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Ethos IPA - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Ethos IPAEthos IPA

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118 Reviews

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Reviews: 118
Hads: 852
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 26.8%
Wants: 58
Gots: 149 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: minnesotaryan on 05-01-2013

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Reviews: 118 | Hads: 852
Photo of martinfletwood
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice beer, typical citrus flavor. Tallgrass has done a nice job with this one. Give it a try. You won't be disappointed. Would like to try it on tap.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

10/26....tallboy can. Pours rusty copper, gold on bottom, heavy thick white foam. Grassy, soft malt. Bitter hoppy malt, light mouthfeel. Pine, persistent bitter. Lighter mouthfeel, oily. Not an abundance of defining characteristics but a smooth and solid IPA.

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Photo of 98green
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Out of a pint can, best by 12/27/15. Medium orange color, mice and hazy. Not much in the smell. But in the taste, oh my is that awesome. All kinds of juicy citrus hops and plenty of bitter. Feel is dry, not much in the way of sweet malt. This was my first Tallgrass beer, and I am impressed.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Highly hazed and unfiltered, a glorious bright golden hue, with a heavily dotted, creamy, off-white head. Looks great. Leaves lace.

Aroma: Bittersweet blast in the nose, loaded with citric notes, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, some mango and pineapple, too. Beautiful balance of sweet and bitter continuing to tango in the aroma.

Taste: At the start, smooth and creamy, goes down the throat exceptionally effortlessly. Not long after, the bitter, aspirin-like attack occurs on the palate, and it hits right at the back, makes itself at home, and rises in power and flavor. Feels bigger and plumper in the mouth as time goes on, expands and fills the senses. This is an utterly unfettered, untamed IPA, pulling no punches. Here's one I can drink and drink and drink. Not shy in the least, an amazing ale. Plenty, plenty of hopping makes me plenty, plenty happy.

I have a feeling through their imagery and marketing that this was originally intended to be called Mythos (which is taken), or something similar, because "Ethos" doesn't quite fit with this "legendary", "mythical" story they seem to be telling. A video tells a tale of a race of creatures called the Ethos. Okay, whatever.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good ipa. Nice light citrus nose, similar tastes with a malt sweetness upfront nicely balanced by grassy citrus hops, and a nice creamy mouthfeel that's smooth as hell. Good shit.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

A : Dark honey colored body, 80% opaque with just enough light penetrating to create a sunny hue. Head is off-white and four fingers, gorgeous, leaving dancing hieroglyphics (like the design on the can) on the walls of the glass all the way down as it recedes to a solid 1 finger.

S : Antiseptic, piney, and some faint grapefruit rind. Almost no malt presence, but I can nose a hint of biscuit.

T : High hop presence gratuitous of grapefruit, pine, fir, and honey. Some antiseptic also rushes in, giving the notion of mouthwash. Biscuit malts back the hop explosion. It wraps up slightly dusty with a grassy finish.

F : Medium bodied, a hard water carbonation, and a pasty finish.

O : It just tastes like a well-brewed IPA. It's not creative, not interesting, not pushing any boundaries. It's just a good representation of what a basic India Pale Ale (not a session, not a double, not any other off-shoot) should be. In that regard I guess it's good, but if we're talking in that manner, Odell makes the superior beer. I wasn't all that impressed.

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Photo of Extol
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark copper orange color. Decent head and lacing. Smell - a bitter smell and citrus. Taste - fruit forward flavor and bitter on the back end. Overall - would get again. Light and good flavor.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to LiverBelly for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, candied citrus zest, tea, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with candied citrus zest, tea, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of candied citrus zest and tea characteristics all around.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of SpaCityJonboy
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I sampled Ethos from Tallgrass canned in their pint cans. On pouring into an IPA glass, I was impressed with the thick, creamy head, but once the head was established I felt like the beer had little residual carbonation. Great initial grapefruit and citrus aroma. Despite the rich thick head, the beer had a somewhat thin mouthfeel. Overall, a very flavorful IPA. My only suggestions for improvement would be related to carbonation and mouthfeel.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold under a persistent 3” sticky white foam collar that slowly recedes. S: Fresh mown grass and light malt aromas. T: Rich malt flavors followed up by a nice hop punch with citrus and fruit showing up behind the grass. F: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy soft palate. O: A big, full flavored American IPA.

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Photo of KidDoc
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy medium copper color. Small head with light retention but nice lacing. understated but mostly grassy aroma. Flavors nicely balanced but wears a little thin in time.

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Photo of Buck89
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Clear golden amber with a touch of haze and a one-inch head that lingered for a while. Nose was prominent with orange, some sweet malt and a little earthiness. Taste followed suit with Orange, followed by some pine and a clean bitter finish with some tobacco (?). Feel was typical for the style with medium carb. Not as dry as most, but nice.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty nice hop forward ipa. Very noticeable hop presence and bitterness. Sitting at 110 IBU's, it puts you on notice. Small amount of malt to help give it another counter point of flavor, but not so much as to attempt to balance the hops. Make no mistake, they are front and center. Hints of fruit, but kept to a minimal level. Tasting a note of pepper as well, slightly spicy lioe rye or something similar. Medium body with a nice hazy amber/brown hue. Small quarter to half inch of head with nice retention that holds a thin frothy layer to the end. Slightly creamy in character.

Might not seek out purchase again. But was pleasant and worth a drink.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's not dry, juicy West Coast IPA, but it's quite satisfying with huge, spicy bitter bite to finish. A quick check of the Tallgrass website shows a 110 IBU rating. That explains it. There's a touch of smooth caramel in the flavor, but the big earthy citrus rind quickly rolls it over. There are also lighter notes of tangerine and peach in the aroma and flavor. Great beer for hop heads that don't need a thin, super fruity IPA.

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Photo of Redrover
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the Tall Grass Ethos on tap the Yard House in Kansas City. It was served in a standard pint, the beer is a dark bronze with a tan head.

Nice citrus and pine nose.

The first sip reveals the expected grapefruit and pine notes plus something spicy like rye. There are caramel malts and crackers in a supporting role. I also get a touch of something a touch sour.

The mouth is thick and coating. All in all a nice beer

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Photo of NYCDE
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A home run of an IPA. It's delicious. Light, bright, delightfully unbalanced towards the hops. It's thick, rich, and solid. I bought a four pack a few days ago and loved it so much I went right through it, drove back to the store and bought some more. Great stuff.

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Photo of donspublic
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from pint can into a 16 oz tulip. Nice 3 finger creamy off white head formed and stayed for a while. Nice dark orange color, this looks like a DIPA. Definitely getting a citrus scent from this one. Good balance between the malt and hops on this one. This does not assault your palate, it is a real easy drinker and hides the alcohol well. Has more of a dry finish on the end.

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Photo of whynot44
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy honey colored brew with a fluffy white head that retains well and produces some decent lacing.

The aroma is caramel malt, pine and citrus.

The taste is caramel malt, grapefruit and pine resin, nicely balanced.

Light/medium bodied, very easy to drink.

Overall a very nicely balanced and enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of ScrewBud
4.86/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is my go to IPA. Been drinking at least a 4 pack a week for 3 years. Very Hoppy in smell and taste.

L - Darker Amber
S - Hops, Herbs
T - Lingering Hops Well balanced
F - Not as thick as a lot of IPAs, easy to drink
O - I try to buy local as much as possible and this is the best beer in the area that I have found so far, cans are also a big plus. I think this beer defines an IPA, but if I had to criticize it would be that sometimes on a hot day an IPA with a little more Citrus notes is better. If I rate a beer higher than Ethos, it must be good.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Found this one at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. The best by date says I've another two months to enjoy. Poured right from the 16 oz can in my fridge into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

L: Pours a hazy coppery amber color with about three fingers of billowy off-white head that sticks around for a very long time and never fully dissipates. I can't make out any effervescence through the haze of this one.

S: Pine and herbal hop notes come through in the bouquet, along with fresh cut grass and some bready malt notes. A hint of diacetyl. Just the slightest bit of metallic something-or-other in there, as well.

T: Hops, hops, and more hops. The initial taste has the pine and herbal hops front and center, with the bready malt underbelly balancing things out. The middle presents a much bolder, more resinous hop flavor and a touch of clear alcohol--this isn't a jarring or abrasive thing, as the carbonation and smooth malt profile help to keep things well-aligned. I didn't pick up much of the diacetyl in the taste, perhaps because of the hop overload. The back and aftertaste are where the hops take full command--it's very resinous and bitter, lingering on the palate for a good little bit.

F: This one had an unexpectedly watery feel to it. By no means does it feel watered-down, but it doesn't have nearly the body that I thought it would. It's watery, creamy in the middle, and decidedly bitter at the end. However, there really isn't much stick or syrupy quality to speak of.

O: I really enjoy this IPA. With the kinds of big flavors it brings, I'm surprised that it's not a DIPA. If you're into pine hop flavors or unabashedly bitter-finishing IPAs, then this is one you shouldn't miss. I'll definite come back to this one again if given the chance.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this poured out of a tallboy can into a pint glass. It is a very tasty and hoppy IPA. This is difficult to admit for a Jayhawk, but something very good has emerged from Manhattan, KS.

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Photo of kantormill
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden in color with a tint of red. Mixture of pine and toffee aromatically. Strong, bitter hoppy flavor and not much else. Mouth feels like you've chewed on an orange rind after. Decent IPA, but not great.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I decent ipa. I liked it but it was a tad too malty for my liking. Earthy and leathery flavors. Had a very agreeable feel to it I really enjoyed. I suspect this can may have been past it's prime. I would like to get my hands on this again . . . Maybe more fresh and see what happens.

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Photo of Suds
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a can, this brew is slightly hazy, golden, and capped with a white froth. The aroma is all hops....woody, pine, and a bit of cirrus. Earthy and pungent. The beer is a certainty an American style IPA. The taste is semi dry, and the alcohol is notable after a few sips. Full in body, and drinkable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from Bigtreebrewing, thanks for the opportunity.
Slight chill hazy in a deep golden liquid topped by a good sized off white head that persists. big citrus and pine on the nose with a solid hit of fruity caramel maltiness. Light juicy fruit and dankness round us out nicely. Nice ipa, a bit dry in the finish. I could drink these without too much hesitation.

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Ethos IPA from Tallgrass Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.