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

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Photo of gall0wsp0le
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
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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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 GilGarp
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint-sized can served cellar temp into an imperial pint glass.

Tallgrass Ale is in need of a more creative name, for one thing. Then again, maybe there is some genius in the simplicity...

Dark redish brown color with good clarity, the head is creamy but short-lived. No lacing as it settles.

Aroma is mostly malty, slightly roasty, but, in general, pretty unremarkable.

The flavor is that of a simple brown ale. Not that there is really anything wrong with that but it fails to capture much excitement. Very little hop bitterness but it manages to be fairly well balanced by using some roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Smooth, balanced and easy-drinking.

Overall a solid brown ale and definately sessionable but nothing too unusal or distinctive about it. Maybe the name fits it after all.

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Photo of katan
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark brown color, very opaque. Not hazy. Head formation is pearly white. Doesn't appear to be very carbonated.

S - A combination of caramel, nutty, and toffee malt notes. Some yeasty background is present.

T - Starts off lightly malty, a bit of caramel. Hops are very restrained, bitterness is light. Mid-stream gets some solid chocolate notes. Nutty finish, somewhat yeasty.

M - Moderate body, very smooth carbonation. Finishes very clean with just a little bit of a nutty note sticking to the tongue. Comes off a little thin as it warms.

D - Very easy drinking. Super sessionable ABV. Not at all filling. Flavors are very complimentary, not overwhelming to the palette.

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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 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 BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):

Heady topping with a matching lace down the glass and a dark mahogany glow in the light. Smells of brown bread, citric-woody hop twang and some vague nuttiness. Some smoothness within the medium body; heavy-handed toasted-malt flavor seems to blanket from front to back. Suggestion of toffee sticks in the middle. Hops are very modest with only a quick smattering of bitterness and flavor. Borders the Dark Mild Ale style with the hoppiness being so subdued. Very nutty. Toasted grain has some subtle roasted qualities and a faint fruitiness. Roasted flavor does jump up for a brief moment but does not make it too far as the toasted dominance pushes it back down. Semisweet, toasted-bread finish.

Good Brown Ale drinking here, the aftertaste seems to linger forever ... not a bad thing at all.

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

pours a dark amber color with a great fluffy head and some nice lacing..smell is toffee caramel hops and nuts..taste is fantastic it is hops with roasted caramel malts.. then toffee baked bread some citrus its a great brown..mouth feel is crisp with medium carbonation it is well balanced..i have had 3 different pints from tallgrass all very good ..a solid brewery ..recommended

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Photo of bump8628
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a nonic glass. God, there is something about craft in a can that I love, especially on gameday. It just feels right, and the fact it is a 16oz'er is even better.

Pours up somewhere between dark amber and light brown with a thin but creamy bone-colored head.

When I originally tried this beer about 6 months ago I found it to be more roasted and drier than a lot of other browns but this time I'm getting a more caramel/toffee backbone. In addition to the caramelized sugars and toffee there is a smooth cocoa note like creamy milk chocolate and a mild earthy hop note. The cleaner finish gives it an American character as opposed to English, but I find this one is somewhat of a hybrid between the two.

I love the fact this a regional, canned, low ABV, Brown Ale. All four of those characteristics are tough to find on the shelves of an Oklahoma beer store, and when fresh, I love quaffing Tallgrass Ale while watching some football.

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

Poured from the can a deep, clear red amber with a single finger of ivory head.

Caramel malts, light fruit, and hint of coffee round out the aroma.

The taste is predominately caramel malts along with table sugar, a touch of berries, and coffee which lingers thru the finish.

Medium bodied and a bit dry with moderate carbonation.

A nice take on the American Brown.

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Photo of bort11
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a standard shaker pint glass. Not much in the way of head. It still leaves a few strings of lace. Color is a dark ruddy brown with a good clarity.

Smell has a mildly sweet caramel/coffee blend. Taste has more of that coffee flavors. Coffee is a nice twist on a brown ale. Most browns I've had are nuttier.

Mouthfeel is smooth and finishes with a slight stickiness. I was pairing this with some pretzels and peanut butter. Good combo.

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Photo of maleman
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. opaque, dark amber with minimal head that receded into a thin film. spidery lacing.

s - dark, roasted malt notes. some caramel, some grass.

t - smooth coffee at first impression. the roasted malt comes across in the aftertaste.

m - light to medium bodied. less than avg carbonation. slight bitter aftertaste.

d - nothing outstanding, but not a bad quaff. could work as a session. will probably buy again.

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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 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 jmbranum
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
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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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 shivtim
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out into a pint glass.
Very clear, ruby brown in color. Looks flat. Small but persistent cafe au lait head.
Nose is pleasant slightly spicy malts. Hints of nutmeg. Slight green hops on the end. Surprisingly complex and refreshing.

Taste is straight-forward but solid. Gentle malts and lingering white pepper hops. Decent mouthfeel. Very Sessionable.

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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 mooseisloose
4.02/5  rDev +12%
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 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 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 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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Tallgrass Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 161 ratings.
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