8 Ball Rye IPA
Beavertown Brewery

8 Ball Rye IPA8 Ball Rye IPA
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Beavertown Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Rye Beer
Ranked #47
Ranked #17,752
3.86 | pDev: 9.59%
Aug 27, 2022
Dec 12, 2012
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Rerate Feb. 2016, 330 ml can, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.2%. Less sharp aroma this time, but pine needle extract dominates. The flavour seems also slightly less sharp, but is hoppy enough. Dry finish.

Original rating: Shared 330 ml bottle at local tasting. Cloudy orange colour, large head, slightly off-white. Sharp aroma of spruce, pine needle extract and solvent. Sharp hoppy flavour, mellowed by some rye "ripe berries" notes. Not in perfect balance.
Aug 27, 2022
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Rated by Robinshutedrums from England

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Dark golden brown colour. Sweet caramel, grass and bread flavours. This is a stunning beer.
Jan 08, 2021
Rated: 3.68 by DvdP from Netherlands

Oct 10, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Stengelfoot from California

Apr 29, 2020
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Reviewed by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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
Rated: 3 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands

Dec 29, 2018
Rated: 3.65 by Houborg1 from Denmark

Dec 14, 2018
Rated: 4.16 by Xevoius from England

Dec 06, 2018
Rated: 3.87 by desint from Belgium

Nov 03, 2018
Rated: 4 by RMW66 from Australia

May 22, 2018
Rated: 3.25 by BdM from Netherlands

May 06, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by Giangio from Italy

Apr 10, 2018
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Reviewed by doktorhops from Australia

3.9/5  rDev +1%
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
Rated: 4.02 by zacroyce from England

Sep 16, 2017
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Reviewed by Spike from England

3.9/5  rDev +1%
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
Rated: 4.01 by Antyk from Belgium

Mar 15, 2017
Rated: 3.82 by FCox143 from England

Oct 04, 2016
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Reviewed by Vader444 from Scotland

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Sep 26, 2016
Rated: 3.65 by sdm9465 from Canada (NS)

Sep 10, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Sep 04, 2016
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