Melrose IPA - Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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Melrose IPAMelrose IPA

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 324
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 4.32%
Wants: 67
Gots: 40 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: womencantsail on 07-14-2011

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Photo of mschantz
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This isn't one of those all the rage air freshener fruity beers. While the nose exhibits a fair bit of orange sweetness the taste is dominated by the huge hoppy bitterness. (173 characters)

Photo of CNoj012
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic West Coast IPA! Thanks @augiemelodee for the hookup. Pours a golden copper color. Smell is floral, citrus and piney. Taste is sweet, citrusy with a piney slightly bitter finish. Medium body and very drinkable, great beer. (231 characters)

Photo of Ryancthomas7
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite IPAs so far this year. Loved the balance the honey malts gave the intense hop flavors.

Edit: Their most recent bottling, 6/1/2015, has thoroughly disappointed. I bought 5 bottles after having a great experience with their prior release and am now kicking myself.

I initially rated this beer at 4.5, but it's more like a 3.75/4. (350 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a brandy snifter 2/24/2015.

A- Slightly hazy orange body, one finger white head with nice retention time, no lacing.

S- Pineapples, citrus, tropical fruit, bread, onions. The onions are killing me, but the rest of the aroma is pretty solid- resinous hops galore. Not too oily, with a mild floral aspect hidden in there as well.

F- Bread, biscuits, tropical fruit dominant with a bitter citrus finish. Solid west-coast style IPA profile.

M- Medium bodied, a bit dry and resinous on the finish which is mostly citrus and floral hops. Not difficult to drink.

O- Solid west coast IPA. There are better ones out there, but this isn't a bad one to have at the bar. (675 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

about 2-3 wks old
The beer pours a clear, deep golden-copper color with a foamy white head that clings to the glass while drinking. The nose is floral (lavender and honeysuckle) and slightly boozy with some tropical citrus and grain on the back end. It drinks very clean despite aggressive and flavorful hops, which don't seem to out-compete the beer' sucrose backbone. It's well carbonated, exceptionally hoppy, but quite drinkable due to its balance and semi-sweet finish with a bite. This bomber was very easy to drink and I could easily see myself drinking this beer in the future (585 characters)

Photo of spykespnoypbg
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at total wine and consumed on 1/30/15. It tastes very fresh with a bit of a dry finish. If it was a blind test I would've instantly guessed Enjoy By, they both share freshness of hops. Would drink again but wouldn't go out of my way for it. (250 characters)

Photo of Herky21
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Excellent looking beer and by all standards well made, but the hop profile could be better. And by that, I mean the selection of hops, not the presentation of what ingredients were used. (186 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.1/5  rDev -25.7%

Pour is a dark amber, transparent, with a foamy bubbly off white head. Nose has a fair bit of sticky malt, strong blast of orange citrus and fleshy mango, a bit sweet, lots of hop resins. Taste is less fruity, slightly high bitterness, light body, high carb. Flavors are subdued and a touch washed out, still some malt notes, light citrus, lots of resin and some left over sugars. Finish is a bit bready and more malts. (423 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled October 27th 2014.

Real nice classic looking West coast IPA, bright clarity and orange amber. Very fine carbonation in a big cylindrical column in the middle, quite surprising. Hair of white to the head, with a creamy just big enough three slightly more tall capped head. Good retention with lots of ring like lacing as well. Great looking brew.

Nice hints of mixed hop aromas on the nose. Hints of pine and good amounts of tropical and citrus dominating. There's a bit of resiny quality to this a bit as well. Small sense of caramel coming off also. Pretty solid, not mindblowing though.

Palate comes real nicely. Real good juiced body with pine notes and astringency, hinting out some lime and phenolic burnt clove also. Mild sweetness of fruit tropics mixes nicely also. Kind of garden fresh also, with a bit of sticky malt action too. Lingering almost biscuit type aromas come on the palate also. Dry, and slightly crackery too.

Overall a real solid IPA. (1,035 characters)

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

A: Golden caramel, slight foam head and mostly translucent.
S: Grapefruit and pine soar through in the aroma.
T: Tropical and floral notes, with a sort of malty backbone (unexpected for a West Coast IPA, but is subdued enough to still stay close to style).
M: Warm, medium sweetness with a moderate body and a decent amount of carbonation.
O: Melrose is probably Beachwood's most consistently delicious and outstanding IPA. It's a perfect showcase for the brewery's style of IPA, showcasing both malty and hoppy profiles in equal measure. (538 characters)

Photo of TATTSNSNAPBACKS
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

I'd say this is up there in my top 20 of IPAs to drink. I like my IPAs with a little higher alcohol level of 7.2%. But never the less it's a great tasting beer! (160 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a crystal clear gold color with minimal head.
aroma is tropical, some pine and malt backbone.
taste is pine, and tropical fruit with a balanced malt flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with slight lingering bitterness.
overall it's a delicious ipa.
I'm thankful to have tried it (293 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle sent as an extra in a trade with brabuse430. I requested something hoppy I had not reviewed and he complied. Overall this is a decent beer, a little heavy for an IPA but I've been spoiled recently by a series of really light bodied IPAs I've brewed myself.

Beer served in a snifter, as I do not have the proper glassware for this brewery. I'm a failure at life and the rest. Beer is pretty dark amber, mild haze, white head, small bubbles, some lacing, decent retention.

Aroma is a little pine, mostly grapefruit, a little alcohol, a little malt.

Beer is medium in body, a little sweet, pretty bitter, nice citrus notes on the palate, overall a good drinking beer. A little heavier than I want but it is a nice balance of hops and backbone. I might have it again on draft. (783 characters)

Photo of AdamF625
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- golden, almost amber actually, translucent, very nice three finger white fluffy head that leaves chunky white lacing
S-tangerines, grapefruit, passion fruit
T- right along with the nose tons of oranges and grapefruit, very tropical upfront but you get floral notes in the back end. Dank hops. Very sweet caramel malt flavor.
M- medium body with moderate carbonation. Very warm and inviting in the beginning with tropical hops and sweet malt. Then it dries out nicely showcasing some herbal and floral touches.
O- When I hear the phrase "west coast IPA" this is the beer I will think of. Outstanding from start to finish with great body, malt, and hop profiles. (665 characters)

Photo of Aldogg007
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pop the top and get hit with strong pine and floral hops. Second whiff you pick up hints of citrus and the sweet malty backbone of this beast. Pours fantastic a beautiful translucent honey gold with plenty of beautiful carbonation and a beautiful thick head on top. Does this baby pack flavor! Dayum strong piney melts into citrus and the great malt backbone brings you back down to earth. Mouthfeel is fantastic wouldn't call it dry but would say it's perfectly neutral. Great beer and highly recommended! Can't wait to try more of their stuff. (545 characters)

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bought @ Whole Foods, Venice, $8.50. Had to ask to get from back. Quite rare to find in Los Angeles.

Orange color. Aroma is bright citrus mostly, especially orange and mandarin, grapefruit. Taste is light, yet with a smooth texture. Bitterness is medium for the style. Has that IPA sting a bit in the back throat that indicates freshness. Good carbonation. Finishes clean and refreshing. Malt in the background, just enough for balance. Alcohol doesn’t stand out. Overall, I’m very impressed - very drinkable and complex. (526 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

textbook west coast ipa here, great use of simcoe and amarillo, two varietals that lend themselves well to rich resinous citrus bitterness, which is exactly what they give to this beauty. honey colored with patchy white head and snowflake lacing. aromas of citrus fruit, soft pale malt, and just a hint of green buds. dank but not overly oily or sticky, its still drinkable, and unlike many, there is a degree of restraint to this, while still being a massive hops forward ipa. so clean drinking, easiest beer over 7% I've seen in ages, mellow carbonation and a medium body give this just the right platform to launch its hop assault from. finish has some honey but there is very little leftover sugar. amarillo fruit fades into simcoe bitterness, a lovely evolution. my first beer from beachwood is a memorable one. (816 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clean dark golden color with a one finger soapy white head. Some light tracks of lace.

S: Really great smell. Candied citrus zest, tangerine, overripe mango, caramel and pine.

T: Opens on a smooth, floral hoppy note. Mild grapefruit pith, caramel and a touch of honey. Then drops into a sticky resinous abyss. In a good way. Pine resin for days on the finish with just enough of a caramel malt backbone to keep it from being insanely bitter. Awesome stuff. (470 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yeah, we have a good one here, my peeps. So good that Raul will probably have a few too many and end up Facebooking tender nothings to a girl in Paris that he met a while back. (Actually, that was last night.) Moving on...

Yeah, this thang is just clean, pure and smooth - well smooth. It's about as West Coast as Tupac goin' "round and round." Very tropical and bitter like that that one chick that Raul had a fling with during a Caribbean cruise...

Raul recommended! (470 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wicked fresh, bottled 1/27/14. Pours a clear copper with impressive activity forming a creamy tow finger head. Retention was average but leaves full rings of lacing on the glass.

A light buzz of candied orange peel and honey malts provide a backbone for an airy variance of tangerine, grapefruit and piney hop aromas. A twist of pineapple and white guava wafts in and out. Wish the aroma were stronger.

Ah, the malt foundation of this is great, honey malts, tight without any grainy taste blends perfectly with the bold hoppiness, a real treat. Thick, juicy bright citrus, tangerines and grapefruit with a dank pine backing. Nuances of passion fruit acidity and pineapple. Nice bitter mouthcoating and the pine flavor follows through.

Perfect! Creamy smooth carbonation and an easy to drink body, alcohol is stable and complements the hop flavors. Drying mouthcoating that dries the palate for the next dreg.

Wow, the quality of this beer is evident in all facets, the feel on the palate does not get any better, reminiscent of Alpine's Duet with a bolder, more varied hop punch. A must revisit, kicking myself for only scoring one. Also drink this one on the chilly side, this beer can take it. (1,200 characters)

Photo of dsimmons
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

appearance
Deep copper color which looked excellent in the glass. Head retention was good at about 1/4 inch.

Smell
Intense pine, citrus and resin with backbone of guava. I could smell this ipa for days!

Taste
Very piny with citrus guava notes with an intense bitter finish.

Mouthfeel
Appropriate mouthfeel for an ipa. Not thin, just right with good carbonation lasting till the end of the bottle.
Overall
This is a great ipa and now I understand why it is hard to get (sells out the day of release). I am a dipa lover but this ipa had the intensity and balance to keep me satisfied without being a double. Quality beer from a good brewer. (642 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a perfect amber gold with bright clarity. A steady stream of bubbles make their hurried way to the top to become part of the cottony cloud of foam that tops this beer. The body has a radiance. Striking appearance.

The nose is flawless with a tropical fruits, light pine and citrus. The hops are floral and there's mango on the nose. Sweet simcoe and amarillo. Sunny tangerine. The malt is a sweet kiss of clover honey on the nose.

Taste is out of this world. The fruit and floral hops greet the palate first and give you all that mango but with a blast of grapefruit rind. Earthy and herbal. The hops are not too oily and the malt leaves the honey behind for a moment to show off some bread. The sweetness of the simcoe is brilliant in this and really makes the beer. It has a sturdy bitter. It's strong and it starts out deceptively mild but by the time you get to the swallow you are tasting a full hop bitter without harshness. Enchanting! This finishes dry and with a touch of sweetness from honey returned to you as if it had been stolen momentarily. Pine lingers in the aftertaste as if you had forgotten that too and it's back to remind you.

I LOVED this. This is one of the best, most enjoyable IPA's I have had this year. Bracing, rousing, refreshing. Thank you Jay O'Rear. (1,292 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. I don't see a date on the bottle, so freshness is unknown.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, medium amber/gold and leaves a solid finger of white head which fades gently to a layer atop the beer.

Smell: Balanced hops upfront - light pine, resin, mild mango. Malts definitely have a presence as well - a well balanced aroma. A hint of floral aroma to it as well which is nice.

Taste: Matches the smell well - resin, light pine and mango, some earthy citrus rinds, malts.

Mouth-feel: Moderate carbonation with a medium to heavy body. A bit sticky.

Overall: A quality IPA. Nice balance of hops and malts. Nothing mind-blowing but a well crafted, bigger IPA. (693 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-light amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-citrus, pine, floral, malt, slight tropical

T-citrus, bready malt, tropical fruit, floral, pine, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-good IPA, nice flavor and balance, could drink this again (295 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Melrose IPA
22oz bottle into a tulip
no bottling numbers

Thanks to socalbrewlvr for sending this one over via trade.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden yellow with 2plus fingers width of dense off white colored head. It has good retention and leaves a sheet of layered lacing.

S: Tropical fruits, resinous pine, there is a pungent somewhat tart-like character that Im not a huge fan of, almost like rotten fruit. I also get a sweetness from the malts, and subtle citrus rind.

T: Lots of piney bitterness, citrus rind, a burnt plastic astringency, soap. Malts are subtle, this is a hop bomb for sure. It has some typical English IPA aromas and flavors, which I personally do not dig at all. Tons of flavor though.

M/D: Full body, moderate carbonation, drinkability is average.

O: Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this one, but its definitely a solid IPA. Plus, I always like trying highly rated local IPAs, so thanks again socalbrewlvr for the trade! (955 characters)

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Melrose IPA from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.