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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Reviews: 197 | Ratings: 1,142
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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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 KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10/28....pours hazy gold, tarnished brown. Thick white foam sits on top. Fruity pale ale nose. Light pine too. Soft ale taste, light fruity malt. Bitter lurks below the surface but flavors the malt. Simple and good.

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Photo of tategotham
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer. I don't love it though, and the alcohol content is a huge part of that. It tastes like a 6.7% beer but it only a measly 5.2%. Nice taste, would probably buy again.

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3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can best by 1-10-16
Pale gold slight orange - hazy
3/4" white head down to 1/4" and holds, leaves some lacing
Sweet malt...ripe fruit, mango peach stone fruit
Much more subdued in flavor than nose -- not anything off just not a lot going on -- good beer.
Very easy drinking, fairly balanced...not long on the finish..in and out
Carbonation is right - medium to medium high maybe.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tallgrass 8-Bit, Hop Rocketed, Galaxy Hops, 5.2% ABV, brewed and canned by Tallgrass Brewing Company, Manhattan, Kansas.

Lightly clouded, golden hued, nice 1/4" of snowy white foam on top.

Bright, lively citric aromatics. Lemon and orange, with a hint of pineapple. Banana? A bit. (No pun intended.)Very nice.

Taste: smooth, clean, drinking like a dream. Some extra creamy character in there, too. Is this unfiltered? Am I tasting the yeast? Something tells me I am. Oh, yeah, that's some suspended yeast in there, now that I pour the rest of the can into the glass.
Nicely hopped, and soft on the palate. Sometimes you want that in a pale ale. This is one of those times. Hoppiness continues, dropping off mildly on the tongue. Fresh, lightly bitter, and refreshing.

I like it.
So, who's got another quarter?

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Photo of CraigP83
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice golden color I expect in a pale ale. Smell is lacking, not bad just missing anything noticeable. You smell the malts and grain hop profile is hidden. Very mild flavor, I get the dry bitterness from the hops but again lacking flavor. It is well balanced though.

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Photo of Extol
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - typical dusky orange color

Smell - grassy citrus smell

Taste - bitter on the front end that fades into a grapefruit citrus flavor on the back end

Overall - it's ok. Not great, but serviceable.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Much more mild than I was expecting. It almost comes across as a session pale ale, but it's got a really nice crispness to it, and the mild flavor adds to its drinkability.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank partially out of a can, partially out of a hotel tumbler.

A: Dull golden color, some brown. Very hazy, but not turbid. Half a finger of white foamy head.
S: Bready malts right up front, some grapefruit and pine coming right after. Pineapple an citrus in the background are more faint.
T: Bitterness right upfront, grapefruit, followed by biscuity malts and an orange aftertaste.
M: Medium mouthfeel, small bite from the carbonation. Finishes a bit dry, but not as much as some IPAs and pale ales.
O: A pale ale that is more aggressive in flavor than some of the IPAs that are all the rage these days. It's got great flavor, but it also has a little edge to it.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Brilliant gold to amber, 2” ferocious off-white head that produces excellent lace. S: Rich biscuit with grassy hops on the nose. T: A light fruity attack with some apricot and orange supported by biscuit finishes with a pleasant hop bitterness. F: It has a medium body but the fine soft carbonation takes it to a new level. O: This beer is very well put together, well balanced.

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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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