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

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Reviews: 159
Hads: 977
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 KarlHungus
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a slightly hazy bright orange color. The head is a massive two inches in height, and recedes slowly into a firm inch cap of bright white foam. This is one handsome looking beer. The aroma is of stone fruit, passion fruit, tangerines, and flower bed. There is a lot going on in this aroma, and it is also quite strong for the size of this beer. The taste is a bit drier than the aroma leads on, but I am really liking that. There is ample passion fruit and stone fruit with some nice floral notes rounding out the back end. The malt is present, but soft. It supports the hops well, and really lets them shine. There is a nice assertive bitterness in the finish, but it is well integrated into the beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is the best pale ale I've ever drank. I can't see how this beer could possibly be improved on. It is sure to become a regular in my refrigerator. (954 characters)

Photo of paladinjoe
4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When I first saw the can, I was intrigued right away, how can you not love the 8-bit video game era? I still sware by it. The real question then becomes, is it good beer? That answer is a resounding YES.

The flavor is better than Surly Furious IMO, and a much more reasonably priced Surly Abrasive Ale, yeah it's pretty damn close to that one, which is amazing!

Anyhow, 8-bit's got that classic orangish cloudy look, which is classic IPA, it's hoppy, but not over the top, it's full flavored, and intense, and again without being over bearing... I really really love this beer. (579 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 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 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 Flatlands
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been hard to track down in KC, it has been selling well so I figured there must be something different here. As a kid of the 80's, I love the can. Thanks Tallgrass for the cans, I'll recycle my bottles but would rather have a can. Good beer can come in a CAN! Ask Ska!

Anyway, this is a great Pale Ale that has to me has some IPA'ness but is not full on hops. It makes this Pale Ale more interesting and complex when you are in the mood for a less intense hop experience but still want a bit more kick than most APA's. The first drink starts you thinking IPA but then it smooths out, there is less bitter and then some sweetness and grass flavors. The galaxy hops make this beer and it is very well balanced.

Great Job Tallgrass! This is my favorite brew from these guys. Go Atari, NES and Sega. (812 characters)

Photo of AaronTheBearded
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Nothing beats a brew from your own home state.

A - Before I talk about the appearance of the contents of the can, I should probably talk about the can itself - the packaging. I don't normally do this. All I can say is they definitely got creative when designing this one. There's nothing deep or beautiful about this can - It's just awesome looking and makes drinking the beer feel that much more fun. It's also a total blow-out when you bring it to a party. Now on to the brew itself. Pours a beautiful, gold, peach color, with plenty of carbonation, and a huge, almost uncontrollable head (and I poured it pretty gently). Very rocky, which I like.

S - This is honestly where this beer absolutely shines. Loads of hops, with a presence of light fruit, like apricot and orange. Not much graininess to this one. Mostly fruity and floral.

T - I absolutely love the taste of this ale. Follows the nose to a dime. Beautiful array of hops up front, followed by a nice touch of fruit.

M - Sparkly, crisp, and medium-bodied. Nothing to write home about.

O - You better believe I'm picking up a pack of these on my next run. Outstanding member of the Pale Ale family. Even better than some of the top dogs like Sierra Nevada and Boulevard.. Highly recommended. (1,257 characters)

Photo of minnesotaryan
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pale gold, wonderful thick fluffy white head.

Sweet malts, citrus - lemon and orange, some grapefruit, nice balance.

Nice hop forward, slight bready malt, some piny, some orange peel, really nice balance, lots of flavor 5.2 abv.

Adequate carbonation, a little thin but very smooth and easy to drink.

Win! Load up the flavor in this easily sessionable beer. (370 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great art on this can. Comes in a tallboy so there’s more to enjoy! Thanks to a (non-BA) buddy for passing this my way.

This pouts a pale golden in color with some nice foaming that leaves clouds as it dies down
It has a nicely understated aroma that’s citrusy with a light spice. By itself the aroma isn't much but the flavor is just fantastic—it’s light, crisp and hoppy, with a lemony lime zest and a touch of pineapple with a hint of resin backed by a gentle malt that keeps the hops in check. Finishes clean and clear. It’s good. (545 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bernie's in Waukesha, WI pours a hazy, yellow color with a foamy white head. Aroma is mild with wheat, citrus, and a touch of hops. Taste is smooth, mellow and delicious. this makes for quite a mean tasting pale ale. Another must try smooth beer from Tallgrass. (271 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (988 characters)

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tall can into a Smokestack glass. The first pour was about 40% head with large bubbles. A few minutes left a thin head with nice lacing.

Color is similar to a medium wheat. On the cloudy side.

Aroma is mild hops, melon. My nose isn't very good today.

Flavor - Instant hops, a touch of sweet malt and fruit.

Mouthfeel - Similar to a good IPA. Sharp and fast, but not overpowering the palate. Linger in the roof before cleaning.

Overall - The label says a hop-rocketed pale ale, which is a good description. A definite on my "must buy again" list. Now to find it on tap... (589 characters)

Photo of Taste_Buds
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber/copper 2 fingers of off white creamy head.

Aroma: Tropical with a malty presence.

Taste: Sweetness upfront followed by a noticeable malt background and a crisp finish.

Feel: Light flirting with medium.

Overall: Outstanding aroma and powerful taste. Lacking slightly in appearance, but truly memorable artwork. Atari would be proud. (358 characters)

Photo of lawlerj
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (1,010 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light copper with a one and half fingers thick, good retention, a touch of lacing.
S- The smell is mild, but there is some sweetness with a bit of fruity apple aroma as well.
T- The taste is quite good with a big melon, and oddly, a flavor of cucumber that comes through. Pear and apple flavors also are noticable in the finish.
M- Light bodied, maybe light medium, with a noticably but smooth carbonation. It is as pale ales ought to be.
O- One of the best pale ales I've had in quite a while and interesting at that. The use of Galaxy hops brings something new and different to the beer, ironic considering the retro name. (635 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Bonus kudos for the charming retro-gaming art design on the can! Poured into the pint glass an opaquely murky brownish-tinged amber with three fingers of solid foam and large loops of lacing all over the place. If only it wasn't so muddy-looking, I would have given it a perfect five for appearance...
Smells and tastes very tropical (papaya, passionfruit, and mango), with a mostly sweet malt presence accompanied with some onion / garlic garnishes and medium levels of floral bouquet once the glass was allowed to warm up some towards room temp. Crisply carbonated, medium body and the finish adds a peppery hop aspect that complements the tropical fruit salad quite nicely. Still, if you don't like your Pale Ales sweet and fruity, you most certainly won't like this one. It can get cloying if you don't take your time properly with it. (869 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy sunset orange ale with a stark white fluffy head. Strong fruity hop nose. West coast styled at its heart, grapefruit included, but there's something a bit different about it.

A little research at the Tallgrass website reveals that hop rocketed Galaxy hops from Australia serve as the base for the aroma with Magnum, Centennial and Cascade in support. Taste has a pretty harsh bitterness alongside a more subdued fruitiness. Sweet, full bodied malt base for the hoppiness to float above.

I seem to be a fan of Galaxy hops and 8-Bit has become a fridge favorite over the summer. A pale ale with big hops and flavor, neither of which are subtle, so these tallboys are great to feed that pesky hop demon that often growls for more. (735 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew has been flitting in & out of shops pretty quickly, so when I stumbled upon a four-pack I scooped it up. Not willing to hunt it down, but glad to have come across it, Tallgrass makes some good beer. 16 oz. cans; bonus points for the cool, Commodore 64/Atari 2600 graphics. Raise your hand if you're old enough to have played on the original of both.

Pour is spelt wheat haze, with either a bit of sediment or very serene carbonation; hard to tell which. Bubbly. Smell is orange, melon, rind, pale malts, grassy. All sorts of unfamiliar & odd notes in this one - like.

8-Bit is my first taste of Galaxy hops & I have to say, ah, mmm. Taste is like a pour of liquid spring meadow into a glass. Drops of honey mingle with mango, melon flavors, with the hops providing a middling bite in the middle of the taste. Pale malts burble to the surface & disappear quickly. Bittering & floral Esthers wrap this up in a bow. Easy-drinker, this is a gift in a big can.

I should buy more Tallgrass, because it's good stuff, & this brew is no exception. The use of the hops is just lovely, restrained, & gives the beer a gorgeous profile. Excellent beer that I'll grab again. Hope it keeps coming through fresh. (1,212 characters)

Photo of bfields4
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy hazy golden body. Tight white frothy head. Nice lace.

Good aroma. Lemongrass spicy hop. Some graprfruit and nice citrus notes as the beer warms.

Lots of hop flavor here as well. Orange peel lemony. Light pale malt sweetness. Little slanted towards the hop.

Nice light smooth easy drinker. Still lots of flavor. Can't go wrong here. Probably won't blow beer nerds away, but I could drink this guy all day long. (419 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (1,254 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (891 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

3rd can of the four pack - I drank the first 2 straight from the can & decided to formally review this one. It has a hazy golden/straw color, frothy white head, excellent head retention. Aromas are grass, grapefruit, lemon zest, biscuity grain, fresh, lemongrass. Tastes are toasted grain and bready malt coupled with dank, pungent hops, grapefruit rind, caramel, grass, lemon rind, pine - nice balanced complexity. Body is medium, creamy but resiny, bitterness lingers some. Overall, I really enjoyed this one - out of the can or from a glass it's a solid APA either way you drink it! (585 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of acelin
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a small pint glass ( I split the can with my SO).

Appearance is great for a PA. Far darker than most, with a great color profile that reflects the light. The carbonation makes it almost sparkle.

The smell is very citrusy, with caramel malts punching through the mix. Really entices you to drink it!

The taste is superb for a Pale Ale. This will be my go to Pale Ale from now on. The hops are perfectly balanced, and the malt is clear, light, yet has a rich flavor. Hints of caramel too.

Mouthfeel is great, drinkability is superb. (561 characters)

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