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First Ascent - Figure 8 Brewing

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83
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17 Ratings
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Figure 8 Brewing visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: fear025 on 10-25-2010)
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Reviews by Arsenal0328:
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Arsenal0328, Apr 11, 2013
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Photo of alleykatking
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Figure 8 last night.

A- Pours a clear pale yellow hue. Half finger white head when it was brought to us. Light streaky lacing that tends to fall into the glass.

S- Tons of sweet honey in this beers aroma. Light grainy malts pop up now in then. A light sulphur like aroma in the backend. Mostly honey galore though...not bad just wasn't expecting this.

T- Big time honey flavor in the front of this the meshes with a light grainy malt flavor. Small citrus hop in the tail end along with a grainy ending.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Sweet honey left on the palate. Grain like presence with light alcohol left in the aftertaste. Flavors were dominated by a overall sweetness to this beer. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This lower ABV beer is a good sessionable beer. The only thing I could see getting in the way is the light sweetness getting more and more heavy as time passes. A nice try from Figure 8 and I could see this getting tweaked a little becoming a lot better!

alleykatking, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"A Belgian (style) Honey (lager)" on the label, and a goofy story about mountaineering Belgian tourists... so this is described as a "Belgian Lager" at the very least.

Into a goblet, this beer pours a pale lemony goldenrod shade. Pastel tint with a bit of unfiltered haze, and an ascending plume of carbonation. Thin layer of white foam settles into a veil on the surface, and a sticky collar around the edges that begins to drip into lacing as the glass is sipped.

Grassy and floral, trace minerals, some biscuity honey sweetness blends in and meshes well. A very "sunny meadow full of wildflowers" type of aroma.

Firm bitterness, clean with floral herbs, and a pleasant biscuity flavor. Taste of clover honey, but none of the honey sweetness. Lots of residual hop bitterness after a bigger swig, crisp dry finish. Medium bodied and unfiltered. Very satisfying. It comes across similar to a German Landbier, an unfiltered "country-style" lager with expressive yeast character. First beer from Figure 8, and i'm pretty impressed with this one.

emerge077, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of TerryB
3/5  rDev -18%

TerryB, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of aasher
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Contrary to popular belief, the world does need more quality American Pale Lagers. Right off the bat I like what this brewery does with their labels. All of them clearly show the IBUs and abv.

This pours a very bright and very clear pale straw yellow in color with a one finger bright white head. It features aromas of dominant honey and pale pilsner malt. The honey sweetness is very authentic. The flavors consist of pilsner malt, honeycream, and it has a nice bitter hop finish. Despite the honey the hop bitterness is actually quite prevalent and a nice aspect. It's surprising how hoppy it is for being so light. It helps even everything out pretty nicely. It drinks very light in body and is both crisp and refreshing. Overall this is a very, very good APL and a must try. It is perfect for warm summer days.

aasher, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of davey101
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into a pilsner glass.

A - Light golden body. Massive amounts of carbonation. 3 finger fluffy white head. Nice lacing and retention.

S - Grains, bready malts, sweet honey, grass, and a bit of spice.

T - Pretty tame. Light bready lager flavors with a dash of honey sweetness on the finish. Really light and watery making it quite refreshing and drinkable. Mouth feel is light but has a high level of carbonation.

O - Not bad for what it is. A slight twist on an otherwise boring style. This would make for a perfect lawnmower beer if it were sold in a 12 oz. format.

davey101, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

jaidenjb, May 28, 2012
Photo of MSandahl23
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

MSandahl23, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of ModemMisuser
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a very pale yellow/straw color, with a white head having low to medium retention. Lacing is low to medium.

The beer smells of honey. In fact if you placed it in front of a blindfolded person they might think it was honey. There is a very faint wheat/malt scent way in the background.

Upon tasting the beer, one notices a light to moderate hop bitterness near the front, as well as wheaty malt flavors. This fades to a dry (astringent?) but pleasant bitterness after a short time.

First Ascent has a very light, refreshing mouthfeel with a normal amount of carbonation for this style of beer.

This is a very good, low ABV, sessionable beer. I don't usually prefer light/sessionable beers, but this one isn't bland or single note. The wheat/malt really comes through.

We even brought back a growler of this to share with friends.

ModemMisuser, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of mjmadsen21
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

mjmadsen21, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of fear025
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tab at Figure 8, Valparaiso.

Aroma:Honey aroma. A slight hint of sulphur in the nose.

Appearance:Pale yellow with nice tiny bubbles.

Taste:The honey really comes through in the flavor. There's also some citrus in the foretaste. The aftertaste is nicely malty.

Mouthfeel:Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability:Very Pleasant, a great session beer.

fear025, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of lucasj82
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

lucasj82, May 15, 2013
Photo of SuperNova777
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

SuperNova777, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of szartman
4/5  rDev +9.3%

szartman, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of MapleCity219
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

MapleCity219, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of ElizabethCraig
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Figure 8 as part of the flight and brought back a growler of it to enjoy at home.

Appearance is clear medium yellow with a white head. A very nice head especially considering we poured at home into sample glasses from the growler.

Scent is a sweet grainy pils-type scent. I'm not sure how else to describe the scent, I get sweet and very beautiful 'waves of grain' type scent that I tend to get from pilsner type beers. If I perfect my nose on this issue, I'll revise this part of the review accordingly.

Moderate carbonation that carries a sweet light malty grain down to a clean strong malt, to a pleasantly citrus hoppy taste, that goes to a sweet and clean finish with a touch of lingering carbonation.

On a very hot summer day at the end of good honest work, I want a refreshing good tasting honest beer. This is an example of that beer. The ABV is low enough for me to enjoy a bit without getting overwhelmed with intoxication, and the taste profile goes through enough changes to keep me interested.

I like beers that go through a bit of changes both as I drink them and as they linger on my palate.

This beer is one that will take you by the hand and dance to that sweet song that you heard when you were 14 and just can't get out of your head. =)

ElizabethCraig, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of JABarber
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

JABarber, Mar 14, 2013
First Ascent from Figure 8 Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.