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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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Ratings: 937
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 69
Gots: 123 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 937 | Reviews: 161
Reviews by darthhamby:
Photo of darthhamby
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the old school packing design, one of the best design ideas I have seen in a long time.

Appearance: Poured a slightly hazy amber. The head was a dense slightly off white color with nice retention and lacing.

Smell: The Galaxy hops absolutely is star of the show. Citrus, grass and I think a hint of passionfruit is what came to mind. Immediately I was inspired to brew with Galaxy.

Taste: The citrus notes of the Galaxy hops bursts out and leaves a nice warming sensation from the alcohol. I picked up a little caramel flavor. A little peppery at the end but would love to have homemade pot roast dinner.

Mouthfeel: Sweet with light carbonation. One of the better APA's in the midwest.

Overall: The beer did take me back to the day the Atari 2600 was released and that's a great memory. I enjoyed my APA and found it to be an easy drinking and was looking for the malt flavor to be more noticable. I may even make a cheddar soup with this.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bsp77
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Light, hazy honey-gold with foamy, stark white head.

Smell: Dry, tart and sweet all at the same time. Grapefruit, mango, pineapple and tea.

Taste: Dry malty backbone with tea and caramel that is fairly English-like. The hops are definitely not English-style, with orange, grapefruit, other tropical fruits, spice and floral notes. It is actually hard to pick out individual flavors, as it is all integrated very well. Fairly bitter finish for an APA.

Feel: Medium bodied, with a fantastic firm creaminess. Carbonation is relatively low, and the finish is nice and dry.

Overall: Nice APA that actually manages to be original in a category that is usually pretty straightforward. I hope this raises awareness and sales for Tallgrass, who, while hit or miss in my opinion, definitely hit at least a triple with this one.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich golden colored. Massive tightly knit off white head that's easily an inch thick. Brussels lacing. Great clarity. Aroma of vegetal Galaxy hops. The flavor is fairly bitter and prominently features the vegetal Galaxy hops. The fade is light malt with a hint of Galaxy hops. The mouth is dry and somewhat chalky.

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and cloudy golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Lots of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A nice crisp aroma of citrus hops with hints of orange peel, lemon, and grapefruit. Also a good presence of floral, grassy hops. Nice background of biscuity pale malts and yeast. Light hint of honey. Hop presence is very sharp for a smaller pale ale.

Taste: A nice blend of citrus and grassy hops up front with notes of orange, lemon, grapefruit, and a little bit of spice. Solid backbone of bready pale malts and yeast. Nice vibrant hop forward taste and well balanced by the malts. Very crisp and solid.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very crisp, zesty, and smooth. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: A very solid take on a American Pale Ale. Hops are nicely sharp and crisp and the malts add a nice bready taste.

Photo of LXIXME
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big off white head settles into a big nice lacing above a cloudy straw golden colored beer.

A light citrusy yeasty aroma.

Lightly bitter within the citrus, light pine taste that still has a hint of the yeast tagging alone.

A light dry aftertaste with some light bitterness and a bit of the citrus of the taste hanging around with this medium bodied pale ale.

Easy drinking pale ale with a bit of citrus, a good introduction to hoppy style of beers.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had been wanting to try this one ever since I saw the can design.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head on top which actually stuck around for a little bit. Thin lacing forms down the sides.

S: Nice fruit aromas, lots of orange, orange rind, pale/grainy malt and a bit of grass.

T: Pretty fruity for a pale ale, nice grass, pineapple, and orange rind. Just a touch of pine and a little caramel leading to a slightly bitter finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking.

O: A solid pale ale. Would have no problem drinking this one often if I could.

Photo of dowen17
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I originally wasn't going to give this beer a full review but after I tasted it I changed my mind.

I didn't get a chance to pour this beer but I have it a 5 because the can is bad ass.

Smell is nice and this begins why I decided to actually review this beer. It's the most unique pale ale I've had so far. TEA. Deginite green or light tea in the nose. A bit of grapefruit or pineapple in the nose.

Taste it sweet malt up front. Tea settles in te middle of the flavor and then some citrus and pine hit on the aftertaste. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is refreshing. Nice carbonation. Not too thin.

This is one of the most unique tasting beers I've had. Definitely worth the try. Pick it up if you can.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Bright peach with good lacing. The color is what makes this special. Very thick in appearance as well. Carbonation is excellent. Moderately bubbly and very heavy.

Smell: Wild orange blossom honey. Delicious.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Excellent combination of orange blossom honey and orange zest. Some notes of brown sugar or even molasses as well. Excellent full-medium body with an a slightly acidic finish.

Overall Drinkability: I will definitely be looking for more Tallgrass.

Photo of dbossman
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pineapple-yellow with a huge, billowing head that holds its form fairly well; lacing is good

S: Tropical fruits especially pineapple, orange, and passion fruit; some bready malt undertones but there sure is a lot of fruity, fruity hop goodness here; some slightly burnt grains on backend

T: Not as hop forward as indicated by aromas; quite balanced actually; some tropical fruits but also lots of bready, toasty malts--some of which seem slightly burnt

F: Medium body and sticky and oily with a fair enough of residue left in mouth

O: Another nice beer from Tallgrass; I can never get enough hoppy canned beers--so thanks Tallgrass

Photo of Fatehunter
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. A good finger and half of tight head. Clear, golden colored ale.

It smells a little like honey and musty hay. Not super appealing.

The flavor starts slow and then builds up. Balanced bitter and malt at first, then the hops take over with a dull bitter taste at the end.

Soft texture, low carbonation and medium body.

It's a tasty treat.

Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Tulsa last weekend...

Pours a semi-hazed gold with 3 fingers of pearl head. Haze never clears, good head retention & lacing

S: Grassy & lemony, some pear & apple notes

T; Follows the nose, some crackery & dry notes. Slight bready sweetness along wth some lemons & grapefruit as this warms, some grainy notes as well. Finishes with grassy & lemony hoppyness, along with grainy & dry notes, plus some pineyness

MF: Light/medium bodied with assertive carbonation, pretty good balance

This is very easy to drink but not a great APA. I would buy this again iif some of my "go tos" were not availible

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. Hazed copper with a fluffy and slightly off-white colored head. Thick sticky lacing down the sides. Smells floral and citric with some underlying herbal notes. Sweet grains along the back. Taste is similar, with a crisp and refreshing hop bite that spreads herbal flavors and pine out. An underlying grainy sweetness help keep the hops honest. Earthy bitterness sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is slick and creamy on the palate with some light crispness that tingles the tongue. This was a nice APA with lots of fresh hop flavors wrapped up in a quite drinkable package. Love the can graphic as well.

Photo of lawlerj
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a NB Globe glass.

A - Pours a murky golden amber. Nice big frothy white head that sticks around for quite a while. Appears to be well carbonated and leaves nice speckled lacing on the glass. A nice looking beer.

S - The aroma is fairly hop forward. The hops tend toward the more citrusy side, and there is some biscuity malt mixed in along with it. The aroma is overall very pleasant and appropriate to the style, if a touch heavy on the hops.

T - The citrusy hops I noted in the aroma are what shows up first in the taste. As it slides back, the sweeter malt comes out and balances the fairly strong hop bitterness. Not overly complex, but exceedingly well balanced.

M - Medium bodied. The carbonation is just right, and give a ncie "sudsy" feel to the beer.

O - Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. This is now by far one my favorite pale ales, plus the fact that it comes in tall boy cans is a huge bonus. Props to Tallgrass; they continue to wow me with their beers.

Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Bobby91w for sending this one my way in a recent trade as an extra! I’ve heard good things, so let’s do this! Served from can into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that remained throughout. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, wild onion, onion hop, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, onion hop, spicy hop, earth, wild onion, and subtle orange zest. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This brew really shocked me as far as all of the elements going on in it. It kind of reminded me of a toned-back Gubna in a way only in Pale Ale form. This is definitely a good thing incase you were wondering… The aromas coming off of this thing smelled intense enough to be an IPA, but still delicate enough to give the hint that it is a Pale Ale. Really well done on this aspect. The flavor was quite nice and refreshing as well with a little bit of spicy hoppiness biting you on the followthrough. Definitely worth your time seeking this one out to try at least once. I’m glad that I did.

Photo of morimech
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with two plus fingers of head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass during consumption.

Aroma of grainy, musty malt and grassy, tropical fruit hops. Galaxy hops definately add some uniqueness to the aroma.

I have to admit that I enjoyed the malt bill in this pale ale more than the Galaxy hops. Dry and lightly toasted grain. The hops are grassy and slightly herbal. Do not know what the big deal is with this hop variety. Bitterness is moderate to high for an APA.

Substantial body for a beer with this ABV. Nice carbonation and texture.

An enjoyable and slightly unique pale ale. Definately worth a try and I certainly will buy it occasionally.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is an experience. I'm a malthead, so this is high praise from me. Pours to a big frothy white head that stays thick and leaves ample but erratic lacing. Aroma is spicy, fruity hops and toasty Munich malt. Flavor gets better as the beer warms up, with a complex blend of malts and tangy hops playing well together. Mouthfeel is light-medium. I'd say this is one of the best canned APAs you could hope to get your hands on.

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to cpolking for sending this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is floral, some malts as well. Taste is a good hop/malt balance, a light citrus flavor, easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new beer from my old hometown, brewed with Galaxy hops no less... been wanting to try this ever since hearing about it.

Can is dated "12 207" on the bottom rim, a possible best by date?
Into a mug it pours a murky dark bronze gold, with a long lasting layer of foam that never breaks, and a permanently suspended haze of micro-sediment. There is lacing all around the sides of the glass, in abstract spanish moss patterns.

Softly floral and sweet aroma, sugar cookies and lemon shortbread.

Taste is also softly floral, earthy and herbal, with a light soft fruitiness. Seems a bit subdued in general, especially when considering Galaxy hops are in the mix. Body is light with a pleasant suppleness, some light grassy hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall easy drinking, easily sessionable. Will have to seek out a fresher sample to compare, as it seems to be lacking the distinctive tropical/citrus notes of Galaxy hops, but is still solid and well put together.

Photo of Rutager
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks HomeBrewed. Been wanting this one for a while!

Appearance. Okay, first off, best can ever!! The main reason I wanted this beer, but it actually looks really nice. Hazy gold amber with over a finger of thick and creamy looking white head that leaves some great lacing. Extra half point for the best can I've ever seen.

Smell. Some nice citrusy, slightly herbal hops with toasty light grains and some light yeast.

Taste. Lightly bitter citrusy hops, some great toasty grains and a little tropical fruits. Nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Easy drinking pale with some great hops. Did I mention the kick ass can???? (Ya, I am a total geek...).

Photo of n2185
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-gold with four fingers of white head that recedes into a dense cap with a solid sheet of lacing.

S: Grass and steamed veggie aromas dominate here. There are some faint pine notes as well, but that's about it.

T: Pine and grass dominate here with some more cooked veggie flavor as well. The finish is lightly bitter.

M: Medium body with mid-low carbonation, this beer is a little watery.

O: Not a particularly good pale ale. The veggie flavors are a bit distracting and detrimental to the beer as a whole. I love the can, though.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a Tallgrass tulip.
5.2% ABV, Drink By 08/21/13 on can.

A - 8-Bit pours with a touch of haziness clouding the goldenrod beer. It's firm cap of rocky foam doesn't ever seem to vanish as massive chunks of sticky lace remain caked to the glass.

S - The smooth hop aroma of this "hop rocketed pale ale" offers a blend of earthy and citrus aromas that suggest a recently cut lawn and a twist of lemon rind in water - deluded but fresh. Earthy, skunky marijuana notes peek out around the pale and trace caramel malt base.

T - Hoppiness advances to the next level with the flavor of this beer as a bold punch of sturdy earthy flavor brings the yard work to the forefront; mulch and cut grass with a zesty lemongrass note. Despite forward hop flavor 8-Bit is smooth and well balanced by pale malt with light caramel drizzled biscuit.

M - Plenty of carbonation really livens the medium body feel of this pale. Smooth flavor and feel are incorporated well with it's moderately bitter finish and lingering dryness that quickly brings you back for another sip.

O - 1UP for Tallgrass! From 8-Bit's awesome retro design to it's hop-forward aroma and flavor, this brew is nicely balanced for an easy drinking pale that packs a punch of flavor.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cvm3 for snagging this for me! As a child of the 80's growing up with Nintendo and ect, you can't help but dig that retro gaming can!

Pours a dark sunny orange color, slightly hazy and opaque, with an off-white cream colored finger of head. The aroma was a bit earthy with the hops, floral, but with a pretty noticeable biscuity malt profile. The taste was zesty, floral hops, with a very tiny lemon zest note and a much less malty backing than the aroma. Lightly crisp, clean, lighter bodied, with a clean refreshing finish. Drinkability is great; a very sessionable ale.

This thing isn't pushing the envelope in any respects, but the Galaxy hops definitely make this a somewhat unique pale in my mind. It's tasty, smells good and it's very drinkable, making this a fantastic summer beer.

Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Bit of a hazy and cloudy body, sort of tangerine orange with some soda like sudsy appearance. A good solid four finger head though with real nice clumpy retention and fantastic island cap and faint tan color with bone white appearances.

Great interesting nose. Biscuity malts it seems, with crackery juice like hop sensations hinting at faint citrus but with crusty and brown cracker bread malts dominating. Faint caramel sweetness as well, not much estery sensations. Pretty inviting, but malt forward with some small hop accents.

So Pac Man there tastes much like it's nose hints at. However, the hop angle grows more noticeable in the palate with bakery malts taking a back seat on first sip. Washing citrus warmth a bit but a real nice caramel biscuit finish which is fun, as it seems malts often go first on the mid palate followed by hop bitterness where as this beer seems to do the opposite to me. Aromatics don't really linger in the hop realm, it could use just a hint of oomph, but the body carries it well enough without being to extreme to jump style. Barely hints at wet, but quenches the palate and still manages to coat.

Overall real fun, hints at some slight large qualities, but is a playful easy drinker. I like the biscuity angle on this, with some faint hinting hop forward quality.

Photo of Hammer35
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a pale white head and medium beading. Nice carbonation and good head retention.

Smell: Light, sweet aroma with citrus. I would have liked a more pronounced smell though.

Taste: The Galaxy hops are the star here and they deliver a slightly sweet, citrusy flavor but not much else.

Mouthfeel: Light, highly carbonated and refreshing.

Overall: This is a nice, refreshing pale ale. It's not bad by a long shot but it does seem one dimensional and lacks any "wow factor". It's a nice light ale that'd be nice in the summer though.

Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch beige head that retains very well before slowly reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing slides down the glass.

S- Soft hop fume with some bready malt in the back. Slight effervescence.

T- Mild but pleasant hop bitterness in the front followed by more grainy flavor from the malt. The hops are a bit on the vegetal side and it complements the cereal grain sweetness well.

M- Standard pale ale body with medium carbonation.

O- You can call it a "hoppy pale ale" but everything's balanced enough that even someone who's not into hops can appreciate it.

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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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