Tallulah Extra Pale Ale - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: illidurit on 07-13-2009

With a refreshingly effervescent carbonation, the tropical New Zealand hop flavors of Tallulah are perfect for the warm days of Spring & Summer. Tallulah pours a radiant honey gold with a fluffy layer of foam and bursts with complex tropical fruit aromas. The candy fruit notes of guava, peach, and passion fruit are complemented by a light caramel sweetness and balanced with a moderate, yet assertive level of hop bitterness.
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Reviews by Ryan_Graham:
Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light brown. Minimal head.

Judging by the smell, I expected to get blown away by the hops. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. Fruity and light. Tastes like oranges or kiwi. Extremely smooth finish. The fruit flavor covers up any boozy taste. I was very impressed. It lacks true depth as far as taste is concerned but I would still consider it a great beer.

I would absolutely recommend this to a friend.

More User Reviews:
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a clear, pure golden color with a rocky 3 finger head. Good retention, resulting in a broken layer of bubbled film across the surface. Fair lacing and stick.

Smell - A balanced aroma of caramel malt and earthy, floral hops. Hints of citrus and stone fruit with traces of dry pine.

Taste - Follows the nose. Balance is a slight edge to the hops, though the caramel malt body is, by no means, a small part of the flavor profile. Hops are present throughout, and are more earthy and stone fruit-ish than grassy in character, while a touch of orange oil bitterness can be found lying beneath. Nice balance in the finish, though the quicker it's drank, the stronger the hops flex their muscle.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate, somewhat lively carbonation. Finishes bone dry.

Overall - A little dry for my liking, but this is a solid pale in all facets. I'd liken it to their Big Daddy IPA, but with more balance and a much drier finish. One I'd likely buy again if desire calls for pale and better options aren't available.

Photo of socon67
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Ornge pour with fizzy carbonation and a white foam that settles quickly. Very clear and slight lacing.

S - Scents of orange, lemon, and pale malt. A faint amount of hop clover hits the nose.

T - Very light drinking pale with some tartness from citrus. Very clean and refreshing taste. Finish has a light bitterness. Some spicy notes are present; more as the I finished half the glass

M- Light feel, crisp, and leaves a slight herbal bite in the finish.

O - This is a nice pale ale that while fairly generic has enough flavor to appeal to citrus lovers on a hot day. Good BBQ beer.

Photo of hophugger
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

After drinking and not being impressed with this beer, saw that this one was bottled 10 months ago !!!!!!

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle/ Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell has a good bit of tropical fruits, truth in advertising. Taste is hops, some tropical fruits, a bit of pine, not much malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of beepill
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mason jar glass.

A - light amber, dark golden appearance with a beautiful 1.5 finger head consisting of various sized bubbles.

S - very faint smell of pine forest, grapefruit and lemongrass.

T - earthy, grassy malt, pine, grapefruit zest, light citrus-honey taste.

M - Very refreshing, light-medium body with moderate to high carbonation and semi-dry after taste. Hoppiness quite apparent.

O - Very refreshing beer for hot summer days. Right now, enjoying while kicking back in the shade by the swimming pool. Will definitely buy and have other try in the near future. Feels like this will be great beer for a summertime party.

Photo of smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. A bit old but none for a loss bottled March 18th 2013.

Really pretty beer. Crystal clear body with a real nice brassy copper sheen to it somewhere between light bronze yellow and copper red, with nice rising carbonation. Big fluffy four finger head off the pour with some retention and lacing present and a soapy collar. Good looker.

Mellow tangerine hop notes on the nose, with a soft graham cracker pie crust malt backbone. Hints of orange and some tropical fruit. Pretty nice and solid if a little mellow.

Palate hits with a good amount of mild resin. Light tropical fruit with an easy drinking mouthfeel, and mid palate has a nice mix of minty wintergreen hop and citrus. Leafy and spearmint finish, with a mellow bitterness and sweetness hop angle. Malt presence is a bit burried for a pale ale though.

Overall it's a bit faded hops but it still drinks well. Hope they make this again so I can drink it fresh next time.

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of peaches and tropical fruits are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of caramel malts and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer started out with a nice aroma of hops but seemed to be a lot maltier compared to other beers in the style and doesn't have much in the way of bitterness.

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured some light malts and a vibrant herbal hop.

The taste consisted of an upfront astringency to the malt that relented to a soft malt and herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a pleasant and easy to drink ale.

Photo of david18
2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at George Keeley's on Manhattan's upper west side. I had hoped to like it better but it was just too malty for the low abv and low hops. I guess that's just the character of the style but I would have prefered something a little more refreshing. It was very a very cloudy straw color with a decent aroma but, again, the flavor was a bit intense for what it was. I would not recommend but I do like this brewery in general.

Photo of CHickman
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had one after several other beers last weekend and while it looked fine, and smelt fine it was just not exciting to drink after having a Finch's Hardcore Chimera and a bunch of Tröegs Nugget Nectars. It was light, crisp and easy to drink so I'll need to try it again on its own.

Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have been a fan of Speakeasy Ales & Lagers for a while and when I was headed to visit The Old Lady in Denver, she wanted to go to a release party dressed as Prohibition-era people. It got delayed when licensing got held up, but I found it amusing that we have had Speakeasy in PA for a while and it was new to CO. I also find it ironic that both Speakeasy and 21st Amendment are in S.F.

From the bottle: "Legit since 1997"; "Limited Release"; "Hand Crafted"; "A Show-Stopper"; "Tallulah mesmerizes with tropical fruit aroma and a radiant golden glow. This show-stopper is dry-hopped with Calypso and El Dorado hops and will leave you begging for and encore."; "Independently owned and operated".

I have no idea why they named this beer as such. Tallulah Bankhead was not really a star during the Roaring '20's, I also do not think that this is the second runnings of a barleywine, as the notes seem to indicate. I do think that it poured nicely, creating a dense finger of thick, tawny head with good retention. Color was, as advertised, a deep golden yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity and once again, King Midas, Croesus and Mammon were fighting for a sip. Nose was also as advertised, a soft fruity smell, like mango, banana and tangerine along with a bready maltiness. Mouthfeel was likewise soft, almost viscous, with a flavor of mango, tangerine and pineapple on the tongue. I swear I have been tasting pineapple a lot lately and either I am crazy or these hops are being used regularly. Finish was semi-dry and very fruity with a lingering mild bitterness. This also created an unexpected amount of lacing.in the glass. Definitely worth a try!

Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.51/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into pint glass. Wow! Unique beer. Have tried a fair share of Pale Ale's but this is nice. Cannot judge this one by its cover (unless you mean bottle art in which case, tops). Looks eh, smells eh, but the taste, momma mia! Malty hoppy delicious. Mouthfeel is smooth and a tad creamy even. Im a big fan after one beer.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Whatever happened to Tallulah Bankhead? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, powdered sugar, soft grass, and light biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger sense of general bitterness, promulgated by the grass and citrus rind characters. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a fluid feel, and a drying finish. Overall, a solid pale ale, nothing special, but something easy enough to drink and generally enjoy.

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

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Crystal clean gold with 2 fingers of white head. Light-moderate carbonation with decent retention.

Lemon, tangerine, peach and caramel.

Lemon, pink grapefruit pith, tangerine and hints of peach. Very thin caramel backbone with notes of toast.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, dry and moderately bitter.

Very thin maltiness. Dry and bitter. Easy drinking.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange colored hue with a large head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Soda like carbonation rises busily to the surface.

Aroma has floral hop elements and orange marmalade. Citrus and a small alcohol hint give off a vague impression of Triple Sec.

The taste is balanced with light malts and herbal, piney hops. There once again is an orange citrus and apricot note that help round out the flavor.

Light to medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Somewhat crisp yet remaining smooth and drinkable.

Overall, this is a pretty nice pale ale.

Photo of jawlessbody
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a bottle into a tumbler.

Appearance: Has a deep golden hue with a one finger fluffy white head.

Smell: Smells deeply of fruit, mostly citrusy, with a slight melon note.

Taste: Has a deeply sweet, citrusy characteristic, but washes down with a crisp hoppiness and a hint of pine.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and dry.

Overall: I loved this beer. If I had better access to it, I would definitely pick it up on a regular basis.

Photo of mactrail
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

BIg foam in the tall Peroni glass. Color is a handsome amber with plenty of carbonation. Floral hop scent. An inviting hoppy tang greets the tongue. Some slightly dank notes of resiny and herbaceous hops. Some sweet but light maltiness is welcomed. The bitter aftertaste surprises after the mild mannered introduction.

It's hard to compare this with more robust Pale Ales, but this one is quite drinkable and provides a light-bodied but hoppy alternative. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After having favorful reviews of Bigg Daddy and Prohibation I though Tallulah would be a no- brainer. I was wrong.
Tallulah was a mediocre beer at best. The color was the high point. It was a striking orange red amber color but with a small head that failed to launch
The aroma was like a stale IPA , bland caramel malts.
The taste was equally unrefreshing with a mostly malt backbone and very little hops.
This beer was dated for August and though it's pass it's prime it shouldn't be this bad.

Photo of Navalartichoke
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into the new Dogfish IPA glass, It has a clear golden color without a small head. Leaves a nice little ring around the glass The smell is a kind of Oak like to me . It has a medium body. The taste is first a bit fruity at first maybe a hint of pepper, then a mild amount of hops, followed by a pleasant bitter after taste. It is a mild IPA, enjoyable as a session beer.

Photo of TheMarkE
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper color, with a moderate head and lacing.

Smell: Grassy malts, lemon, and spice.

Taste: Grassy malts, lemon, spice, and a slight taste of honey to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. A slightly bitter spice aftertaste.

The Verdict: Delicious. Every sip of Speakeasy moves them higher on my list of favorite brewers. This seasonal offering walks that fine line between malt and hops, sweet and bitter like a champ.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Sunset Beer Company in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with malty and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

Photo of illidurit
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RBSG09, on tap at the brewery. Pours light orange-gold with a frothy off white head. Aromas of cereal grain with mild C-hops. Cheerios maltiness, mild grapefruity hops, slight resinous bitterness. Pretty drinkable and dry. Well balanced and refreshing, but I got tired of the Cheerios note pretty quickly.

Photo of delta490
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Pours a slightly clouded deep gold with a long-lasting creamy white head. The aroma is sort of grainy and funky. The taste is neither, exhibiting only light non-descript malt and hops. There's a decent amount of carbonation to the body.

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice to try a beer with the name of an ex. I'll try to be objective. Really.

The nose on this is crap. Total crap. A wad of malts. I don't see quite how that could be; the beer isn't extremely old. Flavor profile is way too malty as well. Minimal hop influence. This is not working. Lame. Totally lame.

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Tallulah Extra Pale Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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