Libation Review 

Libation Review: 8-Bit Pale Ale

Behind The Booze:

If you are not from the Manhattan, Kansas area – the history behind the Tallgrass Brewery may have slipped past you but suffice to say, they accomplished their dream! Back in 2006 Jeff Gill asked his wife Tricia “What do you want to do with the rest of your life?” Jeff had been thinking about that exact question quite a bit. “I want to start a microbrewery!” Being an avid homebrewer he decided to take his talents and skills and put them to good use, creating some unique and amazing beers ever since. Currently operating out of their new 60,000 square foot facility a number of beers that include Buffalo Sweat, Zombie Monkie and of course, the 8-Bit Pale Ale.

From the Tallgrass website, they list the 8-Bit “Just like those classic video games we all grew up with, 8 bit pale ale seems spectacularly simple at first, yet remarkably fun and complex when you get into it. Out 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 a hop-rocket is the stainless steel vessel that we use to cycle the beer through galaxy hops for 6 hours before we send the beer to you. This adds extra hop oils, tastes and aroma not gained in the normal brewing process.” Marketers always have a way of making just about anything sound good – lets see if this beer lives up to the hype!


Country: United States – Manhattan, KS
Bottler: Tallgrass Brewery
Distillation Date: July 2014
Style: Hop Rocketed Pale Ale
Alcohol: 5.2% ABV
Price: $6.99


Do not let the name Pale Ale cause you to put up your guard, this beer pours a hazy golden orange that carries a thick, fluffy head that clings to the glass leaving a nice lacing to the side. The libation gives off a very unique scent, slight lemon zest with a grassy, tropical fruit overtone with the hop and malt in the background. Very unique and pleasant indeed.

Pours Hazy golden orange, big thick fluffy head that leaves some nice lacing. Slight lemon zest with tropical fruits and some grass – unique smell


Without getting too far into the wild array of flavors this beer showcases, I have to admit it is a bit more exciting than I had originally expected. Light biscuity yeast, malt, citrus hops with a dash of lemon zest, grapefruit and sweetness on the finish all while maintaining that crisp Pale Ale kick.



From the fun can design to the excellent drink-ability of this flavorful Pale Ale – it is hard not to recommend the 8-Bit Pale Ale. Granted, I am a fan of these light, complex and flavor packed beers – especially on a warm weekend where the only thing you need to worry about is if you have enough beer to last the afternoon! With the unique, crisp and fruity flavor profile, I cannot say I would have this as my ‘go to beer’ but like all things in life, there is the perfect time for the perfect beer and this libation fits right into that category. With this special and unique flavor profile, I understand that not everyone will be a fan, especially for the stout and porter die hard fans out there – this beer will simply be too light for you. If you have had a chance to try the 8-Bit Pale Ale, please let us know your thoughts!

Step back, relax, and enjoy.

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One Thought to “Libation Review: 8-Bit Pale Ale”

  1. Neal Wollenberg

    Great review. I live in Manhattan and have been drinking Tallgrass since the company started. Pretty much love everything they come out with. If you get a chance, try the 16-bit.

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