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Hop Ninja - Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 13
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: LongBeachHopHead on 10-10-2011)
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

t0rin0, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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 slightly murky honey orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some light tropical fruit aromas. Taste is exactly the same with a medium hop bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

zestar, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%

Texasfan549, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The beer pours a golden orange color with a finger of white head.

S: An intense hop aroma to this one. Lots of citrus hops and perhaps even more pine. A strong herbal hop aroma, too, with lots of grapefruit peel. Just a touch of grass, a little bit of malt on the back end.

T: Intense resinous and oily pine flavors. Decently bitter without being overly so. Citrus peel and grapefruit hop flavors and a light herbal note. Slight malt sweetness in there somewhere.

M: Medim bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Another solid hoppy beer from Julian/Beachwood. Good stuff.

womencantsail, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

largadeer, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

SocalKicks, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler from subpoenadeuces. Thanks dude! Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap and spotty lace. Mostly transparent, lightly hazed orange body.

S - Old-school mix of hops here: pine, orange, dank marijuana, some tropical notes, a bit of earthiness. Neutral bready malt backbone and well-concealed alcohol.

T - The taste is super heavy on the citrus, with some dank marijuana, pine, and zesty herbs arriving late. Low malt character, with light sugary sweetness to it. Hefty bitterness in the finish, and well-hidden booze.

M - Smooth, medium body, pleasant carbonation. Sufficiently hefty, but still a lighter DIPA. No obvious alcohol heat and quite easy to drink. I could stand a bit more dryness for my tastes.

D - A really excellent double IPA that would have been world-class 3-4 years ago before the onslaught of new hop varietals. Still, would happily drink this any time I encountered. We crushed the growler, even after drinking quite a high-ABV beers earlier in the evening.

MasterSki, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I and II,

A: Pours a light amber with a full white head leaving good lace down the glass.

S: Simcoe city, lots pineapple and mango. Intensity in 10 cities.

T: Initially it is very green. Pine needles, like sucking on a Christmas tree, also has a very minor vegetal component. As the beer warms the complexity and the Simcoe come out bringing a lot of citrus and that pineapple. Complex, now it's world class.

M: Medium-bodied, very resiny with a long dry hoppy aftertaste which is always fun.

O: Arguably Beachwood Brewing's best, I don't know if it's better than Melrose though they're different animals. A must try.

Halcyondays, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

drewone, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Mebuzzard, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange pour at the FW Invitational Fest. Mild white head, 1/2" deep. Good retention, especially for something quadruple dry hopped.

What a pungently delicious of aroma, Simcoe, Amarillo & Columbus just blast the nose with an amazingly dank glowing light green herbal vivaciousness.

Taste, yup, hits hard there too. Tons of pine notes. Not that there isn't any citrus, its there, but the soft bitterness and high times pine notes really do a number on the taste buds in an entirely appopriate and awesome way. Screw Doritos, this tastes how awesome feels.

This was probably the best beer that didn't seem to have many talking or making much waves.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

ShanePB, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of HopHead84
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10/14/2011

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad.

A: Yellow gold with perfect clarity. The head is a finger of white sea foam exhibiting good retention and leaving much lacing on the glass.

S: Strong floral notes with a prodigious pine resin presence. There's a touch of candied sweetness but it quickly fades. Notes of tangerine, honeydew, and apricot waft from the glass. Very nice.

T: Grapefruit flesh and rind with a little stone fruit and melon. The beer has a light malt sweetness with a prominent pine resin profile. Bitterness is at an upper moderate level and there's a touch of alcohol in the flavor that wanes apace as the bitterness waxes toward the finish.

M: Medium body with a nice level of upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: Another nice beer from Julian. Recommended.

HopHead84, Oct 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

popery, Feb 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

mhaugo, Jun 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

akang, Nov 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

warnerry, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
3.59/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at Blue Palms.

A: clear, murky yellow.

S: Garlicy hops. Sharp citrus.

T: I know these hops, I just can't call the name. Simcoe? Garlicky, citrus, and strong. Nothing else in this astringently hoppy beer.

M: Dry and intimidating.

O: An abrasive, one-dimensional beer that I enjoyed but is not particularly balanced. Taste at your peril.

AgentMunky, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

Dark orange and amber with a thin but persistent off-white head. Tons of lacing left down the glass.

Powerfully pungent, hoppy aroma: lots of citrus (grapefruit) and a ton of pine character.

As in the nose, this is a big, hop-forward DIPA: lots of citrus and tons of pine along with a pretty high level of bitterness throughout.

Medium to thick mouthfeel, though very drinkable.

A very bitter, super hoppy DIPA. This is good stuff.

ehammond1, Oct 13, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Smarty_Pints, May 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

DonFrap, Jul 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Zbeetleman, May 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Rollzroyce21, May 02, 2014
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Hop Ninja from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.