8 Ball Rye IPA | Beavertown Brewery

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8 Ball Rye IPA8 Ball Rye IPA

Brewed by:
Beavertown Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by FLima on 12-12-2012

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Photo of Vader444
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.


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Photo of qrazvan
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.

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Photo of Bruno74200
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

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Photo of MrDell
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.

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Photo of jonb5
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.

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Photo of bark
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.

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Photo of interzen
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.

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Photo of soulgrowl
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.

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Photo of oldglory78
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

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Photo of NilocRellim
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
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...

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Photo of Sam-VW
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

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Photo of CrazyDavros
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

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Photo of TheMissingDrink
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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
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

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Photo of WGO
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
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...

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Photo of FLima
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.

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8 Ball Rye IPA from Beavertown Brewery
3.87 out of 5 based on 87 ratings.
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