a bit more carbonation.

Photo of Tripphop
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint can. Reddish amber color with pithy bubble. Weak looking, but with nice color. Smells of caramel malt and dough. The flavor is decent. Caramel and toast. Nice finish, delicately hopped, but clean and crisp with lingering malt flavors. Nice, but too expensive.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the BOTM Club:

Appearance - Pours a dark brown color. About a half inch of head that quickly dissipates and leaves little lacing.

Smell - Smells of caramel, malts, bitter coffee, and a hint of chocolate.

Taste - Similar to how it smells. However, there is a very "buttery" characteristic to how it tastes which makes it a bit odd. Can taste nuttiness, coffee, and a bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied. Decent carbonation but honestly could ask for a bit more.

Drinkability - This brown ale is not really my thing. One and I'm done. I look forward to trying their IPA, however.

Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for this 500 mL can.

A: The brown ale is a dark amber color, the color that trapped flies millions of years ago. The darker colors obscure the ale except for at the base of my tumbler. An off-white head, while not large on pour, seems to be lacing nicely.

S: Very sweet with caramel and toffee driving the aroma. Hops are an afterthought. Revel, in the meantime, in the syrupy richness.

T: The ale is still, no carbonation to be found. That stillness concentrates the toffee and caramel flavors. Sweetness rings throughout, just a sweet, brown ale.

M: The flavors, more than most, are syrupy thick. The lack of carbonation increases the potency of the malts.

O: One man's boring is another's gem. This brown ale stresses sweetness at the expense of any other aspects.

Photo of BeerSox
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First review of a beer from Kansas. Can into pint glass.

Clear mahogany brown with a head that keeps sticking to the side of the glass. The original pour produced a rather thick head (I prefer to pour straight down the middle for most beers to reduce some carbonation), so I had to break it into two pours. Once settle the head was about a finger thick.

Both the flavor and aroma are on the lighter side. The aroma gives off a little bit of walnut shell with a little bit of a grassy background from the hops. The overall smell is sweet and creamy. The taste of the beer isn't bad, just a little muted. There's a little bit of caramel sweetness, along with some slightly burnt grain.

No matter how it's poured the carbonation will probably be on the slightly lower side, but that just adds to the overall creaminess of the beer. It's a rather smooth drinker.

Nice to see another decent beer that's also on the lower side of %ABV. A decent brown ale, but I'd like someone to turn the gain up a little on this one. Recommended (barely).

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.44/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a Tallgrass tulip.
4.4% ABV, no date.

A - Tallgrass' Pub Ale (as it's labeled) pours with a tall and long lasting ivory head that lingers for quite a while before assimilating into the beer. Chunky lace adheres to the glass above the beer's lovely clear tarnished deep amber colored body.

S - Dusty cocoa nibs and bakers chocolate emerge as the first noticeable aspects of the aroma, filling the nose with an already full presence. Following closely is a very earthy hop aroma which suggests gardening in the spring; cut grass, damp soil, and old wood chips. Both the chocolate-like presence and earthy hop tone blend well with the rustic, bready amber malts for a rich aroma sure to follow through into flavor.

T - Toasted amber malts present an earthy, bready flavor not that different than what the aroma offers, though much of the chocolate-like notes have seemed to mellow into a more submissive undertone rather than bold entry. Likewise, the earthy hoppiness remains present but has also married the malt profile further for great balance.

M - A smooth mouthfeel entry leads to a crisp carbonation bite that seems to keep the fuller malt body in check for ease of drinkability, finishing out with a dry, mildly bitter earthy hop and roasted malt bite. Tallgrass Pub Ale is well balanced to say the least!

O - Tallgrass Pub Ale manages to quite successfully pack full flavor and robust body into a dangerously drinkable beer, perfect for, well, the pub of course! The balance is there in feel and flavor profile as the beer teeters between smooth and crisp, malty and hoppy. Very well done indeed.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks for all the killer new beers from the wild state of Kansas. The 16oz can was served cold and poured into a pint glass.

Pour is a nice garnet color, deep amber with a small head of light tan that quickly fades and leaves a broken top with only slight lacing clinging to the sides.

Aroma is dominated by caramel. Rich malts are the main theme here and light touches of coffee, huge bready notes and a light touch of grain. Warming does not improve on this terribly much as the caramel has a stranglehold on all other aromas and flavors. Nice light body, which is adequatly carbonated and slides down easy is fuller then the 4%abv would lead you to believe. Easy to drink, smooth, clean and easy to put down, no issues.

overall i would not really call it a brown ale, maybe an english mild or something lighter, but it really works quite nicely for me. no issues at all and would love it again.

Photo of smwesson500
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a good beer. The color is a mild amber which is ideal. As far as the smell goes its along the lines of a weak porter. Taste; I can't identify what the flavor is, but it kills nearly all the flavor. Don't get me wrong I prefer dark beers, but this is not crafted as a dark beer and thus should not taste like it (side note: if brewed correctly a dark beer should not kill the other flavors). Mouthfeel handles a great amount of carbonation and taste.

It either needs to go more dark and learn to accentuate the other flavors or back off on the 'mystery flavor' and let the beer speak for itself.

MAKE UP YOUR MIND!!!

Photo of syrupjoe
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can poured into pint glass

The first thing I picked up on was a really roasty, coffee and caramely nose. Also quite grainy. I genuinely had a good time sniffing this brew.

Head poured well (over a finger) but dissipated quickly. A small off-white ring lingers around, so it's not all that bad. Very dark amber color, and crystal clear.

The taste supports the nose on this one - very roasty, caramely, and grainy. However, the sweetness is a bit too much.

I'm not a huge fan of browns, but I didn't at all mind this. Has a decent amount of flavor while still being a considerably light beer.

Photo of KegCreekRAR
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served very cold, needed to let it warm to let the aroma and flavor peak. A little light for a brown ale, almost looked amber to me. Nice malty aroma with caramel notes. Good carbonation and head retention. Slight carmel flavor, not much hops. Nice clean finish after the beer warmed, very refreshing.

Photo of EGledhill
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

A. Nice dark brown body with off white head that fizzled away quickly.

S. Sweet caramel malt smell to this.

T. Wow... not what I was expecting. Honestly it tastes like I'm drinking a stick of butter with a slight taste of caramel in it. Pretty disappointing.

M. mouthfeel is alright. thin.

D. Drinkability would be good if you can get past the taste or if it's what you're into. just not to my liking though

wasn't sure what to expect from this one. haven't tried anything from this brewery but was let down by this one.

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Tallgrass Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.