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 DabblinWiscCraft
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Found this one at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. The best by date says I've another two months to enjoy. Poured right from the 16 oz can in my fridge into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

L: Pours a hazy coppery amber color with about three fingers of billowy off-white head that sticks around for a very long time and never fully dissipates. I can't make out any effervescence through the haze of this one.

S: Pine and herbal hop notes come through in the bouquet, along with fresh cut grass and some bready malt notes. A hint of diacetyl. Just the slightest bit of metallic something-or-other in there, as well.

T: Hops, hops, and more hops. The initial taste has the pine and herbal hops front and center, with the bready malt underbelly balancing things out. The middle presents a much bolder, more resinous hop flavor and a touch of clear alcohol--this isn't a jarring or abrasive thing, as the carbonation and smooth malt profile help to keep things well-aligned. I didn't pick up much of the diacetyl in the taste, perhaps because of the hop overload. The back and aftertaste are where the hops take full command--it's very resinous and bitter, lingering on the palate for a good little bit.

F: This one had an unexpectedly watery feel to it. By no means does it feel watered-down, but it doesn't have nearly the body that I thought it would. It's watery, creamy in the middle, and decidedly bitter at the end. However, there really isn't much stick or syrupy quality to speak of.

O: I really enjoy this IPA. With the kinds of big flavors it brings, I'm surprised that it's not a DIPA. If you're into pine hop flavors or unabashedly bitter-finishing IPAs, then this is one you shouldn't miss. I'll definite come back to this one again if given the chance.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this poured out of a tallboy can into a pint glass. It is a very tasty and hoppy IPA. This is difficult to admit for a Jayhawk, but something very good has emerged from Manhattan, KS.

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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 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 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 johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from Bigtreebrewing, thanks for the opportunity.
Slight chill hazy in a deep golden liquid topped by a good sized off white head that persists. big citrus and pine on the nose with a solid hit of fruity caramel maltiness. Light juicy fruit and dankness round us out nicely. Nice ipa, a bit dry in the finish. I could drink these without too much hesitation.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #79 (Aug 2013):

This is a friggin’ serious IPA. The bitterness is well above threshold; Tallgrass clocks this one in at 110 IBUs. Hop flavor is off the charts as well, but oddly (in a good way) there are bits of malt that make their way clearly to the taste buds. Insanely hopped, which is always fun, but putting that in a 16oz tallboy can, it becomes a treat.

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 6.8%

LOOK: Sticky lace, hazed pale amber

SMELL: Fresh-sliced grapefruit, fresh hop resin, pith, dank, peppercorn, fresh hay, clean alcohol

TASTE: Smooth medium body, intense bitterness, pithy, orange rind, juicy fruit, bready, slightly warming

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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 larryarms847
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden copper with a light orange hue and a single finger head of off-white foam.

Fresh cut grass, pine, grainy malt, and some citrus notes coming through.

Citrus fruit, grassy, pine, and a caramel malt backbone.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, somewhat astringent, grainy, and citrus bitterness.

Overall, I dug the flavor and aroma of this one, but the slightly astringent/grainy mouthfeel degraded my score slightly.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look-color is clear amber, piers three fingers of very sticky, off white head that retains very well.
Smell-Pine, slight floral notes, mild tropical fruit. bit of malt graininess in the backbone.
Taste- some pine upfront, very slight notes of tropical fruit, then comes lots of malt notes of caramel and biscuit.
Feel- Light/medium body, not too juicy nor crisp nor dry. very "Typical" feel for an IPA.
Overall- its possible that this beer wasn't as fresh as it could have been, the hops were pretty absent. the flavor is nice but the malt was more dominant then what i seek in an IPA.

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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 Barnoloid
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A well executed IPA. Big citrus hops with a fairly extensive malt backbone. Little grassy. Enjoyable, was bought in a mixed pack of cans from this brewery, who make very solid beers.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange, copper in color with a slightly off white head that had decent retention as well as decent side glass lacing.
Aroma: Sharp citrus as well as yeast and bread
Taste: Surprisingly, I get more bready malts to start., then the tangy citrus of orange, lemon rind and grapefruit. Not a fan of the grapefruit, but there is enough else going on that it is tolerable.
Finishes with the citrus hops, and a dry bitter hoppy finish that can make you pucker up.

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Photo of TheCondor
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I took some jalapeno poppers over to my neighbors house last night for a little get together. In exchange for the food, I got a run of the beers in the fridge. This was one of them, I had never had it, so I decided to partake. Side poured from the can into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours a standard copper colored hue with a nice, two finger head that dissipates relatively quickly and leaves a bit of lacing. I really like the packaging on the can, I'm guessing it is a shout out to Paleolithic art or something of that nature. Anyway, pretty cool presentation.

Smell - Orange peel and grapefruit are the big movers in the nose, but there is a yeasty, bready undertone that balances it out a bit. Little but of grains as well.

Taste - Pretty good! Well balanced, the yeasty breads are the first on the palate, followed by the expected hop kick from an AIPA. Citrusy grapefruit is the name of the game for these hops, nice breadiness to balance the hops kick.

Mouthfeel - Finishes smooth, clean, and bitter with the hops. Very good, little evidence of the alcohol content.

Overall - This is a pretty good beer from what I would consider a solid brewery. While Tallgrass may not have any game-changers like Russian River or Three Floyds, they have certainly carved a niche for themselves in the Midwest providing good beers like this at a reasonable price, all in the can. I would certainly recommend this beer to anyone! Condor recommended and approved.

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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 Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Bright and clear orange. Huge white head with persistent spotty lacing.

Smells of orange peel and grapefruit. Light grassy undertones.

Heavy on the citrus and pine to a lesser extent. Caramel malt provides a heavy backbone.

Full body, soft. Medium carbonation.

Very solid IPA. Good balance while having some bitter citrus qualities.

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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 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 arc3636
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very cloudy orange-copper colored with lots of white head that fades almost completely away. Grapefruit and citrus sweet smelling hops. Taste very similar to smell, the sweetness of the hops stands out, not overly bitter. All in all, a solid drinkable IPA.

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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 paladinjoe
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very intense, lots of flavor, grapefruit, obviously very hoppy.... 110 IBUs... a legit west coast IPA.

This one is definitely not for the novice beer drinker, I recommend getting used to 8-bit (from Tallgrass) if you're not used to a very intense hop filled beer like this one. We you do get used to Ethos, you will be very pleased with the overall bitterness and intense citrus malts that are offered in this one.

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Photo of THE-DUDE
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent IPA! Very bitter, very hoppy. Aroma of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. Love this beer, top shelf for sure. West coast taste in a midwest setting. I will definitely be getting this brew again. Good job tallgrass. Cant wait to sample more tallgrass.

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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 HopHog87
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Before anything else- If you're a hophead and you have a chance to try this beer...DO IT!

Serving-From a can into a glass tumbler 'cause that's all the hotel had to offer

Appearance- Hazy orange with tints of deep gold at the center. A finger of white head.

Nose- Fruit punch. Grapefruit all the way. Some sort of other Dark Citrus.

Taste- This IPA is just awesome. The mouthfeel is perfect for this style. I first got grapefruit right off the bat. It's big. It's that sour-bitter citrus you want with an IPA. This is about as bitter and fruity as you want them to come. There is some pineapple essence in there as well as some papaya perhaps or other sort of tropical fruit. Surprisingly, with all those tropical notes she still finishes up solid with a great aftertaste- zesty pine. This is really weird to say but I actually got a taste of bubblegum in there somewhere, too. Seriously, this IPA has many good levels of flavor.

Overall- I don't claim to have tried all the "great" IPA's on the market. I have, however, devoted most of my Craft Beer journey to IPA's as that's my primary "go to." After trying this one I gotta say- top three by far. I'm partial to a local IPA which stands up against any of the great ones and I have another IPA that is ranked pretty darned high. But this one I think any true IPA lover will enjoy. It's so darned easy to drink, surprisingly for the high IBU's. Not for a recent convert from that yellow fizzy beer culture. Rather, for the die-hard hop-head or someone who wants to wake their tastebuds. Awesome!

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Photo of Jeffh84
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass

Appearance has a hazy golden orange with a large three finger head.

The nose is surprisingly bready and yeasty for an IPA, with some undertones of citrus, mostly orange and mild lemon. Between the smell and carbonation it almost reminded me of a Belgian.

The taste, however, is bold and sweet with citrus, especially candied orange and some grapefuit bitterness, which gives way to an assertive pine bitterness that lingers and coats the mouth. The bitterness is big and builds, but manages to avoid overwhelming the other flavors. As I continue to drink and it warms, I pick up some pineapple and herbal, maybe slightly grassy, qualities. Quite a lot of carbonation, but it worked well with the intense flavors.

It is a big IPA, but is actually quite balanced in its way. The flavors are all intense, yet they check each other. I do not like overly bitter IPAs, and at 110 IBU I thought I wouldn't like this one. However, they balanced the bitterness and malt very well. Will definetly buy again, and look forward to trying more of their stuff.

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Ethos IPA from Tallgrass Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 885 ratings.
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