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Ethos IPA - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

747 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 47
Gots: 111 | FT: 4
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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Photo of Hendry
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With a 90 BA rating and plenty of praise in the reviews, I was looking forward to experiencing Ethos, and the "consume by" date of 8/8/14 offered promise.

Orangey amber pour,nice appreance overall with a single finger of ecru head and spotty lacing.

Aroma is far more on the grainy malt side than hops to my nose: sweet and hinting at a blast of butterscotch tinged diacetyl beer that somehow fits within the description of an American IPA.

Taste is exactly as it smells: very sweet and grainy but the bitterness of the hops kicks in delivering a hefty tongue scraping 110 IBUs. The diacetyl edge is too much for me to consider this an enjoyable and inviting beer. I realize some categorize the above described flavors as "candied orange," but for me it is a turn off.

Medium bodied and a touch sticky, decent carbonation. The intense hop bitterness factor attempts to counteract the butterscotch sweetness in a valiant effort, but doesn't really succeed.

I was hoping for a hop forward assault on the nostrils and palate based on the ratings and reviews, but found this fresh can of Ethos to be rather disappointing. Can't really say it is a worthwhile IPA to go out of your way for, and can't help but feel the 90 BA rating is based more on local pride than an outstanding beer and nowhere near on the level of say La Cumbre Elevated.

Photo of tectactoe
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for splitting this can with everyone. Goldenrod, honeysuckle color with a slightly dusty white head that froths up nicley and leaves behind some good lacing. Funny thing, I'm looking at someone else's glass right now. I decided to drink straight from the can... Yeah, I know this isn't Heady Topper, but I was far to tired to be bothered with pouring my own glass!

Grassy hops, even more piney and bitter on the nose with a touch of resins and hop oils. Not quite dank-a-lank, but pretty resinous and "raw", yet not over-the-top with abrasiveness. Good level for a single IPA, I'd say. Malt balance is... nice enough. Some bread with a very, very light toasty note going on. Some moderate citric hops in the finish, but not too much.

The flavor contains a bit more grapefruit, pithy and kind of bitter, followed up by a larger wave of those oily and resinous hops that I was getting on the nose. Piney and actually quite bitter, they'll scrap the saliva from your tongue and clean out your gumline in no time at all. Some mild lemon peel and more grapefruit in the finish, wafting across a soft blanket of bready malt. Medium bodied, crispy with tight carbonation.

Definitely a nice surprise... I wasn't expecting much from this, and it ended up being pretty tasty. Having this one makes me want to get my hands on their "8-Bit" Pale Ale even more now. Solid, piney, bitter IPA with good character and not too much hindrance from the malt side of things. A nice beer to keep on hand.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.09/5  rDev +2%
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%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz. can into a Sam Adams pint glass.

This beer pours an attractive orange-yellow with a little haziness. The huge head slowly dissipates to a nice lingering lacing all down the glass.

The smell is not extremely strong but initially hits with some tropical fruit, a hint of yeasty bread and maybe, a touch of caramel.

The taste is very bold. Piney hops blast you tongue along with some tingle from the carbonation. Then you pick yup some of the tropical fruits -- citrus, pineapple, maybe some mango. I get a bit of the sweet malt as well. Nice stuff going on here. The finish is all piney bitter.

The mouthfeel is slightly sticky with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Overall, this certainly satisfies my hop-craving with a nice mix of flavors and a really decent balance. A really good brew.

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can, Drink before dating on the bottom of the can - 10-29-13

Pours lightly hazed lighter amber, topped by an off white fluffy head that stays pretty well and leaves thicker strands and blobs of lace.

Nose of grapefruit, nice and fruity

Quite pleasant IPA, nicely hopped with notes of more soft grapefruit and assorted citric qualities. Bready and hoey infused malts bring up the rear and add balance. Drinkable and better then average IPA.

Photo of bsp77
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I have lowered my scores somewhat based on a slight soapy taste that I did not notice in the initial 4 pack. I have left my original comments below, and hope that future cans will not have that soapiness, and then I can just delete this intro and bump the scores back up. Still a great beer though.

Serving glass: Poured from can into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Orange-amber with a huge off-white head that lasts and throws lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Very tropical with mango, pineapple, peach, berry and grapefruit.

Taste: I am sure there are malts here but it is all about the delicious, decadent hops. Mango, grapefruit, orange, peach, pineapple, berry and pine all make their presence known and somehow it really works. Very bitter but there are so many flavors that it is not overwhelming.

Feel: Creamy, smooth, somewhat full body with a very dry finish.

Overall: Every once in a while, a beer completely blows me away and changes my perceptions about a brewery. This is one of those times. The best new IPA I have had in years. Just holy shit.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

110 IBUs in a can? I'm intrigued. Light copper penny color with a slight bit of haziness. A quarter inch head lays on top. I get a somewhat subdued aroma of pine like hops. You can tell the sharp bitterness in the aroma but it doesn't seem to linger. The mouthfeel has the stickiness and somewhat chalky texture of an IPA. The intensity of the bitterness of this beer seems to be coming at the back of the palate and has a slow hop burn followed by a significant light malt backbone.

Photo of ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can (2013)

Thanks for sharing this with me, VaTechHopHead!

Decent IPA from the Midwest. Loads of bitterness and some nice citrus-flavored hop notes. A bit too much malt and sweetness for my personal tastes. A touch of a syrup flavor/mouthfeel. Drinkable.

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Surly tulip glass. Can says drink by 09-19-13.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell:A nice sharp aroma of hops with lots of citrus fruit esters and some caramel malt. Good scent of ripe hops with earthy and floral hints of grass and some pine resin spice. Juicy citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange pulp, tangerine, pineapple, mango, apricot, and lemon. Solid bready support of toasty malts with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Smell is pretty hop forward, although its more in the Midwest style of IPA. Very good.

Taste: Lives up to the nose, a very solid hop forward taste with good notes of citrus, pine, and caramel malt. Ripe and chewy hops upfront with good floral and earthy notes with some grass and dank pine resin spice taste. Good juicy taste of citrus hop esters. Notes of grapefruit, oranges, mango, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, and lemon. Solid malt backing with bready notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, toast, and yeast. Very hop forward but the malt is not completely outdone. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, chewy, creamy, and very juicy. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: A very good IPA. Tallgrass really knocked it out of the park with this one. Great mix of hop esters and a solid malt backing.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of Beemanick83
2.99/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nose is okay but not in your face

Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Hazy burnt orange. Nice white head. Great surface foam.

Smell - Pine and grass hops. Doughy malts with some grainy texture. A little bit sweet. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium bitterness and medium carbonation. Very medium.

Overall - A little heavy and malty, but overall tasty.

Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent gold/honey with 3 fingers of ivory colored head. Great lacing & very good head retention

S: Breadyness, grassyness, lemons & grapefruit as this warms.

T: Grapefruit, lemons, aspirin , pine& a touch of pears & breadyness up front. Some herbal bitterness as this warms, some grapefruit peel, & dryness. Finishes with much grapefruit, a bit of pine needle & faint breadyness & pear fruittyness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, fairly well balanced for the style

Easy to drink, not a world class IPA, but a great canned offering that I will buy more of without hesitation!

Photo of lawlerj
4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a NB Globe glass.

A - This brew pours a slghtly hazy golden amber color with an off white head of not quite two fingers. I can see some carbonation, but it does not appear to be overly bubbly. It leaves nice splotchy lacing on the glass.

S - Hops, baby, hops! Very fruity/citrusy hop aroma is the first thing that jumps out at home, complemented by a touch of honey sweetness

T - Nice and bitter up front with a touch of sweeter malt honey on the back end. Very fruity hops - grapefruit, some mango, as well as a ton of other flavors mixed in. Just...wow...I can't really describe how tasty this is. Screw it, it gets a 5!

M - Medium body, nice carbonation - nothing strong to say either way, it's just as it should be.

O - Just a fantastic beer. Tallgrass is one of my absolute favorite breweries, and this beer is now in competition with 8 bit pale ale for my favorite from the brewery.

Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

Photo of larryarms847
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a massive head that slowly receded to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma totally dominated by the hops. A combination of citrus, herbs, and pine. A little more citrus than the others.

West coast hops and east coast malt. Massively bitter but also plenty of sweet malt. Tastes quit like biting into a grapefruit or orange. Not sure of the exact hops used in this brew but it tastes like Citra is one of them. Has a bitter aftertaste.

Feels like an IPA of this ABV. Near perfect carbonation for the body but could benefit by just a bit more life to ease the bitterness.

The antithesis of the session IPA when they becoming popular. This is big, bold, and makes no apologies for its brashness. Check the dates at the bottom of the cans. Thanks for that Tallgrass Brewing.

Photo of mscudder
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint. Cheers to Corey for making me aware of this one. Best by 9/19/13.

A - Slightly cloudy light amber hue with an off-white head showing nice retention and lacing.

S - Lots of hops, bread and grass. Citrus, grapefruit and lemon as it warms.

T - Interesting blend here... Lively hop bitterness and a big sweet sweet malts mix uniquely. Complex fruits flow from the bitterness, making this an IPA I will not forget.

M - Medium body with above average carbonation.

O - Unique is how I describe this AIPA. Not necessarily fantastic and far from being a miss. I look forward to trying other brews from Tallgrass.

Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has an orange/golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, a bit of citrus. Taste is strong of hops, very bitter, dry, piney, no malts to speak of. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BBD: 9/9/13
Hazy sunshine orange, lasting foam and collar of lace around the edges. Sticky spotty lacing, great retention.

Subdued citrus aroma, caramel malt.
Bitter citrus peel flavors, grapefruit, and mild caramel malt in the background. Medium bodied with an ample bitterness. Dry aftertaste, bitter greens linger long after the swallow. Overall it's pretty good, would like to try a fresher can once it hits the local market.

Photo of BeerIndustry22111
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Thick, a deep golden but still transparent. The head is absolutely beautiful. Fluffy with excellent retention and lacing.

S- Caramel, lemon and other acidic tropic fruit. The nose lets you know its aggressive, 110 IBUs, are on their way. Distinct pine and resin.

T- Piney and resin with hints of citrus. Immediately punches the palate with aggressive hop then balances nicely with the caramel malt finish. I love this characteristic because you can experience such intense hop and not carry it around in your mouth afterwards. The sweetness of the malt cleans the palate. Citrus notes identical to the nose.

M- Lays heavy on the palate. Certainly full bodied.

O- Even though there is a lot going on in this brew, I love how easy it is to read. The immediate hop washed away almost as quick as it came. I had almost gotten sick of aggressively hoppy beers, but was a pleasant surprise with the balance of hop to malt. Perhaps my favorite characteristic is the head and lacing. The head pours into a big fluffy pillow and stays that way for sometime. My pint glass had lacing all the way down, nearly marking each sip I took.

Photo of yamar68
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I've been pretty impressed with Tallgrass' hoppy beers so far. Let's see how this one stacks up.

A towering eggshell white head fills the majority of the glass, retaining well and leaving behind drapes of lace. Nice honey gold body... lively stuff.

Bright tropical fruits, citrus and pine. A diverse and balanced hop profile. Malts are smothered and I'm totally okay with that.

Bitter conifer layered with juicy pineapple and orange juice. IBUs ta boot. A classic hoppy, bitter American IPA.

I'm a fan.

Photo of matjack85
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on tap at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $5 for a 16oz pint glass.

The beer poured a mostly clear golden/orange color with a ½-finger of white head that actually lasted a few minutes and left some incredible lacing.

Huge hop smell, but also noticeable caramel malt and lots of fruit.

No hiding the fact that there's 6 different hops in here plus it's dry hopped twice. Pine and grapefruit hop bitterness give it a whopping 110 IBU score, but there's also some tangerine/orange flavor there as well. To balance it out they also put in lots of caramel sweetness - maybe too much sweetness as I wasn't that crazy about the sweet/bitter mix.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

Interesting and definitely worth a try. For hopheads with a sweet tooth.

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Ethos IPA from Tallgrass Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 747 ratings.