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Friday, March 9th 2012

8-Bit Pale Ale
(Tallgrass Brewing Company)

Tallgrass Brewing's newest release, 8-Bit Pale Ale, has perhaps one of the most unique can designs that we've seen over the years. If you grew up playing the first generation Nintendo then one look at this can will have you flashing back to all those hours playing games like Super Mario Brothers and Mike Tyson's Punch Out. Tallgrass continues to impress us with both their marketing creativity and their brewing ability, 8-Bit Pale Ale is no exception to either one. Cheers!

From the Tallgrass site:

"Just like those classic video games we all grew up with, 8-Bit Pale Ale is spectacularly simple at first glance yet remarkably fun and complex when you get into it.  Our Hop Rocket infuses the character of Austrailian grown Galaxy Hops into an American Pale Ale, giving a unique tropical, almost melon aroma in a classic American style."

Here we go...

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! 


Note - Galaxy hops are a variety of hop grown in Australia that provide a flavor similar to that of Citra hops.

"Galaxy is one of the most exciting new hop cultivars developed to date. When used as a late addition for flavour or aroma it contributes a distinctive clean citrus and passionfruit character which is more striking and intense the later the addition. Developed and grown exclusively in Australia, Galaxy is late maturing seedless cultivar with a striking flavour characteristic which can contribute artfully to many different beer styles."

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8-Bit Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Tallgrass Brewing Company
City: 
Manhattan, Kansas  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: 2 Row, Victory, Vienna & Munich
Hops: Magnum, Centennial, Cascade & Galaxy
ABV: 5.2%
IBUs: 40
Date: March 9th, 2012

Posted by Russ


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