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

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 256
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 4
Gots: 37 | 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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Photo of JohnnyJam
2.15/5  rDev -40.8%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of pwoods
2.24/5  rDev -38.3%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
2.41/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11/20/06- Received from a BA that was in a yahoo fantasy BB league with me.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness dating. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Amber coloring with a large one inch plus head which is gone instantly. Very minimal lacing.

Smell- One word...celery! Very strong vegetable nose. Infected?

Taste- A touch metallic with a bit of a wet cardboard taste as well. Stronger malt flavor kicks in after the first couple sips. Hops are there, but not as prominent as the malt.

Mouthfeel- Very soda like carbonation.

Drinkability- I'll stay away from this one in the future. (622 characters)

Photo of Kranders
2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty light pouring beer, and really there wasn't a lot too it. It was overly sweet but lacked a lot of body to the beer, which is a little surprising. Very little detectable hops, and just a bland beer overall. A little too light and a little too sweet. (255 characters)

Photo of ccrida
2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On draught at FBC, 8th Street Ale is bronze with a thin white collar that leaves very light, scattered lace.

Smell is weak, orange marmalade, a little plastic.

Taste is weak, some malt, phenolic, a hint of esters.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, dry.

Drinkability is okay. It's mild and generic. It's also utterly forgettable. The plasticy phenols are the most distinguishing factor, and are not appropriate for the style. (423 characters)

Photo of Hunter
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Was at the brewery this afternoon. Sampled two pints of this one. Server came back both times with a brew lacking any kind of a head, just a ghost of one ringing the circumference of the glass. Beer itself was a shade lighter than your standard amber...red-gold might be the best way to describe it. Good shot of hops up the nose in the aroma, some grain/floral notes. Beer had the same tea-tang I experienced with the brewery's Peach beer. Are they adding Lipton's to every batch? Not much bite in the taste, the hops seeming to expend their force in the nose. Maybe I've been conditioned by Sierra Nevada, but I usually expect the hops in a Pale Ale to grab me by the throat. finished with an aftertaste of tea. Drinkable, but why settle? (740 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (553 characters)

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

Solid pour. Dark orange yellow with a small, fairly retentive white head.

Smells very sweet, mild english malt. Not all that much going on, but what's here is pleasant.

Tastes a little more complex than it smells. Sweet, lightly sour. Spicy european hops, more bready, very mild english malt.

I don't got much to say since there's not much going on here. (359 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Hotel glass (~1/3 pint)
From: A Chevron in Tempe, Ariz.
Price: $8.99 for mixed 6-pack
Purchased: May 15, 2013
Consumed: May 15, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel, copper, dark urine-like clear color with 1-2 fingers of khaki-white head. Plenty of foamy layered lacing on the sides. Pretty good retention on the top.

Smelled honey malts up front. Also wheat, hay and grass with a touch of lemon coming through. Honey heavy for the most part though. Faint sugary floral hops come in late.

Tasted like a lighter version than the smell. Honey, wheat, grass with bitterness on the tongue after. Fairly bland.

Light body. Creamy texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish.

Nothing special about this beer. Pretty average all around. (776 characters)

Photo of rowew
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label has a picture of the brewery and the 8th street sign. Described as a classic English Pale Ale. No date or ABV information.

Appearance: Pale amber in color, big bubbly head fades quickly and leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: Bready malt, just a bit of floral hops.

Taste: Pretty basic stuff here .. classic pale ale flavors, bready malt with just a hint of hops.

Overall impression: This isn't too exciting .. but it's drinkable. Solid beer that I wouldn't mind having a few of. (513 characters)

Photo of beeritron
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden color with a big, white head that diminishes slowly to just above the surface. Lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Has a very malty smell, which is nice, but not alot in the way of hop aroma. It also has somewhat of a fruity/berry smell.

T - Not too aggressive with a grapefruit taste that leaves a nice aftertaste. The malt is sweet on the tongue and has a good balance with the bitterness.

M - Medium body with alot of carbonation. Not typical for an English style, but it works well with the flavors that are present.

D - This is a good beer to socialize over. It's not too strong, so you can have a few without the worry of getting silly. I also like it because it's local. (704 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light bodied as expected. Some odd flavors. Slight sourness. A touch of spoiled fruit. But nice spicy hop aroma is the best feature. Hops are floral and bitterness is restrained. Less bitter than some Pale Ales of the British persuasion and way less bitter than the American competition.

A light quaff with a spicy touch of hops. More drinkable than some but not very interesting. (381 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a transparent amber with a white foamy head.

The smell was very muted but was a little sweet.

The taste was a little sweet and malty with a bit of a hoppy bitter taste.

The mouth feel was pretty smooth with low to medium carbonation.

The beer was ok crisp and refreshing but nothing all that great. (309 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of JISurfer
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad little beer from the AZ. I'm not too familiar with the English Pale Ale style, but I am guessing that it's not as hoppy as the American Pale Ales. At least, that's what I got from this one. Sure, it had it's hop presense, but it wasn't over the top. I thought it blended well with the caramel malts. On top of that, it kind of had a slight orangey finish. I would reccomend this one. (393 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

MK (528 characters)

Photo of PhxHorn
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A medium yellow with a lot of foam, this beer didn't have a whole lot of aroma to it. Some malt was about it. Tastes of malt and maybe some nuts, the flavor is mostly bitter and two-dimensional. It's pretty drinkable in an unobtrusive way, but it could use some more flavor to it. I like this beer the first few times I drank it, but as I've had the chance to try some more complex beers, this one seems a little less impressive every time I drink it. A shame, because it's local and I wish Four Peaks the best. They should bottle some of their bigger and better beers, so that the rest of the world can try them. (613 characters)

Photo of spoons
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper pint with a white fizzy head. No lacing.

It smells strong of piney hops and a little citrus notes carrying throughout. Not much malt in there, maybe some sweetness.

Taste kind of sweet. Fruity. Lemon and orange notes, a little heavy on those actually. Carbonation is great for an English. I taste candy as well. Very drinkable for warmer weather. (369 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on cask at Four Peaks brewpub in Tempe.

Looks: like an episode of the View. The beer pours a hazy dark orange that blurs my fingers behind it. It's topped with a two-finger head of off-white marshmallow fluff that leaves thick walls of lace as I drink.

Smells: delicate. The Kentish hops impart a subtle bitter grapefruit flavor and not much else. Deeper investigation reveals notes of earthiness tinctured by honey, cloves and coriander.

Tastes: very English. Very sweet, with some white peppercorn and a soil-like character. I don't know if I'm a fan of these hops -- they have a bitter flavor that reminds somewhat of dish soap.

Feels: like cask ale. Nearly flat and nearly room temperature but smooth with a medium body.

Drinks: Four Peaks categorizes it as an English-style bitter, a beer I'm still trying to determine whether I'm a fan of. But I do appreciate adherence to style, and Four Peaks delivers in that regard. They even adjust the softness of the water used in each beer to reflect the region whence each style originated. Can't say I'll never try 8th Street again, but Hop Knot remains my go-to Four Peaks brew. (1,146 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a fluted pint glass, color is copper, nice of white head.

Smell biscuit, toast, light caramel malt flavors, hint of mild hops, maybe grass.

Taste is pretty neutral, some lighter caramel notes, light toast, some mild bitter flavors.

Mouthfeel is where the hops display themselves, some drying bitterness with nice caramel and toasted malt notes.

Overall, its an easy drinking ale, nice toast and malt notes - would to stop by the brewery again for it on tap. (473 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty, fruity and slightly sweet. A medium bodied pale ale. Malts are slightly sweet and fruity. Hops are spicy. A milder flavored pale ale, more to the English Style. Well balanced. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finishis dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. (314 characters)

Photo of aval89
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light copper body, with some carbonation, topped by a foamy two-plus-fingers of tight micro bubbles. Aroma is heavy and a hint harsh with hay, with some more floral hops in the background. Taste is lighty malty, with some lighty floral and earthy hop accents. Aftertaste has a very slight soapy note. Mouthfeel is slighty watery. Slight defects aside, it could make for a suitable session beer for an evening, but not one I would frequent. (439 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having this tonight with steak, on to the beer:

Pale orange in color with a head of creamy texture. The nose is citrusy initially. It gets sweeter with orange notes and wild flowers. Some toasted malt is mixed in. Light and clean at first, a refreshing note of green tea hits the palate. Orange peel is subtle, but that tea flavor is very dominate on the stage. Not much malt is tasted in this one. A little unbalanced for my liking, but still a pretty decent brew. (466 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid EPA from the desert. Pours a shiny copper, clear with a 1 finger head that is mostly white with some faint hazelnut mixed around.

Aroma isn't all that powerful, but doesn't have anything bad. Earthy or herbal hops and medium sweetness come through.

Nice balance. The hops through around the sweetness. Caramel and browned biscuit provide a nice backbone. Soft tropical fruit is detected but is overpowered by a not-all-that-powerful earthiness. herbal undertones on the finish.

Very nice drinking, well balanced and light on the abv (545 characters)

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