Tallgrass Brewing Company

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American Brown Ale
3.6 | pDev: 13.33%
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Tallgrass Ale is the flagship beer of Tallgrass Brewing Company, and we think it will be your new favorite beer! Truly a craft beer, the recipe was first brewed by Jeff as a 10-gallon batch of homebrew. Of all his homebrew recipes, Jeff chose Tallgrass Ale as the flagship beer because of the beer’s surprising light body, extraordinarily smooth and balanced profile, great taste, and clean finish. The first time Jeff brewed Tallgrass Ale he thought it looked a little too dark, but after he kegged that first batch, the finished beer was really, really tasty! That first little 10-gallon batch of Tallgrass was gone way too fast!

The beer was different from anything he or his friends could find on tap or on the shelf. It was a beer that was a deep chestnut color, yet had a great flavor and was so light tasting that it kept you wanting more. The distinctive look and taste of Tallgrass Ale comes from our unique blend of German, English, and American-style malts and a generous helping of both American and traditional English hops. These ingredients, our English brewer’s yeast, and the Flint Hills’ excellent brewing water gives Tallgrass Ale a distinctive, toffee-highlighted taste and smooth profile that is always drinkable.

22 IBU
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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 161
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: caramelly sweet, graham cracker, Appearance: Brilliant brown under a fairly persistent 1” off-white foam collar. Flavor: Soft malt, nuts and biscuit, hints of chocolate, medium high bitterness, and while it starts malty, and the overall impression is not hoppy, it finishes dry, and there is no lasting bitterness. This taste clean. Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation, Overall Impression: Not great but a respectable very drinkable brown ale.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A tasty, thin-bodied brown, redolent of vanilla, with molasses undertones and mild malt bite. Super noteworthy? Maybe not. But it's sturdy, dependable, and decidedly sessionable despite its darkness.

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Photo of Mdog
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear brown, good head.

Smell: Bready, mild.

Taste: Moderate toffee, bready, roasted malt, a bit of sweetness.

Overall: Brown ales aren't my favorite style as they seem kind of samey and can be boring. This is a pretty decent beer with a little more flavor than I was expecting. A nice option for a session beer to offset the hoppy stuff and the pilsners and lagers.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.44/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a Tallgrass tulip.
4.4% ABV, no date.

A - Tallgrass' Pub Ale (as it's labeled) pours with a tall and long lasting ivory head that lingers for quite a while before assimilating into the beer. Chunky lace adheres to the glass above the beer's lovely clear tarnished deep amber colored body.

S - Dusty cocoa nibs and bakers chocolate emerge as the first noticeable aspects of the aroma, filling the nose with an already full presence. Following closely is a very earthy hop aroma which suggests gardening in the spring; cut grass, damp soil, and old wood chips. Both the chocolate-like presence and earthy hop tone blend well with the rustic, bready amber malts for a rich aroma sure to follow through into flavor.

T - Toasted amber malts present an earthy, bready flavor not that different than what the aroma offers, though much of the chocolate-like notes have seemed to mellow into a more submissive undertone rather than bold entry. Likewise, the earthy hoppiness remains present but has also married the malt profile further for great balance.

M - A smooth mouthfeel entry leads to a crisp carbonation bite that seems to keep the fuller malt body in check for ease of drinkability, finishing out with a dry, mildly bitter earthy hop and roasted malt bite. Tallgrass Pub Ale is well balanced to say the least!

O - Tallgrass Pub Ale manages to quite successfully pack full flavor and robust body into a dangerously drinkable beer, perfect for, well, the pub of course! The balance is there in feel and flavor profile as the beer teeters between smooth and crisp, malty and hoppy. Very well done indeed.

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Photo of estlinska
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served from the can to a standard shaker glass on 4/15/13. The beer is a deep, ruddy brown color with bright orange hues throughout. The color is reminiscent of a fresh raisin. There is a good cap of frothy, sandy colored head with very nice retention. Lacing is evident, but dissipates quickly. This is a very nice looking brown ale. The nose is very fruity with lots of figs and raisins up front; maybe a touch of fruity hops as well, but it's definitely the dark fruits of the malts that hold the forefront. There is a mild whiff of smoke on the nose as well as some good roasted nuts and wheat bread. The taste follows the nose almost perfectly. The dark fruit again is quite evident like a big fresh slice of cinnomon raisin bread (though the cinnamon is quite subdued). The malt is the star of the show here, though at times almost becomes too sweet. Hops are very subdued and low, mostly earthy in nature which plays well with the malt. The mouthfeel is light bodied, and at times becomes a little cloying in nature. Tallgrass continues to make very good beers. This is a great example of a good American Brown; highly recommended.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a dark amber color with a good 2 fingers worth of head that settles to a thin layer with very spotty lacing.

S: I'm getting the normal Brown Ale notes...Sweet malt, hints of butterscotch and caramel, very little hops here.

T: Wow there is a little mild hops right at the start, then the nice sweetness kicks in caramel and butterscotch are right there and run all the way to the finish. Nice sweet butterscotch aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied perfect for the style. Gets creamier as it warms.

D: Pretty good little Brown here. Worth looking for.

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Photo of trparish
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper, dark toffee

S: Toasty, malty, roasted nut notes, fruity and slight bread.

T: Some coffee and toffee notes with a hint of cocoa. Up-front malty that lingers. More fruity that hoppy.

MF: creamy, smooth, low to medium carbonation and body with a very pleasant aftertaste.

Overall a very good amber Ale. I personally prefer this one on the colder-side. Refreshing and not heavy. Would like a little more carbonation. Very drinkable, and one can is not enough!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice IPA. It's no hop bomb or blast in the mouth, but it delivers a consistent flavor profile. I feel like that is one of the things that comes up short on some American IPAs: the flavor profile falls off or diverts from what it started out from. This is not one of those IPAs. I can dig it. Likin' Tallgrass so far. And supposedly I'm saving the best for the last.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 16 oz can into a pint glass. The beer is a dark amber/copper color with my pour producing a thick off white head 2-inches in height. Head lingers for quite awhile as the beer is consumed.

Smell: Light malt-centric aromas. Nothing really hop like. Scents of lightly roasted malts, a little slightly sweet caramel malt with it.

Taste: Stays in line with the aroma. Good malty backbone, lightly roasted malts. Just a hint of bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Not too heavy, medium in body with a natural unforced carbonation to it.

Overall: A nice easily drinkable, very sessionable ale. Different than the average beer, yet not too over the top in big flavors. Purchased a 4 pack of cans "on sale" for only $4, a very good deal indeed.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown and just a touch opaque, good head that tapers off to a thin film, nice lacing.

Smells slightly grassy, bready and malty, little bit of cocoa, slightly nutty.

Tastes malty and bready with a slight hops presence, a touch of fruits and quite a bit of nuts.

Feels medium bodied and slightly slick, decent carbonation and a lingering malty aftertaste.

Drinks pretty well, and I'm not even a big brown ale fan.

I am liking this brewery.

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Photo of bum732
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Clear fruitiness with some toasted nuts, vanilla as it warms.

L: Clear reddish brown, light tan head that dissipates.

T: Slight nuttiness with a prominent fruity backbone. Rasberries and cherries mostly. Medium low bitterness with additional fruitiness. Finishes with some slight ash, semi-dry finish.

M: Medium carbonation, medium bodied.

Ok, quite fruity, interesting brown ale. Could use a bit more carbonation.

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Photo of KegCreekRAR
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served very cold, needed to let it warm to let the aroma and flavor peak. A little light for a brown ale, almost looked amber to me. Nice malty aroma with caramel notes. Good carbonation and head retention. Slight carmel flavor, not much hops. Nice clean finish after the beer warmed, very refreshing.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Beer is amber, brownish, mostly clear, thin head, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is mildly roasty, odd aroma.

Beer is mildly roasty, sweet up front, an odd beer overall, it is a fine brown ale, mildly buttery, creamy in the mouth, probably not a repeat for me but it was a fine beer.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz Pint can poured into a Mason jar

Comes out looking like root beer and equally as fizzy. Smell is faint warm toasted malt, cocoa powder, and the rest is grain. Maybe a little hop in there, too. Tastes like an adjunct lager up front but fades into toasty brown ale goodness. There's hazelnut, toffee, and dark chocolate, but overall it tastes watered down. There's a great beer hidden in here somewhere.

O: it's an extremely drinkable brown, tasty and quaffable, but there are much better ones out there.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz. can tried 5 Nov 2011. Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Large fluffy tan head. Medium carbonation. Hazy ruby brown in color. Aroma is sweet, nutty, slightly roasted malts. Slight caramel to start, moderate in flavor overall. Hint of chocolate. Medium body, very light ethanol. A bit flat. Finishes with just a faint touch of bitterness.

Easy to drink but not likely to come back to this one.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful reddish brown color with a 2 finger khaki head. Nice lacing patterns.

S - Sweet roasted malt, sunflower seeds, pecans, fruity, cacao, bready yeast.

T - Follows the nose, sweet roasted malt, caramel, nutty pecan background, woody vanilla, finishes with roasted grain and low hop bitterness.

M - Light to medium body, smooth and creamy feel.

This was way better than expected! Solid flavors and well rounded. Superb drinkability. Very nutty and perfectly roasted malts. Recommended!

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Photo of WillCarrera
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can, no date, poured into a pint glass. Thanks to dlello2 for this beer!

A- Pours a brown color with ruby highlights, capped with a big inch-high, cake-like head that leaves lacing all over the place, gets bumped up to a 4.5 just for the awesome head.

S- Faint smell of hazelnut and sweet caramel malt.

T- Hazelnut, some coffee, toffee and bready malt, fruity sweetness, hops are mild and a bit spicy, it's definitely an almost-British style brown ale, very malt forward.

M- Light-bodied, carbonation is on the low side, creamy feel.

O- A pretty tasty brown ale, it's very cool to see such a good craft beer coming from Kansas, definitely give this one a try.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep clear copper color with about 3/4" of off-white head. Decent retention and lacing. Definitely light in color as well as body for a brown ale.

Smell: Nutty smell. Not getting a lot else out of this, but a nice smell of hazelnuts.

Taste: Again, a strong hazelnut flavor, along with a light hint of coffee. Not much in the way of hops, at all.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Fairly smooth drinking. Overall, this is a pretty average brown ale that has some drinkability. Probably not something I'd come back to with other options available.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut brown with bronze highlights. Head is a dense off-white mass that slowly thins to a thin sheen.

Aroma is bready malt with plenty of caramel and toffee, along with a touch of spicy phenolic dark fruit.

Taste is initially toasted bready malt with a nice bit of burnt caramel and toffee. Dark fruit and chocolate notes make an appearance. The flavor is much stronger than the nose lead me to expect. Finishes with an earthy nutty bitterness and a dry woody quality.

Mouthfeel is a chewy medium-full.

Overall a flavorful malty session ale.

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Photo of theaudist
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint can into an imperial pint glass.

Smells like cut grass, earth, caramel malt, and chocolate. Taste is sweet and slightly cloying, but not overly so. A real solid brown ale with good mouthfeel, poor/no head retention, and strong malty backbone.

If you love american brown ales, you'll dig this. Personally, I'd rather a Good People Brown, but this is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a small bar in ST. Louis, has a deep reddish amber too it and not much of a head on tap. Smells of biscuity roasted malt , barely any hops if any at all are present. Tastes pretty decent, has a mild flavor all around, nothing really jumps out on it but it isn't bad. Mouthfeel is a tad weak but overall it is a decent beer.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice walnut brown color with a one finger cocoa head. Good lacing on my snifter glass. The nose is burned toast, malt, caramel and nuts... Pretty good for a session brew. Taste follows suit- same as the nose profile. The nut and roasted malt really come out in the taste. Feel is smooth, malty and refreshing- just like a session beer should be. Overall, a nice choice if you like the style, or are looking for a session brew that tastes good. Cheers.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to ThirstyHerf for this can!

Dammit, I'm starting to feel like WoodyChandler here, what with all these cans (or is it CANs...?) tonight. This one pours a partly cloudy sunset rose-amber topped by a finger of khaki-cream foam. The nose is a bit hard for me to describe properly, but these are the words that come to mind, regardless of true propriety (basically, I can't put the real scents into words, so these are the closest approximation): hot cinnamon, toffee, light coffee, very light cocoa, cilantro, nutmeg, and light maple syrup. Frankly, the combination comes together in such a way as to make me do a negative double-take, as though my nose refused to accept the strangeness it found itself involved in. The taste holds notes of cinnamon, red apple skin, red grape, light raisin, rich caramel, and honey. Honestly, for a brown ale, this is way the hell too fruity, but it pleasantly evokes a nice Belgian brew. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. Overall, this is a pretty poor example of a brown ale, frankly, but still an enjoyable, tasty beer regardless. Maybe a reclassification is in order, at least...

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 16 oz pint can, part of an 8-pk brewery mixed pack. No date to be seen, poured into an imperial pint.

Appearance: Not quite clear burnt sienna beer topped with a nice light beige cap which shows pretty decent retention.

Smell: A bit unique, actually, this doesn't really smell like a typical brown ale or the traditional English pub ale I was expecting. There's definitely some generic sugary sweetness here, as well as a hint of almost rummy brown sugar, some darker toasted malt that's not quite bready, not quite caramelly, and not quite's also not really roasted...I can't quite pin it down. Mild yeast esters, and some kind of odd hoppy notes. The website says this uses English, Belgian, and German barley, as well as English and American hops. I really have no idea what's in here at this point. It's interesting, but I don't love it.

Taste: The taste is a bit more traditional. Mild bready and toasted malts. Ends nutty and lightly dry, with mild fruity esters. It's kind of like a cross between a mild-mannered American Brown Ale and an English Mild. Everything thus far is good, but it gets something of an odd sweetness (almost sugary) before finishing a bit bitter, and there's just something here that doesn't work for me. It's just a bit odd.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated (in the English style), which works well with the maltiness and the lowish abv. Slick and smooth.

Overall: I really enjoy some of Tallgrass's brews; the Oasis is a serious player; overall, however, this is not probably one I'd buy again. There's definitely notes of nice nut brown in here, coupled with a lightly roasted English mild, but there's also something else that just throws everything out of whack a bit.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say the tall cans are what attracted me to Tallgrass in the first place. This is their second beer I have had.

Poured in a tall wide flute. Dark amber yet still clear, lots of head, 2+ fingers. A bit too quick on the head forming. Though it settled quickly and I poured the rest of the can in.
Nutty smell, maltly and then a bit of smoke.
At first just a malty taste, then turns to nut, cream, milk at the end. The was a big change in the profile from normal brown ale to really tasty.
Medium body but still clean. Moderate carbonation.
The ending was almost milk stoutish but it works really well. A well built drink.

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