edognight (7) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2011 does not count
Loved the deep copper color and high protein head. Pint can, but that didn’t bother me at all. Rich malty flavor and nice carbonated tingle. I’. not sure about the aroma, I’ve heard ’grassy’ and ’flat.’ Flavor is a wonderful full balance of caramel, mellow bitter and a tiny hint of citrus. I love this beer. Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Pours iced tea brown with a lasting, pitted, khaki head that leaves a web of lace upon the glass.Toasted malt with piny and citric hops along with some other lighter assorted fruit notes (a little passion fruit and a whisper of pineapple). Medium-bodied and slick with a tight, bitter and somewhat drying finish. This is not your typical ESB. It has the expected toasty malt-forward front, but that lasts for just an instant before you are smacked by the piny, grassy and slightly fruity assault of hop notes. While the nose doesn’t mimic the flavor profile, both are enjoyable. This is an IPA drinker’s kind of ESB. If you’re wanting a Fullers-style ESB look elsewhere, but if you are a hop head, you will likely enjoy this tasty hybrid. mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Notes. Tap. Hazy brown/orange color with a small white head. Not the prettiest looking beer (castleton ftw!). Nose is grassy and wheatlike. Not to impressed with that. Sweet and floral taste. Caramel and a perfume like taste lead to a slightly bitter finish. Medium bodied and fairly sticky. I’m thinking this one may have been past it’s prime. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2011
GLBN IPA Challenge 2011, sample. copper colored pour, notes of tea, british hops, light tabacco, sweet toffee maltiness, orange marmalade. Decent ESB, Average IPA Beaver (1807) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2011
16oz can. Pours a reddish amber with a medium creamy white head.
jake65 (3944) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2011
The aroma is a bit strange - fruity resiny hops and some weird off note.
The flavor is a bit strange as well. There’s some woody caramel notes with a decent amount of hop bitterness - fruity, resiny, a little minty and almost sour. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, it’s a bit strange to me. Maybe it’s the mix of ESB with big American hops. The blend of caramel, wood, fruits and some almost sour notes just didn’t work for me.
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2013 Black Hills Beer Fest - Muddy brown copper pour with a decent beige head. Lightly fruity and floral bitters aroma followed by a big bitter taste. Florals, citrus, and caramel. ** Re-rate 12/6/13: I’ve had this many times now and really find it to be quite refreshing. A fresh can yields heavy florals and citrus, good interaction with the malt base. A little more intense than what I’d call sessionable, but I really like having fresh pint cans available of what they’re labeling an imperial ESB. Solid stuff and its become my favorite Tallgrass brew. wilnatp (719) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Cloudy coppery pour. A lot of hops but still a robust brew. Wonderful. Bitter. Well balanced. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2011
(16oz can) Pours a hazy orange body with a medium cream head. Aroma of citrus, florals, toffee, and biscuit. Flavor of orange, grass, toasted bread, and caramel malt. Eells (64) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2011
The best Tallgrass beer I’ve had by far. A good value, has a deep malt complexity. It’s interesting style makes it likely i’ll get it again. Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Smells like honey, hops. Tastes pretty bitter. Hops, golden raisins, pretty alcoholic, tastes like a can.