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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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717 Ratings
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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 63
Gots: 51 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zeff80 on 03-01-2012)
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Photo of Beezee


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-22-2012 18:52:22 | More by Beezee
Photo of pirmannt1


4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-22-2012 06:06:57 | More by pirmannt1
Photo of brock146


3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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
Photo of BarrytheBear


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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
Photo of BeerHunter76


4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-15-2012 02:22:03 | More by BeerHunter76
Photo of Reed


4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-14-2012 18:33:14 | More by Reed
Photo of MathNut


2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

07-14-2012 05:44:25 | More by MathNut
Photo of kjkinsey


4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-13-2012 14:07:29 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of Texasfan549


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-12-2012 23:49:14 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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
Photo of barleyswine


5/5  rDev +31.9%

07-06-2012 23:02:34 | More by barleyswine
Photo of MrMcGibblets


4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

07-06-2012 04:12:50 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of dogger6253


4.13/5  rDev +9%
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
Photo of carl


3/5  rDev -20.8%

07-03-2012 16:56:55 | More by carl
Photo of seeswo


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-03-2012 04:25:30 | More by seeswo
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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
Photo of sgttibbs


3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

06-21-2012 17:54:44 | More by sgttibbs
Photo of jsprain1


4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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
Photo of SaxmanRick


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-18-2012 02:53:13 | More by SaxmanRick
Photo of MarshallMan


5/5  rDev +31.9%

06-17-2012 22:07:40 | More by MarshallMan
Photo of Crimsontider22


4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-17-2012 17:26:13 | More by Crimsontider22
Photo of TheoV


2.5/5  rDev -34%

06-16-2012 02:25:10 | More by TheoV
Photo of WastingFreetime


4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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
Photo of soccerfancooch


4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-15-2012 20:19:58 | More by soccerfancooch
Photo of bennetj17


4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden-orange appearance, with loads of yeasty haze. Suprised it's not very clear for a pale ale but that is no matter to me. The head was a bit thin and only lasts about a minute. The smell is quite intriguing. There is a sharp, grassy, lemony, herb-like hop presence, not much malty sweetness, and an almost Belgian-like yeasty quality.

I think the flavor is all over the place in terms of what you'd expect for the style, but it still works for me. Tangy, lemon citrus notes dominate, leaving a sharp and dry bitter finish. The chalky, yeasty flavor is a bit protruding, as there is alot of yeast in here. I think that must be contributing some to the sharp/dryness as well. Alcohol is not noticible. The mouthfeel is appropriate, clean, not too thin, zesty carbonation.

This Galaxy hop is both unique and pleasant to the palate. I like the bitter dominance of the beer, the lack of malty sweetness. I still think this reminds me alot of a Belgian Pale Ale, one of my favorite styles, so perhaps that's why I am digging it. Recommended!

Serving type: can

06-15-2012 05:03:14 | More by bennetj17
Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.