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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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very good

923 Ratings
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Ratings: 923
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 68
Gots: 121 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zeff80 on 03-01-2012

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Ratings: 923 | Reviews: 157
Photo of Mikeymcglynnigan
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of WestmontStorm
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good IPA. Not too pungent. Kind of mild for the style. Clean aftertaste.

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
2.74/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Older can, would be better fresh, awesome label art on the can

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.59/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very delicious. Not a ton of citrus/fruit up front but it hits you with the hops for sure. Great beer.

Photo of chris826
2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Just ok, not the best pale ale

Photo of Rawwie
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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!

Photo of Sludgeman
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I found a nice APA in what can often be a beer desert (Kansas). Great looking can.

Photo of Troyh
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Photo of panajoe
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I nice ale, not overly hoppy but not bland either. A good balance.

Photo of ta_hagen
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

Photo of snilsen13
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of MNishCT77
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
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

Photo of Barnoloid
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of gashmoney
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great can design but what was inside just wasn't what i was looking for. Way to malty in my opinion.

Photo of GregJ
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of Taybeh
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of MartzMimic
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

Photo of Ratten46
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

This is one of my favorite session beers. Pour a pint and enjoy the hoppy bitterness to the end.

Photo of argock
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Rizalini
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of Chico1985
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Carterskey
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Webby taupe head over cloudy dirty blonde.
Papaya, lemon curd, and clean grain nose
Honey graham up front with some cloying golden syrup then mango juice hops.
Med, chewy, round.

Fruity, yes, so Galaxy hops on display. But too sticky and sweet on top of it. Drinks a lot heavier than 5.2%.

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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 923 ratings.