Tallgrass IPA - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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361 Ratings

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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 17
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zeff80 on 11-26-2008

Our third beer, Tallgrass IPA, is an India Pale Ale that is rich, complex, and flavorful. We are proud to be the first brewery here in the Great Plains to have the first brewed, cans, and draft IPA out on the market!

Tallgrass IPA originally came to life as a creation during Jeff’s early homebrewing days (batch Numero Uno), and it was consumed in short order by his friends who came over to cook out and help with the next batch. After some modifications over the years (because nobody’s rookie homebrew batch tastes all that great, but your friends will tell you it does) the recipe was dialed in to become what is now Tallgrass IPA. We love this beer and think you will too!

60 IBU
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Ratings: 361 | Reviews: 174
Reviews by MetalHopHead6:
Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tallgrass IPA is light, bubbly, and refreshing.

Beers such as Tallgrass IPA create a review conundrum for me because I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it doesn't have the characteristics of a good IPA. It looked great, with a hazy amber color, a huge thick head, and good lacing. The smell was metallic but the flavor was complex and good, with elements of grass, citrus, and an unusual lemony finish. The feel was very light for an IPA, with high carbonation and a dry finish.

I had my first Tallgrass IPA poolside on a hot day and it was great. It was perfect in that setting; however it tasted and felt a little like a Wit. It was darn good, but not a great IPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of wrycon
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden copper with some substantial, fluffy head. Smells bready with a large grapefruit bedding. Hmmm... Not sure if this is an old batch or not. Based on the Julian date, looks like it was canned in June. Tastes thick and creamy to start. Expecting the hops to do something, but no. Some sweetness, some bitter. Ends flat. It doesn't offend, per se, but there's not much there. Would very much like to try it fresh.

Like It? Not Impressed With this Can, But Remaining Cautiously Optimistic

Photo of Beaver13
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

16oz can. Pours a clear golden orange with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready malts with some perfumey fruity hops.

The flavor is bready biscuity malt with some caramel and some grassy, slightly metallic, hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation - it's a little watery though.

Overall, I didn't really care for this IPA. It's drinkable, but there are much better options.

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle.

Pale golden and clear with a decent topping lace. Citric hop aroma, notes of caramel and toasted bread in there as well. Smoothness lifts the beer up a little bit, fluffy medium body. Toasty with a dry malt palate, sure there is a hint of caramel in back but aside from that ... dry. Hops are not aggressive but aim on balance. Bitterness does a great job there, citric and earthy flavors far into the hoppier than maltier finish.

A solid IPA, drinkable and balanced ... not trying to be anything else which can be a very good thing depending on where you beer geek mood is.

Photo of bsp77
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from can into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber with large sticky head and nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel, sweet bread, sweet citrus. Doesn't smell like an IPA.

Taste: Tastes somewhat like an IPA, although the citrus is pretty sweet. As are the malts, with strong caramel notes and some breadiness. There are some spicy and pine-like notes on the finish to combat the sweetness, but not quite enough.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation with a very creamy body. Finish could be a touch more dry but the body makes up for it.

Overall: This is a fairly tasty, balanced beer, but not quite what I want in an IPA. Also, Tallgrass's own Oasis is kinda similar but ultimately much better.

Photo of MattyG85
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden amber with lots of bubbles. Big three finger off white head with great retention and lacing.

Smell: A mild aroma of floral hops with a decent amount of sweet, toasted malts. Light hints of citrus. Everything is subdued.

Taste: Decent amount of mildly bitter earthy hops up front with hints of orange and lemon. This is followed by a decent amount of sweet, bready caramel malts. Finishes with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: This brew is on the milder side of IPA's but it is still tasty. It's more like a good pale ale or an English IPA.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.56/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown to light brown (yup) pour, not much head to it, foam rushed out the can when opened, but not so much in the pour. Aroma was earthy, but didn't really bring it in the hops department in any reasonable sense.

A little off kilter taste for an ipa, malt forward, owes a little bit to red/wee heavy malt type territory with its sweetness yet rough and sturdy malt base. Hops just were in the background.

Nothing bad, but just call it a brown or a red ale, and its suddenly at least average or better than average. This was just like, I dunno, Pete's Wicked Ale back in the day.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's pretty cool when you go to Vintage Estate and are most excited about the canned tallboys from Kansas versus the new collaboration beer from the Bruery and Cigar City. This is their standard IPA available alongside their DIPA and stout. The can has Bombastically Hopped. Surprisingly Malty. Pour a Pint. With a raging elephant as the artwork. Pours into a standard American pint glass pale copper amber with a bright off white light beige head, forms fine even lacing, carbonation seems dead on. Semi citric pine hops in the nose not bad just a bit mellow even for a standard IPA, layer of biscuit/caramel malts backing up the hops. Flavor full on caramel sugared malt base with some dry earthy citrus mild pine bitterness it really works to satisfy the hophead in you. Yet it's really balanced with an assertive malt base. Mouthfeel is even bodied not too oily a bit slick maybe, but carbonation is dead on nice easy drinking. Overall experience is one that is positive I'm glad I got a canned beer from Kansas, not the best I've ever had but damn good.

Photo of richkrull
4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poker winnings from AlCaponeJunior. Thanks bud.

Pours a nice rich copper color with about a finger head and very nice lacing.

Smell is delicious hops with some pine notes as well.

Taste is very good. Hoppy throughout with some malt character in the middle.

Light bodied beer that goes down great.

Overall a really good tasting beer that I enjoyed a lot. Would definitely drink this one again.

Photo of LXIXME
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an inch or so above the glass give this reddish-golden colored beer a big white to off white head that settles into a rather light lacing.

A medium bodied beer that has a decent piney to grassy hops aroma with some of the grain malts sneaking through.

The same dry grassy hops in the taste with a light grain malt coming through clearly.

A pretty dry hopsy aftertaste on this IPA, this seems to be the most IPAishness of the drink, the taste and aroma seem to be more akin to the dark IPA that are so popular now.

Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a dark amber color verging on orange with a light chill haze to it. The off-white head created is between two and three fingers with a sturdy thickness and density to it. Plenty of webby lacing is left, particularly at the top of the glass and pretty leggy the rest of the way.
There's a good balance on the nose, with both citrus and pine blending with some caramel and breads.
The taste follows, with pine being the prime element but a good dose of citrus and, again, a steady malt balance adding breads and caramel. A light sweetness is developed along with a touch of grassiness underneath.
The body is medium, and a light carbonation is low enough not to distract while keeping lively. Crispness develops early and leads to a good smoothness into the finish. The semi-dry body makes for good drinking all the way through.
I'm very glad Tallgrass cans started popping up here; this is another great one from them.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jay for letting me grab this out of his fridge.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a small whiteish head on top, about a half finger in height. Not much head retention, but sheets of white form on the sides of the glass.

S: Nice combination of light citrus and pine along with some caramel and a little bready malt.

T: On the maltier side for an IPA, loads of caramel and bready malt. There is some light citrus, grass, and a hint of pine mixed in.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking, slightly dry finish.

O: A very balanced IPA, though I prefer mine a little hoppier than this one. Still, a solid beer and on the plus side, the can art is pretty cool.

Photo of GilGarp
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint-sized can served cold into a pint glass.

Tallgrass's IPA is a very hazy copper color with thin head. It settles quickly but leaves some lace.

Aroma is slightly hoppy but not enough to be enjoyable.

Flavor is bitter but not a fresh hoppy taste. A little grassy and herby but very little citrus. It really lacks any sort of special qualities to make it stand out in a saturated craft market.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with appropriate carbonation.

Overall barely average. A disappointment.

Photo of augustgarage
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass.

Clear orange peel liquid with an active half finger of beige cream up top. Soapy, fast running lacing; average retention.

Butterscotch (though not from diacetyl) or perhaps caramel in the nose followed by a wave of cherry, faint pine, and a difficult to parse herbal quality.

Sweet palate entry with pale malt and a light bitterness coming through as well. Black pepper, dandelion greens, and caramel emerge and last into the medium-dry finish. There is a slight bight from alcohol, even though the ABV is not especially high for the style. Perhaps a touch of DMS as well?

Crisp yet round mouth-feel with low but sufficient carbonation.

Overly sweet yet adequately dank to still be enjoyable...

Photo of Rivenin
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First and foremost, with the name IPA, i'm expecting some sort of a HOP BOMB. However, history dictates original IPAs were not like this.
This is a classic styled IPA, something that would have been on the ship going to India itself.
Upfront bitterness that drug out over a very nice malty palette.
I kept getting some sort of lemony/leathery/coppery type flavors... certainly was interesting.
The only thing that turned me off from this beer is a "dirt" type flavor that i associate with some other breweries as well (New Belgium is a main culprit). People love both breweries, and they make great beer, it's just a flavor i pick up in their beer... maybe a close strain of yeast they use? hard to say.
As i cannot get this where i live, i wouldn't be able to get it again anytime soon. With that being said, i do not think i would get it again anyways unless i wanted to show someone a classic style of brittish IPA without going the expensive meantime breweries version.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallgrass IPA

Great looking can. Great looking beer. It's very hazy deep amber, and I'm guessing it's unfiltered (or nearly so) - but I like that. Of course I'm not sure how to actually score that. Hmmm?... I'm guessing in the craft brew world that's OK, so cool, we'll just let it go. Fair enough head retention and decent lacing as well.

The aroma is malty and hoppy, as is the flavor. And what I like about this beer (and all of the Tallgrass beers) is that they lean towards maltiness but always remain in balance. It's got a sweetish, toasty and caramelish malt set against a citrusy, grassy and lightly piney hoppiness. There are the two sides, and they meld in the middle where they come together. Some beers have pretty much one flavor that has different components to it, but this is more like two different flavor profiles jammed together. Beyond that there's a touch of yeasty fruitiness that's berry-ish and apple-like; and a solid bitterness that anchors it but doesn't step forward to hit you in the face - which is good for drinkability, and so that you don't end up with "bitter beer face" (do you remember the Keystone Light TV commercials from the 90's?) after having two or three. It's dry in the finish, and the malt fades and the lingering hops become leafy, earthy, and piney (maybe even a touch spicy, but that probably just the alcohol making its presence known).

Overall, it's a great, solid American IPA with a lot of character. Highly recommended!

Photo of plfahey
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Burnished gold and brilliantly clear, with a moderate off-white head that boasts decent retention.

Aroma-Piney, grassy, hay-like, and catty hops stand out to me-smells like Simcoe. Light citrus and floral notes as well. Behind the hops there's a solid bready and caramel malt backbone, which supports the aroma well. Although I'm not a huge fan of catty hop notes, it does smell pretty damn good.

Flavor-Grain, bread, and caramel give way to pine, grassy, and catty hop flavors. The finish is moderately bitter, but not abrasively so, and while the aftertaste certainly leans towards dry, piney hops, there's a fair sized dollop of caramel sweetness to match them. Well balanced and pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel-Medium body and crisp, moderate carbonation. Hop bitterness leaves a pleasant, light tingle on the tongue.

A solid, well balanced, and easy-drinking IPA. All around a pretty strong beverage, but grassy/catty hop character really gets me, so I have to knock it a bit for that.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide flute. Clear amber color with two fingers of off-white head.
Smells of the usual citrus but with a heavy malt, bready smell.
Lots of hops and lots of malt. A heavy hitter with great balance but there's no doubt it's a big beer. Tough to pull specific flavors out because it is just a tug-of-war between the bitter and the heavy sweet. It's a wonder to behold though.
Medium to heavy body for an IPA, but still has the crisp texture and low carbonation.
The big malt is different from most IPAs but it does so well. I'll have a tough time enjoying "normal" IPAs.

Photo of midwestbrewers
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours with a beautiful copper color. Nice carbonation and a beautiful 2 finger white head that leaves lacing all the way down the glass. A+ lacing, some of the best I've ever seen.

S: Bold citric hop smell. Grapefruits and some malts to balance it out.

T: Very hoppy and crisp upfront with a sweet malty finish. Very smooth and balanced.

Nice amount of bitter hop combined with malt sweetness. Crisp and refreshing. Coming in at 6.3% a nice beer to enjoy a couple of.

Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent caramel with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Grainy & fruitty, & citric hops once warm

T: Grainyness & fruittyness, a touch of caramel up front, plus some citric hops. Citric hops (lemons & grapefruit) open up more as this warms along with a touch of pine, caramel & a bit more grainyness. Finishes crisp, slightly grainy, a bit fruitty, with grapefruit hoppyness, could've pulled a 4.0 if the grainyness wasn't so present

MF: Light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation, pretty good balance

Drinks pretty easy, this opened up quite a bit as it warmed.

Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | 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! I love the artwork on this can.

Pours a brilliant clear copper, with several thick fingers of slightly off-white foamy head. This retains with a rich creaminess, including a big frothy dollop right in the middle of the glass, and leaves back a good bit of extremely sticky lacing that rings the sides of the glass. Great look! The aroma smells grassy and a bit spicy, with some dankness and a ripe citric fruitiness. Sharp bitter rind gives this some aggressiveness, while sweet toasted grains mix with the present fruit to add some tanginess to the nose.

The taste is bitter with zesty citrus peel and some lighter grapefruit notes. There is a lot of balancing sticky sweetness here courtesy of those toasty bready malts and that strong tropical fruitiness. A dank herbal feel controls the finish on this, along with lingering notes of rind and earth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied; with some crispness on the tongue and then much more of a bubbly and creamy feel as the carbonation works itself out around in the mouth. A nicely hid 6% ABV on this keeps things easy and drinkable overall.

Pretty solid IPA here. My only real complaint was that it seemed to struggle at times deciding if it was going to lean more towards the American or English examples of the style. Other than that, I really dug this. It had a fresh hop profile, good balance, and great drinkibility for the size.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber body with a respecatable fluffy white head.

The smell is weak, but pleasant. Orange peel and a heavy dosage of caramel and toast in the malt.

This is a balanced IPA, so don't expect a hop bomb, but it's constructed well nonetheless. If you're looking for a west coast style, this isn't it, but it's put together well. The hops are citrus (orange and grapefruit) and it's in a tug of war with the caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel is soft and smooth. It's low on the carbonation, but completes the soft touch.

Overall, it's a pretty decent beer in my opinion. Like I said before, it's not a hop bomb but rather an IPA that shows balance. It won't knock your socks off, but solid all around.

Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to enelson for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Served from can into a Stone nonic. Poured red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, earth, citrus, citrus hop, and earthy hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, earth, citrus, citrus hop, earth hop, and subtle floral notes. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This one really didn't inspire me too much. It tasted like just about any other IPA I have come across here recently. Not that this is a bad thing, it just didn't stand out in any way from the rest. Still a really nicely done brew, but just needed something a little extra to take it to the next level.

Photo of morimech
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber color with the slightest of haze. Two fingers of head that does not hold on for very long before settling to a thin film. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. I noticed a lot more hops in the aroma then the last time I had this beer in a bottle. The citrus hops rise above the bready malt but this is still a very balanced American IPA. A little bit of citrus and pine in the flavor but then the caramel and bready malt rounds things out. Bitterness is on the lower side of moderate. Has plenty of body to carry the bitterness and alcohol. Has a nice carbonation that gives a great, soft texture. An enjoyable, balanced IPA that is a nice drinker. Happy to see this in cans now and in my market.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours to a generous rocky head and hazy burnt orange color. Aroma is citrus and piney hops with a strange off-odor that I cannot describe. Flavor is a decent balance of malt and hops, starts sort of woody and thing resolves to resin and sweet malt. Finishes spicy and dry.

This beer is, um... a bit "off" but not terrible overall.

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