DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Toffee malt, very bready and yeasty. Has a toasty graininess as well. Good amounts of sweet ruby red grapefruit that transforms into a full on grapefruit bitterness and grows stronger and spicier through the finish. The malt a is dense and carries through as well. andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Purchased at Breeze Thru Wine & Spirits in Milwaukee, WI; enjoyed on a rainy Sunday night lounging around the house. Appearance is a cloudy, moderate caramel with an abundant white head that laces to the glass. Aroma is rich in earthy hops, equally malty with a mixture of toasted malt and caramel. Taste is pretty thick, chewy, nice bitterness that sticks around and becomes partially citrusy, as well as a visceral maltiness with a kick from the ABV. I’m liking this one, not quite a session beer but still goes down pretty nicely. CanIHave4Beers (4187) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 21, 2012
On DraughtFrank (4196) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
The beer pours a hazy red color with a fluffy head and some nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is robust and has a good bit of leafy hops, & some woodiness, with a mild malt character.
The flavor has a similar leafy/earthy hop character as the aroma, some mild roastiness shows up and a decent light grapefruit hoppiness is there as well. The maltiness is noticeable but the hops take center stage, the toffee is about as subdued and "right" as it can be in a beer like this.
Deccent mid-range ipa. Good hop presence but a bit sweet. Some mineral qualities and quite thick. Drinkable and not without complexity but forgetable. Gus_13 (19) - Brandon, Mississippi, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Poured from a can to a pint/shaker glass.
Appearance: Dark amber/orange but hazy in color. Small head but may be due to the pour. Light head lacing and I can lightly see carbonation bubbling up through the haze. Very good looking ESB/IPA. They state it's an imperial ESB almost an IPA. Good mix between the two.
Taste: Very hop forward followed by a malty finish. It isn't like and Imperial IPA in that it doesn't have much of a hop bite aftertaste. Very enjoyable.
Verdict: I was very impressed overall. It fed my hop head needs while giving me the malty finish as well. I will definitely buy again and keep it on hand. Tallgrass has a couple beers I've been impressed with.
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greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 16, 2012
On tap at Firehouse, served in Tulip. Poured amber, nice head and lacing. Nose and flavor was citrus and pine, big hop bite and finish. Nicely balanced and a real good IPA. pkbites (947) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Pour is gorgeous! Tan/brown with tan head. Nose is weak. Caramel and sugar smacks, but weakly so! Pine and floral hops are good, but a bit much.
The finish is so long it’s possibly eternal. I ate a tin of sardines after drinking this and the aftertaste was still there! agent_511 (157) - - AUG 2, 2012
Strong american hop aroma. Long bitter finish. Strong sparkling carbonation with moderate head. Dark gold to brown color. Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Can shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!
A: Hazy, light orange. The head is somewhat small and fades quickly, leaving a little lacing behind.
S: Alcohol, pine, hops.
T: An OK beer, with the hops a bit more subdued and the alcohol more present than I would prefer.
M: Medium body with a hop and alcohol finish. In spite of this, the beer is quite smooth on the palate.
D: Decent stuff and worth a try, though I wouldn’t seek it out.
Serving type: can
Reviewed on: 10-31-2010 hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2012
dark coppery pour with an ow head.
a+f are earthy, herbal, woody, caramel, floral and some mild citrus. bittered finish to an otherwise overly malted/sweet beer.