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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Ri0
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Duvel tulip.

A - Cloudy dark mango orange (pretty much matches the color of the can)with a huge 3 finger pillowy white head. Ring sits around my glass until finished. Plenty of white bubbly lacing on my glass.

S - Some citrus and over ripe tropical fruit. Hints of dank and slight chive mixed in with pine and floral accents.

T - At 110 IBUs I thought this would be bitter, but it is somewhat tame. Nice pine and citrus mix with caramel and honey sweetness. Some over ripe tropical and pineapple comes in the middle. Finishes with more pine bitterness.

M - Big carbonation with a medium/light body. Slight oil and residue in the finish.

O - Better than average IPA, but nothing I would seek out. I expected this to be a big blast of hops at 110 IBUs but was letdown somewhat. It has a nice flavor. Bonus that it comes in 16oz cans.

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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 kawilliams81
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours a cloudy burnt orange with a 2 finger white head. Huge amounts of clumps, rings and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- honey, pineapple, orange, light onion and spices

T- honey and caramel, pineapple, orange rind, again some onion and spice along with bitter pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very creamy and nice feel.

O- very solid ipa. Had a week ago and got mostly the onion and garlic notes, but today a lot more sweet malts and citrus come through. Palate must have been off last weekend?

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap from Barley's Brewhaus in a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Crystal amber-orange color with a rocky white head of about a finger and a half. Outstanding sticky lacing coats the side of the glass as I drink it down.

Smell - Dominated by grapefruit and piney aromas, with some hints of herbal bitterness to follow as well as some floral characteristics. Very aromatic.

Taste - Again, the grapefruit element is the star, but it's not overpoweringly bitter. After the initial punch of the grapefruit, there is a faint underlying base of malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel - On the light side of medium bodied, with some silkiness and a dry finish.

Overall, a fantastic new offering from Tallgrass and perhaps my new favorite out of their catalog. Usually I'm not one to enjoy IPAs on hot summer days, but this one has some refreshing promise to it. Throw in the fact that it's a can and it's perfect for the pool or the lake.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can served in a Sierra Nevada IPA glass

A - Pours a hazy amber/apricot color. 1 finger of frothy head that really sticks to the glass.

S - Bright grapefruit mixed with some pineapple, spicy green hop juice, very hoppy aroma, like sticking your nose in a bag of crushed hop pellets.

T - Spicy hops upfront, bitter grapefruit has a good sweetness to it, mango, stone fruit, green grass mixed in, slightly toasted pale malts run underneath, has some raw earthiness to it. Bitterness ramps up on the finish with resinous pine/spruce right on the end.

M - Full body, solid creamy carbonation, thick feel, dry finish.

Strong work from Tallgrass here. Covers a spectrum of hop flavors, good fruitiness, good bitterness, a solid malt bill that backs it up and doesn't get lost in all the hops. I'll be buying more of this.

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Photo of Flatlands
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to think that Tallgrass is going to phase out their old IPA as this is brew really gives a balanced IPA. I pours some out to view it but I drank this bad boy right out of the can. It still holds up well sitting in a can koozie.
A-The old IPA did well here, the new one is even better. Great orange color with a big billowy white head-o-foam.
S-smells great out of the can, grassy and piney like a good IPA.
T-I was expecting big PIney hops here but this one has a good grassy balance. It also is a lingering brew so the flavor hangs around... Awesome!
M-I'll need to pour into a glass for a full review here but hey, it works right out of the can so I have to think a glass would work well too. Good feel, lingers, right amount of carbonation.
O-Tallgrass continues to brew beers that I like to keep around and revisit as they are unique and offer a slight twist on each style.
Check out the video for this beer on their website. It's a short intro to the name but it is fun. Love the graphics.

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Photo of swoopdog
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Really awesome orange gold color with a really billowy 3 fingers of white head that leaves a lot of lacing around the glass. A fair amount of carbonation coming off the bottom. Looks like a very hoppy IPA

S - Not a lot of that west coast hop character in the nose. Getting more of a floral and citrus character to it which is surprisingly with the IBU count on this. There is some faint orange and graperfruit but not a rind astringency famous in DIPAs. Getting some of those thicker bready notes from the malts. Smells pretty easy to drink let's see.

T - Follows the nose I am not getting hardly any of those hops mostly getting some of that dankness from the malts with some hop kick at the front of the tongue. There is a lot of people claiming to smell a lot more typical potent IPA flavors I am not tasting that. Some earthy dirt tastes as I have been known to say. I am getting some sweetness at the end of the pull that reminds me of a spring time IPA sort of flavor like Choc makes. A pretty average, easy drinking IPA for the amount of hops in this.

M - Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. It's somewhat chewy but also has some creamy textures. Leaves a dry finish in your mouth that begs you to drink more.

O - The taste was only somewhat of a let down. As a big fan of Tallgrass and having had their original IPA I can tell you that this is a DRASTIC improvement. Not a west coast IPA that ruins your palate like I thought but light and florally with some nice elements that make this a nice summer session IPA. Well done Tallgrass!

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Photo of emerge077
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BBD: 9/9/13
Hazy sunshine orange, lasting foam and collar of lace around the edges. Sticky spotty lacing, great retention.

Subdued citrus aroma, caramel malt.
Bitter citrus peel flavors, grapefruit, and mild caramel malt in the background. Medium bodied with an ample bitterness. Dry aftertaste, bitter greens linger long after the swallow. Overall it's pretty good, would like to try a fresher can once it hits the local market.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can into a tall tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with three fingers of dense white head. Great retention and good lacing.

S: Quite citrusy - lots of orange, grapefruit, and a touch of dankness. A mixture of breadiness and caramel malts balance the aroma nicely. The aroma is potent, but not overwhelming.

T: The flavor starts out with a pretty dank hop and a nice caramel sweetness. Citrus is now in the background now. The beer is strongly bitter, though not over the top.

M: Medium to thin mouthfeel with a strong carbonation.

O: A solid IPA. A very nice aroma with a decent flavor. I wish the fruitiness would come out a bit more in the flavor and the bitterness was dialed down a bit.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Surly tulip glass. Can says drink by 09-19-13.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell:A nice sharp aroma of hops with lots of citrus fruit esters and some caramel malt. Good scent of ripe hops with earthy and floral hints of grass and some pine resin spice. Juicy citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange pulp, tangerine, pineapple, mango, apricot, and lemon. Solid bready support of toasty malts with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Smell is pretty hop forward, although its more in the Midwest style of IPA. Very good.

Taste: Lives up to the nose, a very solid hop forward taste with good notes of citrus, pine, and caramel malt. Ripe and chewy hops upfront with good floral and earthy notes with some grass and dank pine resin spice taste. Good juicy taste of citrus hop esters. Notes of grapefruit, oranges, mango, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, and lemon. Solid malt backing with bready notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, toast, and yeast. Very hop forward but the malt is not completely outdone. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, chewy, creamy, and very juicy. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: A very good IPA. Tallgrass really knocked it out of the park with this one. Great mix of hop esters and a solid malt backing.

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Photo of mscudder
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint. Cheers to Corey for making me aware of this one. Best by 9/19/13.

A - Slightly cloudy light amber hue with an off-white head showing nice retention and lacing.

S - Lots of hops, bread and grass. Citrus, grapefruit and lemon as it warms.

T - Interesting blend here... Lively hop bitterness and a big sweet sweet malts mix uniquely. Complex fruits flow from the bitterness, making this an IPA I will not forget.

M - Medium body with above average carbonation.

O - Unique is how I describe this AIPA. Not necessarily fantastic and far from being a miss. I look forward to trying other brews from Tallgrass.

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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 jimmah120
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pint can labeled best by september. cave drawings cover the can.

look is light for an ipa, small fluffy head that lasts. smell is warm sweet hazelnut malt, pine and lemon in the background. taste is bitter pine and lemon with a malty background that you cannot taste, but only feel.

impressive beer from tallgrass, very well done.

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Photo of hopoilcrazy
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Cyclone8! I'm glad I got a 4pk of this from Kevin, but now I know that it won't be enough ever

A - Dark wheat tone, slightly amber. Pours an awesome creamy head that balloons up to three fingers and hangs out for at least five minutes. After it subsides there is a nice solid white cap that covers the whole surface to the last sip

S - There are a lot of scents going on here: grass, weed, rich sweet caramel-y malts, cream, chalk, juicy hops that really have an awesome tropical fruit and citrus blend going on. You can almost smell the balance of the hops and malts. Slightly boozy tail end for 6.8%

T - Fruity hop oil blends very nicely with an almost peaty and caramel-y malt base. It is very balanced with some big hops and equally big malts. It has a long grassy hop finish. Delicious!

M - It feels light on the tongue along with being very drinkable this is a great combo. Can't hardly detect the alcohol on the palate or tongue.

Very well done, Tallgrass, KS is becoming an awesome beer state!

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Photo of Duff27
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A burnt orange colored body with a full two inch white fluffy head. Head retention is ridiculous, minutes upon minutes. Clumptastic lacing and a solid looking IPA all around.

Oranges and cantaloupes in the aroma. Fresh floral scents.

Tropical fruit hop presence. Can says 102 IBU, I say we'll balanced, well built. Drinks it's stated ABV (6.8%).

Medium mouthfeel, smooth...I feel like this could benefit from a bump in the carbonation level to make it crisper on the tongue, minor complaint.

Very impressed with this Tallgrass offering. Drinkability is only encouraged by the format and size. Summer is officially here. Thanks for grabbing this fdkayti :)

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Photo of BierStein711
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gorgeous Beer

Burnt orange to gold in shaker pint, two finger off-white head

Moderate carbonation

Smell: Pine, grass, grain

Taste: PIne, hop, apricot, medicinal, with a dry hop bite at the end

Mouthfeel: Perfect

Overall, this is a smooth beer. I was surprised to see it in my area, but it made for a delicious beverage. Try it if you can!

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Photo of Mdog
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold, good head.

Smell: Good citrus aroma.

Taste: Juicy citrus, nice sweetness backed by moderate bitterness. Very tasty. Some breadiness supporting the hops, but dominated by hoppy goodness.

Overall: A really tasty IPA that's right on the border for a double IPA. Plenty of base to support the hops, and the hops shine through strongly. Really good stuff.

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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent gold/honey with 3 fingers of ivory colored head. Great lacing & very good head retention

S: Breadyness, grassyness, lemons & grapefruit as this warms.

T: Grapefruit, lemons, aspirin , pine& a touch of pears & breadyness up front. Some herbal bitterness as this warms, some grapefruit peel, & dryness. Finishes with much grapefruit, a bit of pine needle & faint breadyness & pear fruittyness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, fairly well balanced for the style

Easy to drink, not a world class IPA, but a great canned offering that I will buy more of without hesitation!

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Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a massive head that slowly receded to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma totally dominated by the hops. A combination of citrus, herbs, and pine. A little more citrus than the others.

West coast hops and east coast malt. Massively bitter but also plenty of sweet malt. Tastes quit like biting into a grapefruit or orange. Not sure of the exact hops used in this brew but it tastes like Citra is one of them. Has a bitter aftertaste.

Feels like an IPA of this ABV. Near perfect carbonation for the body but could benefit by just a bit more life to ease the bitterness.

The antithesis of the session IPA when they becoming popular. This is big, bold, and makes no apologies for its brashness. Check the dates at the bottom of the cans. Thanks for that Tallgrass Brewing.

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Photo of lawlerj
4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a NB Globe glass.

A - This brew pours a slghtly hazy golden amber color with an off white head of not quite two fingers. I can see some carbonation, but it does not appear to be overly bubbly. It leaves nice splotchy lacing on the glass.

S - Hops, baby, hops! Very fruity/citrusy hop aroma is the first thing that jumps out at home, complemented by a touch of honey sweetness

T - Nice and bitter up front with a touch of sweeter malt honey on the back end. Very fruity hops - grapefruit, some mango, as well as a ton of other flavors mixed in. Just...wow...I can't really describe how tasty this is. Screw it, it gets a 5!

M - Medium body, nice carbonation - nothing strong to say either way, it's just as it should be.

O - Just a fantastic beer. Tallgrass is one of my absolute favorite breweries, and this beer is now in competition with 8 bit pale ale for my favorite from the brewery.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Amberish orange with a foamy cream colored head. Soapy foam recedes to a chunky film. Good squiggly lines of lacing on glass.

Aroma: Really hoppy and piny. Spicy, piny wood. Faint sweetness, apricot.

Taste: Excellent pine, spruce, bitter grapefruit rind hoppiness. A touch of tropical fruit sweetness. Bitter finish, citric.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: Quite delicious, and tastes like I want an IPA to taste. Lots of pine, bitter hops, and just a touch of apricot. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drink by 9/19/13 so it must be hella fresh.

Appearance: Pours a golden/honey hue with fantastic clarity and three finger off-white sudsy head that dissipates but leaves great lacing.

Aroma: A syrupy herbal quality from the hops. Not super aromatic but very much on the sweet side.

Taste: A nice bouquet of hop bitterness with that herbal/lemon grass and pine character that has become very popular when brewers fuse East Coast and West Coast IPA styles (I'm gonna go ahead and start calling this the Fusion IPA style). The sweet hop flavor cancels out its own bitterness in a way that strikes a balance even though there is not much malt flavor to be found (a touch of caramel). I'd agree with the description of Ethos IPA on Tallgrass Brewing's website. It definitely isn't earthy and doesn't feel overly complex. I'm actually surprised to hear it has six types of hops in it and that it's 110 IBUs. One thing that always impresses me about Tallgrass beers is that they pack a whole lot of flavor into a modest ABV. Ethos being at 6.8% ABV is not shockingly low but it is impressive for a beer that packs the punch of an Imperial or Double IPA. Unlike the West Coast IPA style, Ethos' finish is not dry. In fact it would be refreshing if it wasn't so syrupy.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body and smooth given a vigorous pour. Above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: With all the rebranding that Tallgrass has been doing lately I was worried that Ethos would just be their old IPA with new packaging. However, Ethos is definitely a different animal and a good one at that. Would I drink it again? Yes, not sure if it's year round but I'd take a fresh one anytime.

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Photo of bsp77
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I have lowered my scores somewhat based on a slight soapy taste that I did not notice in the initial 4 pack. I have left my original comments below, and hope that future cans will not have that soapiness, and then I can just delete this intro and bump the scores back up. Still a great beer though.

Another 4 pack confirms the mild soapy taste, so it stays at a 4.5 overall. Can't complain.

Serving glass: Poured from can into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Orange-amber with a huge off-white head that lasts and throws lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Very tropical with mango, pineapple, peach, berry and grapefruit.

Taste: I am sure there are malts here but it is all about the delicious, decadent hops. Mango, grapefruit, orange, peach, pineapple, berry and pine all make their presence known and somehow it really works. Very bitter but there are so many flavors that it is not overwhelming.

Feel: Creamy, smooth, somewhat full body with a very dry finish.

Overall: Every once in a while, a beer completely blows me away and changes my perceptions about a brewery. This is one of those times. The best new IPA I have had in years. Just holy shit.

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Photo of minnesotaryan
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice dark golden orange, nice fluffy head. Smells super hoppy!!! Taste follows the nose, lots of dank piney hoppy wonderfulness! There is plenty of citric bitterness, I got lots of orange, grapefruit as well mango and tropical fruit qualities as well. This is really juicy and really delicious! Great carbonation and body! Overall I am a big fan of this beer and I will be buying a lot of in the future!

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Ethos IPA from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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