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Thrillseeker IPA - Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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Thrillseeker IPAThrillseeker IPA

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 250
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 21.74%
Wants: 42
Gots: 36 | FT: 2
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Beachwood BBQ & Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-14-2011

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Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden color in the glass. A nice persistent foam and well carbonated in the mouth. Great aroma of hop flowers. It's a warm day in the piney woods. You can almost taste that sticky sap.

It's interesting how thin this is-- sort of a laser-focused hop delivery system without the distractions of malt. This is not so astoundingly bitter, it's just all about the hops. Lemony with plenty of pine. Very sharp and veering towards outright acidity.

It's too strong for gulping a couple of pints, but it's a serious hop fest. On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach.

05-04-2013 update: Tried this in the bottle. It is the most amazing aroma that is worth trying for the nose and scent along. I'd give it a little higher rating for flavor, but except for the hardened hop-o-holic it's virtally undrinkable. Just need a bottle of Longboard Lager to fill the other half of the glass with.

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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 kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7.1% ABV per my bottle. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard black colour pressure cap and fantastic humorous label art served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; Beachwood's house beers have yet to impress me. Cost was a shockingly high $8.99; they really have to prove themselves more to be charging that. "India Pale Ale." Kettle hopping with chinook, summit, centennial, and simcoe. Dry hopped with simcoe and chinook.

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

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige (ecru for the pretentious) colour head of nice froth, decent cream, and pretty good (~3 minute) retention. Light uneven lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is a clear pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Translucent.

Sm: Lovely citrus ester hop character. Floral hops; light pine. Nectary. Quite fresh and hoppy. Very pleasant and appealing. Pale malts. Light grapefruit. Fruit zest. A moderate strength aroma; quite nice for an IPA. Seemingly balanced. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: A bit soapy. Citrus/grapefruit zest. Pale malts. Floral hops. Some hop bitterness does come through. Not a fan of the soapy character. I like the nectary and citrusy character, but the hop bitterness and soap ruin the balance. Still, it's very pleasant for what it is. It really does taste fresh; it's probably less than a week old seeing as I bought it in L.A. and it was brewed in Long Beach. Decently built. Tasty in spite of its lack of balance. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. It's complex enough, but not very subtle.

Aroma was better than the head.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat oily, but not as much as I'd like. Good carbonation; it's not biting or sharp. Good body and presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile well.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the fairly high ABV. It's a nice little IPA; I'll have no trouble killing the bomber by meself. A surprisingly good brew from Beachwood, but probably not worth its undeserved pricetag. I'd like to see this in 6 pack format soon. I'd definitely get this on-draught, but the pricetag prevents me from wanting to pick it up in bottled form.


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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 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 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 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 DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Golden yellow with a 1/4 inch head and ok retention and some lacing

Smell: Upfront is a good amount of pine with traces of citrus and the background carries a very nice floral note

Taste: It is almost identical to the nose honestly. At first you get the sting from the pine notes that transitions into some grapefruit and other citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: Light body with high carbonation very light and refreshing

Overall: This is an average west coast IPA better then 99.9% of east coast IPA's but just a run of the mill west coast IPA. Definately worth a shot

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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 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 IKR
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a moderate white head .

Smell: Pine trees and citrus fruit aromas.

Taste:The pine and citrus fruit notes in the nose carry over to the taste. There's a mild hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light body with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: A good IPA. Beachwood has come out strong since they first opened the doors to the Long Beach locale.

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

Bomber with great label art.

A: Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a 1-finger thick white head which fades slowly leaving sheet and spotty lace.

N: Citrus pith (grapefruit, tangerine) and tropical fruits (pineapple, passion, and mango). Pungent and floral.

T: Citrus stands up with some malt balance. There's a herbal and faint catty/onion note.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Bitter and dry finish.

O: Enjoyed fresh is best.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The beer pours a clear, light amber color with a dense white head, and sticky lacing.

S: A very intense nose. Lots of pineapple fruitiness and plenty more piney hops. There's a moderate grapefruit aroma, along with mild herbal notes and sweet tropical fruits. Overall a really dank hop character.

T: The flavor is very heavy on the pine. Plenty of perfume with grapefruit, pineapple, and floral hop flavors. There is a decent amount of bitterness to it and only a touch of malt sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation and a little bit of bitterness on the finish.

O: A nice IPA, here. Perhaps not as good as Melrose, but definitely something you could have a glass or two of.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

730th Review on BA
Growler to goblet

Not sure what BA brought this out

App- A nice darker somewhat translucent amber looking IPA out of a clear growler. When poured had a nice bubbly head to it with some nice cling and some legs behind it.

Smell- Nice aromatics of pine, resin, wet hops and some delicate fruits. Had more hops and fruit overall. Maybe a touch on the end of some thicker malts.

Taste- Taste follows the nose and it is a very nice crisp west coast IPA. Big hops, balanced by the fruits. A little spice, a little pine at the same time to create that mentioned balance.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Left of course that resiny pine, fruit note.

Drink- A pretty good IPA. I had the melrose as well and this was just a tad less than that one. A little more punch to this one but still quite good.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration
CSU, San Marcos
San Marcos, CA

Clear orange and light amber with a somewhat thick white head.

Piney hop aroma, dank marijuana, and some faint citrus notes along with a little sweet and sticky caramel malt.

A solid, not overly bitter, pine-forward IPA, balanced nicely with a touch of caramel sweetness.

Medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

A very solid, delicious IPA.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap @ O’Briens Pub

First sampled and enjoyed this at the FW Invitational. Nice to find it on tap here.

A: Thrillseeker IPA shows a mostly clear golden body with a drought pour that produces only a brim of off white head. Streaming with bubbles. Can’t really note on the retention but there is some nice squiggly stick down the glass as the drink progresses.

S: The nose produces some real aromatic pink grapefruit with a bit of sappy evergreens. There are some nice undercurrents of cured green herbs and faint tropical floras. No real malt detectable here or alcohol for that matter. Hops are pungent though and have me pretty excited about this one.

T: Sugary orange peel, grapefruit flesh, sativa, and pine oils. Less diversity than the nose but still nice. Malt is nothing more than a light dry cracker springboard for the hops. Maybe a dash of caramel in there. The beer has an upper moderate level of hoppy bitterness that permeates the palate without becoming too harsh or abrasive. Does have a lasting peppery effect. Alcohol is incognito here. Deliciously fruity, herbal, and refreshing.

M: Lighter body with a real dry texture. Carbonation is fair and might even be on the higher end. Producing a nice crisp snappy finish. Bitterness really saps the palate giving a pucker that lingers long after. Slight sticky residuals of oils and sugars.

D: A thirst quencher. Very light, hoppy, and refreshing. I could session a few of these for sure.
This is West Coast style to a “T”. Nicely done. One of my favs for the day. Sticky Icky!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a clear honey orange with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy chunks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of very nice citrus zest and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is the same with a malt finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA but I am digging the aroma more than the flavor.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I seek for thrills in my beer. Not all the time, but in general I do. And when a beer is named "thrillseeker", it's very tough not to try it. Served on-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

A pale orange colored beer with good lasting cream and lace. Ok, now the nose, delish! You can tell this beer was dry hopped with passion, as the nose is nothing but delirious hops. Pine, citrus peel, grapefruit, orange, what's not to like.

OK, so perhaps the nose brought expectations a little too high. Dry and hoppy is the way Thrillseeker goes. Still, flavors of pine, cannabis, orange, and a dry bready canvas provide enough to entertain the tastebuds. It's medium bodied, not overly bitter, and can be consunmed at a good rate.

A thrill for thrill seekers. Seek it, drink it, and repeat.

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Photo of teamizm
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms' 3rd Anniversary Party.

A - Light amber color, lucid. Sticky lacking.

S - Very strong nose - tropical fruits, grapefruits, pine needles, orange zest. Hops, hops, and more hops. No real malt notes at all. Smells like summer in California.

T - Lots of resin and pine needles. Very wet forest tasting, but brightened with grapefruit and citrus notes.

M - nice mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Leaves a nice piney bitterness in the aftertase.

O - Great IPA, but as others have noted, not as stellar as Melrose IPA. I really love the direction Beachwood Brewing is going; very strong and delicious beers.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from subpoenadeuces - thanks bro! Served in a tasting snifter with friends at Northdown.

A - White foam settles to wisps, a collar, and specks of lace. Lightly hazed pale golden body.

S - Zesty, with some onion and chive notes. Very herbal and piney, likely from the Chinook, with some grapefruit rind and peel as well. Malt character is quite understated in the aroma and lends a nebulous sugary character.

T - The taste has a bit more balancing malt sweetness to it, but it's still quite hop-forward, with notes of citrus zest, pine, and other grassy and floral notes. Moderate bitterness that lingers but never grows fatiguing.

M - Dry, crisp, medium body, with sufficient heft for a single IPA. No obvious alcohol, and pleasant, soft, moderate carbonation.

D - A nice IPA that is a bit heavier on the pine, zesty, and foresty flavors than I tend to like. Still, it was quite easy to drink the bomber and I'd order this again if I were out LA way in the future.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a light amber with a medium white head, lots of full concentric lacing as an IPA should look.

S: Pot and tropical fruit, some grassiness, an intense Summit and Simcoe mix.

T: Pine resin, grapefruit and grass. Some light pineapple and papaya. Nice mix of flavours. Completely hop dominated.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp carbonation, medium aftertaste.

O: A really good IPA; I'm with Andrew in that it's not as good as Melrose, but this is clearly an enjoyable pint.

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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 HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


On tap at Beachwood BBQ and Brewing.

A: Bright gold with two fingers of white foam. Good retention and lots of lacing.

S: This immediately strikes me as a little drier than Melrose. Bright citrus notes are apparent, redolent of orange flesh and pith, tangerine, mango, and grapefruit. There's just a dash of candied caramel and light perfumy floral notes.

T: The beer has a smooth moderate bitterness with lots of orange and tangerine flesh. Alcohol is well hidden, and the beer is devoid of harsh or astringent notes.

M: Upper light in body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, crisp, and sticky.

Overall: Another fine IPA from Julian.

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Photo of kevanb
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a nice golden copper color, honey straw hues with a slightly hazy texture. A thick, soapy white head rises out of the beer, about 2 fingers high that has good retention and leaves behind a wonderful wall of lace. The aroma is nice, lots of bitter, resinous, piney hops with some grapefruit citrus behind it, touches of grassy, dirty hops and lightly sweet malt. The flavors are right in line with the aroma, lots of bitter piney hops, weedy, dirty grassy flavors right behind it with some bright and tangy grapefruit citrus with just a touch of malt sweetness that lingers at the finish with a slight alcohol heat. The body is relatively juicy but doesn't do much justice to the tongue and finishes with a really dry bitter kick.

Verdict: A damn fine IPA from Beachwood and a great showing of the West Coast style. Hops all the way but the piney and resinous nature lacks a bit of balance and brightness, but this is great stuff.

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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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Thrillseeker IPA from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
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