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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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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 EGledhill
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
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 iceball585
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of Goliath
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with some red hues. A thin off white head sits on top. Poor retention and no lacing.

Aroma is ok. sweet grains, caramel, and butter dominate.

Taste is much different than what I remember on tap. Really buttery, with some sweet grain, and notes of coffee. I actually much prefer the bottle.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated leaving a nice tingle on the tongue and throat.

Drinkability is fairly high. Decent flavors and low alcohol make for an easy drinking sessionable beer.

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Photo of jar2574
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown beer, with tan head. Decent head retention, middling size bubbles. Bubbles coat side on the way down. Nice work.

Great smell. Sweet aroma. Couldn't place the scent until I read the bottle, and toffee is the word I was looking for.

Less sweet in the taste, a touch too watery. A slight acidity, which is surprising for a brown ale. Roasted malts predominate. No hops.

Quite drinkable though. It's a light tasting beer, not heavy at all. Brown ales aren't my favorites, so I graded on a curve. Not bad for the style.

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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 zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Boto
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Bruffs in Emporia: This one pours a dark brown color. There was a bit of a tan head on it that lingers awhile and leaves some lacing. The aroma is pretty decent. Notes of some malts and nuttiness. A hint of sweetness. The taste is pretty good. I was a bit surprised by the roasty chocolate taste, since they weren't evident in the aroma. Touch of bitterness. A nice brew.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.83/5  rDev +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 bwatson
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really enjoy this brown ale brewed right down the road from me. Got a small keg for the Saturday games this weekend and put quite a dent in it by the end of the day. Nice pour of deep brown with tan head. Nice and clear. Aroma is of fruity ale yeast and nuts. Initial taste is hoppy bitterness with fruity yeast that quickly leads to nutty malts and burnt caramel. Finishes dry and clean. Very light and drinkable over an entire day. Hope to see more from Tallgrass in the future.

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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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