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Tallgrass Oasis - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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483 Ratings

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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 23
Gots: 30 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: twiggamortis420 on 11-12-2009)
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Photo of cwguy5

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one! Poured from the can into a Mother Earth tulip. Sampled while wearing an egg-facial mask that my daughter insisted on.

A - away from light it looks brown and barely translucent; against the light it is a deep ruby color; thick rocky, off-white head that slowly faded to an uneven but covering cap; lots of sticky, 3D lacing; a few flecks of dark-ish sediment at bottom of glass
S - mostly hoppy at first that suggests some fruity and some bitter flavors, a bit of bread, toffee, and a touch of something i can't place that i can only describe as metallic but not off-putting
T - seems like the last few beers i have reviewed have tasted a lot like the aroma would suggest; i'm sure this is not unusual and it certainly holds true for this one; the hops come first and are a bit of a mix of some floral, fruity flavors and some bittering ones; a beautiful, rich french bread taste comes toward the end with another wave of moderate bitter at the finish
M - medium, active carbonation; pretty standard, light-medium body for a dipa; pretty lengthy dry, bittering aftertaste that seems to stick to sides of mouth and tongue
D - pretty complex palate; pretty easy drink; pretty good beer

10-26-2011 02:10:07 | More by cwguy5
Photo of sixerofelixir


3.73/5  rDev -3.4%

Pint can, with colorful art on it. Julian code stamped on bottom.. is a freshest-by date?

Pours a completely clouded brown/burnt-orange. Tannish head sticks well. Smell is clean & sweet malt & detritus. Taste = aggresively hopped, as the can states! Grapefruit mostly. A rich, bready background, but the hops dominate. Very citrusy overall. Finishes tart, with a bit-o-heat. A nice beer; I like to drink craft beer out of cans!

10-24-2011 18:06:39 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of jayhawk73


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

My first beer review from my home state of Kansas!

Pours a nice amber color with an amazing one finger off white head. Excellent carbonation and lacing. Really nice for the style. Whoa... good nose! Caramel, hops, grass, yeast, floral, and bready notes evident here. Super balanced, and very attractive. Really nice taste, with the same profile as the nose. This is a very complex beer, and it really is put together well. Feel is medium, w/ sweetness/bitterness battling it out. Big malt backbone is definitely in there as well. I'm not really getting any of the 7.2% ABV at all. This is definitely a 'bold' brew- as the can says. I gotta say- I was surprised by this one- it's really complex, and every taste I'm picking something else up. Kudos to the Tallgrass Brewing Company- they should be proud of this beer- I'll definitely buy this one again. Go Jayhawks!!

10-22-2011 01:55:02 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

Can stamped 11 302 purchased (room temperature) at Happy Harry's on 45th in Fargo. Poured ~4C into a fluted glass.

A: Copper and hazy with a nice white head and gorgeous lacing. Couldn't ask for much more.
S: Solid hops on the nose. Citrusy hops, with grapefruit being evident along with caramel and booze.
T: Fairly malty body with sweetness that balances with the bitterness. Some earthy hops with touches of citrus. Seems like the flavours have dropped off a touch here honestly. Should be more for a DIPA IMO.
M: Strong carbonation, finishes fairly clean even for a bitter beer.
O: Too much body for a DIPA / strong IPA. I really want a bitter bomb and this didn't deliver. I'd drink it again if given the option, but I am not exactly jumping up and down to find this one again...

10-20-2011 02:15:39 | More by kjyost
Photo of Jayli


3.9/5  rDev +1%

Consumed 10/14
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy, burnt orange color with a one finger of sudsy, khaki color head. Head retains nicely leaving big chunks of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is grapefruit and pine, with a hearty malt presence.

T: Taste is big piney notes at the forefront, some caramel malts mingle in as well. A hearty bready presence fills in the middle before the floral hop notes take over and finish this beer.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily at first with a dry finish.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, somewhat filling, decent kick, decent representation of style.

10-18-2011 18:27:26 | More by Jayli
Photo of BeerNutz324


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

on tap at the local watering hole

Ap- a rich dark amber color that is a little bit hazy. tanish head with pretty good retention

Ar- roasted malts with a bit a caramel sweetness. not very hoppy for a DIPA.

T- Roasty malts with some sweetness. Not hoppy at all for a DIPA. Very smooth though and good balance.

M- medium body and decent carbonation

O- a great beer but it doesn't really represent a DIPA very well. I would say it is a lot more like an ESB than a DIPA.

10-17-2011 02:40:38 | More by BeerNutz324
Photo of adamette


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

Live review. Poured from the 16 oz. can that I bought as a single at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor a few days ago for $2.50 into a clean, clear pint glass. No observed “best by” date.

A Nice fluffy light brown head over a dark caramel, mollasses hazy body. Lots of sediment floating about too. In front of direct light it glows a pleasing dark caramel. I really like this look. 4.5

S Bitter hops in front with a nice barley malt background. Interesting smell. This beer smells like it will likely be bold like the can suggests. 4.0

T Hops, malt sweetness with a backdrop of barley malt that surfaces after the bitterness and sweetness subside. I really enjoy the taste of this beer. It made me come back for repeated sips. There is a certain pepper presence as well. Intriguing to say the least. 4.5

M Big, and, well, bold (says so on the can don’t ya know). Really, though, the hops, malt and barley background with that peppery presence conspire to make this a really big beer. I think that the mouthfeel fits the style and is not just a big mess like some that claim to be “bold” can be. 4.0

D/O Not that drinkable. With an elevated ABV, big huge tastes, a big, creamy head that still lingers on the inside of my glass, this is a beer to be savored, not repeatedly drank. Overall a big, bold beer that is intruiguing. I think that everyone should try it if given the chance. Lastly, I think that the price (at least the one that I paid) is reasonable. 3.5

10-12-2011 01:56:49 | More by adamette
Photo of pokesbeerdude


2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

16oz can into a Samuel Smith 'tulip' pint. Purchased as a part of the mixed 8 pack from Tallgrass.

A: Hazy copper color with almost an inch of off white head that sticks around nicely. Quite a bit of yeast has settled down at the bottom of the glass. Nice spots of lacing.

S: Absolutely nothing in the nose, no hops, no malt really, just a slight little bit of graininess and a slight tinge of yeast. That's it, absolutely nothing else shines. Not good.

T: Caramel malts, a bit of roasted malt, slightly piney hop profile, but it is really subdued. Biscuity. A nice little bit of bitterness and just a hint of citrus. The citrus again is pretty tame. Some hop resins linger in my mouth. But overall really disappointing even if it could be a "double esb (?)". Just subdued, not inoffensive, but not exactly great.

M: Nice amount of body, with a touch of warmth, medium carbonation. Just about right here.

O: I don't know what the hell this is, but it isn't a DIPA, nor anything that could be considered a DIPA. Double ESB, is even more ridiculous, maybe an English Strong Ale? Regardless. Its just not very good. Definitely the weakest of the 4 beers I got in this mixed pack.

10-06-2011 02:09:06 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of ShanePB


3.78/5  rDev -2.1%

Reviewed from notes, provided by the brewery for purposes of reviewing on my site. 16 ounce can poured into a tulip glass.

A: Caramel colored body with amber hues, accompanied by a small khaki, creamy looking head. Lots of chill haze initially, a bit of a retention cap with loose, splotchy lacing. Not too bad in its appearance, darker for an Imperial IPA or ESB at any rate.

S: Aggressive American hops are up-front with some juicy citrus flavors coming through also. Pink grapefruit, top soil and a grounded caramel malt backbone. Certainly though the bitter hoppy nature of the beer is the focal point of the aroma.

T: Resiny, piney and grassy hops wrestle the palate at a massive 93 IBU's for a beer with an identity crisis. Again, more citrus fruits like pink grapefruit, pineapple and orange are mid-palate, finishing with a malty sweetness.

M: Creamy, bubbly, medium-bodied and finishes somewhat sticky from the hops, but does have a residual sweet character to it. Quite nice.

Judge it how you will, whatever this style may be, it is a really easy drinking Double IPA/ESB. It has lots of flavor, character and the balance is remarkably good.

10-03-2011 15:57:51 | More by ShanePB
Photo of jamescain


3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured into a tumbler, thanks exiled for the extra

Appearance: Hazy amber-mahogany with a rocky off white-tan head about a finger thick that clings to the side of the glass and fades to a nice lacing over the top.

Aroma: Slight citrus and pine notes, a lot of bready malt and caramel coming through.

Taste: Malty, caramel, chewy, and bready with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation and a very creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Overall: I liked it, but not as a double IPA. Could have been an issue with the date of the beer, but I couldn't find a date to see its age.

09-30-2011 16:32:51 | More by jamescain
Photo of flexabull


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

Tall can courtesy of jrallen34, thanks again!

My first Kansas beer too.

Pours a bright amber color with a big white head, nice lacing too.

Aromas are floral, dusty, kind of grassy, with some hard candy sweetness, and hints of citrus.

Taste is grainy, a bit tart, with some caramel sweetness. Maltiness is pronounced, but there is some hops, mostly an earth and floral bitterness on the finish. But this is a bit unbalanced to the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is good, full bodied, and pretty smooth.

Overall, a decent offering, worth trying, drinkable, but kind of flawed in my opinion. Just too sweet and malty for my liking. I guess I might score it a notch higher if it was under the category of a big ESB.

09-24-2011 03:11:05 | More by flexabull
Photo of theformula


4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

Pours a darkish copper-orange color into a tulip glass. Huge light tan soapy head with some great retention.

Aroma is a bit subdued but what is there is pleasant. Pretty bangin malt aroma of caramel, grain and bread. Moderate hop aroma that's floral and earthy. There's a fruit note in there as well like red apple.

Thankfully the flavor follows suit as well. A solid malt flavor really takes precedence in the beer, and it's delicious. Bread, cereal grains and sweet-ish caramel are all English, as are the hops. This is much more a big ESB than an IPA. Grassy, floral, earthy hop bitterness takes hold midway through and it's balanced perfectly. Finish is nicely bitter with green leafy hop oils sticking pretty tenaciously. Dry as hell. Another great aspect of the beer is the body...mouthfeel is fantastic with just enough carbonation.

Sign me up! My first Tallgrass beer and it's impressive. This is all about balance, yet has huge flavor. Alcohol is nicely hidden. And, the PRICE...great bang for the buck. Excellent stuff but is much more an ESB in style.

09-22-2011 02:39:59 | More by theformula
Photo of warnerry


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

09-21-2011 00:31:30 | More by warnerry
Photo of VaTechHopHead

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

A - Crystal clear medium ruby red/brown with a huge foamy head out of the can when poured which leads to great lacing. No visible carbonation.

S - Not quite potent enough on the hops to be a DIPA as it is a little faint. Hops are somewhat citric in aroma with floral notes as well.

T - Again, a little lackluster on the hop profile and the hops taste like alpha acids but no real floral/earthy/citrus tones. Very mellow and finishes with strong grassy tones and old hops.

M - Medium body and slightly under-carbed. Chewy malts and hop resins dry the palate out after each sip.

O - Not impressed with this one. Doesn't have a canning date so I don't know if it's old or what but it comes up short for it's style. Hops don't smell/taste fresh nor are they pungent enough.

09-08-2011 21:02:24 | More by VaTechHopHead
Photo of AgentMunky


3.9/5  rDev +1%

Served in a 24-ounce weizen glass at Wild Wings Cafe in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 28 June 2011.

A: Good white head with less than moderate retention. Clearish brown-amber, with great reddish hues. Great lacing.

S: Hops and strong citrus. A bit vegetal, but niceish. There is also a dishwater scent, though I suppose this could be the glass.

T: Good! Strongish, with a vaguely sweet endtaste. Otherwise, bitterish and zesty, though not precisely *hoppy*...

M: Lightly carbonated, well-bodied, and generally good.

O: Interesting beer, tasty and fun, but somehow lackluster. I might have it again; I might not recommend it.

09-07-2011 19:56:49 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.1/5  rDev -19.7%

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.

09-06-2011 20:05:06 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of gc4hokies


3.33/5  rDev -13.7%

Poured a tall boy of this into a Sam Adams special glass.

Appearance is great with this. Clear amber cinnamon color with an excellent off white head that lasts forever.

Aroma really isn't there? Slight hoppy notes, grassy, pine, but nothing strong.

Hop bitterness is there but the malt is dominant. The hops are providing some pine but sweet is the main flavor here. Finishes with a bitter hop note.

I wouldn't call this a double. It's an IPA but the hop flavor just isn't where it should be. Bitter, yes. Hop flavor and aroma, ehh.

I'm guessing they need more late hop additions and dry hopping to round this out.

Overall, I wouldn't turn this down but your money is best spent elsewhere.

09-03-2011 02:38:29 | More by gc4hokies
Photo of Cresant


3.35/5  rDev -13.2%

Served this 16 oz. can in a tulip pint. No date, but stamped 11 011. I poured this one slowly but I still created a massive light tan head. Dense and creamy. The murky body looked like apple cider and left some sediment in the bottom of the glass.

The smell was wet grain. Mild leafy hops and hints of a sour rag.

The taste was very sweet at first but finished dry and bitter. Rich, a bit on the heavy side. Alcohol is evident but not distracting. Strong maraschino cherries and grain.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Less carbonation than expected, I suppose it was all released in the head. An interesting beer, but not one I would regularly seek out.

08-31-2011 14:20:08 | More by Cresant
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Quite a nice beer, and I love that these are tallboys. Pours amber with quite a nice head that leaves some scant lacing. Nicely balanced bitter citrus notes and sweet malt in the nose. The taste is similar, with a balanced bitterness, a modicum of malt sweetness, a bit of pleasant waxiness, some nice citrus notes, and a slight touch of breadiness. Quite pleasant.

08-24-2011 00:20:19 | More by Georgiabeer
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

On tap at the Blue Door in St. Paul. IPA should go well with Blue Door blucys. What doesn't go well with Blue Door blucys?

To cut to the chase, this is an average beer through and through. Pours an amber/orange, with negligible froth on top. Smell is a decent blend of malt and hops. They certainly don't shy away from the hops, but in terms of taste, this is not near agressive enough to measure against Double IPAs. Pleasant enough, and really not a bad beer at all. Sure, I recommend it, but it did very little for me on the memorability test.

08-20-2011 15:20:35 | More by lurpy1
Photo of jgreenearrow


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours a somewhat opaque copper brown color. A thick fluffy tan head develops at the top of the pour with significant lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Citrus of grapefruit and orange peel dominates the nose, accompanied by earthy malts.

T: Sweetness hits the tongue at the onset, citrus of grapefruit and orange is present along with sweetness of malts. The malts really dominate the middle of the sip along with some earthiness. A distinct bitterness or earth and hops rounds out the sip.

M: This is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. I wouldn't call it a IIPA. The brewery's website describes it as a double ESB/IPA, I find this to be accurate. It has the citrus and bitterness of an IPA, but also the malt backbone and earthy bitterness of an ESB. This is an interesting and tasty beer, well balanced and quite complex in flavor.

08-19-2011 03:33:44 | More by jgreenearrow
Photo of GeezLynn


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

A: attractive shade of red brown with a light white head.

S: smell is on the sweet side, almost like fresh cookies. Lots of caramel malt, with hops – grassy and citrus.

T: toasty malt, light citrus hops, apricot, with a restrained bitterness that lingers through finish.

M: soft and smooth body with light, fine carbonation.

Interesting hybrid of what seems to me like an amber and IPA.

08-18-2011 05:13:04 | More by GeezLynn
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

1 pt can.

It pours a dark amber with a an off-white head that is pretty foamy and sticks for a long time before receding with some nice lacing.

The smell is very caramally and there is a hint of raw malt and coca along with some hops.

The flavor is pretty bitter. It is also sugary and a bit roasty. It tastes more like a suped-up ESB than an IPA, mostly with the hop bill, it is more of that earwaxy bitterness.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are pretty high. For a wacky experimental beer it isn't bad.

08-15-2011 21:24:01 | More by crossovert
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New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

Received in trade from GPHarris, thanks again for the opportunity! Pours a fairly clear deep copper color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks to anything that gets in its way. Smell is floral, grassy, earthy hops mixed with sweet bread and caramel malt. Apricots and grainy malt in the aroma as well. Taste is grainy and a bit tannic up front. Sweet bready almost caramel malts come through next, then a hint of abv, followed by some resinous and citrus hop play. Long lingering lupulin in the finish. Decent brew that I quite enjoyed.

08-11-2011 00:35:39 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of ONUMello


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

16oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Reddish-brown; one-finger head that lingers.
S: Grapefruit and a bit of pine.
T: Initial grapefruit/pine again, but with a solid toasted grain background. I can't put my finger on it, but there's something here that makes it better than average.
M: Full-bodied & pleasant. Very long finish.
O: This is a very solid beer. My first from Tallgrass, but I'll definitely be looking for more!

08-10-2011 04:05:58 | More by ONUMello
Tallgrass Oasis from Tallgrass Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.