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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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170 Reviews
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Reviews: 170
Hads: 1,025
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 29.17%
Wants: 72
Gots: 159 | 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 snilsen13
4.51/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can bottle from Wed., 12/31/2014 (Niciu 3rd Annual NYE Party) gifted from Erich and Sara, unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into plastic cup, drank over ~30 minutes

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright, punchy hops meet a slightly caramel and sweet back end. This is a truly well rounded beer and stays nicely within a sessionable range at 5.2%. Very drinkable.

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Photo of GregJ
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

From a tallboy (drink by 12/30) into an imperial pint.
A: some sediment, nice deep orange/amber color, puffy 2 finger head that leaves a lot of lacing
S: vegetal hoppiness, caramel/crystal malts, a little citrus as well. not a huge nose.
T: a big step up from the nose. The malt base is solid here, some biscuit and some caramel, and that sets up some fairly juicy grapefruit, passion fruit, papaya, as well as some dry floral spicy notes, too. Bitterness is fairly sharp for style.
M: creamy and smooth considering the bitterness; medium carbonation; drinks pretty heavy for some reason.
Overall: a good one. Fairly aggressive for a pale ale, but that's not uncommon anymore.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%

I recently attended a Craft Beer Expo where I met several wonderful people. Some of which who are now following my reviews. I was the weird guy, carrying around a shoulder pack and whipping out what looked like a manual which was in fact several home-made graphs and charts of my likes, dislikes, and notes on the beers I was trying. So without further ado, I will start with 8 bit pale.

Serving Style : 6 oz tester glass at craft show

Appearance (4) : 95% opaque, hazy orange glow. Since the cup was only 6 oz, I'm going to throw my "head retention" data out the window.

Aroma (3.75) : Orange zest, grapefruit, leafy and woody notes. Bouquet was medium to strong.

Taste (4) : Easy drinking, sessionable. Grapefruit rind, wood/bark, lots of hop and barley. The profile bordered more on the hoppy side than the malty side.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Light to medium bodied, semi-dry, light, and wet. Semi-dry finish.

Overall (3.94) : I marked it down that I wouldn't buy it personally. But I would try it again. "A less offensive pale, good for sessions."

So there you have it.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a sunkist color, slightly lighter than orange. Has some honey tones. 2 finger fluffy white head

S: Passionfruit-papaya, strong wet grass-very subtle overall but complimentary.

M: Very light, highly quaffable beer with seemingly low carbonation for style.

T: Bread malt forward, bright citric lime peel and grass. Very clean tasting bitterness. Slightly piercing, but mild and mute. Doesn't get in way of other tropical notes-papaya-which is also understated. Lots of grass and hay, but when in Kansas use what's around.

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours a cloudy gold from the can with two fingers of off-white head. Smells of malt and citrus. The taste combines biscuits, citrus and pine, and had a little more hoppy bitterness than I would have expected. Medium mouth with a touch of carbonation, and it lingers on the tongue. I'm really enjoying this, and it's one of the best offerings I've had from Tallgrass. Well done.

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Photo of argock
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz tallboy can into an oversized wine glass. Best by 11/23/14 on edge of bottom of can. Received through the thoughtfulness of my little brother Greg.

A: Peachy orange amber with 1-2 finger, off-white frothy head with good retention and a thin line of lace at the top of the glass.

S: Strong pine resin, dank grassiness, and sharp citrus grapefruit rind and lemon on a lightly caramel but mostly bready malt base.

T: The flavor is less bready and malty and more sharply bitter than an APA should be. The malt base has mostly medium caramel but not enough crackery or bready character to balance the overly sharp citric bitterness. The hops component is lemony, grapefruit pith, piney and dank and bracingly, almost minerally bitter when tasted with the not sweet enough maltiness. Yeast and alcohol are not present -- it is a little too much bitterness despite the low IBUs. The caramel malt base and the sharp hops don't work well together for me.

M: Clean but very, very dry with medium-high carbonation and light-medium body.

O: A pretty good beer but way to minerally bitter, maybe just a less than optimal match for the light-medium crystal malt contribution. Glad I tried it, but I like a more mellow hops presence and a more rounded maltiness in my APAs.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Random tall-boy can picked up in Oklahoma City. I'll admit it, the label drew me in. Drink by date of 10/4/14.

Appearance - Nice bright pale orange color with some haze, puffy white head. Wispy cap and thin ring left by the end.

Smell - The smell is rather faint with a little bit of a 'stale' feel to it. Citrus fruits, weed and herbal hops are decent but subdued, crackery/pale/caramel malts almost overtake them. It gets better with warmth however.

Taste - The taste is an improvement and delivers some brighter hop flavor. Oranges, lemon, tropical tones, grassy and earthy hops. Still a good amount of malt flavor here mostly leaning towards crackery and pale with a light sweetness to it as well.

Mouthfeel - Good body, smooth with lowish carbonation, light bitterness that is fine for a pale ale and easy drinking.

Overall - Feels a little subdued, but it took some warmth for this to show its potential. Light and pleasant to drink, good hop flavor, good malt flavor. It's hard to remember nowadays that American pale ales probably should taste like this.

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Photo of Carterskey
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer, is a very easy drinking, well balanced brew. A hint of sweetness is very well balanced out. a touch on the cloudy side, but overall good coloring. pleasent yet not overwelming smell. This is the kind of beer that makes me want another one right away, a great "sitting by the pool" beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Webby taupe head over cloudy dirty blonde.
Papaya, lemon curd, and clean grain nose
Honey graham up front with some cloying golden syrup then mango juice hops.
Med, chewy, round.

Fruity, yes, so Galaxy hops on display. But too sticky and sweet on top of it. Drinks a lot heavier than 5.2%.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of patpbr
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy orange with a two finger head.
S - Citrus, lemon, general fruit and sweet
T - Mostly notice the Galaxy Hops, following the nose with a taste of tea.
M - Medium body and a slightly bitter finish.
O - This is a nice to sip pale ale.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can a slightly hazy dark gold with two fingers of rich off-white head. Decent amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma of caramel malts and earth along with light tangerine and pineapple.

Tasted of light tangerine and pineapple along with sugars, biscuit and sweet caramel malts. Finished with lighter bitterness.

Medium bodied and clean with a moderate carbonation.

A wee bit on the malty side but an easy-drinking and tasty Pale Ale from Tallgrass.

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Photo of Prefabu
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Update (7/26/15): My most recent purchase of 8-bit was a little disappointing. It seems that they've tweaked something in the process because it now has a noticeable diacetyl (buttery) flavor. It's not bad, but I definitely prefer the way it tasted in the past.

Original Review:
I'm not yet a fan of over-the-top hop flavor, so this was a slight stretch for me, but I think it's quite good. It is hoppy, but with lots of other flavors. It's no one trick pony. I drank the first three cans from the can. There's something about a bottle that just feels better, but I don't think the can affects the taste and I kind of wanted to experience the novelty (I hadn't had beer from a can in *many* years). I poured the last can into a glass. It was nice to be able to smell the beer a while drinking from a glass, and I love the appearance of this beer. It has a nice head of foam and a beautiful copper color. Just slightly cloudy. Definitely pour and then drink!

I love the artwork on the can. Who knows what 8-bit has to do with this beer (underpowered it isn't), but it's certainly memorable. I'll definitely buy again.

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Photo of NickT2121
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into a pint glass. These tall grass beers pour a fat heads 2 finger creamy head. Color is a murky golden Amber color kinda like a frosted cider color very beautiful. Not seeing a lot of bubbles. The head took awhile to diminish but is leaving solid lacing

S - biscuit like Smell at first.. Then loads of hops right away I get pineapple and citrus light fruits. Bread Smell and malty notes. The smell is amazing very complex and sweet smelling

T - this is different... But in a very good way, first off I get loads of hops pineapple and tangerine very dominant. Then comes in the warmth of the bread and malts covers the palate. But after it fades this is the different part I get a sweet cotton candy like taste that lingers for awhile I can't stop smacking cuz it tastes so good. The bitterness is just right

M - very creamy medium body feel with a creamy only finish.

O - this is an amazing ale. Prob my favorite pale ale so far. The complex aromas and tastes you get from this is amazing. Very drinkable and refreshing. Great job Tallgrass


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Photo of PPOmaha
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Citrus and Pineapple hop aroma, with a white bread and saltine malt aroma in the back. No DMS, I perceive just a tiny bit of diacetyl but that could very easily be the galaxy.

Appearance: Opaque orange to amber color with a large white head and lingering creamy looking carbonation.

Taste: Citrus bitterness is very upfront, orange peel. Some malt backbone (wheat-like) but it is certainly hop-forward. Piney hop flavor becomes more apparent as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and very creamy because of the lingering head. Medium carbonation, perfect for style.

Overall: A good pale ale that has the bitterness of an IPA. If I could change anything I would up the aroma and decrease the upfront bitterness in the flavor just a bit. I like this beer a lot, especially at the price point.

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Photo of paladinjoe
4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8-bit pours a clear copper color with a large frothy lacing head. There is a nice mellow hop aroma, with some sweet notes. The taste has a nice full hoppy/floral taste, and finishes with a sweet flavor; rather balanced. Good full flavors, nice carbonation. Overall its a very full yet balanced pale ale.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of AaronTheBearded
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.