Key Lime Pie | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Key Lime PieKey Lime Pie

Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Duff27 on 08-15-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by durlta:
Photo of durlta
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of superspak
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, best before 9/14/2017. Pours fairly clear medium golden/yellow color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head with solid retention, that reduces to a minimal spotty lace cap that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Good appearance. Aromas of tart lemon, lime peel, green apple, graham cracker, vanilla, marshmallow, and light herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of lime peel, lactose, acidic yeast, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime peel, green apple, graham cracker, vanilla, marshmallow, and light herbal/yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness and slight bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime peel, green apple, graham cracker, vanilla, marshmallow, and light herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of lime peel, lactose, acidic yeast, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from tartness/acidity, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and light body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately acidic, and fairly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a great fruited sour blonde ale. All around great robustness and balance of lime peel, lactose, acidic yeast, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the balanced tart/acidic finish. Not much complexity going on, but this nails exactly what it is going for in the name. Nice Lacto presence, but it never overwhelms the lime peel/lactose flavors. A really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ImbibingInOmaha
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer beautiful! I'm usually not a fan of flavor dominant blondes, but this is fantastic. Warning I'm sure part of this is nostalgia for the key lime trees of my youth, but it's transportive. You must love key limes to like this beer.

Look - Darker straw colored. Small white head that lasts about as long as it takes to pour. No lacing at all.

Smell - I have no idea how they did this, but it smells like a key lime pie. Not just the limes, but the graham cracker crust and a dollop of whipped cream on top (I assume this comes from the added lactose and Lactobacillus)! No hops, no malt, just your grandmothers key lime pie sitting in the fridge.

Taste - Tart, sour, but ultimately very complex. The initial taste of lime gives way to a raisin finish that reminds me of a much darker / older beer. In no way does this taste like a pilsner you've squirted some lime juice into, the flavor is inexorably intertwined with the beer.

Feel - Very dry, very crisp. Powdery feel that is reminiscent of some types of tonic water. Very Enjoyable.

Overall - This is definitely in my rotation for the summer. Good for beer snobs looking to have fun and those relatively inexperienced. The type of beer your aunt would say reminds her of a mikes hard lemonade (her favorite drink).

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Photo of DanGeo
2.79/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Beaver13
2.06/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz can, drink by 11/3/17. Pours slightly hazy straw yellow with a big fizzy white head that retains fairly well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is citric lime and vanilla cream soda.

The flavor is sharp tart lime with some vanilla and cream soda. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a bit thin.

Overall, an interesting beer, but I didn't care for the vanilla and cream soda. I remember Short's doing a better version of this.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OKbrew89
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured into a tulip glass. Golden-straw color with decent carbonation and a fingernail head that dissolves quickly without leaving lacing. Nose of key lime pie with lime and cinnamon graham cracker. Taste follows the nose with mild sourness from the lime, sugar, and a note of graham cracker on the finish. Light body and medium-high carbonation with no aftertastes.
Yes, it's a gimmick beer. But if mint julep beer can exist, why can't key lime pie. It gets the nose and taste you'd expect from key lime pie. I think they should call this a fruit beer rather than a sour since it's the sweetest sour I've had. Much like Shiner's Birthday Cake Chocolate Stout, it's a well done gimmick that doesn't really fit into a traditional beer style thanks to an effort to match the beer to what they are describing. This is best as a dessert beer and the last beer of the night since the sweetness doesn't make the easiest transition to the next beer. Taste before you get a pint since it's well committed to it's gimmick description.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and golden in color with a white, near finger width head that fizzes away quickly, leaving a mostly barren surface with a razor thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass. No lacing.

Smell - Lime is prominent, with a whiff of vanilla and some crackery malts.

Taste - Follows the nose. Huge key lime flavor tartness upfront and throughout. Hints of vanilla and a graham crackery sweetness emerge by mid-taste. Finish lingers with that lime tartness.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with bitey carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a sharp, crisp finish.

Overall - Concept was key lime pie in a can and they nailed it. Taste is very similar to the key lime goses I've had, though without the salinity. This is a perfect beach beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent & hazed bronzw with 2 fingers of rocky, cream colored head. Okay head retention & lacing, cleared up a bit

S: Citrus & breadyness, more like pie once warm

T: Follows the nose, dryness as well, tastes a bit like the pie. Tart lime as this warms, along with some sugary sweetness. Funishes dry, tart, limey & bready sweetness on the edges

MF: Light/medium body, firm carbonation

This pretty is much like the namesake, refreshing & fun at the same time

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of needMIbeer
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Strike00
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Well, if you want a beer that tastes exactly like key lime pie this is it. Nice straw yellow/gold color with a good deal of carbonation. The smell is sweet but the taste is not as sweet as the smell. Tart up front but not too much. Sweetness comes through in the back. Bready yeast flavor at the end is really the only traditional beer flavor in there.

Pretty impressive to get the flavor they do out of this, but it's not something I would buy again honestly.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bwbrev
3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dcotom
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce can into a can glass. Brewer classifies this as a sour blonde ale, brewed with Soriach Ace hops, lactose, lactobacillus. and lime peel. This combination nails the key lime pie flavors. Lots of lime-forward citrusy tartness, with the lactose and malts providing an almost graham-crackery sweetness. Light in body, with the carbonation dissipating rapidly after the initial pour. Just a little lingering sweetness on the finish. This was well thought out and well executed. Well worth seeking out if you like this sort of thing.

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can pours a fairly hazed gold with a nice cap of fine-bubbled white head. Retention is just ok and doesnt leave much lace.

Nose is somewhere between a lime soda and a cream soda, I can see key lime pie here. sweet, a little graham crackery. The cream soda aromas I am getting are oddly arousing.

Taste is tart and limey. Pretty crazy little brew here. I dont get much sweetness, but that is ok with me. It is a refreshing little brew and has a light body. I like it, the tartness and lime flavors are perfect for a hot Texas summer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a can of Tallgrass's Key Lime Pie for $1.69 at The Lager Mill last week. This one caught my eye at the beer store and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz can into a teku.

A- The can looks good it, has a nice design that goes with the name. It poured a golden orange color which took on more of a yellow color when held to the light and it had a finger and half worth of fizzy white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't leave much lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish the head retention and lacing were better.

S- The aroma starts off with a with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the lime being the first to show up and it imparts a tart and natural lime aroma that goes into a sweet and creamy marshmallow like aroma that leads right into the graham cracker which imparts an actual graham cracker like aroma. Up next comes just a little malty aromas with a little more sweetness. This beer has a very nice aroma that really lives up to the name.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's just a little lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the graham cracker being the first to show up this time and it imparts all the same aspects that it did in the aroma and it's followed by that same creamy and sweet marshmallow aspects. Up next comes the lime which shows up just as much as it did in the aroma and it imparts that same natural lime aspect with a medium amount of sweetness. Towards the end there's a little bit of a malty and sweet malt flavor with a little lingering tartness and it had some lime, graham cracker and marshmallow flavors in the aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer that lives up to it's name.

M- Smooth, not too mouth puckering, refreshing, a little crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and it's a nice example of the style, it lived up to it's name and i liked how all the flavors distinctly showed up. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple, but after that the tartness might start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer is that live it up to it's name and all the key flavors show up. What I like the least about this beer is the head retention and lacing, they both could be better. I would buy this beer again, but I don't think I would stock up on it and I would recommend to anyone look for a key lime pie beer that lives up to it's name. All in all i liked this beer and I think it made for a nice warm weather beer, It was better than I expected it to be. It's my new favorite beer from tallgrass and it's a good example of the style. Good job guys, this is one tasty beer that lives up to it's name, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of ruzzal
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quick white cap on pale gold (4) liquid; no ring, no lace, just a lot of bubbles; excellent clarity. Lime nose. Lite tart lime, and "pie" flavor that is sweet and graham cracker crust good. Fizzy, highly carbonated; crisp and clean feel. Clean finish with short tart lime linger. A good summer pounder.

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Key Lime Pie from Tallgrass Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 110 ratings