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

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201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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:
21 IBU

(Beer added by: Gusler on 10-23-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 05:34:26 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +11.4%

09-30-2012 23:42:10 | More by t0rin0
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well-bubbled tangerine with a sandstone colored cap that filled at least two-thirds of the glass after a gentle pour. Despite being soft and frothy, the foam is reasonably sticky. It becomes somewhat rocky as it melts and is beginning to decorate the glass with a wide swath of delicate, lace-like lace.

I have always thought that Fuggles is the most American-like of the English hops since it's so citrusy. The other hop in use (Kent Goldings) gives that classic herbal-earthy-fruity English ale vibe to the aroma. Better than average so far.

8th Street Ale is pretty good beer that hits its intended target in the center of the bull's eye. Keep malt and hops in relative balance, use Fuggles and Goldings, keep the ABV south of 5.0%... and you have an English pale ale... brewed by Arizonans. FPBC calls 8th Street an 'English-style best bitter', but there's no need to quibble.

The malt is a little grain-like and is slightly toasted. Top notes include a passing glance of apricot and orange hoppiness that gives the beer a balanced middle and a back end that favors bitterness. Minimal contributors include wood and a few stray phenols that are easily managed. Clean it isn't.

Although the mouthfeel is on the energetic side, it isn't out of control. Time has allowed the bubbles to mellow out a bit and to provide a hint of creaminess in addition to all that energy. Things don't quite reach watery on the finish.

Four Peaks 8th Street Ale is a decent English APA that is probably one of the brewpub's biggest sellers. It's approachable, it's reasonably tasty and it's sessionable. Keep your expectations in check and you'll be pleased. Thanks tayner.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 11:47:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Texasfan549

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.4%

01-23-2012 09:30:31 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.4%

09-25-2013 02:54:23 | More by ygtbsm94
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 03:43:28 | More by russpowell
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear, copper color. It is topped by a frothy, quickly disappearing tan head. The aroma is pretty malty with notes of toasted grain. There is also a solid note of citrus in the aroma from the hops. The taste is quite dry up front, and finishes with a solid bitterness that in combination with the carbonation adds a satisfying sharp bite. The hops are present in the flavor as well, both a nice citrus note as well as a pine note are quite evident.

This beer is a pleasant surprise, I grabbed it on a lark, and the ample hop presence is quite nice. I get notes of orange peel, grapefruit, and toasted biscuits. Quite nice, and I am glad I picked it up.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2005 02:35:14 | More by Gueuzedude
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mactrail

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 05:25:49 | More by mactrail
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GClarkage

California

2.42/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 23:56:13 | More by GClarkage
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

04-13-2012 05:27:03 | More by MarkyMOD
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 13:23:27 | More by tempest
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 01:38:38 | More by akorsak
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

02-08-2014 05:10:02 | More by orangesol
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DoubleJ

California

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 02:02:11 | More by DoubleJ
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2004 21:42:56 | More by ppoitras
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

12-12-2013 17:21:36 | More by LXIXME
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 08:04:43 | More by Mebuzzard
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glid02

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 17:01:52 | More by glid02
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Gusler

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2002 10:44:31 | More by Gusler
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

07-23-2013 17:54:24 | More by harpus
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-28-2013 21:00:25 | More by GraduatedCashew
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ccrida

Oregon

2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 23:07:05 | More by ccrida
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with tayner. Thanks Dana!

It pours a perfect hazy gold colour with a 2 finger head of foam that is quickly shrinking. Some lacing on the glass and the foam doesn't leave the scene entirely.

The smell is hugely fruity. Lots of citrus with big notes of apricot, tangerine, and a touch of grapefruit way way in the background.

The taste is just as fruity as the nose. I'm getting tangerine, orange, a little apricot working with a solid earthy/bready malt base. Taste pretty darned good.

It has a light mouthfeel and the carbonation is medium despite the fact that when I hold up my glass, I see very few bubbles. It finishes with a slight citric tartness.

Overall, I think this is a very drinkable English Pale Ale that has its hops take a rather different direction then the norm and that's fine by me. It certainly held my interest for the session.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 21:15:19 | More by Bitterbill
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2004 02:36:37 | More by RoyalT
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

05-14-2014 22:29:32 | More by Cynic-ale
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8th Street Ale from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
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