jbuskirk (301) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
For the seven years that Tallgrass has been active, theyíve churned out some amazing brews. However, some of their very best creations have been made within the last few years. Beers like Zombie Monkey have been game-changers for Tallgrass, marking the transition between a good brewery and a great one. In order to be considered great, an American brewery needs to have a fantastic IPA. I liked the original Tallgrass IPA. Itís solid in terms of hoppiness and balance, but itís not great. Itís cliched to say that Tallgrass went back to the basics, but itís fitting in this case. The can art and youtube ads lovingly satirize Herzogís Cave of Forgotten Dreams and it seems to be a brilliant representation of what theyíve accomplished. By going back to the hop flower and building an ale thatís perfectly suited to it, Tallgrass has finally crafted an IPA that is marvelously balanced yet pungent. The aroma has lots of grapefruit and subtle hints of caramel from the huge malt backbone. The taste reveals lemon zest, orange, mango, and pineapple. Make no mistake, the 110 IBU hop punch that occurs in the middle seems appropriate for an ancient, mythical beast, but this ale is so well-balanced that you canít keep yourself from returning for another sip. This beer is a huge step forward for Tallgrass. This is one of the best IPAís being made in the Midwest.
Hadoque (1) - Arkansas, USA - JUN 21, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
An extremely tasty IPA, Tallgrass has found its new flagship. This is a scrumptious beer. All Tallgrass beers are above average but this is the tops of the tops and ranks at at Pinnacle leve compared to other breweries best IPA Congrats Tallgrass,
lukejvs (2) - - FEB 27, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
If I could only drink one kind of beer for the rest of my life I would quite possibly choose this one. Has a citrusy aroma of orange and pineapple mixed with a bright and clean hoppy smell. Pours almost the same orange color as the 16 ounce can it came in with a short head with moderate lacing. Taste is insanely quaffable. In place of normal bready maltiness there is a strong citrusy backbone, just fruity enough but not too sweet. Tastes of pineapple orange juice but blended flawlessly with a hoppy bite. Not necessarily floral, but also a little resin. The middle is dominated by a bitterness that really lingers. Nothing in this beer tastes "off" as it all merges into one clean, crisp flavor. One flaw might be the mouthfeel as it is a bit watery, but even that enhances the drinkability of the beer as it goes down so easily and leaves room for much more. Overall one of the best IPAs Iíve ever had, especially coming from a can. Definitely does not disappoint.
DandyWolfFloyd (617) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
1st Kansas beer c/o trade w/ UncleMike - thank you again!
Aroma - most notable is of course the hops which in the nose range from floral to resiny to citrus; the malt has a caramel quality, and there is also a doughy yeast.
Appearance - body is amber in color; liquid is clear; head is big about 3" and white, head retention is really strong hangs on for a good 3 minutes; nice dappled lacing as well
Taste - is bitter but with a slight underscoring of sweetness; the hops are very nice Centennial I believe, the hop quality tends to be more floral than resiny or piney. The hops are complimented well by a nice cara/crystal malt. There is a juicy citrus about it as well that really makes this something special.
Palate - body is light to medium; texture slightly oily; carbonation is average; the finish is slightly bitter and finish with a fruity floral quality.
This is a really awesome IPA, and to think I may have never known w/o Mike. Thanks again. Instant classic!
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy orange amber with a medium off white head that laced. Aroma of fresh sliced grapefruit, pineapple and tons of other citrusy hop notes. Malt balance is there in the nose but really this is all about the hops. Flavor of fresh squeezed grapefruit meets orange juice. This is hop juice. Nice and dry with just a touch of two row malt to make this into an excellent IPA. Please can this. Will be the heady topper of the Midwest if you do!
Brentv (234) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the can at the Redrock Grill in Wichita, KS. Poured a honey mahogany color with an off-white head. Big citrusy pine floral aroma. Taste is complex, with citrus and pine, an interesting sweetness, perfectly balanced and never overpowered by the 110 IBUs. This is one fine IPA, and one I would gladly order again. In fact, I had a second one tonight.
UncleKorm (645) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can poured a slightly hazy orange hue w/ a huge frothy white head and sticky lacing. Moderate floral hop aromas. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a bold bitter finish of lasting duration. Tastes are grapefruit, bitter orange, lemon, lime, pineapple, and grass. Full bodied, soft carbonation, and creamy mouthfeel.
beastiefan2k (2274) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16oz can poured into a Big Eddy glass. Pours a thick golden color with a nice medium head. God retention and a nice lacing. This is super fresh and that is probably affecting the rating. I doubt it will smell this good in a month but if it did than that is awesome. The aroma is a great mix of bitter hops with light pine than some light orange hops and finally just a but of sweet hops. Flavor, again super fresh, has just a bit more bitterness but also more sweet hop juice. Long sweet hop aftertaste. Nice soft mouthfeel on the cheeks. Pretty awesome stuff. This isnít even at the local stores.
bucs572000 (234) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is a super fresh dank piney resiny scent, taste is very hoppy pine resin right away, grapefruit, orange, citrus, and a tiny malt backbone. Pretty much a hop bomb. This a straight up west coast Ipa!! Love it!!
Damico (2355) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear golden orange with a big creamy light beige head and great lacing. Aroma brings sweet juicy warming orange notes, so nice from the hops. Flavor is smooth juicy citrus hops that linger with no bite, just the residual hop juiciness.