After graduating from Union College in 1849, he taught Latin and Greek at the University of Iowa. Abel Beach owned a business involved in the stationary trade, and was later an insurance and pension attorney in Iowa City, Iowa. His poems appeared in the leading literary periodicals of the time.
- Abel Beach, Western Airs: Choice Selections from the Miscellaneous Poems (Buffalo: The Peter Paul Book Company, 1895)
- _________, P.S.: The Mysteries of Life and Other Late Poems Supplemental to Western Airs (Iowa City, Iowa: [s.n.], 1897)
- Abel Beach, Old Settlers of Johnson County, a poem read at the annual reunion and pic-nic at Iowa City, August 18, 1892 (Iowa City, Iowa: Republican, 1892)