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 #37
Ranked #17,744
3.86 | pDev: 9.59%
Jan 08, 2021
Dec 12, 2012
Very Good
8 Ball Rye IPA8 Ball Rye IPA
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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Robinshutedrums from England

Dark golden brown colour. Sweet caramel, grass and bread flavours. This is a stunning beer.

Jan 08, 2021
3.68 by DvdP from Netherlands on Oct 10, 2020
4.25 by Stengelfoot from California on Apr 29, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

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
3 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands on Dec 29, 2018
3.65 by Houborg1 from Denmark on Dec 14, 2018
4.16 by Xevoius from England on Dec 06, 2018
3.87 by desint from Belgium on Nov 03, 2018
4 by RMW66 from Australia on May 22, 2018
3.25 by BdM from Netherlands on May 06, 2018
3.93 by Giangio from Italy on Apr 10, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by doktorhops from Australia

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
4.02 by zacroyce from England on Sep 16, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Spike from England

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
4.01 by Antyk from Belgium on Mar 15, 2017
3.82 by FCox143 from England on Oct 04, 2016
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Vader444 from Scotland

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
3.65 by sdm9465 from Canada (NS) on Sep 10, 2016
3.77 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania on Sep 04, 2016
Photo of qrazvan
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by qrazvan from Romania

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
3.76 by Rilesmiles from Wisconsin on Aug 10, 2016
Photo of Bruno74200
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Bruno74200 from France

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
4.36 by hoponit from New York on Jul 02, 2016
4.11 by DScott121 from England on Jun 25, 2016
3.81 by rodlavers from Maryland on Jun 20, 2016
4.11 by dcmchew from Romania on Jun 10, 2016
3.92 by S_McAteer_95 from Ireland on May 29, 2016
4.15 by mytu420 from Romania on May 17, 2016
4.59 by good2ggo from France on May 01, 2016
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3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by MrDell from Switzerland

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
3.71 by Hanglow from Scotland on Mar 19, 2016
4 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation on Mar 14, 2016
3.75 by Kmat10 from Canada (AB) on Mar 09, 2016
4.07 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Feb 21, 2016
3.42 by PatricLind from Sweden on Feb 20, 2016
3.79 by risenz from England on Dec 07, 2015
3.97 by Bpayne88 from England on Oct 29, 2015
4.16 by Tdenham from England on Oct 11, 2015
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4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DispyDnb from England

good sessionable rye ipa, good persistent head, good taste overall. not bad again beavertown!

Oct 02, 2015
3.88 by Markken from Spain on Sep 19, 2015
8 Ball Rye IPA from Beavertown Brewery
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