8-Bit Pale Ale | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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8-Bit Pale Ale8-Bit Pale Ale

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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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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz. can served in a SA perfect pint glass. Poured a clear, pale gold with a couple of fingers of fine bubbled white head. Lots of tropical fruit in the aroma. Very fragrant. A little bready malt. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Not as bitter as the aroma would suggest, but there is a fair amount of hop bitterness. Bit of drying mouth pucker in the finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Hopstout
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - straw colored as it fills the glass with some golden hues and a nice, thick white head on top. What a great looking beer, it almost looks too good to drink...almost.

Aroma - bready, biscuity malt sweetness mixes with some citrus and floral notes and hints of peaches and melon and some tropical fruit flavors as well as fresh cut grass. Very aromatic and a great beer just to shove your nose into and take it all in before its gone.

Taste - Sweet on the tongue with light honey flavors and some of that biscuity maltiness while the hop profile comes in a bit later and sweeps you off your feet. It's lightly bitter on the tongue with lemon, orange and grapefruit mixed with some floral hop flavors.

Overall - One sip and you'll know that Tallgrass has a winner with their 8-Bit Pale Ale. It's light on the palate with a lot of great flavor and a crisp finish with just the right amount of bite to be super refreshing and draw you back in for more. This could be a go to beer as the weather begins to warm. Excellent work Tallgrass!

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Photo of psychotia
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a i pint can with a BB 08/12

A- pours a hazy golden wheat color with an off white 2 finger fresh head

S- was tropical hops of melon and citrus with a sweet toffee baked bread smell

T- tropical hops up front with smooth tastes of citrus and mango it finishes dry and is balanced with baked bread malts

M- nice carbonation with with a great hop profile that is very smooth and creamy yet its crisp and dry

O- very session able very tasty with hops and slight malts creamy finish very good

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Photo of qthompso
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark straw color with a solid two fingers of thick white head.

Pretty great nose on this one. Stronger citrusy hops than I would've guessed for an American Pale Ale. There's something else in the nose that I can't quite put my finger on, something biscuity.

The taste is pretty hop forward for the style. The hop character is a bit grassy yet mostly citrusy. I don't know much about the Galaxy hop but I like it's use here. There's a nice light malt background but the flavor that I couldn't put my finger on in the nose seems almost like corn.

The mouthfeel on this one is really crisp and quite dry. Good for an unseasonably warm day like today.

Overall, pretty good. I could certainly see myself having a few of these. Good balance of flavors and a well hopped pale ale for hop heads like me.

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Photo of bsp77
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of jera1350
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden yellow color with a massive head of eggshell white foam. Easily three fingers thick and nice retention.

Unique hop smell going on from the galaxy. I think this is a new hop for me. Grassy, briny and citrusy hop scents.

Very crisp hop snap with grass and grapefruit peel notes. Lighter malt presence for slight balance. More grapefruit at the end and into the finish.

Has a lighter feel with a crisp hop bite and dry finish.

A hop forward pale ale with some unique hop flavor. Kind of between a pale and an IPA. Maybe closer to the latter. This will make a nice warm weather drinker.

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Photo of sonata2008
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden color, clear, with a finger-width of foam. Just a little bit of lacing.

Smell: A very fresh smell with a small hint of hops. Not much in the smell that was especially noticeable.

Taste: The taste was mostly about hops and grass. Quite grassy, in fact, but very nicely balanced. Very refreshing beer and very drinkable. Dry malt finish, just supportive enough for the malt to come through.

Mouth feel: Light mouth feel, not heavily carbonated.

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Photo of vobr0002
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tall can into a Smokestack glass. The first pour was about 40% head with large bubbles. A few minutes left a thin head with nice lacing.

Color is similar to a medium wheat. On the cloudy side.

Aroma is mild hops, melon. My nose isn't very good today.

Flavor - Instant hops, a touch of sweet malt and fruit.

Mouthfeel - Similar to a good IPA. Sharp and fast, but not overpowering the palate. Linger in the roof before cleaning.

Overall - The label says a hop-rocketed pale ale, which is a good description. A definite on my "must buy again" list. Now to find it on tap...

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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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8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 1,187 ratings