8 Ball Rye IPA
Beavertown Brewery

8 Ball Rye IPA8 Ball Rye IPA
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Style:
Rye Beer
Ranked #70
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,354
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 9.56%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
100
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Beavertown Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  37
SCORE
86
Very Good
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a BrewDog snifter.

A: Body is coppery with great crystalline look. The head is white, 2mm thick and with great retention.
S: The aroma is very interesting having a hint of earthiness, spiciness, clove and a very plain and still robust hop.
T: Taste starts off with a minor citric touch of tangerine and blood orange, then moves on to a spicy tone before reaching the green grassy hoppy tone of a more old school hop strain.
M: Body is medium to low. Carbonation is spot on. Bitterness is medium high and alcohol is unnoticed.
O: What a great rye IPA. I need more of this in my life.

Feb 18, 2019
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doktorhops from Australia

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Welcome to Beavertown, population: some shirt-wearing pants-less dude, a guy with a red cape, and seagulls according to the can label. Weird as bro. So you (dear readers) all probably know one of my beer reviewing bugbears with rye beers - lacking any rye character - I’m not going to waste your time explaining this, well, yes actually I am: when you write the word “rye” on a can/bottle, there is on my part a preconceived notion that said beer will in fact - taste like it has rye in it. I’m sorta weird like that I know, but I’ve tasted countless beers over the years that say “rye” on the label yet they lack any rye flavour. Fingers crossed for Beavertown! [this last sentence is a contender for my most bizarre comment of 2017]. This better be dripping with spicy/earthy rye goodness.

Poured from a 330ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Not as red bodied as expected - more of a coppery-tinged orange, with a beefy off-white cappuccino foam head on top. Fairly murky body overall, it’s all coming up trumps (not in anyway an endorsement for a certain President) here. 8/10.

S: Ooo, fruity, earthy, floral with slight tropical (think lychee/jackfruit) hop-forward characters going on here. Not much in the way of pepper/spice, but the bouquet as a whole is quite sweet and moreish with a fragrant floral body. In other words: I approve of smelling this beer, here-here! 8/10.

T: Sweet tropical lychee (with jackfruit hints) come to the fore, along with an earthy/biscuity centre, a slight floral late-palate, and a finish that is orange rind bitter with a slight peppery note. Yep, there’s your boy rye - bringing up the flavour rear guard. The resulting flavour is definitely in the realm of American Red Ale/IPA, and it’s done well without showing off/being flashy, I like it. 8/10.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit less bodied than it needs to be - almost medium, but not quite there - they almost had it - a bit of lactose would have pushed it up IMHO, with a denser/creamier mouthfeel as well. As it is the carbonation is alright, a little flat nonetheless. 6/10.

D: Pretty decent first beer I’ve had from Beavertown, I feel like I want to go there, and yet it also feels strangely familiar, like I’ve been there before. I guess that’s just the Beavertown way. Regardless of my blatant innuendo this is a tasty Red IPA, one that, while it doesn’t come too close to Modus Former Tenant, it does satisfy my hop-lust somewhat. Quite floral too - I like floral beers. 8/10.

Food match: I’m going to drop the V-bomb on this: Vietnamese!

Dec 26, 2017
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Spike from England

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330ml can.
L: Pours a hazy, dark amber with orange edging. A massive, long-lasting, creamy, off-white head leaves sheets of lacing.
S: Aroma is plums and rye.
T: Juicy, overripe, tropical fruit hops plus spicy rye flavours. Light bitterness.
F: Smooth, medium-bodied, dry finish and a creamy mouthfeel. Leaves behind a bit of heat at the back of the throat.
O: Plenty of bitter American hops plus a hefty dose of spicy rye. A smooth, almost creamy, nicely balanced RyePA with a hot, dry aftertaste.

Aug 06, 2017
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Vader444 from Scotland

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can pour into 2/3 pint glass.

To be honest this is a fairly generic, though undoubtably tasty IPA. My unrefined palate can't identify any uniquely rye characteristics but plenty of luscious tropical fruit and a pleasant mouthfeel. Eminently drinkable but ultimately unremarkable beer. In short, nothing wrong with it but nothing particularly special either.

Cheers

Sep 26, 2016
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qrazvan from Romania

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pake-brown colour pouring with medium head.
It has a pleasant flowery smell, characteristic to an American IPA.
The taste is not very uncommon, although the rye alters the classic IPA feel. Very light bitter aftertaste.
Overall a pleasant, good beer, which it doesn't really stands out though, as expected.

Aug 25, 2016
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Bruno74200 from France

4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good session ale. The oily citrus hops go well with the spicy rye. It's definitely an american IPA but it has some english ale characteristics. It's crisp. Better without the yeast

Jul 12, 2016
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MrDell from Switzerland

3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beavertown – 8 Ball
Rye IPA – 6.2% - 330ml can - Best before 04.2016

Appearance: Cloudy, bronze coloured beer with one finger white head. Cloudy. Looks like a double IPA.

Aroma: Sweet Apple, spices, caramel/sweet malts. Love the spicy sweet smell with this.

Taste: Unfortunately taste not as pleasant as aroma. We've got modern hops, bittering in the finish and only very slight evidence of that spicey sweetness coming through up front. The hops really are dominating this one.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, medium body. Dry and bitter finish.

Overall: Disappointing. Like so many of these craft IPA / rye-PA brews, unbalanced and one dimensional.

Apr 15, 2016
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jonb5 from England

4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Half Pint at the Hope.

A: Bronze, hazy, small thick head, not too much retention.

S: Apricot, mango.

T: Followed the nose, but a substantial amount of sourdough and bitterness kicked in at the finish, there was also a tiny boozy burn.

M: Thick soupy texture, smooth, minimal carbonation.

O: Well balanced, not in your face but interesting.

Sep 15, 2015
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bark from Sweden

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The colour is dark copper, the liquid clear. Large beige head.

The smell is earthy with hay, some bitterness and mixed spices.

The strong taste starts off with spicy bitterness (without harshness). Spices are also present in the aftertaste as well as rye crispbread. Harsh finish.

Medium strong carbonation.

It gets too dense after a few sips.

Aug 16, 2015
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interzen from England

4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml can poured into a tulip glass

Look: Deep, coppery red with a slight haze to it - decent sized ivory coloured head with good retention. Settles down to an even foam cap, leaving behind some lacing.

Smell: Quite a rich smell - plenty of fruit with more than a hint of caramel. Even if it uses rye, this doesn't smell like your typical IPA - there's none of the citrus assault you normally get from aggressive hopping. There's the usual pine resin and citrus there, of course, it's just not as overt as some.

Taste: Rather more malt-forward in the taste department, with plenty of toffee and caramel flavours thrown in for good measure. The hops are a rather late entry into proceedings, but they're there and rather restrained to boot. Slight spiciness.

Feel: Quite a bit of body with a full feel - I'm guessing that this is due to the use of rye.

Overall: Interesting. I'm not overly familiar with rye-based beers but if this one is in any way representative then I'll be investigating further. For something labelled as an American IPA this has a few surprises in store, albeit in a good way - the balance of malts and hops is pretty much spot on.

Jul 03, 2015
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soulgrowl from England

4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, maple leaf bronze-red with a short-lived, coarse ivory head. Aroma is rich caramel, pumpkin pie, wet leaves, stewed apples, and a hint of pumpernickel. The flavor is similarly malt-forward (but not really sweet), with a hint of spice, calling to mind a Belgian dubbel. Hop bitterness and aroma are surprisingly restrained, but there is a hint of bitter orange in there. This tastes almost more like an ESB than an IPA, or even like a low-strength barleywine. Lushly carbonated but dry in the finish, this strikes me as a good go to beer for hard cheese.

Jul 02, 2015
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oldglory78 from Ireland

4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty rye IPA. Oily and floral hops meet slight bitterness and just the right amount of alcohol. Another great beer from Beavertown. But I have to ask why so expensive €4:09 per 33cl can. A good beer but Sierra Nevada for instance does better for much better value. Unless there is some valid reason the pricing of Beavertown is just hipster madness

Jan 24, 2015
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Dec 25, 2014
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flyingpig from Scotland

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml Can from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.80):
Another really nice beer from Beavertown, I can see why the brewery is becoming so popular with offerings like this one available. The beer is a really nice, hop-filled one that was a great example of the style and one of the beer UK brewed American IPA's I've had of late. I particularly enjoyed the sweetness coming through to help balance out the strong bitterness from early on and the beer definitely went down easier than it should have; excellent stuff.

Oct 07, 2014
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StJamesGate from New York

4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-chestnut with pile of taupe foam.
Resin, dried orange rind, tobacco and citrus oil that you can almost feel in your teeth on the nose.
Dark cherry and rye bread, some peppery spice, then floral, lime, melon, and rosin hops.
Cocoa-cakey finish and minty linger.
Medium, chewy, round, oily.

Creamy body, intricate malts, great nose - the skilz are here. I wouldn't have guessed Galaxy or Citra in the hopping - maybe a bit zesty, but more perfumed than anything else. A warm, bready ale with some slick citrus.

Very nice, if still not Hop Rod Rye.

Note: Website currently mentions Vic Secret and Pacific Jade, thought I don't remember that being the case as review time...

Aug 12, 2014
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Sam-VW from England

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into 330ml glass.

A - pours dark amber/orange with an off white creamy head leaving sticky lacing

S - very piny with hints of sweet malts and citrus. Also a little rye.

T - Starts with a very piny hop kick, ending with citrus and lots of toastyness from the rye. Grassy bitter notes at the end

M - very smooth and lightly carbonated for the style. Fab beer

Jul 26, 2014
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CrazyDavros from Australia

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Jun 13, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

May 16, 2014
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TheMissingDrink from Wales

3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Visual: Hazy reddish brown. Bubbly white head shrinks quickly.

Nose: Grapefruit. Spicy, earthy and resiny. Lots of hops.

Taste: Earthy sweetness – berries mainly. Huge green bitterness. Citrus undertones.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied – quite heavy. Astringent and drying.

May 15, 2014
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EmperorBevis from England

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Mar 01, 2014
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vinicole from England

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can. Cloudy amber. Thick head with lasting retention.
Aroma of caramel, barley water and rye. Hops are noticeable.
Tastes of tropical fruit juice and rye. Light bitter completion.
Reasonably smooth.
Better tasting second time around.

Dec 28, 2013
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WGO from England

4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A very thick pillowy tan head slowly dissipates to a half a cm continuous film. Wisps of head cling to the glass throughout. Body is deep mahogany.
Aroma is of banana, cut grass, dried fruit, pine and carrot cake.
Nicely balanced. Taste is bread, toffee and some citrus.
Great carbonation. Very gentle without seeming flat.
Very dry astringent finish.

Oct 17, 2013
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Oct 15, 2013
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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...

Mar 26, 2013
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FLima from Brazil

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange color, a bit hazy and with a thin head.
Predominant resin and perfumed hop aroma.
Light to medium body with low carbonation and small bubbles.
Taste of rye and also quite hoppy with citric and fruity notes, denoting a strong bitterness that lingers for long. I enjoyed it.

Dec 12, 2012
8 Ball Rye IPA from Beavertown Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 100 ratings