Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Ratings: 958
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 71
Gots: 129 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zeff80 on 03-01-2012

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some earthy and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear orange yellow in color and as a light to moderate amount of carbonation. The beer poured rather cloudy towards the bottom of the can. It poured with a half finger high beige head that died down a bit but never completely faded away..
S: There are moderately strong aromas of tropical fruits and citrus in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of tropical fruits and citrus along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems quite heavy for a pale ale and is packed with interesting hop flavors. It is very enjoyable.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Riding the wave of tropical and citrus blends, Tallgrass brings a pep of complexity that's usually reserved for imperial IPAs and applies them in standard American pale ale form.

But the beer's confidence begins in its appearance. A bright a modestly hazed gold and amber coloration releases a frothy white head that's both airy and fluffed. It's cottony persistence laces the glass evenly and impressively.

Ripe red grapefruit and orange zest lead off the aromas. But shortly afterwards, the more rounded notes of pineapple, apricot, and lemons enter the equation. Without the malts making a specticle, they rather give a sweetness to implied fruit notes that makes them seem ripe and honey-dipped.

Those malty flavors coat the front of the tongue with a thin caramel sweetness that seems more honey-like at times than caramel. These more rounded flavors wrap around the hops and develop into a graham cracker-like dryness to finish. But first, a middle palate of hop flavor starts sharply and citrusy with those grapefruit and orange flavors. But as the beer traverses across the tongue, they develop savory sweet fruit flavors that are better found in tropical fruits: apricot, mango, pineapple, lemons, and even white grape and a mild winey taste to finish alongside the crackery malts.

Up 'til now I feel like I have told the story of an IPA or an imperial version. But the body is super light and refreshing. Even to start, the beer's creamy malts and carbonation play lightly on the palate. Even as it strives toward dryness, the bready textures turn cracker-like and balance the hops at every step. The bone-dry closure allows the hops to linger a bit longer in aftertaste, but mostly in its fruity taste and lesser so in bitterness.

8-Bit is a genuine and gracefull pale ale that is characterful enough to appease the most demanding hop heads, but also smooth enough to capture the taste buds of novices alike. I'd be happy to keep a six pack of these in my stable anytime.

Photo of Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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 zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed with Galaxy Hops from New Zealand.

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sticky trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of tropical fruits like mango and pineapple. There was a touch of caramel and grassy notes.

T - It tasted of sweet tropical fruits, a light caramel flavor and some grassy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really good pale ale. Tallgrass keeps getting better and better with each new brew.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at Bigby's Pour House.

No matter how sleek the newer ones may look, there'll always be a soft spot in my heart for the old 8-bit games. Regardless, this stuff pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises grass, orange peel, light flowers, and a twinge of flaky biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with brighter veins of grass and orange peel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a very nice pale ale, nothing earth-shattering, but definitely something I'm happy to have available around here now.

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 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 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 jwc215
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed golden orange with a thin, lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus, melon, flowers (a hint of honey?).

The taste is citric (orange) with some metallic floral notes.

It is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Some bitterness lingers.

A pleasant pale ale, overall.

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

A: Pours a hazy golden orange in color with a nice golden glow when held up to the light. The beer has a two finger dense pillowy beige head that reduces to an extremely thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a few small thick patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of hops, in order of strength would be floral, herbal, citrus/orange rind, and tropical pineapple. While the hop aromas are present and enjoyable, it is not agressive.

T: Wonderful moderate flavors of hops - primarily citrus/orange rind and tropical/pineapple/mango. After that there are some lighter notes of floral and herbal hops. Pretty well balanced between the sweetness of the malt body and the bitterness from the hops.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very slight amounts of oiliness.

O: This beer is quite enjoyable and very easy to drink. Definitely a great sessionable beer and one that I would get again (and recommend to others to give a try). Refreshing and very nice summer beer.

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 mothman
2.95/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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!

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

Uh oh! After an extended hiatus, The CANQuest (TM) has found new legs and is ready to roll!

From the CAN: "Hop Rocketed Pale Ale"; "Galaxy Hops"; "Push Start".

I have been "experimenting" with fruity alcopops of late for reasons unbeknown even to me (I hate when my brain starts keeping secrets), but one whiff of this fruity little gem and I knew I was back where I belong. The Crack & Glug was unremarkable and the pour produced just over a finger of fluffy, bone white head with good retention. Color was a hazy orangish-yellow, suggesting a) non-filtering (good) and b) CAN-[CAN]ditioning (better). The nose was tropical fruity and I cheated and looked at a descriptor for Galaxy hops which mentioned "passionfruit". I am not sure that I ever ate it or smelled it, so I feel partially unqualified to comment. It was definitely fruity on the nose, however, and in a natural, not chemically-added esters, way. It seemed to just open up like a flower on my tongue! I got an initial sweet fruitiness followed by a rush of grapefruit. Yow! I have a special place in my cooler for Hula In the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually) for something like this. I am planning a trip to the beach this summer with the stated intent of getting me and everyone around me krunked, This will help! Yo, I'm licking my lips like Pac-Man, you hear? Finish was a reminder of why I became a hophead in the first place. Fruity, partially dry with the citrus hops, yummy in my mouth and tummy. I am hereby giving notice - The CANQuest (TM) is back!

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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 barleywinefiend
2.76/5  rDev -27%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from RobertDale thanks for the opportunity!
Hazy light golden color with a huge frothy white head that persists forever before leaving tons of sticky lace. Tropical fruit and pine resin mixed with a bit of bready malt and a hint of sulfur make up the aroma. The flavor is bread and a hint of caramel with bits of resin and grapefruit. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. decent pale ale, I could drink this.

Photo of Tone
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden/copper color. One and one half inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, slight citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, slight citrus, and a hint of grass. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, floral hops, citrus hops, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of grass. Overall, great appearance, blend, good body, and aroma.

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 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 barnzy78
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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