camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid hops nose. Flavor has citrus, candi sugar and biscuit going on. Huge hop punch early on followed by strong sweet malt. Really liked it
Suttree (6099) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting that this is called an ESB on the can and an IPA here, because when we were drinking this I commented on what an IPA-ish ESB this is. So, yeah, this is like a full bodied, slightly malty IPA. I liked it. Thanks to theisti for the trade!
alassio (87) - USA - APR 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic, pillowy, lush head - - delicious on its own. Then silky smooth sipping - - before the hops start to bite home. Bigger and far more assertive than most anything in any pub from Newquay to Newcastle, the hops get good and stiff, but some candy-like malt keeps it friendly. A really unique and worthwhile brew. It’s fun to drink stuff like this.
beastiefan2k (3587) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Moving out of KS rate-a-poolza. 16oz can poured into a .25L Corsendonk goblet. No date but the store where I bought this fridges their beers. Dateline 20/20 rating
I am pretty much a fan boy for Tallgrass, I drink’em, I like’em, and I rate’em. However, I have put off rating this beer for a while. I definitely drank this when it first came out and I knew my opinion off the bat. This can supports my original opinion. I hate to hate but I cannot understand why this is the highest rated beer from this brewery. Its nothing but a mishmash of malt and hops, too much of both. Too sweet, overly biscuit malts with assertive hops. Eh, my least favorite mix in a beer. Its exactly what they were going for and exactly what I dislike. This rating is a generous homer score.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I really like this, although I'm not well acquainted with the ESB style. Dark copper pour with a perfect head. Aroma is hoppy. The taste is wonderful! Equal parts malt and hops, the latter imparting crispness without excessive bitterness. Sort of reminds me of a DIPA that is malt heavy if you will. Just an incredibly full-flavored beer, the hops ensuring that things never get boring. Highly recommended!
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beerbaaron (1974) - Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark amber. Lasting medium to large frothy cream head, lots of lace. Hoppy, fruity, a little caramel. Medium body. Great hop finish and duration. Quite bitter. More IPA than anything. Tasty and drinkable.
MarinEvelyn (820) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
very hoppy, citrus aroma.
very nice, long lasting white head.
extremely hoppy taste, bitter. Something dry, can’t figure it out, doesn’t taste too malty, but may very well be.
Fairly smooth finish for how hoppy it initially is.
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting beer, but I can’t say I loved it. Copper pour with a nice head and lacing on the glass. Aroma is slightly earthy, with some biscuit/caramel matly notes. Not a ton of hops. The flavor features some of the same biscuit malt flavor, but this is overshadowed by a tinny bitterness that I wasn’t a huge fan of. Good, but not something I would seek out again.
SODAK14 (353) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - MAR 19, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Wow...a bit too hoppy for my palate! It has a bit of a kick too. I can have one or two of these and that’s it fot both reasons. Might be best with a meal, not for just drinking by itself.
LilBeerDoctor (3772) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Keg and Barrel. Pours a clear orange-brown with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel malt, grassy hops, light fruits. Flavor of malt upfront with light citrus and bitter hops in the finish. This is an interesting beer stylistically- too malty for an IPA, too hoppy for an esb or amber, not quite strong enough to classify as an imperial red. Anyway, it is tasty and not too heavy on the palate.