8th Street Ale - Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 4
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gusler on 10-23-2002

21 IBU
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Reviews by ryane:
Photo of ryane
4.72/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

8th St Ale is a decent beer from Four Peaks regularily but WOW is it good cask conditioned

the beer was a nice cloudy orange color, really nice citrus aroma off the beer

tasted sooo much better this way, the beer had much more depth and complexity, subtle citrus notes, amarillo hops maybe??, a slight yeastiness, which i really liked

anytime this is availabe cask get it

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Clear and pretty brown with a terrific head that left some cool lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – This smells like a very balanced Pale Ale. The toasted malts are very significant, and the hops are right on target. There’s also a sugary maple sweetness to this one.

Taste – This is really nice. It’s a little heavier on the malt side, but the floral hop balance is not far behind. The finish is sugary.

Mouthfeel – Not quite medium-bodied, this “English-style pale ale” felt terrific in the mouth. It is rich, creamy, and refreshing.

Drinkability – This met the promise on the label of an easy-drinking sessional.

Comments – A huge thanks to Gusler for sending this bottle up to the Northwest. I really enjoyed the chance to try this local Arizona brew.

Photo of glid02
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this at Tower in Phoenix, AZ.

Pours a clear golden-copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of slightly herbal, slightly citrus hops with equal amounts of lightly toasted sweet malt aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly toasted pale malts start things off, followed by herbal hop flavors that lead into a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It has good carbonation and a nice thickness.

Drinkability is good. This is definitely a session beer.

Overall this wasn't a great beer by any stretch, but it succeeds in putting money in the bank for Four Peaks. Worth a shot.

Photo of pwoods
2.24/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks tayner for this extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint.

A: Upon opening, I get a huge carbonation crack. After an average pour, I'm left with 1 inch of liquid and 5 inches of white head that doesn't want to budge. The liquid is on par with Miller Lite.

S: Fruity Esters. Green grapes, Green apples, raisins anda bit of lemon. Very yeasty. Grainy or maybe corn background.

T/M: Pretty similar to Miller Lite. Very light flavor. A bit of spiky citrus prick but not very fruity. I'm pretty sure I'm getting corn. Thin and highly carbonated.

D: I don't think I'll have another.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Four Peaks- 8th Street Ale

Thanks to Tayner for this 1.

A- Bright golden orange with the biggest foamiest head. Huge chunky foam lacing.
S- Nice crisp grapefruit, tangerine, and orange rind. Slight grainy malt touch.
T- Sweet tart citrus flavors like grapefruit, lemon, orange, and tangerine come through immediately. A nice grainy malt flavor pops up and carries out til the end.
M- Slight tartness with a mild malty lemony finish.

Overall- Nice flavors and easy to drink. An enjoyable smooth Pale Ale. (Thanks Dana!)

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap in Scottsdale (brewed in Tempe). A keeper, English style hops and understated approach. A faint hop aroma. Light yellow and very lacey. Average mouthfeel. A nice bitterness. Carbonation right there.Good balance between bitterness and the malting.

Photo of aval89
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear dark golden color.. 1 finger head.

S: nice fruitiness with good caramel base.

T: malty sweetness upfront.. then some grassiness with some light bitterness. I also get some fruitiness with a pstands each flavor that stands out..

Mf: light medium body with creamy feel..

O: a good session brew that has enough flavor.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle at AJ's. This reminds me of Tree Fort Ale from Michigan, which is also a very bright take on the English pale ale. The flavor and aroma are a mix of lemony hops and toasty, bready malts. It's not necessarily clean, like there's a gentle creamy undertone, with the yeast playing a small complement to the malts. A tasty session beer, worth trying.

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a 4 fingers+ offwhite head. Good lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Floral & spicy hops

T: Grapefruitty hops and a little sweet malt. Biscuittty malts follow. Finsishes with citrussy hops & a hint of grainyness

MF: Light/medium bodied, good carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks pretty good, just nothing too complicated here. I'd say this reminds me more of an APA than an English PA , decent session ale

Photo of bditty187
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, bronze-coppery in hue with some peachy influences; white foam, sadly the head was only a half finger tall. Head retention was poor, the bubbles quickly dismissed to a soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty but not widespread. The appearance, overall, is decent but far from noteworthy.

The label claims this is an English Pale Ale but one sniff and I am not totally convinced. The hops are too Americanized, sure, it is not a citrus bomb or anything but the fruity, earthy, vibe is kind of clean and off. Okay, I am going to backtrack, the hops are English-style hops but maybe they were grown in the US or something? Maybe that has nothing to do with anything. Maybe the malt, while caramel based with earthy, biscuit hints, is agreeable but it too is a tad clean. Maybe the yeast is too clean. Maybe, in my mind, clean means Americanized. With all that said… the potency is moderate and the aromas are pleasant too smell. That is all that matters. Inviting.

The palate is an Americanized English Pale Ale. Caramel malt is found throughout with hints of fruit, woody hints, biscuit, earth, and the finish is sweet and lingering. IMO, this is a well-made EPA but it is a tad clean for me to consider it great. All the components are in place but I would like a dirtier tasting beer. It is tasty, pleasantly bitter with a good malt base. IMO, this beer falls somewhere between EPA and Amber Ale. Screw the styles… do I like it? Yes.

Medium/medium-light in body, the carbonation is low but natural; overall the mouthfeel is fitting and agreeable. It does fall on the small side of life but I can deal with it.

Props for such a well made beer! It is very easy to drink but with plenty of flavor and little alcohol. Session beer! I would love for this beer to be available in Nebraska. It kind of reminds me of 3F’s Pride & Joy Mild Ale. Lingering aftertaste that begs to be paired with burgers, grilled cheese, or anything BBQ. Lovely! Thank you Aunt Kathy and Uncle Rick for sending me this fine AZ brew. Recommended.

Photo of mrpicklerelish
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apperance - Poured a nice dark amber color with a medium sized head that seemed to stick around leaving a fair amount of lace.

Smell - A slightly sweet malty smell with a small hint of florals in the background.

Taste - Sweet tasting malt caracter hit me upon my first sip that was closely followed by a small hint of spice. Non of the flavors were over the top, just a nice balance of each one although a little sweet towards the beginning for my taste.

Mouthfeel - This beer is very light in feeling and very smooth to drink, not at all overpowering in any one aspect. Leaves a nice mildly sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability - A very good session brew, very easy to drink that is not at all harsh on taste.

Comments - A very easy to drink beer that I have had both on tap at the brewery and in the bottle. A great first starter beer to the land of craft brews. Both on tap and in the bottle are great. They have always seemed to have been able to keep the quality very consistant. Great choice if you are looking for a great tasting session craft beer that is very easy to drink.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a pale amber, looks nice with good carbonation. the head is a good 2 fingers off white and leaves some lace.

The smell is good a nice solid hoppyness and a bit of malty goodness.

The taste is a tad off, I was expecting a bit more taste. The hops were lighter then the smell would suggest and the malt dropped of a bit as well.

The mouthfeel was a disappointment, light body, quite fizzy.

The drinkability was not so great, seems to be an average brew in the end.


Photo of akorsak
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from nvsblman.

A: The ale is a copper orange color with a small band of white head that has left a nice ring of lace in the glass.

S: The aroma is a toffee and grain malt and some earthy hops that have a slightly fruity taste.

T: The base is a biscuity malt with some toffee sweetness. The flavor is somewhat thin however, quickly retreating from the fore. On top of the malts are a bit of hops, providing a mere hint of bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel is fleeting but acceptable, providing some grainy biscuit malts and a bit of hoppy kick.

D: A drinkable but inoffensive beer. A few would cause minimal problems.

Photo of thekanna
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Networks Cafe in the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona.

A: A light amber with about one finger of white head.

S: Citrus fruits, some hops, faint malts and a general freshness.

T/M: Juicy, citrus fruits with a nice peaches n' cream type of creaminess, which then devolves into a subdued hop bite without losing its malty, biscuity smoothness.

D: One of the things I've definitely learned from being a member of this site is that when in (insert city name here), drink as the locals do. This completely applied this time (at Phoenix for a conference).

Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour into my imperial pint give a one-finger off white head that slowly recedes to a thin layer. The beer is a golden amber in color.

smell: Good, light balance of malt and hops. A little plain but not too much so. A little doughy. Decent subtle hop aroma. I like it.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a smooth medium, and the body somewhat light.

taste: Not really sure about this one. Pretty light in flavor and not bad but there is a dominant flavor of dry vegetation (maybe tea and grass) I can't ID that throws things off a bit. Light malt presence and a nondescript English hop flavor. Pleasantly bittered.

drinkability: ok...pretty good overall and I'm definately glad to have had the chance

from nvsblman for my anny bombing

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep amber color, the head beige and moderate, the lace adequate. Nose is malt, but has hints of the English hops. Starts a bit sweet, the middle thinner than I like, the finish is hop spicy and pleasant. Normally have the draught version as with the "Kilt Lifter", but both are drinkable and not over powering, which make them a likeable beer for most drinkers.

Photo of Redfoot19
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This should be what most advertised beer taste like. The Four peaks 8th street is a solid beer, that wont disappoint a beer advocate.
Has a nice color, smells good too. The taste is the best aspect, very flavorful. I may not pick it out of the whole bunch first, but I still pick up a 6 pack for parties. If you like dark beers, or average beers, 8th street shouldn't appeal to all.

Photo of etop8222
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the process of tasting 9 new beers and so far this one rates an 8 out of 10. I was really surprised at the great tase since I normally prefer a hoppy beer or a very dark stout. I woul definately buy this by the case if it were available here in Pennsylvania. It is so smooth with an almost light body. I could almost classify this as a pilsner but with more flavor.

Photo of jneiswender
4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had several of these beers at a wedding. I drank them both out of bottle and in a glass.

A-beige head, nice and kind of rocky. Black walnut body.
S-wonderful hop front. Earthy and floral
T-nice hop front, toasted malt middle. clean hop finish.
D-This was a great beer. I enjoyed it very much. Incredible flavor.

Photo of ppoitras
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained via trade with nvsblman. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a half inch of whitish head which shrunk down to a small layer of foam reasonably quickly. Slight lacing, but what does form stays put. Light amber in hue, with a light malty aroma. Flavor is of light malt, which is partnered rather well a complementary amount of bitterness. A bit of a metallic aftertaste kind of detracts from the whole experience. Nothing terrible about this brew, but no cause to trumpet it's existance either.

Photo of AEArider
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep gold, soapy head, fine lacing. Smells zesty and citrusy. . . fresh. Taste is well balanced and smooth, with a bit of bite on the tail end. Mouthfeel is excellent, creamier than expected, and prods you to pop another open. An overall well example of the style, and just very enjoyable to drink.

Photo of JohnnyJam
2.15/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pint glass on tap. I will try it again.

A: Golden color. There is no head and no lacing.

S: There is a sweet smell that may be caramel but there is also something else. It is not metal but a platic smell. This is the most notable: plastic.

T: Weak and not very interesting. Tastes mostly of soap.

M: I can drink it but I wouldn't say that it is easy to drink.

O: This is the third time I tried this beer. Note to self: NOT again. More to dislike than to like.

Photo of OtisinAZ
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

The beer poured a hazy light orange color with a small white head.

First smell was a citrus flowery hop aroma with some very light malt notes.

Taste was very drinkable. A soft malt taste with a well balanced hop bitterness. A lemon flavor was detected.

Great session beer.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date on bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy light copper with an orange hue. Good one finger head retention with very good lacing.

S: Buttery sweet bread with East Coast summer floral notes. Very sweet and inviting.

T: Strong vibrant floral/perfume notes with a citrus-like backdrop hit the tongue first, followed by mild and tangy hops paired with sweet crystal malts. Aftertaste is malty and sweet.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated, rather smooth but not exceptionally so.

D: Fine drinkability.

Overall: A very pleasing and drinkable EPA, but might not be hoppy enough to please Americanized hop seekers who immediately think hops when they see the words "pale" and "ale" near each other. A fine beer in my opinion, could be paired nicely with fruit salad and wheat muffins on a spring morning in the sun.

Photo of culver501
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-light copper, 1/2" white head, low carbonation, fair retention, good lacing

S-piney hops, sort of a spicy floral bite

T-nice hoppy bitter at first, balances to a pale sweet malt taste, there's a flatness behind it all though which dissipates on subsequent sips, overall a good balance, the way the bitter and sweet balance gives a hint of what feels like alcohol but this isn't a heavy hitter

M-clean, lack of carbonation seems fine at this point

D-the better of the two more widely distributed four peaks offerings (the other being kiltlifter)

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8th Street Ale from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
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