Tallgrass Oasis - Tallgrass Brewing Company
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Reviews by Reaper16:
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
16oz. can served into a Celebrator glass
*Note: I am reviewing this as a "Double ESB" because that's what Tallgrass says it is and because that's what it tastes like. This score is NOT indicative of this beer's merits as a Double IPA.*
Pours a carrot orange color body. Little carbonation streams up from the bottom, but a nice frothy head of about 1.5 fingers in size forms anyway. The off-white -- Hell, nearly yellow -- foam leaves adequate lacing.
The first wave aroma is flush with caramel malt and leafy hop bitterness. But then the English malts come in, and they make all the difference. Aromas of gingerbread, snickerdoodle cookies, and herbal tea make for a much more interesting malt profile. It really does smell like a double ESB. Some pear juice notes round things out.
Surprisingly, the first blast of flavor is that of grapefuit, though the citrus flavors die out with warmth. The English malts take over the taste. More flavors of tea and snickerdoodle cookies coast the whole tongue. Some leafy hops & grassy hop bitterness cut through the malts while amplifying the green, herbal characteristic that this beer has. It reminds me a bit of Boulevard's 21st Anniversary Ale with its blend of English malt flavors and peppery, grassy hops but combined in such a way that it feels American overall. The most interesting aspect of the beer is the definite cocoa powder that comes through on the finish. A unique and satisfying beer.
Despite the malt-forward flavor profile, this beer is comfortably medium-bodied. I thought/feared it would be thicker, but I'm certainly not complaining that it isn't. The carbonation isn't very active but the beer still feels a bit harsh on the tongue.
Overall, Tallgrass Oasis is a unique hybrid of ESB and Double IPA and it works. Not an amazing beer that you absolutely need to trade for, but a good one that the local Kansas City market appreciates.
Serving type: can
05-15-2011 22:43:28 | More by Reaper16
More User Reviews:
4.45/5 rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Wow!! This one was a very pleasant surprise, after having Ethos, my expectations were that this one would be inferior, but in my opinion, that was NOT the case. One thing, I prefer piney IPAs vs grapefruity ones, which makes me biast in favor of this one.
As mentioned above, this has a piney hops flavor to this one, a lot like Sierra Nevada's Torpedo, which I adore. I'm not experienced with the ESB part, so I can't say much there, but overall, this beer absolutely hits the spot, and I will be a regular customer year round.
Serving type: can
04-27-2014 03:40:20 | More by paladinjoe
Tallgrass Oasis from Tallgrass Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.