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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

Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by zeff80 on 03-01-2012

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Reviews: 186 | Ratings: 1,074
Photo of Chico1985
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
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 +7.6%
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 -1.6%
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 +15.7%
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 +4.2%
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 -2.9%
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 -1.6%
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 +1.3%
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 +4.4%
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 BigGold
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had back in 2012, and off and on since, always from a pint can and usually poured into nonic pint. Although not quite up to Tallgrass standards, this "hop rocketed" pale ale in a pint can is a worthy occupant of river/beach cooler space.

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Photo of PPOmaha
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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 +24.5%
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 -2.6%
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 -0.5%
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 +3.4%
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 +17.2%
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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Photo of Strix
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow-orange, frothy head, nice lacing.

Smell full of citrus - mainly orange rind and grapefruit.

Dry crackerlike background with honey, lemon, black pepper, orange rind, grapefruit, green pepper.

Mouthfeel smooth, typical for style.

Not a bad take on the style. My first experience with Tallgrass, I'll have to keep my eye out for more of their cans.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of Hammer35
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a pale white head and medium beading. Nice carbonation and good head retention.

Smell: Light, sweet aroma with citrus. I would have liked a more pronounced smell though.

Taste: The Galaxy hops are the star here and they deliver a slightly sweet, citrusy flavor but not much else.

Mouthfeel: Light, highly carbonated and refreshing.

Overall: This is a nice, refreshing pale ale. It's not bad by a long shot but it does seem one dimensional and lacks any "wow factor". It's a nice light ale that'd be nice in the summer though.

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Photo of hopley
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into pint glass.

A - Color some is between yellow and amber, nice inch head with nice settling and lacing

S - Smell is very nice - mellow citrus, no pine

T - Nice all around - malty initially with some back end bitterness

M - Not too heavy, not too light - just about right for a pale ale.

O - Overall, this is a good balanced coiffing session beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can with badass can art into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium hazy golden with a nice fluffy three finger white head that fades quickly to a sudsy lace.

Smell: Citrus fruit, lemon, pine, a bit of caramel malt and some grassy earthy tones. Not overpowering, but pleasant.

Taste: Better than the nose with some nice hop bitterness up front with pine and resin, grass and some citrus fruits, lemon, orange and grapefruit all at play here, bready notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation and mild bitterness. Nice an hoppy for a pale ale which I like, but by no means overly bitter.

Overall: Another really solid brew from Tallgrass. Ethos is better, but this is a real solid American Pale Ale that I'd drink again.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Rope
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a classic hazy amber, White cloudy head that faces to a petri dish sample before eventually dissipating completely.
Nose is a beautiful balance of piney hops and honey sweet malt. So delicious.
Once it hits your lips its more of the same. A blunt earthy dankness hits up front but its calmed by the voices in the background whispering sweet backbone. The finish blends these seemingly incongruous characters into a buddy cop movie with a feel good bittersweet ending.
Seek this out. I only wish it came in bottles so I could save the label

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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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