Ethos IPA - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 798
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.65%
Wants: 52
Gots: 128 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: minnesotaryan on 05-01-2013

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Photo of Buck89
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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 (432 characters)

Photo of NYCDE
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of whynot44
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of ScrewBud
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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. (562 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,760 characters)

Photo of rapayn01
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (189 characters)

Photo of kantormill
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (208 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #79 (Aug 2013):

This is a friggin’ serious IPA. The bitterness is well above threshold; Tallgrass clocks this one in at 110 IBUs. Hop flavor is off the charts as well, but oddly (in a good way) there are bits of malt that make their way clearly to the taste buds. Insanely hopped, which is always fun, but putting that in a 16oz tallboy can, it becomes a treat.

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 6.8%

LOOK: Sticky lace, hazed pale amber

SMELL: Fresh-sliced grapefruit, fresh hop resin, pith, dank, peppercorn, fresh hay, clean alcohol

TASTE: Smooth medium body, intense bitterness, pithy, orange rind, juicy fruit, bready, slightly warming (689 characters)

Photo of cervezango
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

sweet bread caramel heavily hopped but is balances out by sweetness perfectly 110 ibu’s. Thick crisp fruity hops, some banana and tangerine . A little sticky , coats the mouth. (178 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden copper with a light orange hue and a single finger head of off-white foam.

Fresh cut grass, pine, grainy malt, and some citrus notes coming through.

Citrus fruit, grassy, pine, and a caramel malt backbone.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, somewhat astringent, grainy, and citrus bitterness.

Overall, I dug the flavor and aroma of this one, but the slightly astringent/grainy mouthfeel degraded my score slightly. (444 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look-color is clear amber, piers three fingers of very sticky, off white head that retains very well.
Smell-Pine, slight floral notes, mild tropical fruit. bit of malt graininess in the backbone.
Taste- some pine upfront, very slight notes of tropical fruit, then comes lots of malt notes of caramel and biscuit.
Feel- Light/medium body, not too juicy nor crisp nor dry. very "Typical" feel for an IPA.
Overall- its possible that this beer wasn't as fresh as it could have been, the hops were pretty absent. the flavor is nice but the malt was more dominant then what i seek in an IPA. (585 characters)

Photo of Beric
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 16oz can into pint
Served: 1 January 2015

Appearance: Pours a light tannish color with golden accents. Not much reddish tint coming through like in many American IPAs. Bright white one finger head that leaves some lacing.

Aroma: Bright grassy herbal hops with a touch of grapefruit.

Taste: Lots of hops with similar qualities as the aroma. Slightly bitter, and with some slight astringent straw-like tastes on the back end as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: A serviceable IPA. (529 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A well executed IPA. Big citrus hops with a fairly extensive malt backbone. Little grassy. Enjoyable, was bought in a mixed pack of cans from this brewery, who make very solid beers. (182 characters)

Photo of jadpsu
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange, copper in color with a slightly off white head that had decent retention as well as decent side glass lacing.
Aroma: Sharp citrus as well as yeast and bread
Taste: Surprisingly, I get more bready malts to start., then the tangy citrus of orange, lemon rind and grapefruit. Not a fan of the grapefruit, but there is enough else going on that it is tolerable.
Finishes with the citrus hops, and a dry bitter hoppy finish that can make you pucker up. (463 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I took some jalapeno poppers over to my neighbors house last night for a little get together. In exchange for the food, I got a run of the beers in the fridge. This was one of them, I had never had it, so I decided to partake. Side poured from the can into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours a standard copper colored hue with a nice, two finger head that dissipates relatively quickly and leaves a bit of lacing. I really like the packaging on the can, I'm guessing it is a shout out to Paleolithic art or something of that nature. Anyway, pretty cool presentation.

Smell - Orange peel and grapefruit are the big movers in the nose, but there is a yeasty, bready undertone that balances it out a bit. Little but of grains as well.

Taste - Pretty good! Well balanced, the yeasty breads are the first on the palate, followed by the expected hop kick from an AIPA. Citrusy grapefruit is the name of the game for these hops, nice breadiness to balance the hops kick.

Mouthfeel - Finishes smooth, clean, and bitter with the hops. Very good, little evidence of the alcohol content.

Overall - This is a pretty good beer from what I would consider a solid brewery. While Tallgrass may not have any game-changers like Russian River or Three Floyds, they have certainly carved a niche for themselves in the Midwest providing good beers like this at a reasonable price, all in the can. I would certainly recommend this beer to anyone! Condor recommended and approved. (1,465 characters)

Photo of Strix
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Pale orange, good intial head with curtains of lace.

Smell dank with a bit of a diacetyl note.

Caramel malt, orange peel, dank earthy hops, and a little bit of buttery finish that detracts for me.

Smooth mouthfeel.

Flavor profile didn't really do it for me, on the buttery side I guess. (291 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Bright and clear orange. Huge white head with persistent spotty lacing.

Smells of orange peel and grapefruit. Light grassy undertones.

Heavy on the citrus and pine to a lesser extent. Caramel malt provides a heavy backbone.

Full body, soft. Medium carbonation.

Very solid IPA. Good balance while having some bitter citrus qualities. (346 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ethos is a solid IPA that was brought over by my awesome neighbor. The beer poured a nice copper color with white head that did not leave much lace. The scent was fresh hops that leaned toward bitter. The taste was an evenly balanced IPA with good malt and bitter hops through the drink. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a solid offering. (378 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another sample from my Independence Day get together with out of state friends. From the can on July 4, 2014..

It is a very heady golden amber pour. The white head takes its time to settle down.

A slight sweet and grainy aroma mixes with an earthy and grassy hop note.

Smooth, medium body.

Again with the grainy malts. Those are the first things I get in the taste but it won't take long before it evolves into a full but not floral, hop bitterness. Enjoyable. (465 characters)

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Ethos IPA from Tallgrass Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.