Melrose IPA - Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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Melrose IPAMelrose IPA

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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 67
Gots: 39 | 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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Reviews by RaulMondesi:
Photo of RaulMondesi
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of rack0flamb
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite IPA's period. Beachwood has become one of my top 3 favorite breweries in So Cal.

Photo of utopiajane
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of rawfish
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this growler. The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is unmistakably that of a West Coast IPA. I get a ton of citrus and tropical fruit notes - peaches, pineapples and oranges. I also get a little bit of bread, but the aroma is basically all about the hops. The flavor is more of the same. There are tons of pineapple,. peach and apricot notes making up the flavor. The bread and biscuit malt is also present and the bitterness is pretty low, even though the hop flavor is so high. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very, very good and glad I got to try it.

Photo of ehammond1
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of timc100
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

Super dank tropical fruit aroma, taste lacks the same vibrancy but still fantastic. Love what they are doing.

Photo of AdamF625
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of EliotRosewater
4.27/5  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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of TimShank
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Side by side I like this IPA better than Pliney the Elder.

Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Womencantsail hauled a growler of this up from LA. Thanks!

Pretty standard west coast IPA in appearance: pale amber, clear, nicely carbonated. Head retention is unusually good, even after the growler had been open for 12 hours.

Pretty damn fragrant. Very herbal and resiny with a big juicy grapefruit backbone. Not much malt on the nose to speak of.

Sharp and resiny on the tongue, tons of bitter grapefruit and fresh herbs. Pretty biting stuff, there's quite a bit of bitterness here but it's balanced by a huge hop flavor and light caramel sweetness. Nice resiny, sticky finish. My first beer from the newly opened Beachwood brewery and I'm impressed, this is great stuff.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color, bubbly small white head.

Dank, grassy, pineapple hop aroma. Slight toasty malt sweetness. West coast hop aroma thru-and-thru.

More dank hoppy taste. Very bold, drying bitterness. Fits the bill for a hop addict. Pineapple, grassy, herbal/tea bomb. Lingering pithy grapefruit hop finish with a light malt flavor. Not much sweetness. Great beer.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Beachwood growler into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to errantnight for the hook up!

A: Pours a deep brassy/tarnished copper color with one tight finger of creamy bright white head. Carbonation is a little on the lazy side, but it is in there bubbling steadily.

S: Thick tropical hoppiness. Bright citrus rind and fresh pine. Sturdy malt backbone lays down a nice foundation but doesn't stand in the way of the hops.

T: Good lord, there's some fantastic hops going on here. Citrus zest, pineapple, apricot, and grapefruit. Hints of tangerine flesh and spicy pine mingle with soft carmel-y notes.

M: Sticky, oily, and spicy with not a trace of syrupy, palate fatiguing sweetness.

O: An excellent west coast IPA. Suprisingly nimble for 7.2%. Drinks like a 5%er!

Photo of beerdweeb
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Medium deep amber with foamy white head. Beautiful color, looks like a well made beer.

S: Out of this world aroma. I don't even have to drink it. Fruity, citrusy, and a tad sweet

T: Starts with a little caramel and malt then goes balls out on hops. Tropical and citrus hoppy finish.

M: Medium bodied.

O: My favorite beer from Beachwood so far. Julian has done great work with this one. This beer can hold its own with the best West Coast IPAs!

Photo of spykespnoypbg
3.85/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of zac16125
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
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!

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

Photo of zookerman182
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
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

Photo of Nugganooch
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of jeff1973
3.85/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The pour is amber in color with a finger of white head and lots of sticky lacing.

S: Tons of grapefruit and grapefruit rind aromas with perhaps just as much, if not more, pine notes. Almost no malt character is perceivable. Just a touch of grass and floral notes with a flourish of citrus on the back end.

T: More of the same on the palate. Intense grapefruit and pine flavors with an assertive bitterness. Nice citrus flavor overall that makes this a pretty refreshing beer. Very minimal malt flavor, just a touch of bread.

M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation and a nice crisp finish.

O: The best beer yet from Beachwood brewing, but I sort of already knew that having had the homebrew version before.

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Melrose IPA from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.