Tallgrass Ale | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass AleTallgrass Ale

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

A very pleasant and understated Brown Ale.

A dark brown beer pours with a froathy white head that shows no signs of waivering. Medium lacing and medium haze round out the appearance.

Toast, pine, nuts and caramel play lightly with the olfactories. Solid malt aromas provide the backdrop for the aroma.

Dry toast flavors up front with the taste of roasted pecans, burnt caramel, and barley malt close behind. Pine and (to a lesser extent) citrus tastes come in at mid palate and chase the beer into the finish, all the while increasing in bitterness for a malty-dry, hop balanced finish.

Nicely attenuated for a crisp and clean texture that starts out medium but finishes dry and toasty but without becomming arid, harsh, grainy. Only a lightly oily feel left on the tongue afterwards.

A very tasty session beer. It works hard to remain understated and with a quiet confidence. Quite sessionable and palatable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The clear ice tea brown liquid is capped by an an inch or so of ecru foam that leaves a few shards of lacing behind

Smell: Brown bread with a hint of treacle; a touch grainy, as well

Taste: Starts out with brown bread and toffee flavors, that are quickly followed up by a a fruity combination of apple and earthy hops; after the swallow, the beer takes on a tea-like character, with a hint of chocolate in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A rather flavorful brown, session ale; a bit on the sweet side, but still enjoyable

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgandy color with a small, tan, foamy head that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, caramel and nut.

T - It had a smooth blend of roasted caramel malt and nut flavors. Some toffee flavors emerged ,too.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This was excellent. A very fine brown ale and very sessionable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a pint glass. This is from an assortment of KS brewery selection generously traded to me by JeepCop. Thanks Dale!

Pours a deep clear amber, with 1 ½ fingers of stiff light tan head. This retains with a thin foamy creaminess that throws a nice looking cascade of spotty froth up onto the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of roasted nuts, sweet caramel, and some green earthy hop character. Man, that roast REALLY emerges as this warms. Pretty decent nose on this overall.

Those hops are more prevalent in the taste, with a green bitterness that is quickly balanced by the sweetness of those caramel malts. A flush of roast and nutty flavors come out across the backend of the profile and is what linger the most here, along with some leftover hop flavors that kiss the finish. The mouthfeel has a lighter medium body on it, with some crispness on the tongue and then much creamier feel the back. Very smooth and easy feeling body on this.

Totally serviceable American Brown Ale here, that's fairly flavorful and completely drinkable. This is definitely one of the more approachable versions of the style that I've had in a while. A nice effort here from Tallgrass.

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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 russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +15%
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 mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks for all the killer new beers from the wild state of Kansas. The 16oz can was served cold and poured into a pint glass.

Pour is a nice garnet color, deep amber with a small head of light tan that quickly fades and leaves a broken top with only slight lacing clinging to the sides.

Aroma is dominated by caramel. Rich malts are the main theme here and light touches of coffee, huge bready notes and a light touch of grain. Warming does not improve on this terribly much as the caramel has a stranglehold on all other aromas and flavors. Nice light body, which is adequatly carbonated and slides down easy is fuller then the 4%abv would lead you to believe. Easy to drink, smooth, clean and easy to put down, no issues.

overall i would not really call it a brown ale, maybe an english mild or something lighter, but it really works quite nicely for me. no issues at all and would love it again.

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Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz tall boy can! No freshness date seen.

Sudsy head, sticky. Dark garnet color with brown edges. Toasted biscuits and baked apples in the nose. Smooth and creamy medium body. Toasted maltiness is pretty thick on the palate, not bready but pretty grassy. Modest hopping, some herbal flavor in the back. Mild fruitiness of apple and pear in the middle, relatively dry finish.

Session ale, sure ... its much more than that though. Pretty complex brew in a can is a huge plus. Give it a whirl if you are into malty browns.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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 woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
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 RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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 feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tallgrass Ale, Defiantly Dark, Seductively Smooth, so they say...

Hazy, light brown coloring, with crimson edges, big beige head, thick and lasting, creamy and attractive.

Soft, creamy, cola-tinged nose, with plenty of hops. Sweet, malty, pleasant.

Taste: Mmm, very smooth, dark malts, light to medium bodied, and here come the hops, crisp and delicious. Ease of drinkability high in this. Not a ton of flavor, but that's not the idea, it's all about just enough, just right. just enough hops. certainly sessional.

thumbs up for this one, a sturdy dark drinkable ale for the thirsty throats of Kansasites!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Mebuzzard
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old Chicago's in Topeka had this on tap, and to my dismay they served it in a chilled glass. No biggie, but I think it hampered the aroma and appearance.
Good rich brown color, hazelnut-ish. Head was barely visible due to the serving style.
Semi sweet aroma, slight hints of malt and almond. Again, hampered by chilled glass.
Nice taste, really cold though. Malt sweetness, but not overbearing and blended well with some caramel and herbal notes. Smooth with a clean finish for a brown ale. Pleasantly surprised with this brew from Manhattan.

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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 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 pat61
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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 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 BeerFMAndy
4.44/5  rDev +23.7%
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 jera1350
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear and lighter brown color with a short head of tan foam.

Quite nutty and sweet smelling malts on the nose. A little cocoa and earthiness in there as well.

Lightly sweet and quite nutty. Little hits of cocoa powder and lactose, but pretty straightforward taste wise. Like a light brown ale with plenty of flavor to keep interest.

Lighter feeling, but still has some nice body to avoid being thin. Quite dry also.

Nothing mind-blowing here, just a solid and flavorful beer that is absolutely sessionable. Really a good choice for drinking year round if you want to have several of the same beers.

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

This beer pours a clear brown color. The head is light tan in color, and one inch in height. It recedes slowly into a solid cap of foam. The aroma is of toffee and burnt caramel. It isn't the strongest or most complex aroma in the world, but it is very pleasing. The taste is similar. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is an alright beer that I could drink again.

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Photo of morimech
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown color with two fingers of head that had good retention. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Aroma of caramel, a little bit of nuttiness, and some floral elements. The flavor just lacks punch to push the score into the good range. The caramel malt is the prominent flavor. Just a little bit of a tree nut flavor. The hops that I picked up in the aroma are hard to find in the flavor. The body is on the lighter side but considering the ABV and style, seems about right. Good carbonation. A beer that drinks exceedingly well and one that won't hurt you too much if the 4-pack is consumed.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of argock
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into a Duvel tulip. Best by Julian date stamped on bottom of can (11 159). Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.29.

A: Clear chestnut brown with short 1/2-finger head that falls away quickly and leaves a couple of wisps of lace.

S: Caramel and toffee maltiness mix with herbal and lightly citrus hoppiness. Light nutty character as well.

T: Light and subtly flavored but still very flavorful with soft caramel and nougat malts with some nutty pecan notes running into grassy and citrus hops in the middle which come to a fairly dry sweet cereal grain and spicy hoppy finish. A really nice example of a well-crafted low ABV brew with lots of flavor. I would put this in the dark mild ale category given the softer malt flavors and the clean overall feel.

M: Very clean and smooth with medium carbonation to keep it from being mealy and maintaining a crisp overall feel.

O: I enjoyed this beer a lot, just wish the price was a little more in line with the ABV frankly. Tallgrass walks a delicate balance of subtle malts and light hopping to create a very mellow, enjoyable brew.

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