Tallgrass Oasis - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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505 Ratings

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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 26
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: twiggamortis420 on 11-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Oasis is a Double ESB/IPAish beer that came about from playing around with one of Jeff’s favorite homebrew recipes. Here at Tallgrass we love malt and we love hops, and this beer has both of them in record quantities; well, at least records for our baby brewery.

At a hefty 7.2% ABV and 93 IBU, Oasis is a big beer that has to be priced a bit higher than our regular line of beers. We think that once you taste the over-the-top hops and surprisingly sturdy malt backbone you will realize why it’s worth it.

Definitely not a fruit-extract seasonal shandy, this beer is meant to be enjoyed on the back porch, the front porch, or even on the stoop. What's a stoop? Well, it's a good place to drink beer, is what it is.
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

Double ESB? Some traditionalists would poo-poo that idea, but we’ll boo right back at them! Tallboy, good choice. Epic lacing on top of a hazy, dark amber color. Grainy, toasty, vegetal, grassy, spicy, fruity, earthy and herbal aroma. Crisp thick body. Malt, alcohol and hops are titans in their own way here. Toasted malt of dried grass and biscuits; hops become resin- like with tobacco and citric flavors, and the alcohol drops some ripe fruit and warmth on the palate. All around amped-up flavors, but balanced and nuanced. Bittersweet finish. Call it what you want ... this is a damn good beer.

Photo of warnerry
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours mostly clear amber with a small amount of suspended material. Huge tan head with nice retention leaves a wall of lacing.

S - Some nice citrus hops and a decent malt presence.

T - Decent hop bite up front, mostly bitter grapefruit. Malt quickly follows the hops, but never overwhelms. There is a nice bitterness throughout the taste. Also has a distinct tea taste in the middle. Finishes clean and bitter.

M - Medium mouthfeel, slightly oily.

O - I picked this up about six weeks ago. Not sure how old it is but there is still a good hop presence, despite the big malt profile. Overall a good IPA, but doesn't really stand out.

Photo of Beaver13
2.71/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can. Pours a reddish amber with a medium creamy white head.

The aroma is a bit strange - fruity resiny hops and some weird off note.

The flavor is a bit strange as well. There's some woody caramel notes with a decent amount of hop bitterness - fruity, resiny, a little minty and almost sour. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it's a bit strange to me. Maybe it's the mix of ESB with big American hops. The blend of caramel, wood, fruits and some almost sour notes just didn't work for me.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first beer from Kansas.

The beer pours a hazy red-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is grassy hops with some toffee and a little bit of chocolate. The flavor is just as good. In addition to a lot of toffee, I get some grassy hops and a dry powdered chocolate flavor. The beer has low bitterness and is very well balanced. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the better ESBs that I have tried.

Photo of bsp77
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Cloudy, dark orange with foamy off-white head that lasts awhile and leaves light lacing.

Smell: Citrus and loads of caramel and toasted malts.

Taste: Very malty caramel backbone accented by toasted malts and a very light tea-like characteristic. Strong citrusy American hops combat the malts, with a piney, spicy and bitter finish. Overall, malty but very bitter.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, creamy and smooth medium to full body, dry finish.

Drinkability: Never had a Double ESB before. It is quite good, but primarily seems to be a malt-focused IPA. Almost a DIPA, but not quite. Overall, fairly impressive.

Photo of deebo
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Served in a pint glass, this brew is clear and color is light brown with brilliant red highlights. A tight finger of tan head tht leaves a thick lacing on the glass.
S-Really nice aromas of citrus (zesty orange with hints of pine and earthy grass. Nice clean toasted, slightly sweet barley malt.
T-Hops dominate with more of the bittering variety then aromatic which is dissapointing for my taste buds. The malt is quite significant but those bitter hops overshadow and overwhelm the palate.
M-Resiny hops are quite sticky and overwhelming everything else, otherwise medium bodied with medium/high carbonation.
O-Very nice appearance and I really like the aroma but the bitterness are just too much for this guy.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to mizzouguy for this beauty! recieved in the noob bif round 6.

16oz can at about fridge temp poured into a snifter. 11 349 stamped on the bottom, not sure what this means.

pours out a really nice deep reddish amber, some orange in the light. huge 3 fingers of a very light tan colored head, creamy, rocky. it slowly receded leaving tons of sticky, webby lace. very nice retention as well. i could almost go a 5 on that almost head thats left behind.

some nice citric hop oils, resinous balanced by a big sticky bready malt, maybe some caramel. a bit leafy and grassy and a bit of aspirin. a touch of alcohol heat noticable as it warms.

great balance here, almost more malt forward, but the hop oils and bitterness are definatly felt in the finish. a kind of dry grapefruit citrus gets overtaken by a big sticky, bready malt, slightly caramel. just a bit fruity at times. resiny in the finish.

lots of semi sharp bitterness, medium to full in body. perhaps just a touch over carbonated, more in the begining.

this is a totally solid beer, a nice east coast IPA. they call it a double ESB?, not totally getting that, not really picking up on any english ingridients, american all the way.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice to see a DIPA that's not 10 or 11 percent. Pours from the 16 ounce can with a slightly hazed copper amber hue with a full on thicket of off white head, leaves behind bands of even lacing. Aroma has citrus and pine cone notes going with a bit of herbal grassiness as well. Big malt layer conincides with the upfront hops, no booze action thanks to the moderate abv. Flavor wise it hits with aggressive hoppiness yet maintains a sweet sugar coated malt layer, in the finish a soothing linger bitterness sticks around and really makes it's mark on my palate. Mouthfeel is a bit resinous with hop oils pretty brash with hop bitterness, medium bodied carbonation is smooth. Hops really stick around in this beer despite the sweet malt base. Overall impression is positive, I enjoy something this different although I can't promise this will become a mainstay in my large array of options for IPA/DIPAs. Promising for what cans have to offer I say to all of the brewers out there thinking about it, just do it.

Photo of LXIXME
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big light tan head slowly settles to a nice lacing above a well carbonated copper honey colored beer that one can just see the shadows of his figures through.

Aroma is filled with dark fruits, caramel malts, bitter notes, very light alcohol and some other aspects I don't recognize.

The taste is varied but to me doesn't live up to the aroma. Lighter caramel malts with very light dark fruits or grasses allow some other very subtle tastes to round out a balanced lighter taste.

A very light dryish aspect to the aftertaste of this medium bodied beer.

I don't think the taste of this beer warrants paying more for it. I did like the fact that nothing was overbearing with the taste, just the fact that for the price there should have been more taste.

Photo of Brenden
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 16 oz. can. "Bold Beer" written along the top. On the side, "Aggressively Hopped." "Mightily Malted." below and finally, "Pour a Pint."

This is a surprisingly dark brew, nearly a light brown with a burnt orange tint all through it. Either it's the thickness and depth of it, or there's a bit of a haze. Looking carefully, I'm inclined to say both. The orange-tinted head is big, fat and frothy, almost massive in thickness and height. It forms a supremely dense crown of pillowy cream that never gives itself up. This head is a beast, and one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. Lacing is no less impressive: thick, clumpy and plentiously delivered all the way down the glass. Absolutely beautiful in every way.
There's a good mix of hops and malts on the nose. A bit of spiciness and a light toffee-like sweetness mingle with a very floral hops aroma. It's not weak, but when I taste this, I'm surprised the aroma wasn't stronger.
The flavor, though, is powerful stuff, as a bouquet of hops explodes on the tongue. It's mostly floral with complements of herbal, citrus zest, and lightly spicy flavors. These are further complemented by a strong malts addition that adds a chewy biscuit quality and flavor that lets the hops shine without lacking balance. A light grassy flavor sits under it all. There's a long lingering, very particular bitterness that makes me think this is more along the lines of an English style, though it's certainly a double. Is this a merger of sorts? It certainly works excellently.
The mouthfeel is likewise delightful. A medium body lacks no depth, and the smooth creaminess over just a mildly chalky dryness (again, English?) is just another great surprise this beer offers. Lots of floral bitterness lingers for quite a while after each swallow.
I am so glad this showed up in my market. Sign me up for more from these guys.

Edit: I decided to look through reviews after I posted mine. I try not to look at any notes before reviewing and so missed the classification as a "Double ESB." To be honest, I hardly think it could have been done better and this explains completely all the ESB characteristics of this beer, yet it could be a standout DIPA as well. This is really brilliantly crafted beer, and I think any poor grades have to be bad cans/samples or from real sticklers for style. Maybe this beer is reason to create a new style, but of course that doesn't make sense unless plenty more attempt such a thing. Regardless, this is just fantastic stuff.

Photo of GilGarp
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint sized can served cold into a pint sized glass.

Hazy chestnut brown color with dense head. It settles quickly leaving very little lace behind.

Aroma is hoppy but not very fresh. Malts actually dominate the more I think about it.

Flavor is bitter but again the malts are strong enough to balance it out. Not a DIPA in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall a pretty average strong ale and well below what I've come to expect from the stlye listed here.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, Bruery tulip, Julian best by date on bottom can rim of 12 062 which would be March 3, 2012.

This beer is a very appealing deep dark copper. The head isn't too shabby either, rising and easy three or four fingers in a weathered paper color with some good staying power.

Largely aromas of crystal malts come from the glass, but they do cover a background of bread or pizza crust. Even though I am quite sure this is fresh the hops only show as a marmalade, earthy, and herbal sprinkling over pretty sweet malt aromas. Saucy orange bitterness builds as it warms, let it do so, it's better.

A taste wallops the mouth with Marris Otter-type bread, biscuit, crust, and grain. I bet that's the first time a flavor so gentle in character as been said to wallop. Joyfully the crystal take a back seat, quietly ad libbing nicely. The hops are mainly orange marmalade, a flavor I quite like, but certainly don't live up to even IPA status.

The liquid is soft, balanced with just a perfect offset of bubbles. I think this screams England, other than the ABV, which isn't noticeable as you drink it in the least.

Should this really be classified as a Double/IIPA? I think not; ESB would be better and this is what I have judged it as. It does manage to seem more like a 5% beer than anywhere near 7. Perhaps there is a slight alcohol bitterness as it warms, or maybe that's just the hops.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tallgrass Oasis Ale
code: 11 292

Appearance: A hazy, light russet brown body rests gently beneath a massive head of light tan froth. When held to the light the highlights are mainly orange, with some deep gold coming through as well. The head retention is excellent and the lacing is impressive.

Aroma: Malty and hoppy. Caramelish and bready malts notes are clear. It's somewhat toasty; nicely grainy. On the hops side it's leafy, grassy and floral. A minor bit of soft, yeasty fruitiness is present as well. Very "English" in character.

Taste: Rich. This is quite a beer! It's very malty, and also very hoppy. Everything that's found in the aroma follows through, and it's very much like an amped-up "premium" bitter. The malt is bready and caramelish and toasty; the yeasty fruitiness displays soft, sweet berry-like and apple-ish flavors; and the hops are minty, leafy, grassy and floral. It's supported and balanced by a bold bitterness (somewhere around 90 IBU's!), and it finishes dry with lingering notes of toasty (almost burnt-edged) sugary bread and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full, dextrinous body. Gently crisp carbonation that softens as it warms. Smooth.

Overall: The upper edge of the can reads "BOLD BEER" and it certainly is. Yet at the same time, it's kept in-check and remains very focused and balanced. Quite nice!!! And if there's any flaw here, it's the lack of tight filtration. I personally don't mind that, and I enjoy the look of a hazy/cloudy beer, but some people find it off-putting. It had great head retention and lacing however, so I went ahead and scored it a 4.5 (although it might actually be more like a 4.25). Well worth seeking out.

Photo of dbossman
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden red with a consistent and gorgeous tight tan head; lacing is nearly perfect--quite a beautiful looking beer

S: Typical hop quality; grapefruit, tea leaves, lemon rind, pine, but also a nice malt profile beneath the citrus fruitiness

T: Bitter citrus and oily on top of a burnt toffee maltiness; really nicely balanced

F: Very even mouth feel and a bit creamy

D: A really nice beer from Tallgrass; their best by far; drinkable, hoppy, and yet balanced--yummy

Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy copper color, two fingers of tight head, lots of lacing.
Big citrus smell. Grapefruit and a sharp lemon are the biggest ones.
Aggressive hops from the beginning. Tough to taste anything else, but in the middle there is a little honey flavor... probably the only malt bit that came through. Lasting bitterness.
Lots of bubbles and medium body.
Solid Double IPA. Hits early and big; perfect fit and fun to drink.

Photo of hoptualBrew
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Right out of the can w/ out pouring as advised by the new canned Heady Topper to conceal hoptual aromatics! (testing)

Smell is a of flowery, citrusy, spicy hops presence (guessing amarillo or something similar), mostly citrusy though. Smells really good!!!

A bit spicy on the tongue with obvious overwhelming hops and a nice dose of malt presence to round it off. Not too bitter, but just right. I didnt find the beer to be as complex as I desire in an ESB/IPA, but it is balanced.

Overall, not bad. Definitely worth a try!

Photo of ebby82
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a massive head into a pint glass. The head slowly dissipates and reveals a hoppy aroma beneath.

A- hops, a bit of bready malt.

T- A nice balance between hops and malt, a bit like a 90 Minute, but a little less intense.

Overall- I've never heard of this company or this beer, but I enjoyed it, and I especially enjoy the fact that its in a can.

Photo of midwestbrewers
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice brown/copper color with a thin head. The brew is somewhat cloudy. Decent lacing and great look.

S: Very, very citric like grapefruits. Nice kick in the nose.

T: Same as the smell. Very aggressively hopped. That being said there is also an obscene amount of malts because the beer has a great flavor. Very bitter in the finish.

Pretty impressive beer. Very bitter but with enough malts to back it up and balance it out. Would definitely buy again. Great beer Tallgrass Brewing Co.!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.04/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark amber body with a nice, but fleeting white head. Decent lacing, but it fades away.

Smell - Nothing? I really smell almost nothing. Faint malt notes and what I think is some grassy hops. But really, it's nothing.

Taste - Pine hops up front and a strong bitterness almost instantly. It's got a very toasty malt bill. Almost burnt toast. It combines with the bitterness to be almost overwhelming, but still a decent flavor.

Mouthfeel - Slightly thick for 7.2%. It's not really an IPA, but it isn't an ESB. There needs to be a different category for these hyped up not-quite-pale and not-quite-brown ales.

Overall - The taste is just a bit better than average, but nothing else is. Where's the smell? That's like half of what beer is.

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update 7-24-11
I believe this might've been an ESB at some pint ( in name ) works better as DIPA, by far. This is a great canned offering

Much more creammyness, better balance & body, plus nice pineyness & caramel

Review from notes (tasted about 6 weeks ago ):

Pours an effervescent caramel with 2 fingers of of tan head. Good lacing & head retention.
S: Spicy & floral hops, plus some caramel

T: Fruitty & dry with herbal hops, plus a touch of toffee up front. Dryness, herbal hops & a bit of astringency as this warms, along with a touch of woody hops, apricot & caramel too. Finishes woody & astringent, really falls apart at the end

MF: Medium bodied with soft carbonation

Drinks alright as long as you don't get too put off by the dryness & astringency. ABV was well hidden, had much higher hopes...

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Pours a slightly hazed copper, with 2 fingers of frothy off-white head. There's a thin yet relatively rich retention to here, leaving back a foamy cascade that settles into some heavy swathes of lace. The aroma is grassy and citric smelling, with a touch of leafy spiciness. Malts add some supportive sweetness across the back of the nose; with some robust fruity notes really push through here. I'm also picking up just a slight mineral edge to this as well.

The taste has a strong green citric bite upon first sip, which is tempered by sweet fruit and the bready and caramel flavors of the malt. A dry leafy bitterness lingers with a bit of force upon the finish of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly crisp throughout but still achieves enough smoothness to keep this drinking decently. There are some faint alcohol notes here but I was actually shocked to find out that this was over 7%.

Yeah, this definitely didn't come off to me as a DIPA. Maybe more like a full bodied APA or I could even see the ESB comparisons with the heft of the malt here at times. Anyway, this was overall decent and I found it surprisingly drinkable considering the higher ABV. This was maybe not my favorite of these Tallgrass offerings but it's still pretty solid.

Photo of jaycount
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown. Light tan head. Good lacing. Kind of cloudy.

S - Reminds me of the Tallgrass IPA. I can definitely smell the hops. Very floral, citrusy, I bet it's the same hops they use in the new Halcyon wheat too, definitely a familiar smell.

T - An intertwined web of maltiness and hoppiness. I taste the citrusy hops then the dark malts. I feel like someones mixed TG IPA and TG Buffalo Sweat. There's alot of both here. From someone who doesn't like IPAs in general, let alone a double/imperial: I am VERY pleased. It balances out nicely.

M - Quite a bit of the bubbly in here. Goes well with the style.

Photo of morimech
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A double ESB with 93 IBUs. Should be interesting. Opaque copper color with a slim head that settles to a thin cap. A little spotty lacing is left on the glass. Smells just like an ESB kicked up a notch. Grassy, herbal, and hay-like hops overlay a carmel malt base. I can tell there are a lot of hops and malt are in this one. The flavor is solidly malty with plenty of caramel and bready elements. The hops make their appearance a little bit later with herbal and grassy flavor. Bitterness is high but is kept in check by the sweet malt. The mouthfeel is wonderful for a beer that is this bitter. Full bodied and very softly carbonated. Great texture. As with other doubles or imperials, it takes effort to drink but this beer has some balance that makes things easier.

Photo of Tripphop
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber color with a busy fine carbonation. Very generous head with good retention and persistence. The aromas are soft and bready. Faint hops are present, but mostly fresh grain on the nose. Flavor is solid and simple. Clean caramel malt with a crisp hop finish. Nicely balanced and refreshing. Overall a well done beer, quite drinkable. Still too expensive..

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, some caramel malts. Taste is hops, pine, alcohol, a touch of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and although I'm not a big fan of this style, this is a pretty good beer.

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Tallgrass Oasis from Tallgrass Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.