Well Tallgrass Brewing is definitely worth trying some of their beers. I like this brewery. I like that they specialize in cans, thus allowing you to take their beers fishin’ or to the lake. I really like that they are very supportive of homebrewers, as you can see in their northern brewing clone kits page.
Today I’m tasting their IPA.
Serving: 16oz can, very fresh (it was just brewed a couple weeks ago!) served in a 20oz Schlafly sip club glass.
Appearance: kind of tannish orange and a little hazy, with lots of very fine rising bubbles. The head was really nice, lasting all the way to the last sip, leaving great lacing.
Smell: nice! A balanced malty and piney/grapefruit aroma, lots of hops, even a little bit oily but not overly in your face with bitterness.
Taste: this is a very tasty IPA. It’s pretty malty, maltier than many IPAs, but the balanced approach you detect in the smell follows through to the taste. Nice piney grapefruit and a little fruitiness come through nicely.
Body: very thick for an IPA, great mouthfeel and finish.
Overall: I like to pick this one up when I need cans (i.e. fishin’) or when I’m in the mood for a malty IPA. Definitely a tasty beer that’s worth a try.
I’m also quite fond of the Halcyon Wheat and the Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass, and I can’t wait to try the new 8-bit pale ale! I have high hopes that Tallgrass will continue to experience successes and keep on making great beer!
EDIT: having their flagship beer today, Tallgrass Ale, a brown ale. Quite tasty. ABV is pretty low at 4.45% (I think, too lazy to look it up again, lol). Nice nutty, malty, caramel and light cocoa flavors. It’s a pretty nice brew considering I don’t even really like brown ales that much! Great stuff!!