Laurel IPA - Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 6 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by beagle75:
4.58/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Draft service into a shaker pint glass at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach.
A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of persistent white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.
S: Crisp toasted malt is a minor but included component of the smell, compared to the dynamic West Coast hops that dominate. The coniferous qualities are deep, with a dusting of slightly funky tropical fruit that contribute variety and interest.
T: Begins barely off-dry, with soft bready malt and intense floral hop aromatics. Acidity is understated into the drying middle, where hop flavors turn very piney. Early flavors are somewhat resurgent during the mildly bitter finish, with aromatic tropical fruit balanced by pale malt and dry minerality but still helping to develop a lingering sensation of stickiness.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly sticky on the palate, with low carbonation.
D/O: A spectacular, Simcoe-kissed contribution of a West Coast IPA. Hop character is masterfully cultivated, with all the late addition qualities of Alpine Duet but turned up to greater intensity. Malt is understated yet noteworthy as well, while acidity remains sensibly out of the picture. This beer looks great, smells great, tastes great, and yet manages to be considerably more than just the sum of its parts.
Serving type: on-tap
12-22-2011 17:02:47 | More by beagle75
More User Reviews:
4.74/5 rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
From Growler into a tulip glass. Fresh from the Brewery. Pours is a yellowish copper with an incredible fluffy white head that leaves thick curtains of lace as it settles down, incredible retention.
When I put my nose into the glass I get very traditional west coast IPA, citrus fruits, some tropical notes of mango and pineapple and a crazy blast of hops, lots of dank sweet hops, it's a great nose. Drinking Laurel is another great exercise in classic west coast IPA, huge blasts of hops, biting but perfectly balanced by the abundance of citrus fruits that explode in wave after wave of juicy delicious sweetness. The malt bill keeps things in line but lets the fruit from the four hops play out. Another remarkable IPA from Julian and the Beachwood team, they just keep getting better and better and I for one am along for the ride.
Serving type: growler
02-15-2013 01:14:38 | More by OTB
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
On-tap at Beachwood I,
A: Pours a light amber with a medium white head, some solid lace, good looking beer overall.
S: Quite floral with tropical fruits and honeysuckle. Notes of lemon and light citrus as well.
T: A complex hop flavour, tropicality with notes of herbs and citrus zest. As with the nose quite a floral characteristic, not an attack of bitterness, the hop play here is quite elegant.
M: Medium-bodied, crisp yet smooth carbonation, dry on the finish, medium aftertaste.
O: A really good IPA that seems to get lost in the shuffle of some of Beachwood's other brews like Melrose and Tovarish. Well worth a pint buy.
Serving type: on-tap
02-11-2013 08:21:36 | More by Halcyondays
Laurel IPA from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.