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RATINGS: 257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Our third beer, Tallgrass IPA, is an India Pale Ale that is rich, complex, and flavorful. We are proud to be the first brewery here in the Great Plains to have the first brewed, bottled, and draft IPA out on the market!

Tallgrass IPA originally came to life as a creation during Jeff’s early homebrewing days (batch Numero Uno), and it was consumed in short order by his friends who came over to cook out and help with the next batch. After some modifications over the years (because nobody’s rookie homebrew batch tastes all that great, but your friends will tell you it does) the recipe was dialed in to become what is now Tallgrass IPA. We love this beer and think you will too!

What is with the name “India Pale Ale”? Well, India Pale Ale’s have a history that reaches way back to the days of the British Empire and the need for good and proper British beer for the soldiers in India. It just so happens that hops not only taste and smell great, they also have natural preservative properties that help keep beer fresher. Obviously, there was no way to keep beer cool on the long voyage around Cape Horn from England to India, so the intellectual forebearers of modern microbiology (genius brewers of course!) figured that if some hops were good for storage then heaps of hops would be great!

With this technique, these hero brewers and their hops kept the beer good and the soldiers of the empire inebriated, even in the furthest corners of the globe. Even more, the hoppiness of the IPA preserved not only the beer itself, but the great taste it created has preserved the style as one of the most popular beer styles in the world in the 21st century. If those brewers weren’t knighted by the empire back then, they should have been!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 11, 2009
In the bottle from Beertopia. Pours a dark amber with a medium off white head. Cotton candy and sorghum aroma. The flavor has a registerable hop content, but the big sweetness could support even more bitterness. This is a pretty good IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Pours a dark, clear, iced tea brown with a fluffy off-white head that leaves behind creamy, sheeting lace. The nose is sweet with floral and slight herbal hops and a light pale malt note in support. Medium-bodied and creamy with a moderately bitter finish. Floral and herbal hops sit atop a solid pale malt backing. The finish is a lingering herbal-hopped bitterness. This is a decent IPA. I would certainly drink it again if I were to find iit on tap up against a lineup of BMC beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Soonah. Another first state beer: Kansas. Pours a hazy amber with a 2 finger off white head that results in splotchy lacing. The nose is caramel malt and floral hops. The taste is malt and ripe citrus with a tart grapefruit finish. Medium bodied. Decent IPA – thanks again for the hook-up John!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 10, 2009
Poured a nice hazy copper color with a substantial off-white to cream head that lasted quite a while and offered up decent lacing. The aroma was piney hops, light peppery spice, some citrus and some malt. The flavor was thin caramel malts, pine and citrus hops and some light spice Decent mouthfeel. Better the longer it was out of the bottle. Really not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Tasted 3/29/09. 12oz bottle. Activated pour produces a sedimented, hazy orange rust hue. Finger width of bone white head. Heady aromas of oranges and a slight pine note. Medium bodied and a bright, crisp beer. This is quite tasty. Fuity hops that pack a punch. Subtle notes of citrus and red berries. A little light on the body and a somewhat simple, yet compact slap of hops makes this totally sessionable. Just enough sweetness to shine a little among the bitter aspects. The malt profile is faint and fleeting, but holds a nice caramel component. Finishes with a pronounced bitter astringency. Lingering hops. Thanks to Beastiefan2k for sending this my way!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Beastiefan2k. Pours copper with an off white head. Smells of flowers, earthy, peppery. Tastes earthy and citrussy with a nice resiny hint and spiciness on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Nice chill haze - seems to be a tad unfiltered. Nicely bittered (bitter vegetables, like chard) and pine. Piney nose with wet earth. Nice color, head disappears immediately which is a little weird. Easy to drink, very natural - I can sense "small brewery" all over this. Thanks for the extra Bfan2k!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3547) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2009
UPDATED: APR 3, 2009 Pours quaintly so with a medium sized head that fades into a moderate lacing. The color is clear copper, has just a slightly sticky lacing. Aroma is a mish mash of hops with nothing standing out. Its aggressive, lightly fruity, bitter. There is a watery caramel maltiness mixing in there as well. Its very tree leaf like and that mixes with the light, watery caramel, which is not aggressive or overbearing. Comes off as bland tea as well. Taste is similar, the bitterness is stepped up a bit, the malts fade, which is a good thing. The hops are bitter, green, leafy and somewhat clean. Heck, its an IPA, not badly made, nothing special, and well... its an IPA. I can say for sure this is the best bottled beer in Kansas at this time, which isn’t really saying much. I guess FlssmrBrewAlum says it best "not an IPA that stands out among many, but a brew I’d buy if it was a regular in my area" and it happens to be that.
12oz bottle BB 4/30/09 (I would guess these are 6 month BBs), 20th Anniversary Free State German-inspired pint glass. 7/3/7/3/15

Drinking the second batch of this beer. I like the little tinkering, they took away some of the lightly abrasive bitterness and replaced some of that watery caramel with more of a medley, light sweet hoppiness. Leaves a nice long light sweet and floral aftertaste. I like it a bit more now. 7/3/8/3/16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2009
12 oz bottle courtesy of mreusch. Thanks Matt! Ticking Kansas off the list. Pours a nice solid amber with a hint of darkness, hazed, with medium offwhite head that laces a bit. Head dies to a small amount. Aromas are nice citrusy hop bouquet, dominant lemon with grapefruit compliment, florals, a touch of tropical, and balancing sweet carmel malts. Initial has a decent bitterness, with touches of grapefruit and lemon zest, good carmelized malt balancing. Finish leaves nice bitterness. Smooth and quaffable. Not powerful, not an IPA that stands out among many, but a brew I’d buy if it was a regular in my area. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 20, 2009
12oz. bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a nice foamy off-white cap; good lacing and retention. Aroma is citrus, island fruit, a some dough and caramel. Flavor is a bit mild, but some citrus hops, caramel and bread. Not much hops bite going on here, but very approachable and easy drinking.

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