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

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: 197 | Ratings: 1,142
Photo of Evilyak
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like things like this. old school.

very pale, yellow beer. thick head dissipates to soapy lacing. crisp and a touch spicy with good hops bitterness that lingers. decent carbonation and a clean finish.

kind of like your wife, this is familiar and you know you'll like it. there may be flashier things out there, but this is one you can keep around and people will know you've got pretty good taste.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out this cool looking can leaving me with an orange body, reminiscient, sticky, and spotty light head and a lot of hard to describes.

8-Bit is a cool throwback with that sour, piney, rind, with a little bit of floral characteristics as well as a minor malt backbone (pale?).

I'll be damned if I would try to detract from Tallgrass's recipe.. They got their thing going on and I'm not gonna be a hater. Besides I have 2 more beers of theirs to review! Bahaha. I love the 8-Bit pale ale concept and the adjacent almost sour flavors. Reminds me of a couple beers I've reviewed lately with the other characteristics stopping that hop bitterness from taking a forefront.

I still think the art on this can is the coolest and I really hope my rating doesn't come out below 4.3. This is a great beer for those who understabd it and even cooler art for the beer glass/can collection. So what if it doesn't have 9% alcohol? I bet the reviews would be higher if you guys were drunker already. Thanks Tallgrass!

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in nonic pint. Golden and glowing with a few fingers of fluffy white head. Very attractive. Aroma is floral and grassy with a bit of citrus. Taste was much harsher than expected, certainly for the ABV and being billed as a pale ale. Pine and grapefruit rind dominate, with a bitter, dry finish. Maybe a case of expecting one thing and getting another, but not what I was looking for.

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Photo of Bombelsky
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 pint can poured into a snifter. Hazy golden. Nice tall creamy head which is diminishing very slow with an excellent lacing. High aroma of hops. Upfront it is grassy-earthy, later also some tropical fruits.
Medium-high bitter hoppy flavor. Bit of malty sweetness. Medium body, creamy. Average carbonation. Long lasting, strong and dry finish.

Very crisp beer. But I think hops aroma could be little bit softer for this style.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy glowing orange, dense white head, some streams of fine carbonation. Nose offers orange spritz and rind for a refreshing-bitter combo, plus some light wheat in the background. Flavor is juicy with pungent tropical fruit, a bit of piney bite on the finish, and more light malt. Moderate bitterness, dry. Body is medium weight with a good flow and lively carbonation to it.
This is a great example of where the craft movement is. Really tasty beer that fails to distinguish itself from all the other tasty beers. I'm glad Tallgrass didn't go gimmicky here, but at the same time I can find this quality (read: good+) just about anywhere nowadays.

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Photo of MikeyMcD86
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had tallgrass before but never reviewed any so I thought I would review this one.

Look: dark straw yellow to gold color with tight uniform head. Light haze.

Aroma: Very catty. Some piney aroma as well. A little lemony citrus in the background.

Taste: Nice spruciness, Aroma translates to the palate. It's refreshing but there's not a ton of the tropical and citrus flavors that I associate with great IPAs.

Mouthfeel: relatively thin mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

Overall(style): not a bad beer but lags behind what's coming out of the northeast and west coast. 86.25 points

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Photo of D1noB
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A grainy backbone that carries through the beer, citrus at the front and bitter hops at the end.

Taste Rating in Words: It's an old, left to right, video game that pushes you, driving you through the level. There are some twists and turns but the game stays true to itself.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a glass.

Bright, murky orange-yellow color.

Huge bright white head; nice lacing.

Hopped up pilsener smell; some citrus, some bread.

Thin mouthfeel.

Fairly boring flavor; some bread flavor, some macro-lager aftertaste, & very little citrus from the hops. I won't be having another.

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Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can from MN into a pint glass. Drink by stamp: 21 Oct. 2016.

Appearance: Slightly hazy light amber with a large white cap. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma: Earthy (Noble?) and floral hops with subtle tropical fruit notes.

Flavor: Tropical fruit and floral notes. Subtle sweetness and bread notes from the malts. Mild+ bitterness overall.

Feel: Very good; smooth and almost creamy yet with medium carbonation.

Overall: A well crafted APA featuring Galaxy hops.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light burnt orange. Nice head. Nose is slight tropical fruit with a bit of resin. Nice crisp beer. Some tropical fruit, a touch of pine, grapefruit. Very light malt body. Good beer.

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Photo of bark
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The colour is gold; the liquid got some chill haze. The two finger head is white and compact; some lacing occurs white it sinks down.

The smell is surprisingly light. Some citric peels, some sweet floral notes and a touch of shortbread.

The taste is somewhat bitter with pilsner malt sweetness. Hints of alcohol and dough. Medium body. Growing bitterness in the aftertaste as well as notable alcohol and sour lemon candy. The finish is bitter with hints of green plants and watermelon.

The carbonation is strong, the many small bubbles short-lived. The liquid is light.

Not a very interesting APA. No off flavours, though.

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Photo of Squire123
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Light hazy yellow with white cap and good lacing.

Aroma: Nice combination of floral hops and sweet malt.

Taste: Good, clear, malt forward flavor with well integrated hop influence. Hits the correct notes right on pitch. Makes me want to sing along. Great finish with just the right hop touch.

Texture: Very good, almost creamy, solid blend of components.

Overall: The Galaxy hops here used is a good choice which nicely cover without smothering the malt. Well played.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden/amber color with a nice, frothy head that leaves a few shards of lacing

Smell: Tropical fruit tones dominate, with pineapple and mango, supported by tones of grapefruit and apricot; hints of graham cracker malt

Taste: Graham cracker malt, up front, with the tropical fruit and citrus tones from the aromatics building on the palate; modest bitterness through the middle which the graham cracker cuts through on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Pretty nice for a sessionable pale and and a step up from some of my other experiences with Tallgrass

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from Whole Foods in Little Rock, Arkansas. Light orange body, slight haze, half inch of soapy, white head. Aromas of spicy bread, hope, pine, grapefruit rind. Medium bitterness. Decent.

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Photo of leantom
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good beer, but nothing that I haven't already had. Here goes:

A: Pretty good. Plenty of carbonation and a ton of head. The lacing is also superb. However, the cloudy-yellow color isn't the most appetizing that I've seen.

S: Very lemony and peppery. Not getting much in the way of either tropical fruit or grapefruit/pine. Very singular, but alright.

T: Very dank, lemon, some oranges, pineapple, and grapefruit. Also a fair bit of cracker and malt at the back of the palate. Doesn't integrate these tastes very well, however.

F: Very smooth. Good carbonation.

O: A good beer. Nothing to write home about, but would have again.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy clear, orange body, white tight head, and lots of rich lacing.

S - Slightly dank, a bit of sweet malt hints, and lemon and citrus.

T - Mild spiky hop, pine and mint, with lemon citrus and a bit of tropical flavor, then a mild that is distinctly malty, bread and cracker hits, and a close with orange oil hints and bitter pith flavors.

M - Some drying in the close. Not too bad. Decently full, and a touch creamy.

O - This is a rock solid pale, on the hoppy side, but with a strong malt backbone that hits solid grain notes that complement the fruit and resin.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.26/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Transparent light yellow, with a large bubbly head that dies down quickly.

Not much aroma--there's some pine, and actually some harsh, chemical-esque fumes.

Flavors of bitter, nondescript hops, corn, and a hint of lemon.

Frothy and nicely carbonated.

Not the best beer, but at least the can is cool.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled back on 1/2/16. Comes in a 12-ounce (and 16 oz) can. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "White Tail Pale Ale-Omaha" pint glass.

Brew pours a slight hazy golden-yellow in color with a 1-finger foamy white head with some spotty lacing. Aroma is of lemon-zest, floral hops and pine. Taste is pretty close to that with a hint of spice even. Typical hoppy-finish that is crisp also. More hop that I excepted I will say but was drinkable. Lighter-side of medium-bodied with good carbonation.

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Photo of teromous
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bottom of the can says "Drink by 03/17/16"

Appearance: Light gold colored body with good clarity and lots of visible carbonation. Massive fluffy white head. It looks lighter than most APA's I've had.

Aroma: It has a nice spicy hop aroma with quite a bit of lemongrass. The aroma doesn't burst with freshness but the aroma is very nice.

Taste: It has an excellent grain flavor right up front. I get this cereal grain flavor that is fantastic. This is immediately followed by a mellow earthy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has a light mouthfeel that lasts a short while on the palate after the beer is consumed. Mild bitterness.

Overall: It's a good pale ale. I'm drinking before the "drink by" date and I'm getting a nice hop flavor but it just doesn't have that bursting fresh hop character. I do wish it had a bit more complexity as well. The cereal sweetness is there to cut the earthy hop character, but after a while it just starts to taste a bit more vegetal and earthy which layers and layers on the palate overwhelming the bare sweetness of the malt. I would love to try it on tap versus a can.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can delivered by mr-jj, served in a pint glass. Bottom of the can says drink by 01/30/16.

Pours clear straw yellow with a medium head and not a lot of carbonation. Smell is a little straw, a little lemon, a little pine.

Taste is solid pale ale with a nice heavy pine bitterness. Straw and toast and grains and hoppy bitterness. Very nice pale ale.

Mouthfeel is light and dry. Overall, very good pale ale.

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Photo of ordybill
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky golden color with a small white head. The aroma is citrus on the tart side. The taste is citrus, malt, hops and some floral notes. A good beer.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Good golden color with a one finger head that left half an inch of lacing before dissipating. Aroma of piney hops. There was enough of a malt base to hold up to the spicy and piney hops and keep it from getting bitter. Crisp finish and aggressively hopped. Medium-light body and medium carbonation.
More hopped than I expected but the pine hops eventually took over at the end. It was light and crisper than most pale ales I've had. It's a very easily drinkable pale ale that can be drank all day.

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Photo of leadpaint76
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice pale ale. Nothing special but nothing poor either. It would be a great beer to take to a BBQ or have a burger with. Have a great day my friends.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic from a 16 oz can sent from Minnesota by my wife's coworker.

Color is hazy light gold with a thick white head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is grassy and citrus with a hint of sweetness. Flavor if similar - a balanced pale ale with some grassy and citrus hops on the finish. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Overall, a very drinkable pale ale that I would be happy to have again.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 12/1/15

A: Medium gold with some tangerine tones at the core and honey around the edges - light chill haze but mostly clear - pours with a medium, off-white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Galaxy hops and pale malts, hard to go wrong - citrus, with orange and grapefruit flesh, zest, and some oil - some herbal and grassy notes - lightly earthy but mostly clean - pale malts and some light biscuits

T: Balanced and mostly interesting - orange and grapefruit flesh and zest - peaches - lightly herbal - low-medium level of bitterness - lightly earthy - pale malts, light crackers - balanced overall

M: Light-medium body, medium level of carbonation, mostly smooth, a touch oily

O: I was going to make a joke about how I want to try 16-Bit pale ale, but then I realized that it actually exists...

This is a fairly straightforward pale ale. The use of Galaxy hops is interesting; it's remarkably mellow, and it works. I would probably drink this again if I had the opportunity.

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