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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 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 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 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.
D-This was a great beer. I enjoyed it very much. Incredible flavor. (321 characters)

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

Four Peaks- 8th Street Ale

Thanks to Tayner for this 1.

A- Bright golden orange with the biggest foamiest head. Huge chunky foam lacing.
S- Nice crisp grapefruit, tangerine, and orange rind. Slight grainy malt touch.
T- Sweet tart citrus flavors like grapefruit, lemon, orange, and tangerine come through immediately. A nice grainy malt flavor pops up and carries out til the end.
M- Slight tartness with a mild malty lemony finish.

Overall- Nice flavors and easy to drink. An enjoyable smooth Pale Ale. (Thanks Dana!) (521 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (883 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,661 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 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 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 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 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 flexabull
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a bright gold color with a nice big white head.

Aromas are floral and dough like. A bit of sweet malt there as well.

Beer has a crisp and clean up front taste. Some subtle dry caramel malt flavors, and a bit of citrus like hops on the finish. Nicely balanced and pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is good. There is a nice underlying creaminess, and softness.

Drinkability is good. Not a really fancy, or big flavored beer. But I like it, it is tasty and easy drinking. Very sessionable... I'll take another. (531 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour into my imperial pint give a one-finger off white head that slowly recedes to a thin layer. The beer is a golden amber in color.

smell: Good, light balance of malt and hops. A little plain but not too much so. A little doughy. Decent subtle hop aroma. I like it.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a smooth medium, and the body somewhat light.

taste: Not really sure about this one. Pretty light in flavor and not bad but there is a dominant flavor of dry vegetation (maybe tea and grass) I can't ID that throws things off a bit. Light malt presence and a nondescript English hop flavor. Pleasantly bittered.

drinkability: ok...pretty good overall and I'm definately glad to have had the chance

from nvsblman for my anny bombing (759 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 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 russpowell
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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 (441 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 tonistruth
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- straw, nearly copper in color. Off white 1/4" head with little retent. Nice lacing on glass though.

S- hints of citrus & floral hops. Emphasize hints.

T- sweet maltly flavor, bit of spice, and caramel malts with a tea like finish. Refined, classic kind of taste.

M- light bodied & silky smooth. Clean & crisp. Nice carbonation.

D- very sessionable due to its easy to handle flavors and it wont make you fill full very fast. Not my kind of session beer, but very well done none the less. (501 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 bditty187
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, bronze-coppery in hue with some peachy influences; white foam, sadly the head was only a half finger tall. Head retention was poor, the bubbles quickly dismissed to a soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty but not widespread. The appearance, overall, is decent but far from noteworthy.

The label claims this is an English Pale Ale but one sniff and I am not totally convinced. The hops are too Americanized, sure, it is not a citrus bomb or anything but the fruity, earthy, vibe is kind of clean and off. Okay, I am going to backtrack, the hops are English-style hops but maybe they were grown in the US or something? Maybe that has nothing to do with anything. Maybe the malt, while caramel based with earthy, biscuit hints, is agreeable but it too is a tad clean. Maybe the yeast is too clean. Maybe, in my mind, clean means Americanized. With all that said… the potency is moderate and the aromas are pleasant too smell. That is all that matters. Inviting.

The palate is an Americanized English Pale Ale. Caramel malt is found throughout with hints of fruit, woody hints, biscuit, earth, and the finish is sweet and lingering. IMO, this is a well-made EPA but it is a tad clean for me to consider it great. All the components are in place but I would like a dirtier tasting beer. It is tasty, pleasantly bitter with a good malt base. IMO, this beer falls somewhere between EPA and Amber Ale. Screw the styles… do I like it? Yes.

Medium/medium-light in body, the carbonation is low but natural; overall the mouthfeel is fitting and agreeable. It does fall on the small side of life but I can deal with it.

Props for such a well made beer! It is very easy to drink but with plenty of flavor and little alcohol. Session beer! I would love for this beer to be available in Nebraska. It kind of reminds me of 3F’s Pride & Joy Mild Ale. Lingering aftertaste that begs to be paired with burgers, grilled cheese, or anything BBQ. Lovely! Thank you Aunt Kathy and Uncle Rick for sending me this fine AZ brew. Recommended. (2,043 characters)

Photo of schoolcb
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was in Tempe recently for business and stopped by a local Fry's grocery store to haul a couple of sixers home. Wasn't sure what I was looking for, but saw they had the local microbrewery there and brought a 6-pack of their EPA home. Dark gold, light copperish, and very clear. Head doesn't last but leaves a light tan ring around my glass. Aroma of malt and English hops. Beer is well balanced, and a good example of the EPA style. Finishes malty but with enough hop bitterness. This is one I will hunt down and bring home EVERY time I'm in the Phoenix area. (558 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a mixed 6 pack for $5.99 at Sprouts.

This is a golden orange brew that poured a decent head, with ample carbonation, and is leaving a splotchy lacing. Nose is of floral malts, very interesting. Taste is a bit malty to start with a carmel floral ever so slight hop finish. Mouthfeel is very full for this style. Drinkability is good, this has the makings of a nice session beer! (390 characters)

Photo of KroMagnon
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produced a light head, not too surprising. The beer is crystal clear, golden-amber. The aroma is a little light, but clean with a hint of hops and malt. The flavor is nice, also crisp but with a pronounced hoppy flavor and a nicely balanced malt / bitterness combination. Some hints of cinnamon and maybe a little caramel are apparent. Very tasty, very nice for its style (I'd take it over a Bass any day), just also not very adventurous (granted, this isn't an extreme beer style, but it could use a little pep or more ale-like character.) Thanks to my Secret Santa nvblsman for this one. (589 characters)

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