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|
|Hops:||Magnum, Centennial, Cascade, Galaxy|
|Notes:||Yeasty, fruity notes at the front give way to a pleasant wave of bitterness. A superb pale ale.|
|My Take:||Tasty enough to melt this hop-hater’s cold, cruel heart. Bonus points for the cute can.|