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 hosehead83
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a "tall-boy" can into a standard pint glass.
Deep copper/amber in color, with a big, fluffy head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Sweet toasted malt, faint hop note
Taste-Almost a malt-bomb. Sweet toasted malt in wave after wave. Not much hop appearance here. Overly sweet for a double IPA. Perhaps not the right style category for this beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy amber orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that gradually died down and left a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pine resin hops along with some notes of citrus hops.
T: Like the smell, flavors of pine resin hops stand out in the overall taste, which has a moderate amount of bitterness with notes of citrus hops. Hints of caramel malts are also present and become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a little maltier compared to other IPAs and hides its alcohol very well.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a dark caramel copper color. A thick, foamy cream colored head recedes to a light film with spotty, sticky lacing on the glass.

The beer smells malty and sweet up front, with floral, grapefruit hops in the end.

The beer tastes Slightly malty and sweet to begin. Then an almost uncanny salty note comes in, like pretzels. This gives way to the hoppy, bitter grapefruit finish. It's got balance.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall, an interesting journey from malts to hops. It's decent, but this will be a one-off.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks nice. Nose is pretty good. Flavor is workin' too. Nice little smack to the mouth. This double ipa carries a more mature tone to it in that there is a level of balance and seems to carry a malty backbone that works very well with the hops. It's not trying to obliterate your palate with hop ridiculousness. This is the third in my recent exposure to Tallgrass, and I must say I wholeheartedly approve. I'll try anything from this brewery at this point.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Thanks to my buddy Matt

A- a nice deep dark amber color. A huge foamy 4 finger head that takes forever to dissipate. The head is on of the best i have seen. Looks like whipped cream.

S- strong pine/resin smell at first but then there comes some citrus notes, a tart lemon. toffee malts come thru on the backend as well. very nice.

F- the pine comes thru strong in the flavor. It overwhelms everything else noted before. I do gather the citrus but the toffee/cramel malt is lost.

M- quite dry like an IPA should be. Not too watered down and the flavors are captured in the mouth.

O- A decent IPA. I was never a huge fan until about a year and half ago and this ranks as one of the great IPA's i have had. The citrus could come out more in the flavor.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy deep amber bordering on garnet red in color. The beer has a two finger tall dense pillowy beige head that slowly reduces to an even denser thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer evenly with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are light to moderate aromas of caramel malt sweetness with a significant hop presence - there are pine/resin, lemon/citrus, earthy, and spicy hop notes.

T: The beer has a moderate body of caramel malt sweetness that underlies the strong hop flavors. There are flavors of pine/resin, lemon/citrus, and spicy hops that impart a moderate amount of bitterness which lingers but not too long.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy with moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: A very enjoyable beer and an interesting hybrid of the ESB and DIPA styles. Very nice combination of hop flavors and definitely a beer that I would have again - I have been impressed with all of the beers I have tried from this brewery.

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Photo of Jparker37
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A - Big pillowy off-white head. Deep, hazy amber that leaves a little bit of lacing.

S - Has some lemon-like citrus tones, some earthy/spicy hops, along with a touch of toasty malt sweetness. Very dank resin hoppiness.

T - Starts off with a large malt presence. Very toasty with some more caramel sweetness. When those piney hop flavors appear, the sweetness hangs on for the ride. The alcohol seems to blend in great when the giant malt and hop are the main emphasis. Nice and dry for a double IPA. Has a pleasant lingering hop finish along with some sharpness from the yeast.

M - Medium-full to full bodied, light to moderate carbonation. Great dryness.

O - Excellently crafted balance. I often run into many DIPAs that get slick on my palate and also have a thick viscosity, but this beer was neither. Just as the can said, it has a lot of characteristics of an ESB and also a DIPA which I found pleasantly refreshing.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with off-white head that lingers well and lots of lacing.

Smell is sweet with a little pine and fruit.

Taste is sweet malt with lots of bitterness throughout. Heavy with grapefruit. Almost too bitter for me in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Lots of carbonation.

Overall this was good.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, dark amber color, bits of gradient from light to dark bottom up and topped with an off-white head of good retention. Very impressive lacing from this beer as well.

Mostly sweet on the nose, caramel and toffee dominate with a bit of grassy/pine in the background. A lot more of the hops come through in the flavor. A lot of the malty sweetness comes through in flavor too, braced by a fresh grapefruit that finally leads into a nice, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is excellent: smooth and full-bodied without being overly heavy. There is enough carbonation to keep this beer more casual than your average imperial sipper. That's what is great about this beer, it works as both a casual and intense experience. This would work well with a group of friends or paired with a good cheese or cigar and enjoyed in private.

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Photo of rundocrun
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This one's a gem. Body is a surprisingly dark red-amber color. Very unique and enticing-looking DIPA. Two fingers of off-white foam that has very good retention. This is the 3rd Tallgrass beer I have reviewed and one thing they always seem to get right is the ridiculous amounts of lacing their beers are able to produce.

S - Lots of spicy pine and citrusy herbal character. I also get a decent hint of the malt body in the form of caramelized sugar aroma.

T - A hefty dose of sweet malt up front that is quite clean and caramely. Bitterness is milder than I expected, but is still quite noticeable on the back and sides of the tongue with each sip. Sweet citrus and dry, spicy hop flavor are noticeable throughout as well. Finish is bitter with some chocolatey roasted grain flavor. Overall, the two dominant flavors by are are bitterness and super-sweet caramel. I could do for a bit more well-balanced beer.

M - Thick and chewy. Finish is quite syrupy and gives the impression one is drinking a glass of hop oils. Good carbonation.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, no date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear amber color, produces a couple fingers of creamy off-white head that eventually fades to a collar but leaves lots of awesome lacing.

S- Nice aroma of sweet caramel and toffee malt blended with grassy, slightly citric and juicy hops.

T- Follows the nose with a powerful malt presence, caramel and toffee sweetness, which is shortly overcome by a well-balanced hops, which have a grassy and spicy bite and provide a nice bitter finish.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, pretty dry throughout.

O- A really nice beer, probably tastes more like an IPA than what you imagine when you think DIPA, but it's very drinkable and tasty nonetheless. Definitely my favorite from Tallgrass thus far.

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Photo of Florida9
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Fairly hazy deep reddish-brown. Forms a large off-white head that drops down to a thick and stable 1/4" of bubbly head fairly quickly. Leaves some decent lacing on the way down.

S: Aroma is dominated by a heavy malt character with a lot of caramel, bread, and even a touch of butterscotch and just a bit of pine peeking through.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma, but with a bit more hop action. Starts off with a moderate bit of caramel malts, a little brown bread, and a bit of toffee before turning bitter with earthy hops and pine. Finish has a lingering, earthy bitterness.

M: Full bodied and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Moderate, but persistent, bitterness.

O: Didn't care for this one too much at first, but it grew on me. As an American DIPA, I'd say it's not very good, but I'd also say it probably should't be categorized as one either. Overall, not a bad beer: full of flavor with a good hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of Pencible
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy dark copper with fluffy off-white head.
S: It smelled like lots of copper, with a little earthy roasted barley.
T: It tasted like bitter rusty copper, with some resin hops and earthy barley malt, and lingering sweet caramel. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick and chewy with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was not bad, but really not the profile of IPA that I prefer. The scent and taste were all copper with only a little fruit. The body was great, and the finish was smooth enough, so it was pretty easy to drink. Worth a tick, but nothing more.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into pint glass. Poured a deep fire hued orange/red with a moderate haze. Generous amount of pillowy white head upon pour, great retention, and it leaves strata of lacing as it goes down. The nose has piney hops with a large amount of caramel and bread coming through. The hops don't provide the aromatic punch that you'd expect for the style, but it seems to have a nice balance. The taste rich and malty to start with moderate caramel sweetness. The hop bitterness is big towards the end and it leave a lingering bite on the palate. The mouth feel has a moderate body with medium to high carbonation. Overall, this brew packs quite a bit of flavor and is balanced nicely. It doesn't fit neatly into the DIPA category, but it is a tasty beer worthy of a try.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P:  Pours an effervescent burnt orange color with moderate haze. A rocky mountain of tan head lingers on the top. 

S:  Robust roasted malt aroma, toffee, earthy hops, wood, leather, and smoked grain resin. 

T/M:  Taste follows the nose with a moderate sticky feel.  Smoother than I figured it would be with just a timid carbonation to balance out the bitter an the sweet. Earthy, slightly warming, with a finish of slowly building bitter floral hops. 

O:  Overall this is a solid imperial IPA, I would like to have had a touch more bitterness. The carbonation of flavors is well balanced and has achieved a well rounded brew. This is a beer that I would drink regularly. 

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, somewhat opaque amber, with a really nice fluffy light tan head and brilliant lacing.

A tad dank on the nose, with a lot of herbal and floral notes. This beer has a subtle nose for a double IPA, but everything that I want to smell is there.

The taste is surprising to me. It has an assertive bitterness upfront and mellows out a bit through the mid palate and a strong sweetness on the finish. Flavors like maple syrup, and edible flower bouquets come to mind.

Bold body on this one with a moderate level of carbonation. Its not a sipping beer, but its not session able either. Overall this is another solid Tallgrass Brewing Company offering. I think that I am not officially a fan.

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Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer. Served at a good temperature with a nice light tan with golden highlights, foamy head that slowly settles and lots of lace. Color is a very slightly hazy orange honey amber. Aroma is hops, dry deciduous twigs, used leather, malt, toffee, hint of butterscothch. Flavor’s much like nose and has fairly decent balance for this style of beer which is hop on top (:-}) bitter, then a little malt sweet and carbonic tang to round out. Body is good with bitterness dominating the full mouth and good carbonation. Finish is like flavor, long, and leaves me able to have a couple more.

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Photo of bennetj17
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown/copper color with a thick haze. The head is two fingers tall and holds on nicely. Grassy hop aroma with a caramel malt excess, it smells like a barelywine. Are we sure it's only 7.2% ABV?

Tangy caramel malt flavor with a sharp, biting, leafy hop balance. It really doesn't strike me as a traditional IPA or double. The herbal hop essence lingers on into the finish, which has a modest bitterness, not overdone. Alcohol is not too noticible. Medium body, just a touch syrupy with an adequate carbonation for style.

Overall an intense yet balanced brew. Very reminiscent of SN Bigfoot but with a little less alcohol. So far everything I've tried from Tallgrass has been likable. Going to continue to try their beers when I get the chance...

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Photo of blakelive784
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

16 fl oz can served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - First off, I like the tall boy. It pours a hazy and murky copper color with two fingers of dense and creamy off white head. Retention is pretty good, especially given the high ABV, and the head leaves tight lacing.

S - Grassy, floral, and earthy hops notes perfectly counter the sweet toasted malts and candy. Cotton candy and biscuity yeast are present as well. Moderate in strength and actually pretty inviting. I'll be interested to see if it's as balanced on the tongue as it is on the nose...

T - I'm impressed by the balance on this one. The hops are incredibly earthy and grassy. The flavors aren't as bold as I expected, though. Heavy caramel in this one. It's relatively simple. It's never overtly bitter, nor cloyingly sweet. Well done.

M - Medium bodied and thick, bordering syrupy.

D - I'm pretty impressed by this one (mostly because my expectations were pretty low). It's a well balanced malt/hop bomb that I'd probably have again.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Beer Stein

Appearance - Nice Cloudy Dark Orange/Brown color. I'm ptetty sure this may be my selection or glassware, but the head on is absolutely big and foamy, I got a 4-5 finger width and the lacing is excellent!

Smell - Floral/Citrus Hops, Yeasts, Caramel and malts. Pretty standard, but the smell itself is pretty vibrant for what it is.

Taste - The Piney hops followed by some subdued floral hops. It's incredibly malty as well even for an IPA and there are also some strong bread/yeasts, and sweet caramel notes in here too. I'll be honest, I was expecting more of a powerful hop kick, considering this is supposed to be an Imperial IPA

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with little carbonation. Fairly thick and almost borderlines on chewy. However, it feels creamy, which is unusual for an IPA, and it's pretty easy to drink

Overall - It's by no means an Imperial IPA despite it's classification but it's still a damn good IPA. If you want an Imperial IPA with a strong hoppy kick, go with Hop Stoopid. Aside from that, this is still a great IPA that I think everyone should try out

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a cloudy deep orange with about an inch of head which lasted for most of the glass... gave off great amounts of lacing.

smells of honey, grapefruit, orange, maple syrup

immediate bitterness followed up by a sweet aftershock of malts. the hops are very bitter on this one, it tastes like there are actual hops in my mouth (i do this once in a while as a homebrewer). bitter/citrusy grapefruit taste. i know it's what they were going for, and for that i give it a 3.5, however i would prefer a bit more balance.

mouthfeel is nice, fizzy and sweet on the palate - bitter and thick on the roof of the mouth.

overall, this is a decent iipa - like i said, i'd prefer a bit of balance on hop profiles, but understand it's what they were going for.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one from a 16 oz. can poured into a pint glass on the rooftop at Dave's Taverna. I was pleased to see they added this to their rooftop beer list, which only serves "big beers" (container size, not ABV) and typically only has BMC and a few other sub-par offerings.

A - Pours a very hazy amber/orange color with one finger of off white head. Good lacing. As a side note, it was St. Patrick's Day when I got this and I was offered it "green" and I passed the first time and decided to accept the second. Looked like dark swamp water, not nearly as pretty as the other bright green Bud Lights, Stellas, and Coors Lights at the table.

S - The aroma is an interesting combination of grassy hops, corn, tropical fruits, and some toastiness.

T - Very malty and sweet upfront with some bready and grainy characteristics. The tropical fruits from the nose are prominent followed by a dry pine hop finish. Well done.

M - Solid medium body and good carbonation.

O - They may call it an imperial ESB, but the hops certainly suggest IPA. There were some complex malt and grain flavors that set this one apart from your everyday IPA. Very easy drinking and balanced, and bonus points for the tall can. I will definitely get this again when I return to Dave's.

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

16 oz. can tried 26 Oct 2011. Served in the Dillon Dam shaker pint.

Large light brown head. Lightly carbonated. Clear deep red mahogany in color. Sweet hop aroma, pineapple, buttery toffee, salted caramel, syrupy. Starts a bit nutty astringent. Hop bite comes on strong and lingers. Medium sticky body, ethanol is moderately warming. Touch of buttery toffee lingers in the aftertaste.

The bitterness is a bit aspirin like.

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Photo of yamar68
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice murky amber with a healthy dose of off white head that laces wonderfully. Loads of piney resinous hop presence, mixed with some mango/kiwi (?). The hops are supported by a caramely sweet bread. The taste is practically a mirror of the nose. The bitterness, though, is a bit more aggressive than I would have guessed plus a touch of burnt toast and heavy grain. This is usually the beer that I recommend to people that are looking for a Furious type experience - this analysis has me second guessing myself though. Regardless, this stuff is tasty.

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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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Tallgrass Oasis from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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