Dogbrick (11470) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2010 Can at 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar in St. Louis. The beer is a clear dark copper color with a thin and foamy light beige head that burns away steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma is equally hoppy and malty, along with a hint of fruit. Medium body with a piney hops character and sweet toasted malt and fruit flavors. The finish is moderately hoppy with a lingering bitterness. An interesting sort of hybrid but just a little above average overall.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have enjoyed a couple four packs of this beer already. Dark copper color with a one finger, cream colored head. Earthy, floral hops driven aroma with background hints of citrus, biscuit, rye and a touch of dark caramel. The bitterness is fairly aggressive. Earthy, floral hops, dark toasted and nutty graininess in the flavor. The bitterness lingers. Easy to drink and full of flavor.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted 7/9/10. Pint Can. Filtered yet hazy with a ruby amber hue. Thick and dence bone white head. Soapy grassy hops with a sweet caramel undertone. Nice toasty malts. Medium to full bodied with flavors of caramel malts and resinous hops. Good body and great balance. Mildly sweet and sticky to offset the bitterness. Mild effervescence. Decent stuff.
thegreenrooster (4001) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a murky brown with a small tan head. Aroma is a sweet sticky malt followed by a hop presence. Flavor is earthy malt with a nice hop to round things out. Leaves a little dark fruit on the tounge as this goes down. Decent example of the style.
Strykzone (6718) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tangerine color with a nice tan head. In a 16 oz. can. I found this to be well balanced, if a bit to the malty side. Nice fruit, a nice varied hop profile, and that sweet malt. It makes for a very nice beer.
topherh (1923) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz can pours dark amber with an off white head. Aroma is bready malt and lots of pine, citrusy, grassy hops. Flavor is big piney hops, with just enough malt.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Barley’s Brewhaus. Pours dark amber with off-white head. Good lacing. Aromas of hops, citrus, pine, caramel, and some malt. Flavors toffee, caramel, malts, and hops. Pretty much a hopped up ESB. Nice solid mouthfeel. Pretty nice beer overall.
rader58 (875) - 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) - , Missouri, 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 Tallgrass’s summer offering, and it’s 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 I’m 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. Here’s hoping they start to produce it full time. Recommended.