Tallgrass Brewing Company

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English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
3.89 | pDev: 12.34%
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Oasis is a Double ESB/IPAish beer that came about from playing around with one of Jeff’s favorite homebrew recipes. Here at Tallgrass we love malt and we love hops, and this beer has both of them in record quantities; well, at least records for our baby brewery.

At a hefty 7.2% ABV and 93 IBU, Oasis is a big beer that has to be priced a bit higher than our regular line of beers. We think that once you taste the over-the-top hops and surprisingly sturdy malt backbone you will realize why it’s worth it.

Definitely not a fruit-extract seasonal shandy, this beer is meant to be enjoyed on the back porch, the front porch, or even on the stoop. What's a stoop? Well, it's a good place to drink beer, is what it is.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From old, undated notes. Poured from the can.

Murky red-orange color.

Bright white head; incredible lacing.

Citrus hops & bread-y malts compete in the nose (the malts win).

Medium mouthfeel.

Hops win out in the flavor; this is a bit bitter for me, but light citrus notes come out.

Not great, but my favorite ESB so far.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant copper colored amber under a 3” finely bubbled white to cream colored foam cap that slowly recedes. S: Nose is not intense, grassy, earthy hop in background, some biscuit T: Rich biscuit and nuts support a rich, grapefruit rind hop bitterness. F: Medium to medium full body O: A very good ESB.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a Bell's-branded shaker-pint, Tallgrass' Oasis pours with surprisingly little foam at the head, despite billowing bubbles throughout the body, along with a roiling, gaseous bite on the tongue. Indeed, the clean, crisp texture is belied a bit by the initial characteristics: both its deep, orange-brown complexion, with nice particulation, as well as its sweet, boozy nose, might otherwise suggest a heavier ale, one that relies more completely on its malt's gravity and grain. But though it's true to its ESB designation—deep, reddened, well-bodied and robust malting, with a good, early-boil bittering deployment of hops—it's also grassy, fresh, and even a bit woody tasting, thanks to the (seemingly) generous dry-hopping, while moreover not punching one with its bitterness as much as the 93 IBU and "Imperial" tag might suggest.

It's a shame this ale was retired, because it's big but sessionable, stylistically conflated in an interesting fashion, extremely refreshing for a 7.2% abv ESB, and just generally tasty.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, some caramel malts. Taste is hops, pine, alcohol, a touch of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and although I'm not a big fan of this style, this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of paladinjoe
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!! This one was a very pleasant surprise, after having Ethos, my expectations were that this one would be inferior, but in my opinion, that was NOT the case. One thing, I prefer piney IPAs vs grapefruity ones, which makes me biast in favor of this one.

As mentioned above, this has a piney hops flavor to this one, a lot like Sierra Nevada's Torpedo, which I adore. I'm not experienced with the ESB part, so I can't say much there, but overall, this beer absolutely hits the spot, and I will be a regular customer year round.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a clear amber with a nice two finger frothy white head that fades to a delicate lace on the sides of the glass.

S: Malty up front with caramel sweetness, but also touches of citrus and some piney hops.

T: Nice citrus with orange and grapefruit balanced with pine and earthy bitterness. The malt isn't as strong as I expected as the hops take over.

M: Medium bodied and smooth with a nice crisp bitterness. Goes down easily.

O: Really solid beer...definitely more IPA than Imperial ESB but solid nonetheless!

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Photo of Cooldill
4.66/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy dark copper, orange. 4 finger khaki head dies down to a solid 1 finger head in a couple minutes. Nice lacing. Overall, excellent.

S: Sharp hops first thing noticed, some grassy herbalness, light bread crust malts. Quite good.

T: Prickly bitterness from the hops, pleasantly bitter, malt heavy with sort of "cantaloupe melon" background. Finishes clean with hop bitterness lasting. Very nice!

M: Again slightly prickly hop sensation, medium heaviness on the tongue, moderately carbonated, slightly oily. Near perfect for the style. Very well balanced, not as flat and oily as some others in the style.

O: I reside in Junction City, not far from this brewery and that is why I decided to give this a try. I'm glad I did. I always enjoyed ESP/IPA style beers on occasion, but I can't remember having one this balanced and flavorful. I will be picking some more of this up for sure!

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by a spumous head; excellent stickage with a nice curtain of lace

Smell: Caramel, pipe tobacco and stone fruit tones with earthy hops underpinning

Taste: Caramel and stone fruit flavors, up front, with tobacco and earthy hop bitterness building through the middle; the finish is balanced and somewhat sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This can is a little past the "best by" date so that may account for the lack of aggressive hop flavors; much more in the ESB than IPA categories to my palate

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Photo of chickenflea
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz. can: Poured a brilliant clear amber with tall pillowy head. Sparkling. A beautiful beer. Aroma of multi-grain malt, orange juice and bread and coriander. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Sweetness gradually gives way to an earthy bitterness (pine mostly). Bitterness really digs in on the finish with mountainous floral qualities. Medium body that seems lighter than it is because of the high carbonation. A delight to the tongue. An interesting beer. More similar to an English IPA than an ESB. A little less raucous hops might be closer to the imperial ESB label. I liked it though.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big light tan head slowly settles to a nice lacing above a well carbonated copper honey colored beer that one can just see the shadows of his figures through.

Aroma is filled with dark fruits, caramel malts, bitter notes, very light alcohol and some other aspects I don't recognize.

The taste is varied but to me doesn't live up to the aroma. Lighter caramel malts with very light dark fruits or grasses allow some other very subtle tastes to round out a balanced lighter taste.

A very light dryish aspect to the aftertaste of this medium bodied beer.

I don't think the taste of this beer warrants paying more for it. I did like the fact that nothing was overbearing with the taste, just the fact that for the price there should have been more taste.

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Photo of ahommell
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Orange to Amber. Head is a finger that dissipates to a sticky white head that sits at 1/10th of an inch. Lacing is decent throughout.

S: Carmel. Nut. Toffee. Citrus.

T: Per-usual, like almost all Tallgrass products, this is IBU high. Bitter as hell. However, one of my favorite Tallgrass products. I taste burnt caramel. citrus. woodyness. nut.

M: Dry at the end, but the frothy carbonation is quite apparent on the front end.

O: Ehh... a better Tallgrass product, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Deep golden brown color. Impermeable. The head is off white and thick and retains well, leaving small patches of lacing on the side of the glass.

S-Bready, dry grains, slight lemony-citrus burn, hops are present. The malty sweetness and bread are what strikes the nose at first, but it transitions quickly into what a DIPA should be: hoppy, citrusy, and a bit astringent.

T-There's a caramel sweetness at the front of the palate that fades quickly. Absolutely delicious. After that bit of sweetness fades, then comes the dry bready/grain aspect which precedes a well balanced symphony of lemongrass, sage, hops, basil, and a slightly tannic finish. Bready malt lingers on the palate.

MF-Smooth with a medium body and medium to heavy carb. Finishes a bit dry. My least favorite aspect of the brew

O-Mother of god. This is damn good. I was shocked. Tallgrass struck a near perfect balance. I believe people aren't ranking that high because TG isn't a reputable brewery yet, but they make some damn fine beers. This is one of the most well balanced DIPA's I've had and tastes similar to Ruination.

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Photo of RyanCave
3.19/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber, can see light through it, off white head with a mahogany hue, just under and inch of head after a few moments after the pour. great head retention and easily agitated.

N: Caramel, butter, malt, honey,

T: bitter, malty,

M: well carbonated, dry

O: overall not bad, not my favorite style but I enjoyed it for what it was. I wouldn't seek it out but I'd have it again if I saw it

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip.

Oasis has a very full burnt copper color that is slightly hazy. A monster cream colored head forms with the initial pour, sticking around for the duration of the glass and leaving some monster lace stick all over the glass.

A caramel malt presence is obvious in the nose. Toasty, and bready, there is a clear malt presence, as advertised. The hops are leafy and somewhat floral. Overall it smells fairly bitter.

There is a quick flash of caramel sweetness before a long hoppy bitterness comes in. There is a good amount of toasted, bready malt here, but the hops are even bigger. Unfortunately the hoppiness comes in a form of a long, flat bittterness, Leafy and grassy, the hops do not have quite enough depth or variety to make this truly interesting.

The body is on the full side for the style, from the nice malty support. There is not a whole lot of sweetness, nor does it get much of a mouth-watering boost from the hops. The carbonation is full and creamy, and there is a lingering bitterness and stickiness on the lips from the hop residue.

This was a solidly executed beer from Tallgrass; I don’t totally connect with malty IPA’s or leafy, grassy hops, but it was well done.

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Photo of tronester
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich reddish brown color, with a super creamy light tan head. Light butterscotch aroma. Taste begins with a huge toffee component, then some toasted bread, and finishes with a lemony, piney finish, that also has a hint of smoke in it. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Overall a good IPA/Strong Ale/ESB. A bit of a hybrid.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


This was not what you expect from an Imperial IPA, but then again it is a cross breed

Appearance: Amber to light brown

Smell: hemp, hop, pine, and mineral

Taste: hemp, hop, pine, with a hop/mineral finish!

Mouthfeel: Thick, typical for the style.

Overall, this is a good beer. I'd try it from the bottle.

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Photo of MNishCT77
2.62/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

16 oz. can purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, unknown birthdate, poured into a Weyerbacher tulip glass, drank 4/26/13 over two hours.

A: 2.75 - murky brownish coloration, minimal clarity (can't see or read through), frothy white one finger head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, moderate-to-large alcohol legs that reagitates the carbonation; overall below average for an imperial IPA

S: 2.5 - really herbal and spicy (likely 2/2 British hops for finishing and/or dry hopping), small amount of pear and stone fruit when really putting your nose into the glass

T: 2.5 - on the front of the tongue, there's a mild bitterness that dissipates as the herbal and spicy aspects appear on the back of the tongue; to me, this tastes much more like an ESB than an American imperial IPA

M: 3 - moderate body, boozy and sticky; moderate-to-high carbonation

O: 2.75 - as I was considering purchasing a single can in the greater Washington D.C. area, I read impressive reviews including a BA score of 90, so I had some moderate-to-high expectations going into drinking, and, unfortunately, this beer really disappointed me; overall, it's an amateurish offering and, to be honest, I have had many homebrewed imperial IPAs that just blow this totally out of the water; it's a British-style IPA-cum-ESB that advertises itself as a hoppy American imperial IPA; I'm hoping that I just purchased an aged bottle , but I won't be purchasing this one again

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Photo of IPA1978
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- cloudy copper brown, good head and lacing.

S- floral, herbal, candied sweetness.

T- caramel, fruity malts up front quickly followed by a punch of herbal, floral hops with a lingering bitterness.

M- lush, medium body with fine carbonation that coats the palate.

O- great beer, a malty english style with bright american hops.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can to HFS Sniffer

A: brown to amber in color but leaning toward honey color. Thick 2cm tan head that takes its time going away and pretty much completely opaque

S: the nose is pretty much all malt it has a sweet smell to it though no real hops or other pungent scents to smell so that was kind of disappointing.

T: The taste is definitely malt dominant but on the other hand it is balanced out with hops pretty well as I can distinguish the fresh hop taste. The malt follows the nose in terms of sweetness and it balances out the bitterness of the hops. It is not necessarily an ordinary combination or my favorite but it definitely works.

M: Very thin almost watery but that makes it very drinkable as it also quite oily and has a bit of hop bite to it, decent but nothing special

O:This is an interesting combo as it is quite a malty beer so I see why they call it an ESB but it does have the hoppy characteristics of an IPA without being totally malt dominant so I was really impressed that they made it work but its just not really my style and did not blow me away worth a try for sure especially if malt is your thing.

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Photo of Jimmys
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

pint can into Flying Dog chalice. drink by 04/05/13.

A: very hazy looking brew. a murky light brown color. head is slightly off-white and is big. retention and lacing are very good.

S: orange peel as well as orange rinds. hop aroma is pungent and floral.

T: flavor starts sweet and fruity. there is a meaty backbone of grain that provides almost wood-like notes at times. finish is bitter which dries the beer out a bit.

M: carbonation is a bit too low for me. would like some more bubbles. medium body.

D: this beer should definitely be labeled as an ESB on this website, not a DIPA. nice twist on a traditional English styled beer. pass in my book.

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Photo of deebo
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Served in a pint glass, this brew is clear and color is light brown with brilliant red highlights. A tight finger of tan head tht leaves a thick lacing on the glass.
S-Really nice aromas of citrus (zesty orange with hints of pine and earthy grass. Nice clean toasted, slightly sweet barley malt.
T-Hops dominate with more of the bittering variety then aromatic which is dissapointing for my taste buds. The malt is quite significant but those bitter hops overshadow and overwhelm the palate.
M-Resiny hops are quite sticky and overwhelming everything else, otherwise medium bodied with medium/high carbonation.
O-Very nice appearance and I really like the aroma but the bitterness are just too much for this guy.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy copper color with a very large, foamy, ballooning, thick, off-white head. Great retention that finally settles into a thin lacing.

S - Strong pine and orange hop aroma along with about an equally strong caramel and toffee aroma. A lemony, herbal tea aroma in the background. The hops hit your nose first but there is a definite underlying sweetness. An English DIPA aroma.

T - Starts with that sweet caramel and toffee flavor that persists throughout the sip. Strong bitter hops come into play mid-sip with a resinous pine flavor taking the lead. Orange and zest flavors also pretty strong. That gives way to a slight lemon flavor on the finish. The herbal tea flavors are always in the back making there presence known but never grabbing the spotlight. Finishes fairly bitter.

M - Medium to light body. Average carbonation with a fairly sticky feel.

D - Really easy to drink. I keep coming back for another sip. Interesting mix of flavors that just seems to work.

Notes: Interesting somewhat English DIPA. I wasn't sure about the nose or the taste when I was trying to assess it, but I kept coming back for more and enjoying it. A beer that you can't really over think or analyze. Just enjoy drinking it because in the end, the flavors just work.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Translucent copper hue with very light effervescence and a big frothy three finger off-white head.

Aroma: Lots of pine and some earthy hop notes. Caramel malt and just a good barley presence. The aroma seems slightly subdued but is very clean nonetheless. Reminiscent of DFH 90 Min.

Taste: The bitterness shows up immediately and carries through from beginning to end. The hops flavor here is just like in the nose, earthy with very nice pine accents. Like sucking on a pine cone or the smell of an evergreen tree. Its quite robust, especially for 7.2% ABV, and delivers a nice malty flavor to balance the hops and the 93 IBUs. Caramel malt and that hearty barley flavor. Good balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and a tad syrupy. Average drinkability. Smooth.

Final Thoughts: Really enjoying this one. For a fully robust Imperial beer, it has a relatively low ABV which makes it easier to have in larger doses (it comes in a 16 oz can). Would I drink it again? Yes, it might even make a good substitute for DFH 90 since I can't get that here.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy NJG for picking up this brew for me during his travels.

Light tarnish to this copper colored brew. Good two finger head after the pour and some foam-age and lacing for all sixteen ounces. There's a few small bubbles rising from the sides of the glass.

Citrusy nose from the start, fresh orange peel and some toasted citric rinds as well. There's a good toasted, bready malt backbone behind this beers aroma as well.

Citrus bitterness upfront. Moist orange peel hop resiny palate. The middle and finish is chewy and a little more malty. Faint musty breads and biscuits. Bitter from start to finish that's for sure. Some West coast style bitterness from the heart of America, maybe? Definetly worth checking out if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of stampfler07
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep red-copper color with a thick, light-brown head, leaves thin lacing

S- Sweet caramel malt, light alcohol, moderate floral hop

T- Nice backing hop bitterness throughout, slightly sweet malt with a little nuttiness to it, good malt-hop balance

M- Moderate carbonation, moderate-heavy mouthfeel, nice warming, light lingering finish, good drinkability

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Oasis from Tallgrass Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 511 ratings