In this blog, we are going to get into the Tallgrass Brewing 8-Bit Pale Ale. Tallgrass Brewing was founded in 2006 by Jeff Gill in Manhattan, Kansas. They brew several different beer styles and they are only available in draft and cans. They are available in the Midwest, Mississippi, and Minnesota. The history of this young brewery is very little but I found this information all on their website (www.tallgrassbeer.com). They are not in the Chicago area and I wish they would come to Illinois. I had a friend being me a four pack back for me to try it and blog about it.
8-Bit Pale Ale has yellow cloudy look to the beer with a constant white head. The carbonation is pretty high on this beer so pour it slowly in the beer glass. To me, the beer has that funky Belgian yeast smell to it, which I do not believe they use Belgian yeast. The beer drinker will smell spices with some earthy to it. As far as the taste of this beer has an earthy taste with a nice sweet aftertaste. It has that feel of Belgian Pale Ale to this beer. It is an extremely drinkable beer with nice old school video game graphics on the 16oz can.
Here is a description from their website (www.tallgrassbeer.com):
Hop-Rocketed Pale Ale
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 Australian grown Galaxy Hops into an American Pale Ale, giving a unique tropical, almost melon aroma in a classic American style.
Malts: 2 Row, Victory, Vienna & Munich
Hops: Magnum, Centennial, Cascade & Galaxy
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
In the end, Tallgrass Brewing did a great job using Galaxy Hops. I love the graphics on the can and the name of the beer. Being a beer fan and video gamer, this is my beer of choice while playing the video games and it will be in my regular beer line up. I had a friend of mine that watches G4TV saw this beer on one of their shows. She forward it over to me and that is when I started doing some research the brewery and beer to find out where I can pick up this beer. I had another friend visiting family in Kansas so I asked her to pick up some beer for me. I really love the body and favor this beer kicks out. It is your standard American Pale Ale but it has a huge Belgian Pale Ale feel to it. It has a nice balance from the malts and hops to give a nice punch and full favor. 8-Bit Pale Ale is drinkable and I believe it will make every beer drinker love this beer. Hey Chicago, we are not that far from Wisconsin. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser