Thrillseeker IPA - Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 226
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 7.25%
Wants: 39
Gots: 29 | 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 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! (327 characters)

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. (360 characters)

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. (605 characters)

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. (1,385 characters)

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. (1,126 characters)

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) (623 characters)

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. (860 characters)

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. (346 characters)

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. (1,089 characters)

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. (269 characters)

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. (766 characters)

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. (277 characters)

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

Bomber poured into Founders snifter. Thanks CoolEthan!

Appearance is golden, a shade darker than straw

Smell is piney and citrus fruit. Only a tiny bit of sweet bready malt coming through. The focus is on the hops of course. Orange zest and grapefruit with some mango sweetness.

Taste is a pleasant bitterness up front, nice hop flavor, some light sweetness. Pine from the hops lingers for a good while after each sip.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Smooth, med-low carbonation, alcohol seems to be masked by all those hops.

Overall this is a very nice, clean drinking IPA. Definitely a great representation of West Coast IPAs. I would be very interested to try more from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing (693 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours dark golden with a tightly carbonated one finger head. Good soapy lacing down the glass.

S: Smells pretty great. Lots of tropical fruit and piney hops. An almost perfume like lychee aroma as well with some passionfruit, mango and tangerine in the background.

T: Definitely not as sweet as the smell would make you think. A good hit of piney and grassy hops over the palate right away with a nice caramel malt backbone. Finish gives a good dose of pine resin. Hints of grapefruit pith, floral hops and lemon zest. A really solid IPA. (544 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly hazy medium yellow with one finger of off white head.

S - Pineapple, grapefruit, peach, pine. Slight caramel malt sweetness.

T - Good bitterness up front. Pine, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and some honey/caramel sweetness.

M - Light to medium body. Resinous and oily. Sticky. Light carbonation. (317 characters)

Photo of MEsoJD
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

[glass from Verdugo bar]

I: A relatively new brewery to me that's based in Long Beach, Beachwood has been showing up beer drinkers minds recently. I only had the Melrose so I can't say I have a great grasp on their collection. That said, the Thrillseeker caught my eye with it's great presentation. At times I think I'm tiring of ipas, but I keep coming back. I'm hop head and on the label it says,"Thrillseeker is an India Pale Ale that will push your senses to the edge" we'll see about that.... my favorite overly hoppy bear is Hopsickle. Let's see if Thrillseeker impresses.

B: [7.1 ABV 1 Pint. 6 FL OZ. Bottle date. none to be found, but I figure it's recent] The bottle is an A - in terms of presentation. Beautiful label art and quality. Brief summary of ingredients, but no back story. Cant find bottle date... If all things work out, I'll be shelving this bottle. The art work of the hop bursting out of cannon and through a hoop of fire is infectious.

A: A golden honey orange/copper body with a big white loose head, fast dissipation, and decent lacing.

S: Very tropical fruit forward on the nose with pine hops.

T: Very tasty sweet malt and grapefruit, moderate pine hops that present itself in mid sip and lingers, good citrus presence with other tropical fruits like lemon/zest, pineapple, and guava.

M: medium bodied, dry/ slight slick finish, good/moderate crisp carbonation, and low apparent alcohol.

O: While it won't destroy you palate, it will delight. Thrillseeker is like drinking dessert in the world of ipas. Great balance and pleasing in almost every category. My favorite aspect is it's sweet tropical fruit presence. Just try and take only one sip. I do highly recommend this one and will buy again. (1,739 characters)

Photo of SirBentham
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Golden-Orange. 1 finger white head.

Smell – Hops, hops, hops

Taste – Incredibly hop forward (which I prefer). I love the Row 2 malts they use. You can taste them on the backend without cutting into the hops.

Mouthfeel – Medium body. Nice amount of carbonation with a slightly creamy texture.

Overall – This is really impressive. I knew Beachwood made solid beers, but this hangs with some of the best single IPAs out there. I prefer it over their Melrose IPA. Up there with the Alpine and KRBC offerings. (532 characters)

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. (976 characters)

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. (994 characters)

Photo of ZRBE
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Biggups to LieutenantSour for the bottle drop!

A - Very light lacing and head, despite a somewhat aggressive pour. Quite light yellow color.

S - Pine and citrus.

T - Just lovely. Pine, citrus, not too bitter at first but it catches up with you further down the bottle. Strong hop presence but still quite light. Could drink loads of this stuff.

M - Maybe a little low on carbonation, but only slightly. Looks like others found otherwise so maybe it's just me. Light and easy despite being fairly sweet.

O - I dig it. Very easy drinker, I could see this as a solid go-to if I lived in the area. (598 characters)

Photo of beck2008
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bomber from Total Wine in Redondo Beach, CA (on suggestion from the floor clerk)

This IPA pours an amber/orange with lots of lacing. Two finger head. Smell is packed with tropical hops - sweet grapefruit, pineapple, citrus upfront with one whiff. Carbonation and mouth feel was just about right - on the creamy side, very pleasant. Taste overall is very balanced - nice malt base with lots of tropical hops. I would say if you can't get your hands on Pliny then this is a close second. The ABV is 7% but it tastes like a DIPA with a full bodied/balanced taste. I highly recommend this one. (597 characters)

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. (444 characters)

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.

B- (2,406 characters)

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. (436 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle release yesterday. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an orangish-light gold with some fine white head which quickly forms a nice ring. Leaves a smattering of lacing. Good retention.

S: Green pine and dank citrus hops balanced with caramel malt. Well balanced and appealing.

T: Fresh, complex citrus (grapefruit) and dank hops meld wonderfully with light caramel malt, transitioning to some moderate but well integrated bitterness (grapefruit peel) towards the back end which lingers on the finish, and which is balanced by a touch of sweet malt. Even so, I prefer a slightly lower level of bitterness.

M: Medium-light body and uber smooth, light carbonation makes this incredibly drinkable.

O: Wow, superb IPA. I could drink pint after pint of this. So fresh and so good. (780 characters)

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Thrillseeker IPA from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.