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Melrose IPA - Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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Melrose IPAMelrose IPA

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 344
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 70
Gots: 43 | FT: 2
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Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 56 | Hads: 344
Photo of ptykozoon
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear honey with light lacing.

Nuanced pine, sweet syrup, french bread, citrus and a light sourness.

Dry pine with sweets in the background. Earth notes in the finish.

Dry and puckery, tastes around 7.5%.

Nice summery IPA.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very solid IPA. After all the hype I was hoping for something a bit more special but I would probably put it on the same level as Just Outstanding. A little on the malty side. Not sweet but there's definitely a good amount of backbone. Floral and tropical. Not too bitter.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this beer is good. Great dry hop aroma and taste that is crisp and easy to drink. Good hop balance and great overall taste. Beachwood kills when it comes to ipas.

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Photo of luisitoelmatador88
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden / light amber / copper. mostly pretty clear. small head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma: the smell is admittedly not very huge or pronounced. I smell dankness, citrus rind, a little not of sweet bread malt, fresh hops and a little piny. (smells more like a light imperial IPA as it warms.
Taste: I taste some papaya (the regular kind not the sweeter and smaller hawaiian or island varieties, has some melon / cantaloupe notes, of course its showcases some orange and grapefruit qualities. ever so slight malty doughy flavor but dries up quickly and cleanly. And like any proper classic socal ipa, it is has a resiny type finish mixed with a little bit of mild pineapple. finish remains pretty bitter and dank. Bitter orange / peel flavors for sure
mouthfeel: mouthfeel is excellent considering the 7.1 abv. its medium but substantial that leaves a semi sticky and pretty oily sensation on the palate.

Overall: I've probably had 3 or 4 different released of this beer. I probably loved the first two more than the most recent but it still hods as a mighty fine IPA in a region (LA county) that is definitely growing and improving but is still very lackluster compared to other parts of CA and the westcoast in terms of the craft beer movement.
beer is very tasty and quite perfect if you're in the mood for a pretty bitter beer with great mouthfeel and a very powerful finish for a regular / single IPA.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy amber that clears to brilliant as it warms. It produces a thin white foam cap that produces splotchy lace. Smells like a tropical fruit bowl in a pine forest after a light rain. The palate starts with tropical fruit and then dissolves into a resiny bitterness. Very nice.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber datedbJune 11, 2015 into my home made marlin glass.
A: Beautiful beer. Light copper beer with a thick creamy head. Laces the hell out of the glass.
S: Piney floral citrus rind
T: similar to the nose. A little sweeter than I normally like but it works here.
MF: No discernable alcohol burn. A little thin but very drinkable
O: A very good beer. Not for someone looking for an orange juice type ipa but does what it set out to very well.

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Photo of mschantz
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding 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, fantastic beer.

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of spykespnoypbg
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Herky21
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.1/5  rDev -26.2%

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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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!

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Photo of zookerman182
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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

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Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of AdamF625
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of Aldogg007
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.24/5  rDev +1%
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!

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Melrose IPA from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.