Tallgrass Oasis | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass OasisTallgrass Oasis

Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States

Style: 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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Photo of matty
1.62/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Dark amber colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is grapefruit and Pine Sol. Taste is grapefruit and an obscene amount of hops.Way overhopped to the point of it being practically disgusting.Another beer that has a contract with the Pine Sol company.I would never recommend and will probably vommit up what i drank.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.07/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to dougofthefuture for sending this in Blind BIF 5. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a bright copper color with a bit of a reddish hue. Big white head with some spotty lacing and a thin cap throughout. The nose is not good. Really light with a bit of grain. A bit grainy. Smells kind of like an old IPA. Grain tannin. The flavor has loads of grain and a good amount of grain husk. By good, I mean a lot, not that its a little less than great. Astringent. Hard to guess on this right now. It's tasting more like a bad IPA. Bitterness in the finish with a dry finish. No hop flavor thought. Not a fan. Perhaps a kill shot.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
2.55/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

16 oz. can into glass pint.

$1.95 / ea.

A: Cloudy amber body topped with a big rocky off-white head of moderate retention. Heavy sticky lace and a thick bubbly cover.

S: Lemon citrus with hints of pine dominate. Only the faintest hints of sweet caramel malt are apparent. Solid aroma, but a bit on the weak side for a DIPA.

T: Sweet and smokey malt. Hops is really weak compared to the aroma. Pretty lifeless, not much else to say.

M: Medium body with light to medium carbonation. Boring.

D: The smell was promising, but nothing else draws me in. One pint is plenty.

O: Tallgrass gets one more shot! If they don't come through, I'm moving on.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
2.56/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Crystal clear medium ruby red/brown with a huge foamy head out of the can when poured which leads to great lacing. No visible carbonation.

S - Not quite potent enough on the hops to be a DIPA as it is a little faint. Hops are somewhat citric in aroma with floral notes as well.

T - Again, a little lackluster on the hop profile and the hops taste like alpha acids but no real floral/earthy/citrus tones. Very mellow and finishes with strong grassy tones and old hops.

M - Medium body and slightly under-carbed. Chewy malts and hop resins dry the palate out after each sip.

O - Not impressed with this one. Doesn't have a canning date so I don't know if it's old or what but it comes up short for it's style. Hops don't smell/taste fresh nor are they pungent enough.

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Photo of MNishCT77
2.62/5  rDev -31.4%
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 Beaver13
2.71/5  rDev -29.1%
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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Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.71/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

16oz can into a Samuel Smith 'tulip' pint. Purchased as a part of the mixed 8 pack from Tallgrass.

A: Hazy copper color with almost an inch of off white head that sticks around nicely. Quite a bit of yeast has settled down at the bottom of the glass. Nice spots of lacing.

S: Absolutely nothing in the nose, no hops, no malt really, just a slight little bit of graininess and a slight tinge of yeast. That's it, absolutely nothing else shines. Not good.

T: Caramel malts, a bit of roasted malt, slightly piney hop profile, but it is really subdued. Biscuity. A nice little bit of bitterness and just a hint of citrus. The citrus again is pretty tame. Some hop resins linger in my mouth. But overall really disappointing even if it could be a "double esb (?)". Just subdued, not inoffensive, but not exactly great.

M: Nice amount of body, with a touch of warmth, medium carbonation. Just about right here.

O: I don't know what the hell this is, but it isn't a DIPA, nor anything that could be considered a DIPA. Double ESB, is even more ridiculous, maybe an English Strong Ale? Regardless. Its just not very good. Definitely the weakest of the 4 beers I got in this mixed pack.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.76/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

scoobydank sent me a can of this as an extra. Thank you, Bill!

A deep copper color, this beer is surprisingly dark for a DIPA. There's a dense, off-white head that recedes to a disk, leaving some lace. As for the nose, this is clearly a cut from the same cloth as their IPA. Perfumey, herbal and definitely minty, there's a more prominent candied orange and grapefruit character here. As for the malt-character - it doesn't surprise me that the brewer's prefer to describe this as a (god-forbid) imperial ESB. Caramel and toffee are present, and as it warms up, I get some earthy hops too.

The palate is moderately disappointing. Opening with a prominent malt character that has toffee, some caramel, burnt sugar, the hops are very low in the balance here. Again, as I get used to the sweetness, I get a blend of herbal/minty and candied orange hop flavors. Mildly sweet on the finish with low bitterness, this isn't a particularly exciting DIPA. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, the finish is on the sweeter side. Decent.

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Photo of Tripphop
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber color with a busy fine carbonation. Very generous head with good retention and persistence. The aromas are soft and bready. Faint hops are present, but mostly fresh grain on the nose. Flavor is solid and simple. Clean caramel malt with a crisp hop finish. Nicely balanced and refreshing. Overall a well done beer, quite drinkable. Still too expensive..

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark amber body with a nice, but fleeting white head. Decent lacing, but it fades away.

Smell - Nothing? I really smell almost nothing. Faint malt notes and what I think is some grassy hops. But really, it's nothing.

Taste - Pine hops up front and a strong bitterness almost instantly. It's got a very toasty malt bill. Almost burnt toast. It combines with the bitterness to be almost overwhelming, but still a decent flavor.

Mouthfeel - Slightly thick for 7.2%. It's not really an IPA, but it isn't an ESB. There needs to be a different category for these hyped up not-quite-pale and not-quite-brown ales.

Overall - The taste is just a bit better than average, but nothing else is. Where's the smell? That's like half of what beer is.

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Photo of deebo
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
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 corby112
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy and very dark amber/copper color with burnt orange hues when held to a light and a 2.5 finger frothy light beige head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves large streaks of soapy lacing behind.

Sweet, slightly earthy aroma with a balance of floral hops and dark malt notes. There's a faint citrus presence with hints of pineapple and grapefruit but the hops mostly give off floral pine notes. The malt character is prominent in the nose with hints of caramel, nut and biscuit. The citrus notes become more evident as it warms but it still smells a bit malt heavy for my liking.

Medium bodied with a much stronger hop presence than the aroma suggests. There's a nice dry, bitter hop bite up front that lingers throughout over the sweet malt backbone into a spicy dry finish. Oily and sticky with a prominent pine needle flavor that overpowers some subtle citrus notes. Underneath, there is strong malt backbone that provides some sweetness for balance. Hints of caramel, toffee, hazelnut and biscuit but the hop presence is most prominent. The ABV is well masked but overall it's a bit one note in the hop profile and I would have preferred if the malt presence was a bit stronger. This is supposed to be an imperial ESB but it tastes more like an overly malty DIPA.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 4/20/11

Burnt copper hue with browned tones around the base of the glass. Dense cap of off white foam slowly recedes from two fingers to 1/4th inch layer. Clumpy trails of lace hold up over time.

Hops and malts are balanced in terms of aroma. Caramel and bread sit, perhaps, just under the hops which come across mostly citric and dry with a mild addition of grassy/herbal notes. Orange is most prominent with pepperings of dried lemon peel and a spot of grapefruit.

The taste isn't quite there, but it's tolerable. As with the nose, it's loaded with caramel and bread but the hops manage to make a spectacle (not an entirely enjoyable one, but a spectacle nonetheless). Citrus isn't quite as distinct, opting instead for grass, pine and bitterness that creeps toward the astringent threshold.

Medium body; appropriate heft for the style without being to bold. Carbonation is a smidge on the high side. Alcohol is masked well; a little nip is appreciable but it's far from distracting. Grainy and resiny with a long, dry, bitter finish.

Not great by any means but it's drinkable. I'll finish the can without feeling bad about it. As a DIPA it strays far from the mark but seems more in line with the above mentioned "Imperial ESB," whatever that means. Opens up well, I guess. Better than Tallgrass IPA.

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Photo of jar2574
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had in Aggieville on tap at Rockabelly Deli. Brown color, very little head or carbonation. Slight smell of caramel but mostly hops. Tastes of caramel, hops, more hops. If you like hops you will like it. If not, you won't. Lively mouthfeel but too many hops to have more than one.

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Photo of argock
3.17/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz can into Duvel tulip. Best by 11 182 on bottom of can. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.50.

A: Deep orange amber with thick 2-finger, light beige head with good retention and thick patches of lace on the upper half of the glass.

S: Unpleasant planty, onion, musky, slightly catty hoppiness off the top is not a good introduction. The maltiness is pretty substantial with caramel and biscuit notes.

T: The hoppiness is also musky and earthy. THe malt component is substantial which provides some caramel sweetness to offset the odd hoppiness.

M: Solid malt backbone provides a medium-full body with low carbonation.

O: This brew misses the mark for me. Probably a lot of oniony Summit hops which make for an odd, not too enjoyable brew. I hope Buffalo Sweat has more to offer.

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Photo of RyanCave
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
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 Mississipping
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy, but clean, orange-amber color with a large two-finger, rocky, off-white head that very, very slowly settles so a thick, foamy ring that clings to the glass and leaves considerable lacing behind. Really a nice looking IPA.

S: A nice mix of sweet and hoppy. The hops are mild but are floral and crisp. There is a considerable maltiness to the aroma providing a bready sweetness. Slightly citrusy, but it's not quite as present as I'd like it to be. There's also a tradition pilsener smell that's fighting its way to the front, suggesting that it will be on the lighter side.

T: Quite a bit more bitter than I thought it would be. It bites a bit upon each sip, then backs off to showcase the maltiness and sweetness. The hops are earthy and slightly grassy. Slightly biscuity, and slightly sweet ... caramely. The finish is again bitter, partly from the hops and partly from something unpleasant ... some sort of metallic aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with high carbonation making it somewhat prickly. Slightly drying at the finish, but not overly so.

D: The balance seems to be a bit off on this and made it somewhat unpleasant at first. After a few sips, my tastebuds adjusted and it became a little easier to put down. The alcohol is masked well, which adds to the drinkability.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, gingerbread like malt and a small hop note. In the taste, a gingerbread like malt and a mellow pine hop. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dryness and pine like hop aftertaste. Decent, quite English with a nice hop presence.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one while passing through Wichita and stopped in at the Oasis bar and grill. According to the website: "Oasis is a bold, rich ESB with 7.2% alcohol and loads of hops brewed to be savored during long summer evenings. Look for its full-fledged release in bottles, kegs, and summer mix packs in the summer of 2010."

Pours a mildly hazy light copper color with a topographous tan foam that sticks to the glass nicely. It's a good looking brew.

Caramely sweet and toasty malts greet the nose with a bit of biscuit in the background. Maybe a few mild hints of floral and grassy hops, but not quite as hoppy as one would expect from an ESB...smells more akin to an amber ale.

The taste is a bit too yeasty and not very 'clean' tasting, especially for the style and there is a touch of sourness as well. Toasty malts are not very assertive but the hops have a fairly firm presence and contribute a medium bitter finish. Alcohol is well disguised and it grows on me a bit as the glass empties. Not bad, but not great either. Worth giving it a try if you are in the Wichita area.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer in a trade with arvjunk. Thanks Ankur!

16oz can served in a tulip glass.

L - murky brown rust color with a off-white head that was fairly rocky at first but soon settled to a layer that could be revived with a swirl of the glass, lacing was sparse.

S - floral hops and toffee-like malts.

T - upfront taste is a bit like herbal tea with some malty sweetness creaping up before getting bitter with the tea flavor coming back into the mix.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - it's just alright.

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Photo of Cresant
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this 16 oz. can in a tulip pint. No date, but stamped 11 011. I poured this one slowly but I still created a massive light tan head. Dense and creamy. The murky body looked like apple cider and left some sediment in the bottom of the glass.

The smell was wet grain. Mild leafy hops and hints of a sour rag.

The taste was very sweet at first but finished dry and bitter. Rich, a bit on the heavy side. Alcohol is evident but not distracting. Strong maraschino cherries and grain.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Less carbonation than expected, I suppose it was all released in the head. An interesting beer, but not one I would regularly seek out.

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Photo of hardy008
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark amber with a two finger off white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, oranges, and caramel.

The beer tastes just like it smells. Grapefruit, oranges, and caramel. Sweetness and bitterness are well balanced, but this beer lacks the aroma and flavor which exists in the best examples of the style.

Medium bodied with low carbonation for the style. Finishes dry and bitter. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, but it is not as good as the best in the style. Still a nice effort.

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Photo of gc4hokies
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a tall boy of this into a Sam Adams special glass.

Appearance is great with this. Clear amber cinnamon color with an excellent off white head that lasts forever.

Aroma really isn't there? Slight hoppy notes, grassy, pine, but nothing strong.

Hop bitterness is there but the malt is dominant. The hops are providing some pine but sweet is the main flavor here. Finishes with a bitter hop note.

I wouldn't call this a double. It's an IPA but the hop flavor just isn't where it should be. Bitter, yes. Hop flavor and aroma, ehh.

I'm guessing they need more late hop additions and dry hopping to round this out.

Overall, I wouldn't turn this down but your money is best spent elsewhere.

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Photo of BB1313
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a snifter. Pours on the darker side, hazy burnt orange color, nice fluffy white head and nice lacing. Lots of orange in the flavors and aromas. I'm also picking up a nice amount of pine and a slight amount of resin. Lots of caramel and malts present in the flavors and aromas as well. There's also hints of tangerines and lemon. The bitterness is definitely there, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is nice, very smooth and clean, not over-carbonated. Not too shabby.

This beer didn't over-excite me, it's pretty basic, but well done. At the end of the day, it all comes down to what hop profiles you prefer.

I wouldn't classify this as a DIPA. IPA, okay. Imperial ESB, okay. But not a DIPA

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Photo of emmasdad
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Leaving the driveway the other day, my wife and I passed a Tallgrass van and became instantly curious as to what was soon to be. Seeing the 4 pack on the shelves yesterday, we now know. Poured and amber/orange color with a decent white head. Aromas of caramel, toasted malt and bread. On the palate, medium bodied, with flavors of orange, caramel and a little bit of hops, with a long, lingering bitter finish.

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