Ethos IPA | Tallgrass Brewing Company

124 Reviews
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by minnesotaryan on 05-01-2013

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 124 | Ratings: 885
Photo of scratch69
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a can into a pint glass.

Appearance- Hazy golden orange color with a finger and a half of off-white head. Heavy amount of lacing.

Smell- Pine and grapefruit hop aromas with a hint of bicuity malt.

Taste- Bitter piney hop flavor that quickly fades into a tropical fruit/ grapefruit hop flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Sticky feeling and crisp with a dry finish.

Overall- This the first IPA that I have totally enjoyed. I really like the grapefruit-like hop flavors over the more typically used pine-like hops.

 563 characters

Photo of CTbrew32
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an ipa for ipa lovers, and not for those who dabble. First whiff of the beer reveals that the 110 ibus are very present with a big scent of pine, citrus and pineapple. The taste is very similar with the piney citrus dominating and finishing with a very slight bread malt. Pineapple is by far the most present fruit scent apprent here. The bitterness is easily one of the strongest Iv'e had in an ipa, and equally rivaling that of any dipa ive had. However, because of this the beer seems unbalanced and could use less bitterness or less piney hop. For a piney beer it defintely benefits from not being too dry, and the juicyness takes the bitterness down a notch. Overall, this is definitely a very good ipa, but personally it doesn't reach the next level for me.

 771 characters

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz. can into a Sam Adams pint glass.

This beer pours an attractive orange-yellow with a little haziness. The huge head slowly dissipates to a nice lingering lacing all down the glass.

The smell is not extremely strong but initially hits with some tropical fruit, a hint of yeasty bread and maybe, a touch of caramel.

The taste is very bold. Piney hops blast you tongue along with some tingle from the carbonation. Then you pick yup some of the tropical fruits -- citrus, pineapple, maybe some mango. I get a bit of the sweet malt as well. Nice stuff going on here. The finish is all piney bitter.

The mouthfeel is slightly sticky with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Overall, this certainly satisfies my hop-craving with a nice mix of flavors and a really decent balance. A really good brew.

 818 characters

Photo of NickT2121
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - poured into a pint glass. Poured a beautiful cloudy orange straw olor. Head was a monster 2 finger head. Little sediment very hazy the lacing on the IPA is amazing all the way down its leaving a heavy lace

S - a lot of pine and citrus mostly a lemony grapefruit, biscuity malt aroma and a crisp Bread Smell mmmm

T - Right off the bat pine pine and more pine and grapefruit towards the end I get the malt flavor.

M - a medium dry finish with little bitterness

O - I love this IPA it's a perfect harmony of sweet fruit flavors and bitterness. The malt blends really nicely and the bitterness is just perfect. Goes down easy and this might sound weird but my burps taste like grapefruit it's awesome lol


 718 characters

Photo of joe1510
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz Can
$8.99 4-Pack
Kenwood liquors - Homer Glen, IL

Drink by: 7/11/14

Ethos flaunts a vibrant orange body with good clarity. Stream after stream of carbonation rushes to the surface from what seems like every surface of the glass keeping the dirty white head alive and kicking. The foam is a solid finger in height, velvety, and leaves sheet lacing down the glass with the occasional clump.

Candied citrus peel runs from front to back. Loads of sweet orange and grapefruit have their fingerprints all over the nose. The malt base leans toward caramel but there's a dose of sugar cookie in there as well. Ethos is an all around candy like IPA. It's hop forward but there's a solid malt backbone as well.

The citrus is more vibrant in the flavor with bright ruby grapefruit and orange pith. Orange oils and bitter grapefruit juice. I have to say, I'm surprised at the bold hoppiness when compared to the nose. The malt base is still dense, with caramel and sugar cookie, but this beer is a citric hop showcase.

Citric bitterness is bold, much higher than expected. The body has a moderate weight with carbonation lively enough to be prickly on the tongue. The finish dries up rather quickly as the bitterness grows. An IPA that goes down easily.

The smell while good didn't seem to be anything all that special but the flavor is packed with all aspects of grapefruit and orange along with an assertive bitterness. The dry finish accentuates it all. I'll be picking more of these up in the future.

 1,503 characters

Photo of KFBR392
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drink by 7/12/14

Appearance: Burnt orange color. Finger of head on the pour which settled around a half a finger. Thick lacing left behind at each level. Cloudy body with below average active carbonation in glass while drinking.

Smell: Bitter resinous pine hits first. Body of grapefruit, saturated tangerines, and mangos. Solid malt backbone allows the hop tones to shine through. Piney bitterness continue to showcase itself throughout the aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, big front of pine, resin, and more pine. The bitter tones continue to pummel the palate as some heavy, saturated citrus tones. Bitterness backs off toward the finish giving way for some lighter fruit tones.

Mouthfeel: Nice transitions of big bitter front to an easier drinking sweetness on the back end. Crisp hop tones with some lingering bitterness on the finish.

Overall: Big bitter single ipa. Without the slight backing off on the finish this could easily be mistaken for an IIPA. Been really impressed with each offering I've had from Tallgrass.

 1,031 characters

Photo of bound4er
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. Gushed upon opening - arrggh. Light amber to dark straw appearance. Head sets up nicely of about two fingers in height.

S. Very malty with some fermenting, almost rotting fruit type aromas. Hops make an appearance too - mainly pine.

T. Bready, fruity malt followed sharply with lingering pine bitterness on the back end. Not complex but pretty tasty.

M. Good mouth feel and nicely carbonated.

O. This is my first Tallgrass beer - it's a good effort and something I will pick up from time-to-time when I am in the mood for a more malty IPA that also delivers a good hop bite. Nice to see it available in 16 ounce cans too.

 631 characters

Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into a Duvel tulip. Drink by date of 06/24/14 or something like that.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear orange gold hue with a one finger head that faded semi quickly to leave thin lacing and light wisps.

S - Aromas of faint sticky tropical fruits, light citrus zest, faint almost herbal/floral tea, and a strong dash of malty sweetness (unfortunately).

T - Taste is like the nose with everything working in harmony. Nice faint tropical notes (pineapple and mango), very faint pine, grapefruit and citrus. There is some flashes of that herbal tea note as well as some slightly bready sweeter malts. The finish is lightly bitter and lingering.

M - Mouthfeel is good, nice and lightly crisp, alcohol hidden well. Quite drinkable.

O - Overall this was a tasty beer. Wish it was a touch less malty but its tasty nevertheless.

 866 characters

Photo of cody4prez
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass from a can that, like all Tallgrass brews, looks like an energy drink.

A - an orangy-gold, a thin head, relatively clear

S - a clean, floral smell - invigorating

T - very good , hoppy but doesn't leave the "rusty" hop taste that some IPAs leave, a decent amount of citrus

M - beer falls a bit on after taste, watery with not much lasting hop

O - still a very good beer, worth having if it's available... not worth working too hard to get access to

 476 characters

Photo of ISmith87
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.25 - murky red amber color, w finger of white head, great, lumpy lacing
S - 4.5 - grapefruit, pine, hoppy goodness, mango, banana, orange/lemon/lime zest.
T - 4.25 - grapefruit, citrus zest, bready malt in background.
M - 4.25 - light-medium mouthfeel, pine/citrus zest aftertaste, alc covered.
O - 4.25 - good beer, not amazing, but probably the best in the area (Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri)

 411 characters

Photo of d5001986
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint can poured into Tulip glass.

Pours very attractive amber color with thick foamy white head. There are many miniscule floating particles.

Citrus in the dominant smell here. Also pineapple and grass.

Taste doesn't quite live up to the smell. Hop bitterness is up front, followed by malt, citrus and pine. Aftertaste is very grassy.

Medium bodied. The carbonation doesn't feel as strong as it looks.

Overall, I would drink this again if someone offered it to me. I wouldn't seek it out as there are much better IPA's to be found in my area. Still, not at all a bad brew.

 581 characters

Photo of kemoarps
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Man, this is what I like my beer t look like. Generally crisp deep amber that's just a bit more opaque than it initially lets on. Big beautiful pillowy head the colour of almond meat... and it sticks around, tagging the glass like ratfag has tagged St Louis.

The aroma is hops first and foremost (duh). There's a sobering malt complement that teases back and forth between a thick bready malt and a sweeter lighter caramel. The hops I'm picking up start offwith some pine and grass and tropical fruits and is both earthy and a bit juicy at the same time... it's tough to pin this one down: no single hop profile/flavour really stands out, but there's just a generally hoppy enjoyable aroma.
Looking at the packaging, I guess they use six different varietals in this one. That makes sense. Masterfully blended, with no single characteristic dominating the others.

Taking a sip, the juicy hops hit first, accompanied by that mild sweet caramel malt. This quickly gives way to tropical fruits and floral hops, all the while balanced with the malts. The finish presents an interesting combination of pith and grapefruit bitterness balanced by a distinct almost candy sweet note that just pops in to distract from the brutal bitterness before popping back out of existence like some existential bubble, leaving the grapefruit and pith to linger like the echoes of manipulative laughter.

Medium bodied, which is fine, but I prefer something a little thicker, personally. I also felt that the intense carbonation distracted from what to me is a great beer. Tallgrass has a good stable of regular brews between this, 8-Bit and Buffallo Sweat. I haven't enjoyed all of their seasonals/limited releases AS much, but this is an impressive young brewery (and it comes in cans!). Ethos is a very good bordering on great IPA, and one that you should do yourself a favour and drink it.

 1,874 characters

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

 290 characters

Photo of bnes09
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orangish, yellow ale, mostly transparent with some visible bubbles. Mountainous, towering head retreats slowly leaving a permanent blanket over the brew. Large, sticky lace patches.

Fresh flowers, lemon rind, pine needles, grapefruit and soap aroma. Pretty complex hop character.

Dense rye bread malt character right up front. Pungent grapefruit and pine hops compliment the rye. Buttered biscuits. Finishes with a dry resin character. Very good balance.

Medium body, well carbonated, dry, crisp, refreshing finish.

Solid IPA. Doesn't really taste like 110 IBU's thanks to the well balanced malt character.

 610 characters

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.

 807 characters

Photo of Mikecap
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Poured a golden orange with a nice three finger creamy whitish head that fades to a noticeable lace.

S: Citrus fruits, pine, and grassy aromas shine through. I get grapefruit and lemon, some orange and a nice resin components. Not sensing the 110 IBUs here but still a good aroma.

T: Solid citrus character and west coast hop flavor with pine, grapefruit and lemon coming to mind. Not in your face with the hops but definitely there.

M: Medium bodied with solid carbonation and mild bitterness. Drinks easily at almost 7% and you could easily throw a few of these back.

O: A solid IPA and the best beer I've had to date from Tallgrass. Definitely worth a shot and props to another IPA in cans!

 749 characters

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.

 483 characters

Photo of JohnG190
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to okbeerlover for including this in our last trade!

Pours a clear bright orange with a thick white head that has good retention. Good lacing.

Aroma of grapefruit and resinous pine dominate the nose. Some dank notes coming through.

Lots of tropical fruit and grapefruit on the palate. Juicy, the hops are nicely balanced by a nice malt bill. Finishes dry. Very tasty.

Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall, this is an extremely drinkable IPA. Well crafted, nice job Tallgrass! I'll be seeking this one out again!

 536 characters

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.

 540 characters

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.

 306 characters

Photo of Qbdoo
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Truly delicious. A beautiful light burnt orange color and citrusy smell. Taste is similar - the citrus is there but not explosive. Wonderfully balanced by light malty backbone. Light, delicate mouthfeel. Feels like you could pour this back by the gallon. A pretty big IPA but one that you can drink everyday. Especially right for those hot summer afternoons.

 358 characters

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can a bright bronze color with one finger of rich and creamy off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing left behind.

Bright aroma of pineapple and grapefruit along with some sweet caramel maltiness.

Opened with a fairly bitter bite of grapefruit and pine followed by caramel malt notes. Bitterness lingers through the finish.

Medium bodied and a bit sticky with a moderate carbonation.

A real nice IPA from Tallgrass. Beautiful aroma but just a tad too much on the bitter side if I have to nitpick.

 513 characters

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.

 462 characters

Photo of tectactoe
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for splitting this can with everyone. Goldenrod, honeysuckle color with a slightly dusty white head that froths up nicley and leaves behind some good lacing. Funny thing, I'm looking at someone else's glass right now. I decided to drink straight from the can... Yeah, I know this isn't Heady Topper, but I was far to tired to be bothered with pouring my own glass!

Grassy hops, even more piney and bitter on the nose with a touch of resins and hop oils. Not quite dank-a-lank, but pretty resinous and "raw", yet not over-the-top with abrasiveness. Good level for a single IPA, I'd say. Malt balance is... nice enough. Some bread with a very, very light toasty note going on. Some moderate citric hops in the finish, but not too much.

The flavor contains a bit more grapefruit, pithy and kind of bitter, followed up by a larger wave of those oily and resinous hops that I was getting on the nose. Piney and actually quite bitter, they'll scrap the saliva from your tongue and clean out your gumline in no time at all. Some mild lemon peel and more grapefruit in the finish, wafting across a soft blanket of bready malt. Medium bodied, crispy with tight carbonation.

Definitely a nice surprise... I wasn't expecting much from this, and it ended up being pretty tasty. Having this one makes me want to get my hands on their "8-Bit" Pale Ale even more now. Solid, piney, bitter IPA with good character and not too much hindrance from the malt side of things. A nice beer to keep on hand.

 1,501 characters

Photo of elNopalero
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

110 IBUs! Holy smokes!

This pours a clear tanned yellow/auburn with generous foaming.

For such an intensely hopped beer there’s not a wallop of an aroma as I had been expecting. The hops are there, definitely, but not on par with the IBUs. I get a light bit of pine and orange with some biscuit. The intensity comes across as I sip it, however. There’s a malty sweet finish which complements an intensely piney hop profile. It finishes with some pine and a nice heft without being heavy. This was a gift in trade from a buddy who raved about it. I can see why. Most enjoyable.

 582 characters

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.