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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

599 Ratings
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Ratings: 599
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zeff80 on 03-01-2012)
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Hyvee, Council Bluffs, IA
Date: "20417A3BR" stamped below UPC
Glass: Tulip

Pours a 2cm head of modestly dense foam composed of medium-sized bubbles. Head retention is solid, slowly decreasing to a persistent cap atop the body with excellent lacing. Body is golden colored with a slight orange tint, and rather hazy, though not totaly opaque. Light brings out bright golden yellow hues to the beer, and make the carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass easily visible.

Aroma is mildly citrus-like, with orange and grapefruit rind scents that are atop a base of slightly cracker-like malts. While I like the overall impression, I find that it could be stronger, particularly from a canned beer.

Flavor is brightly fruity and of mild grapefruit-meets-orange citrus, with more mild cracker-like malts and substantial bitterness. Front of palate detects pale malt sweetness and fruit-like esters, including some modest passion fruit, perhaps from the galaxy hops. Mid-palate is very bright and fruity, with plenty of citrus-like esters, particularly navel orange and grapefruit. Back of palate intensifies the citrus-like flavors, with a strong bitterness that lasts well into the aftertaste.

Beer is medium-bodied with medium-level carbonation, creating a crisp and modestly soft mouthfeel. Closes dryly, as one would expect with the substantial hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 07:28:39 | More by falloutsnow
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks HomeBrewed. Been wanting this one for a while!

Appearance. Okay, first off, best can ever!! The main reason I wanted this beer, but it actually looks really nice. Hazy gold amber with over a finger of thick and creamy looking white head that leaves some great lacing. Extra half point for the best can I've ever seen.

Smell. Some nice citrusy, slightly herbal hops with toasty light grains and some light yeast.

Taste. Lightly bitter citrusy hops, some great toasty grains and a little tropical fruits. Nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Easy drinking pale with some great hops. Did I mention the kick ass can???? (Ya, I am a total geek...).

Serving type: can

10-29-2012 00:45:09 | More by Rutager
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Golden with an orange tinge. Medium sized white cap of tight foam. The beer has a slight haze to it.

S - Really nice mellow piney hops, lemony citrus. Very fresh smell to the hops. Faint base malt underneath.

T - Malt holds up better here. Still very light base malt character but distinctly grainy/husky flavor with a touch of sweetness before the hops. Nice piney/citrus hop flavor, very pleasant. Finishes pretty dry with a refreshing piney hop aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry to semi-dry.

O - Very nice hop forward beer. Malt strikes a touch of balance but showcases hops very well. Beautiful looking beer as well.

Serving type: can

10-25-2012 00:10:55 | More by Jparker37
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Living816

Northwest Territories (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More of IPA than APA, but it's kind of of the low end of IPA and high end of APA in terms of bitterness. More IPA than anything really though.

But anyway, smell is amazing. Soft, round melony. Cloying. Very tropical.

Taste is sweet. You don't expect a beer of this color to have so much sweetness in the first blush taste. The bitterness really kicks you in the balls at the finish. A little too much bitterness to really be enjoyable. It kind of craps all over my malts.

Heavy mouthfeel.

A very solid beer. Wonderful hop aroma, nice malty sweetness. Tone down the IBUS from 40 to maybe 30 and it's a more balance and soft pale ale that you could tear through all evening. I'm liking it, but this is totally a one beer an evening drink for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 02:39:54 | More by Living816
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: can

10-20-2012 00:53:28 | More by BEERchitect
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy sunset orange ale with a stark white fluffy head. Strong fruity hop nose. West coast styled at its heart, grapefruit included, but there's something a bit different about it.

A little research at the Tallgrass website reveals that hop rocketed Galaxy hops from Australia serve as the base for the aroma with Magnum, Centennial and Cascade in support. Taste has a pretty harsh bitterness alongside a more subdued fruitiness. Sweet, full bodied malt base for the hoppiness to float above.

I seem to be a fan of Galaxy hops and 8-Bit has become a fridge favorite over the summer. A pale ale with big hops and flavor, neither of which are subtle, so these tallboys are great to feed that pesky hop demon that often growls for more.

Serving type: can

10-11-2012 02:12:43 | More by FightingEntropy
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mostly translucent golden color. Small frothy white head. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Grainy (in that pale ale way) with just a hint of melon from the hops.

Taste: Crisp bitterness up front with a very solid malt presence. There is caramel, a slight burnt taste, and other malts that make up most of the palate. However, there is a nice watermelon rind flavor from the hops that lingers nicely. Decently bitter given the style but a slightly unbalanced grain and hop bill. There is an interesting English influence in this beer. Drinks more like an Extra Pale Ale. Would love to try it on Nitro-tap to smooth out some of the imbalance.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent and medium bodied. Just above average drinkability. Wish it was a little smoother because it would make a great session ale.

Final Thoughts: Given how robust it is, I'll have to give this one a thumbs up. On sale at $7.99 a four pack of 16 ounce cans, it's a good deal. If they focus in the hop character a little more and balance the flavors it'll be a real winner. Would I drink it again? Maybe.

Serving type: can

09-30-2012 05:38:42 | More by JamesMN
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ChiPool

Illinois

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
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UnkleFester

Kansas

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with about two fingers of creamy white head that leaves behind a nice amount of lacing.

S: Grapefruit, lemon and wheat a nice hope presence along with wheat on the nose.

T: like the nose but not as subdued, the hop character is much more noticeable here.

M: A nice smooth body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: While it might not be among the top tier pales this is one of my favorites from Tallgrass. Love the 16oz can which is great for outdoor activities.

Serving type: can

09-18-2012 02:02:51 | More by UnkleFester
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow to orange body beneath the scattered, foamy, white head which patiently dissolves to leave a thin, inconsistent lacing.

Fresh pine and floral hop aromas greet the nose with heavier citrus like exotic fruits appearing as it warms.

The flavor consists of primarily of citrus hops and bitter pine or grass, as well as grain and straw. The palate is sweet up front and more grassy or grainy towards the back.

This beer is medium on the palate with generous carbonation and a strong bitter finish.

This is a really nice and smooth pale ale and the citrus hops really kick in as the beer warms.

Serving type: can

09-17-2012 00:03:45 | More by CHADMC3
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lawlerj

Nebraska

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a NB Globe glass.

A - Pours a murky golden amber. Nice big frothy white head that sticks around for quite a while. Appears to be well carbonated and leaves nice speckled lacing on the glass. A nice looking beer.

S - The aroma is fairly hop forward. The hops tend toward the more citrusy side, and there is some biscuity malt mixed in along with it. The aroma is overall very pleasant and appropriate to the style, if a touch heavy on the hops.

T - The citrusy hops I noted in the aroma are what shows up first in the taste. As it slides back, the sweeter malt comes out and balances the fairly strong hop bitterness. Not overly complex, but exceedingly well balanced.

M - Medium bodied. The carbonation is just right, and give a ncie "sudsy" feel to the beer.

O - Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. This is now by far one my favorite pale ales, plus the fact that it comes in tall boy cans is a huge bonus. Props to Tallgrass; they continue to wow me with their beers.

Serving type: can

09-16-2012 20:02:02 | More by lawlerj
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twiggamortis420

Texas

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
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VagabondHops

Illinois

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!

Cheers!

Serving type: can

08-30-2012 23:36:04 | More by VagabondHops
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: can

08-18-2012 19:40:31 | More by metter98
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azdback

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Bright, copper color. Appearance is a little on the cloudy side with trillions of tiny carbonation bubbles lead to a large two and a half finger head that is bright white colored and sticky and frothy in appearance.

Smell is pretty dank and musty. Some darker citrus like pink grapefruit or blood orange.

Taste is similar to the smell. Earthy, dank and musty but the hops kind of have an odd bite in the middle of the swallow that brighten this up and make it drink much better. Sweet and mild citrus with that tingle I described as a bite. Not bad.

Mouth is on the medium side. Carbonation is mild and kind of creamy. Finish is medium as well on on the dry side.

Overall I want to thank TIMMYJ21 for this extra. Smell is not my thing but after finishing this 16oz can I am kind of a believer on this one. Pick it up if you get the chance.

Serving type: can

08-15-2012 02:59:20 | More by azdback
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool can and recommended to me by my son.
The cloudy and bubbly active brew was happily poured into a Samuel Smith pub glass and reflected it's pleasure with a full and dense head that was pleased with the circumstance that is stay around to be enjoyed.
Earth malt and hop aroma that wasn't strong but more than pleasing.
Again with and earthy almost gritty quality to the flavor. Nice stream of bitterness flows through the middle and helps finish the journey. Well balanced and all enjoyable flavors. A bit of citrus, but much more U.K. to the hops.
On high end of normal for style on carbonation with a moderately light body. Creamy and smooth at times.
Good solid drinker. Will go well with my lunch of very fine ground beer grilled to perfection and corn on the cob. Mmmmm.

Serving type: can

08-05-2012 19:14:03 | More by garymuchow
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: can

08-05-2012 02:39:53 | More by dbrauneis
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazed, golden peach color. Large, light, bubbly, soapy, sticky, white lace. Good retention finally setting into a decent lacing.

S - Plenty of herbal/floral hops. Fair amount of orange/rind. Subtle hints of pineapple and some tropical fruit. Fruitiness comes out a bit more as it warms. Hops are the major aroma, but they don't necessarily jump out or assault you like some pale ales.

T - The fruity hoppiness comes out a bit more and is on par with the floral/herbal hop flavors. Those flavors have mostly orange, pineapple, mango, passionfruit, and grapefruit flavors. Balanced but not much malt flavor present, the hops really do the work. Slight fruity sweetness on the finish with a subtle lingering bitter, herbal back note.

M - Light to medium body. Average carbonation. Smooth but only slightly slick/oily. Refreshing.

D - I easily finished the can and could go for another. Drinks well and is very refreshing.

Notes: Solid pale ale. Not quite in the top echelon but it is a very good one. I really like Galaxy hops and they were definitely present here although it wasn't quite what I expected (with how much floral/herbal hop flavor was also present). Overall it is a winner although not quite on the level of the amazing (usually limited distribution) pale ales. Grab some for the summer.

Serving type: can

07-29-2012 03:10:49 | More by FreshHawk
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brock146

Minnesota

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
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz tall boy can, sans any discernible freshness dating, into a tulip.

Pours a dehydrated urine yellow and a slightly harder dump yields a half inch white head that mellows to thin skim. Lacing is fairly decent.

Nose is rather weak. Smell is predominantly warm grains, some wheat, and soap. The well advertised Galaxy hops must have forgotten their role here, because it's really tame. A vigorous swirl yields some watery tangerine.

Taste is a bit more vibrant, with grains and biscuit malts providing a substantial bedding for the hops. While much coyer on the nose, the citrus on the tongue pops a bit more than than the sniffer let on. Tangerine and lemon are again fully supported by the big malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very creamy. It's the strong suit of this beer. Some more hops with this feel would make this a really nice pale. As is, it's really quaffable and was exactly what I was looking for after a long afternoon in the sun. A good attempt, with a nice feel, that could fill in as a golf bag 4 pack in a pinch.

Serving type: can

07-17-2012 00:45:44 | More by BarrytheBear
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: 16-ounce can. There is a cryptic batch code but no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a nonic pint glass. The color is medium gold with tones of copper/rust. Fittingly, it reminds me of beer commercials from the eighties. Two fingers of eggshell-colored head dissipated fairly slowly to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: My first impression, after pouring it into the glass straight from the fridge, was dried puke. However, I disregarded it and let the beer sit for a couple minutes to warm. The hop citrus and spice is not as prominent as I would like in an American pale ale; they are a little on the weak side and blend well with a solid base of caramel and warm grains. There are also scents of vanilla, and in that sense it smells a little like cream soda — though with hints of lemon and grapefruit.

Taste: The flavor is light but very smooth and enjoyable. The initial impression is the well-balanced blend of caramel, grass, vanilla, and light hop citrus and spice. The hops creep in slowly and leave a nice, lingering aftertaste coating the tongue and cheeks; it offers hints of lemon and grapefruit.

Drinkability: At first I was a little disappointed. However, it is growing on me; I like it more and more with each sip. It definitely makes up for the three and a half minutes of my life I wasted watching the beer’s YouTube video.

Serving type: can

07-10-2012 04:23:44 | More by TheQuietMan22
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dogger6253

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all: beautiful, thick, creamy white head on top. This head is perhaps the most impressive I've seen. It does not go away. And it leaves gigantic globs laced around the glass. The body is an impressive pale-gold color with some darker orange gradients mixed within and a bit of sediment floating around.

Aroma is mostly of citrus hops with some more grassy notes mixed in. Buried deep behind the hoppy aroma is a tinge of buttered toast.

The flavor is more impressive than the aroma, but incredibly subtle. There are definite notes of hops upfront and in the finish. Sandwiched between are nice earthy and bready flavors. There is a slight hint of sweet caramel and a sweet citrus lingering flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a nice bit of carbonation making each sip crisp and refreshing. The low alcohol content, crisp, refreshing feel and subtle and well-balanced flavoring make this an excellent session beer though a tad on the expensive side.

Serving type: can

07-05-2012 02:56:02 | More by dogger6253
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  A rocky mountain of white head that perches on top of a body of hazy golden orange.  Great retention and lace on the sides.  

S:  Antique  wooden furniture aroma, subtle pale sweet malts, dried grains, crisp citrus, grass and slight pine. 

T/M:  Silky medium body with carbonation that gives a slight tingle on the end of your tongue.  Crisp citrus and flowers, sweet malts, chalky yeast, honey few melon and cucumbers. Finish is quite dry with subtle musky notes. 

O:  I love galaxy hops and it really adds a great character to brews. I will be doing a blind comparison between this and arrowhead from Marshall to see which I like better. This is one refreshing crisp beer that is a all around great beverage. 

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 22:59:57 | More by Hopswagger
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light copper with a one and half fingers thick, good retention, a touch of lacing.
S- The smell is mild, but there is some sweetness with a bit of fruity apple aroma as well.
T- The taste is quite good with a big melon, and oddly, a flavor of cucumber that comes through. Pear and apple flavors also are noticable in the finish.
M- Light bodied, maybe light medium, with a noticably but smooth carbonation. It is as pale ales ought to be.
O- One of the best pale ales I've had in quite a while and interesting at that. The use of Galaxy hops brings something new and different to the beer, ironic considering the retro name.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2012 03:13:23 | More by jsprain1
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Bonus kudos for the charming retro-gaming art design on the can! Poured into the pint glass an opaquely murky brownish-tinged amber with three fingers of solid foam and large loops of lacing all over the place. If only it wasn't so muddy-looking, I would have given it a perfect five for appearance...
Smells and tastes very tropical (papaya, passionfruit, and mango), with a mostly sweet malt presence accompanied with some onion / garlic garnishes and medium levels of floral bouquet once the glass was allowed to warm up some towards room temp. Crisply carbonated, medium body and the finish adds a peppery hop aspect that complements the tropical fruit salad quite nicely. Still, if you don't like your Pale Ales sweet and fruity, you most certainly won't like this one. It can get cloying if you don't take your time properly with it.

Serving type: can

06-15-2012 23:00:35 | More by WastingFreetime
Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.