Tallgrass IPA | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass IPATallgrass IPA

Brewed by:
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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Photo of richkrull
4.48/5  rDev +24.1%
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 PrivateEquity
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay full disclosure, I might be a little biased for this home state beer.

A - A little darker than I expected. Hazy amber is inviting

S - Bready aroma with citrus undertones

T - Balanced hops won't challenge the hopheads, but has great balance. Great maltiness.

M - Smooth beer.

O - Great balanced IPA. It is a go to IPA for me.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint can into a pint glass

A: Intense bready, foamy head. Very cloudy but nice. Great deep orange amber in color.

S: Big piney hop! Floral, aromatic.

T: Surprisingly, pine hop doesn't overbear but accentuates great malt character. Elements of apricots and orange melon. Hop qualities are unique.

M: Lots of aggressive carbonation helps carry both the heavy malt and aggressive hopping.

D: Tallgrass seems to really understand that blatant over-hopping doesn't equal a good IPA. Balance does. Cheers to Jeff and the crew at Tallgrass!

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Photo of WJVII
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As the previous review, this too is the last of my 6 month BOM samplers... (all in all NOT worth the cost of it)...

Poured into a pint glass this brew was a hazy orange color with a slight amber hugh with a 1/2 off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was of sweet hops, some light citrus and mild floral notes. The taste is nice and bold (like I enjoy in and IPA), was heavy in front with the citrus and had a bitter bite that left a tasty after taste in my mouth. It was light bodied, with a good carbonation kick that opened up all the hop flavors. This was a good brew, one of the better from all 6 months of the BOM club.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the pounder into a fluted pint glass, color is copper, translucent with clearer edges anda nice dense off white to light tan head with some very nice lacing

Smell is a wonderful mix of light biscuit malt, clean pale malt and some fresh light grassy hops.

Taste is malt flavor upfront, biscuit/pale mix and a nice finish of lightly citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel is just right, good amount of bitterness and a nice presence from the malt.

Overall, great IPA rendition, similar to an extra pale ale from flying fish mixed with a dogfish head 60. Very solid brew. and its a pounder!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallgrass IPA

Great looking can. Great looking beer. It's very hazy deep amber, and I'm guessing it's unfiltered (or nearly so) - but I like that. Of course I'm not sure how to actually score that. Hmmm?... I'm guessing in the craft brew world that's OK, so cool, we'll just let it go. Fair enough head retention and decent lacing as well.

The aroma is malty and hoppy, as is the flavor. And what I like about this beer (and all of the Tallgrass beers) is that they lean towards maltiness but always remain in balance. It's got a sweetish, toasty and caramelish malt set against a citrusy, grassy and lightly piney hoppiness. There are the two sides, and they meld in the middle where they come together. Some beers have pretty much one flavor that has different components to it, but this is more like two different flavor profiles jammed together. Beyond that there's a touch of yeasty fruitiness that's berry-ish and apple-like; and a solid bitterness that anchors it but doesn't step forward to hit you in the face - which is good for drinkability, and so that you don't end up with "bitter beer face" (do you remember the Keystone Light TV commercials from the 90's?) after having two or three. It's dry in the finish, and the malt fades and the lingering hops become leafy, earthy, and piney (maybe even a touch spicy, but that probably just the alcohol making its presence known).

Overall, it's a great, solid American IPA with a lot of character. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide flute. Clear amber color with two fingers of off-white head.
Smells of the usual citrus but with a heavy malt, bready smell.
Lots of hops and lots of malt. A heavy hitter with great balance but there's no doubt it's a big beer. Tough to pull specific flavors out because it is just a tug-of-war between the bitter and the heavy sweet. It's a wonder to behold though.
Medium to heavy body for an IPA, but still has the crisp texture and low carbonation.
The big malt is different from most IPAs but it does so well. I'll have a tough time enjoying "normal" IPAs.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: No haziness but a little too dark to be translucent. Soapy white head. Like the amber/copper color in an IPA. Great lacing.

Aroma: Big hop presence. Lots of citrus and grapefruit. A little bit of pine or resin as well. Not getting too much malt.

Taste: Starts out smooth and then kicks your tongue with some bitterness. Finishes smooth and bitter. TallGrass says this is an IPA with lots of hops and good malt presence and I definitely agree with that. Although there is only a hint malt in the nose, it makes up for that in the taste. The grain almost has a roasty quality that you don't get in the usual American IPA. That roastyness teases your palate a little before coming in stronger in the finish. Really good example of a perfect harmony between hops and malt. Both make themselves present in all the right ways.

Mouthfeel: Good all around. The right level of carbonation, medium bodied, and very drinkable.

Final Thoughts: I had this beer about six months ago and liked it but didn't ever buy it again. I'm really glad I picked this one up randomly today. A really good IPA that treads many lines within the style. It could probably please lovers of English IPA's and of American IPA's.

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Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
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 webbcreative
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden color with 1.5 finger white head, that left wonderfully sticky lacing throughout the drink.

Aroms is carmel malt, a little toasty, and citrus. But you really gotta work to get it outta there.

Taste is actually not as sweet up front as I thought, the caramel malts hit you on the back end, which i like actually, but it is still on the dryer side. Toasty, and a little sweet. I like it! Get the hops, but they are balanced for an IPA, again, I like it!

Nice medium body.

Overall this is a great IPA, its not extreme, and its not a wimp, Its a good "drinkin'" beer, just when you want something more than a Pale Ale, but not a lot more...Its a refreshing IPA, could drink several of this on a hot summer day.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a Guinness-esque head of falling bubbles, but white of course with a golden beer below. The head is a bit large, but manageable and attractive. The beer has plenty of active carbonation and is pretty darn clear.

S: Hoppy, but not super hoppy at all, and only a little malt backbone here. I was really expecting more compared to the ESB. It's not piney or citrusy at all, much more floral than anything.

T: Again, nothing intense here at all. Much like like a pale ale. Very good, but no IPA. Here we're dealing with milder, floral hops and not much maltiness. I get very little citrus or pineyness.

M: Smooth, light, refreshing. Great summer beer.

D: Plenty drinkable, just not an IPA in my book.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- warm hazy golden orange in color with a firm off-white rising head. nice can design with a big angry bull elephant, however it depicts an african elephant, not an indian elephant. no matter, the foam barely moves and leaves elephant sized lace.

S- wonderfully hopped aroma, grapefruit, mandarin, lemon, pine, kinda cheesy, mango, passion fruit, and pineapple. centennial? simcoe? amarillo? i don't know, but the toasty pale malt sweetness in the background underlines it perfectly. there's also floral notes that remind me of a berry jam.

T- at first, mother excellence. marshmallow and toffee malt sweetness blend with resinous hop flavors of pine and grapefruit. on the swallow though, there's some wet dog and an astringent bitterness. the wet dog fades as the beer opens up and the astringency mellows out over time. it's meaty, cheesy, herbal and sweet with bitter grapefruit striking a nice balance everywhere. finish is long and hoppy with more pine, citrus, and menthol.

MF- exceptionally dry with a lush juicy body, carbonation is extra tight and zippy and maintains its ferocity from start to finish and doesn't fall flat. there's also extra sticky lips and an overall resinous feeling.

D- a pretty solid brew and i'm thankful for that because the buffalo sweat milk stout DID NOT impress me at all. as a matter of fact, i'd like to forget the experience (and the drain pour) and just focus on the pint in front of me. with an abv in the lower sixes and a decent game of sweet and bitter, this is a drinkable IPA that i would recommend to fans of the style, especially ones seeking good bitter out of a tall-boy can.

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Photo of budgood1
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can.

pours out a turbid copper/gold/amber colour with a thin fine head with some nice retention. wisps of lace. resiny hop aroma, almost bordering on dank with herbal and spruce up front and hints of citrus in back. toasted malt aroma...it smells like my kind of IPA. flavour runs out the biscuity malt first, hints of sweet caramel and toffee abound with a flower petal aspect that must be from the hops. speaking of which the hops are flavour forward with a grassy herbal aspect...herbs and spice, then a dusting of citrus quench, finishing on the piney side. very dry...very nice. there is a hint of boozy spice that fits right in with this IPA, too. impressive. moderate overall bitterness in no way detracts from anything. a well rounded body gives way to a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that feels incredibly appropriate for this offering. drinkability is great. no complaints.

overall this IPA strikes a compromise between all things that make IPA's special. delicious, hoppy, easy going with a great feel. love the blance. definitely recommended out of the can!

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Photo of meeekyh
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one I picked up along the way on a road trip. The nice man who runs the place let us in after hours and we enjoyed a few tastes of his beer, then I bought some to enjoy later.

A pretty pale pint from a can. The color is dark honey with a light tan head that stands two fingers above the beer and stays around for a while. The can from which it came is mostly green with an elephant on it.

Smells are clean and bright with hints of sweet malt and grapefruit and a bit of alcohol.

The taste is well balanced with a tart leading edge and a sweet middle topped off by a very clean and neutral finish. This is a highly quaffable beer with a need to be enjoyed and the goods to deliver. I wouldn't say this is a West-coast IPA (thankfully, I'm tired of those today) but something more in line with the English forebear's of the name. It is a beer that relies heavily on the grain bill for flavor and showcases Noble hops in the finish.

I would recommend this beer and I wish it was something I could get more readily. Why don't you go get one and then the demand will increase and the shipping lines will open up and then I will be able to get more.


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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass from a pint can.

Looks: Nice clear dark copper color. A foamy sea-sudsy cream colored head sits for a while. Foamy lacing sticks to the glass.

Smells: Nice mellow pine, woody, citrus hops.

Tastes: A sharp taste at first, biting hops. In the middle is an undeniable sweetness that offers a nice balance from malts. Finish is sweet too.

Feels: Medium, dry finish.

Final Thoughts: Nothing wrong with this beer at all. Has a nice sweet body in it hidden behind all of the hop bitterness.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
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 mooseisloose
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally catching up on BOTMC, I'm in the same month! This brew has a very citrusy bottle smell, like the Cascade hops we all love so much. Poured into a trusty dogfish pint it yields a nice classic IPA orange-bronze color with a creamy head. On tasting this brew hits the bullseye. Hopped up like a '69 GTO at the start, then the sweetness kicks in and the bitterness rides right along. Here come da Judge. The bitterness then scatters to all corners of the mouth on the finish leaving a nice lingering bitter finish. This is one good IPA. If I could get this here (maybe I can) I will be looking for it. Tasty.

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Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden/amber color with a thick, bubbly/foamy, tan head. The head lingered before leaving behind soapy patches of lace.

S - It smelled very floral while pouring it. Also, strong pine notes with a burnt toast aroma.

T - A very grassy hop flavor at first sip with a smooth caramel maltiness. A spicy quality builds as you drink it. Also, some citrus flavors.

M - It was crisp and very sharp on the tongue. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This may be the best Tallgrass beer yet. Solid all the way around.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallgrass IPA,

Hazed & golden appearance, slim, but staying white head.

Aroma: Ah!!! That's the stuff! Vibrant, lively, resiny hop attack, dripping with pine and citrus, with a touch of honey at the end. Raw, unrefined, unrestrained.

Drinking it: fresh, fierce, bristling bitterness. Lime and lemon, with a trickle of pine behind. Bold, abrasive, big and bright. Just enough malt below the blazing hoppy top. And the ...whoa, now it's getting creamier, smoother...maybe it's spicy food I've started eating.

Nice, hop-heavy big, fat IPA. Classic American over-the-top bitternes. Yeah, baby.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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 emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, so this is a pretty recent bottling...no date info on the bottle, but their website says "released dec. 9th". Pours into a pint glass, it's color is a high clarity orange jewel tone, with about a finger of white foam. Lightly sweet citrus aroma, mild honey. Tangerine flavors with an earthy hop aftertaste. Moderately bitter, with some honey and pale malt in the middle. Body is light to medium, clean feel, with dry and lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Easy to session for sure, very fresh citrusy hop character in this one.

Single from Lukas in Overland Park.

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Photo of Tone
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, grass, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight floral hops, sweet malt, slight dry hop, and grass. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and feel.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Super cool tallboy can with elephant graphic. Excellent looking IPA with two fingers of well retained cream colored head. Soapy lacing clings to the glass. Semi-clear dark gold color.

Extremely fruity aroma with pineapple, passion fruit, peach, berries, perhaps, a trace of sweetness, noticeable bitterness. Slightly dank and resinous. Extremely promising.

A nice tasting IPA that falls a bit shy of realizing all the flavors implied in the nose. Nonetheless, it's tasty, but a general bitterness overrides the pineapple/peach/citrus hop subtleties a bit. Bitterness lingers a bit in the finish as well. Again, lightly sweet with a well-integrated maltiness just propping up the hops a bit.

Mouthfeel has medium to high, lively carbonation and a somewhat smooth and full body. Feels just a smidge too prickly. This is definitely a very nice IPA with delicious fruit flavors. Appearance and aroma are top notch; flavor is quite good but you feel like it could be even better.

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Photo of gyllstromk
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a very nice frothy head, right on target for an IPA. Nose is a pineapple and other light fruits, some lemon citrus, and pine. Not overly aromatic but pleasant. Flavor is a nice balanced hoppiness, crisp bitterness, which seems to hit the mark. Not overly flavorful from the hops but also keeps the malt dialed back to let the hops shine; a good balance is struck. Mouth is good with good carbonation and not too much lingering bitterness. In some ways the more subdued bitterness and hoppiness make it a more drinkable IPA.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours perfect for a two finger thick light tan rocky head, and has an amber colored body that is crystal clear.

Aroma is arid and floral. Actually a bit faint.

Caramel and toffee engulf this brew upfront. The piny and citrusy hops kick in from the middle to the end.

Feels coarse and well carbonated. Wetting in the end with a hint of warmth.

Overall a nicely balanced brew. Just could stand a big more aroma.

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