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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 gc4hokies
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this at Total Wine in Chantilly, VA. Purchased this along with the Oasis, which is supposed to be hoppier.

Pours a golden color with nice white head. Appears that some yeast is suspended. Not sure if this is unfiltered.

Aroma is very nice. Some orange/grapefruit with breadiness (is that a word?).

Taste: slight bitterness, malty flavor is dominant. Some grassy tastes also. The hops are there, just not very strong. For those that are looking for a West Coast style "big" IPA, this is not it. Not bad, however.

Overall, a good beer. Nice hop character in a toned down IPA.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to enelson for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Served from can into a Stone nonic. Poured red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, earth, citrus, citrus hop, and earthy hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, earth, citrus, citrus hop, earth hop, and subtle floral notes. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This one really didn't inspire me too much. It tasted like just about any other IPA I have come across here recently. Not that this is a bad thing, it just didn't stand out in any way from the rest. Still a really nicely done brew, but just needed something a little extra to take it to the next level.

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

First review ever.

Pint Can, Amber in color. Tastes delicious. I am really liking this beer. For an IPA, this beer does have a little malt flavor to it . Not overly hoppy. I would recommend this to others especially those who are trying to get a taste for IPAs. Living in Mississippi, our choses in beer are very limited so it feels great to be able to go to the local grocery store and grab a good brew.

Hope I did Okay

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tallgrass IPA

Craft in a 16oz pounder can, gotta love it.

Pours a dark orange in color with a chill haze. Decent inch of froth which leaves excellent lacing. Complex nose of orange, citrus, pine, caramel, mango and honey. In the taste, mild grapefruit citrus, tea, soft bitterness, and an abruptly clean finish to nothing. Faint pine, and maltyness leaves very vague caramel and toasted grain flavors. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, very clean, the flavors are gone quickly. Overall, this is a solid ipa that leaves me wanting more, though I wish the flavors were more drawn out. Still, very good.

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Photo of PrivateEquity
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay full disclosure, I might be a little biased for this home state beer.

A - A little darker than I expected. Hazy amber is inviting

S - Bready aroma with citrus undertones

T - Balanced hops won't challenge the hopheads, but has great balance. Great maltiness.

M - Smooth beer.

O - Great balanced IPA. It is a go to IPA for me.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
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 PerHops
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Lovely light orange, slightly cloudy with a thin layer of head that stays consistently the same level after initial dissipation.

S- Very light citrus. Fresh cut grass, slight earthiness and the carmel comes through at the end.

T- Initially big carmel blast but the finish is much more complex than I thought it would be. Minerals, pine, freshness and a wopping bitterness give this really nice balance with the caramel.

M- Pretty heavy carbonation. I think the mouthfeel definitely adds a lot to my perception of the taste on this one.

O- Definitely not my favorite IPA in a can, or even my second. However, I wouldn't mine having this around in the rotation. I will probably buy this next time I'm somewhere it's available.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a fairly clear amber color with a cream colored head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some really nice lacing.

S- Smell is pretty solid too. A nice amount of piney hops, tropical hops and caramel malts.

T- Follows the nose pretty well, with pretty solid balance between the hops and malts. Not a hop bomb by any means, but just solid all the way around.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- Probably the best IPA in Ohio that comes in a can, which is a big plus I could see me taking this one out while fishing or froggin any time.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.56/5  rDev -29.1%
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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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
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 slyke
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallgrass IPA pours a golden color with a finger of off-white head that sticks pretty well and laces nicely.

The smell is grassy with an herbal note.

Taste begins and ends with pleasant hoppy notes, the middle of the taste has a nice maltiness. There is a nice hoppy aftertaste

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, about what I'd expect from the style.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. I had not seen it before I received a mixed 8-pack as a gift. Worth trying if you find it.

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Photo of budgood1
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can.

pours out a turbid copper/gold/amber colour with a thin fine head with some nice retention. wisps of lace. resiny hop aroma, almost bordering on dank with herbal and spruce up front and hints of citrus in back. toasted malt aroma...it smells like my kind of IPA. flavour runs out the biscuity malt first, hints of sweet caramel and toffee abound with a flower petal aspect that must be from the hops. speaking of which the hops are flavour forward with a grassy herbal aspect...herbs and spice, then a dusting of citrus quench, finishing on the piney side. very dry...very nice. there is a hint of boozy spice that fits right in with this IPA, too. impressive. moderate overall bitterness in no way detracts from anything. a well rounded body gives way to a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that feels incredibly appropriate for this offering. drinkability is great. no complaints.

overall this IPA strikes a compromise between all things that make IPA's special. delicious, hoppy, easy going with a great feel. love the blance. definitely recommended out of the can!

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Photo of Azurescens
2.49/5  rDev -31%
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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Photo of Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber body with a respecatable fluffy white head.

The smell is weak, but pleasant. Orange peel and a heavy dosage of caramel and toast in the malt.

This is a balanced IPA, so don't expect a hop bomb, but it's constructed well nonetheless. If you're looking for a west coast style, this isn't it, but it's put together well. The hops are citrus (orange and grapefruit) and it's in a tug of war with the caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel is soft and smooth. It's low on the carbonation, but completes the soft touch.

Overall, it's a pretty decent beer in my opinion. Like I said before, it's not a hop bomb but rather an IPA that shows balance. It won't knock your socks off, but solid all around.

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Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a dark amber color verging on orange with a light chill haze to it. The off-white head created is between two and three fingers with a sturdy thickness and density to it. Plenty of webby lacing is left, particularly at the top of the glass and pretty leggy the rest of the way.
There's a good balance on the nose, with both citrus and pine blending with some caramel and breads.
The taste follows, with pine being the prime element but a good dose of citrus and, again, a steady malt balance adding breads and caramel. A light sweetness is developed along with a touch of grassiness underneath.
The body is medium, and a light carbonation is low enough not to distract while keeping lively. Crispness develops early and leads to a good smoothness into the finish. The semi-dry body makes for good drinking all the way through.
I'm very glad Tallgrass cans started popping up here; this is another great one from them.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden amber with lots of bubbles. Big three finger off white head with great retention and lacing.

Smell: A mild aroma of floral hops with a decent amount of sweet, toasted malts. Light hints of citrus. Everything is subdued.

Taste: Decent amount of mildly bitter earthy hops up front with hints of orange and lemon. This is followed by a decent amount of sweet, bready caramel malts. Finishes with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: This brew is on the milder side of IPA's but it is still tasty. It's more like a good pale ale or an English IPA.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tallgrass IPA is light, bubbly, and refreshing.

Beers such as Tallgrass IPA create a review conundrum for me because I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it doesn't have the characteristics of a good IPA. It looked great, with a hazy amber color, a huge thick head, and good lacing. The smell was metallic but the flavor was complex and good, with elements of grass, citrus, and an unusual lemony finish. The feel was very light for an IPA, with high carbonation and a dry finish.

I had my first Tallgrass IPA poolside on a hot day and it was great. It was perfect in that setting; however it tasted and felt a little like a Wit. It was darn good, but not a great IPA.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.49/5  rDev -31%
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 hosehead83
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz. "tallboy" can into a standard pint glass. Clear copper/amber in color, with a big, billowy off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Sweet toasted malt
Taste-Big dose of sweet toasted malt that is thankfully followed by a nice onrush of hops that barely keep the two balanced together, but they meld rather nicely. Pretty good flavor for out of a can, a little on the malty side of things but certainly nothing terrible at all about this brew. Can convenience lends itself well to fishing, tailgaitng, or a picnic.

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Photo of mallthus
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a solid mid-American IPA, which is to say that it's neither overally hoppy (like a CO IPA) or bland like a UK IPA. I certainly wouldn't call this out as an exceptional beer, but it's delicious for everyday drinking. One thing is that it has really very good mouth feel, which I think is unusual for a canned beer.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers light tan head into a snifter that left thick lacing and sheeting throughout. the head was dense and bubbly. color was bright amber.
s - lemons, some floral hops, caramel.
t - bready with some earthy hops.
m - slick and medium on the tongue.
o - nicely balanced ipa. easy drinking and i like that it's in 16oz cans.

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Photo of meatyard
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a variety 8 pack of 16 oz. cans.

Pours a clear amber with a 3-finger foamy white head that has good retention and leaves splotchy lace all over.

The smell is mild, piny hops with some malt sweetness.

The taste is just like the smell with the addition of a light bitterness. No alcohol is evident.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall: There's nothing wrong, at all, with this beer but there's also nothing special or does it have any area that stands out. It's well-balanced and easy to drink. Unless you're looking for floral and standout hops, this is satisfying. I, lightly, recommend it.

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Photo of JayQue
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber with a big antique white head. Good head retention and thick bands of lacing.

Good robust piney hops smell.

Taste is a little milder, somewhat balanced but piney hops win out. Good flavor...not a real bitter hops bomb.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. Not real bitter, not much alcohol presence.

Overall this is a good IPA, highly portable in a 16 oz can. I would drink this one again!!!

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

Served in a weizen glass.

A - Pumpkin orange brew with a big fluffy head that never really diminished in size. Layered lacing. Very attractive.

S - Mostly grapefruit, with some earthy tones also coming through.

T - Well balanced IPA. Sweet malty body with a mildly bitter backbone. Slightly watery, which caused a hit here.

M - Smooth medium body, medium carbonation level, finish was a bit peppery.

D - Not bad at all, certainly easy to enjoy. Not a hop bomb by any means, but that's okay, does this beer just fine.

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Photo of claytong
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a bit of douglas fir in there somewhere. not too hoppy which is nice for a change for an ipa in colorado.
pretty good carbonation to it. floral to treeish. which is quite interesting, never had that in an ipa at least.
not sure how much this one cost though, friend brought it over

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