obguthr (3388) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can: Peppery hay nose with toffee undertones. Clear copper, medium yellow head, good lacing. Flavor is heavily dominated by tea, but clover honey is also prominent. Grain notes are occasionally detected. Lilly and marigold finish. Alcohol not noticeable. Traditional and authentic British aromas and flavors. Carbonation and strength is more of the American flavor. Quite an interesting interpretation of an ESB
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very hazy and very dark amber/copper color with burnt orange hues when held to a light and a 2.5 finger frothy light beige head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves large streaks of soapy lacing behind.
Sweet, slightly earthy aroma with a balance of floral hops and dark malt notes. There’s a faint citrus presence with hints of pineapple and grapefruit but the hops mostly give off floral pine notes. The malt character is prominent in the nose with hints of caramel, nut and biscuit. The citrus notes become more evident as it warms but it still smells a bit malt heavy for my liking.
Medium bodied with a much stronger hop presence than the aroma suggests. There’s a nice dry, bitter hop bite up front that lingers throughout over the sweet malt backbone into a spicy dry finish. Oily and sticky with a prominent pine needle flavor that overpowers some subtle citrus notes. Underneath, there is strong malt backbone that provides some sweetness for balance. Hints of caramel, toffee, hazelnut and biscuit but the hop presence is most prominent. The ABV is well masked but overall it’s a bit one note in the hop profile and I would have preferred if the malt presence was a bit stronger. This is supposed to be an imperial ESB but it tastes more like an overly malty DIPA.
XmnwildX12 (2077) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark amber color with a tall tan head. Has a soft scent, has a nice hoppy malt taste to it.
BeerBeforeH20 (119) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2012 I’ve been pretty impressed by the Tallgrass line of beer, my favorite being the 8 bit pale, this beer I feel does not fully live up to the cans promise of being aggressively hopped, especially when compared to a beer I consider hopped to the max, that being Surly Furious, or Surly Abrasive. this beer however is not a bad beer by any means what so ever, great smell, great taste, and great overall appearance. Really smooth beer and balanced beer when weighing the malty and hoppy characteristics, love drinking it, but I feel it was falsely advertised!
oldgrumpy (103) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
By taste, hard to tell if it an IPA or an ESB. Not a great example of either. Drinkabe but nothing great going on here. There is a lingering bitterness which I do not like. Hard to define what is going on with this one. Are there any real good beers from west of the big river to the big mountains?
Beerman6686 (3781) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a dark orange color with an off white head. Aroma was of fruity citrusy hops and toasted malts. Flavor was bright bold citrus, alot more hoppy than i was expecting with a decent biscuty malt backbone. Quality stuff.
jeremytoni (2891) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a can poured an amber color with a good amount of head. Bitter hoppy flavor with a lingering finish.
benfergy (189) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The Oasis has a brown amber color with a substantial(but not overwhelming) head. The aroma is of strong hops, unfortunately a little soapy. Fortunately, this is not present when sipping. The taste of the beer is rather bitter, but otherwise very balanced. The beer has a good, thick body to it as well. Overall, definitely an interesting beer to try, one that I wouldn’t have expected from the can it came in!
TheGB (476) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice amber with a thick 3/4" head. Nice hop aroma, with a nice balance of grassy and floral hops. Medium bodied with a nice tasty balance and smooth palate.
jezmez68 (376) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best IPAs I’ve had in a while. A good level of ABV at 7.2%, and a nice color - darker like an ESB. Nice malty backbone with lots of caramel, and the hops are citrusy and balance it out nicely.