theisti (4246) - Kansas, USA - JUN 3, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2010 #100 brewed in Kansas rating. 16 oz pint can purchased at Lukas Overland Park, Kansas. Pour is slightly hazed golden ruby with a nicely formed two inch tan head. Very nice looking in my pint mug. Aroma is bright clean fresh pine hops, behind that is a nice toasted malt smell. Fresh and clean nose. Taste is the nose, starts with the big hoppy pine, followed close behind by the toasted ever so slightly sweet maltiness. Flavors are nicely balanced, and the finish is crisp and dry. Palate is medium to light, prickly carbonation and the aforementioned bitter dry finish. The aftertaste is a nice flinty mineral aspect that really works for me. I really enjoyed this one. rader58 (936) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 16, 2010
Pours a cloudy dark amber/honey color. Aroma is intense aromatic and pungent hops with sweet molasses and pine. Flavor is full hops, very bitter and floral with a slight sweetness in the end. I also sense a taste of tea leaves. Tallgrass has outdone themselves with this one. This one will put them in the big leagues of microbreweries. Well done. islay (3185) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2010
16 oz. can in the praiseworthy Surly tradition. Consumed on 8-30-10. Labeled as “Tallgrass Oasis Ale.” Strong, resiny, sweet, floral aroma features maple syrup, brown sugar, and pine scents with a light fruitiness (especially peach). The smell is very appealing. Pours a mostly clear but slightly hazy light to medium brown or a very dark brass color. Moderate to large amount of relatively thick, long-lasting, taupe head. Good, extensive lacing. The flavors are consistent with the scents. Strong taste. Very well hoped. Nice, cookie malts. Brown sugar and piney hops. Floral and lightly fruity. Really quite tasty. Long, dry aftertaste. Full body. Syrupy in the palate. Easy to drink, especially for a full bodied brew, but filling. Tallgrass Oasis Ale, despite its description on the site (though not on the can) as an ESB, is most definitely an American Strong Ale and should be classified as such. It’s my kind of beer, and although it’s not quite great, it is quite good. Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2010
(can) Pours out a dark orangish copper color with a small off-white head and a bit of lacing. Aroma is very potent and vibrant, with plenty of citrus fruits such as pineapple, orange, grapefruit, with some light pine underneath. The drosophila seem to think this liquid contains fruit as well, since they immediately swarmed my glass upon pouring. Maltier undertones of sugar cookie dough, caramel, with some orange marmalade spread over toast making an appearance as well, but the hops make it difficult to smell much else. Remarkably the 7.2% ABV is nowhere to be detected on the nose or the tastebuds. Tastes of orange zest, baked soft pretzel, and possibly some guava make their presence known. Sweet caramel is displayed in the fore, and the finish is certainly piney and full of bitter grapefruit peel. Mouthfeel is surprising in that it is light, which makes this one dangerous brew as it’s very easy to drink and the alcohol is virtually undetectable. Overall, a very good beer that I’m glad is available in MN. I imagine I will be drinking more of this.