mattyb83 (736) - 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 (5611) - 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 (1264) - 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 (2588) - Williston, North Dakota, 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 (556) - 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 (11933) - 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.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz. Can (via Trade from my man phaleslu. THANKS Peter!): Aroma of malt, hops, slight caramel, Earth, and some grain. Poured deep amber/orange in color with a perfect, large, creamy, dense, tan head that diminished a bit but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny, and a few small, particles throughout. Really a beautiful, perfect head. Excellent lacing. Flavor is is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, light caramel, slight pine, Earth, and light resin. Medium body. Sightly tingly, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, hop, light pine, Earth, light resin, slight grain finish is medium sweet, light to medium bitter, and lightly dry. 7.2%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
beernbourbon (1284) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can Thnaks to John. Pour is deep, cloudy copper with a medium beige head. Aroma is loaded with caramel malt, resinous hop, light oxidation, and faint spice. Flavor is also loaded with caramel malt and resinous hop but I think this one is slightly past its prime. Still very tasty, but the hops are deep and dark rather than light and fresh.