Tallgrass IPA | Tallgrass Brewing Company

Tallgrass IPATallgrass IPA
367 Ratings
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 corby112
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to belgianbeergal for sending this as an extra in our recent trade.

Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light and a 1.5 finger frothy, pillowy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with rings, streaks and splotches of soapy lacing.

Earthy hop aroma with hints of soil and pine needle as well as some faint fruit character and a prominent malt backbone. There's some faint pineapple and grapefruit in the nose but the hop profile mostly gives off an earthy scent. Prominent malt presence with hints of biscuit and toffee.

Fuller bodied than expected with a nice blast of bitter, earthy hops up front that linger throughout into a long, dry finish. Extremely fresh hop flavor with dry, earthy pine needle flavor. Slightly floral with subtle hints of citrus fruit, notably grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel. Again, there is a nice lactic creaminess mid-palate that adds complexity and mouthfeel along with a decent malt backbone provide nice balance. I usually prefer less of a malt presence but it is done extremely well in this beer. Prominent but not overpowering with hints of toast, biscuit and graham cracker.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. Well balanced yet still packs a lot of fresh hop flavor. The ABV is well masked and this beer is pretty quaffable.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint-sized can served cold into a pint glass.

Tallgrass's IPA is a very hazy copper color with thin head. It settles quickly but leaves some lace.

Aroma is slightly hoppy but not enough to be enjoyable.

Flavor is bitter but not a fresh hoppy taste. A little grassy and herby but very little citrus. It really lacks any sort of special qualities to make it stand out in a saturated craft market.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with appropriate carbonation.

Overall barely average. A disappointment.

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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 FanofHefe
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint mug. Clear light copper body with a small white head. Very good creamy lacing along the glass.

Nice light hoppy aroma up front; a hint of piney hops with just a little floral in the end.

The flavor is a little more muted than the aroma would suggest. Light hoppy notes with a slightly sweet malt in the background.

A very drinkable IPA overall. I will definitely have it again. Might be a little more flavorful if fresher. Hard to know the age of this one on tap.

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Photo of katan
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into a pint

A - Pours a bright golden color, very clear. Showing a light amount of bubbling. Head formation is bright white, well retained.

S - Solid hop aroma - bright and strong grapefruit. A hair of more piney like note in the background. Not getting any malts off the nose.

T - Starts off lightly malty, with just a hair of caramel and nutty malts. Mid-stream gets more bitter, hops come in full speed. More piney and harsh than I detected on the nose. Finishes with a strong bitterness. Seems pretty balanced.

M - Moderate body and moderate carbonation. Very oily texture, lots of sticky bitterness in the aftertaste.

D - Solid drinkability. A little bit overwhelming to the buds as I am only starting to taste bitterness. ABV is reasonable.

A solid but not greatly remarkable IPA.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint-sized can with an elephant's head on it. Pretty hazy body, copper color, small cream colored head. Pretty good lace. Light malt scent with a bit of bitterness. Taste is pretty malty for the style, nice and sweet front with bittering hops rounding it out. Somewhat sharp on the tongue but also fairly full and creamy. More of an english style than an american, not a bad beer.

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

16 oz. can.

Mildly hazy peachy copper body. Index finger of thick, creamy, light beige head. Great lacing up the glass. Mild nose of pine and grapefruit hops over slightly fruity, slightly cookie-ish malt.

Toasted malts lead off before caramel and sugary fruit come in. Pine and grapefruit hop bitterness provide nice balance to the malt. Dry finish, with lingering grapefruit and aspirin bitterness. Medium-bodied.Nice balance in this IPA, but both the hops and the malts are subdued. Still, this is plenty drinkable and not bad.

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Photo of Cobrakaikid
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into standard pint glass.

Appearance- golden-red with a thick frothy white head that sticks to the sides of the glass when it recedes.

Smell- Very sweet with a hint of hops as the cane sugar scent fades.

Taste- Sweet sugary taste upfront that fades into citrus hops and a biscuitlike aftertaste

Mouthfeel- Light mouthfeel, kind of sticky but refreshing.

Drinkability- The lightness and non-cloying sweetness make this very drinkable.

Overall not a disappointment and not unhappy i bought this. Not my first choice when IPA shopping but hard to beat for $2 a can at the local liquor store.

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Photo of happygnome
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a pale orange color with about a half inch of head that disappears quick leaving a good amount of sticky lacing around the edge of the glass and top of the beer

s: sweet caramel malts balance the fresh citrus, piny hop bitterness

t: the grapefruit citrucy hops pop out first but there is a nice balance sweet malts

m: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this is a nice brew i liked it but i dont know that i will get it again

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice presentation with a good head, fair lacing, golden, slightly cloudy and generally good look.

Smells sweet, piney and hoppy like an IPA should. OK balance but a bit more malts than i'd like in the style.

Tastes quite fine. Nice and hoppy with piney grapefruits and good balance between malts and hops. Just a touch extra malt.

Feels good and tangy, medium body and generally pleasant to drink.

Very drinkable. I will definitely buy again.

Great buy for 16oz cans at 6.85 a four pack.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours to a generous rocky head and hazy burnt orange color. Aroma is citrus and piney hops with a strange off-odor that I cannot describe. Flavor is a decent balance of malt and hops, starts sort of woody and thing resolves to resin and sweet malt. Finishes spicy and dry.

This beer is, um... a bit "off" but not terrible overall.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brew courtesy of number1bum. Cheers Josh!

Appearance: Poured from the can, this brew is a cloudy, dirty amber color with a solid two inches worth of foamy, off-white head. Retention is pretty impressive, and there's plenty of sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell: A nice bitter, citrusy hop quality with a pretty solid malt presence for balance.

Taste: A mild sort of floral and citrus hop bite with just a little something else that I can't quite place. It sort of has an artificial additive kind of aspect to it, though I'm sure that's not the case. Overall it's pretty balanced for an IPA. Of course, I do prefer my IPA's to eat the enamel off my teeth...

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good, body is medium, but there's a slightly buttery, greasy kind of texture to it.

Drinkabilty: Not a bad IPA. It has a decent hop profile to it, and is balanced well given the style. There are hoppier IPAs out there, but this one ain't bad.

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

Pint can poured into my Samuel Smiths imperial pint glass, Tallgrass IPA is pale orange with an off-white head that leaves scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is sweet, caramel and citrus, floral hops

Taste is pretty malty, bread, some sweetness, modest hop character, really more of a pale ale, unless it was simply not fresh. Good enough english type ale (save the sturdy ABV), but not quenching my thirst for IPA.

Mouthfeel is dry, a liittle slick, and medium bodied.

Drinkability is fine, a balanced, well made ale that tastes pretty good and goes down easily. Simply underhopped as an American IPA. Scores would be lower across the board if I was rating 100% to style, but it is good enough of a beer that I cut in some slack.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

scoobydank sent me a can of this as an extra. Thanks, Bill, I've never heard of this brewery, and I'm looking forward to this!

Copper in color with a dense, finger-thick beige head with excellent retention and a little lacing, this is a good-looking beer. The nose is decent. Bright citrus is present and noticeable, this is clearly quite fresh, but it also has an _interesting_ supplementary hop aroma. In some ways, it reminds me of the Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA, with a blend of mint and soap. This also has a rather substantial malt presence, with a definite toffee, caramello and a little sugar. Unexpected and unique, this smells quite good, improving the more I dig in.

The palate, on the other hand, stumbles initially, and quite hard. With a blend of floral hops and sugar sweetness, this starts of tasting rather artificial. Once I get used to it, I do pick out a light hop flavor with some citrus and a mild herbal character, like fresh mint. Sweetness is medium-light, there's caramel and toffee present. Medium-light in body with low carbonation, this feels quite good on the palate. The finish is nothing exciting, with a little bit of hop flavor (floral) and some sweetness. Bitterness is low throughout, this really isn't your typical IPA. Decent stuff, thanks again, Bill! As an IPA, it isn't terribly exciting, but this is actually a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallgrass IPA pours a nice rocky finger of foam over a cloudy peach colored brew. There's very little carbonation, but the nose has a nice piney/citrus aroma riding over a sweet fruitiness. Up front the flavor is sweet malt with notes of wheat cracker with pine hop off the back. Mouthfeel is round and full finishing with a long grassy hop aftertaste. As IPAs go, this one is right in my comfort zone- assertive hops riding over a big fat bottom- a nice, balanced brew.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep golden with good clarity and a considerable fluffy white head. Heavy lacing and decent retention.

S: smell is of floral and piney hops, some honey sweetness and some bready malts to finish

T: The front features some spicy and piney hops. The malt profile is much more pronounced on the palate as it lends a dry biscuity flavor, the finish is bitter. Overall it is pretty well balanced with an sturdy malt backbone.

MF: medium body, medium carbonation, pretty smooth

D: not a bad IPA, however there is nothing that really stands out about it. It is decently balanced and features nice hop qualities.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This fucking can exploded when I opened it. Oops. Beer is dark amber and forms a huge head of offwhite bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Its a little hazy. Looks OK.

Aroma is pretty malty with strong hop presence. Almost like a DIPA.

Beer is medium bodied and quite malty in the presentation. Its got a nice piny hop backbone but overall its one of these balanced IPAs with a strong malt presence. Its a good beer, a very good beer in fact, just not my favorite IPA. Very drinkable, good mouthfeel.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

hmmm, IPA from a can. I think this is going to become a trend :)

A: Cloudy orange brown yellow with a weak light tan head-- however the lacing and bubbles on top never recede.

S: Not too much nose actually, the beer has a sweet bready body. Almost like a DIPA, but much lighter... The hops are light but pine herbal grass and floral notes are hiding in there somewhere.

T: Different flavor, but I really enjoy it-- its rather different. The bitterness is spicy, herbal, citrus and grassy. The malts also have a grassy-- switchgrass perhaps. Like I said above, the malts taste like a DIPA, but more watered down. Not much hop bitterness, but it was very enjoyable.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated. It coats the mouth and tongue and then quickly evaporates. It is really quite nice.

D: I'll have another... right now please!

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Photo of number1bum
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can into a nonic, pours a cloudy copper color with two inches of creamy, fluffy light beige head. Keeps quite well, with a thick, full lace and a mess of stick on the sides. Looks fantastic.

Smell has a quick whiff of citrus, but is more earthy and herbal in the hop department. Good amount of sweet caramel and a bready quality as well.

Taste is also earthy and bready, with herbal and slightly leafy hop flavors. Not a whole lot of citrus at all; not my favorite hop profile, but it's got a good amount of hops. Bitterness is moderate for an IPA. Very bready, slightly sweet caramel. I'd almost guess there was rye in this with the bready, slightly spicy, herbal flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good crispness and a drying finish. The herbal flavor and hop bitterness dries it out and makes it pretty clean.

Said it already, but this is not my favorite hop profile in an IPA. Still, it's a solid and pretty drinkable one. And of course it comes in a pint can so I love that. I'd buy it again for that reason alone; of course, I can only really do that when I am in Missouri for work, so I think I'll try some of their other beers next time instead.

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

This beer pours a bright orange color with a slightly amber tint. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into sticky lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, pine, and mandarin orange. It is a strong and pleasant aroma, but lacks true complexity. The taste is of citrus with a hint of pine. There is a firm, but not overpowering bitterness. Again, it is strong and pleasant, but not complex. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, thisi s a good beer but it doesn't stand apart from most other IPAs.

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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 woosterbill
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

16oz can courtesy of jtrockchalk into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a lovely, clear reddish-amber body with three fingers of soft, pillowy cream-colored foam. Terrific retention and lots of lace. Stunning.

S: Full, round, balanced aroma of grassy hops and caramel malt. THe hops aren't as bright as I'd like, and the malt winds up dominating. Not my kind of American IPA, but not really bad, either.

T: Pretty much just straightforward caramel malt. A little bit of dryer, biscuity malt helps balance things out a little sweetness-wise, but the hops are almost completely relegated to a dully bitter finish. Tasty enough, but far from a great example of the style.

M: Smooth medium body with moderate, soft, lively carbonation. Nice.

D: Way too sweet for the style. Where's the crisp IPA bitterness?

Notes: Big thanks to jtrockchalk for sending this one my way. I always love a craft beer out of a can, and this was my first time trying a beer from Kansas. It might be better listed as an English IPA, as the hops didn't even achieve an even footing with the powerful malts. I definitely like more hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness out of an American IPA, but this was still an enjoyable beer.


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Photo of garymuchow
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picture of elephant head on 1 pint can. Poured into SN tulip glass.
Mild, soft, tight hop aroma of mild citrus, fresh grass and sweet fruit. Pale malt in there too.
Kinda' cloudy orange amber, but an exceptionally persistent head.
Reasonably complex flavor, but it seems kinda' tight too. Nice light fruity sweetness upfront moves to hop flavor that at first is sweet and citrus then as moves to a bold bitterness it crosses a path of neutral pale malt and indistinguishable hop flavors. The bitterness lasts a good long time with average amount of drying. As warms a little toastiness appears that's quite nice.
A lighter body helps with drinking. Full, and fortunately soft, carbonation - but just a tad filling.
Nothing exceptional here, but decent complexity and good flavors make an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up singles of the three newly available Tallgrass cans at the Eagan Cellars. Happy to be able to sample each before diving into a potential four-pack (although I tried the ESB on tap & really liked it).

Tall, 16 oz. can split with my wife as a warmup to a (hopefully) main event, & after a good dinner at Great Waters. Pour is pure IPA, low yellow density, see-through. Smell is on the malty side, sweet with a side of pine.

Tallgrass IPA hits the malts too hard for me, leaving the hops cold & comfortless. Sweet malts, leaning almost towards pale malts, hold the upper hand. The hops, dirty pine needles faded in the sun, barely rise out of the malt-field. Finish is a bit spicy, a bit bitter, with a sprinkling of the field outside of Woodstock. Good drinkin' beer, this eight ounces isn't going to last long.

Never been a big fan of judging to style, so this comes up as a good beer. As an IPA? Not so much. But there are enough flavors here to entertain the mouth organ, which is all I ask. Interested to see what those other two cans hold.

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

Pour - bright and shiny orange with some yellow and golden highlights as well as a perfectly formed inch of super white head.

Aroma - lemons, limes, plenty of maltiness and graininess as well as some caramel and chocolate covered oranges.

Taste - spicy and citrusy but not over the top grapefruit or pine. This is a much more balanced IPA, almost leaning towards being the pale ale that isn't in the Tallgrass lineup. Plenty of maltiness that really has the flavor of the brewhouse with a more subdued hop presence.

Overall - If you want mouth numbing hops you need to crack open a can of their Oasis. This IPA is a nice, smooth bodied ale with a great balance between citrusy hops and caramel malt. Its not going to clear your sinuses or burn the enamel off your teeth, but it will go down smooth and make you happy.

Would I buy more of it? - sure thing. Its a solid enough brew and I'd be happy having a four-pack around a campfire anytime.

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Tallgrass IPA from Tallgrass Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 367 ratings
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