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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

ABV: 5.2%
IBU: 40
Malts: 2 Row, Victory, Vienna & Munich
Hops: Magnum, Centennial, Cascade & Galaxy

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2.5
ryecatcher (1445) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Can. Someone told me this was lot like 3Fs Gumball Head (even though that one uses a different hop varietal... and is a wheat beer...) and wow was he OFF (shoulda gone with my gut). Nose is boring malt and none of that Galaxy aroma that I’d hoped for. Mouth is malty, some hops but nothing stands out (advertised as Galactic, but coulda been any variety for that matter -- awful job showcasing). Finishes with some cereal. So far, that’s two Tallgrass beers I’ve tried since they entered the Chicago market, and two that I easily coulda lived without.

3.4
dresden (1581) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUL 2, 2013
Dark straw coloured beer with a bit of a haze. Aroma is a bit of citrus and a bit of pine. Aroma is pretty light actually, but nice. Decent bitterness, with some fruity hops and some pine. Overall a nice beer.

3.6
GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Dark golden pour with a thick white head. Aroma is earthy/spicy hops. Taste is a fine balance of malt and hops. Spicy hops and a little caramel. It is a refreshing beer. OK lacing. Nice lingering aftertaste.

3.2
tmoreau (4365) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Shared 16 oz. can poured to snifters with a hazed, orangy color, a modest, soft white layer of head foam, and spotty lacing. The nose was citrus, grapefuit, a bit of mango, some resin, and a little dank grain. Moderately bitter, with a fair amount of supportive malt, a medium body, and dry finish. An okay Pale.

3.7
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2013
16 ounce can. The vintage arcade design on the packaging is one of my favorites in recent memory. It gives it an upbeat character before you even take a taste. I always welcome positive first impressions like that when there’s some thought and creativity put in and you’re given some idea of the personality of the brewers and the personality they want to impart on the consumer. The beer is a dark yellow gold with lots of white foam. It crackles with carbonation and has a light mouthfeel. The taste really hangs on in my mouth, very durable and satisfying. A bit piney and bitter in taste, tart even, which is surprising given the moderate ibu level. This may be a good one to focus in on the galaxy hop flavor package. Overall, it’s much more full flavored and fulfilling taste-wise than you’d expect with a 5.2% beer.

4
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2013
A really refreshing pale ale from a Kansas brewery I’ve yet to have anything negative from. Very piney and with a refreshing amount of hops that doesn’t overpower. Nice floral aroma, just a touch of resin. Great style example!

3.7
Scipio (1081) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy amber with a foamy, long lasting white head. The aroma contains floral hops with a good amount of citrus, including orange, pineapple, and some light grapefruit. This is balanced well with caramel notes as well. The taste is a mixture of pine and caramel. Underneath are citrus impressions of grapefruit and pineapple. This one is quite dry and slightly bitter. Medium bodied, chewy in texture, with some sudsy carbonation. Aftertaste is citrus wrapped in caramel. I think this one is good. Its solid all around. Cool artwork on the can also.

3.7
EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2013
The appearance of this brew combines a hazy orangeish golden color with a large white head and a fine-grained sediment floating throughout. The aroma is hoppy with a predominance of floral and citrus ones, and the taste is quite bitter, slightly sour, and a touch sweet; furthermore, the palate combines a sticky texture, long bitter finish, medium body, and a soft carbonation.

3.9
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 7, 2013
1 pint tallboy served into a Dogfish shaped pint glass. A - 3 billowy fingers of white foam ontop of a cloudy golden brown body. The head forms a solid cap S - Galaxy all the way, dry floral, dried tropical fruit, pineapple, papaya, grapefruit and lemon, cracker pale malt, green grass. T - Peppery bitterness, dried pineapple fruit, grapefruit, very floral, citrus pulp, green grass, slightly sweet cracker malt. Finishes fruity and bitter. Grapefruit carries long into the aftertaste. M - Moderate carbonation, light side of full bodied, semi-smooth feel. Nice APA in a cool looking can. Love the galaxy hops and they really let them shine. The yeast is recognizable from the rest of the line up. Very good overall. The citrus really comes out when warm. Serving type: can 05-10-2012

3.5
bytemesis (8397) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Can - thanks RobertDale. Pours slightly hazy yellow gold with a large white creamy head and nice lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine and a touch of caramel. Flavor is the same with some zesty notes. Just a bit of sweetness and light bitterness. Medium body, bubbly


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