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Friday, August 24, 2012

Oasis – Tallgrass Brewing Co.


                I have a tried and reviewed two of Tallgrass’ beers, 8-bit Pale Ale and Velvet Rooster; and was impressed by both.  It’s been a while since I had one of their beers so I decided it was about time that I picked up a 4-pack of Oasis.

                Before moving on to the review, how about a quick background on Tallgrass, if you want more you can check my earlier posts.  Founded in 2007 by Jeff and Tricia Gill, Tallgrass is located in Manhattan, KS.  Their current lineup of seven beers includes 8-Bit Pale Ale, Velvet Rooster Tripel, Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat, Oasis, Buffalo Sweat, Tallgrass IPA and Tallgrass Ale.  One of the seven, Halcyon took silver at the 2011 U.S. Open Beer Championships in the American Specialty Wheat category.   Recently Tallgrass also released a line of homebrew kits through Northern Brewer so that home brewers could try their hand at Buffalo Sweat, Halcyon or Oasis.  Maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s pretty cool that Tallgrass was willing to adapt their recipes for homebrewers.

                On to the review, over at Beeradvocate it has an 86 with a 90 from the Bros.  Over at ratebeer it has a 93 overall and an 85 for style.  Beeradvocate has it listed as an Imperial IPA and ratebeer has it listed as an IPA; two moderately different styles with some overlap, although many of the commercial examples that I have had show a distinct difference.

They say:

ABV 7.2%
93 IBU

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.  

Definitely not a fruit-extract seasonal shandy, this beer is meant to be enjoyed on the back porch, the front porch, or even on the stoop.  What's a stoop?  Well, it's a good place to drink beer, is what it is.

I say:

                Oasis pours reddish amber with a thick tan head with a yellowish tint to it.  The head holds great retention, falling back slightly but proving persistent through the entire pint and leaving a nice lacing in the glass.  The Aroma is malt forward, with a hint of sweet caramel, backed up by pleasant floral and citrus (grapefruit) hops throughout, tending towards a slight bitterness on the back end.

               The flavor begins sweet with sweet citrus (mineola orange and tangerine) from the hops with a nice sweet malty backbone, although there is a bitter finish.  In all, the flavor highlights the notes from the aroma with the hops coming to the forefront whereas they were slightly more subdued and took second to the malt in the aroma.  Oasis is medium to full-bodied with a moderate to high level of carbonation.  It had a full, round finish that was slightly bitter yet not overwhelmingly so.

                Oasis is another quality beer out of Tallgrass, one that I would happily drink again.  I am tempted to pick up an Oasis kit at Northern Brewer and try my hand at duplicating this excellent beer.  If you are fortunate enough to live in a state that Tallgrass distributes to, pick up a 4-pack of Oasis or any of the other fine beers they offer!

                That’s all for this week, check back on Monday for another review!!!

Happy Drinking!!!

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