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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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very good

725 Ratings
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Ratings: 725
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 63
Gots: 53 | 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 dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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
Photo of Cooper


4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

08-05-2012 00:16:48 | More by Cooper
Photo of roadies

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

08-04-2012 05:39:45 | More by roadies
Photo of jls988

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-01-2012 15:20:18 | More by jls988
Photo of Petcha


4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-30-2012 18:54:19 | More by Petcha
Photo of FreshHawk


4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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
Photo of Oboogie


4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-27-2012 16:42:38 | More by Oboogie
Photo of durlta


3/5  rDev -20.8%

07-22-2012 23:06:37 | More by durlta
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
Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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