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
Ratings:
1,164
Reviews:
204
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
12.04%
 
 
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Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some earthy and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

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Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a clear looking yellow color. The head was a little fizzy and white. Didn't leave much retention. The smell of the beer was hoppy with some malts shining through. The taste was on the bitter side, nothing too strong like an IPA would be. There was a slight sweetness in the beginning of each sip. The mouthfeel has a pretty sharp feeling carbonation to it. Overall the beer is drinkable, it's not something that really impressed me but it's decent.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new beer from my old hometown, brewed with Galaxy hops no less... been wanting to try this ever since hearing about it.

Can is dated "12 207" on the bottom rim, a possible best by date?
Into a mug it pours a murky dark bronze gold, with a long lasting layer of foam that never breaks, and a permanently suspended haze of micro-sediment. There is lacing all around the sides of the glass, in abstract spanish moss patterns.

Softly floral and sweet aroma, sugar cookies and lemon shortbread.

Taste is also softly floral, earthy and herbal, with a light soft fruitiness. Seems a bit subdued in general, especially when considering Galaxy hops are in the mix. Body is light with a pleasant suppleness, some light grassy hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall easy drinking, easily sessionable. Will have to seek out a fresher sample to compare, as it seems to be lacking the distinctive tropical/citrus notes of Galaxy hops, but is still solid and well put together.

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4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed with Galaxy Hops from New Zealand.

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sticky trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of tropical fruits like mango and pineapple. There was a touch of caramel and grassy notes.

T - It tasted of sweet tropical fruits, a light caramel flavor and some grassy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really good pale ale. Tallgrass keeps getting better and better with each new brew.

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3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big off white head settles into a big nice lacing above a cloudy straw golden colored beer.

A light citrusy yeasty aroma.

Lightly bitter within the citrus, light pine taste that still has a hint of the yeast tagging alone.

A light dry aftertaste with some light bitterness and a bit of the citrus of the taste hanging around with this medium bodied pale ale.

Easy drinking pale ale with a bit of citrus, a good introduction to hoppy style of beers.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into pint glass, best before 9/25/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, light honey, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a damn nice American pale ale. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 finger of beige head with a lot of sticky lace. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Orange peel and bready malts. Some grassy flavors, but that is about it.

Taste: Orange citrus, floral and grassy hops, with some bready malts. Not much here.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sticky. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a hop resin stickiness.

Overall, I don't like this beer. It is more bitter than the taste would suggest. There should be much more flavor here. I just don't get this beer. I even like galaxy hops so I expected much more from this beer.

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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 Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. Hazed copper with a fluffy and slightly off-white colored head. Thick sticky lacing down the sides. Smells floral and citric with some underlying herbal notes. Sweet grains along the back. Taste is similar, with a crisp and refreshing hop bite that spreads herbal flavors and pine out. An underlying grainy sweetness help keep the hops honest. Earthy bitterness sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is slick and creamy on the palate with some light crispness that tingles the tongue. This was a nice APA with lots of fresh hop flavors wrapped up in a quite drinkable package. Love the can graphic as well.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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