Tallgrass 8-Bit Hop-Rocketed Pale Ale

Tallgrass 8-Bit APA: Tasty enough to melt a hop-hater's heart

allgrass 8-Bit APA: Tasty enough to melt a hop-hater’s heart

After yesterday’s Scotch Ale faux pas, I made sure to select a slightly lighter accompaniment to my GRE study session this time around. A Tallgrass 8-Bit APA that has been taunting me all week fit the bill perfectly. Typically, pale ales don’t excite me, but 8-Bit’s charming can art tugged at my little geekling heartstrings. A brilliant marketing scheme on the part of Tallgrass, an 8-bit rocketship graphic was all it took to get a pale ale into this hop-hater’s cart.

My questionable weakness for cute can art aside, I’m glad that 8-Bit found its way into my fridge. This “hop-rocketed” APA from Manhattan, KS based Tallgrass Brewing was superb. I expected a harsh bite on the front end, but was instead pleasantly surprised by complex fruity and yeasty flavors, which gave way to a gentle wave of bitterness. The finish was clean, without the lingering notes of floor cleaner that I find so unpalatable in most pales ales. The goods:

Tallgrass Brewing Co. 8-Bit Hop-Rocketed IPA

Style: American Pale Ale
Availability: Year-round
ABV: 5.2%
Hops: Magnum, Centennial, Cascade, Galaxy
Notes: Yeasty, fruity notes at the front give way to a pleasant wave of bitterness. A superb pale ale.
More Info: http://tallgrassbeer.com/beers.html
My Take: Tasty enough to melt this hop-hater’s cold, cruel heart. Bonus points for the cute can.

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