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Tallgrass IPA - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

351 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 16
Gots: 18 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: zeff80 on 11-26-2008)
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Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This fucking can exploded when I opened it. Oops. Beer is dark amber and forms a huge head of offwhite bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Its a little hazy. Looks OK.

Aroma is pretty malty with strong hop presence. Almost like a DIPA.

Beer is medium bodied and quite malty in the presentation. Its got a nice piny hop backbone but overall its one of these balanced IPAs with a strong malt presence. Its a good beer, a very good beer in fact, just not my favorite IPA. Very drinkable, good mouthfeel.

drabmuh, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

hmmm, IPA from a can. I think this is going to become a trend :)

A: Cloudy orange brown yellow with a weak light tan head-- however the lacing and bubbles on top never recede.

S: Not too much nose actually, the beer has a sweet bready body. Almost like a DIPA, but much lighter... The hops are light but pine herbal grass and floral notes are hiding in there somewhere.

T: Different flavor, but I really enjoy it-- its rather different. The bitterness is spicy, herbal, citrus and grassy. The malts also have a grassy-- switchgrass perhaps. Like I said above, the malts taste like a DIPA, but more watered down. Not much hop bitterness, but it was very enjoyable.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated. It coats the mouth and tongue and then quickly evaporates. It is really quite nice.

D: I'll have another... right now please!

EwaldEichstaett, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of number1bum
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can into a nonic, pours a cloudy copper color with two inches of creamy, fluffy light beige head. Keeps quite well, with a thick, full lace and a mess of stick on the sides. Looks fantastic.

Smell has a quick whiff of citrus, but is more earthy and herbal in the hop department. Good amount of sweet caramel and a bready quality as well.

Taste is also earthy and bready, with herbal and slightly leafy hop flavors. Not a whole lot of citrus at all; not my favorite hop profile, but it's got a good amount of hops. Bitterness is moderate for an IPA. Very bready, slightly sweet caramel. I'd almost guess there was rye in this with the bready, slightly spicy, herbal flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good crispness and a drying finish. The herbal flavor and hop bitterness dries it out and makes it pretty clean.

Said it already, but this is not my favorite hop profile in an IPA. Still, it's a solid and pretty drinkable one. And of course it comes in a pint can so I love that. I'd buy it again for that reason alone; of course, I can only really do that when I am in Missouri for work, so I think I'll try some of their other beers next time instead.

number1bum, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright orange color with a slightly amber tint. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into sticky lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, pine, and mandarin orange. It is a strong and pleasant aroma, but lacks true complexity. The taste is of citrus with a hint of pine. There is a firm, but not overpowering bitterness. Again, it is strong and pleasant, but not complex. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, thisi s a good beer but it doesn't stand apart from most other IPAs.

KarlHungus, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of dpnelson1978
2/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

16 oz. can into glass pint.
40°F

$1.95 / ea.

A: Bright amber body topped with a big rocky head of excellent retention. Leaves sticky lace, and a thick bubbly cover.

S: Sweet malt dominates bordering on a corn aroma. Hops tends towards citrus, but is definitely an afterthought.

T: Caramel malt throughout, but a bit on the weak side. Slight sweetness, with all but unnoticeable hop character. Pretty poor. Resinous bitter aftertaste builds.

M: Oily medium body with low to medium carbonation. Bubbles bite the tongue at the end, but I can't shake the thought that this beer is coating my tongue.

D: If you are expecting an IPA you are going to be disappointed. If you can get past that, the beer is good enough, but isn't something I would settle on.

O: I was expecting more. Not much more I can say.

dpnelson1978, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

16oz can courtesy of jtrockchalk into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a lovely, clear reddish-amber body with three fingers of soft, pillowy cream-colored foam. Terrific retention and lots of lace. Stunning.

S: Full, round, balanced aroma of grassy hops and caramel malt. THe hops aren't as bright as I'd like, and the malt winds up dominating. Not my kind of American IPA, but not really bad, either.

T: Pretty much just straightforward caramel malt. A little bit of dryer, biscuity malt helps balance things out a little sweetness-wise, but the hops are almost completely relegated to a dully bitter finish. Tasty enough, but far from a great example of the style.

M: Smooth medium body with moderate, soft, lively carbonation. Nice.

D: Way too sweet for the style. Where's the crisp IPA bitterness?

Notes: Big thanks to jtrockchalk for sending this one my way. I always love a craft beer out of a can, and this was my first time trying a beer from Kansas. It might be better listed as an English IPA, as the hops didn't even achieve an even footing with the powerful malts. I definitely like more hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness out of an American IPA, but this was still an enjoyable beer.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of garymuchow
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picture of elephant head on 1 pint can. Poured into SN tulip glass.
Mild, soft, tight hop aroma of mild citrus, fresh grass and sweet fruit. Pale malt in there too.
Kinda' cloudy orange amber, but an exceptionally persistent head.
Reasonably complex flavor, but it seems kinda' tight too. Nice light fruity sweetness upfront moves to hop flavor that at first is sweet and citrus then as moves to a bold bitterness it crosses a path of neutral pale malt and indistinguishable hop flavors. The bitterness lasts a good long time with average amount of drying. As warms a little toastiness appears that's quite nice.
A lighter body helps with drinking. Full, and fortunately soft, carbonation - but just a tad filling.
Nothing exceptional here, but decent complexity and good flavors make an enjoyable beer.

garymuchow, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up singles of the three newly available Tallgrass cans at the Eagan Cellars. Happy to be able to sample each before diving into a potential four-pack (although I tried the ESB on tap & really liked it).

Tall, 16 oz. can split with my wife as a warmup to a (hopefully) main event, & after a good dinner at Great Waters. Pour is pure IPA, low yellow density, see-through. Smell is on the malty side, sweet with a side of pine.

Tallgrass IPA hits the malts too hard for me, leaving the hops cold & comfortless. Sweet malts, leaning almost towards pale malts, hold the upper hand. The hops, dirty pine needles faded in the sun, barely rise out of the malt-field. Finish is a bit spicy, a bit bitter, with a sprinkling of the field outside of Woodstock. Good drinkin' beer, this eight ounces isn't going to last long.

Never been a big fan of judging to style, so this comes up as a good beer. As an IPA? Not so much. But there are enough flavors here to entertain the mouth organ, which is all I ask. Interested to see what those other two cans hold.

maximum12, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - bright and shiny orange with some yellow and golden highlights as well as a perfectly formed inch of super white head.

Aroma - lemons, limes, plenty of maltiness and graininess as well as some caramel and chocolate covered oranges.

Taste - spicy and citrusy but not over the top grapefruit or pine. This is a much more balanced IPA, almost leaning towards being the pale ale that isn't in the Tallgrass lineup. Plenty of maltiness that really has the flavor of the brewhouse with a more subdued hop presence.

Overall - If you want mouth numbing hops you need to crack open a can of their Oasis. This IPA is a nice, smooth bodied ale with a great balance between citrusy hops and caramel malt. Its not going to clear your sinuses or burn the enamel off your teeth, but it will go down smooth and make you happy.

Would I buy more of it? - sure thing. Its a solid enough brew and I'd be happy having a four-pack around a campfire anytime.

indiapaleale, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallgrass IPA,

Hazed & golden appearance, slim, but staying white head.

Aroma: Ah!!! That's the stuff! Vibrant, lively, resiny hop attack, dripping with pine and citrus, with a touch of honey at the end. Raw, unrefined, unrestrained.

Drinking it: fresh, fierce, bristling bitterness. Lime and lemon, with a trickle of pine behind. Bold, abrasive, big and bright. Just enough malt below the blazing hoppy top. And the ...whoa, now it's getting creamier, smoother...maybe it's spicy food I've started eating.

Nice, hop-heavy big, fat IPA. Classic American over-the-top bitternes. Yeah, baby.

feloniousmonk, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

CAN 4 of 5 from Tallgrass BC and the 349th CANQuest (TM) beer! I CAN hardly believe it. I was curious if I would even get to 100 when I started out and now, it's out of CANtrol. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "Bombastically hopped. Surprisingly malty. Pour a pint ..." and "Drink. Enjoy. Recycle." Okay, you CAN accuse me of being like lightning and taking the shortest route to ground with the least resistance, but the soundtrack to this beer is obvious (to me) - Shaggy's Mr. Bo(o)mbastic! Queue up the music, time to drink and review a beer ...

Following the Crack & Glug, I was looking at a finger-and-a-half of thick, foamy ecru head with good retention. Color was a deep-orangish amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose had a prevalence of caramel maltiness, too forward for a hop-centric style. I CAN't say that they didn't warn me, but still, I want hops when I'm drinking an IPA. Mouthfeel was medium with an initial caramel sweetness, giving 'way to a mild piney bitterness. Hmmm. Finish was still tending towards sweet, even lingeringly so. I hate to say it, but this would be better marketed as an English IPA. I visited KANsas a few years ago, albeit not Manhattan, and there seemed to be a shyness towards hoppy beers and a reluctance to make IPAs except as a seasonal. If they are catering to their home market, so be it, but if they are going to call it an AmeriCAN IPA, they need to be more generous with the hops, IMHO. Good lacing throughout.

woodychandler, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can. No freshness date.

Pours a hazy, murky amber with some thin white head. Nose is of somewhat oxidized amber malt, dirty earthy hops (nugget, maybe?) and some whispers of pine forest. Palate is well rounded with lots of amber malt character and a little drying bitterness at the finish to dry out some of that sweetness. Moderate body and carbonation, decent length finish.

Not an epic IPA, but a damn good one from a can!

SFLpunk, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of morimech
4.03/5  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.

morimech, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of mdwalsh
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a Guinness-esque head of falling bubbles, but white of course with a golden beer below. The head is a bit large, but manageable and attractive. The beer has plenty of active carbonation and is pretty darn clear.

S: Hoppy, but not super hoppy at all, and only a little malt backbone here. I was really expecting more compared to the ESB. It's not piney or citrusy at all, much more floral than anything.

T: Again, nothing intense here at all. Much like like a pale ale. Very good, but no IPA. Here we're dealing with milder, floral hops and not much maltiness. I get very little citrus or pineyness.

M: Smooth, light, refreshing. Great summer beer.

D: Plenty drinkable, just not an IPA in my book.

mdwalsh, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of Buebie
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poures a copper orange, completely transparent with little to no carb rise. Head is about an inch of tan, leaving a solid cap and terrific lace rings all the way down the glass.

Aroma strikes me as epa, or apa, but really nothing reminiscent of an ipa. Its dry and full of fermented honey, malt and a little bit of grassy hops, very little hops though at the nose.

Taste is also strinkingly similar to an epa, or evan english ipa. It does have hops, but not much that would follow the style of an ipa. Grassy really, with some mild hay and dry earthy flavors. A bit of honey malt, cara 60 and somthing spicie.
The finish though is fairly dry with a small amount of hop bitters.

I'm really not sure I know what to say, other then this is an ipa with the soul of a terrific epa.
Very good balance here, but not what I was expecting.

I truly believe their esb and ipa should switch labels.

Buebie, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of gatornation
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very nice amber color with a fresh 1 finger head that dissipates to a fresh white collar and some lacing..it looks good..smell is mostly malts ,bread,caramel, some hops /citrus pine and grass..but those last 3 are faint..taste is creamy smooth malts followed by some nice citrus hops a little grass,slight pine..mouth feel is medium its very smooth and creamy and fresh.i found this ipa very enjoyable and very smooth i really liked it....it is malt forward imo but not overly so..tad more hops and this would be an A 4 me..will be buying more of this and i like the 4-pak pint cans with the clip-on holder..good job

gatornation, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of bump8628
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only thing better than craft beer from a can is craft beer from a 16oz can.

Pours a vibrant copper with a nice mat of white foam.

Sturdy earthy, toasted malt with a nice helping of medium caramel and honey forms the balance for a smooth hop bitterness. Hops deliver a light dose of flavor and aroma (at least by the standards of the style) that's reminiscent of lime zest and fresh summer flowers.

A "balanced" IPA here, which usually isn't my style. But this one is regional (and therefore fresh) and quite satisfying on a lazy summer night.

bump8628, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really solid IPA here that I chose to start my day off with. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/25/2010.

The pour was a nice dark amber in color with a good solid head of white that capped it off quite nicely. Really rich and full looking as it warmed a garnet hue started to take over a touch giving it that nice amber glow.

Aroma of deep, resin filled pine backs up quickly onto the palate and through the air. Nicely blended with a richness that really comes across quite well. Warming really brings out a very solid approach here as thick, buttery malts now appear on the horizon and it really starts to fill up quite nicely. A rich warming finish with a smooth, creamy, and nicely dry touch capped it off quite nicely.

Overall not the hoppiest of IPA's but I do not think anyone is going to have an issue with this one. Quite nicely done I have to admit.

mikesgroove, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice light amber color with some good orange hues. There is a nice 1 inch head that is off-white and quite dense and it stays for a quite long time with nice sticky lacing

S - Starts off with a nice grainy and sweet malt aroma that is quickly overcome by a nice grassy and earthy hop aroma. Nice pine resin and mild citrus character.

T - Once again starts off with a nice malt backbone that is strong and quite pleasant and then is taken by nice hop pine resin and dryness. Very well balanced IPA. Good grainy sweetness and a very nice and present bitter and dry hop character.

M - Well balanced. Good CO2 content. Crisp and refreshing great for warm days.

D - Very drinkable and delicious good ABV.

JoEBoBpr, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of larryi86
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- A hazy amber color with a one finger head.

S- Sweet malts, citrus, and floral notes.

T- Taste is very close to the smell with a hoppy finish.

M- Smooth, medium body.

D- A good IPA, easy to drink and enjoyable.

larryi86, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can a clear golden-amber color with two fingers of creamy off-white head.

Aroma is mainly caramel malts along with light lemon citrus and floral notes.

Like the aroma, the caramel maltiness leads the way followed by light citrus and a hoppy bitter bite at the finish.

Lighter bodied and a tad sticky with a small hit of carbonation.

An enjoyable IPA from Tallgrass which makes me ready to try their other brews.

Monkeyknife, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of webbcreative
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden color with 1.5 finger white head, that left wonderfully sticky lacing throughout the drink.

Aroms is carmel malt, a little toasty, and citrus. But you really gotta work to get it outta there.

Taste is actually not as sweet up front as I thought, the caramel malts hit you on the back end, which i like actually, but it is still on the dryer side. Toasty, and a little sweet. I like it! Get the hops, but they are balanced for an IPA, again, I like it!

Nice medium body.

Overall this is a great IPA, its not extreme, and its not a wimp, Its a good "drinkin'" beer, just when you want something more than a Pale Ale, but not a lot more...Its a refreshing IPA, could drink several of this on a hot summer day.

webbcreative, May 05, 2010
Photo of Jason
4.13/5  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.

Jason, May 05, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice IPA that finishes on the sweet side. An assertive hop bite and a bit of grain stand out a bit.

The beer opens with a medium copper hue, dry-hopped haze, and an off-white medium height foamstance. Fairly typical look for an IPA.

A balanced aroma of caramel malts and graham crackers bounce off of deep citrus, pine, and hop resins. A bit too balanced for an IPA, the beer promises a malty and sweeter balance.

Flavors again show a bold malty presence with the caramel and sweet bread tastes. Nice but they don't allow the citrus hops to stand out in the way we expect IPA's to do. But still, those hops give a snappy flavor of grapefruit, orange rinds, pineapple, and light notes of spruce and spice. Hop bitterness definately offset the sweetness but never reach the dominance that they should.

The sweetness allows for a lot of residual sweetness on the mouth, again not allowing for the classic dryness of IPA's.

Though the balance is ...well, too balanced, the beer is quite tasty and enjoyable.

BEERchitect, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of stephens101
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a two-finger off-white head. A few random streaks of lace are left after the head slowly recedes. Subtle hops and sweet malts to the nose. Oily hops, some spice and a hint of fruitiness on the palatte. Hops aren't as striking as with some IPA's. Light to medium bodied; goes down smooth. Standard straight-ahead IPA, which is a good thing in my book.

stephens101, Apr 06, 2010
Tallgrass IPA from Tallgrass Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.