Ethos IPA - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 798
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.65%
Wants: 52
Gots: 128 | FT: 3
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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 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 vette2006c5r
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (462 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 elNopalero
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (582 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 DrMalt
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (558 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 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)

4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
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. (1,472 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 guityler83
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (1,045 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 brewcrew76
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Boy this beer is classic in all the sense of the word. Looks, smells, tastes, feels and drinks like a perfect example of style.
Nice big rich off-white foamy head with great stamina. Slightly cloudy amber.
Really enjoyable hoppy aroma with really nice hop complexity (sweet, grassy, citrus) with a firm malt backing with hints of malty sweetness too. Yum!
Complex flavors and balanced so very well. Streaming bitterness running throughout and finishing off very flavorful and balances so well with another streak of malty sweetness which competes for what is more enjoyable. Just a slight push for hop excess, but doesn't (thankfully) quite get there, but enough to notice. Heavy laying on the tongue of hoppy goodness - sticky and yummy.
Fullness from carbonation in a moderate body. Chewiness from the hoppiness.
This is quite good. Not perfect but best example I've had in quite awhile.
Best by date of late Oct. and this is drinking as though it is quite fresh. (965 characters)

Photo of brewskis
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy sunset orange color with a two and a half finger off white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice ring of lacing. Decent carbonation coming off the glass. Smells of cat piss, resinous pine, grapefruit, orange peel, and carmel. Taste starts with a little pine and some citrus like grapefruit and tangerine. Can already taste some carmel malt. Then the middle brings more malt presence. Notes of carmel and bread come in and tone down the resinous pine flavor, yet let the citrus notes shine. The finish brings back the resinous pine of the more abrasive quality, as well as more grapefruit (but juicer this time), a little orange or lemon peel, some spiciness, more carmel sweetness. The bitterness lasts on the palate after each sip. Becomes more resinous as it warms. High medium body with a creamy and sticky mouthfeel. For 110 ibus, this is not as bitter as I thought it would be, but still satisfies my hop craving. More balanced than I thought it would be as well. Pretty decent west coast ipa in cans that is not too expensive. Would definitely have again. (1,082 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (800 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 nickapalooza86
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky tangerine with a off white head of about a finger and good lacing

smell is a little more faint then the last time I had this one a couple weeks ago, tropical and citrus, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, piney and a wee bit out of caramel malty smells, maybe a little clementine in the finish

Taste is very good, pineapple, lemon, a lot of tropical and citrus, piney bitterness and grapefruit bitterness, really only a little malt in the flavor. Nicely bitter, which is to be expected at 110 IBUS

Mouthfeel is medium with light to average carbonation, drying finish.

Well Tallgrass is winning its place in my fridge with 8-bit and Ethos. It is sometimes hard to come by fresh in my area, as they distributed by the Bud distributor here.... This one is dated 9/19 on the bottom and looking at some other reviews that appears to be one the first cannings of this.

But I will grab it when I can at a decently fresh state! Good Stuff. Love the can art aswell. (972 characters)

Photo of BeerIndustry22111
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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. (1,133 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 16-ounce can. The “DRINK BY” date printed on the bottom of the can is “10/29/13.”

Appearance: Poured into a nonic pint glass. The color is golden, pale amber. Two fingers of dense, off-white foam settled very slowly and unevenly, leaving lacing along the side of the glass.

Smell: Though not overpowering, it offers all the usual suspects. A cattiness dominates at first and underneath it are light scents of grapefruit, orange, lemon, tangerine, and lemon. There is even a little caramel hanging out, too. As it warms, the cattiness dissipates and the citrus comes to prominence. A little pineapple and mango are introduced as well.

Taste: Very tropical with a lot of mango, pineapple, and tangerine. Grapefruit and orange are also very prominent, and a hint of zest gives it a nice kick. It also has a solid malt foundation; caramel and lightly toasted malts counter the bitterness to keep it from being a hop bomb. And though the bitterness is turned up a notch as the beer warms, it remains very smooth and palatable for 110 IBU.

Drinkability: Tasty and very drinkable. This is a very respectable beer. (1,132 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can (drink by 9/19/13) poured into an Idle Hands tulip glass.

A - Pours a very nice, mildly hazy golden color with a thick pillow of dense foam at least a finger high. Head falls slowly leaving behind a sheet of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Bitter, citrusy hops up front. Creeping thru is a firm malt base, biscuit with touches of bready-ness and hints of caramel. Spicy hops and sharp pine notes with a touch of solvent.

T - Similar to the aroma. Firm citrus hops up front with pine contributions. Hop bitterness is mild at first but builds to a stronger bitter finish that ends a bit medicinal. Spicy and full of sticky, resiny bitter hops.

M - Medium body with a lowish medium carbonation that is slightly tingly but more towards the foamy side. Tending towards the dry side without much residual sweetness hanging around. Full of resiny hops - citrus, pine, spicy character. Bitterness is crisp and full, growing from the start of the sip to the finish. Ends a bit medicinal, but only a minor detractor.

O - Overall a very good IPA. Bitterness start a bit mild and builds to a strong finish where it takes over and masks the other flavors a bit. Complex hop flavors, well balanced malt character, sharp bitterness. (1,231 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)

Ethos IPA from Tallgrass Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.