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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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87
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 Mikecap
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (614 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 kemoarps
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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 (554 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great art on this can. Comes in a tallboy so there’s more to enjoy! Thanks to a (non-BA) buddy for passing this my way.

This pouts a pale golden in color with some nice foaming that leaves clouds as it dies down
It has a nicely understated aroma that’s citrusy with a light spice. By itself the aroma isn't much but the flavor is just fantastic—it’s light, crisp and hoppy, with a lemony lime zest and a touch of pineapple with a hint of resin backed by a gentle malt that keeps the hops in check. Finishes clean and clear. It’s good. (545 characters)

Photo of dowen17
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I originally wasn't going to give this beer a full review but after I tasted it I changed my mind.

I didn't get a chance to pour this beer but I have it a 5 because the can is bad ass.

Smell is nice and this begins why I decided to actually review this beer. It's the most unique pale ale I've had so far. TEA. Deginite green or light tea in the nose. A bit of grapefruit or pineapple in the nose.

Taste it sweet malt up front. Tea settles in te middle of the flavor and then some citrus and pine hit on the aftertaste. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is refreshing. Nice carbonation. Not too thin.

This is one of the most unique tasting beers I've had. Definitely worth the try. Pick it up if you can. (707 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a light head. Good lacing on the sides of the glass at each level. Average to above average carbonation active in the glass while drinking. Some brunt orange accents with a pretty golden colored brew.

Smell: This aroma is filled with bubble gum, straw, molasses, and cane sugar. The sugary sweetness jumps out right away on the nose. A caramelized sugary tone really dominates in a very delicious way. A solid yeast backbone keeps the aroma balanced.

Taste: The gummy sugary tones hit the palate right away. Bright hops continue to ride through the body of the beer. The straw and grassy tones kick in on the body as well which balanced out this APA after the front. A caramel and molasses finish really round out an outstanding APA.

Mouthfeel: Sweet hops with bright malt texture.

Overall: I loved this great example of a very bright and hoppy APA. I could drink this all day. I have never seen this side of galaxy hops before, much less palate attacking and drying then I remember previously. Well done with this one Tallgrass. (1,059 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2013-08-22 in Columbia, PA

A - Mildly hazy, golden orange with a 1-finger white head and mild lacing.

S - Mild pineapple, peach, malt, tea. Fairly tame but pleasant.

T - Tart orange marmalade on fresh bread with a bit of caramel, tea and pine. The balancing bitterness comes on pretty quickly and hangs around in the aftertaste; as does some of the sweetness from the malt. Well-balanced.

M - Medium body, light-medium carbonation and some resins deliver a substantial feel that I quite enjoyed.

O - Satisfying. Enjoyable. Not mind-bending but very well done considering the ABV. Would have it again for sure. (628 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 Taste_Buds
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber/copper 2 fingers of off white creamy head.

Aroma: Tropical with a malty presence.

Taste: Sweetness upfront followed by a noticeable malt background and a crisp finish.

Feel: Light flirting with medium.

Overall: Outstanding aroma and powerful taste. Lacking slightly in appearance, but truly memorable artwork. Atari would be proud. (358 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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! (585 characters)

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

16 fl oz. can, with best by date 11/15/2013 printed on the bottom. Super stoked to finally be seeing this beer in my area, and hyped to try it out! My first Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale, and my first beer from Tallgrass Brewing Co., with some seriously awesome can art.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours two fingers of fluffy soft white head on top of a nice coppery orange-yellow colored body with a bit of haze to it and some nice strings of bubbles rushing topside. Little to no lacing leftover.

S - Wonderfully refreshing smell of sweet tea leaf like sweetness, dirty earthiness, & a crisp lemongrass hop presence.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp lemongrass, earthiness, & some sweet tea leaf like malt presence. Medium-light bodied, this is what a pale ale should taste like in my opinion. The galaxy hops are juicy and fruity in the vain of orange & grapefruit. Apparently, I like galaxy hops!

M - Feel is crisp & juicy with some resinous hops lingering to the palate.

Overall, this is some seriously good American pale ale. Nicely flavored, crisp, & refreshing with a modest 5.20% abv, this is a beer I could drink all day and not get tired of. If I am remembering correctly, this beer tastes similar to what the Crazy Mountain Mountain Livin' Pale Ale tasted like, so perhaps that beer is made using galaxy hops as well. Either way, an enjoyable beer that I hope to have lots more of.

Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale ---4/5. (1,449 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy oarage with a fair amount of suspended yeast and chuncks. Good one finger head that has great retention.

This has a good warm malt back backbone to it. A slight hint of citrus and tropical fruits from the galaxy hops but is pretty mellow in comparison to the malt background

Big Malty body that has an earthy quality to it that is pretty nice. Hops are mostly bittering however a little citrus is present at the start. Finishes with a hint of tropical fruit, though very subtle.

Mouthfeel a nice balance of oils from the hops. Not too thin but still drinkable.

Overall this is a nice pale ale that offers a bigger malt presence then most of the pale ale out there today. Extra points for a sweet can. (716 characters)

Photo of polktheimpressionist
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm beginning an escapade back into brews in cans that is becoming the rage with brewing companies recently. Some, despite my optimism with beer, are not what I was hoping for. THIS, on the other hand, was astonishing for being an PA from a can. Smooth, refreshing and an aromatic head with thin lace. Being that I tried this on a whim from a local bar, my doubts about the up and coming "micro-can race" have been subsided for the time being due to this beer. Mad props to this PA and all other brews to come from Tallgrass! (525 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is an experience. I'm a malthead, so this is high praise from me. Pours to a big frothy white head that stays thick and leaves ample but erratic lacing. Aroma is spicy, fruity hops and toasty Munich malt. Flavor gets better as the beer warms up, with a complex blend of malts and tangy hops playing well together. Mouthfeel is light-medium. I'd say this is one of the best canned APAs you could hope to get your hands on. (426 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 16oz can into Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a light hazy orange with a huge creamy one 3 finger tall white head. Slowly fades into a thin froth atop the liquid below. Lacing is all over mu tulip.

S - Smells of floral and galaxy hops, light grapefruit and passion fruit with a hint of bready malt, slightly earthy.

T - First sip gives a light bitterness and then hints of grapefruits, passion fruit, caramel malt and some light breadiness. Finish is a mix of hop bitterness and a touch of sweetness, lingering for some time after consumption.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, hoppy feel that lingers on the pallet long after each sip.

O - A nice canned pale ale with galaxy hops that I enjoy. Point brewery (WI) just came out with their Beyond the Pale IPA and I don't even know if I could distinguish these 2 apart in a blind taste test. If you get Point try it out. (899 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (1,254 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 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 mtstatebeer
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can. Pours a mainly clear, golden-orange color with a good, frothy off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is pale malts, a hint of biscuit, lemon, a bit of pine, and a hint of esters. Flavor is similar, a hint of bread, mainly lemon/citrus hops, and a bit of earthiness. Light-to-medium mouthfeel, dry, crisp, and a moderately bitter finish. Very good pale ale, quite drinkable. (381 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 zhanson88
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt golden color. About 1.5" of egg shell white head forms, which has very good retention, aided by moderate to high carbonation. Overall, nice looking pale ale.

Smell: Caramel malt backbone comes through first, followed by a nice citrus hop punch. Nice melon and mango notes.

Taste: Nice caramel malt backbone to this pale ale. The Galaxy hops in this really shine on the back end, with mango and melon and citrus. Not much bitterness, just a lot of citrus.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light to medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Pretty easy drinking and quite sessionable. Overall, I liked this pale ale quite a bit. Definitely one of the top Tallgrass brews, and one I will definitely drink again in the future. (743 characters)

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 nickapalooza86
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from perhaps the coolest looking can of all time... Says 13 061.... I have no idea what this means...

Looks very appetizing in the glass, Golden Orangish color with a nice finger and a half of head, rather hazy

Smell is pale and caramel malts, grapefruit and a little pine

Taste starts with some caramel malt flavors then really opens up in the back with a huge burst of grapefruit and bitter lemon hops, almost reminds me of the taste of biting into a Orange or grapefruit peel right before you peel it, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel is starts a little thin but opens up with a good burst of carbonation that gives it a good medium feel. Finished really nice with a bitter drying bite that keeps you coming back for more.

Well this is certainly a good pale, not my favorite but it is up there. I love that it is in cans, I beleive it helps keep the beer stay a lot fresher for longer. This one with definitaley be in my rotation of APA's/IPAs! (956 characters)

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