REVIEW: Tallgrass IPA

Photo: J.T. Wampler

This week’s beer: Tallgrass IPA from Tallgrass Brewing Co. in Manhattan, Kan.

This Manhattan, Kan. beer pours a hazy, copper color with a thick, white head that leaves sticky lacing down the glass. The nose is of fruity citrus with floral undertones.

The flavor is a nice balance of malt and hops with neither rising to prominence. There is a nice lingering bitterness on the palate which reminds you that this is indeed an IPA.

This is a balanced IPA, though, not a hop-bomb. In spite of its 6.3% alcohol, it is very smooth and drinkable without any alcohol burn.

Tallgrass is doing great work and I’m very pleased to see their offerings in 16 oz. cans instead of bottles. Beer has two main enemies, light and air. Cans eliminate both. In addition, cans are welcome on outdoor activities like canoeing, hiking etc. For a fun read, check out the Tallgrass Canifesto.

This is a really good beer from an up-and-coming brewery. Keep your eyes out for other Tallgrass canned beers such as Velvet Rooster Belgian Ale, Buffalo Sweat Stout and 8-Bit Pale Ale (see our review).

Pair this beer with any spicy food or chocolate chip cookies.

Rating: 4

J.T Wampler
J.T. is a contributor for the Fayetteville Flyer. He is also the owner and brewer at the Tanglewood Branch Beer Co., located at 1431 S. School Ave. in Fayetteville.
For more beer reviews from J.T., see his author page.