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 GregSVT
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Got this from a trade with LarryG.

A: Pours a hazy orange/yellow with a huge white head that won't go away and leaves some sticky lacing. In fact I didn't really pour it any different than any other beer and it still had half the beer in head. It slowly faded away but that was kind of annoying. Never seen anything like it.

S: The nose is pretty weak and almost smells soapy. I get a faint hop aroma with a faint sweet malty aroma as well.

T: The taste is a nice balance of hops and malt sweetness. Nothing super special but it is pretty refreshing.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

D: Pretty refreshing and the ABV makes it pretty sessionable.

Not the best IPA but decent. If I saw it on tap somewhere and was craving a regular IPA I might be inclined to get it.

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Photo of scray24
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extra bottle from HB BIF - thanks MCraw88.

Pours auburn with 1 finger head that sticks around fairly well with decent lacing.

I didn't see any other comments on this one but I definitely got some Brett nose on this one. It wasn't real fresh (3+ months old) so not overwhelming on the hops in the nose.
Overall nice mouthfeel, fairly heavy bitterness in the taste, again IMO definite Brett flavor not ideal with bitterness slightly overpowering. Don't think its a great stylistic representation but was a good drinker, still like saison Brett much better but for me this one was remniscent of it.

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a perfectly clear copper with a great head, looks like it will be more on the malty side of IPA's which I like!

S- Smells like grapefruit and citrus, not quite as prominent as I would like but still enough to keep you excited.

T- on the light side of an IPA more like an extra pale. malt is there but would have liked more citrus.

M- good carbonation, a little slick but still pretty good.

D- overall a decent IPA, a good introduction to American IPAs if you are just getting into them.

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

Interesting cut-out label on the bottle.
Clear deep copper. Tiny white ring head. Slow bubbles.

Nose is nice hops, spicy hay. Taste is similar, but with slight earthy tones. Slight hint of ethanol at the end.

Pretty average mouthfeel, good drinkability. Overall it's an ok IPA.

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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 cnally
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer of the Month Club. Last one, sorrows.

This has a cloudy orange color and a lacing-heavy white head.

Spicy, malty aroma with a real kick of hops there. Diacetyl qualities.

A very massive initial bitterness which mixes with a very latent sweetness. Nutmeg & cinnamon with a malt kick in the middle of the flavor. Bitter hops fill the finish.

Biting carbonation, dry and a bit sticky.

A very good brew that kills in a number of qualities. So, I could easily love drinking this again.

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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 mdquigley
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Local Brew!

Poured out of a bottle and into a pint glass.

Appearance: Copper colored with a cream-white one finger head.

Smell: Very earthy. I detect a lot of hops and citrus.

Taste: Hops are strong and there isn't much of a malt counter-balance. There is a slight sour bitterness. It is a crisp brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Not much to say beyond a tongue-tingling hoppiness.

Drinkability: Average. It's a good IPA, and while it's not my favorite style, I could easily have another.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the BOTM Club -

Appearance - Pours a golden amber/orange color with about a finger of head that quickly dissipates and leaves decent lacing.

Smell - Oddly...I smell spices (as in Thanksgiving/Christmas types spices), grain, malts, and almost no hops or bitterness. This is shaping up to be an odd smelling IPA from all the others I've tried.

Taste - A very biscuty/toffee taste right off the bat followed by a bit of hop/citrus and an overall dry finish. Honestly, reminds me a bit of DFH 90min. Overall a pretty balanced IPA to be honest.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Feels creamy.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable actually. When I first smelled this I was a bit turned off (use to a much more citrus/piney/hoppy smell from an IPA or DIPA). But this is a pretty easily drinkable and enjoyable IPA. Not bad at all.

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - clear with a very light shade of brown color
S - grainy/malty. Considering the style, very little in hop aroma
T - same, there is a bitterness present but very little in hop flavor. Biscuity flavor with a nice dry finish
M - nice, carbonation level goes well with the feel of this beer.
D - A very drinkable beer but in my opinion, not a good example of the style. Honestly drinks more like an ESB to me.

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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 russpowell
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
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 mcraw88
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
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%
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 tr4nc3d
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12fl oz bottle into my pint glass

Pours a slightly dark copper like color with barely a half inch slightly off-white head. Head resides quickly and leaving no lacing behind.

Smell is that of citrus hops. Pineapple,grapefruit, oranges with that oh so familiar caramel malts following.

Mildly sweet citrus hops with an even amount of caramel malts to balance it out.

Medium bodied with slightly low carbonation

I might have to give this one another try.

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Photo of mynie
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeah, that's right. Kansas has got a Manhattan. And no, it's not Lawrence. Lawrence is their is Iowa City. Manthattan is their sad, sad joke.

This is nice, though.

Regular pour. More of an APA than an IPA, but you can't judge a beer by it's color. Not usually.

Smells a lot more like an APA, too. Lightly rusty, earthen malts backed up by a solid--but light--hop profile.

Tastes surprisingly sweet upfront. Citrus... malt? Odd. Sweet. Oh! You know what this tastes like? It's like rye--that odd, variegated sweetness. Only this is tamer, and the hop profile is a lot more light and simple than that of most ryes.

Good. Not what I'd call an IPA, but good.

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Photo of Onenote81
2.84/5  rDev -21.3%
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 Ragingbull
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light amber in color and a cloudy appearance. Thick frothy head after being poured into a pint glass. The nose is mildly hoppy. The beer has a gentle hops attack with some obvious floral notes. The hops is balanced nicely by the maltiness in the flavor. The flavor is nice and clean as the hops and malt seem to strike a very nice balance. The finish is on the bitter side and there is a mild hops aftertaste. It is after all an IPA.

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Photo of DrewOSU
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this as a bonus on a trade from Monsterfast. Thanks man.

A: Pours dark yellow to light orange body with a spongy ½ white head. Lacing is thick and sudsy on initial pour. Spider web like lacing down the glass after completion.

S: Very earthy smell. I get more grain then hops or citrus on the nose.

M/T: Light to a very low medium body. A little watery and not much carbonation bite. Huge hit of that earthly element that I smelled in the nose. I can't really put my finger on it, followed by light bitterness and a very small amount of citrus. Finishes pretty clean. This is an IPA?

D: The drinkability is pretty good on this beer due to the very low aftertaste, however not a lot of explosive flavors. The flavors seem to just melt together and nothing really superior stands out on this one. Not bad, but so much better out there.

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Photo of kkipple
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade from Siebenmorgen. Thanks man!

A. Fizzy, shockingly clear orange-gold. Fine lacing. Pretty.

S. Medium bitter hop bite, but still easy. Floral, notes of peaches, grapefruit, and a dash of pine resin. Grassy and clean. Unassuming, but solid.

T. Crisp, and fruity. Lots of hop flavor but low bitterness. Seems a bit more like a pale ale than an IPA, but who really cares? Tends towards the more fruity, sweet side of the style. A bitter medicinal, aspirin-like flavor in the finish is the only real flaw. Overall, a well balanced session beer.

M. Very nice, though thin. Active carbonation lends a fluffy head. Simple and short hop bitter finish. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Tallgrass is a pretty decent little session beer from the Heartland. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Colt4540
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint mug.

A- A clear medium brown color with a little of white head that leavs decent lacing and leaves and film at the top of the beer.

S- Slightly hoppy with a pretty strong malty smell for and IPA. The more you smell it the more the malt comes through.

T- This is an IPA? I wouldn't call this an IPA. Is it good, yes but and IPA, no. This is almost reverse of a true IPA the maltiness out weighs the hoppiness instead of the other way around.
It has good flavor and a nice blend but still lacks alot considering it is an IPA.

M- Kinda plain nothing really to special, but I think this is what makes it nice.

D- It is really smooth and easy to drink.

Some of my rating might be low because I actually like this beer, but I rated it as an IPA and in that sense it isn't great. If this beer was under a different class I would for sure rate it higher.

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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 Goliath
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear amber color with a half inch slightly yellowed head sitting on top. Great retention but no lacing.

The aroma is quite nice. A nice citrus and pine combo, with that classic KS malting giving a bit of a rye feel, even though I'm near positive it's not rye.

The taste is actually pretty decent. A nice little hop profile with a bit of pine. Very balanced, with a decent malt profile. Like I said, that typical KS malting which at times resembles rye. It's got a bit of a bite, and leaves a bit of a biscuit behind. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is fairly high. I'm impressed with this IPA more than their Ale or Wheat for sure. Easily the best beer they've made, though it's still not terribly impressive.

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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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