Ale | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by wardough on 12-02-2007

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5/5  rDev +39.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.44/5  rDev +24%
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 gall0wsp0le
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Ale comes in a great looking can, and cans are apparently what Tallgrass swears by. Drinking it straight from the cylinder you get a little bit of that metallic tinge to it. Drink out of a glass though and that goes away. What's inside is a brownish ale with a creamy, tan head. This is a beer I can swish around in my mouth and it feels nice and smooth the whole way down. I consider this a great beer to get someone into craft beer drinking. It's not too strong, the look isn't too alien to a newbie, it tastes light and it won't sit in your stomach.

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4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint can into a pint glass

A: Nice, tight, foamy head. Deep auburn brown in color. Completely translucent. Really good lace.

S: Caramel, malt, a little roastiness. Alcohol.

T: Wow. Huge roasted malt upfront with a little smoky element. Bitterness is a fitting piece rather than donination. Toffee, toast, and umami (savory).

M: Good carbonation. Medium body/mouthfeel.

D: What a great brew. Unassuming but shows complexity.

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Photo of wardough
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Ratboy for this beer (bwatson). He bought it direct from the local brewer. Pours a dark brown from the keg with no sediment. It says "Come drink me, Wardo". Smells of malty nuts and yeasts come rolling through. Taste is of malts. Carmel rolls into the equation about 10 seconds after you take a sip. Hops are very subtle at the end. It gets sweeter with time. Mouthfeel is medium with a balanced carbonation. This is a great session beer and very drinkable (seeing as that we've been drinking this for 10+hours (still more to go)). I like this beer.

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Photo of estlinska
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of chocosushi
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> Mustang Pint

i've had sips of this from a can, but saw some single bottles for sale at Freeman's which I would not pass up

A ~ Hazelnut brown (and almost maroon) Medium clarity,
with decent carbonation. Good lacing through the whole 12 oz as It gets dominated

S ~ Raw Sugar, toffee pudding, with faint cherry & candied apple. Smells pretty good, really sweet.

T ~ Holy cow, lot's of flavor. Getting a whole lot of berry (black & blue), toasty honey-wheat bread flavors, some apple juice and a cinnamon-potpourri like flavor that I cannot put my finger on. It's very complex with perfect amount of thickness to it.

M ~ Mellow sweetness first-off, with some nuttyness and a crisp finish that I wouldn't call dry. Medium-Light bodied. This has to be the best part of the beer besides the flavor.

D ~ Can't stop drinking it. This is one I believe should stay in the bottle for session purposes. Incredibly drinkable. It is very smooth and not over-carbonated. At 4.4 it's a good after work beer as well. I didn't think too much of this one before, but I like it.

Well played Tallgrass,
I definitely need to review the can again.


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Photo of jmbranum
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(brought a bottle back from the liquor store in Junction City, KS)

Dark clear brown brew (the color of Shiner Bock). Great rich toasty aroma. Flavor is a mix of coffee, dark brown bread, a nice toasty finish. A slight tang. Not much hops. Fairly dry.

Lots of carbonation. Very sessionable.

Overall, a very decent English style brown ale.

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4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Reddish brown with bright ruby highlights and high clarity. Pours with a thin, light tan head which has fair retention.

Aroma-Chocolate malt and breadcrusts up front, with a slight vanilla sweetness. The soft, dark malt profile ranges from bread, to toast, to light roast and chocolate, and a dab of caramel to top it off. Not much in terms of hops or esters, but the malt profile is quite nice.

Flavor-Smooth chocolatey malt and baked bread mingle with toast and caramel on the palate. A light, soft vanilla note in the mid-palate adds a nice note of complexity to the malt profile. The finish is dominated by toasted malt with a dusting of cocoa powder and a faint grassy hop character with low hop bitterness to balance the malt. Finishes moderately dry.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with soft, moderately low carbonation. Smooth and almost a little creamy.

An awesome, sessionable brown ale from tallgrass bursting with awesome malt character. Did I mention that it's a full pint and it comes in a can? Portable, sessionable, and delicious-what more could you ask for?

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Photo of TippySelenoid
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

This beer is light brown and transparent. A decent carbonation can be seen and it's got a head that quickly dissipates.

It smells bready not to hoppy.

I love this beer! It's got a very nice nutty flavor. This may be my new favorite American brown ale. The hops are in the background and the nuttiness has a faint roastiness to it that really keeps it fresh without being very bitter.

It's pretty crisp for an ale.

This beer is good. It's been in this area for a year now and I'm a bit sad that I've waited this long to try it.

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Wichita

Pours brown/chestnut with 1 finger of sand colored head. Insane, sticky lacing & average head retention

S: Toasty malt & caramel

T: Toasty malt, caramel & dryness up front. Nuttyness comes through as this warms, some herbal hops & grainy bitterness hits the back of your throat. Finishes dry, nutty & sweet (caramel)

MF: Medium bodied, with low carbonation & some stickyness, this shows a ton of body for a beer of it's ABV

Drinks pretty easy, a very good Brown ale

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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 woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

CAN you dig it? I'm CANtemplating the tall grass that my students seem to think that I am hitting on a regular basis and CANtemplating my next CAN of Tallgrass beer. It's like, psychoactive, dude!

From the CAN: "Defiantly dark. Seductively smooth. Pour a pint ..." and "Drink. Enjoy. Recycle." Bro, that seems so familiar, it's like deja vu all over again ...

Crack & Glug time, kiddos! The well-executed pour resulted in two fingers' worth of foamy, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was a deep-amber with coppery highlights and decent, if not exceptional, clarity. Nose smelled like straight-up caramel! Whoa. Yep, caramel. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with an initial caramel-malt sweetness, but giving 'way to a mild bitterness. Finish tended more bitter than sweet although the caramel sweetness was difficult to overcome. I CANnot easily quantify my feelings about this one because it struck a pretty good balance between malty and hoppy, plus it had good mouthfeel along with relatively low ABV, and yet it still added up to sweeter than I care for. The style guidelines are fairly ambiguous, which does not help. I would not want more than one, but others may really dig the interplay of the malt and hops. YMMV.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of brown sugar, molasses and whispy hops. Pours to a translucent but not transparent brown with a thin quickly disapating head. Taste is very dry with a golden grahams- like sweetness and a tarty but not bitter hoppiness. The hops then finish out with a real dry chaulky-like finish that almost sucks the sweetness right out of your mouth to the point of puckering. Interesting. I have never had an ale that starts out as a full blown ale up front then finishes super dry. I really like this brew, a very different twist on English ale. I'd like to know what hops are used to brew this, it is very good.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallgrass Ale

Appearance: Mostly clear, medium to deep brown body with a light ruby cast. Creamy, sand-colored head. Good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, "grain", apple, light pear. Background floral and grassy hops.

Taste: Chocolate, brown sugar, toasty bread, mild dark-caramel, apple, light pear. Hints of underlying floral hops (EKGs?). Moderate bitterness. Perfectly balanced and well-polished from start to finish. Finishes dry with a splash of residual malt and light, lingering hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body. Zesty carbonation. Smooths as it warms and some of the CO2 is released.

Overall: Quite a nice, easy-drinking brown ale. Possibly the least malty of the Tallgrass brews, but still full of flavor. It's not so rich or flavorful though that you couldn't enjoy it, let's say, at a ball game in the summer. And it's got a lot of character that would allow some really nice food pairings as it's not overwhelming. Nicely done!

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