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 DrDemento456
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A hazy dark amber brown with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head. Lacing is nice.

S - Smells of malty hops and bread. Musky and earthy. Almost medicinal

T - Wow that is indeed aggressively hopped! Dry piney and earthy with a pretty standard malt bill of mild breads to balance. Hop presence lingers on the palate.

M - Dry and piney but medium bodied.

Overall very dry and resinous with hops cranked up pretty high. One and done for me.

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

This is a solid beer. It's a bit different than most D-IPAs. It's a well balanced beer.

Pours a light caramel, but dark if that makes sense. Nice cap and foam. Great lacing.

Malt, hops and a bit sweet aroma. The malt is grainy but not stale or wet like some other brews I've had. Provides great backbone.

Caramel foundation in the taste. It's like a caramel candy with a bit of rum inside. Kind of boozy, but not really. The hops pop, providing a bit of tannin, leathery, somewhat grassy flavor. Faint pine. Some orchard fruit.

Good feel on it. Very easy drinking if you like hops and malt.

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

served from the tap, in a standard shaker pint glass.

appears a hazy orangish copper color with white head. decent head retention and lacing. aroma is hoppy, mix of piney and citrus notes. taste is a good balance of toasted malt and hops. not too bitter, earthy and citrus flavors. medium body and carbonation, works well for the beer.

overall - a solid IPA. not sure I would group it in with "double" IPAs, but a good beer.

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

A - Pours a hazy dark amber with a big off-white head. Good retention and nice 3D lacing.

S - Big caramel/toffee malt, rich and bready, some oranges, peaches, some leafy and spicy hops.

T - Toffee malt, very bready and yeasty. Has a toasty graininess as well. Good amounts of sweet ruby red grapefruit that transforms into a full on grapefruit bitterness and grows stronger and spicier through the finish. The malt a is dense and carries through as well.

M - Moderate lush carbonation, dense, medium to full body, dry finish from the hops.

Good stuff here. It's more of a hefty ESB rather than a DIPA. It's great to drink at room temp. Very malty and yeasty. It's a different take on either style. Recommended.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Pours a nice mahogany color, slightly hazy with an extremely thick off white heading. Nice lacing.

Big nose here. Heavy, sweet caramel malt, with a big piney and grassy following.

Extremely rich in taste. The carmalized malts just ooze with sweetness and flavor. Big doughy second wave kicks in with a slightly toasted following. Last the bittering and piney hops are there as a nice bridge for all of the sweet goodness going on.

Mouth is full bodied, thick and sappy. Decent carbonation as it warms but never makes the palate tingle.

A very thick and sappy IIPA with a nice hop kick. The ABV is low but the flavor is big. A nice surprise from Tallgrass.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. No dating seems to be present.

A very light caramel off tan colored head with a big cap. Large fisting sized head off the pour, lies upon a body of opaque probably unfiltered red amber and brown hued body. As drinking continues the head just clumps in great fashion. Very impressive.

Bouquet is CHOCOLATELY rich. Nose fills with silky milk chocolate sensations. Where is that coming from? Strangely also powdery and dry, how is that possible? Impressive. One dimensional, nothing else, but quite good.

A good hop front angle on this, mixes with a rich malt powdered chocolate backbone. Bitter hop goes for a simple non descript taste profile, as chocolate powder drink mix fills the palate. Not heavily carbonated, just perfectly fine as it is.

Overall a VERY unique and real nice tasting beer. I am not sure what this is cause it sure doesn't feel like a typical Imperial IPA but does have a good hop character, but this really feels like an English Strong Ale. One for Kansas!

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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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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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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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Photo of Stinkypuss
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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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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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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Photo of TMoney2591
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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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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Photo of hustlesworth
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- bright hazy reddish orange when back-lit showing tangerine highlights. really nice color. really nice off-white yellowish creamy head as well. foam takes on that good old wrinkly pitted hoppy appearance as it shrinks down. lace doesn't wanna let go of the glass.

S- large floral, piney and grapefruity hoppy aroma with a little bit of soapiness that is just part of the jasmine like flowery notes. a good bit of malt sweetness is there also in the form of cookies and brown sugar. some vanilla and waffle like aromas. overall it's pretty muted until the beer warms a bit.

T- this is a big ass beer. there's a big happy balance too. the flavor transition goes from sweet and dessert-like to ruggedly toasty to aggressively hoppy in the finish. phase one flavors are sugar cookies, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, waffles, moving into dry grainy toasted bread flavors then big pine and grapefruit in the finish along with some lime and chocolate.

MF- true to the website's claim, this beer is loaded. full and thick on the palate, like carbonated milk. resinous hop feeling and malt thickness combat for reign over my cheeks and tongue. idk who wins. don't really give a shit right now either.

D- when i decided to mosey on over to tallgrass brewing's website, i fell into total agreement with their "Double ESB/IPAish beer" statement. i can't tell what kinds of malt or hops were used but they must have been english or something. if i had to guess, i don't know if ESB would have even crossed my mind. this thing is like a not-so-intense, not so alcoholic barleywine. anyhow, with that seed planted, this definitely falls somewhere between the two, and i thank them for speakin my language. super malty, super hoppy, tasty and well made, but i don't really want another one.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of FosterJM
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

913th Review on BA
Can to Mug
16 oz

Julian Date: 11355
Purchased from: Mass Bev, Lawrence, KS

App- A good caramel brown with a good bit of Amber and Orange highlights. A huge 2-1/2 finger head with some great sticky lace.

Smell- A more approachable malt bomb than most DIPA are. Again, a giant malt bomb but a bit of earthiness and a balanced grapefruit and tangerine note. A small amount of bitter to it.

Taste- A very cross styling to say the least. Malty, citrus, a bit of bitter with a strong pepper note and just flavorful. ESB or DIPA? Doesnt matter.

Mouth- A good medium body and a medium carbonation. A bit of caramel and some soft bitter notes.

Drink- For a bit of a tweener in style, this was a flavorful beer. It had some softness, some boldness and a bit of citrus. A bit better than the 1st Buffalo Sweat I had.

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Photo of cwguy5
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one! Poured from the can into a Mother Earth tulip. Sampled while wearing an egg-facial mask that my daughter insisted on.

A - away from light it looks brown and barely translucent; against the light it is a deep ruby color; thick rocky, off-white head that slowly faded to an uneven but covering cap; lots of sticky, 3D lacing; a few flecks of dark-ish sediment at bottom of glass
S - mostly hoppy at first that suggests some fruity and some bitter flavors, a bit of bread, toffee, and a touch of something i can't place that i can only describe as metallic but not off-putting
T - seems like the last few beers i have reviewed have tasted a lot like the aroma would suggest; i'm sure this is not unusual and it certainly holds true for this one; the hops come first and are a bit of a mix of some floral, fruity flavors and some bittering ones; a beautiful, rich french bread taste comes toward the end with another wave of moderate bitter at the finish
M - medium, active carbonation; pretty standard, light-medium body for a dipa; pretty lengthy dry, bittering aftertaste that seems to stick to sides of mouth and tongue
D - pretty complex palate; pretty easy drink; pretty good beer

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

Pint can, with colorful art on it. Julian code stamped on bottom.. is a freshest-by date?

Pours a completely clouded brown/burnt-orange. Tannish head sticks well. Smell is clean & sweet malt & detritus. Taste = aggresively hopped, as the can states! Grapefruit mostly. A rich, bready background, but the hops dominate. Very citrusy overall. Finishes tart, with a bit-o-heat. A nice beer; I like to drink craft beer out of cans!

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer review from my home state of Kansas!

Pours a nice amber color with an amazing one finger off white head. Excellent carbonation and lacing. Really nice for the style. Whoa... good nose! Caramel, hops, grass, yeast, floral, and bready notes evident here. Super balanced, and very attractive. Really nice taste, with the same profile as the nose. This is a very complex beer, and it really is put together well. Feel is medium, w/ sweetness/bitterness battling it out. Big malt backbone is definitely in there as well. I'm not really getting any of the 7.2% ABV at all. This is definitely a 'bold' brew- as the can says. I gotta say- I was surprised by this one- it's really complex, and every taste I'm picking something else up. Kudos to the Tallgrass Brewing Company- they should be proud of this beer- I'll definitely buy this one again. Go Jayhawks!!

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