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

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 258
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 5
Gots: 39 | 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: 83 | Hads: 258
Photo of swthomas55
4.82/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at the brewery in Tempe, this was my introduction to 4 Peaks. I thought it was an excellent example of English pale ale. The aroma is a beautiful blend of pale malt and English hops (my nose said Goldings), acting as an invitation to drink. The beauty of the aroma carries through to the flavor and mouth feel. The balance of malt, hop flavor, sweet and bitter is excellent. To my taste, it would be hard to improve on this one. (442 characters)

Photo of ryane
4.72/5  rDev +30%
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 (374 characters)

Photo of unclejimbay
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8th St Pale Ale / 4.5 across all cats

Nice light copper in color, excellent head and retention.
Fruity hop aromas on a subtle medium/light malt backbone. Tastes as it smells.
Medium body and low carbonation.
A solid Pale Ale with nice fruity hop profile.

This beer had one of the best clarity cask offerings I have ever drank, showcases the hop flavor exceptionally. (369 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
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.
M-medium
D-This was a great beer. I enjoyed it very much. Incredible flavor. (321 characters)

Photo of Lucklys
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Jumping right in, the 8th Street Ale is an English-style pale ale and has been commended on its taste proximity to ales brewed in England, thanks to the British grown Kent Golding and Fuggle hops. Enough with the fancy talk though. This beer is a lovely coppery maple syrup color, or even a burnt orange depending on the light. It pours with lots of carbonation into a rich, soapy off-white head that leaves behind a considerable amount of thick lace.

The smell is a of wonderful sweet barley concoction permeated by a light yeasty tint and a mixture of spicy floral and something woodsy. There isn't a whole lot of bitter in the scent, which I didn't expect initially because of the types of unique hops used in the brew, but I discovered that the spiciness was thanks to the Kent Golding hops.

The taste is almost exactly like the smell, only with a smoky sweet malt, rather than barley, and the bitterness finally rearing its head. Again, expecting an overwhelming bitterness, I was pleasantly surprised with the bitter flavor and how light it was; I was relieved that it refused to stick to my tongue for an unappetizing after taste. The 8th Street Ale has quite a light mouth feel, just passing over the line into watery, and ends more on the dry side - thankfully neither of these do anything to take away from the tasty flavors.

I found this English-style ale very easy to drink, and would enthusiastically pick up a six-pack in the future. It is an excellent Arizona beer, made light and ready for the hotter temperatures from April to October. It is recommended to be accompanied by Indian or Middle-Eastern food, but as I'm not the biggest fan of either, I say this would be spot on with a nice basket of fish and chips. If you're going to go with an English-style beer, you might as well go with English-style food! Cheers! (1,837 characters)

Photo of Stoneman78
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Tempe brewery
A- Clear medium orange hue, nice white wispy head and lacing
S- Sweet citrus, pale malts, caramel malts, cotton candy and bubblegum
T- Sweet fruits with a tinge of sour grapefruit give way to bread malts, spices, and floral hops, finishes very dry
M- Light/medium-bodied, chewy texture, moderate carbonation
D- Very nice balance of sweet and bitter flavors, unique, delicious, and easy to drink, this pale ale is one of the top core beers from 4Peaks (480 characters)

Photo of KevinBrewer
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear pale amber with a moderate white head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing.

N- Toasted grain with a beery twang and a blanket of flowers. Also some caramel, spice, soft fruity accents, and a hint of citrus.

T- Crisp toasted grain sweetened with a little caramel and balanced with an exceptionally smooth hop bitterness. Fruity and floral hops add another dimension to the malt, and some juicy citrus quenches the thirst, enticing you to take the next drink.

M- Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D- Overall, an exceptional session ale. Very full flavored and thirst quenching at the same time. 4.5%ABV makes this a beer to buy by the case. (697 characters)

Photo of humuluslupulus8
4.29/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer was a transparent orange/light tan color. It had a good 1/2" to 3/4" head when poured that went away pretty soon. There was an average amount of carbonation bubbles rising in the glass.

S: There was an enjoyable floral and fruity hops smell. This may be my favorite beer in regard to aroma, and I often compare the smell of other beers to this one.

T: The beer tastes similar to its aroma. There was a perfect balance between bitter hops and sweet malt. Although the beer was well balanced, I did not find it at all boring or plain.

M: The beer had a good specific gravity for the style, which contained a slightly above average carbonation compared to mainstream beers. The head was noticeable but not too thick while it lasted.

D: Overall, this is a very drinkable beer that I would enjoy having often. The flavor is balanced yet complex and would be appropriate for a variety of occasions and food parings. Furthermore, I enjoyed this English pale ale much more than the Boddingtons Pub Ale I have tried. This is currently my favorite beer. (1,060 characters)

Photo of FrozenJoe
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a couple of pints of this on tap at the Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe earlier today. I've had some of their other brews and found them to be lacking in flavor (Sunbru and Kilt Lifter) or over hopped for my palate (Hop Knot). The 8th Street Pale Ale was just right. Very well rounded and balanced. I'll be looking to get this at my local grocery store.

Appearance
It was on tap and filled to the brim of the pint glass, so its kind of hard to say. Light copper color. Not that much visible carbonation. Good lacing.

Smell
Malts and floral hops.

Taste
Malts and floral hops. Perfectly balanced. Clean. Not bitter.

Mouthfeel
Very smooth and drinkable. Good, solid, medium body. Clean finish. The hops are floral in character, so the finish was not that bitter or dry. Goes down super smooth but has body and character.

Overall
A pretty awesome beer. Well done Four Peaks. Balance and clean flavor are the hallmarks of this brew. Wonderful hop character. Good body. Smooth, flavorful, and satisfying. Definitely worth trying if you go to either of their pubs or see it in a store. (1,085 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Choosing to review the cask version of this beer, which is fantastic. (I like the bottled/draught version well enough as well, but on cask this really shines). FP deserves some serious credit for their cask management -- rare is the day when I find a cask beer there in poor condition. 8th Street on cask is absolutely, 100% British in nature, floral hops interplay with a pleasant maltiness, perhaps a touch caramel-heavy at times, but overall really well weighted and tasty. No Americna hops here -- just Fuggles and Golding -- and, again, they work to perfection. This is easily as good as any ESB/English pale ale I had in the UK. Kudos, Four Peaks. (653 characters)

Photo of OtisinAZ
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of thekanna
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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). (575 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours off amber with generous white head (good pump from the cask!). Served in 20 oz. Imperial Pint glass. Nice.

Nose is slanted towards the citrus, especially lemon or lemon peel.

Palate is skewed into the lemon citrus direction also, especially with the cask version of the ale. The seemingly lighter body makes this almost as light and refreshing as a cold lemonade, but the slight toasty flavors of the malt and overall rounded hoppiness remind you of what's in the glass. (478 characters)

Photo of jeffaz02t
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Served in a proper English style pint glass, very nice copper color, not much head.

S: Citrus, yet balanced with a great malty smell.

T: Served at almost room temp, so it is easy to taste all aspects of this beer. The hops hit me right away, but it is not too hoppy. The aftertaste is actually more malty than hoppy, and for most pales it is not like this. I like it allow.

M: medium

D: Could drink all day long! (421 characters)

Photo of snpub540
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a dryhopped cask version at the Tempe location.

Pale golden hue, with some amber highlights in it. Nice off white head that was about 2 fingers in height. Left very clingy lacing on the glass.

Aroma was nicely balanced between floral hops and bready and caramel notes.

Taste was a supper smooth balance between the bready sweetness upfront and the crisp floral bitter hop finish.

The cask gave a super creamy body that was just about the best part of this beer. Easy drinking and quite enjoyable I must say. (516 characters)

Photo of culver501
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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) (551 characters)

Photo of STEG
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance maple syrup body with a tall eggshell head when poured slightly chilled into a tulip

Smell is comprised of faint hops and light malt, getting a slight phenol and alcohol character as well.

Taste initially there is a lot of sweet malt up front with a very slight hop bite at the back

Mouthfeel watery consistency with light carbonation that increases to moderate towards the end.

Drinkability this is easy drinking and is well balanced and has a nice taste and mouthfeel 4.5 (492 characters)

Photo of downhilldrift
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall a good all-purpose beer. On the lighter side, and not too much to it. Tastes great. I have it at Four Peaks Brewery all the time, and matches well with a lot of the things on their menu. Not really hoppy, either. This beer has a great smell to it and goes down extremely smoothly. (288 characters)

Photo of AEArider
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow orange color with one finger of light foamy head.

Scent of hops, citrus, malts and sour lemon. More sourness than I'm used to, but the scent is balanced and light. The presence of the sourness is a little strange, but pretty damn good.

Taste of malts start with a mild citrus flavor, some spices and hops come in and finishes malty with some spices. Not bad, but slightly watery, which hurts it a little.

Mouthfeel is clean and light with pretty good carbonation.

Very good drinkability, and with the lower alcohol this makes a good session beer. (565 characters)

Photo of ATPete
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in the BASS09 BIF, thanks again man!

Pours a light yellow/orange color with good clarity and a very small white head that leaves some soapy sticking on the rim of the glass. A good bitter hop character in the nose, brighter than expected with a tangy yeast ester and a slight note of sweet malt. Light in body, good flavor and easy enough to drink all day. (366 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on draft and from the bottle during a recent trip to Arizona. This review is from a 12 oz. bottle I picked up in Tempe. From 3/28/09 notes.

A: Misty copper-orange with a light, almost-white head rising to almost 1-finger. Lace sticks in small dotted bands; modest carbonation, slowly rising in scattered streams.

S: Very fruity aroma, sweet orange/tangerine, a little bit clove-like, bubblegum. Mild caramel. Oddly, smells a bit like a Bavarian Hefeweizen - which isn't a bad thing.

T: Tangy citrus, a bit of green apple-like juiciness. Some sweet pink grapfruit, a juicy lime? Enough spicing hops and a progressively drier finish.

M: Light, crisp and nicely carbonated, not overly sharp. Clean finish -tangy and slightly dry. Medium-light body.

D: Beautiful session beer, exceedingly easy to drink. (815 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of gonzo138
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a light copper color, low white head that doesnt last long and has decent lacing

S- light piney smell, not too strong, but enough to be noticided and appreciated

T- nice hoppy bitterness, very light, hops do not overwhelm, nice balanced taste

M- refreshing with nice carbonation, stays very light on palate nice bitter aftertaste than doesnt overstay its welcome

D- a very nice session beer, goes down easily, and goes pretty well with all most any food i've tried it with, gotta say, my favorite local beer (528 characters)

Photo of oggg
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My non-BA roommate drove to Arizona to visit friends, and he actually called me to tell him where to get good beer. So he went to Papago and he brought me back some local beer!

This beer is filtered clear, and pours an auburn brown color with a nice light foamy head. The now-familiar hop aromas of EKG/Fuggles wafts up along with a gorgeous dollop of caramel maltiness. Appropriate carbonation. This beer is just slightly bitter, with a nice steady run of hop flavor. Not a whole lot of fruitiness here. A tiny sour tang does not detract -- I have noticed this with many fine bitters. The hops are present but are merely onlookers to the fine malt flavor. Very grainy malt flavor. Not perfectly clean. No lingering bitterness. Finish is syrupy.

Overall: Solid bitter, but it'll leave you wanting something dry to finish up with. (836 characters)

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8th Street Ale from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.