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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Added by zeff80 on 03-01-2012

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of PPOmaha
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Citrus and Pineapple hop aroma, with a white bread and saltine malt aroma in the back. No DMS, I perceive just a tiny bit of diacetyl but that could very easily be the galaxy.

Appearance: Opaque orange to amber color with a large white head and lingering creamy looking carbonation.

Taste: Citrus bitterness is very upfront, orange peel. Some malt backbone (wheat-like) but it is certainly hop-forward. Piney hop flavor becomes more apparent as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and very creamy because of the lingering head. Medium carbonation, perfect for style.

Overall: A good pale ale that has the bitterness of an IPA. If I could change anything I would up the aroma and decrease the upfront bitterness in the flavor just a bit. I like this beer a lot, especially at the price point.

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4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When I first saw the can, I was intrigued right away, how can you not love the 8-bit video game era? I still sware by it. The real question then becomes, is it good beer? That answer is a resounding YES.

The flavor is better than Surly Furious IMO, and a much more reasonably priced Surly Abrasive Ale, yeah it's pretty damn close to that one, which is amazing!

Anyhow, 8-bit's got that classic orangish cloudy look, which is classic IPA, it's hoppy, but not over the top, it's full flavored, and intense, and again without being over bearing... I really really love this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from RobertDale thanks for the opportunity!
Hazy light golden color with a huge frothy white head that persists forever before leaving tons of sticky lace. Tropical fruit and pine resin mixed with a bit of bready malt and a hint of sulfur make up the aroma. The flavor is bread and a hint of caramel with bits of resin and grapefruit. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. decent pale ale, I could drink this.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8-bit pours a clear copper color with a large frothy lacing head. There is a nice mellow hop aroma, with some sweet notes. The taste has a nice full hoppy/floral taste, and finishes with a sweet flavor; rather balanced. Good full flavors, nice carbonation. Overall its a very full yet balanced pale ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Bit of a hazy and cloudy body, sort of tangerine orange with some soda like sudsy appearance. A good solid four finger head though with real nice clumpy retention and fantastic island cap and faint tan color with bone white appearances.

Great interesting nose. Biscuity malts it seems, with crackery juice like hop sensations hinting at faint citrus but with crusty and brown cracker bread malts dominating. Faint caramel sweetness as well, not much estery sensations. Pretty inviting, but malt forward with some small hop accents.

So Pac Man there tastes much like it's nose hints at. However, the hop angle grows more noticeable in the palate with bakery malts taking a back seat on first sip. Washing citrus warmth a bit but a real nice caramel biscuit finish which is fun, as it seems malts often go first on the mid palate followed by hop bitterness where as this beer seems to do the opposite to me. Aromatics don't really linger in the hop realm, it could use just a hint of oomph, but the body carries it well enough without being to extreme to jump style. Barely hints at wet, but quenches the palate and still manages to coat.

Overall real fun, hints at some slight large qualities, but is a playful easy drinker. I like the biscuity angle on this, with some faint hinting hop forward quality.

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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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