by Hop Nation USA's Steve
When you think key lime pie, you probably also think of Key West, Florida, the pie’s birthplace. Maybe you think about New Orleans, or even just the American South in general. Where you probably don’t think about is Kansas. So it was a bit of a surprise to me, when I found this Key Lime Pie beer by Tallgrass Brewing from Manhattan, Kansas. The only way I can associate Kansas with pie is through the innumerable truck stops populated by Flos and Dotties waiting to serve up a slice at the counter. So what does Kansas know about key lime?
Turns out, a lot. Despite drinking this arguably out of season in cooling October, I really enjoyed this beer. A refreshing and somewhat sweet beer, this is something that could be an entry point for some or just a desserty treat for seasoned drinkers.
In Episode 13, we reviewed the Abita To-Gose, another Key Lime Pie beer. I would be remiss to not compare the two considering how uncommon this kind of beer seems to be. It was mentioned on the show how on the nose the To-Gose had a very salty, ocean-like smell. Not the Tallgrass. It smells exactly like a key lime pie should smell and how I wished the To-Gose smelled.
The nose promises a sweet, creamy ale, so it’s with surprise(and a little disappointment) the upfront first taste is rather tart. Now this beer isn’t classified as a gose or a sour, and it doesn’t reach the pucker levels of either of those. It just has an undeniable tartness, which then abates to a much sweeter finish. I tasted lime all the way through, and caught hints of vanilla and whipped cream at the end.
It’s not overly sweet, so I think it’s possible to have more than one of these. You wouldn’t be wrong in throwing a six pack in a cooler for a hot summer tailgate or camping trip. Personally, my aversion to sour flavors keeps me from loving this beer, though. Ideally, I would take the nose from this beer and taste from the To-Gose and combine them to make the perfect Key Lime Pie beer. Unfortunately, I can’t, so I’ll have to continue my search for a better one.
Overall a good beer, and it makes want to seek out what else Tallgrass and Kansas can do.
3.5 mounds of meringue out of 5