Oasis | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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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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1/5  rDev -74%

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Photo of matty
1.62/5  rDev -57.9%
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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2/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2.07/5  rDev -46.2%
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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2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of dpnelson1978
2.55/5  rDev -33.8%
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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2.56/5  rDev -33.5%
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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2.62/5  rDev -31.9%
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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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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2.71/5  rDev -29.6%
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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2.76/5  rDev -28.3%
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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Oasis from Tallgrass Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 510 ratings