Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale AleTallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States
tallgrassbeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by zeff80 on 03-01-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
194
Ratings:
1,132
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.78%
 
 
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74
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199
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Reviews by Reaper16:
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3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can (with the best art ever)

Pours a light orange color. Nothing surprising or out of the norm here. Less than a finger of loose, white head. Minimal lacing.

Light crackery malts in this pale ale meet the acclaimed Galaxy hop. Well, it doesn't smell all that hoppy. It's just an APA, I know. You get trace amounts of lemon and grass and candied pineapple. Trace amounts. There's a sweet bready yeast note too. The hop aromas are nice, but they need to be stronger.

The taste does deliver on the faint promise of the nose, thankfully. It's lightly tropical -- again with the candied pineapple and the lemon. Not very bitter, so the average amount of malt flavor takes some stronger precedence. It tastes good. What keeps it from scoring a 4.0 for me is the yeast character. It's pretty strong and sweet and at this point Tallgrass risks their beers tasting samey. This yeast flavor is the same as in Tallgrass IPA and in Oasis. I could identify a Tallgrass beer in a blind tasting without difficulty, at this point.

Nice mouthfeel: it's lightly sweet and wet, with a soft carbonation tingle. Overall, this is a very solid APA. With a few tweaks it could enter into the conversation of some of the Midwest/Plains best APAs.

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Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Light, hazy honey-gold with foamy, stark white head.

Smell: Dry, tart and sweet all at the same time. Grapefruit, mango, pineapple and tea.

Taste: Dry malty backbone with tea and caramel that is fairly English-like. The hops are definitely not English-style, with orange, grapefruit, other tropical fruits, spice and floral notes. It is actually hard to pick out individual flavors, as it is all integrated very well. Fairly bitter finish for an APA.

Feel: Medium bodied, with a fantastic firm creaminess. Carbonation is relatively low, and the finish is nice and dry.

Overall: Nice APA that actually manages to be original in a category that is usually pretty straightforward. I hope this raises awareness and sales for Tallgrass, who, while hit or miss in my opinion, definitely hit at least a triple with this one.

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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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