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Ethos IPA - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

112 Reviews
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Reviews: 112
Hads: 820
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.65%
Wants: 53
Gots: 137 | 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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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)

Photo of arc3636
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very cloudy orange-copper colored with lots of white head that fades almost completely away. Grapefruit and citrus sweet smelling hops. Taste very similar to smell, the sweetness of the hops stands out, not overly bitter. All in all, a solid drinkable IPA. (256 characters)

Photo of Hendry
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (1,342 characters)

Photo of paladinjoe
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very intense, lots of flavor, grapefruit, obviously very hoppy.... 110 IBUs... a legit west coast IPA.

This one is definitely not for the novice beer drinker, I recommend getting used to 8-bit (from Tallgrass) if you're not used to a very intense hop filled beer like this one. We you do get used to Ethos, you will be very pleased with the overall bitterness and intense citrus malts that are offered in this one. (415 characters)

Photo of THE-DUDE
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent IPA! Very bitter, very hoppy. Aroma of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. Love this beer, top shelf for sure. West coast taste in a midwest setting. I will definitely be getting this brew again. Good job tallgrass. Cant wait to sample more tallgrass. (271 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 HopHog87
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Before anything else- If you're a hophead and you have a chance to try this beer...DO IT!

Serving-From a can into a glass tumbler 'cause that's all the hotel had to offer

Appearance- Hazy orange with tints of deep gold at the center. A finger of white head.

Nose- Fruit punch. Grapefruit all the way. Some sort of other Dark Citrus.

Taste- This IPA is just awesome. The mouthfeel is perfect for this style. I first got grapefruit right off the bat. It's big. It's that sour-bitter citrus you want with an IPA. This is about as bitter and fruity as you want them to come. There is some pineapple essence in there as well as some papaya perhaps or other sort of tropical fruit. Surprisingly, with all those tropical notes she still finishes up solid with a great aftertaste- zesty pine. This is really weird to say but I actually got a taste of bubblegum in there somewhere, too. Seriously, this IPA has many good levels of flavor.

Overall- I don't claim to have tried all the "great" IPA's on the market. I have, however, devoted most of my Craft Beer journey to IPA's as that's my primary "go to." After trying this one I gotta say- top three by far. I'm partial to a local IPA which stands up against any of the great ones and I have another IPA that is ranked pretty darned high. But this one I think any true IPA lover will enjoy. It's so darned easy to drink, surprisingly for the high IBU's. Not for a recent convert from that yellow fizzy beer culture. Rather, for the die-hard hop-head or someone who wants to wake their tastebuds. Awesome! (1,554 characters)

Photo of Jeffh84
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass

Appearance has a hazy golden orange with a large three finger head.

The nose is surprisingly bready and yeasty for an IPA, with some undertones of citrus, mostly orange and mild lemon. Between the smell and carbonation it almost reminded me of a Belgian.

The taste, however, is bold and sweet with citrus, especially candied orange and some grapefuit bitterness, which gives way to an assertive pine bitterness that lingers and coats the mouth. The bitterness is big and builds, but manages to avoid overwhelming the other flavors. As I continue to drink and it warms, I pick up some pineapple and herbal, maybe slightly grassy, qualities. Quite a lot of carbonation, but it worked well with the intense flavors.

It is a big IPA, but is actually quite balanced in its way. The flavors are all intense, yet they check each other. I do not like overly bitter IPAs, and at 110 IBU I thought I wouldn't like this one. However, they balanced the bitterness and malt very well. Will definetly buy again, and look forward to trying more of their stuff. (1,082 characters)

Photo of scratch69
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a can into a pint glass.

Appearance- Hazy golden orange color with a finger and a half of off-white head. Heavy amount of lacing.

Smell- Pine and grapefruit hop aromas with a hint of bicuity malt.

Taste- Bitter piney hop flavor that quickly fades into a tropical fruit/ grapefruit hop flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Sticky feeling and crisp with a dry finish.

Overall- This the first IPA that I have totally enjoyed. I really like the grapefruit-like hop flavors over the more typically used pine-like hops. (563 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an ipa for ipa lovers, and not for those who dabble. First whiff of the beer reveals that the 110 ibus are very present with a big scent of pine, citrus and pineapple. The taste is very similar with the piney citrus dominating and finishing with a very slight bread malt. Pineapple is by far the most present fruit scent apprent here. The bitterness is easily one of the strongest Iv'e had in an ipa, and equally rivaling that of any dipa ive had. However, because of this the beer seems unbalanced and could use less bitterness or less piney hop. For a piney beer it defintely benefits from not being too dry, and the juicyness takes the bitterness down a notch. Overall, this is definitely a very good ipa, but personally it doesn't reach the next level for me. (771 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (818 characters)

Photo of NickT2121
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - poured into a pint glass. Poured a beautiful cloudy orange straw olor. Head was a monster 2 finger head. Little sediment very hazy the lacing on the IPA is amazing all the way down its leaving a heavy lace

S - a lot of pine and citrus mostly a lemony grapefruit, biscuity malt aroma and a crisp Bread Smell mmmm

T - Right off the bat pine pine and more pine and grapefruit towards the end I get the malt flavor.

M - a medium dry finish with little bitterness

O - I love this IPA it's a perfect harmony of sweet fruit flavors and bitterness. The malt blends really nicely and the bitterness is just perfect. Goes down easy and this might sound weird but my burps taste like grapefruit it's awesome lol

Enjoy (718 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz Can
$8.99 4-Pack
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. (1,503 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
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. (1,031 characters)

Photo of bound4er
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. Gushed upon opening - arrggh. Light amber to dark straw appearance. Head sets up nicely of about two fingers in height.

S. Very malty with some fermenting, almost rotting fruit type aromas. Hops make an appearance too - mainly pine.

T. Bready, fruity malt followed sharply with lingering pine bitterness on the back end. Not complex but pretty tasty.

M. Good mouth feel and nicely carbonated.

O. This is my first Tallgrass beer - it's a good effort and something I will pick up from time-to-time when I am in the mood for a more malty IPA that also delivers a good hop bite. Nice to see it available in 16 ounce cans too. (631 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 cody4prez
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass from a can that, like all Tallgrass brews, looks like an energy drink.

A - an orangy-gold, a thin head, relatively clear

S - a clean, floral smell - invigorating

T - very good , hoppy but doesn't leave the "rusty" hop taste that some IPAs leave, a decent amount of citrus

M - beer falls a bit on after taste, watery with not much lasting hop

O - still a very good beer, worth having if it's available... not worth working too hard to get access to (476 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.25 - murky red amber color, w finger of white head, great, lumpy lacing
S - 4.5 - grapefruit, pine, hoppy goodness, mango, banana, orange/lemon/lime zest.
T - 4.25 - grapefruit, citrus zest, bready malt in background.
M - 4.25 - light-medium mouthfeel, pine/citrus zest aftertaste, alc covered.
O - 4.25 - good beer, not amazing, but probably the best in the area (Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri) (411 characters)

Photo of d5001986
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint can poured into Tulip glass.

Pours very attractive amber color with thick foamy white head. There are many miniscule floating particles.

Citrus in the dominant smell here. Also pineapple and grass.

Taste doesn't quite live up to the smell. Hop bitterness is up front, followed by malt, citrus and pine. Aftertaste is very grassy.

Medium bodied. The carbonation doesn't feel as strong as it looks.

Overall, I would drink this again if someone offered it to me. I wouldn't seek it out as there are much better IPA's to be found in my area. Still, not at all a bad brew. (581 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Man, this is what I like my beer t look like. Generally crisp deep amber that's just a bit more opaque than it initially lets on. Big beautiful pillowy head the colour of almond meat... and it sticks around, tagging the glass like ratfag has tagged St Louis.

The aroma is hops first and foremost (duh). There's a sobering malt complement that teases back and forth between a thick bready malt and a sweeter lighter caramel. The hops I'm picking up start offwith some pine and grass and tropical fruits and is both earthy and a bit juicy at the same time... it's tough to pin this one down: no single hop profile/flavour really stands out, but there's just a generally hoppy enjoyable aroma.
Looking at the packaging, I guess they use six different varietals in this one. That makes sense. Masterfully blended, with no single characteristic dominating the others.

Taking a sip, the juicy hops hit first, accompanied by that mild sweet caramel malt. This quickly gives way to tropical fruits and floral hops, all the while balanced with the malts. The finish presents an interesting combination of pith and grapefruit bitterness balanced by a distinct almost candy sweet note that just pops in to distract from the brutal bitterness before popping back out of existence like some existential bubble, leaving the grapefruit and pith to linger like the echoes of manipulative laughter.

Medium bodied, which is fine, but I prefer something a little thicker, personally. I also felt that the intense carbonation distracted from what to me is a great beer. Tallgrass has a good stable of regular brews between this, 8-Bit and Buffallo Sweat. I haven't enjoyed all of their seasonals/limited releases AS much, but this is an impressive young brewery (and it comes in cans!). Ethos is a very good bordering on great IPA, and one that you should do yourself a favour and drink it. (1,874 characters)

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