Ethos IPA | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Ethos IPAEthos IPA

Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 124 | Ratings: 885
Photo of Groenebeor
3.04/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall an average IPA, not really getting a lot here that stands out. It's fine, and would have been a really good IPA 5 years ago or more. I'm not surprised they retired this beer this year. Any improvements on this solid beer will make for an outstanding IPA.

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Photo of Strix
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Pale orange, good intial head with curtains of lace.

Smell dank with a bit of a diacetyl note.

Caramel malt, orange peel, dank earthy hops, and a little bit of buttery finish that detracts for me.

Smooth mouthfeel.

Flavor profile didn't really do it for me, on the buttery side I guess.

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Photo of Hendry
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With a 90 BA rating and plenty of praise in the reviews, I was looking forward to experiencing Ethos, and the "consume by" date of 8/8/14 offered promise.

Orangey amber pour,nice appreance overall with a single finger of ecru head and spotty lacing.

Aroma is far more on the grainy malt side than hops to my nose: sweet and hinting at a blast of butterscotch tinged diacetyl beer that somehow fits within the description of an American IPA.

Taste is exactly as it smells: very sweet and grainy but the bitterness of the hops kicks in delivering a hefty tongue scraping 110 IBUs. The diacetyl edge is too much for me to consider this an enjoyable and inviting beer. I realize some categorize the above described flavors as "candied orange," but for me it is a turn off.

Medium bodied and a touch sticky, decent carbonation. The intense hop bitterness factor attempts to counteract the butterscotch sweetness in a valiant effort, but doesn't really succeed.

I was hoping for a hop forward assault on the nostrils and palate based on the ratings and reviews, but found this fresh can of Ethos to be rather disappointing. Can't really say it is a worthwhile IPA to go out of your way for, and can't help but feel the 90 BA rating is based more on local pride than an outstanding beer and nowhere near on the level of say La Cumbre Elevated.

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Photo of robby23
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

It poured out as a burnt orange color with a very foamy head. The background smell I picked up on were that of pine, lemon citrus. The tast was a well blaced citrus not overpowering each sip for me revealed a new layer of taste. Mouthfeel was was very light for an IPA. Only down, size is it comes in a four pack wish it could come in a, six pack

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Photo of alaimoa
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy orange with foamy fluffy head that left soapy legs behind
S: Bready, pine, floral, grapefruit rind
T: piney bitterness with a solid malt backbone and dry finish. Bitter throughout most of the sip
M: medium body with a lingering bitterness

Overall tasty but a bit on the bitter side

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Photo of Living816
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good, but not great beer. Like most Tallgrass beers, it finishes far too sweet with too much body. The carbonation is excessive, but not outrageous.

Color is a hazy orange. The head is a billowing off white. The smell is a bit off putting. It has a passionfruit, papaya, melony, grapefruit, dank, resiny thing. But then you get hit with a cherry cough syrup smell, and a candi maltiness. The cough syrup smell is out of balance and overpowering the more delicate smells.

I'll give it to Tallgrass, they can make a beer smooth as silk with bitterness. >100IBU but it doesn't linger inappropriately. Assertive, but not bad at all. Taste has a citrus, primarily grapefruit and cloying sweetness. Finishes far too sweet. Very nice maltiness.

Overall, a beer that is decent, but not great. Needs a bit of work to dry it out a bit, less of the cherry cough syrup flavor and aroma, and a more focused bittering.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can (2013)

Thanks for sharing this with me, VaTechHopHead!

Decent IPA from the Midwest. Loads of bitterness and some nice citrus-flavored hop notes. A bit too much malt and sweetness for my personal tastes. A touch of a syrup flavor/mouthfeel. Drinkable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Hazy burnt orange. Nice white head. Great surface foam.

Smell - Pine and grass hops. Doughy malts with some grainy texture. A little bit sweet. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium bitterness and medium carbonation. Very medium.

Overall - A little heavy and malty, but overall tasty.

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Photo of matjack85
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on tap at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $5 for a 16oz pint glass.

The beer poured a mostly clear golden/orange color with a ½-finger of white head that actually lasted a few minutes and left some incredible lacing.

Huge hop smell, but also noticeable caramel malt and lots of fruit.

No hiding the fact that there's 6 different hops in here plus it's dry hopped twice. Pine and grapefruit hop bitterness give it a whopping 110 IBU score, but there's also some tangerine/orange flavor there as well. To balance it out they also put in lots of caramel sweetness - maybe too much sweetness as I wasn't that crazy about the sweet/bitter mix.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

Interesting and definitely worth a try. For hopheads with a sweet tooth.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I decent ipa. I liked it but it was a tad too malty for my liking. Earthy and leathery flavors. Had a very agreeable feel to it I really enjoyed. I suspect this can may have been past it's prime. I would like to get my hands on this again . . . Maybe more fresh and see what happens.

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Photo of Tone
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of hops oils, citrus hops, sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops oils, citrus hops, sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, great appearance, decent aroma, and decent body.

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Photo of KidDoc
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy medium copper color. Small head with light retention but nice lacing. understated but mostly grassy aroma. Flavors nicely balanced but wears a little thin in time.

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Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has an orange/golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, a bit of citrus. Taste is strong of hops, very bitter, dry, piney, no malts to speak of. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

110 IBUs in a can? I'm intrigued. Light copper penny color with a slight bit of haziness. A quarter inch head lays on top. I get a somewhat subdued aroma of pine like hops. You can tell the sharp bitterness in the aroma but it doesn't seem to linger. The mouthfeel has the stickiness and somewhat chalky texture of an IPA. The intensity of the bitterness of this beer seems to be coming at the back of the palate and has a slow hop burn followed by a significant light malt backbone.

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Photo of Suds
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a can, this brew is slightly hazy, golden, and capped with a white froth. The aroma is all hops....woody, pine, and a bit of cirrus. Earthy and pungent. The beer is a certainty an American style IPA. The taste is semi dry, and the alcohol is notable after a few sips. Full in body, and drinkable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to LiverBelly for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, candied citrus zest, tea, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with candied citrus zest, tea, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of candied citrus zest and tea characteristics all around.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a clean golden-copper pour with 2 fingers of foamy head (great retention), lots of lacing left behind. smell is piney, grapefruity, and subtle malt comes fading in. a subtle spicy bitterness up front, traces of sweet malt (but not too sweet), an herbal bitterness lingers. medium body with a creamy mouthfeel, modest amount of carbonation.

this is a decent ipa, but from what i remember, i prefer the tallgrass ipa (green can with the elephant (i think?) on it.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

big thanks to my man FTowne for this unexpected extra. enjoyed from a 4hands tulip.

a - brew poured an almost copper colored orange brown (kind of the same color as the can) with a generous head that hung out and left really chunky lacing as it faded.

s - tropical fruit, citrus, soap, syrup.

t - soft soapy citric with some noticeable heat on the taste (even though the ABV isn't that big),

m - medium bodied with some heat on the flavor/feel.

o - overall, not the greatest IPA in the world, but very enjoyable and worth checking out.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Out of a snifter.

Copper body and a finger's width of white and pillowy foam, this one leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

The smells are mainly of sweet citrus, like orange, and a general booziness.

The 100 IBU's are all here, very nice hop bitterness throughout the drink. Flavors are piney and slightly citrus-y, there is more grapefruit now and a little malt showing on the back end. Ethos sits fine on the tongue. Not too fizzy, not too flat, it is more concerned about delivering that extreme bitterness right over the tongue.

This IPA is juicy and bitter, not to mention more on the sweet side of the spectrum. I am not sure what that booziness was that I picked up on the nose, and it would help to have a fuller bouquet coming out of the glass. Otherwise, this thing drinks like a DIPA.

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Photo of Beric
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 16oz can into pint
Served: 1 January 2015

Appearance: Pours a light tannish color with golden accents. Not much reddish tint coming through like in many American IPAs. Bright white one finger head that leaves some lacing.

Aroma: Bright grassy herbal hops with a touch of grapefruit.

Taste: Lots of hops with similar qualities as the aroma. Slightly bitter, and with some slight astringent straw-like tastes on the back end as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: A serviceable IPA.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ethos is a solid IPA that was brought over by my awesome neighbor. The beer poured a nice copper color with white head that did not leave much lace. The scent was fresh hops that leaned toward bitter. The taste was an evenly balanced IPA with good malt and bitter hops through the drink. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a solid offering.

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Photo of cervezango
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

sweet bread caramel heavily hopped but is balances out by sweetness perfectly 110 ibu’s. Thick crisp fruity hops, some banana and tangerine . A little sticky , coats the mouth.

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Photo of kantormill
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden in color with a tint of red. Mixture of pine and toffee aromatically. Strong, bitter hoppy flavor and not much else. Mouth feels like you've chewed on an orange rind after. Decent IPA, but not great.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another sample from my Independence Day get together with out of state friends. From the can on July 4, 2014..

It is a very heady golden amber pour. The white head takes its time to settle down.

A slight sweet and grainy aroma mixes with an earthy and grassy hop note.

Smooth, medium body.

Again with the grainy malts. Those are the first things I get in the taste but it won't take long before it evolves into a full but not floral, hop bitterness. Enjoyable.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ethos IPA pours a golden color, with a nice long lasting lacing head. There is a nice mellow floral hoppy aroma. The taste is more balanced, but still has a bold floral taste. Good body, full flavors, and rather easy to drink, and nice hoppy aftertaste. Overall its a nice balanced yet bold and strong IPA.

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