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Ethos IPA - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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112 Reviews
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Reviews: 112
Hads: 821
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.65%
Wants: 53
Gots: 138 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
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! (606 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Yet another score from Binney's (South Side) in support of The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "110 IBUs". Well, now.

I have to mention what I assume is Ethiopian cave art as I have no ethics, nor do I give a spritz about ethnicity. I CAN be found in the ether. Either there or in the CAN.

The Crack revealed a brimful CAN that spritzed a little on my finger just to let me know how happy it was to see me. An inverted Glug later and I was off to the races, creating two-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose smelled of mandarin oranges and caramel. My mouth watered, my heart sped up and I was ready. Mouthfeel was slightly thin, perhaps accounting for the relatively low ABV, but the citrusy hops were like scrubbing bubbles on my tongue, stripping away the dead taste buds. The taste was very orangish, but 110 IBUs? Not one over 105! Man, this was eye-opening and in all new and different ways. The hops locked onto my tongue and refused to let go. Finish was semi-dry with the caramel maltiness kicking in to offset the intensity of the hops. Now, I was starting to feel it. Well done, Tallgrass! (1,168 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (350 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 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 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 Duff27
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A burnt orange colored body with a full two inch white fluffy head. Head retention is ridiculous, minutes upon minutes. Clumptastic lacing and a solid looking IPA all around.

Oranges and cantaloupes in the aroma. Fresh floral scents.

Tropical fruit hop presence. Can says 102 IBU, I say we'll balanced, well built. Drinks it's stated ABV (6.8%).

Medium mouthfeel, smooth...I feel like this could benefit from a bump in the carbonation level to make it crisper on the tongue, minor complaint.

Very impressed with this Tallgrass offering. Drinkability is only encouraged by the format and size. Summer is officially here. Thanks for grabbing this fdkayti :) (660 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of hops oils, citrus hops, sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops oils, citrus hops, sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, great appearance, decent aroma, and decent body. (390 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (299 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)

Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into a Duvel tulip. Drink by date of 06/24/14 or something like that.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear orange gold hue with a one finger head that faded semi quickly to leave thin lacing and light wisps.

S - Aromas of faint sticky tropical fruits, light citrus zest, faint almost herbal/floral tea, and a strong dash of malty sweetness (unfortunately).

T - Taste is like the nose with everything working in harmony. Nice faint tropical notes (pineapple and mango), very faint pine, grapefruit and citrus. There is some flashes of that herbal tea note as well as some slightly bready sweeter malts. The finish is lightly bitter and lingering.

M - Mouthfeel is good, nice and lightly crisp, alcohol hidden well. Quite drinkable.

O - Overall this was a tasty beer. Wish it was a touch less malty but its tasty nevertheless. (866 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (1,501 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, pours amber with a rocky, off-white head, that hopes excellent retention and leave s a good amount of lacing as it fades. Tropical nose with mango, pineapple juice, caramel, toasted grain, grapefruit pith. Tropical bitterness with more mango and pineapple coupled with caramel, bread crust, toasted grain, grapefruit. Medium body,very creamy, nice carbonation, bitterness builds and lingers. Overall, very solid IPA, but I do have to say there are so many Citra hop forward IPA's out there, and they all have many similarities... (544 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

big thanks to my man FTowne for this unexpected extra. enjoyed from a 4hands tulip.

a - brew poured an almost copper colored orange brown (kind of the same color as the can) with a generous head that hung out and left really chunky lacing as it faded.

s - tropical fruit, citrus, soap, syrup.

t - soft soapy citric with some noticeable heat on the taste (even though the ABV isn't that big),

m - medium bodied with some heat on the flavor/feel.

o - overall, not the greatest IPA in the world, but very enjoyable and worth checking out. (540 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%
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 (689 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 morimech
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy, with EJB date 11/25/2013, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 8/23/2013. Thanks Samuel for throwing this one in as an extra.

Looks beautiful. Pours a dark copper body with an insanely huge fluffy white head that has excellent retention and leaves bubbly lacing all over the joint. Lots of lacing remains as I drink this beer. Very pretty and appealing for the IPA style.

Smelling mostly the malt sweetness here- very sweet, bready and a good bit of toffee and honey. There is a faint background of pine needles and sap. Might be some citrus- tangerines in particular. Not much else here to smell.

Tastes like a smooth liquid bread- a bit of honey, caramel biscuits, toffee with a solid bit of pine bitterness on the back end that isn't supremely overpowering but brings the components together rather well. But as it warms up, it gets really, really bitter. Really neat how it does that.

Mouthfeel is a medium bodied brew with great carbonation. Finish is a bit dry and quite piney bitter, especially as it warms. It definitely lives up to the 110 IBUs listing when it does warm up! Its drinkable and there is no hint of alcohol here. Dangerously drinkable here.

Solid IPA that doesn't bring too much booziness yet it has a good balance of malts and hops here. Its interesting in that this beer gets more bitter as it warms up; I don't think I have found a lot of beers that do that. I would like a bit more hop complexity here but this is an otherwise well-executed American India Pale Ale. (1,514 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can. Drink by 11/25/13.

Barely hazy, deep orange copper body. Two fingers of dense, creamy, bright beige head. Great lacing and retention. Nose is a mix of fruity, caramelly malt and spicy, citrusy hops. Notes of orange marmalade, lemon, and pine. Some tropical fruit as well.

Toasted grains up front. Bitter, spicy hops come on quickly. Bitterness then goes to the backgrounds as big tropical fruit and pineapple hop and caramel-tinged fruit malt flavors take over the palate. Sugary malt starts to fade as the finish approaches, while the hops become citrus-ier and deliciously juicy and bitter. Drier finish with lingering citrus, pine, and fruit flavors. Medium-full body with a nice creamy feel. Definitely the best IPA I have had from Kansas :). (761 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A darker shade of amber in color. Clear. Forms a modest, thick-foamy head, but the retention is quite good as is the lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma. Rather hoppy. Moderately sweet, with notes of juicy citrus, orange, grapefruit, and a bit of citrus pith. There are some pine notes in the mix, but the citrus dominates.

T: The taste is also quite nice. Starts with a light sugary sweetness, then turns juicy. Orange and mandarin first, then the more bitter and less sweet grapefruit second. Ends with a a bit more of the sweetness, before finishing with some light pine resin.

M: Medium bodied. Mild sweetness. Moderate bitterness. Appropriate carbonation.

O: A pretty good IPA. Nice balance between the hops and the bitterness. Complex enough to be interesting, but not so much that it hurts the drinkability. (814 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (256 characters)

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Ethos IPA from Tallgrass Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.