Friday, January 28, 2011

Beer of the Week (Vol. LXXXVII)

Another edition of Beer of the Week brought to you by the helpful folks at Glen Lake Wine & Spirits who always ask what they can do for you when it comes to wine, whiskey, and beer.

We close our run of reviews of beer from Tallgrass Brewing Company in Kansas with their Ale:

Tallgrass Ale is the flagship beer of Tallgrass Brewing Company, and we think it will be your new favorite beer! Truly a craft beer, the recipe was first brewed by Jeff as a 10-gallon batch of homebrew. Of all his homebrew recipes, Jeff chose Tallgrass Ale as the flagship beer because of the beer’s surprising light body, extraordinarily smooth and balanced profile, great taste, and clean finish. The first time Jeff brewed Tallgrass Ale he thought it looked a little too dark, but after he kegged that first batch, the finished beer was really, really tasty! That first little 10-gallon batch of Tallgrass was gone way too fast!

The beer was different from anything he or his friends could find on tap or on the shelf. It was a beer that was a deep chestnut color, yet had a great flavor and was so light tasting that it kept you wanting more. The distinctive look and taste of Tallgrass Ale comes from our unique blend of German, English, and American-style malts and a generous helping of both American and traditional English hops. These ingredients, our English brewer’s yeast, and the Flint Hills’ excellent brewing water gives Tallgrass Ale a distinctive, toffee-highlighted taste and smooth profile that is always drinkable.

Can is brown at the base with mixed maroon rays at the top. Stalks of grain sprout from the logo.

Style: Brown Ale

Alcohol by Volume: 4.4%

COLOR (0-2): Brown and clear. 2

AROMA (0-2): Malty with sweet caramel. 2

HEAD (0-2): Tan, light volume, decent retention. 1

TASTE (0-5): Roasted malt flavor with some nutiness, and whiffs of caramel and chocolate. Very little hops and no noticeable bitterness. Smooth with a thin mouthfeel and medium body. Quite drinkable. 3

AFTERTASTE (0-2): Hollow without much there. 1

OVERALL (0-6): A decent brown ale, but it doesn't live up to what I've come to expect from Tallgrass. Nothing especially unique or different here and there isn't much that separates a Tallgrass Ale from a Newcastle Brown Ale. If you're a fan of that beer, you'll likely enjoy this as well. Personally, I'll stick to some of the other Tallgrass offerings which offer much more in the way of interesting flavor combinations. 4

TOTAL SCORE (0-19): 13