rader58 (758) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy dark amber/honey color. Aroma is intense aromatic and pungent hops with sweet molasses and pine. Flavor is full hops, very bitter and floral with a slight sweetness in the end. I also sense a taste of tea leaves. Tallgrass has outdone themselves with this one. This one will put them in the big leagues of microbreweries. Well done.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16oz. can with thanks to theisti. Pours a slightly cloudy orange amber with a large frothy tan head. Aroma is earthy, grass and citrus hops, along with a little bread and biscuit. Flavor is initially some pine, grass and earthy hops, some more bread and biscuit malts, and a slight lingers citrus on the finish. Nicely done, clean, crisp and quite enjoyable on a hot summer night. Thanks Tim!
VengefulOdin (193) - , Kansas, USA - JUN 4, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
16 ounce can. This is Tallgrassís summer offering, and itís a vast departure from what you normally consider a summer seasonal. They call it an ESB, but the hops profile pushes it into double IPA territory. Pours a deep ruby red with a gorgeous billowing head. Beer smells of hops, specifically pine. I feel like Iím in a ceder grove. Likewise, the flavor at first is hops - lots of resinous hops - but it eventually gives way to a huge malt profile lurking beneath the surface. Malts are pronounced, with a roasty caramel flavor. This is a big beer - you almost have to chew through it. Despite this it finishes quickly with a slightly bitter, almost mineral aftertaste which leaves you wanting more. Possibly my favorite of all the Tallgrass beers - I really think it would be better in the fall months as an alternative to the Oktoberfests that are on the market. Hereís hoping they start to produce it full time. Recommended.
theisti (3064) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2010 #100 brewed in Kansas rating. 16 oz pint can purchased at Lukas Overland Park, Kansas. Pour is slightly hazed golden ruby with a nicely formed two inch tan head. Very nice looking in my pint mug. Aroma is bright clean fresh pine hops, behind that is a nice toasted malt smell. Fresh and clean nose. Taste is the nose, starts with the big hoppy pine, followed close behind by the toasted ever so slightly sweet maltiness. Flavors are nicely balanced, and the finish is crisp and dry. Palate is medium to light, prickly carbonation and the aforementioned bitter dry finish. The aftertaste is a nice flinty mineral aspect that really works for me. I really enjoyed this one.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the 7th Annual Parkville Microbrew Festival on April 24th, 2010. Pours amber with a white head. This seems more like an IPA than an ESB. This is very drinkable with a good hop profile. I heard that this is replacing the Wheat as a rotating seasonal.
keith0718 (337) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice piney nose. Tastes like a strong/imperial IPA. Big, but not too malty like most imperial IPAs I find.
bearlybrewed (41) - Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A go between of their IPA and Ale. Sort of shallow in taste, typical metallic finish, a trademark of tallgrass beer. Not worth the effort. Also, heard the few batches available were shipped outside Tallgrass hometown. Thanks Tallgrass.
LtDan (1740) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From an unlabeled bottle from the source.
Rather malty and hoppy in the nose. Poured a dark, clear red with a decent sized foamy head. Had flavors of a modern American Red ale or Pale Ale, with citrus like hops and sticky sugary malts. Thicker than any other bottled Tallgrass beer to date. I was really surprised to learn its an ESB and not an west coast style Red Ale.