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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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very good

165 Reviews
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Reviews: 165
Hads: 1,000
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 72
Gots: 146 | 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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Photo of PierreCharra
2.26/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was offered a 16oz can at a friends house, and when I saw the artwork on the can I was excited and thought "hey, this has to be good, it's from Tallgrass!" Tallgrass makes great stuff, like Buffalo Sweat, which I like a lot.

Didn't get to see the color, as I had nothing to pour into, but I'm assuming it was some kind of golden or off yellow color like most other APA's.

Right from the start it had a really bad funk to it's smell that told me this was going to be another write off or one that smells bad and turns out amazing, usually it's the first.
Maybe because I grew up in the French countryside on a farm I pick up the harsher scents easier or something, my friend insisted it had no funk smell to it, but it really smelled pungent to me.

The taste was about as bad as the smell, I didn't enjoy it at all and it made me cringe.
In the taste I detected hints of some tropical hops and some decent carbonation followed by a small hint of what I think was grapefruit, if these tastes had been more empowering over the funk I would have liked this more.

The mouthfeel was medium and slightly dense with a watery twinge, but not much there for me.

Overall I don't think I would try this again, other people seem to enjoy it but it's just not for me.
I do like the artwork, though, but other than that, I just can't get into this one. (1,344 characters)

Photo of hardy008
2.61/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy gold with a 3 finger head of white foam with good retention and lacing. The aroma has citrus, biscuit malt, and grassiness.

The taste is much like the aroma. The citrus flavor is like a combination of lemons and grapefruit, along with biscuit malt, and grassiness. More bitter than sweet. The lemon flavor is the strongest, followed by biscuit malt, and grapefruit.

Light bodied with average carbonation, and a lemon with biscuit malt aftertaste. Finishes dry. Not a completely bad beer, but not my favorite combination of flavors either. Guess I'm not a big fan of Galaxy hops. (587 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
2.72/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

pint can into NYG pint glass. drink before 04/04/13.

A: very hazed. pale orange body. head is bubbly and a shade darker than white. head retention is great. thick lacing.

S: fruit juice. apple? sweet sugar. lots of malt. cheerios. banana bread.

T: the bitterness is serious here. fruity hop flavor. oranges. plenty of grain. cereal finish makes it a bit chewy. fruity twang.

M: average/slightly mild carb. light/medium body.

D: good, not great. too much hop bitterness distracts from some of the pleasant hop flavor. plenty of malt also distracts in a way that i find unpleasant. stylistically to me this drinks more like an english bitter than an APA. (661 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.76/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Poured a hazy pale orange color with good carbonation leaving a huge white frothy head, loads of lacing, great head retention and a nice white collar and bubbles. Seriously great looking.

S: Grainy, some citrus notes, stale. Pretty underwhelming.

T: Initial sordove bitterness upfront with a graininess blended with fruity hop flavor. The finish is rather long, bland, bitter and again underwhelming

M: Light-medium body, well carbonated. Stale, some fruits are really subdued.

O: I'm glad I dont have to drink this as my local APA everyday. (549 characters)

Photo of Steasy66
2.87/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16oz can into Duvel tulip.

A- Golden flax with lacy two finger head, hazier than expected, but for some reason looks really appealing.
S- Weak aroma of dank hops, really have to swirl it to get much aroma.
T- A bit of light malt, some weak citrus and dank hops, overall pretty underwhelming.
M- A bit thicker than expected given the ABV and overall lack of flavor, crisp carbonation.
O- Pretty unimpressive pale ale, the flavor and aroma just arn't there. Would not buy again. (478 characters)

Photo of n2185
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of deepseacatfish
2.94/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A basic Pale Ale with a light body, average hoppiness, and nice carbonation. The 8-bit has a decent malt character to it, but beyond that a pretty limited flavor profile. The hops here are pretty subdued, a little citrusy, but generally came across as pretty flat to me with little immediate bite or depth of flavor. Not a bad beer, but an average American style Pale Ale with a can that's more intriguing than the contents. (424 characters)

Photo of mothman
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 finger of beige head with a lot of sticky lace. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Orange peel and bready malts. Some grassy flavors, but that is about it.

Taste: Orange citrus, floral and grassy hops, with some bready malts. Not much here.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sticky. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a hop resin stickiness.

Overall, I don't like this beer. It is more bitter than the taste would suggest. There should be much more flavor here. I just don't get this beer. I even like galaxy hops so I expected much more from this beer. (577 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 Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a clear looking yellow color. The head was a little fizzy and white. Didn't leave much retention. The smell of the beer was hoppy with some malts shining through. The taste was on the bitter side, nothing too strong like an IPA would be. There was a slight sweetness in the beginning of each sip. The mouthfeel has a pretty sharp feeling carbonation to it. Overall the beer is drinkable, it's not something that really impressed me but it's decent. (467 characters)

Photo of 1fastz28
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the few micro-brews i have had in a can, first in a long time. To be honest it was the artwork of the can that made me buy this beer, reminded me of my childhood playing 8 bit video games. Smell is appearance are great, has a nice hop fragrance and a decent golden color. However the taste is very metallic, and the mouthfeel is watery, this beer is a let down to be honest. It has a very solid aroma and it looks appetizing, but it certainly falls short. (462 characters)

Photo of Rope
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance-
I would have simply rated it 3.5 for a golden haze appearance common with many pale ales, but for the first time I factored in can art (because I am a nerd for 8-bit art).

Smell-
Slight sweet citrus, crispness... followed by what I fear to be a soapy note.

Taste-
Lemons, followed by a great malt backing, sadly I am tasting the soap right at the end. It is taking me out of the fantastic flavor.

Mouthfeel-
This one is great for a pale ale, not super carbonated, but the bubbles you do feel count.

Overall-
I would like to re-rate this, because I believe I just got a bad batch considering the good flavors before the fatal flaw. (646 characters)

Photo of VagabondHops
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a trip through Madison, WI. Haven't found it in the Chicago area yet.

Pours a light copper, almost honey in color with at least 2 fingers of head..dissapates slowly.. Smells of light citrus, some grapefruit, but mostly earthy and slightly dank aromas....let's try the taste..

Pleasantly surprised by the slight bitterness and the bite the hops provide that wasn't expected. A grittier, carbonated medium body for mouthfeel...

Very drinkable, but not as smooth as most Pale Ales out of cans. Have a couple, you bet. A sixer, nah. But worth a taste!

Cheers! (578 characters)

Photo of garuda
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Deep gold, white cap has good retention and lace.

S/T - Big caramel sweet malts, finishes with a leafy pine bitterness. Not getting too much depth here.

M - Solid medium body, medium carbonation. Stays smooth across the palate, a little oily.

O - Finishes a bit sweet for my liking with the hops not really getting much depth of flavor or aroma. Finish is kind of an ambiguous bitterness without much flavor other than pine. (431 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can pours a clear, dark gold color with a large, craterous white head. Sticky lace aplenty and nice retention. A tremendous looking Pale. Bonus points for a great can design.

Nose is mostly juicy tropical and citrus hops with a little bit of honeyed-grain malt.

Taste is big on both flavoring and bittering hops with a light malt base. The flavor profile definitely showcases the Galaxy hop, but maybe is a tad one-dimensional. The more I drink these SMaSH or Single Hop beers, the more I appreciate a solid, well conceived hop schedule. Or maybe Im just not a huge Galaxy fan...either way, I find this beer to be just average tasting. (644 characters)

Photo of ChiPool
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Woodman's in Kenosha, WI. Consumed & reviewed on 9/20/12. Can best by 335/12 on bottom (12/1/12?).

Poured into Duvel tulip: cloudy light orange with loys of frothy white head. Has a bit of a funky smell: reminiscent of a malt liquor, sweet & corny. The taste is not bad: a bit of lingering bitterness.

This has the profile of Daisy Cutter, but lacks the quality. I was excited to try it, glad I did, but will be unlikely to purchase again. (455 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint can into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks, Tony!

A: Slightly hazy pale amber body under a fine white head. Ok retention, spotty lace. All right.

S: Floral hops and bready malt. A nice touch of tropical fruit. Simple and pleasant.

T: Lightly fruity up front with some tasty hops, but rather boring pale malt dominates the middle with dull breadiness and grain husk. Bitter, vanilla-tinged aftertaste. Pretty forgettable.

M: Soft, delicately carbonated light-to-medium body. Quite nice.

O: Drinkable, but the flavor was rather disappointing after the inviting aroma.

Cheers! (577 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (452 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 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 zeledonia
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This just came out in cans, and the packaging was just way too tempting. I suspect they'll sell a lot of this just based on the can design. Says "hop rocketed". No idea what that means. On to the beer.

Pours a slightly hazy, almost completely clear, medium golden yellow. White head that erupted so much I had to slow my pour. Pillowy, fluffy, and cratered, with fantastic retention and sea-foam-like clumps of lacing. Doesn't get much better, IMO.

Smell is lovely and mellow, if a little faint. Most of it is hops, but it's all smooth and peaceful, without the harshness of many hopped-up beers. Feels like it had a whole lot of dry-hopping, without so much in the boil. I get lots of sweet citrus (an orange-lemon blend), with some hints of pulpy tropical fruit (melon). Malt base is hidden in the background.

The taste is more bitter than I expected, without much malt to support it, and without as much of the fruity hops that I picked up in the nose. Tastes a lot like the unbalanced single IPAs that I don't really like. Heavy on the grassy hops here. Its main saving grace is that the bitterness isn't overpowering, and lets a bit of the slightly sweet caramel malts come through.

Mouthfeel is decent. Light body, the expected amount of carbonation. Finish fades out pretty quickly, but leaves a low-level lingering bitterness.

I was almost sold by the look and the smell, but the taste didn't really do it for me. Smells like delicious hops, tastes like un-delicious hops. Don't plan on drinking too much of this. (1,527 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can (with the best art ever)

Pours a light orange color. Nothing surprising or out of the norm here. Less than a finger of loose, white head. Minimal lacing.

Light crackery malts in this pale ale meet the acclaimed Galaxy hop. Well, it doesn't smell all that hoppy. It's just an APA, I know. You get trace amounts of lemon and grass and candied pineapple. Trace amounts. There's a sweet bready yeast note too. The hop aromas are nice, but they need to be stronger.

The taste does deliver on the faint promise of the nose, thankfully. It's lightly tropical -- again with the candied pineapple and the lemon. Not very bitter, so the average amount of malt flavor takes some stronger precedence. It tastes good. What keeps it from scoring a 4.0 for me is the yeast character. It's pretty strong and sweet and at this point Tallgrass risks their beers tasting samey. This yeast flavor is the same as in Tallgrass IPA and in Oasis. I could identify a Tallgrass beer in a blind tasting without difficulty, at this point.

Nice mouthfeel: it's lightly sweet and wet, with a soft carbonation tingle. Overall, this is a very solid APA. With a few tweaks it could enter into the conversation of some of the Midwest/Plains best APAs. (1,231 characters)

Photo of brock146
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured it looks very similar to other pale ale's in color. (yellow/amberish) but quite murky.

S:Biscuits and hops

T: Crisp, a little bit fruity and slightly bitter. Hop presence is definitely there and in a very good way.

M: A little bit creamy which pleasantly surprised me. Carbonation is right on the money.

O: This is a really good beer. I've been buying it regularly. It really works out well for the hot summer days when you don't want some thing that's too heavy. A tasty, thirst quenching pale ale. (519 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)

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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.