Sunday, January 30, 2011
Oasis Tall Grass
Had this on tap at Longfellow Grill, Minneapolis (great happy hour by the way, 30 taps $3 3-6pm M-F and half off appetizers). Described as an Imperial IPA on the beer menu, given the description I was expecting this to be bursting with hops but was surprised at the mahogany colour and lack of hoppiness, this was definitely more malty than hoppy with a weird bitter aftertaste. Some slight notes of pine, grapefruit and citrus but not much of a bite for the 93 IBU's and 7.2% ABV it claimed. A very forgettable beer from this brewery based in Manhattan, Kansas (known for their signature 16oz cans, much like Surly). On further research from the Tall Grass site I see they have this described as a Double ESB/IPA-ish hybrid but for me it seems like it is suffering from an identity crisis that hits neither style and is not very appetizing, at least to my palate. I have heard that their IPA is pretty decent so I will have to try that. Otherwise I was very disappointed with this beer and would not recommend it.