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Tallgrass Ale - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: wardough on 12-02-2007)
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Ratings: 153 | Reviews: 93 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mvforegonian:
Photo of mvforegonian
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%

Easy-drinking enjoyment! A rich English style brown ale. the ale is distinctively dark, yet smooth with a clean finish. Slightly musty aroma but tastes of banana, dried fruit and brown sugar. I didn't really detect any hops, which was a disappointment. Overall, great English brown ale! Tallgrass does a great job with this brew.

mvforegonian, Jun 11, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of mnewth
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

mnewth, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%

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.

Beaver13, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

Jason, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of bsp77
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

bsp77, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev -16.2%

valkyre65, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

LXIXME, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of GilGarp
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

GilGarp, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of beerbrains
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

beerbrains, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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!

NeroFiddled, Aug 05, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

pastramionrye7, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Cooper
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Cooper, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of plfahey
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%

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?

plfahey, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

Fatehunter, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of midwestbrewers
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

midwestbrewers, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Bdel34, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%

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

russpowell, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

Kegatron, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of maleman
3.58/5  rDev 0%

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.

maleman, May 17, 2010
Photo of morimech
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

morimech, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of bum732
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

bum732, May 19, 2012
Photo of Tripphop
3/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

Tripphop, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

SpdKilz, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

akorsak, Mar 27, 2011
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Tallgrass Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.