IPA | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our third beer, Tallgrass IPA, is an India Pale Ale that is rich, complex, and flavorful. We are proud to be the first brewery here in the Great Plains to have the first brewed, cans, and draft IPA out on the market!

Tallgrass IPA originally came to life as a creation during Jeff’s early homebrewing days (batch Numero Uno), and it was consumed in short order by his friends who came over to cook out and help with the next batch. After some modifications over the years (because nobody’s rookie homebrew batch tastes all that great, but your friends will tell you it does) the recipe was dialed in to become what is now Tallgrass IPA. We love this beer and think you will too!

60 IBU

Added by zeff80 on 11-26-2008

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Reviews by WVbeergeek:
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4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's pretty cool when you go to Vintage Estate and are most excited about the canned tallboys from Kansas versus the new collaboration beer from the Bruery and Cigar City. This is their standard IPA available alongside their DIPA and stout. The can has Bombastically Hopped. Surprisingly Malty. Pour a Pint. With a raging elephant as the artwork. Pours into a standard American pint glass pale copper amber with a bright off white light beige head, forms fine even lacing, carbonation seems dead on. Semi citric pine hops in the nose not bad just a bit mellow even for a standard IPA, layer of biscuit/caramel malts backing up the hops. Flavor full on caramel sugared malt base with some dry earthy citrus mild pine bitterness it really works to satisfy the hophead in you. Yet it's really balanced with an assertive malt base. Mouthfeel is even bodied not too oily a bit slick maybe, but carbonation is dead on nice easy drinking. Overall experience is one that is positive I'm glad I got a canned beer from Kansas, not the best I've ever had but damn good.

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Photo of mnewth
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of wrycon
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden copper with some substantial, fluffy head. Smells bready with a large grapefruit bedding. Hmmm... Not sure if this is an old batch or not. Based on the Julian date, looks like it was canned in June. Tastes thick and creamy to start. Expecting the hops to do something, but no. Some sweetness, some bitter. Ends flat. It doesn't offend, per se, but there's not much there. Would very much like to try it fresh.

Like It? Not Impressed With this Can, But Remaining Cautiously Optimistic

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Photo of Beaver13
2.71/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

16oz can. Pours a clear golden orange with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready malts with some perfumey fruity hops.

The flavor is bready biscuity malt with some caramel and some grassy, slightly metallic, hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation - it's a little watery though.

Overall, I didn't really care for this IPA. It's drinkable, but there are much better options.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle.

Pale golden and clear with a decent topping lace. Citric hop aroma, notes of caramel and toasted bread in there as well. Smoothness lifts the beer up a little bit, fluffy medium body. Toasty with a dry malt palate, sure there is a hint of caramel in back but aside from that ... dry. Hops are not aggressive but aim on balance. Bitterness does a great job there, citric and earthy flavors far into the hoppier than maltier finish.

A solid IPA, drinkable and balanced ... not trying to be anything else which can be a very good thing depending on where you beer geek mood is.

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Photo of bsp77
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from can into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber with large sticky head and nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel, sweet bread, sweet citrus. Doesn't smell like an IPA.

Taste: Tastes somewhat like an IPA, although the citrus is pretty sweet. As are the malts, with strong caramel notes and some breadiness. There are some spicy and pine-like notes on the finish to combat the sweetness, but not quite enough.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation with a very creamy body. Finish could be a touch more dry but the body makes up for it.

Overall: This is a fairly tasty, balanced beer, but not quite what I want in an IPA. Also, Tallgrass's own Oasis is kinda similar but ultimately much better.

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of MattyG85
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden amber with lots of bubbles. Big three finger off white head with great retention and lacing.

Smell: A mild aroma of floral hops with a decent amount of sweet, toasted malts. Light hints of citrus. Everything is subdued.

Taste: Decent amount of mildly bitter earthy hops up front with hints of orange and lemon. This is followed by a decent amount of sweet, bready caramel malts. Finishes with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: This brew is on the milder side of IPA's but it is still tasty. It's more like a good pale ale or an English IPA.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.56/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown to light brown (yup) pour, not much head to it, foam rushed out the can when opened, but not so much in the pour. Aroma was earthy, but didn't really bring it in the hops department in any reasonable sense.

A little off kilter taste for an ipa, malt forward, owes a little bit to red/wee heavy malt type territory with its sweetness yet rough and sturdy malt base. Hops just were in the background.

Nothing bad, but just call it a brown or a red ale, and its suddenly at least average or better than average. This was just like, I dunno, Pete's Wicked Ale back in the day.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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5/5  rDev +37.7%

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Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of richkrull
4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poker winnings from AlCaponeJunior. Thanks bud.

Pours a nice rich copper color with about a finger head and very nice lacing.

Smell is delicious hops with some pine notes as well.

Taste is very good. Hoppy throughout with some malt character in the middle.

Light bodied beer that goes down great.

Overall a really good tasting beer that I enjoyed a lot. Would definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an inch or so above the glass give this reddish-golden colored beer a big white to off white head that settles into a rather light lacing.

A medium bodied beer that has a decent piney to grassy hops aroma with some of the grain malts sneaking through.

The same dry grassy hops in the taste with a light grain malt coming through clearly.

A pretty dry hopsy aftertaste on this IPA, this seems to be the most IPAishness of the drink, the taste and aroma seem to be more akin to the dark IPA that are so popular now.

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Photo of VDODSON
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a dark amber color verging on orange with a light chill haze to it. The off-white head created is between two and three fingers with a sturdy thickness and density to it. Plenty of webby lacing is left, particularly at the top of the glass and pretty leggy the rest of the way.
There's a good balance on the nose, with both citrus and pine blending with some caramel and breads.
The taste follows, with pine being the prime element but a good dose of citrus and, again, a steady malt balance adding breads and caramel. A light sweetness is developed along with a touch of grassiness underneath.
The body is medium, and a light carbonation is low enough not to distract while keeping lively. Crispness develops early and leads to a good smoothness into the finish. The semi-dry body makes for good drinking all the way through.
I'm very glad Tallgrass cans started popping up here; this is another great one from them.

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Photo of RDW
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Shawner
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of optimator705
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of lcdawg
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jay for letting me grab this out of his fridge.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a small whiteish head on top, about a half finger in height. Not much head retention, but sheets of white form on the sides of the glass.

S: Nice combination of light citrus and pine along with some caramel and a little bready malt.

T: On the maltier side for an IPA, loads of caramel and bready malt. There is some light citrus, grass, and a hint of pine mixed in.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking, slightly dry finish.

O: A very balanced IPA, though I prefer mine a little hoppier than this one. Still, a solid beer and on the plus side, the can art is pretty cool.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint-sized can served cold into a pint glass.

Tallgrass's IPA is a very hazy copper color with thin head. It settles quickly but leaves some lace.

Aroma is slightly hoppy but not enough to be enjoyable.

Flavor is bitter but not a fresh hoppy taste. A little grassy and herby but very little citrus. It really lacks any sort of special qualities to make it stand out in a saturated craft market.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with appropriate carbonation.

Overall barely average. A disappointment.

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Photo of beerbrains
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of augustgarage
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass.

Clear orange peel liquid with an active half finger of beige cream up top. Soapy, fast running lacing; average retention.

Butterscotch (though not from diacetyl) or perhaps caramel in the nose followed by a wave of cherry, faint pine, and a difficult to parse herbal quality.

Sweet palate entry with pale malt and a light bitterness coming through as well. Black pepper, dandelion greens, and caramel emerge and last into the medium-dry finish. There is a slight bight from alcohol, even though the ABV is not especially high for the style. Perhaps a touch of DMS as well?

Crisp yet round mouth-feel with low but sufficient carbonation.

Overly sweet yet adequately dank to still be enjoyable...

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Photo of Rivenin
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First and foremost, with the name IPA, i'm expecting some sort of a HOP BOMB. However, history dictates original IPAs were not like this.
This is a classic styled IPA, something that would have been on the ship going to India itself.
Upfront bitterness that drug out over a very nice malty palette.
I kept getting some sort of lemony/leathery/coppery type flavors... certainly was interesting.
The only thing that turned me off from this beer is a "dirt" type flavor that i associate with some other breweries as well (New Belgium is a main culprit). People love both breweries, and they make great beer, it's just a flavor i pick up in their beer... maybe a close strain of yeast they use? hard to say.
As i cannot get this where i live, i wouldn't be able to get it again anytime soon. With that being said, i do not think i would get it again anyways unless i wanted to show someone a classic style of brittish IPA without going the expensive meantime breweries version.

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