Ethos IPA - Tallgrass Brewing Company
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Reviews by JamesMN:
4.09/5 rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Drink by 9/19/13 so it must be hella fresh.
Appearance: Pours a golden/honey hue with fantastic clarity and three finger off-white sudsy head that dissipates but leaves great lacing.
Aroma: A syrupy herbal quality from the hops. Not super aromatic but very much on the sweet side.
Taste: A nice bouquet of hop bitterness with that herbal/lemon grass and pine character that has become very popular when brewers fuse East Coast and West Coast IPA styles (I'm gonna go ahead and start calling this the Fusion IPA style). The sweet hop flavor cancels out its own bitterness in a way that strikes a balance even though there is not much malt flavor to be found (a touch of caramel). I'd agree with the description of Ethos IPA on Tallgrass Brewing's website. It definitely isn't earthy and doesn't feel overly complex. I'm actually surprised to hear it has six types of hops in it and that it's 110 IBUs. One thing that always impresses me about Tallgrass beers is that they pack a whole lot of flavor into a modest ABV. Ethos being at 6.8% ABV is not shockingly low but it is impressive for a beer that packs the punch of an Imperial or Double IPA. Unlike the West Coast IPA style, Ethos' finish is not dry. In fact it would be refreshing if it wasn't so syrupy.
Mouthfeel: Medium in body and smooth given a vigorous pour. Above average drinkability.
Final Thoughts: With all the rebranding that Tallgrass has been doing lately I was worried that Ethos would just be their old IPA with new packaging. However, Ethos is definitely a different animal and a good one at that. Would I drink it again? Yes, not sure if it's year round but I'd take a fresh one anytime.
Serving type: can
05-04-2013 01:21:19 | More by JamesMN
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3.96/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Kenwood liquors - Homer Glen, IL
Drink by: 7/11/14
Ethos flaunts a vibrant orange body with good clarity. Stream after stream of carbonation rushes to the surface from what seems like every surface of the glass keeping the dirty white head alive and kicking. The foam is a solid finger in height, velvety, and leaves sheet lacing down the glass with the occasional clump.
Candied citrus peel runs from front to back. Loads of sweet orange and grapefruit have their fingerprints all over the nose. The malt base leans toward caramel but there's a dose of sugar cookie in there as well. Ethos is an all around candy like IPA. It's hop forward but there's a solid malt backbone as well.
The citrus is more vibrant in the flavor with bright ruby grapefruit and orange pith. Orange oils and bitter grapefruit juice. I have to say, I'm surprised at the bold hoppiness when compared to the nose. The malt base is still dense, with caramel and sugar cookie, but this beer is a citric hop showcase.
Citric bitterness is bold, much higher than expected. The body has a moderate weight with carbonation lively enough to be prickly on the tongue. The finish dries up rather quickly as the bitterness grows. An IPA that goes down easily.
The smell while good didn't seem to be anything all that special but the flavor is packed with all aspects of grapefruit and orange along with an assertive bitterness. The dry finish accentuates it all. I'll be picking more of these up in the future.
Serving type: can
02-24-2014 02:13:46 | More by joe1510
4.01/5 rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Drink by 7/12/14
Appearance: Burnt orange color. Finger of head on the pour which settled around a half a finger. Thick lacing left behind at each level. Cloudy body with below average active carbonation in glass while drinking.
Smell: Bitter resinous pine hits first. Body of grapefruit, saturated tangerines, and mangos. Solid malt backbone allows the hop tones to shine through. Piney bitterness continue to showcase itself throughout the aroma.
Taste: Like the aroma, big front of pine, resin, and more pine. The bitter tones continue to pummel the palate as some heavy, saturated citrus tones. Bitterness backs off toward the finish giving way for some lighter fruit tones.
Mouthfeel: Nice transitions of big bitter front to an easier drinking sweetness on the back end. Crisp hop tones with some lingering bitterness on the finish.
Overall: Big bitter single ipa. Without the slight backing off on the finish this could easily be mistaken for an IIPA. Been really impressed with each offering I've had from Tallgrass.
Serving type: can
02-23-2014 19:33:35 | More by KFBR392
Ethos IPA from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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