Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale AleTallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 976
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 71
Gots: 134 | FT: 2
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Tallgrass Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: zeff80 on 03-01-2012

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Photo of MNAle
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber color, 1.5 inch off-white head that recedes slowly, leaving some lacing. Moderate to active carbonation. Typical pale ale hoppy aroma. Nice but as expected. Initial taste is a bit malt-forward, with the hops coming through in the middle. A nicely bitter aftertaste. Tingles the tongue and has a moderate feel - not thin, but not thick, either. This is a very well made, nicely balanced, tasty pale ale. Recommended. (422 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a four-pack of 16 oz cans at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Wausau. The drink by date suggests this one is good for over three months. Poured right from the fridge into my nonic pint glass.

L: Pours a pale amber/bright straw with about three inches of fluffy white head that sticks around for a good bit and leaves moderate, patchy lacing on the glass. Slightly hazy, with light to moderate visible carbonation.

S: Citrus, stone fruit, and tropical fruit (pineapple and passion fruit) over bready malts. There's a good bit of buttery quality to this one, though it's hard to tell if its diacetyl and/or intentional. Some pretty clear rye coming through, grassy notes, and a bit of cracked pepper.

T: Bread and cracker malt flavors right up front, followed closely by some bright citrus hop notes--most of what registers is a lemon zest flavor. The middle sees a building grassy/floral hop flavor, with the lemon citrus still shining through. There's a bit more earthiness here, as well as a bit of the buttery quality from the nose (though it isn't nearly as pronounced in the taste). The back end sees a good deal of hop bitter coming through, with citrus and pine notes present, along with a bit of tropical and stone fruit. Those bready malts continue to make their presence felt at the back, but the aftertaste is lemon zest and hop bitter all the way.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied, this one feels a little flat, like it could use about half again as much carbonation. It does have a bit of creaminess, but--again--could benefit from higher carbonation. I wouldn't necessarily call this one watery, but it definitely comes close to that line. This does make it quite drinkable, but I would take a bit more body.

O: This pale ale from Tallgrass is, on the whole, pretty enjoyable. I appreciate some of the more subtle hop and malt flavors it brings. I don't know if I got a bad pack, but that buttery diacetyl quality in the nose really isn't helping much. It could stand to be a bit more carbonated/less watery, but it certainly goes back easy. Were it not for those strong buttery notes in the bouquet, I would give this one a ringing endorsement. As it stands, I would still recommend giving it a try if you're a fan of APAs. (2,250 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 10-15-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, golden-orange color with one finger off-white head, excellent retention, the head slowly dissipated until a thin layer of small bubbles remained to the end, significant lacing, medium carbonation.

SMELL: the nose is faint, sweet malt, flowery and bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet, then bread and a mild hop profile.

PALATE: medium body, medium carbonation and creamy.

OVERALL: this is a really good looking beer and feels nice on the palate with a nice creamy mouthfeel but, the taste and smell are too subtle for my liking, it's a good beer but there are better pale ales to be had so I will probably not seek this one out again. (769 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but not great. Layers of some fruit, little bit of pine, some dankness, a spicy peppery kick, a significant level of bitterness. It lingers on the tongue, not really going away until long after it's gone. It has an orange tinged amber color with a quarter inch of frothy head that lingers all the way down. It has an almost creamy character to it.

Probably wouldn't revisit. Not bad, just not exceptional. (415 characters)

Photo of NYCDE
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A hop-forward pale ale that is light, bright, and terrific to drink. For a relatively low abv, it's got a great mouth feel and bold taste. I feel like it's hopped more like an IPA than a standard pale ale and it leans more towards IPA-land. I think it's delicious. (264 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer reminds me more of a hoppy cream ale, like Sixpoint Sweet Action, than a pale ale. The malts are smoother and mlider, the hops are spicy but don't kick in until the bitter finish. Until this reallt warms up, the subtle peach and melon notes are hidden behind a pretty standard citrus front. It's a great summer beer, an upgrade from a blonde ale, but it can't stand up to Sierra Nevada. (396 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed golden orange with a thin, lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus, melon, flowers (a hint of honey?).

The taste is citric (orange) with some metallic floral notes.

It is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Some bitterness lingers.

A pleasant pale ale, overall. (300 characters)

Photo of Beerds
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try for a while and managed to pick up a howler. Quite impressed actually: citrus and floral on the nose and a super smooth drinker. Possibly spoiled because can the tall boy version be as good?!? (212 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not very good. From a can at High Noon Saloon for beer talk.

It's got a decent amount of flavor, it's just not very pleasing flavor. A bitterness that doesn't commend itself. A bit of lemon juice emerges.

Wait. It's getting better with each sip. (Orig. score: 3.45) I guess it's just really subtle. Takes a while to get your mind around its layers. (353 characters)

Photo of Mikeymcglynnigan
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Light transparent amber with a pure white pillowy head that clings to the glass as it dissipates
Smell: Floral tones, pine sap
Taste: much like the nose, balanced with light bready malts. Well balanced.
Mouthfeel: Coats the mouth with a dry finish.

Overall: nice brew, well balanced but kind of boring after a few sips. (328 characters)

Photo of Rawwie
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good but, interesting. A lot of flavor up front. Going down, watery and not very much there. I still like this beer, might be too watery for most pale ale fans. Not great, but definitely not bad. Give it a try if you can. Cheers! (230 characters)

Photo of Troyh
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer had a very crisp taste. I was honestly shocked I didn't anticipate a good beer. I did not take this beer seriously because of the can and print. But it is a quality beer. (180 characters)

Photo of ta_hagen
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great Pale Ale, one of my favorites. I will be grabbing one of these or two more of these during the summer time. Very refreshing and goes down well for a smooth Pale Ale. This and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale's are my favorites. Wish they came in a 6 pack though, since they are so enjoyable. (291 characters)

Photo of snilsen13
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hey, I love this beer and I drink it from a glass. Very simple description: big assertive hop attack, mellows out quickly and has an authentic maltiness that's really yummy. It's got some nice malts, giving it a orange color and great flavor. There's room for a little more complexity to this beer, maybe more nose, but is it needed? This would be my everyday drinker if I could buy it out here in NE. (405 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can bottle from Wed., 12/31/2014 (Niciu 3rd Annual NYE Party) gifted from Erich and Sara, unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into plastic cup, drank over ~30 minutes (177 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright, punchy hops meet a slightly caramel and sweet back end. This is a truly well rounded beer and stays nicely within a sessionable range at 5.2%. Very drinkable. (166 characters)

Photo of GregJ
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

S: Citrus, floral, yeast and grass. T: Sweet maltiness, grass, light citrus, bready. F: Light carbonation, med/light body, light pine bight on the tongue and light pine aftertaste. (184 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

From a tallboy (drink by 12/30) into an imperial pint.
A: some sediment, nice deep orange/amber color, puffy 2 finger head that leaves a lot of lacing
S: vegetal hoppiness, caramel/crystal malts, a little citrus as well. not a huge nose.
T: a big step up from the nose. The malt base is solid here, some biscuit and some caramel, and that sets up some fairly juicy grapefruit, passion fruit, papaya, as well as some dry floral spicy notes, too. Bitterness is fairly sharp for style.
M: creamy and smooth considering the bitterness; medium carbonation; drinks pretty heavy for some reason.
Overall: a good one. Fairly aggressive for a pale ale, but that's not uncommon anymore. (684 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%

I recently attended a Craft Beer Expo where I met several wonderful people. Some of which who are now following my reviews. I was the weird guy, carrying around a shoulder pack and whipping out what looked like a manual which was in fact several home-made graphs and charts of my likes, dislikes, and notes on the beers I was trying. So without further ado, I will start with 8 bit pale.

Serving Style : 6 oz tester glass at craft show

Appearance (4) : 95% opaque, hazy orange glow. Since the cup was only 6 oz, I'm going to throw my "head retention" data out the window.

Aroma (3.75) : Orange zest, grapefruit, leafy and woody notes. Bouquet was medium to strong.

Taste (4) : Easy drinking, sessionable. Grapefruit rind, wood/bark, lots of hop and barley. The profile bordered more on the hoppy side than the malty side.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Light to medium bodied, semi-dry, light, and wet. Semi-dry finish.

Overall (3.94) : I marked it down that I wouldn't buy it personally. But I would try it again. "A less offensive pale, good for sessions."

So there you have it. (1,077 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a sunkist color, slightly lighter than orange. Has some honey tones. 2 finger fluffy white head

S: Passionfruit-papaya, strong wet grass-very subtle overall but complimentary.

M: Very light, highly quaffable beer with seemingly low carbonation for style.

T: Bread malt forward, bright citric lime peel and grass. Very clean tasting bitterness. Slightly piercing, but mild and mute. Doesn't get in way of other tropical notes-papaya-which is also understated. Lots of grass and hay, but when in Kansas use what's around. (533 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a cloudy gold from the can with two fingers of off-white head. Smells of malt and citrus. The taste combines biscuits, citrus and pine, and had a little more hoppy bitterness than I would have expected. Medium mouth with a touch of carbonation, and it lingers on the tongue. I'm really enjoying this, and it's one of the best offerings I've had from Tallgrass. Well done. (377 characters)

Photo of argock
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz tallboy can into an oversized wine glass. Best by 11/23/14 on edge of bottom of can. Received through the thoughtfulness of my little brother Greg.

A: Peachy orange amber with 1-2 finger, off-white frothy head with good retention and a thin line of lace at the top of the glass.

S: Strong pine resin, dank grassiness, and sharp citrus grapefruit rind and lemon on a lightly caramel but mostly bready malt base.

T: The flavor is less bready and malty and more sharply bitter than an APA should be. The malt base has mostly medium caramel but not enough crackery or bready character to balance the overly sharp citric bitterness. The hops component is lemony, grapefruit pith, piney and dank and bracingly, almost minerally bitter when tasted with the not sweet enough maltiness. Yeast and alcohol are not present -- it is a little too much bitterness despite the low IBUs. The caramel malt base and the sharp hops don't work well together for me.

M: Clean but very, very dry with medium-high carbonation and light-medium body.

O: A pretty good beer but way to minerally bitter, maybe just a less than optimal match for the light-medium crystal malt contribution. Glad I tried it, but I like a more mellow hops presence and a more rounded maltiness in my APAs. (1,281 characters)

Photo of Rizalini
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a pint can, with a drink by date of 09/18/14,into a Delirium tulip. Pours a semi hazy golden yellowish orange, with one finger of fluffy off-white head. Spotty lacing left behind as I sip. Smells a bit like a wit style beer, with some spicy herbal hop notes. The taste falls a little flat for my preferences, leaning more towards a strong malt backbone and not enough hops. The mouth feel is right to style for this pale, nice clean finish with a slight hop bite. I would've rated this one higher, but the store owner informed me that this was supposed to be a hoppy pale ale. Not a bad beer at all, just not what I was expecting. (643 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Random tall-boy can picked up in Oklahoma City. I'll admit it, the label drew me in. Drink by date of 10/4/14.

Appearance - Nice bright pale orange color with some haze, puffy white head. Wispy cap and thin ring left by the end.

Smell - The smell is rather faint with a little bit of a 'stale' feel to it. Citrus fruits, weed and herbal hops are decent but subdued, crackery/pale/caramel malts almost overtake them. It gets better with warmth however.

Taste - The taste is an improvement and delivers some brighter hop flavor. Oranges, lemon, tropical tones, grassy and earthy hops. Still a good amount of malt flavor here mostly leaning towards crackery and pale with a light sweetness to it as well.

Mouthfeel - Good body, smooth with lowish carbonation, light bitterness that is fine for a pale ale and easy drinking.

Overall - Feels a little subdued, but it took some warmth for this to show its potential. Light and pleasant to drink, good hop flavor, good malt flavor. It's hard to remember nowadays that American pale ales probably should taste like this. (1,068 characters)

Photo of Carterskey
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer, is a very easy drinking, well balanced brew. A hint of sweetness is very well balanced out. a touch on the cloudy side, but overall good coloring. pleasent yet not overwelming smell. This is the kind of beer that makes me want another one right away, a great "sitting by the pool" beer. (297 characters)

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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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