Tallgrass Ale | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass AleTallgrass Ale

Brewed by:
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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Photo of omahawk
2.1/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Really surprised by this, not in a good way. Their IPA and Hefe were much better.

This brown ale looks just great, has decent lacing with a small but lingering head. I am not exaggerating when I say that the smell is atrocious, it smells like old sweat socks that have been in the trunk of my car for all of July. Taste is somewhat off - lacking the malt sweetness I was anticipating, but has more than it's share of off-skunkiness. Drink by date is Nov 2009, so I should have plenty of time before this "goes bad" (whatever that means). I am severely disappointed in this beer and will not be able to finish it. Not sure how this is getting a "B".

Edit Addition:

Not sure if the off-taste and smell was due to handling by distributor or what - I bought it from the neighborhood supermarket that does a large volume business with generally quick turnover. I opened another bottle from the same 6er, and it was as bad.

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Photo of armock
2.33/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Poured a brown color with a light tan head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt and is a little nutty

T - Not too good has a very earthy taste as in it tastes like liquid dirt

M - This beer has a very thin watery body with light carbonation to it

D - To me this was just a bad beer and not in an infected way just a poor beer the taste was bad it was like drinking dirty water so unless your into that stay away

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Photo of cnally
2.57/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another sampling from the Beer of the Month Club.

Cloudy, hazy, dirty looking reddish brown beer, with a tannish head fading quick and leaving little lace.

Malt bomb aroma, spicy, nutty and a bit sour.

A flavor unbecoming to the style. Watery flavor, slightly sweet, a little malty, and the middle tastes are sour. Finishes bitter and sour.

Watery, loose feel and not very creamy/substantial.

Not the favorite brown I have ever had. Sour, unbalanced, watery, can't see wanting to drink this ever again.

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Photo of chaz01
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this hidden in the fridge from a previous beer of the month club selection. No date on the bottle, but it was shipped about 6 months ago.

A: Dark amber color, almost brown with a thin head that produces some lacing in the glass.

S: Picking up some butterscotch and lemon character in the aroma.

T: A little lemon zest, mild hops flavor. I'm not picking up any nuttiness or earthy flavors that I would expect in a brown ale. Finish is a bit tart, but maybe I waited too long before opening.

M: Medium bodied

D: Best at cellar temperature, as more of the nuttiness and roasted malt flavor comes out. I'm thinking it would pair well with a salad or soup course part of the meal.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.77/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16oz can. Pours a light amber brown with a smallish creamy off white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet toffee and caramel malts with some chocolate and some grain.

The flavor is sweet chocolate and toffee with some grains and a slight acidic bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a decent mild brown, but nothing special.

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Photo of EGledhill
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

A. Nice dark brown body with off white head that fizzled away quickly.

S. Sweet caramel malt smell to this.

T. Wow... not what I was expecting. Honestly it tastes like I'm drinking a stick of butter with a slight taste of caramel in it. Pretty disappointing.

M. mouthfeel is alright. thin.

D. Drinkability would be good if you can get past the taste or if it's what you're into. just not to my liking though

wasn't sure what to expect from this one. haven't tried anything from this brewery but was let down by this one.

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Photo of Tripphop
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint can. Reddish amber color with pithy bubble. Weak looking, but with nice color. Smells of caramel malt and dough. The flavor is decent. Caramel and toast. Nice finish, delicately hopped, but clean and crisp with lingering malt flavors. Nice, but too expensive.

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Photo of mactrail
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I call it an American Adjunct brown ale. At this end of the spectrum there's not much going on. Murky dark red-brown, but a decent head. Feels good going down, and has a sparkly tang. Just a touch of acidity. Barest warmth of caramel malt. Not much scent.

Drinkable but on the insipid side. Still, it has a touch of roasted flavor. Goes down easy enough if you don't mind the style.

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Photo of smwesson500
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a good beer. The color is a mild amber which is ideal. As far as the smell goes its along the lines of a weak porter. Taste; I can't identify what the flavor is, but it kills nearly all the flavor. Don't get me wrong I prefer dark beers, but this is not crafted as a dark beer and thus should not taste like it (side note: if brewed correctly a dark beer should not kill the other flavors). Mouthfeel handles a great amount of carbonation and taste.

It either needs to go more dark and learn to accentuate the other flavors or back off on the 'mystery flavor' and let the beer speak for itself.


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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
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 toffee-like...it'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 zhanson88
3.05/5  rDev -15%
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 srandycarter
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark cola. Nice head down to disk, NICE sticky lacing.

S - Roasted malt, bitter malt.

T - Same as smell. OK, just unimpressive.

M - Medium body, creamy, good carb.

D - Just not my cup.

Mostly, this is a thin beer with a lot of not exceedingly pleasant taste and smell qualities, in my opinion.

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Photo of NStLincoln
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a very thin tan head into a pint glass with a muddy brown, almost coffee color.

Nice nose. Graham crackers and toffee. Also kind of smells like pot roast.

Simple on the palatte, not much on the back end. Straight forward malt, light coffee.

This beer either has really tiny, prickly bubbles, or it's kind of flat. It's too early in the morning, and my tongue is asleep.

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Photo of joe1510
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

I was lucky enough to receive this in a recent trade with Goliath, thanks Brad! I believe this will be my first beer from the great state of Kansas. Tallgrass is a brown ale that with a perfectly clear body and chestnut highlights. A touch of ruby flashes through here and there with the light directly behind the glass. I had to pour hard to conjure up a one finger head that fell the a creamy cap and left some impressive lacing down the glass on its way.

The nose has a toasty graininess and a solid nuttiness that, unfortunately, becomes artificial the longer I keep my nose in the glass. There's a slight bit of coppery twanginess that I'm not too fond of along with a soft herbal hoppiness throughout that's adds a nice touch. The copper isn't so bad and actually comes and goes but it isn't very complimentary.

The toasted malts get things moving and push all the way through. Day old coffee grounds that are a bit acidic lean in hard along with the coppery twang. The nuttiness comes back in the form of hazelnut and the longer it sits on the tongue the more artificial it becomes. Herbal hoppiness brings up the rear. This isn't a bad beer but it's just a little on the bland and boring side.

The body is light and the carbonation is fairly fast moving. Each drink slides quickly over my tongue and shows some prickliness on the swallow.

This brown ale goes down fairly easy but just doesn't keep my attention well enough to keep me wanting more.

Not a bad brown but a little rough and boring. I'm glad I got to give it a whirl and would like to try more from Tallgrass if I ever get the chance. Thanks again Brad!

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
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 corby112
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with golden copper edges when held to a light and a 1.5 finger frothy light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of lace left behind.

Slight toasted aroma with hints of sweet malt and crisp, earthy hops. A bit more roasty than I expected with hints of toffee, caramel, biscuit and nut.

Fuller bodied and more hop forward than expected with some dry earthy bitterness that compliments the roasted malt notes. Slightly toasted with sweet malt notes, especially caramel, biscuit, toffee and hazelnut. Slight coffee presence as well as some subtle creaminess that adds texture and fullness to the palate. The bitterness and roasted character overpower the sweeter malt notes a bit much for my liking and overall the beer could use more balance. Not bad really, just kind of average tasting.

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Photo of midwestbrewers
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, almost mahogany color. One of the most beautiful colors I have ever seen in a beer. Thin head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Very smooth and pleasant malty smell. Some subtle bread notes. Not very aggressively hopped.

T: Same as the smell. Smooth and malty but nothing amazing.

Beautiful color and smell. Taste is a little lacking for me but a very good beer overall. With the ABV a nice session or a craft starter for someone new to the scene. Good beer Tallgrass Brewing Co.

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Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for this 500 mL can.

A: The brown ale is a dark amber color, the color that trapped flies millions of years ago. The darker colors obscure the ale except for at the base of my tumbler. An off-white head, while not large on pour, seems to be lacing nicely.

S: Very sweet with caramel and toffee driving the aroma. Hops are an afterthought. Revel, in the meantime, in the syrupy richness.

T: The ale is still, no carbonation to be found. That stillness concentrates the toffee and caramel flavors. Sweetness rings throughout, just a sweet, brown ale.

M: The flavors, more than most, are syrupy thick. The lack of carbonation increases the potency of the malts.

O: One man's boring is another's gem. This brown ale stresses sweetness at the expense of any other aspects.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from my Sept BOTM Club shipment...

A- Medium copper color, slightly cloudy, plume of off white head, little retention or lacing

S- carmel, toffee, honey roasted peanuts, buttered popcorn

T- sweet carmel, toffee, honey roasted peanut flavor with some semi-burnt buttered popcorn in there... little bit of a bite on the back end.

M- chewy medium body... almost wet and gooey sensation

D- nice blend of flavors, but a little too sweet and a little too gooey

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Photo of WJVII
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOM Sept. 2009
Poured into a pint glass this brew has a nice amber color with a dark red tint when held to the light. The head is full but diminishes fast and leaves a frothy cap. The aroma nutty with some grassiness and dry notes. The taste is very earthy, with light malt roast and some sweetness in the finish. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. This is a well balanced brew but has a lacking in actual taste. Just a OK brew, not great but not bad either.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Copper to deep copper beer with a tan head, thick with moderately good retention. Ever-so-slight haze to the beer.

S-Prominent aromas of sweet malt and toffee.

T-Nutty, toasty malts, a little bit of sweetness and toffee maltiness. Very slight bitterness, just there to help balance the sweeter malts and help give this beer a clean finish. Little to no aftertaste.

M-High-moderate carbonation and a medium-light body. Feels almost chewy, complimenting the heartiness of the malts.

D-This is a good beer. Enjoyable, smooth and easy-drinking. Will enjoy this one again soon :)

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Photo of mvforegonian
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Easy-drinking enjoyment! A rich English style brown ale. the ale is distinctively dark, yet smooth with a clean finish. Slightly musty aroma but tastes of banana, dried fruit and brown sugar. I didn't really detect any hops, which was a disappointment. Overall, great English brown ale! Tallgrass does a great job with this brew.

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Photo of KegCreekRAR
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
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 bsp77
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Received as part of the September shipment of my BOTM club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Hazy orangish-brown with initial frothy head receding to a thin line with slight lacing.

Smell: Rich toffee and sweet caramel with light fruit and English hops. Unfortunately, the rich smell fades quickly.

Taste: Semi-dry toffee, caramel and toasted malts. Maybe a slight nuttiness. Not much going on at the finish.

Feel: Low carbonation, creamy yet almost thin body. Mostly dry finish.

Drinkability: Nice, but really doesn't stand out. Mostly just simple malts.

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Photo of iceball585
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Reddish brown color, non=transparent, half finger thick head that faded quickly to a thin ring

S- Brown sugar, roasted malts, buttery, caramel

T- Caramel malts, grains, nutty, hint of toffee

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, smooth, slightly watery

D- Not too bad

This is not what I would consider a good example of an English Brown. It's just slightly lacking in each aspect of the beer.

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