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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 | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of LXIXME
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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Photo of Taste_Buds
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber/copper 2 fingers of off white creamy head.

Aroma: Tropical with a malty presence.

Taste: Sweetness upfront followed by a noticeable malt background and a crisp finish.

Feel: Light flirting with medium.

Overall: Outstanding aroma and powerful taste. Lacking slightly in appearance, but truly memorable artwork. Atari would be proud.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at Bigby's Pour House.

No matter how sleek the newer ones may look, there'll always be a soft spot in my heart for the old 8-bit games. Regardless, this stuff pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises grass, orange peel, light flowers, and a twinge of flaky biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with brighter veins of grass and orange peel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a very nice pale ale, nothing earth-shattering, but definitely something I'm happy to have available around here now.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

3rd can of the four pack - I drank the first 2 straight from the can & decided to formally review this one. It has a hazy golden/straw color, frothy white head, excellent head retention. Aromas are grass, grapefruit, lemon zest, biscuity grain, fresh, lemongrass. Tastes are toasted grain and bready malt coupled with dank, pungent hops, grapefruit rind, caramel, grass, lemon rind, pine - nice balanced complexity. Body is medium, creamy but resiny, bitterness lingers some. Overall, I really enjoyed this one - out of the can or from a glass it's a solid APA either way you drink it!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 fl oz. can, with best by date 11/15/2013 printed on the bottom. Super stoked to finally be seeing this beer in my area, and hyped to try it out! My first Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale, and my first beer from Tallgrass Brewing Co., with some seriously awesome can art.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours two fingers of fluffy soft white head on top of a nice coppery orange-yellow colored body with a bit of haze to it and some nice strings of bubbles rushing topside. Little to no lacing leftover.

S - Wonderfully refreshing smell of sweet tea leaf like sweetness, dirty earthiness, & a crisp lemongrass hop presence.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp lemongrass, earthiness, & some sweet tea leaf like malt presence. Medium-light bodied, this is what a pale ale should taste like in my opinion. The galaxy hops are juicy and fruity in the vain of orange & grapefruit. Apparently, I like galaxy hops!

M - Feel is crisp & juicy with some resinous hops lingering to the palate.

Overall, this is some seriously good American pale ale. Nicely flavored, crisp, & refreshing with a modest 5.20% abv, this is a beer I could drink all day and not get tired of. If I am remembering correctly, this beer tastes similar to what the Crazy Mountain Mountain Livin' Pale Ale tasted like, so perhaps that beer is made using galaxy hops as well. Either way, an enjoyable beer that I hope to have lots more of.

Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale ---4/5.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy oarage with a fair amount of suspended yeast and chuncks. Good one finger head that has great retention.

This has a good warm malt back backbone to it. A slight hint of citrus and tropical fruits from the galaxy hops but is pretty mellow in comparison to the malt background

Big Malty body that has an earthy quality to it that is pretty nice. Hops are mostly bittering however a little citrus is present at the start. Finishes with a hint of tropical fruit, though very subtle.

Mouthfeel a nice balance of oils from the hops. Not too thin but still drinkable.

Overall this is a nice pale ale that offers a bigger malt presence then most of the pale ale out there today. Extra points for a sweet can.

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Photo of polktheimpressionist
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm beginning an escapade back into brews in cans that is becoming the rage with brewing companies recently. Some, despite my optimism with beer, are not what I was hoping for. THIS, on the other hand, was astonishing for being an PA from a can. Smooth, refreshing and an aromatic head with thin lace. Being that I tried this on a whim from a local bar, my doubts about the up and coming "micro-can race" have been subsided for the time being due to this beer. Mad props to this PA and all other brews to come from Tallgrass!

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is an experience. I'm a malthead, so this is high praise from me. Pours to a big frothy white head that stays thick and leaves ample but erratic lacing. Aroma is spicy, fruity hops and toasty Munich malt. Flavor gets better as the beer warms up, with a complex blend of malts and tangy hops playing well together. Mouthfeel is light-medium. I'd say this is one of the best canned APAs you could hope to get your hands on.

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Photo of Ri0
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 16oz can into Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a light hazy orange with a huge creamy one 3 finger tall white head. Slowly fades into a thin froth atop the liquid below. Lacing is all over mu tulip.

S - Smells of floral and galaxy hops, light grapefruit and passion fruit with a hint of bready malt, slightly earthy.

T - First sip gives a light bitterness and then hints of grapefruits, passion fruit, caramel malt and some light breadiness. Finish is a mix of hop bitterness and a touch of sweetness, lingering for some time after consumption.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, hoppy feel that lingers on the pallet long after each sip.

O - A nice canned pale ale with galaxy hops that I enjoy. Point brewery (WI) just came out with their Beyond the Pale IPA and I don't even know if I could distinguish these 2 apart in a blind taste test. If you get Point try it out.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a Tallgrass tulip.
5.2% ABV, Drink By 08/21/13 on can.

A - 8-Bit pours with a touch of haziness clouding the goldenrod beer. It's firm cap of rocky foam doesn't ever seem to vanish as massive chunks of sticky lace remain caked to the glass.

S - The smooth hop aroma of this "hop rocketed pale ale" offers a blend of earthy and citrus aromas that suggest a recently cut lawn and a twist of lemon rind in water - deluded but fresh. Earthy, skunky marijuana notes peek out around the pale and trace caramel malt base.

T - Hoppiness advances to the next level with the flavor of this beer as a bold punch of sturdy earthy flavor brings the yard work to the forefront; mulch and cut grass with a zesty lemongrass note. Despite forward hop flavor 8-Bit is smooth and well balanced by pale malt with light caramel drizzled biscuit.

M - Plenty of carbonation really livens the medium body feel of this pale. Smooth flavor and feel are incorporated well with it's moderately bitter finish and lingering dryness that quickly brings you back for another sip.

O - 1UP for Tallgrass! From 8-Bit's awesome retro design to it's hop-forward aroma and flavor, this brew is nicely balanced for an easy drinking pale that packs a punch of flavor.

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Photo of deepseacatfish
2.94/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A basic Pale Ale with a light body, average hoppiness, and nice carbonation. The 8-bit has a decent malt character to it, but beyond that a pretty limited flavor profile. The hops here are pretty subdued, a little citrusy, but generally came across as pretty flat to me with little immediate bite or depth of flavor. Not a bad beer, but an average American style Pale Ale with a can that's more intriguing than the contents.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.76/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Poured a hazy pale orange color with good carbonation leaving a huge white frothy head, loads of lacing, great head retention and a nice white collar and bubbles. Seriously great looking.

S: Grainy, some citrus notes, stale. Pretty underwhelming.

T: Initial sordove bitterness upfront with a graininess blended with fruity hop flavor. The finish is rather long, bland, bitter and again underwhelming

M: Light-medium body, well carbonated. Stale, some fruits are really subdued.

O: I'm glad I dont have to drink this as my local APA everyday.

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

16 oz. can. Pours a mainly clear, golden-orange color with a good, frothy off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is pale malts, a hint of biscuit, lemon, a bit of pine, and a hint of esters. Flavor is similar, a hint of bread, mainly lemon/citrus hops, and a bit of earthiness. Light-to-medium mouthfeel, dry, crisp, and a moderately bitter finish. Very good pale ale, quite drinkable.

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Photo of garuda
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Deep gold, white cap has good retention and lace.

S/T - Big caramel sweet malts, finishes with a leafy pine bitterness. Not getting too much depth here.

M - Solid medium body, medium carbonation. Stays smooth across the palate, a little oily.

O - Finishes a bit sweet for my liking with the hops not really getting much depth of flavor or aroma. Finish is kind of an ambiguous bitterness without much flavor other than pine.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt golden color. About 1.5" of egg shell white head forms, which has very good retention, aided by moderate to high carbonation. Overall, nice looking pale ale.

Smell: Caramel malt backbone comes through first, followed by a nice citrus hop punch. Nice melon and mango notes.

Taste: Nice caramel malt backbone to this pale ale. The Galaxy hops in this really shine on the back end, with mango and melon and citrus. Not much bitterness, just a lot of citrus.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light to medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Pretty easy drinking and quite sessionable. Overall, I liked this pale ale quite a bit. Definitely one of the top Tallgrass brews, and one I will definitely drink again in the future.

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Photo of PierreCharra
2.26/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was offered a 16oz can at a friends house, and when I saw the artwork on the can I was excited and thought "hey, this has to be good, it's from Tallgrass!" Tallgrass makes great stuff, like Buffalo Sweat, which I like a lot.

Didn't get to see the color, as I had nothing to pour into, but I'm assuming it was some kind of golden or off yellow color like most other APA's.

Right from the start it had a really bad funk to it's smell that told me this was going to be another write off or one that smells bad and turns out amazing, usually it's the first.
Maybe because I grew up in the French countryside on a farm I pick up the harsher scents easier or something, my friend insisted it had no funk smell to it, but it really smelled pungent to me.

The taste was about as bad as the smell, I didn't enjoy it at all and it made me cringe.
In the taste I detected hints of some tropical hops and some decent carbonation followed by a small hint of what I think was grapefruit, if these tastes had been more empowering over the funk I would have liked this more.

The mouthfeel was medium and slightly dense with a watery twinge, but not much there for me.

Overall I don't think I would try this again, other people seem to enjoy it but it's just not for me.
I do like the artwork, though, but other than that, I just can't get into this one.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from perhaps the coolest looking can of all time... Says 13 061.... I have no idea what this means...

Looks very appetizing in the glass, Golden Orangish color with a nice finger and a half of head, rather hazy

Smell is pale and caramel malts, grapefruit and a little pine

Taste starts with some caramel malt flavors then really opens up in the back with a huge burst of grapefruit and bitter lemon hops, almost reminds me of the taste of biting into a Orange or grapefruit peel right before you peel it, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel is starts a little thin but opens up with a good burst of carbonation that gives it a good medium feel. Finished really nice with a bitter drying bite that keeps you coming back for more.

Well this is certainly a good pale, not my favorite but it is up there. I love that it is in cans, I beleive it helps keep the beer stay a lot fresher for longer. This one with definitaley be in my rotation of APA's/IPAs!

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

Pours a cloudy, golden/copper color. One and one half inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, slight citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, slight citrus, and a hint of grass. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, floral hops, citrus hops, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of grass. Overall, great appearance, blend, good body, and aroma.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours, from the tap, a dark yellow color with a modest cap of foam. The aroma is floral and citrus hops. There is a distinct character here, which may be due to the heavy dose of Galaxy Hops. I don't quite know how to describe it other than bitter fruit, more melon than orchard fruit. This character continues onto the palate. A slight caramel aspect provides some balance, but again the unique hops character dominates. I don't know if I have ever had a beer that tastes quite like this. A pleasant offering from the folks at Tallgrass.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. tallboy can. Great design. Best by early April (too lazy to grab the can to get exact date), so it's fresh.

A: Very hazy, dull orange body. Excellent retention and lacing. Looks amazing, especially for a pale ale.

S: More malt and less hops than I expected, but nice.

T: I know it's a Pale Ale, but I was hoping for more hop flavor. The malt completely takes over.

M: Pretty standard for the style and ABV. I could enjoy a few of these in a row without a problem.

O: Could have something nice here, add more hops!

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the few micro-brews i have had in a can, first in a long time. To be honest it was the artwork of the can that made me buy this beer, reminded me of my childhood playing 8 bit video games. Smell is appearance are great, has a nice hop fragrance and a decent golden color. However the taste is very metallic, and the mouthfeel is watery, this beer is a let down to be honest. It has a very solid aroma and it looks appetizing, but it certainly falls short.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint can into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks, Tony!

A: Slightly hazy pale amber body under a fine white head. Ok retention, spotty lace. All right.

S: Floral hops and bready malt. A nice touch of tropical fruit. Simple and pleasant.

T: Lightly fruity up front with some tasty hops, but rather boring pale malt dominates the middle with dull breadiness and grain husk. Bitter, vanilla-tinged aftertaste. Pretty forgettable.

M: Soft, delicately carbonated light-to-medium body. Quite nice.

O: Drinkable, but the flavor was rather disappointing after the inviting aroma.


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Photo of Jimmys
2.72/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

pint can into NYG pint glass. drink before 04/04/13.

A: very hazed. pale orange body. head is bubbly and a shade darker than white. head retention is great. thick lacing.

S: fruit juice. apple? sweet sugar. lots of malt. cheerios. banana bread.

T: the bitterness is serious here. fruity hop flavor. oranges. plenty of grain. cereal finish makes it a bit chewy. fruity twang.

M: average/slightly mild carb. light/medium body.

D: good, not great. too much hop bitterness distracts from some of the pleasant hop flavor. plenty of malt also distracts in a way that i find unpleasant. stylistically to me this drinks more like an english bitter than an APA.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had been wanting to try this one ever since I saw the can design.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head on top which actually stuck around for a little bit. Thin lacing forms down the sides.

S: Nice fruit aromas, lots of orange, orange rind, pale/grainy malt and a bit of grass.

T: Pretty fruity for a pale ale, nice grass, pineapple, and orange rind. Just a touch of pine and a little caramel leading to a slightly bitter finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking.

O: A solid pale ale. Would have no problem drinking this one often if I could.

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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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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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