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Ethos IPA - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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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 Extol
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (205 characters)

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 SpaCityJonboy
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (451 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 KidDoc
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (179 characters)

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 donspublic
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (388 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)

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