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Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
Arizona, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BretSikkink on 02-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Phelps
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Devil's Advocate.

Clear amber-gold. Half a finger of soapy, grayish head leaves behind splotches of lace.

Not much aroma. Mild citrus, a touch of biscuits. Meh.

Interesting floral notes emerge in the flavor. Lavender, or perhaps orange blossom? I also get orange peel, a bit of honey and some caramel. Clean, crisp finish, but a little light in flavor.

The body’s sugary and a shade under medium. Nice viscosity. High, pinching carbonation with just a little fizz. Doesn't linger on the tongue.

I’ve never seen Pitchfork at Four Peaks’ brewpub — only at the occasional odd bar like this one. Its absence from the regular rotation doesn’t upset me, however. A very middling pale.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; April 2011
The beer arrives from the tap with a frothy one-finger thick head, that is a pale tan color and even leaves some wispy lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer has a rich gold / pale- amber color to it that shows a clear, copper-gold when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grapefruit and orange zest hop notes up front, and it picks up soapy note in middle though this seems to dissipate (and makes me think it might have been from something other than the beer). A second look has much more tropical fruitiness to it; with a concentrated peach, touches of guava, a big lychee character and a Kerns apricot nectar character that seems like a perfect descriptor at times.

The beer tastes dry and somewhat bitter up front. Tropical fruit and apricot juice play big role in middle even though the flavor remains fairly dry. The finish has a solid, though not gripping, bitterness to it, some carbonic bite from the carbonation and a lingering apricot flavor. It is light bodied but, at times seems viscous, especially in the finish where, couple with the apricot notes, it really reminds me of kerns apricot nectar. The bitterness has a touch of resinous, pine hop character to it, but only just a touch.

The expressive hop character is really quite nice in this Pale Ale. I have never had a hop focused beer with such a distinct apricot character. If you like fruity hop focused beers I highly recommend this one.

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3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely clear, golden orange and served with a smattering of white bubbles that passes for lacing. No retention or legs in sight. A little uninspiring, maybe it's just that hoppy.

Nope. Hop Knot-lite notes of floral and citric hops on the nose and palate. Very pale malt sweetness with a mild note of brew salts. Nothing to be ashamed of liking, but well within the norm for the style and a little watery for my taste. Stick with the Knot or the Raj.

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Pitch Fork from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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