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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale - Tallgrass Brewing Company

Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale AleTallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale

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601 Ratings
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Ratings: 601
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%

Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: zeff80 on 03-01-2012)
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Photo of PierreCharra


2.25/5  rDev -40.8%
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.

Serving type: can

02-20-2013 04:25:04 | More by PierreCharra
Photo of hardy008


2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Serving type: can

03-24-2012 03:10:40 | More by hardy008
Photo of Jimmys


2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Serving type: can

12-30-2012 20:55:24 | More by Jimmys
Photo of barleywinefiend


2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Serving type: can

04-02-2013 02:40:29 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Steasy66


2.85/5  rDev -25%
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.

Serving type: can

04-11-2012 06:07:31 | More by Steasy66
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Serving type: can

04-02-2012 19:26:22 | More by n2185
Photo of deepseacatfish


2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Serving type: can

05-14-2013 20:10:07 | More by deepseacatfish
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Serving type: can

04-01-2012 02:59:59 | More by mothman
Photo of Knapp85


3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: can

05-15-2012 03:12:28 | More by Knapp85
Photo of 1fastz28


3.1/5  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.

Serving type: can

01-05-2013 03:52:36 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of Rope


3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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).

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

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.

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

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

Serving type: can

10-02-2013 02:18:32 | More by Rope
Photo of garuda


3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: can

03-05-2013 22:03:29 | More by garuda
Photo of VagabondHops


3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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!


Serving type: can

08-30-2012 23:36:04 | More by VagabondHops
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: can

09-10-2012 23:47:06 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of ChiPool


3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: can

09-21-2012 00:17:09 | More by ChiPool
Photo of woosterbill


3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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.


Serving type: can

01-03-2013 02:54:40 | More by woosterbill
Photo of zeledonia


3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: can

03-17-2012 02:12:49 | More by zeledonia
Photo of Fatehunter


3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: can

04-08-2012 01:02:05 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: can

08-19-2013 13:03:26 | More by LXIXME
Photo of Reaper16


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: can

04-26-2012 18:35:20 | More by Reaper16
Photo of brock146


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: can

07-19-2012 22:00:10 | More by brock146
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a hazy, cloudy light golden amber color? It's unlike any beer I've seen, looks like a wheat beer. A thick white foamy head sits on top and slowly dissipates to a film. Thick lacing sticks to the glass. The beer smells alive and bright, with a good hop aroma that hits the nose immediately. The taste is bright and citrus-laden. The hops and grapefruit rinds dominate, but I somehow feel the malts are fighting for a chance, but they fail. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly carbonated.

Overall, a decent pale ale. I'll be honest -- I bought it because the can is pretty cool. A tad too unbalanced, if there were just a hint of more malts it would be really good.

Serving type: can

03-24-2012 02:14:30 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of tone77


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: can

04-22-2012 17:26:00 | More by tone77
Photo of stakem


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pounder can into a shaped pint glass. The brew appears a hazed color of gold with more than 2 fingers of yellowish stained head that is composed of rather large bubbles. The cap recedes leaving some patches of lacing on the glass. A light swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma is hoppy with a scent of grass, mild stinky cheese and a touch of sulfur. The can advertises galaxy hops and this brew lacks a bit of that tropical punch that they are known for. In it's place are scents of herbal quality that edges towards vegetative. As it warms up, it picks up a bit of pulpy fruit edge about it that is enjoyable. Overall this is a clean smelling brew that is fitting for the style.

The taste is mildly rindy with a flavor of pulp, grass and a bit of herbs. The bitterness is mild and enjoyable but the hops are present with a decent flavoring that is mildly cheesy with a hint of sulfur towards the back. A very faint grainy quality is present imparting almost a hint of straw-like character.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is crisp and easily approachable. A well rounded brew without much wow factory beyond the fact that it is easily drinkable. It boasts just enough hop flavoring to keep me interested throughout the duration. I could see myself firing back a few of these effortlessly in the summer. Not bad. Thanks Jason!

Serving type: can

05-02-2012 00:59:10 | More by stakem
Photo of Florida9


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Mostly clear, pale orangey-yellow in color. Forms a massive 3-4" head that ever so slowly reduces down to a rocky surface coating, leaving lots of sticky lacing on the way down.

S: The predominant aroma is toast or biscuit malt. There is a bit of citrus and a little juice to this one, but not much.

T: The malts seem to dominate this one. Oddly, the malts aren't very heavy - rather thin actually - but they are still more prevalent than the hops are. Pale malts and a little bit of of bready biscuit then some mild juicy hops and a little orange and grapefruit. Finishes with a grapefruit pith bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: I was expecting a lot more hop action out of this beer, especially considering it's Galaxy hopped, but there is just the slightest hint of that juicy tropical fruit that Galaxy is known for and I only think I picked up on it because I was searching for it. Otherwise, it's a decent drinker. Took some to a BBQ and it was simplistic enough to not scare away the BMC drinkers and it seemed to pair with all of the food just fine.

Serving type: can

06-01-2012 02:08:19 | More by Florida9
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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.