Oasis | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by twiggamortis420 on 11-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

Double ESB? Some traditionalists would poo-poo that idea, but we’ll boo right back at them! Tallboy, good choice. Epic lacing on top of a hazy, dark amber color. Grainy, toasty, vegetal, grassy, spicy, fruity, earthy and herbal aroma. Crisp thick body. Malt, alcohol and hops are titans in their own way here. Toasted malt of dried grass and biscuits; hops become resin- like with tobacco and citric flavors, and the alcohol drops some ripe fruit and warmth on the palate. All around amped-up flavors, but balanced and nuanced. Bittersweet finish. Call it what you want ... this is a damn good beer.

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3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours mostly clear amber with a small amount of suspended material. Huge tan head with nice retention leaves a wall of lacing.

S - Some nice citrus hops and a decent malt presence.

T - Decent hop bite up front, mostly bitter grapefruit. Malt quickly follows the hops, but never overwhelms. There is a nice bitterness throughout the taste. Also has a distinct tea taste in the middle. Finishes clean and bitter.

M - Medium mouthfeel, slightly oily.

O - I picked this up about six weeks ago. Not sure how old it is but there is still a good hop presence, despite the big malt profile. Overall a good IPA, but doesn't really stand out.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.71/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can. Pours a reddish amber with a medium creamy white head.

The aroma is a bit strange - fruity resiny hops and some weird off note.

The flavor is a bit strange as well. There's some woody caramel notes with a decent amount of hop bitterness - fruity, resiny, a little minty and almost sour. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it's a bit strange to me. Maybe it's the mix of ESB with big American hops. The blend of caramel, wood, fruits and some almost sour notes just didn't work for me.

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3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

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

This is my first beer from Kansas.

The beer pours a hazy red-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is grassy hops with some toffee and a little bit of chocolate. The flavor is just as good. In addition to a lot of toffee, I get some grassy hops and a dry powdered chocolate flavor. The beer has low bitterness and is very well balanced. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the better ESBs that I have tried.

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4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Cloudy, dark orange with foamy off-white head that lasts awhile and leaves light lacing.

Smell: Citrus and loads of caramel and toasted malts.

Taste: Very malty caramel backbone accented by toasted malts and a very light tea-like characteristic. Strong citrusy American hops combat the malts, with a piney, spicy and bitter finish. Overall, malty but very bitter.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, creamy and smooth medium to full body, dry finish.

Drinkability: Never had a Double ESB before. It is quite good, but primarily seems to be a malt-focused IPA. Almost a DIPA, but not quite. Overall, fairly impressive.

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3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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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3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to mizzouguy for this beauty! recieved in the noob bif round 6.

16oz can at about fridge temp poured into a snifter. 11 349 stamped on the bottom, not sure what this means.

pours out a really nice deep reddish amber, some orange in the light. huge 3 fingers of a very light tan colored head, creamy, rocky. it slowly receded leaving tons of sticky, webby lace. very nice retention as well. i could almost go a 5 on that almost head thats left behind.

some nice citric hop oils, resinous balanced by a big sticky bready malt, maybe some caramel. a bit leafy and grassy and a bit of aspirin. a touch of alcohol heat noticable as it warms.

great balance here, almost more malt forward, but the hop oils and bitterness are definatly felt in the finish. a kind of dry grapefruit citrus gets overtaken by a big sticky, bready malt, slightly caramel. just a bit fruity at times. resiny in the finish.

lots of semi sharp bitterness, medium to full in body. perhaps just a touch over carbonated, more in the begining.

this is a totally solid beer, a nice east coast IPA. they call it a double ESB?, not totally getting that, not really picking up on any english ingridients, american all the way.

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3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice to see a DIPA that's not 10 or 11 percent. Pours from the 16 ounce can with a slightly hazed copper amber hue with a full on thicket of off white head, leaves behind bands of even lacing. Aroma has citrus and pine cone notes going with a bit of herbal grassiness as well. Big malt layer conincides with the upfront hops, no booze action thanks to the moderate abv. Flavor wise it hits with aggressive hoppiness yet maintains a sweet sugar coated malt layer, in the finish a soothing linger bitterness sticks around and really makes it's mark on my palate. Mouthfeel is a bit resinous with hop oils pretty brash with hop bitterness, medium bodied carbonation is smooth. Hops really stick around in this beer despite the sweet malt base. Overall impression is positive, I enjoy something this different although I can't promise this will become a mainstay in my large array of options for IPA/DIPAs. Promising for what cans have to offer I say to all of the brewers out there thinking about it, just do it.

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3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Brenden
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 16 oz. can. "Bold Beer" written along the top. On the side, "Aggressively Hopped." "Mightily Malted." below and finally, "Pour a Pint."

This is a surprisingly dark brew, nearly a light brown with a burnt orange tint all through it. Either it's the thickness and depth of it, or there's a bit of a haze. Looking carefully, I'm inclined to say both. The orange-tinted head is big, fat and frothy, almost massive in thickness and height. It forms a supremely dense crown of pillowy cream that never gives itself up. This head is a beast, and one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. Lacing is no less impressive: thick, clumpy and plentiously delivered all the way down the glass. Absolutely beautiful in every way.
There's a good mix of hops and malts on the nose. A bit of spiciness and a light toffee-like sweetness mingle with a very floral hops aroma. It's not weak, but when I taste this, I'm surprised the aroma wasn't stronger.
The flavor, though, is powerful stuff, as a bouquet of hops explodes on the tongue. It's mostly floral with complements of herbal, citrus zest, and lightly spicy flavors. These are further complemented by a strong malts addition that adds a chewy biscuit quality and flavor that lets the hops shine without lacking balance. A light grassy flavor sits under it all. There's a long lingering, very particular bitterness that makes me think this is more along the lines of an English style, though it's certainly a double. Is this a merger of sorts? It certainly works excellently.
The mouthfeel is likewise delightful. A medium body lacks no depth, and the smooth creaminess over just a mildly chalky dryness (again, English?) is just another great surprise this beer offers. Lots of floral bitterness lingers for quite a while after each swallow.
I am so glad this showed up in my market. Sign me up for more from these guys.

Edit: I decided to look through reviews after I posted mine. I try not to look at any notes before reviewing and so missed the classification as a "Double ESB." To be honest, I hardly think it could have been done better and this explains completely all the ESB characteristics of this beer, yet it could be a standout DIPA as well. This is really brilliantly crafted beer, and I think any poor grades have to be bad cans/samples or from real sticklers for style. Maybe this beer is reason to create a new style, but of course that doesn't make sense unless plenty more attempt such a thing. Regardless, this is just fantastic stuff.

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3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint sized can served cold into a pint sized glass.

Hazy chestnut brown color with dense head. It settles quickly leaving very little lace behind.

Aroma is hoppy but not very fresh. Malts actually dominate the more I think about it.

Flavor is bitter but again the malts are strong enough to balance it out. Not a DIPA in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall a pretty average strong ale and well below what I've come to expect from the stlye listed here.

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Oasis from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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