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

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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of Aclucari


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-19-2012 15:50:01 | More by Aclucari
Photo of Wowcoolman


3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My bottle says 4.5%, sessionable even by English-style standards. Poors a light amber with ample, slightly aggressive head. Lemony esters detectable in the nose with subtle biscuit and woodsy hops in the background. Very dry on the palette, hops add gently bitterness, citrus-lemon flavors are reminiscent of a hefeweizen. Lacing holds up nicely with carbonation giving the beer much fullness in the mouth. Very enjoyable for it's weight class. Featured hops are Golding and Fuggle- this isn't your West Coast pale ale, still full of flavor. 21 IBUs. Text on the bottle suggests you shouldn't drink this beer alone. Guess I blew it. Tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:09:59 | More by Wowcoolman
Photo of jward329


1/5  rDev -72.1%

01-10-2012 17:55:25 | More by jward329
Photo of Grebdioz


4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-28-2011 03:39:07 | More by Grebdioz
Photo of downhilldrift


3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 08:31:07 | More by downhilldrift
Photo of MTBeerTraveler


4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-15-2011 17:05:57 | More by MTBeerTraveler
Photo of Unchi


4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-07-2011 14:10:18 | More by Unchi
Photo of jenray


3/5  rDev -16.2%

11-24-2011 00:29:10 | More by jenray
Photo of Kranders


2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 15:32:53 | More by Kranders
Photo of mactrail


3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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
Photo of aval89


3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2011 02:30:38 | More by aval89
Photo of jdense


3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle handcarried to meeting point in SoCal by Raoul Duke, Center Fielder, St. Louis Browns, early August 2011, consumed after UCLA victory over Beavers 9.24.11, poured into Full Sail shaker pint glass.

3/4 finger white head, medium-slow dissipation with retained head climbing up side of glass. Amber clear body, plethora of streams of uprising carbonation. Taste is caramel forward, a bit grassy, some breadiness. Taste mirrors nose, fairly caramely, lacking a bit in balance, though for a EPA pretty close to style, hops really subsumed by the malt. Medium mouthfeel, soft, acceptable effervescence. Nothing remarkable, though the bready notes helped drinkability. Frankly, I'd rather have a Mirror Pond.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 01:03:59 | More by jdense
Photo of ccrida


2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 23:07:05 | More by ccrida
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3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 19:01:00 | More by Redfoot19
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3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dispensed via hand pump at the brewery
Appears golden orange, hazy, with a tiny white head, less than 1 finger. The head vanishes quickly, leaving no lacing. Smell is somewhat muted, hard to smell it over the aromas wafting through the restaurant. Smells like fresh floral hops and bready malts, hints of citrus. Tastes especially like bready/biscuity malts and bittering hops up front, very malt forward pale ale, english style for sure. Some caramel and more bread in the middle, then a subtle hop bitterness in the finish that lingers for quite a while. Medium-light bodied with very low carbonation. Extremely smooth mouthfeel, sticky bitter lingering dryness coats the mouth. Tastes more like an ESB than a pale ale in my opinion, extremely balanced. Still nice to have a low abv English style on cask.

Serving type: cask

06-18-2011 02:12:59 | More by Allpe45
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4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 04:30:15 | More by KevinBrewer
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4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: cask

05-02-2011 06:54:51 | More by snpub540
Photo of swthomas55


4.83/5  rDev +34.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2011 02:39:33 | More by swthomas55
Photo of rowew


3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 01:28:32 | More by rowew
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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
Photo of mmciz


3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking this beer for four years now from taps and bottles - it's always been my favorite of the everyday options from Tempe's Four Peaks Brewing Company - but never sat down and analyzed it closely. Bought a 12 ounce bottle from Sun Devil Liquor in Mesa and poured into a tall Pilsner glass next to a slice of crusty French bread. It's a very traditional English-style ale without a lot of complexity but also without any real flaws.

A: Amber with a nice warm glow. Thin head with a bright little glisten.

S: The old world hops give this a muted, lightly-floral scent. Not unlike some of the old-fashioned perfumes you might remember your grandmother wearing.

T: Pretty much a straightforward English-style pale ale. Very well balanced with a nice touch of crabapple-like bitterness from the hops and a natural sweetness.

M: Warm and sleek.

D: There's a nice blend of familiar and complex here - the sort of beer you could do a session with -- especially since it's only 4.5% abv.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 21:17:15 | More by mmciz
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3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light coppery color, ok head.

S- Meek citrus engulfed in an even malty aroma.

T- Very tame, Not really hoppy and well balanced non intrusive grain profile... average pale ale.

M: medium bodied.

D: Good for seshing on. Personally, I think it's a little bland compared to Four Peaks other concoctions, still a good brew though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 08:57:58 | More by DPFRD
Photo of Lucklys


4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 20:40:46 | More by Lucklys
Photo of culver501


4/5  rDev +11.7%
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)

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 09:09:18 | More by culver501
Photo of STEG

New York

4/5  rDev +11.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 13:40:40 | More by STEG
8th Street Ale from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
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