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

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 261
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 23.55%
Wants: 5
Gots: 45 | 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:
Beer added by: Gusler on 10-23-2002

21 IBU
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Reviews: 83 | Hads: 261
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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

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Photo of mmciz
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of DPFRD
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Lucklys
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
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!

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Photo of culver501
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Photo of STEG
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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

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Photo of Phelps
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

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Photo of thekanna
4.15/5  rDev +15%
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).

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Photo of spoons
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoying this while at business meetings in Scottsdale.

Pours with an initially creamy 2 finger head that is a fairly bright white color. This head does collapse on itself fairly quickly. The beer itself is at the edge of golden and amber with some light reddish highlights. Almost looks pink at some angles. Fairly decent lacing remains.

Aroma is a combination of bright fruits.. strawberries and a touch of chalky grain.

Flavor follows the aroma in the intense fruity esters. Again, my first thought is of light berries and specifically strawberries. Slightly sweet for a moment and a bit of bready flavors.

Medium bodied, distinctly dry with some prickly carbonation.

Nicely drinkable and perhaps a touch too sweet.

Glad I tried it. I wouldn't chase it.

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Photo of ATPete
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of humuluslupulus8
4.29/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden straw color with some orange highlights. White head jumps up but doesn't last. Nose is sweet with hints of candied orange. On the tongue, 8th Street packs a little more hopping in the bottle: there's a pleasing bite of citrus with a hint of resin. The English style malt is right there too. It loses a little in the carbonation department, as I found myself wishing the heft of the malt would come through more. But alas, it is washed away too quickly.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of armock
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to NitroGen for sending this one to me.

A - Poured a hazy orange color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of citrus hops

T - Follows the nose for the most part with citrus hops

M - This beer has a lighter body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is a pretty good pale that I could session with its good taste and fairly low abv worth trying if you get the chance

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes: pint glass, served cool.
Aroma: light hop aroma, not overwhelming.
Appearance: clear, yellowish
Mouthfeel: good carbonation, medium body
Taste: wonderful hop flavor (fuggle and something else), decent malt in background
Comments: very drinkable beer. The beer claims to be a English pale ale, but I would call in more of an American Pale Ale with its exuberant floral hop flavor.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 12/22/2008 (Tap @ Yardhouse, Glendale, AZ):

Pours a filtered amber yellow color body. Average white head. Carbonated fruity taste, clean aftertaste. Citrusy. Lemony, maybe grapefruit. Creamy tasting. Citrusy aroma, hoppy. Some nuttiness l.n the taste as it warms up.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of mynie
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of OtisinAZ
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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