8 Ball Rye IPA - Beavertown Brewery

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8 Ball Rye IPA8 Ball Rye IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

15 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 15
Hads: 59
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 6.75%
Wants: 0
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beavertown Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: FLima on 12-12-2012

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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 59
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Expires June 2014.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, earth, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with tea, citrus zest, and rye flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance of rye and citrus forward hop aspects. (602 characters)

Photo of innominat
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NilocRellim
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy copper. Smells predominately of floral hops and slightly sweet. Tastes initially of floral hops and slight malts, with a bitter finish. Very flavourful rye body, but balanaced.

Would I buy this beer again? Yes. (227 characters)

Photo of virinow
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stephenlee
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with no visible BB date (odd). Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. A rye IPA always sounds good, and I like the surreal label art.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A dark, hazy reddish brown hue with fine sediment and medium carbonation. Produces an enormous head of creamy beige foam with good retention; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of musty, earthy yeast, spicy grain, rye, caramel, pine, citrus and stewed hops. Faintly vinous and acidic. Intriguing.

Tastes of musty, funky yeast, rye and aromatic hops - rounded off with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of acidic funk, bready grain, rye, sharp pine resin, earthy yeast, faint caramel and stewed hops. Vinous and faintly sour. Well-attenuated, followed by a dank, strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and acidic, with prickly hop oils tantalising the palate. Faint carbonation but good body. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of sharp pine resin, bitter stewed hops, musty yeast and rye.

What a combination - it's hard to tell if this tastes as the brewer intended or if it is mildly infected. It looks good, but the aroma and flavour have a distinct acidic yeastiness that hints at infection. However, the grainy rye and hops make themselves felt and the overall effect is not unpleasant. Decent body - perhaps a tad undercarbonated. An interesting effort with plenty of character; I might sample it again at some point to compare the experience. Worth a punt if you come across it. (1,567 characters)

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

Photo of krakabrew
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love a good rye. This didn't disappoint. Belair fine wines had low stock. (73 characters)

Photo of brianthebadger
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber with a large creamy head.
Nose shows spicy, resinous and earthy hops along with a strong malt presence and a faint spicy rye note.
Very similar flavours, more spicy rye alongside earthy and resinous hops. A subtle melon note enters too as well and some soft smoke.
Lovely creamy body. (301 characters)

Photo of butler
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Pelicanrocks
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of MarkJBurch
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Coyotedrinks
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of david18
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of rbloomberg3
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy but mid brown body with nice lather like white foamy head

Big grapefruit shampoo aroma

The rye provisdes a slight berry like sweetness that becomes quite soapy and then bitter
background citrus and malt with slightly different aspects each swig

just really nice low level carbonation
it's more the big flavours that slow the drinking rather than mf or booziness

I think I might need about five or six more of these to really make up my mind (462 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought online from AlesByMail

Poured a light mahogany red colour with a brown tinge... Creamy tan head poured thick and foamy and faded to a nice thin layer...

Aroma - Nice bready malts, some roastiness, light caramel sweetness, figs, brown sugar, faint trace of rye, slight floral notes, citrusy hops, grapefruit fruitiness, some pine...

Taste - Lightly toasted malts followed by nice spicy rye notes, fresh bread, toffee, citrus fruits (oranges and grapefruits), piney and grassy hops, marmalade, slightly nutty, bitter aftertaste...

Feel - Quite smooth with only a slight sharpness. Medium body. Incredibly drinkable for 6.2%....

Overall - An excellent and supremely well balance brew... definitely recommended... (734 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bpierre
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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8 Ball Rye IPA from Beavertown Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.