mensch (265) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
A little bigger than their IPA in every regard. A little darker, a little cloudier, a little stronger, a few more off flavors - smokey phenolics in addition to the butterscotch diacetyl. Still missing the hop aroma. In spite of this, it’s not a bad beer. Some nice grapefruit and sweet malt flavors, dry bitter finish. Very one-dimensional. I’d drink it again, if someone else is buying.
backdaft (264) - Menasha Red Light District, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy deep copper color. Nice 2 finger tanish head leaves lacing all the way down! Aroma is upfront caramel toffee malt. Taste is malty, resin-like hoppiness, and bitter grapefruit rind. A "Big" hoppy beer with a strong malt presence makes this a winner. My only wish; the hop characteristics were more pronounced in this one. I like malt too. but I like hops more!
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice murky amber with a healthy dose of off white head that laces wonderfully. Loads of piney resinous hop presence, mixed with some mango/kiwi (?). The hops are supported by a caramely sweet bread. The taste is practically a mirror of the nose. The bitterness, though, is a bit more aggressive than I would have guessed plus a touch of burnt toast and heavy grain. This is usually the beer that I recommend to people that are looking for a Furious type experience - this analysis has me second guessing myself though. Regardless, this stuff is tasty.
JustDrinkIt (261) - Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Dark orange-amber color with some white head. Aroma of citrus and bitter malts. Flavor is more bitter malt and citrus rind. Best ESB I can recall... that being said, I still have no reason to drink it again. Maybe the dry hopping is what makes it a bit better to me...?
Majin (256) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rooftop patio in Des Moines. Works, dark amber color. Very hoppy and works great on a warm day in a cold mug.
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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.
benfergy (231) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The Oasis has a brown amber color with a substantial(but not overwhelming) head. The aroma is of strong hops, unfortunately a little soapy. Fortunately, this is not present when sipping. The taste of the beer is rather bitter, but otherwise very balanced. The beer has a good, thick body to it as well. Overall, definitely an interesting beer to try, one that I wouldn’t have expected from the can it came in!
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can to glass. Hazy orange/amber pour with nice off white head. Notes of grapefruity citrus on the nose as well as a bit of pine. Very bitter taste and long bitter finish. One of my go to beers.
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16oz can. Pours very hazy orange-brown with large off-white head. Surprised by the amount of sediment in the glass. Aroma of sharp piney hops with a slight malt background. Taste of bitter floral hops with lingering bitterness. There is a toasty, caramel, bready malt backing but it could be amped up a bit to compete with the pine flavors. With the relatively high alcohol for the style and the big hop bitterness its still fairly easy to drink. Matched pretty well with some spicy Chinese food.
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.