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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 B967ierhunter177
1.21/5  rDev -66.5%
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 tlazaroff
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma comes off like fresh mown grass on a nice spring day. I also get a hint of guava and mango too. A freshly mown tropical lawn.

Appearance is a deep, somewhat hazy orange with a beautiful off white frothy head. Carbonation is visible from the bottom of the glass.

The IPA tastes pretty good, a nice assertive bitterness almost overpowers the malt in here. The flavors I pick up are very grassy, a little fruity like mandarin oranges too, and a bit of a grainy finish too.

It has a effervescent mouthfeel to it being highly carbonated and a moderate body. It finishes dry with and honestly kinda feels like I was just munching on some hop leaves, which is a bit unpalatable.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours sunset amber with golden highlights. With very little effort I achieve four inches of off white head.

S - The aroma is mild citrus. I am surprised at how much the bready malt comes through.

T - It has a nice balance of hops and malt. The hops are slightly more prevalent.

M - Moderate

O - If you are looking for a hop bomb this is not for you. It is a very balanced ipa. It has a solid malt backbone with enough hops to make it interesting. It is a good ipa for the beginner.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JeepCop for this can...

A: Pours a deep golden, verging on amber. There is about one full finger of off-white head that settles into a big bubbly layer along the top of the beer. There is a decent amount of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is primarily malt, with a floral component mixed in. There is also a slight pine scent that is hidden beneath the malty base of this brew.

T: This beer starts off with a blast of sweet malt. The floral notes come on later and mix with some mild pine. I'm also getting an earthiness (dirt and grass) in this beer, as well as a bit of old gym sock. The finish has a bit of spice before it transitions into lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts out wet and malty, but finishes stale and bitter.

O: I'm a bit disappointed with this beer. It's too malty for my liking and the funky earthiness totally turns me off. I'm happy to have tried it, but I won;t be seeking this beer out in the future.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 WillCarrera
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can, no date, poured into a pint glass, thanks to dlello2 for this beer!

A- Pours a clear orange/copper color, topped with an inch of fluffy, creamy white head, leaves thick lacing all over.

S- Some pine and citrus hops, a bit of caramel malt.

T- Lots of caramel and sweet malt up front, hops only become prominent towards the finish, where it brings some pine and citrus.

M- Medium-bodied, maybe a bit thin, smooth feel.

O- A solid IPA, very malt-forward, probably not for hopheads, but an enjoyable beer nonetheless.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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 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 beer2day
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honey gold pour with forced 1-finger head. Decent retention, though, and moderately chunky lace.

Burnt caramel nose with hints of floral hops. Not quite enough there.

Taste is mild, especially for an IPA. Really light caramel malt, a little toast, and very light hop presence. Mild lemony iced tea flavor. Getting a little more hop presence in the finish, but just not enough umph.

Appropriate body for the style. Creamy, but needs a bit more fizz.

A fairly average, malt forward IPA.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear until the last bits of the can are poured at which point it becomes cloudy. A thin head with decent retention and decent bubbles rests on top. Orangeish copper in color.

S: Not much to the nose. A little bit of citrus and that's all.

T: Lemon and a bit of grapefruit are the primary flavors with some flowers in the background, but this is all about the citrus.

M: Crisp and clean with bubbles on the harsher side of things. Very dry.

O: This is the first beer I have ever consumed from Kansas. That is totally irrelevant, but just thought I'd throw that in. It's good, nothing special, but good. Strong on the hops and bitterness factor, which is never a bad thing, but it does not stand out in any particular way.

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Photo of dankster
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from 16 oz can

A- Hazy liquid caramel look with big dense white foam on the head.

S- some citrus notes but the main punch is the heavy bread malt. different for an IPA.

T- Very balanced hard to tell specific flavors as your tongue walks a tightrope between hops and malt

M- a little thin imo for an ipa but goes down very easy with out the big bitter bite.

O- solid Ipa but more a pale i think. i do like the fact that they sell these in 16oz 4 packs. hope to try others from them soon.

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Photo of jera1350
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ben for this one.

Pours a deep burnt orange with a slight haze. The head is dense as hell and thick. Some gobs of sticky lace.

Quite a bit of caramel sweetness in the nose. Some fruity and citrusy hops are there as well.

Very balanced taste. Lots of caramel sweetness up front and through the middle with the hops coming in at the end. Very little bitterness until the aftertaste, which is still only lightly so. I feel the malt is too much here and takes away from the IPA styling a bit.

Really nice mouthfeel with the carbonation soft and creamy. The carbonation in this beer goes a long way in both the look and the feel.

This is a very drinkable IPA even though it's seems to be more of a pale ale in style. Enjoyable and well crafted.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
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 wrycon
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
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 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 jsprain1
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear light red with a thick billowy white head. Head retention is strong with one solid ring of lacing.
S- Aroma is on the sweet side with a bit of caramel, with a sweet citrus fruit aroma.
T- A bit sweet for my taste. It starts with a honey quality before a bit of orange flavor. Finish shows a bit of pine.
M- Smooth. Body is a bit lighter than I would like. Carbonation is nice smooth and spot on.
O- A middle of the pack IPA for me. A bit too much sweetness and not quite enough hops make this one only sort of successful for me.

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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 ms11781
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 05/28/2011. Thanks to tedwarhc. 16oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep copper color with a huge fluffy, off-white head. Head reduces to a half finger of foam and stays put. Great lacing left on the glass.

The nose is pretty balanced. Bready malts and grassy hops are here in almost equal parts. There is a slight malt sweetness as well, perhaps some caramel. Not a ton going on, but as mentioned, what is here is balanced.

The taste follows the nose but the malt characters stand out a bit more than the hops here. Caramel and bready malts provide a nice base for some grassy hops and a touch of grapefruit. Very slight bitterness at the finish.

Medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Slight bitterness at the finish but it doesn't linger.

Overall this is an ok take on the style. It's pretty balanced in the nose but the malt takes over, perhaps a bit too much, in the taste. It really lacks a hop bite.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can, with colorful art on it. Julian code stamped on bottom.. is a freshest-by date?

Pours a clouded, grapefruit-orange. An eggshell head patches nicely. Smell is floral and sugary. Taste is of remarkably sweet, mild grapefruit. A decent enough backing to balance. Finishes not too tight. A nice, sessionable IPA here. Well done.

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

Served in a 16oz can, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Very clear beer, amber colour, no sediment. Very nice lacing as you move the beer around the glass. Carbonation is fairly low in visibility and texture.

Smell - Very hoppy in character, hits your nose and leaves you with lots of complex aromas.

Taste - This is a very mild beer. The malt supports the hop character in a way that neither dominates the other. It's a very balanced beer, almost a light IPA.

Mouthfeel - This is a very easy drinking IPA. Almost too easily drinkable. I have not had many IPA this drinkable. It would probably be a nice beer to have on a hot summer day or if you're new to IPA's.

Overall - A very nice introductory IPA, and one for the beer snob who doesn't want to go ape shit with a very hoppy beer. Goes down smooth, not overly sweet from the malts or bitter from the hops. Drink up, cheers!

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Photo of plfahey
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Burnished gold and brilliantly clear, with a moderate off-white head that boasts decent retention.

Aroma-Piney, grassy, hay-like, and catty hops stand out to me-smells like Simcoe. Light citrus and floral notes as well. Behind the hops there's a solid bready and caramel malt backbone, which supports the aroma well. Although I'm not a huge fan of catty hop notes, it does smell pretty damn good.

Flavor-Grain, bread, and caramel give way to pine, grassy, and catty hop flavors. The finish is moderately bitter, but not abrasively so, and while the aftertaste certainly leans towards dry, piney hops, there's a fair sized dollop of caramel sweetness to match them. Well balanced and pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel-Medium body and crisp, moderate carbonation. Hop bitterness leaves a pleasant, light tingle on the tongue.

A solid, well balanced, and easy-drinking IPA. All around a pretty strong beverage, but grassy/catty hop character really gets me, so I have to knock it a bit for that.

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Photo of iflah45
2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
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 OWSLEY069
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a light tan head. In the aroma, earthy and a grassy hop. In the taste, grassy hops and a small malt. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry earthy hop in the aftertaste. Nice earthy hops and quite malty, I enjoyed it though.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Part of the Tallgrass mixed pack, purchased from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Into an Odell IPA imperial pint.

A: Slightly hazy, copper in color with a dense, inch thick cap of off white foam that slowly recedes. Nice spots of lacing are left around the entire glass as the head recedes.

S: Grassy, a fair amount of citrus and some fairly large sweet malt tones. Not a ton going on here, would definitely like more, but without a freshness date, its hard to tell just exactly how old this is.

T: Better hop presence than the nose leads on, nice citrusy hop profile with some decent hop resins. Slightly grassy. The malt profile is fairly grainy with some caramel notes as well. Bitterness is there but I would like just a bit more. Overall a fairly balanced IPA.

M: Right on here, nice medium light body, carbonation is perfect, finishes fairly dry. Feel just right.

O: A pretty decent IPA, might have a little age on it which may be why it seems slightly muted. If it were available I would probably drink a few, but I don't think I would seek this out on a regular basis.

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Tallgrass IPA from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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