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Thrillseeker IPA | Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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Thrillseeker IPAThrillseeker IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by womencantsail on 08-14-2011

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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 288
Photo of Eli2814
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold body with a cottony head that lasted almost the entire time I was drinking it.
Smells great, the balance between citrus and pine make it smell like tropical trees. I'd wear it as cologne if I could.
The quality of the taste doesn't quite match the nose's. It doesn't have that balance that great balance that the smell had, but still not bad.
The mouthfeel is a little more astringent than I expected, but it made for some pretty easy drinking.
Overall, a pretty good ipa. It didn't blow me away, but it's opened the door to trying more from Beechwood.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, served in a snifter glass.

Pours a medium golden-copper body, one finger white head, good retention, a bit of lacing. Smells of pine, grapefruit, floral notes, caramel and toffee. Flavour is a pretty quintessential west coast style IPA right here, with grapefruit, floral notes, on a mild caramel and pine backbone, moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, good carbonation, decent depth. Standard west coast style IPA.

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Photo of WingsAndBeer72
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My buddy from Cali gave me this. It's a great west coast IPA. I can tell that there was a lot of dry hopping - the nose is great. Simcoe is the dominant hop. The hops really shine in this beer. The aftertaste is really pleasent. The enjoyable hop taste lingers well into the next sip. There is nothing out of balance with this beer even though it's all about hops and not malt. Awesome experience.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Craft Beer Kings. Light yellow color. Aroma was dull, not much hop aroma here. Flavor was dull as well, mild bitterness. the bottle date was only mid-March so it wasn't that old. I am going to try to secure another bottle when I am in California next week and see if I just had a bad one.

Update- got a fresh bottle, nice hop flavors, bright, excellent bitterness that is pronounced but not overwhelming, reminds me slightly of early Sculpin.

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Photo of Mounty4Life
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

3-21-16 bottle date looks a little cloudy but mostly clearish orange hue. head retention is decent and laces light on glass. nose is awesome after a slight swirl and real fruity. Taste likes juicy fruit gum with a little bitterness follow through. i could drink this often if i lived in LA

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 3-21-16, enjoyed 3-25-16...now that's fresh! Clear yellow-amber, smells and tastes like a classic piney IPA, and an outstanding example of just that! Good lingering bitterness. My kind of IPA. Cheers!

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a pale straw golden with a nice thick head.

Aroma is immediately prevalent from uncapping the bottle. It is herbal with a light pine and citrus. Very balanced.

Taste matches flavor. It has a TON of hops. With a resin note and a thin sweet malt thread running in and out of it.

Delicious

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Photo of mobrado
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Mosaic-heavy Amalgamator is more up my alley (Thrillseeker is a bit more traditional, I guess), but all Beachwood IPAs exude sophistication and confidence. Everything here from look, smell, taste to the excellent mouthfeel screams that these guys are professionals and know what they're doing.

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Photo of luisitoelmatador88
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

newest batch. Bottled on 11/02/15 and enjoyed on 11/03/15. #fresh-as-tits

Appearance: pretty fucking clear. on the slightly lighter orange / tangerine / dark yellowish / straw-esque. you get the picture.

Aroma: fresh ass american hops as expected. typical west coast danky dank, pine, citrus and kind of floral. minimal malt / grains. not huge powerful smells overall though.

taste: upfront is a smooth, slick, oily hoppy flavor and sensation. can't pin point exact fruit flavors but there is of course orangey and citrus notes. This beer finishes with dank herbaciousness. Surprisingly not too bitter, especially for a beachwood beer.. might be the least bitter of all their IPAs (at least this batch is)

Mouthfeel: carbonation is medium minus - medium. medium overall mouthfeel. its a little rich, nice bodied.

overall: pretty damn good even though my bottles got shaken up a bit.

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Photo of rand
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 22 oz bottle to nonic pint glass

A: Clear copper-tan appearance, a small wispy head quickly dissipates leaving tiny patches of lacing.

S: Hop-forward but sweet bouquet. Tropical nectar meets caramelly-sweet malts. Boozy, but just enough to round the aromas.

T: Straight-up tropical juice on the palate. Sort of a mango-guava-papaya thing going on. The caramelly malts have almost a buttery undertone, but there's no diacetyl...it's like tropical butter-rum. Booze kicks in mid-sip, with floral, hoppy astringency keeping the flavors from becoming treacly. Medium, bitter-sweet finish.

M: Medium bodied, oily slick. Relatively lightly carbonated.

Wow, what tasty, juicy IPA. This might be the best pale ale from Beechwood so far. It's like adult tropical candy...could sip on this anytime.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look-color is amber/ brown, slightly hazy, pours a finger of eggshell head that retains well, lots of bubbles visible inside the beer.
Smell-very malty, with a little fruit and pine in there.
Taste-Like the smell, this was very malty, given how fresh it was. Still, some pleasant hop nots of pine and a bit of fruitiness are present.
Feel-Definitely on the heavy side, pretty chewy, very carbonated.
Overall-Kind of on the "unexceptional" side, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 7/27/15. Consumed 8/5/15.

Floral aromas with honey sweet malt.

Thankfully the malt is drier than the nose lets on but still dominates the palate. The hop combo has a floral, tropical fruit and citrus grapefruit pith character but is not overly bitter.

Medium body with soft prickly, creamy carb. Very nice.

This is a very good IPA. Balanced a little to the malty side compared to my ultimate IPA but very well executed.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle dated 9/29/14 into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours a straw color with a two finger white head. Has some layered lacing.

S-The aroma smells of pine, peach, and citrus.

T-Taste awesome with the same as aroma with some tropical hops.

M-well balanced very great carbonation

O-Overall another great beer by Beachwood!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale orange and clear. Small white head. Medium white collar.

Smell - Grassy hops. Citrus. Kinda smells like Nelson.

Taste - Grapefruit hops. Not as distinctly Nelson in flavor. Cracker malts. Light doughy sweetness. Grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Bitter.

Overall - Simple, but good.

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Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a strong, large, off-white creamy head. Retention is fantastic. Brew is a very clear yellow-gold. Tons of thick, spider web lacing.

Hoppy aroma with a pale malt backbone. Floral, slightly catty, and some lighter pine.

Relatively light and bright flavor: citrus peel and pulp, pine, slightly dank, all riding on a honey-and-biscuit pale malt profile. Mosaic hops?

Crisp and smooth mouthfeel; fairly light, with a hint of syrupy smoothness.

This is a very good IPA, and although it doesn't seem to bring anything fresh to the table, that shouldn't take away from consistent, tasty, solid goodness.

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Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Reviewing the Thrillseeker IPA from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing out of Long Beach, California. This "west cost-style" IPA is generously hopped with a mix of Chinook, Summit, Centennial, and Simcoe hops.

Score: 90

Bottled the last week of September 2014. Served in a Kate the Great snifter and enjoyed on 10/13/14. Thank you Jazz for sending me this one!

Appearance: Pours a clean, transparent honey color with a finger of white head that settles to a thin, coating layer. Amazing lacing and retention. Quite a beautiful IPA. 5/5

Smell: A big citrus blast followed by a light earthy kick that rounds out the aroma. Orange, grapefruit, citrus, sweet malt, mango, pine and bready malt. A touch herbal too. Quite pleasant. 4/5

Taste: Earthy and bitter upfront, followed by orange rind, lemon and grapefruit on the finish. Lingering grapefruit and bitterness. This is a really pleasant, bitterly citrusy IPA. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, appropriate carbonation. Watery/juicy mouthfeel with a dry, bitter, and slightly astringent finish. This IPA has a pleasantly bitter kick with a lingering finish. 4/5

Overall: An unexpectedly pleasant IPA. I saw Summit on the label and expected to hate this, but I did not get any onion character -- just a pleasantly complex earthiness mixed amongst a nice citrusy, bitter IPA profile. This is my kind of IPA.

Cost: $8 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of brewmastercat
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/11/2014 - Beachwood Brewing - Thrillseeker IPA - Poured into a Dogfish Head Spiegelau

A - The pour and look of this beer is amazing. The head has an amazing level of proteins. This is one of the only beers where the head extends past the top of my glass a good couple centimeters and doesn't spill over. An amazing clear golden yellow with cotton white head. The "stereotypical" beer appearance.
S - Pine, Citrus, Mango and Pineapple. A little astringency.
T - Biscuit, Citrus, Pine, Mango. A good amount of bitterness, I think this is more on the double IPA side, 1.5 IPA. Very smooth with a lasting bitterness. A tad bit of astringency.
M - Medium all around, medium carbonation, medium mouth feel, medium amount of creaminess, very easy to swallow.
O - Not my favorite IPA, but hell, this is a damn fine IPA. Great amount of bitterness with a fine malt background to project those hops. Style-wise this is an amazing beer if you love IPAs. If you're not fan of IPA's, I wouldn't suggest this beer. I personally love this beer. I think I'm developing a fetish for Beachwood, haven't had a brew from them I haven't liked.

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Photo of Resuin
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. This was bottled on 09/29/14 so is less than 2 weeks old.

Appearance: Pours a fairly transparent medium amber/honey color and leaves a couple fingers of fluffy, white head that linger forever. (4.25)

Smell: Pine, resin, honey, biscuity malts, a bit of mango and citrus as well. (4.5)

Taste: Resin, pine, honey, biscuity malts, pear, mango, citrus. Similar to the nose. Nice,smooth finish (4.25)

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a light to medium, slightly creamy body. (4.25)

Overall: Tasty piney and fruity hops with a nice malt presence as well. Really well balanced IPA. (4.25)

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- 22oz. bottle (bottled 21-Mar-16) poured into Golden Road tumbler on 28-Mar-16 (week old)

I've had this beer a couple times before out of the bottle and those previous batches were pretty good. This batch, however, is a whole another level than the previous ones. Juicy, hoppy, and well-balanced. My only gripe was that it had a slight tinge of that buttery, diacytl flavor in the aroma (not in the taste). It was a bit weird, but overall a damn, fine west coast IPA. I wouldn't expect anything less from BW.

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Photo of rudzud
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a filtered crystal clear golden hue with a nice nearly two finger creamy white head that fades to leave a thin blanket and light side lacing.

S - Aromas of nice pine, orange zest, tropical fruits (mango, passion fruit). Faint grapefruit as well.

T - Taste is much more bitter than the nose. Loads more pine and some grassy hops, the tropical notes are super, super faint. Light soft caramel, faint malty sweetness. Nice citrus zest. A very tasty beer, but doesnt really match up with the nose.

M - Mouthfeel is good, nicely carbonated, alcohol hidden well. Very drinkable.

O - Overall, this is a really solid IPA, nose is dominated by citrus and tropical notes, whereas the taste is nearly all pine and a hint of grapefruit. Kind of wish it tasted like it smelled, or vice versa.

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Photo of AdamF625
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- clear golden with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Stringy lacing on the glass.
S- floral hops, some vague citrus notes, grassy, lemon zest
T- lime, melon, bitter floral hops, soft malt profile
M- medium body and carbonation. Dry and grassy finish.
O- another good ipa from beachwood. More floral and earthy than others I've tried.

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Photo of rawfish
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold with amazing clarity, quickly builds a rocky two finger head of stark white. Retention is ridiculously high, the cap of foam doesn't want to leave the top layer of liquid resulting in slight flecks of lacing.

Aroma is rather muted personafied by floral grasses and bright citrus. Honey bread malt provides a solid foundation. Hay, straw, wild flowers, lemon peel and pink grapefruit hops.

Malt is pale and thin, toasted white bread with a lick of cookie dough. Hops are very bright, floral herbs and yellow citrus, grapefruit pith and lemongrass at the epicenter with some pine, chives and red berry. Alcohol is has a steely edge when matched with the medium high bitterness and soapy drying in the finish.

Medium bodied and judging by the attractive head formation the carbonation is boisterous. Finish is metallic and very bitter but also nicely drying. Moderate alcohol.

Thrillseeker uses classic hops to bring a bright grassy/citrus profile to life with high alpha acids and a scrubbing bone dry finish. Lacks the aroma and touch/feel to raise it into the next level of IPAs.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color. Medium-sized head with moderately large bubbles. In the aroma, caramel prominent, grapefruit, pineapple. Bitterness medium. Body medium. Carbonation medium. Pretty tasty, though I wish there was less caramel flavor, allowing the hops to come through more.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Went down to the Seal Beach location this afternoon, unfortunately all of their bottles sold out the day of the release! A nice bartender recommended that I try Whole Foods, and I was able to find it there (albeit for a $1 more at $8.99).

If there's a better brewery in the greater LA/OC area, I don't believe you. I live in the valley, and am not able to travel to the actual locations very much, but have tried Thrillseeker, Melrose, and Amalgamator since they began bottling them. All are top notch IPAs.

Beautiful, clear golden color. Great lacing. Awesome nose. Slightly sweet finish to balance the hops. Excellent beer. The only thing I can knock off really is the price, which is slightly high. I wish their beers were more readily available in Los Angeles.

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Photo of Turst3Since1987
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As I picked this up I was expecting an average single ipa. As soon a I poured this I got hit with deliciousness. Extremely smooth and refreshing. A pleasure to drink and def gives blind pig a run for its money!

More people need to try this!! This beer is much better then 93.

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