mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2011
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 isn’t 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. Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 1, 2011
1 pint can. It’s rare, these days, to have a beer that actually MAKES me want to rate it. This, however, is one of them. Pours a murky gold with a massive, rocky light tan head. Excellent sticky lace - a rather pretty glass of brew. Big herbal nose, some orange citrus, caramel and a tannic tea note. Medium bodied, this beer is bigger than it’s humble can - more herbal-ish tea flavors, dry citrus and something herbal and spicy. Finishes drier than expected, with the spicy herbal flavors hanging to the sides of the tongue. A hoppy beast matched with a strong malty spine. Really enjoyed this! A bargain at a bit over $2. Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 10, 2011
This is a solid beer. Aroma: big pine/citrus, hops mix. Taste was the same but with a solid malt backbone. Sharp bitter finish. More like a DIPA to me. Fatehunter (2567) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2012
Poured into a pint glass. Hazy copper color, two fingers of tight head, lots of lacing.
Big citrus smell. Grapefruit and a sharp lemon are the biggest ones.
Aggressive hops from the beginning. Tough to taste anything else, but in the middle there is a little honey flavor... probably the only malt bit that came through. Lasting bitterness.
Lots of bubbles and medium body.
Solid Double IPA. Hits early and big; perfect fit and fun to drink.
Caytinator (1005) - Waco, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Excellent beer overall. Drank a few of these 16oz pint cans during a beach weekend. Aroma is strong and persistent, pour is a beautiful copper with medium head. Strong beer, even for an IPA...VERY full taste. Grassy taste, almost, balanced with tasty malt. I’m not a hop-head but I thought this was a really great beer.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Can pours a hazy deep brownish amber with a smaller bubbly off white lacing head. Aroma of nice floral and citrusy hop notes. Really hoppy for an ESB. Getting some tea, toffee and nuts. Flavor of toasted malt, tea, floral and orange hop notes. nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2010
16oz can. Thick, orange-brown, with a creamy off white/beige head. Nice floral hop aroma. Thick and full bodied, with a toasty sweet malty taste and a solid hop backbone. A little mellow on the carbonation, which helps give it an English feel I suppose. The hops and ABV let you know this is all American, with a resiny thick finish. Well done, enjoyable beer. RSRIZZO (1986) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2011
1 pint can poured into an English Pint at 50°. Color is a golden brown with a slight touch of orange. Carbonation is very good producing a tall head that is tight on top. Aroma is a light hop scent with some grapefruit zest in the back. It has a lighter medium body with a crisp mouth feel. Flavor comes on with a faint grain taste that has a very mild sweetness lending a bit of caramel, then the hops jump in with grapefruit and white pepper on a bold bitterness. After taste is dry with the bitterness out lasting the flavors. Wow this is a great ESB, very well balanced and tasty. This is only the second brew I’ve had from them but both have been excellent examples of there style. Braudog (6716) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Can. The gargantuan head of foam is clearly the predominant characteristic of this pour, burying a burnt-orange beer. A bountiful aroma escapes thru the foam, rich with malt and notes of pine. The flavors are worthy of a roaring campfire, overflowing with bark, pinecone, resin, and light bitterness. (#4123/5/27/2011) zizzybalubba (1869) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2011
16 oz. can from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Pours brownish-orange with a foamy off-white head. Aggressively hopped aroma of tangerines, grapefruit rind, and toffee. The flavor is hoppy enough that it’s unfair to label this as an ESB. Floral and grassy hops combine with an equally malty sweet backbone that labeling this as an IPA also is unfair. American Strong Ale? Whatever you want to call it this is a really good beer.