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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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180 Reviews
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Reviews: 180
Hads: 1,043
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 71
Gots: 167 | FT: 4
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Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States | website

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 BeerWithMike
3.02/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled back on 1/2/16. Comes in a 12-ounce (and 16 oz) can. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "White Tail Pale Ale-Omaha" pint glass.

Brew pours a slight hazy golden-yellow in color with a 1-finger foamy white head with some spotty lacing. Aroma is of lemon-zest, floral hops and pine. Taste is pretty close to that with a hint of spice even. Typical hoppy-finish that is crisp also. More hop that I excepted I will say but was drinkable. Lighter-side of medium-bodied with good carbonation.

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Photo of teromous
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bottom of the can says "Drink by 03/17/16"

Appearance: Light gold colored body with good clarity and lots of visible carbonation. Massive fluffy white head. It looks lighter than most APA's I've had.

Aroma: It has a nice spicy hop aroma with quite a bit of lemongrass. The aroma doesn't burst with freshness but the aroma is very nice.

Taste: It has an excellent grain flavor right up front. I get this cereal grain flavor that is fantastic. This is immediately followed by a mellow earthy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has a light mouthfeel that lasts a short while on the palate after the beer is consumed. Mild bitterness.

Overall: It's a good pale ale. I'm drinking before the "drink by" date and I'm getting a nice hop flavor but it just doesn't have that bursting fresh hop character. I do wish it had a bit more complexity as well. The cereal sweetness is there to cut the earthy hop character, but after a while it just starts to taste a bit more vegetal and earthy which layers and layers on the palate overwhelming the bare sweetness of the malt. I would love to try it on tap versus a can.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can delivered by mr-jj, served in a pint glass. Bottom of the can says drink by 01/30/16.

Pours clear straw yellow with a medium head and not a lot of carbonation. Smell is a little straw, a little lemon, a little pine.

Taste is solid pale ale with a nice heavy pine bitterness. Straw and toast and grains and hoppy bitterness. Very nice pale ale.

Mouthfeel is light and dry. Overall, very good pale ale.

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Photo of ordybill
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky golden color with a small white head. The aroma is citrus on the tart side. The taste is citrus, malt, hops and some floral notes. A good beer.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Good golden color with a one finger head that left half an inch of lacing before dissipating. Aroma of piney hops. There was enough of a malt base to hold up to the spicy and piney hops and keep it from getting bitter. Crisp finish and aggressively hopped. Medium-light body and medium carbonation.
More hopped than I expected but the pine hops eventually took over at the end. It was light and crisper than most pale ales I've had. It's a very easily drinkable pale ale that can be drank all day.

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Photo of leadpaint76
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice pale ale. Nothing special but nothing poor either. It would be a great beer to take to a BBQ or have a burger with. Have a great day my friends.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic from a 16 oz can sent from Minnesota by my wife's coworker.

Color is hazy light gold with a thick white head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is grassy and citrus with a hint of sweetness. Flavor if similar - a balanced pale ale with some grassy and citrus hops on the finish. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Overall, a very drinkable pale ale that I would be happy to have again.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 12/1/15

A: Medium gold with some tangerine tones at the core and honey around the edges - light chill haze but mostly clear - pours with a medium, off-white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Galaxy hops and pale malts, hard to go wrong - citrus, with orange and grapefruit flesh, zest, and some oil - some herbal and grassy notes - lightly earthy but mostly clean - pale malts and some light biscuits

T: Balanced and mostly interesting - orange and grapefruit flesh and zest - peaches - lightly herbal - low-medium level of bitterness - lightly earthy - pale malts, light crackers - balanced overall

M: Light-medium body, medium level of carbonation, mostly smooth, a touch oily

O: I was going to make a joke about how I want to try 16-Bit pale ale, but then I realized that it actually exists...

This is a fairly straightforward pale ale. The use of Galaxy hops is interesting; it's remarkably mellow, and it works. I would probably drink this again if I had the opportunity.

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Photo of superspak
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into pint glass, best before 9/25/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, light honey, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a damn nice American pale ale. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10/28....pours hazy gold, tarnished brown. Thick white foam sits on top. Fruity pale ale nose. Light pine too. Soft ale taste, light fruity malt. Bitter lurks below the surface but flavors the malt. Simple and good.

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Photo of tategotham
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer. I don't love it though, and the alcohol content is a huge part of that. It tastes like a 6.7% beer but it only a measly 5.2%. Nice taste, would probably buy again.

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3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can best by 1-10-16
Pale gold slight orange - hazy
3/4" white head down to 1/4" and holds, leaves some lacing
Sweet malt...ripe fruit, mango peach stone fruit
Much more subdued in flavor than nose -- not anything off just not a lot going on -- good beer.
Very easy drinking, fairly balanced...not long on the finish..in and out
Carbonation is right - medium to medium high maybe.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tallgrass 8-Bit, Hop Rocketed, Galaxy Hops, 5.2% ABV, brewed and canned by Tallgrass Brewing Company, Manhattan, Kansas.

Lightly clouded, golden hued, nice 1/4" of snowy white foam on top.

Bright, lively citric aromatics. Lemon and orange, with a hint of pineapple. Banana? A bit. (No pun intended.)Very nice.

Taste: smooth, clean, drinking like a dream. Some extra creamy character in there, too. Is this unfiltered? Am I tasting the yeast? Something tells me I am. Oh, yeah, that's some suspended yeast in there, now that I pour the rest of the can into the glass.
Nicely hopped, and soft on the palate. Sometimes you want that in a pale ale. This is one of those times. Hoppiness continues, dropping off mildly on the tongue. Fresh, lightly bitter, and refreshing.

I like it.
So, who's got another quarter?

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Photo of CraigP83
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice golden color I expect in a pale ale. Smell is lacking, not bad just missing anything noticeable. You smell the malts and grain hop profile is hidden. Very mild flavor, I get the dry bitterness from the hops but again lacking flavor. It is well balanced though.

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Photo of Extol
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - typical dusky orange color

Smell - grassy citrus smell

Taste - bitter on the front end that fades into a grapefruit citrus flavor on the back end

Overall - it's ok. Not great, but serviceable.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Much more mild than I was expecting. It almost comes across as a session pale ale, but it's got a really nice crispness to it, and the mild flavor adds to its drinkability.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank partially out of a can, partially out of a hotel tumbler.

A: Dull golden color, some brown. Very hazy, but not turbid. Half a finger of white foamy head.
S: Bready malts right up front, some grapefruit and pine coming right after. Pineapple an citrus in the background are more faint.
T: Bitterness right upfront, grapefruit, followed by biscuity malts and an orange aftertaste.
M: Medium mouthfeel, small bite from the carbonation. Finishes a bit dry, but not as much as some IPAs and pale ales.
O: A pale ale that is more aggressive in flavor than some of the IPAs that are all the rage these days. It's got great flavor, but it also has a little edge to it.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Brilliant gold to amber, 2” ferocious off-white head that produces excellent lace. S: Rich biscuit with grassy hops on the nose. T: A light fruity attack with some apricot and orange supported by biscuit finishes with a pleasant hop bitterness. F: It has a medium body but the fine soft carbonation takes it to a new level. O: This beer is very well put together, well balanced.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, orange-gold coloring, with a fluffy, clingy, white head. Aromas of orange peel, lemon zest, and a cracker backbone. Flavors are roasted and toasted forward, with a subtle citrus blend or orange rind, lemon zest, and lemon grass. Light and crisp, with a grassy and citrus aftertaste. Dry, effervesced finish. Refreshing.

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Photo of Buck89
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking pale ale. Poured light amber with a slight haze into a pint glass. Beautiful fluffy white head with good staying power. Nose was filled with orange and some pineapple with cracker and bread. The taste followed, with the fruity hop notes, some caramel malt that seemed balanced, and a fairly soft bitter finish. Soft feel with medium carbonation. Pretty flavorful and satisfying 5.2% ABV PA in the land of IPAs and DPAs.

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Photo of Suds
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 16 ounce can, this brew is a hazy gold color with a tall and impressive head. Mir has a hop forward smell...grass, pine, and a little fruit. The taste is balanced, but has mid taste bitterness and a lingering hop aftertaste. Medium body. This is an everyday American ale.

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Photo of MNAle
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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