Tallgrass Oasis | Tallgrass Brewing Company

very good
510 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Another tall can from Tallgrass. Dark clouded amber in color with a good two fingers of soapy head that doesn't stick around for long, but at least the lacing left behind is pretty to look at. Just about every category of hopping scent (including an amazing initial burst of my favorite, tropical fruit) is present all at once in the nose, somehow maintaining balance with each other and with a strong backbone of malt scent. The taste is much of the same story, the main difference being that the flavor also includes significant aspects of pine resins and the malt has somewhat of a 'salted savory peanut brittle' nutty feel to it that I really enjoy. As it warms up towards the ambient room temp, it takes on a slight vegetal nuance that is the first time (aside from chile beers of course) I have ever tasted in a brew that a vegetal flavor was appropriately balanced against all the other flavor components in the beer. Texture is on the thicker side of medium, carbonation is aggressive enough to keep it from being sluggish..

This is a really well done and very complex Big Beer, I highly recommend giving it a shot.

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

Acquired from brewerburgundy courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2011, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness followed but sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of znichols
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark auburn in color, this beer poured with a fluffy two inch white head. There is a good amount of lacing and a little hazyness to the brew. A little darker than expected but nothin crazy.

S-Very strong sweet malt aroma, like maple sugar covered biscuits and candied nuts. There is a strong, grassy hop aroma too. Good smells to this brew.

T- Hmmm, a very balanced brew for being so big. The alcohol is well hidden and the grassy hop flavor really stands out. There is a hefty malt backbone too. I wouls say it tastes like pecan pie and butterscotch cookies then theres a lingering vegetal hop essence. Quite a tasty brew. Sort of enigmatic.

M- This beer has a pretty sticky mouthfeel. The carbonation is moderate but the body is very slick and almost creamy like a stout. Pretty enjoyable mouthfeel that really plays into the mystique of this brew.

O-This is a good beer.They call it an Imperial ESB, which is pretty appropriate. For the less imaginative drinker, i would just say its a Double IPA that leans more towards English flavors than American. Lots of sweet, bready malt and grassy, earthy hops. YUM!

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Photo of beer2day
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid looking beer. Deep amber with lots of red tint. Thick, chewy 2-finger tan head. Nice, chunky lace and excellent head retention.

Nose is mostly malt with bread dough, wet paper, and light toast. Resin hops under all that, but very light.

Big hop hit right up front. You can feel the hops build even before the first swallow. Dirty, grainy, earthy hops with lots of malt body to back up the character makes for a heavy feeling pint.

A little too malty for my taste, but a fine glass nonetheless.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, Bruery tulip, Julian best by date on bottom can rim of 12 062 which would be March 3, 2012.

This beer is a very appealing deep dark copper. The head isn't too shabby either, rising and easy three or four fingers in a weathered paper color with some good staying power.

Largely aromas of crystal malts come from the glass, but they do cover a background of bread or pizza crust. Even though I am quite sure this is fresh the hops only show as a marmalade, earthy, and herbal sprinkling over pretty sweet malt aromas. Saucy orange bitterness builds as it warms, let it do so, it's better.

A taste wallops the mouth with Marris Otter-type bread, biscuit, crust, and grain. I bet that's the first time a flavor so gentle in character as been said to wallop. Joyfully the crystal take a back seat, quietly ad libbing nicely. The hops are mainly orange marmalade, a flavor I quite like, but certainly don't live up to even IPA status.

The liquid is soft, balanced with just a perfect offset of bubbles. I think this screams England, other than the ABV, which isn't noticeable as you drink it in the least.

Should this really be classified as a Double/IIPA? I think not; ESB would be better and this is what I have judged it as. It does manage to seem more like a 5% beer than anywhere near 7. Perhaps there is a slight alcohol bitterness as it warms, or maybe that's just the hops.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a tallboy can to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of hops, malt, caramel and a bready quality.

T: Tasted of hops (not as much as I would have thought), bread, grass (not a big issue), malt and a little citrus. This is basically a cross between an ESB and a DIPA. A pretty solid, complex flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: I've never had beer like this, so I don't really have a context for it, but it is certainly drinkable.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Nice foamy white head. Reddish/Amber in color not that dark. Nice amount of lacing.

S= The nose wasn't that strong did pick up on a little bit of a citrus note maybe some "earthy" notes as well.

T= I basically got some Pine hops and some citrus hops out of the taste of this beer a little bit of a malt backbone.

M= Medium Bodied, Nice carbonation.

O= Overall a nice beer kind of surprised that it is a double ipa but it was a good and worth a try if you see it. Glad I got to try this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tallgrass Oasis

Pours a dark orange color, and the frothy head provides a bunch of lace. Aroma is somewhat malty, with floral and light pine notes. In the taste, sweet sugary malt, with an english ale yeast fruity twang. Hop bitterness is mild, and flavor is grassy, slightly spicy and in the noble range. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a small bite. Overall, one of the better beers I've had from a can, and a refreshingly modest take on the double IPA style.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Pours a dark burnt orange with a thick white head. Awesome lacing and head retention throughout. Aroma of thick sweet malts, candied fruit and a hint of spicy hops. Very malt forward flavor to start. Nice toffee and caramel notes as well as some of the candied sugar from the nose. Does not taste like an old DIPA malt bomb, these malts are intentional. The hops come around to smack you in the face with spicy, leafy and grassy notes. Lingering bitterness. Really unique brew, very thick and malty before a bitter spicy finish.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of UnionMade
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fiery burnt orange, a little hazy, topped with a good inch of ivory foam. Sticky lace clings to the glass in a ladder-like effect. Looks terrific.
Smells hoppy, as I expected. Pungent pine and floral character, without much of the typical citrus you normally get with american IPA. The hops are a bit metallic, leading me to believe there's some noble hops in the mix.
The flavor opens a bit maltier than an average double IPA, but word on the street is this is some sort of double IPA/ESB hybrid, so I'll do with it. The malt is quite nice, with a gentle toastiness and a bit of caramel or toffee. A bit of apple fruitiness in the middle, moving into a moderately hopped finish. When I say moderate, I mean for double IPA standards. Piney and floral, allowing space for some sugary, fruity malt and a touch of alcohol. A little bit tinny, but not much. Full bodied, slightly greasy, with rather peppy carbonation. Compared to their other beers I've tried, this one doesn't feel as soft or smooth on the tongue. Still very enjoyable.

I like how this one defies categorization. 2IPA, ESB, maybe American strong ale? Who cares, just drink up!

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3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to ThirstyHerf for this can!

Continuing my surge in central USA cans. This one pours a cloudy sunset amber topped by a finger of lightly dusty cream foam. The nose comprises toasted caramel, ruby red grapefruit zest, cilantro, and a squeeze or two of lemon. The taste holds notes of ruby red grapefruit, cilantro, dark greens, very light cocoa, and smooth caramel. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth and creamy feel. Overall, a pretty solid DIPA, one that clearly focuses on the spicier hops (a nice change of pace, if you ask me) and achieves a pretty nice balance. That said, a tad bit more bite wouldn't hurt this beer at all...

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy copper color, two fingers of tight head, lots of lacing.
Big citrus smell. Grapefruit and a sharp lemon are the biggest ones.
Aggressive hops from the beginning. Tough to taste anything else, but in the middle there is a little honey flavor... probably the only malt bit that came through. Lasting bitterness.
Lots of bubbles and medium body.
Solid Double IPA. Hits early and big; perfect fit and fun to drink.

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Tallgrass Oasis from Tallgrass Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 510 ratings.
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