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Beavertown 8 Ball

Rating: 4.05

Beavertown is a London based brewery that I discovered around April last year whilst visiting the city and it seems to be a brewery whose beers are popping up more and more frequently these days with some of the more popular beers also available in cans. This, their 8 Ball Rye IPA, is one such offering that I managed to grab whilst in my local Glasgow bottle shop recently and will be my first American IPA from them having already reviewed (and quite enjoyed) their Black Betty black IPA. One of the breweries earliest recipes, the beer takes its name from the fact that when starting out the brewers used to use old pool balls to weigh down the hop sacks when dry hopping this particular beer, after that the name stuck. I’ve enjoyed seeing more craft beers in cans, they seem to have taken off this year in the UK and long may it continue.

Beavertown 8 Ball Rye IPA

Appearance (4/5): Slightly cloudy to opaque amber and quite still looking with a  large, three centimetre tall head that is a foamy, off-white colour and holds fairly well. Initially there is no movement before the head slowly starts to recede and ends up at about half a centimetre tall after about three or four minutes, leaving some touches of white lacing on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (8/10): This one has a definite hop-filled aroma with plenty of resinous pine and grapefruit on the nose initially. There is some sweet caramel and malts coming through soon after with touches of rye and plenty of bitterness. The odd floral touch helps balance things out towards the end.
Taste (8/10): The taste matches the nose quite well with a huge amount of hops and pine coming through at the start giving the beer a very bitter taste that is full of grapefruit and floral flavours. This is offset with some strong caramel malts and sweetness before some orange and citrus flavours round things off.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and medium boded with no detectable alcohol and a very bitter, hoppy feel to proceedings. There is a slight citrus tang to the beer and the finish is a semi-dry one with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall (17/20): 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.

Brewed In: London, UK
Brewery: Beavertown Brewery
First Brewed: 2012
Full Name: Beavertown 8 Ball Rye IPA
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.2%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.80

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  1. June 3, 2015 at 08:11

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