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: 193 | Ratings: 1,127
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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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, orange-gold coloring, with a fluffy, clingy, white head. Aromas of orange peel, lemon zest, and a cracker backbone. Flavors are roasted and toasted forward, with a subtle citrus blend or orange rind, lemon zest, and lemon grass. Light and crisp, with a grassy and citrus aftertaste. Dry, effervesced finish. Refreshing.

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Photo of Buck89
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking pale ale. Poured light amber with a slight haze into a pint glass. Beautiful fluffy white head with good staying power. Nose was filled with orange and some pineapple with cracker and bread. The taste followed, with the fruity hop notes, some caramel malt that seemed balanced, and a fairly soft bitter finish. Soft feel with medium carbonation. Pretty flavorful and satisfying 5.2% ABV PA in the land of IPAs and DPAs.

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Photo of Suds
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 16 ounce can, this brew is a hazy gold color with a tall and impressive head. Mir has a hop forward smell...grass, pine, and a little fruit. The taste is balanced, but has mid taste bitterness and a lingering hop aftertaste. Medium body. This is an everyday American ale.

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

Amber color, 1.5 inch off-white head that recedes slowly, leaving some lacing. Moderate to active carbonation. Typical pale ale hoppy aroma. Nice but as expected. Initial taste is a bit malt-forward, with the hops coming through in the middle. A nicely bitter aftertaste. Tingles the tongue and has a moderate feel - not thin, but not thick, either. This is a very well made, nicely balanced, tasty pale ale. Recommended.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a four-pack of 16 oz cans at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Wausau. The drink by date suggests this one is good for over three months. Poured right from the fridge into my nonic pint glass.

L: Pours a pale amber/bright straw with about three inches of fluffy white head that sticks around for a good bit and leaves moderate, patchy lacing on the glass. Slightly hazy, with light to moderate visible carbonation.

S: Citrus, stone fruit, and tropical fruit (pineapple and passion fruit) over bready malts. There's a good bit of buttery quality to this one, though it's hard to tell if its diacetyl and/or intentional. Some pretty clear rye coming through, grassy notes, and a bit of cracked pepper.

T: Bread and cracker malt flavors right up front, followed closely by some bright citrus hop notes--most of what registers is a lemon zest flavor. The middle sees a building grassy/floral hop flavor, with the lemon citrus still shining through. There's a bit more earthiness here, as well as a bit of the buttery quality from the nose (though it isn't nearly as pronounced in the taste). The back end sees a good deal of hop bitter coming through, with citrus and pine notes present, along with a bit of tropical and stone fruit. Those bready malts continue to make their presence felt at the back, but the aftertaste is lemon zest and hop bitter all the way.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied, this one feels a little flat, like it could use about half again as much carbonation. It does have a bit of creaminess, but--again--could benefit from higher carbonation. I wouldn't necessarily call this one watery, but it definitely comes close to that line. This does make it quite drinkable, but I would take a bit more body.

O: This pale ale from Tallgrass is, on the whole, pretty enjoyable. I appreciate some of the more subtle hop and malt flavors it brings. I don't know if I got a bad pack, but that buttery diacetyl quality in the nose really isn't helping much. It could stand to be a bit more carbonated/less watery, but it certainly goes back easy. Were it not for those strong buttery notes in the bouquet, I would give this one a ringing endorsement. As it stands, I would still recommend giving it a try if you're a fan of APAs.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 10-15-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, golden-orange color with one finger off-white head, excellent retention, the head slowly dissipated until a thin layer of small bubbles remained to the end, significant lacing, medium carbonation.

SMELL: the nose is faint, sweet malt, flowery and bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet, then bread and a mild hop profile.

PALATE: medium body, medium carbonation and creamy.

OVERALL: this is a really good looking beer and feels nice on the palate with a nice creamy mouthfeel but, the taste and smell are too subtle for my liking, it's a good beer but there are better pale ales to be had so I will probably not seek this one out again.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but not great. Layers of some fruit, little bit of pine, some dankness, a spicy peppery kick, a significant level of bitterness. It lingers on the tongue, not really going away until long after it's gone. It has an orange tinged amber color with a quarter inch of frothy head that lingers all the way down. It has an almost creamy character to it.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of NYCDE
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A hop-forward pale ale that is light, bright, and terrific to drink. For a relatively low abv, it's got a great mouth feel and bold taste. I feel like it's hopped more like an IPA than a standard pale ale and it leans more towards IPA-land. I think it's delicious.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer reminds me more of a hoppy cream ale, like Sixpoint Sweet Action, than a pale ale. The malts are smoother and mlider, the hops are spicy but don't kick in until the bitter finish. Until this reallt warms up, the subtle peach and melon notes are hidden behind a pretty standard citrus front. It's a great summer beer, an upgrade from a blonde ale, but it can't stand up to Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of jwc215
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed golden orange with a thin, lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus, melon, flowers (a hint of honey?).

The taste is citric (orange) with some metallic floral notes.

It is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Some bitterness lingers.

A pleasant pale ale, overall.

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Photo of Beerds
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try for a while and managed to pick up a howler. Quite impressed actually: citrus and floral on the nose and a super smooth drinker. Possibly spoiled because can the tall boy version be as good?!?

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Photo of martyl1000
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not very good. From a can at High Noon Saloon for beer talk.

It's got a decent amount of flavor, it's just not very pleasing flavor. A bitterness that doesn't commend itself. A bit of lemon juice emerges.

Wait. It's getting better with each sip. (Orig. score: 3.45) I guess it's just really subtle. Takes a while to get your mind around its layers.

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Photo of Mikeymcglynnigan
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Light transparent amber with a pure white pillowy head that clings to the glass as it dissipates
Smell: Floral tones, pine sap
Taste: much like the nose, balanced with light bready malts. Well balanced.
Mouthfeel: Coats the mouth with a dry finish.

Overall: nice brew, well balanced but kind of boring after a few sips.

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Photo of Rawwie
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good but, interesting. A lot of flavor up front. Going down, watery and not very much there. I still like this beer, might be too watery for most pale ale fans. Not great, but definitely not bad. Give it a try if you can. Cheers!

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Photo of Troyh
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer had a very crisp taste. I was honestly shocked I didn't anticipate a good beer. I did not take this beer seriously because of the can and print. But it is a quality beer.

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great Pale Ale, one of my favorites. I will be grabbing one of these or two more of these during the summer time. Very refreshing and goes down well for a smooth Pale Ale. This and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale's are my favorites. Wish they came in a 6 pack though, since they are so enjoyable.

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Photo of snilsen13
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey, I love this beer and I drink it from a glass. Very simple description: big assertive hop attack, mellows out quickly and has an authentic maltiness that's really yummy. It's got some nice malts, giving it a orange color and great flavor. There's room for a little more complexity to this beer, maybe more nose, but is it needed? This would be my everyday drinker if I could buy it out here in NE.

EDIT: Dec 2015, one of my favorite beers has come down in quality and gone up in price. This happens. It just isn't as well made as it used to be. I wouldn't call the maltiness "authentic" or the hop as "big assertive". Still a fine beer, just not what it once was.

Side note: YES, THIS HAPPENS PRETTY OFTEN. Consistency over the years is almost impossible when you think of all the variables (ingredient qualities, equipment age, production volume, etc.)

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can bottle from Wed., 12/31/2014 (Niciu 3rd Annual NYE Party) gifted from Erich and Sara, unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into plastic cup, drank over ~30 minutes

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright, punchy hops meet a slightly caramel and sweet back end. This is a truly well rounded beer and stays nicely within a sessionable range at 5.2%. Very drinkable.

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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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