backdaft (163) - 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!
agent_511 (157) - - AUG 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong american hop aroma. Long bitter finish. Strong sparkling carbonation with moderate head. Dark gold to brown color.
MorganBaughman (147) - Long Beach, Mississippi, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
We had this beer at the 2013 Tops of the Hops in Biloxi, MS. A really different beer. Caramel color, hoppy taste. Good. Weíre big fans for the artwork too.
oldgrumpy (102) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
By taste, hard to tell if it an IPA or an ESB. Not a great example of either. Drinkabe but nothing great going on here. There is a lingering bitterness which I do not like. Hard to define what is going on with this one. Are there any real good beers from west of the big river to the big mountains?
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint Can. Pours deep cloudy amber with an off-white head, leaving good lacing. Aroma is dry and not offensive, floral. Tastes Hoppy up front with a strong enough malt backbone to support . Finishes dry and well....hoppy. I like it but would prefer a little more citrus rather than the spicy dry hops. Good beer and will probably show up in my fridge again.
lawman357 (93) - Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another outstanding outing from Tallgrass Brewery. I really canít tout our loccal/regional craft brewers enough. The other reviews and product description say it all.
conciergeman (73) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours nice goldish color with beautiful off white head. Glad to see listed here as an ESB instead of an IPA, because the hopiness is really balanced and smooth, not harsh enough for an IPA. Irregardless, very tasty ESB, my favorite of this style to date. 7.2% is nice too btw.
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
First half in a regular pint glass, second in English pint (which was definitely better.) Looks a little darker than a normal ESB but still a nice light copper with a hint of cloudiness. My nose is a bit stuffed up but i can tell this is going to be a hoppy ESB- a little nuttiness in the aroma, too. Light tan 2-finger head, good carbonation. Grapefruit hops are balanced nicely with the malts. Definitely containing English components even if it isnít a typical ESB . Almost no sweetness in the malt backbone, which is good. Dryness starts in the middle and lingers long after the finish. Bubbles are small enough that the palate can be crisp but still have a hint of smooth/creamy. Probably my favorite Tallgrass beer. Very well done.
snownirvana (70) - - MAR 11, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Chalice. from can: A: medium aroma for an IPA, lacking from most imperials, hoppy- simcoe, goldings, slight pine, medium frothy head with slight tan color App: medium haze, yellow-amber color. T: entirely top hopped, sms dry hopped, big hoppy mouth ball, not quite balanced with malt character, hop level slightly overwhelming. P: jung but hop bite from start to finish, back and front, lengthy finish.
alassio (67) - 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. Itís fun to drink stuff like this.