Monday, November 29th 2010
(Tallgrass Brewing Company)
A few months back I visited the Tallgrass Brewing Company out in Manhattan, Kansas. The crew there showed me a great time and I was lucky enough to not only drink one of these fresh off the line but I also got to pack up my own four-pack which they let me take away for my own enjoyment later.
From the Tallgrass site:
"Oasis is a Double ESB/IPAish beer that came about from playing around with one of Jeff’s favorite homebrew recipes. Here at Tallgrass we love malt and we love hops, and this beer has both of them in record quantities; well, at least records for our baby brewery.
At a hefty 7.2% ABV and 93 IBU, Oasis is a big beer that has to be priced a bit higher than our regular line of beers. We think that once you taste the over-the-top hops and surprisingly sturdy malt backbone you will realize why it’s worth it."
Here we go...
Pour - dark amber with some reddish, almost maroon, hues. A great big, fluffy, off-white head towers atop this velvety smooth looking brew.
Aroma - piney, citrusy, light caramel as well as orange peel and slight hints of tropical fruits and bread dough.
Taste - raw sugar, pineapple, biscuits, pine, citrus and caramel. Loads of flavor up front, a malty and juicy middle followed by a bitter, hoppy finish. Big and flavorful. Awesome stuff, through and through.
Overall - excellent beer regardless of how you classify it. Very well balanced with a ridiculously fresh hop flavor that stays with you from sip to sip. This is the biggest brew that Tallgrass cans and its definitely one worth taking your time to enjoy. I love that this beer sort of hovers between several styles. That really represents what American craft brewing is all about.
Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. This is my favorite of the four canned releases from Tallgrass. Big and bold with plenty of flavor and LOTS of hoppy goodness. This is one of my favorite hop-heavy canned beers available these days! Definitely worth acquiring by any means possible.
Note - Tallgrass currently cans their IPA, Ale, Kold, Oasis and Buffalo Sweat beers. Cheers!
Posted by Russ
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