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 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 plfahey
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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 +16.4%
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 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 pokesbeerdude
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this as a part of the mixed 8pk from Tallgrass for around $17. Into an Odell IPA Imperial Pint.

A: Nice deep old penny copper color with a dense off white head that sticks around for a few minutes. As it recedes there are some nice spots of lacing. Slightly hazy. Pretty nice looking beer.

S: Some nice malty sweet smells, caramel and a touch of molasses, nice little bit of toffee in there as well. Not a ton of smells, but what is there smells nice.

T: Faint coffee, excellent caramel malt, small amount of chocolate as well. Really a nice malty beer. The caramel is nice and the coffee reminds me of a very light weak coffee, which isn't always my favorite, but works well in this. Slightly buttery, but again not offensive. Nice slightly fruity yeast profile to balance everything. Really a nice beer.

M: Spot on, creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation, medium body, really nice right here.

O: A very enjoyable malt bomb, this is a great cooler, but not quite cold, weather beer. Glad that this came with two cans, because this is a very nice beer that I will definitely enjoy again.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a garnet color with a finger and a half of light tan head. Solid retention.

S- big malty aromas of toasty brown bread, dark caramel and toffee. It has some nice nuttiness and some slight herbal woodsy hops on the finish.

T- Toasty brown bread maltiness with notes of toffee and dark caramel. Chestnut like nuttiness in the middle with the slightest smidge of hop bitterness and apple like fruit. Finish is a smooth long lasting toasted bready malt.

MF- smooth velvety mouthfeel with an average body and light carbonation.

D- a very filling brew indeed. Drinkability is average.

Overall a slightly above average brown ale and this is coming from someone who doesn't particularly care for the style.

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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 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 FanofHefe
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a pint glass, after a few top offs. Deep brown, clear body with red tints. Two-finger tan head that leaves nice creamy lacing along the glass.

Fairly muted aroma of lightly toasted malt and a hint of toffee. Smells sweeter than I would have expected but not too strong overall.

The taste is a little better than the aroma. Nice roasted malt flavor that combines well with some sweet toffee and nut flavors. I get just a hint of hop bitterness, but very faint. Good flavor blend overall.

Light mouthfeel that goes down easy. A very solid brown ale and other nice offering from Tallgrass. I'm becoming more of a fan each beer I try.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
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 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 indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - dark, mahogany and quite clean. The head is quick to fade and before too long there is nothing left but the beer itself.

Aroma - toasted brown bread, dark roasted malt, chicory, coffee grounds and cocoa.

Taste - light and smooth on the tongue, not a lot of carbonation in this brew but it works well as the dominance is a strong, sweet malt profile. This is toasty and even has hints at smokiness. In the finish I get some chocolate mousse, cocoa powder and espresso (tiramisu?). Super easy to drink and very flavorful.

Overall - malty goodness in a big can. This has a lot of flavor compared to others in this style category and certainly leans heavy on the malt side. If you like brown ales you'll love this brew.

Would I buy more of it? - yes I would. I'm a big fan of this seemingly straightforward brew. What can I say, I like a lot of different styles.

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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 meatyard
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From an 8 pack, 16 ounce variety pack.

Pours a clear, brownish amber with a 1-finger+ tan head that recedes quickly leaving a bit of wet lace.

The smell is very mild and really only of malt.

The taste is lightly roasted malt, mainly, without any hop profile. There is also something tangy in here playing with my tongue. I sometimes get this tangy thing from some porters.

Mouthfeel is medium to light and barely carbonated.

Overall: Like the other Tallgrass beers I've had, this one is not special but it is nicely drinkable if you don't have high expectations. This would do well as a sessionable beer.

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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 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 syrupjoe
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can poured into pint glass

The first thing I picked up on was a really roasty, coffee and caramely nose. Also quite grainy. I genuinely had a good time sniffing this brew.

Head poured well (over a finger) but dissipated quickly. A small off-white ring lingers around, so it's not all that bad. Very dark amber color, and crystal clear.

The taste supports the nose on this one - very roasty, caramely, and grainy. However, the sweetness is a bit too much.

I'm not a huge fan of browns, but I didn't at all mind this. Has a decent amount of flavor while still being a considerably light beer.

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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 ForWhatAlesYou
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
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 webbcreative
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark mahogany color with a 1.5 finger off white head that dissipated quickly and left little lace.

S=some bready, steely aromas has a sight dopplebock characteristic to it to me.

T=slight toffe flavor, and again a bit bready. Its really light and refreshing though, and really drinks fast. Not much hop presence, just well balanced.

M-nice thin to medium. Nice light carbonation.

O=this is a good, easy drinking beer. cleanly brewed, light, refreshing, smooth. great campfire beer, and great to session.

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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 BeerSox
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First review of a beer from Kansas. Can into pint glass.

Clear mahogany brown with a head that keeps sticking to the side of the glass. The original pour produced a rather thick head (I prefer to pour straight down the middle for most beers to reduce some carbonation), so I had to break it into two pours. Once settle the head was about a finger thick.

Both the flavor and aroma are on the lighter side. The aroma gives off a little bit of walnut shell with a little bit of a grassy background from the hops. The overall smell is sweet and creamy. The taste of the beer isn't bad, just a little muted. There's a little bit of caramel sweetness, along with some slightly burnt grain.

No matter how it's poured the carbonation will probably be on the slightly lower side, but that just adds to the overall creaminess of the beer. It's a rather smooth drinker.

Nice to see another decent beer that's also on the lower side of %ABV. A decent brown ale, but I'd like someone to turn the gain up a little on this one. Recommended (barely).

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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 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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Tallgrass Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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