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Tallgrass Oasis - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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506 Ratings

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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 25
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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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.07/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to dougofthefuture for sending this in Blind BIF 5. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a bright copper color with a bit of a reddish hue. Big white head with some spotty lacing and a thin cap throughout. The nose is not good. Really light with a bit of grain. A bit grainy. Smells kind of like an old IPA. Grain tannin. The flavor has loads of grain and a good amount of grain husk. By good, I mean a lot, not that its a little less than great. Astringent. Hard to guess on this right now. It's tasting more like a bad IPA. Bitterness in the finish with a dry finish. No hop flavor thought. Not a fan. Perhaps a kill shot.

Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy amber orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that gradually died down and left a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pine resin hops along with some notes of citrus hops.
T: Like the smell, flavors of pine resin hops stand out in the overall taste, which has a moderate amount of bitterness with notes of citrus hops. Hints of caramel malts are also present and become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a little maltier compared to other IPAs and hides its alcohol very well.

Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by a spumous head; excellent stickage with a nice curtain of lace

Smell: Caramel, pipe tobacco and stone fruit tones with earthy hops underpinning

Taste: Caramel and stone fruit flavors, up front, with tobacco and earthy hop bitterness building through the middle; the finish is balanced and somewhat sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This can is a little past the "best by" date so that may account for the lack of aggressive hop flavors; much more in the ESB than IPA categories to my palate

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

With all the bready, biscuity flavors of genuine English ales and the balance of an ESB, Oasis takes on a very assertive stance that's both bold and graceful.

Oasis pours a medium mohogany brown color with a modest haze. A sturdy yellowish head builds and clings to the glass in intermitten patterns of lace as the beer fades. A very masculine look.

Spicy-sweet aromas speak to the beer's balance even early in the nose with a toffee, bready malt richness to match the piney and grassy herbal contributions of noble hops. Light yet non-descript fruitiness adds another element of complexity but without competing for attention.

Flavors of bread, deep caramel, biscuit, and a hint of sorghum give definition to the malted milk richness in taste. Balanced by earthy, spicy, grassy, and a touch of pine in hop character decorate the richness well, while also offsetting sweetness and accenting the dryness in finish. Still, the fruity flavors rise as the beer warms and further reinforce its English intent. Where the balance and flavors are classic, the intensity remains high for these styles- almost to the extent of imperial ales.

Firmness in body gives a weighted creaminess on the tongue and palate with a robust maltiness that has a nice and even fade towards a smooth bitterness and slowly drying finish. Semi-sweet in finish, the beer has a return of mint and pine in aftertaste. Delicious but a bit big to be highly drinkable.

I can't help to think that the beer is supposed to be a standout ESB. But the allowances for imperial red ales (just with English ingredients) also come to mind. Regardless, Oasis is a well-crafted beer and very enjoyable. Just don't look at the style guidelines when anylizing.

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can is julian dated 10 324 on the bottom rim, loosely translating to 11/10. I'm assuming this is relatively fresh, within a month or so from production. Cool can design.

Very dark amber with orange traces around the edges. Sticky tan foam that coats the glass in concentric rings. Looks nice, a bit dark and murky.

Aromas of toffee and caramel, reminds me of a faded IPA, but as a "double ESB" it fits I guess. Some piney bitter hops come through, moreso in the taste, but in the aroma too.

Sweet caramel dominates with an earthy hop bitterness that have a significant presence too. Pine and green bitterness blend with the dominating malt base. Feels fine, even carbonation, easily quaffed. The sweet caramel flavor puts me off a bit, again like a faded IPA i'm resigned to finish. Altogether though not bad. I think I liked their IPA slightly more.

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, amber/copper color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left soapy/sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of malt and citrusy hops. Mostly orange and grapefruit.

T - Good hop bite of bitterness with a citrusy kick. Also, a strong roasted malt flavor.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is the best I've had from Tallgrass. It is almost like a DIPA.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to ThirstyHerf for this can!

Continuing my surge in central USA cans. This one pours a cloudy sunset amber topped by a finger of lightly dusty cream foam. The nose comprises toasted caramel, ruby red grapefruit zest, cilantro, and a squeeze or two of lemon. The taste holds notes of ruby red grapefruit, cilantro, dark greens, very light cocoa, and smooth caramel. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth and creamy feel. Overall, a pretty solid DIPA, one that clearly focuses on the spicier hops (a nice change of pace, if you ask me) and achieves a pretty nice balance. That said, a tad bit more bite wouldn't hurt this beer at all...

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 TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from brewerburgundy courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2011, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness followed but sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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

Looks nice. Nose is pretty good. Flavor is workin' too. Nice little smack to the mouth. This double ipa carries a more mature tone to it in that there is a level of balance and seems to carry a malty backbone that works very well with the hops. It's not trying to obliterate your palate with hop ridiculousness. This is the third in my recent exposure to Tallgrass, and I must say I wholeheartedly approve. I'll try anything from this brewery at this point.

Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yay, tall boy cans, thanks to bunkrock (Reddit).

As much as I love cans, they are a bitch to pour, and it rises up a huge frothy and creamy 4 finger head that fades fairly slowly with lots of lacing, over fairly hazy auburn amber reddish orange color.

Nose has some big-ol hops. Big earthy hops mostly, with a light candied orange peel and candy like hops aroma, a little floral and fruity, and smells like lots of bittering hops. Malts are a plenty as well, with a big malty sweetness in the aroma alone, with a hint of toasty reddish caramel malts, and touch of toffee.

Taste starts slightly creamy, a little creamy malt base, and quickly comes the sweetness with a big malty flavor, caramel and toffee, a little candy, and chewy. Hops are there as well, fairly bitter, with some light spicy and plenty earthy, little grassy hop character that hits a plateau early but remains fairly bitter throughout. Just a bit of candied orange peel hop character, it really seems creamy and chewy like they put oats in it. Finish is still fairly sweet, more candy and caramel toffee flavors, more bitterness that ramps a bit on the finish and sticks around forever it seems, and a bit more earthy light citrus bitterness.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, creamy and chewy, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, lots of hops, lots of malts, both go together well, nothing out of place, tasty, nice long bitter finish that doesn't disappoint, but with all that doesn't really go above and beyond.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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 wethorseblanket
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tallgrass Oasis Ale. Aggressively Hopped, Mightily Malted, Pour a Pint. (Hmm, the pint craft can, where'd that idea come from?)

Deep crimson coloring, a little soft on the sides, highly hazed, creamy beige-ish head.

Aroma: big twist of caramel malt, citrus notes, piney bitter hops...you know, it's weird, ...it reminds me of something. Grapefruit and lemon? No, something else...

Taste: BAM! Huge hops right off the bat, flooding the palate, washing over the mouth and swishing through the senses. Beautiful bitterness butts up against sweet malt. Intense flavors, but well balanced. Big all over, fat flavors, long, generously hoppy finish. Alcohol isn't over-the-top, but a bit big for the...wait, what's the style?

Oh, wait, I know...it's Surly Furious-style! Seriously, this is the first commercial brew I've had that tastes almost exactly like my hometown favorite. ( Although Brooklyn Center isn't my hometown, it's close enough.) I swear it's as if they were intentionally creating a Furious clone. (And that's fine with me. Some day Furious will be a style of it's own. At last it will win GABF medals.)

This is delicious stuff, and well done. If Surly can't go to Kansas, good for Tallgrass for bringing their own version to Manhattanites.

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm excited that Kansas, my home state, has started canning a few beers from craft breweries in the state. This is my second tall grass beer, the DIPA, it was OK, pretty good but not my favorite DIPA out there.

Beer is served in a DFH signature glass. Beer is orange to amber with a lot of haze and a head that leaves minimal lacing behind. Carbonation is moderate to low. Looks OK.

Aroma is simple, its got piny hops and a malty backbone.

Beer is medium bodied with some deserted bitterness at the back of the palate. The beer is overall moderately sweet up front with almost no distinguished midpalate character, low carbonation. The emptiness of the midpalate is filled with the strong bitterness at the back. This beer would have been better with a more complicated hop profile.

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Tallgrass Oasis from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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