Tallgrass Brewing Company IPA (365 Day 187)

By scot in 365 Days of American Craft Beer, Beer on Monday, June 6th, 2011

Tallgrass IPA

The allure of American craft beer is not only tasting, reviewing, and enjoying some great beers but the ability of the internet to connect people so that you can increase the amount uniqueness to your craft beer reviews. Transactions are easy and, knock on wood, most beer geeks make sure to send along quality goodness.

IPA by Tallgrass Brewing Company fits into the above perfectly. It is brewed in Kansas which is a state I haven’t frequented since my age was in the single digit range.

How else would one acquire this beer otherwise?

Plenty of floral hops greet the nose along with a caramel, sweet malt back bone. The taste follows very closely but there is a pleasant amount of spice hops that show up, including a smooth bitterness to the finish. The profile is a nice and welcomed change from all the west coast impersonators; individuality has it merit.

A definite for anyone that appreciates American IPAs as long as you don’t let your prejudice of what an IPA should be get in the way. Drink it with an open mind and you will be set free. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8, Taste: 9, Look: 9, Drinkability: 8, Overall: 8.4

Useless Fact: James Smithson, English scientist and founder of the Smithsonian Institution, never once set foot in America. The institution was established in 1846 with funds from his estate which he left for “the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.”

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