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 (7853) - 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 (1093) - 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 “Tallgrass Oasis Ale.” 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. It’s my kind of beer, and although it’s not quite great, it is quite good.
DalzAle (1975) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can thanks to portableparty. Clear dark amber pour, a little carbonation and good fruity hops aroma. Flavor is mellow woody hops, some subtle grapefruit and good and balanced bitterness on the aftertaste. Was slightly dissapointed in their IPA, but this is friggin awesome.
BVery (6081) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Masterfully brewed. Dark orange and hazy. Pillowy white head. Nose is hop and grapefruit. Resiny taste - citrus, grapefruit, and tea. Just excellent.
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled via 16-oz can during GTMW 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-clear amber colored brew with a creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates to a white ring and spotty lacing. Aroma of multi-grain malt, some light grapefruit zest, a hint of chocolate and some sharp spice. Taste is medium bodied, some dry multi-grain malt, grassy and citrus hops and a touch of lemon. Finish is semi-dry, grassy hop finish with a lingering bitterness.
arminjewell (6156) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap pours deep red orange, aroma is fairly weak but has some pine and biscuit, with sweet caramel. Big pine and resin up front with a touch of lemon less into biscuit and a bitter finish. Excellent esb!
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2011 Can. Pour is copper red and hazy tough to see though it, and soapy tight head with solid lacing. Aroma has big malt and faint grapefruit. Taste starts out sweet malt and finishes with bitter hops, I really notice the hops. Palate is sticky and chaulky with a dry finish. Tasty!
hopsessed (37) - Kansas, USA - AUG 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
May be the best session beer I have ever had. Awesome balance. Great dark-chocolate type back of tongue bitterness. This is the beer that saved this brewery from being written off from me. Made me re-try and re-evaluate their lineup. Big fan. They just haven’t made that "it" beer. Yet.