IPA | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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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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1/5  rDev -72.5%

Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.21/5  rDev -66.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer pours a hazy copper color with one-finger head and lacing throughout. It's aroma is of hay and caramel and pine. The flavor is bland, mostly an overpowering hop bitterness with just a hint of malt. There is a severe bitter aftertase that lingers too long. The mouthfeel is medium light and sticky. Tallgrass IPA is a total hop bomb, not recommended.

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Photo of tbone64
2/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of dpnelson1978
2.03/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

16 oz. can into glass pint.

$1.95 / ea.

A: Bright amber body topped with a big rocky head of excellent retention. Leaves sticky lace, and a thick bubbly cover.

S: Sweet malt dominates bordering on a corn aroma. Hops tends towards citrus, but is definitely an afterthought.

T: Caramel malt throughout, but a bit on the weak side. Slight sweetness, with all but unnoticeable hop character. Pretty poor. Resinous bitter aftertaste builds.

M: Oily medium body with low to medium carbonation. Bubbles bite the tongue at the end, but I can't shake the thought that this beer is coating my tongue.

D: If you are expecting an IPA you are going to be disappointed. If you can get past that, the beer is good enough, but isn't something I would settle on.

O: I was expecting more. Not much more I can say.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.49/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From 16oz tallboy can to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/23/11
*From notes

A: Unfiltered and rich woody amber in color. A nice pour yields an epic three finger head and some really nice, sticky lacing.

S: Like a fresh baby's diaper, pre-shit. It's got that powdery, floral-chemical kick to it.

T: Large quantities of barley and grain. Earthy and uninspiried. I'm not getting any real depth to the hop profile, just a very one dimensional bitterness that's boring like fifth period Latin.

M: Thin and rough, like liquid sandpaper. The forced carbonation is abrasive and insulting to the palate.

O: Amazing....ly sub-par. Tallgrass IPA just didn't do it for me. It's kind of a mess, and something I wouldn't recommend. The bones are there, though it needs quite a bit of refining. Do yourself a favor and spend your IPA dollars elsewhere.

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Photo of Azurescens
2.49/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

16oz can with no freshness date, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 7/10/11.

A: Pours a clear golden orange with fluffy off-white head that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Pale malts with hints of citrus hops, significantly less hop aroma than I desire in an IPA.

T: Like the nose, this is mostly malt. Pale malt with some caramel and honey, only hints of hops, disappointing.

M: Smooth, slightly creamy medium body with low carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer but a poor example of an IPA, the hops were almost nonexistent in both the aroma and the taste. Would have gotten significantly higher marks if I was reviewing this as a pale ale.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of Ryan011235
2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 4/7/11

Faded, pale amber color with a slight haze; mostly clear, though. Over two fingers of ample head formed; however, retention is thin. Sparse trails and clumps of lace.

The smell is a give-away that this isn't my kind of IPA. Heck, the brewery name is telling. Sure the hops are in decent amount but it mostly comes across as grass and straw; some orange peel and lemon zest, but that takes a backseat. Swirling brings out the malt a la dry biscuit and bread.

Wow, this tastes, well, not good. Incredibly grassy with herbal notions woven throughout. Watery orange peel. Dry bitterness come across as just shy of medicinal; this lingers long on the finish. The citrus undertones, slight as they may be, seem stale (this is confined to the citrus; the beer does not taste old). One upside is that the malts aren't over the top; toasted grains and bread.

Medium body and a tad watery. Carbonation is a hair above moderate. As mentioned above the finish is all lingering, dry bitterness. It seems to leave a fine layer of grit behind.

I really don't care for this one; not at all what I want from an IPA. My preferences in the style aside, it's far too grassy and doesn't fully jive. I like seeing breweries expand to this market but I'm not interested in finishing the can; glad I only bought one.

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2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not hop forward enough for an 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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2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16oz. can served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a pretty typical burnt orange color. The color is the exact same as your average IPA (not that that's a bad thing). It looks pretty thick from the way it reacts to my swirling it around in the glass. An aggressive pour yielded two plus fingers of foam, which quickly settled into a consistent .75 finger off-white cap. Decent stops and starts of lacing. Nothing about this beer looks bad, but nothing stands out. I wish BA's scoring system didn't place so much emphasis on appearance, because while I can't give this higher than a 3.0 it feels like I'm hurting the beer.

Resiny, piney hops hit right up front, with some lighter grapefruit aromas behind them. An uncontroversial, basic hop profile for the style. A bit of a tinny, metallic quality. Lots more malt in the nose than I'd like. Thankfully, it isn't an overdose of crystal malt. It's more a bready, grainy scent. Interestingly, there's an earthy component here, like topsoil. I'm reminded of an English IPA malt profile here in ways; that herbal/soil aroma suggests that there's some English malts here. Unfortunately, they don't really shine. Tallgrass IPA smells boring/focused-to-a-fault, but on the other hand the little curious herbal scent also suggests a beer that doesn't know what it wants to be. The alcohol spikes on the nose for me too, which shouldn't happen in a beer of such low ABV%.

This is a pretty average IPA. No, below average. Yeah, it has some pine flavors, some resiny notes, some citrus (lemon, mostly). It is technically an IPA. Too bad it is a boring one. Waves of caramel malt flavors and more bready malt tones begin to dominate the hops as the beer warms. Herbal/savory malt flavors don't quite mesh with the rest of the malt profile, and they also turn the hops a bit too grassy. The finish is nearly all malt. There is no lingering hop bitterness to speak of. The only bit of hops I get on the finish is a soapy sort of aftertaste.

Tallgrass IPA isn't as thick as it looks, but it's still uncomfortably (for my preferences) on the fuller side of medium-bodied. Most Midwest IPAs have thinner bodies and more active carbonation (let alone West Coast IPAs). Overall, this is a very average India Pale Ale, at best. Personally, it's below average to me. It doesn't do a lot "wrong," but it excels at no particular aspect. I'm not going to throw rocks at this glass of beer, but I've personally brewed batches of IPA that are much better than this. There's a chance that this can is old; I'm actually giving this beer a bit of a cushion (.5 added to my taste score) to allow for age. If I ever receive a fresher can of this beer, then I'll re-evaluate.

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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 Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of TheBishopco
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of TeachChefs
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Hellpop65
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Revenant
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.77/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Light brown pour, darker than average, lots of carbonation rushing out of the can. Aroma was earthy, almost English like yeast, malt and hop presence. Just didn't bring the noise in terms of an American ipa.

Malt forward taste, not quite normal stuff for an ipa, comes off like a scotch/wee/English burton/ipa vibe.

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2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received from monsterfat in a recent trade. Thanks!

This beer was poured into a pint glass. Look of it is of a cloudy dark gold with a huge rocky white head on top. Retention on this one is holding up fairly well. Some sticky lacing, but not much. Smell is of cotton candy, bubble gum, and banana saltwater taffy. I kid you not. This is the sweetest smelling beer, let alone IPA, I've ever dipped my nose into. It smells good, but it's weird for the style.

Let's keep with the theme here, at least they're consistent. Flavor is malty and sweet, and on the finish, bubble gum! This is really an interesting beer to say the least. I actually like it alot, but if I judge to style (which I should), this just doesn't scream IPA. I could drink a few of these. Mouthfeel is firm, and drinkability is high. but, don't expect your run of the mill IPA on this one. It'll take you places you've never thought an IPA could go.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear golden orange color with good carbonation and a nice white cap.

S: Pale malt, bread, some grass amd light citrus

T: Very malt fwd. Lots of grass, light citrus, plenty of bread and pale and.or crystal malt.

M: Off balance, plain, not hoppy enough

O: Pass

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Photo of mcraw88
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a rusty copper with about an inch of white head. Decent lacing, but resided quickly

Smell - Malty, not many hops here kind of disappointed. The hops present are citrusy.

Taste - Once again, Malty upfront and then a little citrus hops in the end. Much more APA.

Mouthfeel - Carbonated to the level of about any BMC product. Nothing special here.

Drinkability - Not to good of an IPA. Seems to be more of an english ipa and when looking at it that way it is a much better brew.

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Photo of sholland119
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to CosmoHopHead for this cool extra. I love trying a new IPA.

A-Pours a clear copper amber with a thin white head. No real lacing.

S-Light malt notes but not a lot of hoppiness going on.

T-Kind of the same. Nicely malty but again little hop presence.

M-Light bodied, especially for the style.

D-Not really for me. Underhopped by any measure, sohrt on flavor and body.


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Photo of iflah45
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased in Philly, no freshness date, poured into my Portsmouth tulip.

Pours a dark orange hue, hazy with a decent 1-2 finger head. Sticks to the side of the glass with decent lacing.

Not much going on in the aroma, muted citrus, light toasted malts, some caramel. A hint of grassy hop. I presume that this can has some age on it.

The taste follows the nose, very heavy on the malt. Toasted grains, fresh bread, yeasty character.

Medium body, creamy mouthfeel and a good level of carbonation.

Overall, I was very unimpressed with this beer. Having cracked it open after a Heady Topper, its review may have been doomed from the start but I didn't get enough hop to satisfy my taste buds. Too malty and unbalanced.

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Photo of lcdawg
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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