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

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8th Street Pale Ale8th Street Pale Ale

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
21 IBU

Added by Gusler on 10-23-2002

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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 278
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From The Grotto Café in Cave Creek.
A pale orange color, small white head.
Floral, grassy aroma.
The taste followed the nose: floral, grassy hops.
Just an OK beer.

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Photo of Absolut
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Phoenix airport at their pub.

orange pour into a pint glass. easy drinking pale ale, but nothing remarkable. floral hops and malt flavors.

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Photo of beergoot
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Honey colored body; thick, sticky, white head. Mild fruit-like scent; peach and pear. Light, fruity flavor; some mineral notes; low-key hop bitterness. Meidum-body; somewhat watery; juicy although finishes on a dry note.

A solid pale ale, light fruitiness with a mineral hardness and soft dryness on the palate.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 9 January 2016.
Pale gold. Smells malty-metallic. It tastes kinda gross, actually. English. Earthy bitter.

ABV: 4.9%
IBU: 21
SRM: 10
Malts: Two-row, Caramel 80L, Carapills, Munich 10L
Hops: Golding, Fuggles

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Photo of breadwinner
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Choosing to review the cask version of this beer, which is fantastic. (I like the bottled/draught version well enough, but on cask this really shines). FP deserves some serious credit for their cask management -- rare is the day when I find a cask beer there in poor condition. 8th Street on cask is absolutely, 100% British in nature, floral hops interplay with a pleasant maltiness, perhaps a touch caramel-heavy at times, but overall really well weighted and tasty. No American hops here -- just Fuggles and Golding -- and, again, they work to perfection. This is easily as good as any ESB/English pale ale I had in the UK. Kudos, Four Peaks.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a couple of pints of this on tap at the Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe earlier today. I've had some of their other brews and found them to be lacking in flavor (Sunbru and Kilt Lifter) or over hopped for my palate (Hop Knot). The 8th Street Pale Ale was just right. Very well rounded and balanced. I'll be looking to get this at my local grocery store.

It was on tap and filled to the brim of the pint glass, so its kind of hard to say. Light copper color. Not that much visible carbonation. Good lacing.

Malts and floral hops.

Malts and floral hops. Perfectly balanced. Clean. Not bitter.

Very smooth and drinkable. Good, solid, medium body. Clean finish. The hops are floral in character, so the finish was not that bitter or dry. Goes down super smooth but has body and character.

A pretty awesome beer. Well done Four Peaks. Balance and clean flavor are the hallmarks of this brew. Wonderful hop character. Good body. Smooth, flavorful, and satisfying. Definitely worth trying if you go to either of their pubs or see it in a store.

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Photo of denver10
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear caramel with a slight off white head. Aroma is bready, with a touch on the doughy side of things, a little herbal, a touch floral, and slight fruity essence. Flavor pretty much followed suit, but with a bit of it thinning out in the finish. A crisp, active thinner medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, I really enjoyed this session ale a lot. Nothing crazy or standout-ish, just a solid sessionable EPA that I could drink over and over. If it made it out Colorado, I am sure it would be a regular in my fridge come summertime.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Hotel glass (~1/3 pint)
From: A Chevron in Tempe, Ariz.
Price: $8.99 for mixed 6-pack
Purchased: May 15, 2013
Consumed: May 15, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel, copper, dark urine-like clear color with 1-2 fingers of khaki-white head. Plenty of foamy layered lacing on the sides. Pretty good retention on the top.

Smelled honey malts up front. Also wheat, hay and grass with a touch of lemon coming through. Honey heavy for the most part though. Faint sugary floral hops come in late.

Tasted like a lighter version than the smell. Honey, wheat, grass with bitterness on the tongue after. Fairly bland.

Light body. Creamy texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish.

Nothing special about this beer. Pretty average all around.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the Total Wine a few miles down the Interstate from where I'm staying out here in Arizona. The Kilt LIfter seemed to be more popular but I was in the mood for something hoppier, but this barely fit that bill. With only 21 IBU's, this was a lot more easygoing than I thought but it wasn't a bad beer and a session brew is what I needed out here given how far from everything this place is and that I haven't met anyone anyone near my age at this hotel yet.

The pour to this was a fairly dark copper with enough head present and some lacing to be seen as well. Not much of an aroma to this and what stuck out in the nose and taste was the caramel. Very little hops here and they leaned towards the floral side. The mouthfeel was not that heavy and a bit watery, and the aftertaste was just a hint metallic. This was really easy to down and it's not that I didn't like this, it was just unmemorable with nothing stading out about it.

I bought a full six-pack of this and thankfully, I won't have any trouble getting rid of this before I have to head back east on Thursday morning. Session beers don't get any more obvious than this and as hard as this was to like, it was as hard to dislike. Fits the style well and I almost thought this was a Vienna Lager because of the maltiness that was present thorughout from start to finish. Not a bad start for anyone like me who hasn't had a beer from the Grand Canyon State in ages.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a fluted pint glass, color is copper, nice of white head.

Smell biscuit, toast, light caramel malt flavors, hint of mild hops, maybe grass.

Taste is pretty neutral, some lighter caramel notes, light toast, some mild bitter flavors.

Mouthfeel is where the hops display themselves, some drying bitterness with nice caramel and toasted malt notes.

Overall, its an easy drinking ale, nice toast and malt notes - would to stop by the brewery again for it on tap.

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Photo of JohnnyJam
2.15/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pint glass on tap. I will try it again.

A: Golden color. There is no head and no lacing.

S: There is a sweet smell that may be caramel but there is also something else. It is not metal but a platic smell. This is the most notable: plastic.

T: Weak and not very interesting. Tastes mostly of soap.

M: I can drink it but I wouldn't say that it is easy to drink.

O: This is the third time I tried this beer. Note to self: NOT again. More to dislike than to like.

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass on 9/20/12.

Appearance: Cloudy, light amber with two fingers of head that dissipated quickly to a rim around the glass.

Smell: Subtle fruitiness mixes with a prevalent caramel malt backbone.

Taste: Sweet malty caramel combines with some light fruit flavors and grass. Finishes with a soft hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Very light body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Not bursting with flavor by any means, but true to the EPA style that definitely leans toward the maltier side when compared to APAs.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a transparent amber with a white foamy head.

The smell was very muted but was a little sweet.

The taste was a little sweet and malty with a bit of a hoppy bitter taste.

The mouth feel was pretty smooth with low to medium carbonation.

The beer was ok crisp and refreshing but nothing all that great.

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Photo of etop8222
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the process of tasting 9 new beers and so far this one rates an 8 out of 10. I was really surprised at the great tase since I normally prefer a hoppy beer or a very dark stout. I woul definately buy this by the case if it were available here in Pennsylvania. It is so smooth with an almost light body. I could almost classify this as a pilsner but with more flavor.

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Photo of AEArider
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep gold, soapy head, fine lacing. Smells zesty and citrusy. . . fresh. Taste is well balanced and smooth, with a bit of bite on the tail end. Mouthfeel is excellent, creamier than expected, and prods you to pop another open. An overall well example of the style, and just very enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle at AJ's. This reminds me of Tree Fort Ale from Michigan, which is also a very bright take on the English pale ale. The flavor and aroma are a mix of lemony hops and toasty, bready malts. It's not necessarily clean, like there's a gentle creamy undertone, with the yeast playing a small complement to the malts. A tasty session beer, worth trying.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of downhilldrift
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Kranders
2.53/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of aval89
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of jdense
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
2.58/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

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Photo of Redfoot19
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Allpe45
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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