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Melrose IPA - Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

Melrose IPAMelrose IPA

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

165 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8%


Brewed by:
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 07-14-2011)
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 15:10:57 | More by drabmuh
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AdamF625

Massachusetts

4.84/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 01:05:59 | More by AdamF625
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Aldogg007

California

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 04:06:47 | More by Aldogg007
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jibbyvonjibb

California

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 03:32:48 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.23/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 22:37:32 | More by StonedTrippin
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notchucknorris

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 02:20:18 | More by notchucknorris
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RaulMondesi

California

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 04:04:44 | More by RaulMondesi
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rawfish

California

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 08:03:13 | More by rawfish
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dsimmons

California

4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 21:26:32 | More by dsimmons
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utopiajane

New York

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 14:54:30 | More by utopiajane
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 23:00:46 | More by Resuin
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 23:34:31 | More by MDDMD
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -12%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 21:58:25 | More by zac16125
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex (subpoendeuces) for a fresh bottle of this one. Shared with Mike while watching UFC and served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - White foam settles to a collar, a few wisps, and some stray specks of lace. Transparent golden body that has a nice glow to it.

S - Aroma is bizarre, particularly when I read the hops used (Amarillo and Simcoe). Almost minty, with a touch of catnip, other nebulous herbs, and perhaps some cat pee as well for good measure. There's an undercurrent of tropical fruit, but this is much more earthy and herbal than I expected; some 'green' vegetal character actually. Malt bill is present with the pale malts complemented by a dollop of honey sweetness that intensifies as the beer warms up. Strangely compelling, but not exactly what I want from an IPA.

T - The taste is a bit more straightforward, with more emphasis on grapefruit zest and piney and less of the herbal qualities. Malt is more bready and the honey malt falls by the wayside. Not overly bitter at first, but there's a definite palate numbing that occurs and intensifies throughout the course of 11oz.

M - Dry, medium body, with pleasant carbonation on the lower side of moderate. Lightly resinous and oily finish, and no obvious alcohol.

D - Very odd beer, and not something I'm sure I'd want very often compared to its West Coast brethren. Beachwood is certainly doing something different from other breweries out there, but I've had mixed results from their hoppy brews: loved Hop Ninja, enjoyed Thrillseeker, was somewhat 'whelmed' by this one. Would be curious to try again in the future to see how much batch variation goes on, as some of the other reviews are markedly different.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 22:11:45 | More by MasterSki
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Nugganooch

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasting notes from 22oz bottle – tasted on 07/19/2013 with my FW snifter glass

A: Faint caramel color body with bright clarity and just a thin head of wispy paper-white suds. Retains for a few moments eventually subsiding out to a crown that drags some light stick down the glass after each sip.

S: The nose is a flourish of aromatic grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine. Incredibly fresh and fruity with some herbal spice mixed in. I get loads of candied citrus peel with a light tropical flare to it and some undercurrents of grassy pine. Not picking up much malt character here as the aromas are just buzzing with fresh hops. Really fantastic!

T: Taste is just super hopalicous! Danky as all get out with a magnificent Simcoe blast of grapefruit zest. It is pine and tangerine with a bit of pineapple/mango mixed in. There is an upper level of peppery citrus bitterness to the beer and a light alcohol kick towards the finish. Spiked with herbal qualities this one is just super dank. A slight sugary malt cracker suggested to offer up some great balance to this west coast blaster. Superb flavors!

M: Light and frothy feel with an upper level of carbonation to offer a complete drying crisp on the finish. There is a nice little constricting bitterness to the palate. Overall rather clean and dry, only slightly resinous.

D: Magnificent Simcoe Sauce!!! I may have a new favorite IPA here. Melrose has just etched out Alpine’s Duet and secured a place in my top 5 I think. Fruity and herbal with a very clean and dry malt profile.

Stoked to see this one in bottles now. Seek this one out – Beachwood is doing some great things. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 20:25:22 | More by Nugganooch
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EliotRosewater

California

4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-copper in appearance. Pours single head foam.

S - really clean and distinct hop aroma. Piney, floral, tropical. Really inviting.

T- pretty assertive bitterness but not unpleasant at all. Lots of tasty fruity hop flavor. Resinous, dank, piney on the finish. You can definitely tell that Simcoe and Amarillo were used in this guy.

M - nice carbonation, medium body. Refreshing.

O - my favorite IPA from Beachwood. Not sure of the IBU's on this sucker but it's pretty hoppy. Malts are nicely integrated and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 20:50:21 | More by EliotRosewater
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kojevergas

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with decent label art and unbranded pry-off cap acquired at a SoCal bottle shop for $7.99 and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery's reputation, but I haven't really liked anything from them besides System of a Stout. 7.10% according to the label. Self identifies as a "West Coast India Pale Ale"; reviewing as an IPA. "Brewed with 2-row malt and a touch of Canadian 'honey' malt." "Hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo varieties."

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of beige-khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. No real fluffiness or frothiness. Lacing is poor. No "legs" per se.

Body colour is a clear translucent pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Average vibrance.

Looks pretty standard for the style. Not unique or special, but there are no overt or obvious flaws.

Sm: Pungent hop aroma. Love the biscuity amarillo. Floral, nectary, light oily, and piney hop character. There's definite diversity of hop character here. Some grapefruit citrus. Resinous. I do notice those honey malts; that's a nice touch. Clean barley. Pale malts. It does flirt with soapiness, but fortunately never quite crosses the line. A clean crisp moist aroma of moderate strength. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Looking forward to trying it.

T/Mf: Body is clean malts, barley, and honey malt. Hop character is primarily nectary, with some floral, light oily, and citrusy (grapefruit, maybe some tangerine) hop character as well. Resinous pine makes an appearance. There is some hop bitterness in the third act which dries it out and negatively affects the balance. A biteen soapy; this spent too long in primary fermentation. It's dry on the finish where it should be juicy and refreshing. Both the intensity and the duration of flavour is average. Reticent for an IPA. Some complexity here, but little subtlety. It's just not as flavorful or balanced as it needs to be. There are some good elements here, but it never comes off gestalt. Certainly towards the bitter end of the sweet/bitter spectrum.

No yeast character comes through. Some alcohol is noticeable.

Smooth. Wet until the third act. Crisp. Overcarbonated. A light bite. Not harsh, gushed, or hot - though alcohol is noticeable. Above average presence on the palate. Doesn't feel custom-tailored to the flavour profile, but it suits it in a general sense. Unrefreshing. Unnecessarily heavy, which isn't justified given the lack of depth and diversity of flavour. Not soft at all; it's a bit abrasive.

Dr: Downable but unremarkable for the style. It doesn't stick out compared to the many superior IPAs out there - even limiting the sample pool to just California. I wouldn't get it again - especially not at its unfairly high price for the quality. I wouldn't want another, but it has some likable aspects. A rather average, imbalanced offering from Beachwood.

C

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 05:29:13 | More by kojevergas
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sleuthdog

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle sent from beachstrength49

Served in Kuhnhenn tulip

Pour: Golden orange and nice clarity. Minimal white head formed and receded almost instantly. Light sticky lacing.

Smell: Tons of citrus all over the nose. Pineapple, grapefruit, and so very juicy smelling. Pine resin and some caramel to finish things off. This is a very aromatic beer.

Taste: Quite bitter with more pine in the taste but the citrus is there as well. Bitter grapefruit and pineapple. Caramel is noted at the back end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a stimulating carbonation. Sticky feel. Very enjoyable.

Overall: What a treat this was. A bitter IPA but very drinkable. Thanks Chris!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 01:49:36 | More by sleuthdog
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lsummers

California

3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich golden orange, nice one finger off white head. Looks fairly carbonated.

Smells of hops and candy malt straight away. Hops are more earthy, grapefruit, and some pine nature. Slight lemon citrus. Malts are coming through candy sweet like. Taste is right away earthy, peppery, grapefruit and lemon juice. Sweet candy like toffee notes on the back end. Aftertaste is a little like burnt brown sugar. Feels a bit thin at first on the tongue but has a subtle stickyness.

Overall, it's a fantastic ipa, a little too peppery and grape fruity for my tastes but nonetheless good. Also slightly odd on the mouthfeel. I loved its rich clear color and bold hop forward taste. It's easy to tell this was dry hopped.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 23:52:21 | More by lsummers
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jeff1973

California

3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bottle to pint glass. No freshness date. I pretty sure it is fresh, as these don't stay on the shelf long.

A - Dark gold, not quite orange color. Eggshell colored head. Decent head. Average lacing.

S - Pine, a little grapefruit, resiny. Can tell right away that the first swallow is going to be bitter.

T - Yep. Bitter upfront with pine and resiny flavors. Immediately dries my mouth out. Grapefruit dominates the finish with a little citrusy sweet.

M - Medium carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied.

O - A little bitter upfront for my taste. After you get past that it is a really good beer. Really enjoyed the mouthfeel. Don't know if I would buy it again @ the $8.99 price point.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 22:58:52 | More by jeff1973
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wethorseblanket

California

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the source. New batch just put on a couple of days ago.

A: Pours a clear honey-orange with a 1-inch thick white head which leaves semi-rings and spots of lace.

N: Juicy grapefruit, orange and other citrus followed by tropical fruits (guava, mango, passonfruit).

T: Malty with a slightly sweetish honey note. Some resiny pine present along with some citrus. Herbal and floral.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry, bracing bitterness on the finish.

O: Aromatics are great and balanced with the malt.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2013 22:54:34 | More by wethorseblanket
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Rosanne

California

2.14/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

A touch too bitter, esp lingering is bitter.
Clear, thin foam head. Bit dishwatery. Lacing good at start. Smells great, hoppy. Mild carbonation. Quite thin.
Not complex - one taste with bitterness Taste doesn't live up to smell.

Shared a taster on-tap as past of a flight at the brewery in May 2013; Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach, USA. As part of a six-week West Coast beer tour. I rate to taste, not to style. See my blog for more details: carbeers.wordpress.com

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2013 03:15:22 | More by Rosanne
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ehammond1


4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Amber in color. Small white head. Lined, sticky lacing.

Grapefruit flesh and zest in the aroma. Some pine and resin as well along with caramel and floral notes.

Bitter but drinkable IPA. Lots of grapefruit and bitter citrus. Some pine and resin along with a bit of sweet caramel.

Medium body with crisp carbonation.

Really enjoyed this. Beachwood is making fantastic IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2013 20:01:50 | More by ehammond1
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the brewpub a couple days ago. 99+ IBUs (in fact, 5 of the 8 beers on the printed menu are 99+ IBUs, a hophead's deam!). This review is from notes.

Pours a clear peach color with a big frothy head. It recedes to a ring pretty quickly but leaves plenty of chunks of foam on the glass. The aroma is distilled hop bitterness. Pine resins and concentrated grapefruit extract. The taste is a wall of uncompromising bitterness. oily citrus and herbaceous hop flavors smack my palate with every sip. Malt is almost AWOL, providing just a bit of grainyness in the back. The mouthfeel is infinitely bitter and lasts forever. hop oils coat my mouth for a long time.

This is an archetypal west coast IPA. Hugely bitter and unrestrained. the complexity of the hops make it as contemplative as it is puckering. A must try for a hophead in LA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2012 17:09:17 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some really nice tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate that lingers after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a really tasty beer with some great aromas and flavors that make is super easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 02:04:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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