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Ethos IPA - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Reviews: 115
Hads: 833
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 26.8%
Wants: 56
Gots: 145 | 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 ISmith87
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
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)

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Photo of d5001986
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of alaimoa
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy orange with foamy fluffy head that left soapy legs behind
S: Bready, pine, floral, grapefruit rind
T: piney bitterness with a solid malt backbone and dry finish. Bitter throughout most of the sip
M: medium body with a lingering bitterness

Overall tasty but a bit on the bitter side

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Photo of bnes09
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orangish, yellow ale, mostly transparent with some visible bubbles. Mountainous, towering head retreats slowly leaving a permanent blanket over the brew. Large, sticky lace patches.

Fresh flowers, lemon rind, pine needles, grapefruit and soap aroma. Pretty complex hop character.

Dense rye bread malt character right up front. Pungent grapefruit and pine hops compliment the rye. Buttered biscuits. Finishes with a dry resin character. Very good balance.

Medium body, well carbonated, dry, crisp, refreshing finish.

Solid IPA. Doesn't really taste like 110 IBU's thanks to the well balanced malt character.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Out of a snifter.

Copper body and a finger's width of white and pillowy foam, this one leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

The smells are mainly of sweet citrus, like orange, and a general booziness.

The 100 IBU's are all here, very nice hop bitterness throughout the drink. Flavors are piney and slightly citrus-y, there is more grapefruit now and a little malt showing on the back end. Ethos sits fine on the tongue. Not too fizzy, not too flat, it is more concerned about delivering that extreme bitterness right over the tongue.

This IPA is juicy and bitter, not to mention more on the sweet side of the spectrum. I am not sure what that booziness was that I picked up on the nose, and it would help to have a fuller bouquet coming out of the glass. Otherwise, this thing drinks like a DIPA.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Poured a golden orange with a nice three finger creamy whitish head that fades to a noticeable lace.

S: Citrus fruits, pine, and grassy aromas shine through. I get grapefruit and lemon, some orange and a nice resin components. Not sensing the 110 IBUs here but still a good aroma.

T: Solid citrus character and west coast hop flavor with pine, grapefruit and lemon coming to mind. Not in your face with the hops but definitely there.

M: Medium bodied with solid carbonation and mild bitterness. Drinks easily at almost 7% and you could easily throw a few of these back.

O: A solid IPA and the best beer I've had to date from Tallgrass. Definitely worth a shot and props to another IPA in cans!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to okbeerlover for including this in our last trade!

Pours a clear bright orange with a thick white head that has good retention. Good lacing.

Aroma of grapefruit and resinous pine dominate the nose. Some dank notes coming through.

Lots of tropical fruit and grapefruit on the palate. Juicy, the hops are nicely balanced by a nice malt bill. Finishes dry. Very tasty.

Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall, this is an extremely drinkable IPA. Well crafted, nice job Tallgrass! I'll be seeking this one out again!

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ethos IPA pours a golden color, with a nice long lasting lacing head. There is a nice mellow floral hoppy aroma. The taste is more balanced, but still has a bold floral taste. Good body, full flavors, and rather easy to drink, and nice hoppy aftertaste. Overall its a nice balanced yet bold and strong IPA.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Truly delicious. A beautiful light burnt orange color and citrusy smell. Taste is similar - the citrus is there but not explosive. Wonderfully balanced by light malty backbone. Light, delicate mouthfeel. Feels like you could pour this back by the gallon. A pretty big IPA but one that you can drink everyday. Especially right for those hot summer afternoons.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can a bright bronze color with one finger of rich and creamy off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing left behind.

Bright aroma of pineapple and grapefruit along with some sweet caramel maltiness.

Opened with a fairly bitter bite of grapefruit and pine followed by caramel malt notes. Bitterness lingers through the finish.

Medium bodied and a bit sticky with a moderate carbonation.

A real nice IPA from Tallgrass. Beautiful aroma but just a tad too much on the bitter side if I have to nitpick.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a clean golden-copper pour with 2 fingers of foamy head (great retention), lots of lacing left behind. smell is piney, grapefruity, and subtle malt comes fading in. a subtle spicy bitterness up front, traces of sweet malt (but not too sweet), an herbal bitterness lingers. medium body with a creamy mouthfeel, modest amount of carbonation.

this is a decent ipa, but from what i remember, i prefer the tallgrass ipa (green can with the elephant (i think?) on it.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

110 IBUs! Holy smokes!

This pours a clear tanned yellow/auburn with generous foaming.

For such an intensely hopped beer there’s not a wallop of an aroma as I had been expecting. The hops are there, definitely, but not on par with the IBUs. I get a light bit of pine and orange with some biscuit. The intensity comes across as I sip it, however. There’s a malty sweet finish which complements an intensely piney hop profile. It finishes with some pine and a nice heft without being heavy. This was a gift in trade from a buddy who raved about it. I can see why. Most enjoyable.

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Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of DrMalt
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

l almost didn't buy this offering from Tallgrass as my last purchase "Tallgrass IPA" was quite uninspiring, but I can seldom resist trying a new IPA.

Much to my surprise this a solid American IPA. Lots of hop aroma, a little bit of a chill haze-maybe my new fridge is too cold? A tremendous flavour profile with loads of hoppy, resiny, citrus flavours. Great mouthfeel as it has a good full bodied pour but not an overpowering alcoholic taste. A fantastic IPA the way I like it...lots of IBU (over 100) but not overwhelming in the taste.

I would buy again.

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Photo of Florida9
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So my first taste of heaven came at a sampling at a local grocery store. I made the comment to the brewer / brewery rep that it, "Tasted just like a Sierra Nevada Torpedo." That seemed to go over real well with the Tallgrass reps. My next comment is where can I get more and the brewery rep escorted me to the chill box and pointed me to the beer. Ethos is made with five different hops, which can really cost a brewery financially in that purchasing one hop that might be higher in cost then the other hop ingredients might mean the revenue generated might not exceed the cost invested. Sorry for that a historian talking economics, bad me. Here is what grabbed me, a very strong citrus smell I mean like a real ripe grapefruit, it really wrinkled the hairs in my nose, bad image, sorry again. It had a nice fizz, which formed a good head, and overall sat well on my palate. In drinking the beer, there is a nice wheat flavor at first followed by the bitterness, and then as the flavor levels off the alcohol flavor kicks in to round off the flavor. The only reason I knock this one down a bit is that I wish that the bitterness / citrus flavor hung around for a bit longer, it seemed to fade to fast, but hey I wish Christmas lasted three days. For a double IPA Tallgrass should be very proud of this beer, I pray my package store does not put a six pack of Torpedo next to a four pack of Ethos, I will be standing there debating on which one to get for a looonnng time.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

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Photo of guityler83
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the can into a standard pint glass it produced a ton of fluffy white foam (nearly half the glass) but quckly receeded. Chunky honey comb looking lacing left on the side of the glass. Moderately hazy dark yellow to copper color.

S: Lots of aromatic hops. Grapefruit and sour oranges along with spicy earth and hearbal notes. Slightly grassy with lasting tropical fruit. Soft doughy malt aroma is apperant but hides behind the hop aroma.

T: Big Juicy grapefruit bitterness transitioning to to a piney layered affect. There are alot of different and distinct hop flavors coming through in each wave over the pallet, very complex. bready and slightly caramel flavored malt. No alcohol detected, but a lingering aftertaste of assertive fresh grapefruit.

M: The finish is on the dry side making the hops pop, moderate amount of carbonation and no hop oil astringancy.

O: An extremly flavorful and aromatic IPA, this is right up my ally for the style i enjoy the most. Not overly bitter or malty just focused on the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of alexgash
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 :).

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Somewhat clear burnt orange with a fluffy white head and plenty of sticky lacing.

S - Pine, citrus and grapefruit with a good amount of sweet malt that smells like candied orange peel.

T - Big hop burst at first with a lot of citrus and some pine. Hop punch is followed by sweet candied tangerine and orange, almost like gummy candy but in a good way, finishing with a citrusy lingering dryness.

M - Creamy with a very dry finish for the amount of sweetness it has. Leaves candied citrus burps for a while.

D - Smooth, creamy and very drinkable. Might be one of the best Tallgrass offerings i have had.

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Ethos IPA from Tallgrass Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.