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Tallgrass Pub Ale | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States | website

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 05-20-2013

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 158
Photo of Phocion
1.7/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

16 oz. can poured into an Imperial nonic. Dark copper with a relatively large and retentive beige head. Thin but noticeable lacing.

Aroma is very malt-forward. Toffee, biscuit, and a shitton of diacetyl, which unlike many English styles, is not supposed to be found in a mild. Light coffee and a few fruity esters.

Toasty, nutty, and coffee flavors. Very buttery and butterscotchy. Sweet, syrupy finish combines with a mild, puckering astringency. This doesn't result in balance, just unpleasantness. The coffee flavors almost taste chalky.

Mouthfeel is thin but way overcarbonated for the style. Astringent.

I rarely say this, but this beer is just plain bad. Really bad. Totally cloying and a diacetyl-bomb. Horrible on its own and especially horrible rated to style. Drain pour.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pub Ale poured a darkish amber color with a nice large lacing head. There is a very mellow aroma with subtle roasted malt notes, and toffee notes. The taste is also very mellow and light. With some roasted malt notes, and toffee flavors. Light flavors, but nice either wise. Overall its a nice flavored lighter beer.

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Photo of myelo
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can along with some excellent brisket at Cox Bros. BBQ in Manhattan Kansas. First off, this is a classic brown mild, not a "Pale Mild Ale".

Tall, light tan head. Dark, reddish brown almost opaque.

Nose is roasty, caramel malt, no obvious hop aroma.

Taste is similar with moderate roasted malt, mild coffee and toffee. Mild bitterness. Smooth and easy.

Medium body, smooth. Mild to moderate carbonation.

Overall balance is to the malt, very easy to drink.

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Photo of paladinjoe
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I would classify this as a transitional beer for those of you who are trying to go from the miller/coors junk to higher quality craft beers. It has more flavor than those, and can open your pallet to bigger and better things in the future.

This beer is what it is, a Pub Ale, a pretty basic English type of Ale that you get on tap at a pub, where they can sell a lot of it, being the ABV is low, and the overall body of this beer is thin in the craft beer family. Not a bad beer by any means, years ago I would have loved this, but becoming more of a hop head Pale Ale/IPA type, this one just is too thin for me now.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this was significantly less impressive than other beer i had from tallgrass. they call it a mild, but for me it seemed as much like an american amber as anything else. i got very little of an english ale yeast in this, instead a sweet rich red malt base, caramel centered with notes of dried berries on the perimeter. to be critical, its much too sweet and not nearly carbonated enough, thats what stood out for me as negatives, just a style of beer that rarely does much for me, and here does almost nothing. it could use more hops on the back end to balance out the malt sweetness, but it would also benefit from a more robust yeast profile, i really missed that here. still, its easy drinking enough and a great alternative to any macro beer that might be offered in its place. i love low alcohol beer lately, but this left a bit to be desired.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Woodychandler, a couple of reviews below this one, has it wrong. I recieved this beer from him in one of his beautiful packages. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is a bit malty, biscuity. Taste is nutty, a good bit of malts, a touch of toffee, just a bit unusual. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a different and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Based on the original 2007 formula according to the can.. Listed as a brown, not a mild...

Pours cooper colored with a thumb of cream colored head. Average head retention & slightly better lacing

S: Faint fruittyness, leafy hops

T: Follows the nose, faint nuttyness also up front. Golden delicious apples, slight dryness & fairly faint caramel as this warms, some woody hops. Finsihes fruitty, with leafy hops & dryness/crispness

MF: Light bodied, soft carbonation

This does seem more like a mild than a brown to me, but could buy it as either. Easy to drink, but nothing too exciting here, doesn't really stack up against best examples of the style, which always shine in cask form. Not sure I would ever buy this again

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tallgrass Original 2007 Recipe Pub Ale, 1.046 Original Gravity, 12 IBU, Alc. 4.4% by Vol., Contains 1 pint. Brewed and canned by Tallgrass Brewing Company, Manhattan, Kansas, Established 2007.

Clear, copper/bronze coloring, beautiful, fresh off-white head, long-lasting, lace-leaving.

Aroma: clean, crisp malt, a little earthy, a little grainy.

taste: More clean and more crisp. Light bodied, soft, and easy-drinking. It's all about balance and malty smoothness. Tidy hop profile, matches and tempers the star of the show, the malts. Just right for a pub ale. Tasty stuff, downable, with no threat to one's attention. The very mark of a session ale.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown in color with a half inch tightly knit beige head. Light Brussels lacing. Aroma of dark,biscuity malt is what I'm getting from the nose. The taste is caramel and light chocolate and is delicately done. There's a gentle bitterness from the darker malt at the back of the palate. The mouth is dry and creamy,very much a sessionable beer.

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rich clear burgundy with a medium sized creme head. Head retention is fair with good lacing left behind. Biscuit malts, bread, dark fruits, and nuts in the aroma. The flavor profile is very similar with notes of biscuit malts, dark fruits, nuts, and bread. Very simple and well balanced. Mouth feel is smooth, with a medium body. Maybe a little sticky. Overall, a good simple brew that doesn't venture out too far in any direction.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of sphmiel
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looking for a traditional English style mild ale. Dark brown body, white head, thin lacing. Malty aroma, minimal hops. Caramel and biscuit taste, low carbonation with thin mouthfeel. Sweet lingering aftertaste.
Reminiscent of traditional pub ales.
Overall, a solid malty session ale.

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Photo of acelin
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I love this beer! I'm so glad Tallgrass brought it back. I guess it was only gone for a year, and the places I shopped only went without it for a very short time.

It pours a medium-dark brown, with a very small white head that disappears fast. Looks lightly carbonated.

Smells like a dark piece of bread, with some caramel notes.

The taste is great - it's quite similar to a brown ale, but less "dark." It's like a piece of toasted wheat bread with some malt sugar. Very creamy mouthfeel, despite low carbonation. It's awesome.

A very easy drinking beer!

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Photo of tempest
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a can from the Ale Jail in St. Paul. It's always a pleasant surprise to find another session beer on the shelf, and I'm always a fan of milds. As it should be, it's malty beer. It's a touch heavier than I'd expect, but doesn't feel too filling. It's a sweet mild, with a sugar cookie, English biscuit and a bit of toffee. There's a smooth fruity undertone and really no hops to speak of.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a tulip glass

A: Chocolate brown with a tan one finger head that lingers. Frothy lacing.

S: Subtle chocolate and malts.

T: Smooth and sweet with chocolate and toffee notes. A nice coffee finish. Low hops and no bitterness.

M: Medium with frothy carbonation.

O: Very sessionable. Recommended. The malts remind me of a well-seasoned British pub.

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Photo of Lesingnon
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured a dark brown with about a finger of creamy white head. Decent retention on the head, with slight lacing.

Smell: A bit weaker, but very malt forward. Notes of biscuity-sweetness seemed to dominate.

Taste: Also malt forward, but not so much the biscuity element. Instead notes of chocolate and earthiness came to the fore. Both fade pleasantly into a bit of hop bitterness on the back end, making quite a nice combination.

Feel: A bit thinner than I'd like for something so malt forward, though delightfully carbonated. Fairly easy drinking too, someone could certainly down quite a few of those if they wanted to.

Overall: The bar I was at actually had this advertised as a mild, english-style brown ale. Which certainly seemed a fitting description to me. The malts dominated this beer for the most part. Though it's a fair bit lighter and easy-drinking than many malt-forward beers I've had. Definitely a good session beer for those fond of their malts.

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Photo of phrimplepoot
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A smidgen carbonated for my taste in a beer in this vein, but, damn, I like it. Aroma does not preface flavor. Flavor is excellent. Color is excellent. I would gush if this thing behaved (headed) like a English stout. I guess I'm an outlier on this one.

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Photo of Buck89
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy dark-caramel color with a medium-sized off-white head that retreated into a thin disc. Aromas of toast and biscuit, some diacetyl. Taste was nice: dry malty flavor, no bitterness and a whiff of diacetyl that played well with the malt. Clean finish. Lightly carbonated and medium-bodied.

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Photo of Extol
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - really dark copper. Still see through. Smell - nutty smell mostly. Taste - nutty and malty. Good. So good. Overall - would get again. Want to try on tap.

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Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can, sample from the brewery.

Clear reddish brown, minimal lacing but it stays. Malty, grassy, bready nose. Crisp, smooth moderate sized body. For a smaller brew this has many layers of malt character, exactly what a Mild should have ... depth. Just a kiss of hops for balance though there is some highly toasted and perhaps a pinch of roasted malt in here to even things out. Semi-dry finish and very easy to knock back. Cheers to Tallgrass for this brew.

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Photo of drpimento
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like this beer! Poured a bit cold out of the can, but with a large, fluffy, frothy, foamy, light tan head that soon settles to a light cover and some lace. Color is a clear mahogany with some bubble trails. Aroma is a fresh malt, molasses, grain, hop. Flavor's like nose and light with a touch of bitter at the end. Body is odd as it's good on one hand, yet a bit thin too. Carbonation is good. Finish is like flavor, has bitter going to sweet, and has some length. Pretty good drinking stuff all in all.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant dark amber to light brown under a cream colored 2” rocky foam cap that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Light caramel, faint biscuit, faint nuttiness.
T: Rich, complex malt flavors, treacle, with light cola in the background, finishes crisp and dry.
F: Creamy, soft in the mouth, medium to medium light body, medium low carbonation.
O: Tallgrass has pretty well nailed this style. Refreshing, satisfying and sessionable.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a chestnut brown with a nice head that sticks and laces

Smell: Fruity, nutty and tea-like, with a brown bread character

Taste: Brown bread, up front, with a hint of toffee; fruity, nutty and tea-like elements develop, with a modest but earthy hop bill adding a little bitterness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a style that I chase down very often, this is a nice, sessionable example

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Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I am actually not certain from where this CAN came. I think that tone77 dropped it off in his latest batch for me, but it seems odd that he did not review it himself. I would be highly flattered to think that he only got one CAN and passed it on to me. The CANQuest (TM) forges ahead!

From the CAN: "The original Pub Ale from Tallgrass"; "Original 2007 Formula"; "Just ask for a Tallgrass!"; "A fine Brown Ale with mild and rich flavors to win friends and influence enemies."

The Crack and inverted Glug went smoothly, right up until it started creating a massive head above a pseudo-cascading action and I was forced to back off. Color was a deep-copper with NE-quality clarity (SRM = ~ 34). Settling, I had two fingers of dense, foamy, light-tan head, like the top of a mocha shake. Nose was syrupy sweet and slightly buttery. I felt as though I were sitting down to pancakes. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was, well, mild. Not too sweet, not at all bitter, and with just enough diacetyl that even I could discern it (and usually, I CANnot). Given the style's descriptor(s) on this site, I would say that they nailed it. Finish was semi-sweet, not over the top in terms of its sweetness in any way. This, combined with its relatively low ABV, made for a nice nightcap. I am going to retire for the day after I finish. I guess that if you are looking for a sessionable beer, you could do way worse than some of these.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling right now on 5/1/15, Comes in a 16 ounce can only and usually in a 4-pack. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "URTHEL" .33L tulip glass.

This 'English Pale Mild Ale' (? Doesn't look and taste like it) style brew pours a deep mahogany, almost pitch black in color with a good 1-2-finger foamy beige head that lasts a good while. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped but faded quickly. The aroma is of toasted bread, roasted grains and malt. Pretty much is said for the taste. Very smooth with no harsh or bitter aftertaste at all! A very tasty creamy brew! Lighter+ to medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Really liked this one!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: A deep ruby-brown body under a foamy mocha colored head. Light foamy lacing appears in little worm-like shapes on the glass.

Aroma: Faint chocolate and lots of toasted grains, toasted bread, and malts.

Taste: Much like the aroma, a chocolatey malt-driven experience occurs and is exclamated with toasted malts and grains. Very clean and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, creamy, smooth.

Overall: Probably one of my favorite Tallgrass beers. So tasty and drinkable.

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Tallgrass Pub Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.