edognight (7) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Loved the deep copper color and high protein head. Pint can, but that didnít bother me at all. Rich malty flavor and nice carbonated tingle. Ií. not sure about the aroma, Iíve heard ígrassyí and íflat.í Flavor is a wonderful full balance of caramel, mellow bitter and a tiny hint of citrus. I love this beer.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours iced tea brown with a lasting, pitted, khaki head that leaves a web of lace upon the glass.Toasted malt with piny and citric hops along with some other lighter assorted fruit notes (a little passion fruit and a whisper of pineapple). Medium-bodied and slick with a tight, bitter and somewhat drying finish. This is not your typical ESB. It has the expected toasty malt-forward front, but that lasts for just an instant before you are smacked by the piny, grassy and slightly fruity assault of hop notes. While the nose doesnít mimic the flavor profile, both are enjoyable. This is an IPA drinkerís kind of ESB. If youíre wanting a Fullers-style ESB look elsewhere, but if you are a hop head, you will likely enjoy this tasty hybrid.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Notes. Tap. Hazy brown/orange color with a small white head. Not the prettiest looking beer (castleton ftw!). Nose is grassy and wheatlike. Not to impressed with that. Sweet and floral taste. Caramel and a perfume like taste lead to a slightly bitter finish. Medium bodied and fairly sticky. Iím thinking this one may have been past itís prime.
swoopjones (6561) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GLBN IPA Challenge 2011, sample. copper colored pour, notes of tea, british hops, light tabacco, sweet toffee maltiness, orange marmalade. Decent ESB, Average IPA
Beaver (1392) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
16oz can. Pours a reddish amber with a medium creamy white head.
The aroma is a bit strange - fruity resiny hops and some weird off note.
The flavor is a bit strange as well. Thereís some woody caramel notes with a decent amount of hop bitterness - fruity, resiny, a little minty and almost sour. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, itís a bit strange to me. Maybe itís the mix of ESB with big American hops. The blend of caramel, wood, fruits and some almost sour notes just didnít work for me.
jake65 (2810) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2013 Black Hills Beer Fest - Muddy brown copper pour with a decent beige head. Lightly fruity and floral bitters aroma followed by a big bitter taste. Florals, citrus, and caramel. ** Re-rate 12/6/13: Iíve had this many times now and really find it to be quite refreshing. A fresh can yields heavy florals and citrus, good interaction with the malt base. A little more intense than what Iíd call sessionable, but I really like having fresh pint cans available of what theyíre labeling an imperial ESB. Solid stuff and its become my favorite Tallgrass brew.
wilnatp (630) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy coppery pour. A lot of hops but still a robust brew. Wonderful. Bitter. Well balanced.
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(16oz can) Pours a hazy orange body with a medium cream head. Aroma of citrus, florals, toffee, and biscuit. Flavor of orange, grass, toasted bread, and caramel malt.
Eells (64) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The best Tallgrass beer Iíve had by far. A good value, has a deep malt complexity. Itís interesting style makes it likely iíll get it again.
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2011
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Smells like honey, hops. Tastes pretty bitter. Hops, golden raisins, pretty alcoholic, tastes like a can.