Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fresh 16 oz. can. Pours lightly hazy, with a deep reddish-amber color, the body supports a small, fading head of beige tinted froth. Settling as a bubbly blanket, the head leaves tattered ribbons of sticky lacing etched onto the glassware. The nose is heavy on toasted biscuit and caramel, suggesting also baked bread crust and a slight hint of nuttiness. Hops are prominent and citrusy-herbal, showing notes of orange rind and tea leaves. Flavors are similarly balanced, again based in caramelized biscuit and toasted malt. Hop bitterness is well above average for an ESB, giving notes of orange pith and grapefruit. Smooth, creamy, and lightly carbonated, the palate shows ample, malty substance, but seems weighty with sugars. Overall, itís a decent ESB-IPA hybrid, but itís not really my style.
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
at beerfest in kc flying saucer. pretty darn good. it is slightly citrusy with a bit of roasted malt. finishes mellow and smooth with a bit of astringency from hops. overall very palatable.
BelgianBeerGal (2958) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the KC F.S. Very tough to categorize and rate. ESB, maybe? IPA, maybe? Still good though. Bronze color with filmy lacing. Clean malt aroma at first but later the hops pop up. Initially spicy hops flavor but then it mellows out with malt. Bitter finish.
Guerde (1134) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(can) Pours out a dark orangish copper color with a small off-white head and a bit of lacing. Aroma is very potent and vibrant, with plenty of citrus fruits such as pineapple, orange, grapefruit, with some light pine underneath. The drosophila seem to think this liquid contains fruit as well, since they immediately swarmed my glass upon pouring. Maltier undertones of sugar cookie dough, caramel, with some orange marmalade spread over toast making an appearance as well, but the hops make it difficult to smell much else. Remarkably the 7.2% ABV is nowhere to be detected on the nose or the tastebuds. Tastes of orange zest, baked soft pretzel, and possibly some guava make their presence known. Sweet caramel is displayed in the fore, and the finish is certainly piney and full of bitter grapefruit peel. Mouthfeel is surprising in that it is light, which makes this one dangerous brew as itís very easy to drink and the alcohol is virtually undetectable. Overall, a very good beer that Iím glad is available in MN. I imagine I will be drinking more of this.
vyvvy (3553) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours crystal clear deep amber with a hefty tan head. The aroma gas toasted bready malt that is super clean, light cream and cotton candy with spicy / piny hops. Medium rough grainy body that gets a bit smoother on the finish and has semi-soft carbonation. The flavor starts with a very earthy rough taste. It is very dry with some caramel in there and the finish brings in some pine and wood. Well made, but it is a bit on the rough side and not something Iíll grab too often when Iím picking up a Tallgrass 4 pack.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz can. Pours a hazed, bright amber-orange colored body with an inch thick, dense and creamy, beige colored head that collapses slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is a good amount of wet pines and orange peel with a solid malt backing. Some caramel, bread, and toast with some florals as well. Flavor is similar. Bitter pines and very dry citrus oranges. Somewhat leafy as well. Malts are pleasant and definitely sturdy like the description describes. A bit bready up front before some nice toast comes in and a light caramel comes out in the finish. Very dry with a higher, piney bitterness with a good amount of leafy, somewhat tongue scraping hops. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, smooth body and moderate, soft, creamy carbonation. Overall, not quite the typical session beer that I think of when it comes to an ESB, but pretty enjoyable. Lots of dry, tongue scraping hops with a pleasant malt backing. Well integrated for the most part, but the hops are a bit messy at times to me. Despite that, I found this pretty good.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice amber color. Mildly bitter aroma. The body is quafable with a solidly bitter body with just the right amounts of malt.
BMan1113VR (7769) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can thanks to LtDan. Really? A 7.3% 93IBU ESB? Pours with a hazed amber-orange hue and a tan head that fades in the time it takes to write this sentence. Aroma of hops: pine, orange peel, toffee and cake. Smells a bit like a faded DIPA. Taste is hoppy, pine, bitter, malty. A bit astringently bitter. Some orange. Kind of a messy/faded IPA more than a bitter, although there is plenty of lingering bitterness. Malt profile is nice though. Bready with some caramel on the finish. Clean on that account. Even if the brewer was going for something else, this comes across as a faded and underattenuated IPA.
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz can. Pours a clean copper with almost no head in a pint glass. Floral aroma of dry hopped citrus, grapefruit, pine, and some wood. Pleasant flavor, mouth feel, and hop profile very reminiscent of Surly Furious. Dry,citrus, and hoppy profile lead into a sweet caramel malt base that is well balanced. A somewhat long, bitter finish follows. A good way to describe this beer would be the shasta equivalent to coke. AKA the Furious knockoff. Solid.
islay (853) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz. can in the praiseworthy Surly tradition. Consumed on 8-30-10. Labeled as ďTallgrass Oasis Ale.Ē Strong, resiny, sweet, floral aroma features maple syrup, brown sugar, and pine scents with a light fruitiness (especially peach). The smell is very appealing. Pours a mostly clear but slightly hazy light to medium brown or a very dark brass color. Moderate to large amount of relatively thick, long-lasting, taupe head. Good, extensive lacing. The flavors are consistent with the scents. Strong taste. Very well hoped. Nice, cookie malts. Brown sugar and piney hops. Floral and lightly fruity. Really quite tasty. Long, dry aftertaste. Full body. Syrupy in the palate. Easy to drink, especially for a full bodied brew, but filling. Tallgrass Oasis Ale, despite its description on the site (though not on the can) as an ESB, is most definitely an American Strong Ale and should be classified as such. Itís my kind of beer, and although itís not quite great, it is quite good.