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Tallgrass IPA | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass IPATallgrass IPA

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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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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out of the can as a really nice copper colored brew. The head is a cream color that leave a nice web of lacing down the glass. The head also sticks around to the last drop, pretty impressive. The aroma is so nice on this beer, there's a mix of pineapple and peach, along with some citrus but it's soft smelling not strong at all. The taste is a hoppy enough to show that the brewer at least tried to make an impressive IPA. It's a very nice standard IPA. I would drink this one again.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice IPA that finishes on the sweet side. An assertive hop bite and a bit of grain stand out a bit.

The beer opens with a medium copper hue, dry-hopped haze, and an off-white medium height foamstance. Fairly typical look for an IPA.

A balanced aroma of caramel malts and graham crackers bounce off of deep citrus, pine, and hop resins. A bit too balanced for an IPA, the beer promises a malty and sweeter balance.

Flavors again show a bold malty presence with the caramel and sweet bread tastes. Nice but they don't allow the citrus hops to stand out in the way we expect IPA's to do. But still, those hops give a snappy flavor of grapefruit, orange rinds, pineapple, and light notes of spruce and spice. Hop bitterness definately offset the sweetness but never reach the dominance that they should.

The sweetness allows for a lot of residual sweetness on the mouth, again not allowing for the classic dryness of IPA's.

Though the balance is ...well, too balanced, the beer is quite tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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 zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
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 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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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 jlindros
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to bunkrock (Reddit) for this one, another IPA to drink on National IPA day, yay! And tall boy cans!

Pours a big fluffy/fizzy 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent lacing, over semi clear amber color.

NOse starts fruity aroma, almost fake like, light syrupy malt base, the cheap fruity hops that come from the not so well done IPAs unfortunately, and very little hops.

Taste continues, with light grainy malts, little caramel like, semi sweet. Then the cheap hop flavors again, fruity and lackluster, candy hop flavors, the slightest hint of citrus, with decent but lighter side of bitterness. Mostly sweet malts with caramel and grainy tastes though. Finish is dry with a bit more bitterness as it ramps, a touch of lingering earthy and candy hop taste but not much.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall blah, very bland IPA, with some bitterness and some grainy caramel like malts, some sweetness, but the hops are just very lackluster. They provide a light bitterness towards the finish, but no real flavor except fruitiness that doesn't match well with a good IPA. It has most of the aspects of a cheap IPA, sorry Tallgrass, please don't take this in the wrong way. Maybe I got an old can, or maybe my tastes just aren't for your style.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, fruity citrus and grassy hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA to drink for a while but there are better ones in the style.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | 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! I love the artwork on this can.

Pours a brilliant clear copper, with several thick fingers of slightly off-white foamy head. This retains with a rich creaminess, including a big frothy dollop right in the middle of the glass, and leaves back a good bit of extremely sticky lacing that rings the sides of the glass. Great look! The aroma smells grassy and a bit spicy, with some dankness and a ripe citric fruitiness. Sharp bitter rind gives this some aggressiveness, while sweet toasted grains mix with the present fruit to add some tanginess to the nose.

The taste is bitter with zesty citrus peel and some lighter grapefruit notes. There is a lot of balancing sticky sweetness here courtesy of those toasty bready malts and that strong tropical fruitiness. A dank herbal feel controls the finish on this, along with lingering notes of rind and earth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied; with some crispness on the tongue and then much more of a bubbly and creamy feel as the carbonation works itself out around in the mouth. A nicely hid 6% ABV on this keeps things easy and drinkable overall.

Pretty solid IPA here. My only real complaint was that it seemed to struggle at times deciding if it was going to lean more towards the American or English examples of the style. Other than that, I really dug this. It had a fresh hop profile, good balance, and great drinkibility for the size.

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Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent caramel with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Grainy & fruitty, & citric hops once warm

T: Grainyness & fruittyness, a touch of caramel up front, plus some citric hops. Citric hops (lemons & grapefruit) open up more as this warms along with a touch of pine, caramel & a bit more grainyness. Finishes crisp, slightly grainy, a bit fruitty, with grapefruit hoppyness, could've pulled a 4.0 if the grainyness wasn't so present

MF: Light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation, pretty good balance

Drinks pretty easy, this opened up quite a bit as it warmed.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

CAN 4 of 5 from Tallgrass BC and the 349th CANQuest (TM) beer! I CAN hardly believe it. I was curious if I would even get to 100 when I started out and now, it's out of CANtrol. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "Bombastically hopped. Surprisingly malty. Pour a pint ..." and "Drink. Enjoy. Recycle." Okay, you CAN accuse me of being like lightning and taking the shortest route to ground with the least resistance, but the soundtrack to this beer is obvious (to me) - Shaggy's Mr. Bo(o)mbastic! Queue up the music, time to drink and review a beer ...

Following the Crack & Glug, I was looking at a finger-and-a-half of thick, foamy ecru head with good retention. Color was a deep-orangish amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose had a prevalence of caramel maltiness, too forward for a hop-centric style. I CAN't say that they didn't warn me, but still, I want hops when I'm drinking an IPA. Mouthfeel was medium with an initial caramel sweetness, giving 'way to a mild piney bitterness. Hmmm. Finish was still tending towards sweet, even lingeringly so. I hate to say it, but this would be better marketed as an English IPA. I visited KANsas a few years ago, albeit not Manhattan, and there seemed to be a shyness towards hoppy beers and a reluctance to make IPAs except as a seasonal. If they are catering to their home market, so be it, but if they are going to call it an AmeriCAN IPA, they need to be more generous with the hops, IMHO. Good lacing throughout.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slips out a lightly hazed, orangey body with a medium-sized, near white head.

Smell: Bready pale maltiness coated in butterscotch cohabiting with hoppy notes of florals and citrus.

Taste: Bready, pale malts with, again, the noted butterscotch. A light, lingering sweetness. The buttery quality remains even after the sweetness dies off. Flowery, citrusy hops, perhaps, a bit resiny, too, with a medium-plus bitterness. Closes out dry, smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Seems we have a bit of diacetyl present, which, is a fault I've never been too terribly upset by. I mean, pop open my refrigerator and who is an omnipresent member? Butter, baby!

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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 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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really solid IPA here that I chose to start my day off with. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/25/2010.

The pour was a nice dark amber in color with a good solid head of white that capped it off quite nicely. Really rich and full looking as it warmed a garnet hue started to take over a touch giving it that nice amber glow.

Aroma of deep, resin filled pine backs up quickly onto the palate and through the air. Nicely blended with a richness that really comes across quite well. Warming really brings out a very solid approach here as thick, buttery malts now appear on the horizon and it really starts to fill up quite nicely. A rich warming finish with a smooth, creamy, and nicely dry touch capped it off quite nicely.

Overall not the hoppiest of IPA's but I do not think anyone is going to have an issue with this one. Quite nicely done I have to admit.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is slightly hazy and appears light sunset orange hued, sporting two inches of dense head. Lasting retention with ample lacing on the glass. The aroma brings grass, pine, earthy malt. Smells OK. The flavor is lightly bitter with zesty carbonation. Fair hop presence, but pretty understated. A non challenging IPA, offering balance and restrained flavors. Mediocre.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to ThirstyHerf for this can!

My mistake, there're some Kansas brews in this sixer, too. Fair enow. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear honey-amber topped by a solid finger of cream foam. The nose comprises blunt pine, toasted caramel, light oak, and dark greens. Perhaps a touch of cilantro is in there as well. The taste holds notes of mild pine needles, light mint, smooth caramel, extra-woody oak, and the slightest possible bit of ruby red grapefruit peel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly velvety feel. Overall, a nice, pleasant, enjoyable, balanced IPA. Good times.

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

Pounder can into a shaped pint glass. Thanks to Clockworkorange for this one. The brew appears a clear color of copper with 2 fingers worth of fluffy yellowish stained head. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves a webbing of lacework sticking all over the glass.

The aroma is sweet with a scent almost like candied oranges. It is somewhat fruity and floral with a solid caramel malt inclusion. A clean yeasty note is evident mixed with some herbal hop character and more fruit scents that are somewhat rindy like the previously described orange but zesty and natural.

The taste is somewhat sweet upfront with a flavor of toasty caramel malt. A bit of herbal flavoring is present before the onset of some bitterness that is mildy vegetative. A bit of fruity rind elements somewhat like grapefruit are present with a zesty bitterness that continues towards the finish with some mineral inclusion and mild solvent alcohol touch.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is fairly crisp with a much more prominent solvent alcohol flavor than expected for ~6% abv. Overall not a bad brew but not something I would continually reach for if I had other options. Worth a try if you get the chance but nothing crazy here.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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