Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Beer of the Week (Vol. CXCVII)

Another edition of Beer of the Week, sponsored as always by the fun folks at Glen Lake Wine and Spirits who are more than happy to help you double your pleasure with the beer, wine, or whiskey you need to get you on your game.

I’ve long been a big fan of 8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass Brewing. The colorful can contained a beer with hoppy, tangy flavors that tickled the taste buds while remaining eminently quaffable.

So when I heard that the renowned Kansas brewery was releasing a 16-Bit Double Pale Ale, it immediately was added to my “must have” list.

A four-pack of 16oz cans goes for $9.99. Like 8-Bit the 16-Bit can design and colors are an homage to video games with sharper graphics this time around.

STYLE: American Pale Ale


COLOR (0-2): Golden brown and mostly clear. 2

HEAD (0-2): Clear white color with good volume and lacing. 2

AROMA (0-2): Pine and grapefruit with a little sweet mango. 2

TASTE (0-5): Hop heavy at the front with pine and citrus flavors. More malty at the back with some astringency and subtle sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel with a crisp finish. 4

AFTERTASTE (0-2): Follows through and lingers nicely. 2

OVERALL (0-6): 16-Bit is not just a hopped up version of 8-Bit (as delicious as that sounds). While definitely related, they are distinct beers with different flavor profiles. 16-Bit is a little hoppier and a littler heavier, but still strikes a good balance. If you like 8-Bit you almost certainly will also enjoy this beer. 4

TOTAL SCORE (0-19): 16