Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine?

Learn more about beer and save over 53% with a 3-year subscription.

Subscribe now →

Amalgamator - Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.

23 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 23
Hads: 214
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 27.44%
Wants: 53
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 03-29-2013

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 23 | Hads: 214
Photo of MHurley
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange with white thick head and lacing that sticks around and not planning on going any where. Very beautiful see through orange. The smell of Citra is amazing fallowing a hoppy taste that feels the mouth with tropical fruit. Love it

 240 characters

Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 09/18/15 notes. 22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip, thanks Dane!

Pours a somewhat clear bright orange color with one finger of white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Pine hops, resin, grapefruit, citrus hops, lemon, very good nose. Taste is very bitter. Medium body and moderate carbonation, bitter.

Overall a great nose but the taste is a bit too bitter which keeps the taste from being great. Very good though, worth checking out for sure.

 461 characters

Photo of DoubleJ
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I can always count of Beachwood to make a good IPA. Here's one more. On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Lighter orange colored brew that shines in a clean body, all while creamy lacing rings around the glass. The aroma is fantastic, and full of strong notes. Cantaloupe, orange, mango, all hitting the nose and being very vibrant as well. It's a very smooth beer, and the skill which Beachwood possess with hops is shown again in Amalgamator. Can I get another round of COGs (cantaloupe, orange, grapefruit) please?! It's not bitter, medium bodied, delicious, and very smooth.

Beachwood's best IPA? That's a tough call, because many of the one's I've had have been fantastic. This is just another one.

 710 characters

Photo of mactrail
3.82/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The last bottle of a batch that showed up at Bine & Vine in San Diego. Lucious mango aroma. Label says this is brewed with Amarillo, Warrior, and Columbus as well as the Mosaic hops. Sharp on the tongue. Clear golden yellow with a fine cream of foam in the tall goblet.

Fruity but on the dry side. All this hop flavoring would make a good DIPA version. It's a little dry and austere for all the hops, but the aromatics are fabulous. Quite bitter. Every sip renews the bold fruity flavors, but mostly a gust of smells. Melon and piine with a toasty malt taste. Hop fanatics will want to try this one for sure. It's hard to drink much of it, but the hops rule.

 659 characters

Photo of Mattygross44
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Glad i live 15 mins from beachwood and have a beer store 2 mins away from me that has a beachwood account. One of my favorite breweries. Such fresh stuff all the time and this ipa is just like the rest of the stuff they put out.. Top Notch!! My hats off to you again beachwood well done!

 287 characters

Photo of mobrado
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 9/8, bought on 9/9, enjoyed on 9/10. The exceptional freshness definitely contributed to it, but this was one of the best IPAs I've had in my life and the best use of Mosaic hops in any beer that I can remember. It would probably be too much to ask to have it available in affordable sixers...

 304 characters

Photo of SierraFlight
4.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap, on cask, and in the bottle. Review is for the bottle - bomber poured into shaker pint. Appearance is clear orange body with off-white head that has good retention and leaves some sticky patches on the glass. Aroma is super tropical with passionfruit and pineapple, solid citrus with grapefruit and orange peel, and finally some wet pine hop dankness and melon. Taste starts with some biscuit malt sweetness and then quickly yields to tropical fruit juice sweetness and citrus rind bitterness. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation, bitter finish.

 567 characters

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.75/5  rDev -15%

On tap at Beachwood in Long Beach, CA.

A fair amount of juice, but a very dry aftertaste like chewing on sawdust in the wind - and I don't know about you, but Raul really isn't into that. Overall taste is citrusy and fairly pleasant; but that Sahara desert aftertaste... No, no, no.

 283 characters

Photo of reebtaerG
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bomber into New Belgium globe

A-It pours a nice golden color with a white head.

S-The aroma is sweet peaches, grape and mango hops. A little grapefruit blast as well.

T-The flavor is full with grapefruit, papaya and citrus. Massive fresh hop character. Very little caramel malt and a big citrus and spice finish.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium body and carbonation

O-Overall a great west coast IPA! Need more!

 424 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenrod with a decent head that leaves some splashy lace behind

Smell: Tropical fruit tones, with passion fruit, pineapple, papaya and pith (the four Ps)

Taste: Just a touch of the biscuit and then the hops take over, bringing a wallop of the tropical fruit flavors detected in the aroma and a very pithy bitterness that builds into the middle; there might even be a touch of custard apple, after the swallow, with the floral and bitter tones intermingling into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a top notch IPA that makes great use of the Mosaic hop

Thanks, lincolnbeard, for the opportunity

 667 characters

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden orange with an inch off white head. Plenty of lacing sticks to the glass. The smells is amazing. It consists of a combination of dank resin, citrus fruits, and a touch of passion fruit. The taste is very similar. Passion fruit, tropical fruits is followed by a dank resinous flavor and ending with a citrus bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy (somewhat buttery) with little (but some) carbonation. Overall, a great IPA and deserves do be up there with the best west coast IPAs!

 510 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

absolutely world class ipa here, one of the best expressions of mosaic hops i have seen, and a true west coast style gem from beachwood. the color is a radiant orange amber, quite clear but with a bit of fuzz as the bottle pours out. heady, one inch plus of thick and permanent white fluff. the nose is the best part, and its immaculate. rich and fresh mosaic hops, high in alpha acid, but showing less citrusy and more of a tropical fruit bouquet. i get passion fruit and pineapple, along with tart peach. its complex and awesome, and the grain bill is just large enough to keep these flavors on the tongue for awhile, before finishing off rather clean with a lingering bitter kick. i wish the brightness of the hops in the aroma came through into the flavor just a bit more cleanly, but they are still there, and its so juicy and delicious. fuller medium body and only enough carbonation to keep it in motion. overall a very well refined west coast ipa, special, and more interesting than many of the "throw it all in the kettle" types. the artwork on the label is also gorgeous. top notch ipa that i wish i could drink whenever i wanted.

 1,140 characters

Photo of rjp217
4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle, no date, after receiving in a trade...

Beautiful orange color with a frothy head and sticky lace. The aromas are absolutely stunning. Lovely citrus notes to include oranges, mangos, passion fruits. The taste echoes those sentiments with some resin and grass notes and nice pine backbone. The mouthfeel is medium body, solid carbonation with a nice biting finish.

Overall, this is one of the damn finest IPAs out there. Reminds a lot of Hill Farmstead offering in the aroma and mouthfeel. Lots of citrus with a piney finish which makes it incredibly balanced. I'm happy to have gotten a bottle of this. Wonderful!

 637 characters

Photo of Nugganooch
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar - Escondido, CA
Served in my FW snifter glass

A: Pours a darker golden amber color with orangey tones and some soft hop haze. Bubbly with a lively fizz producing a thin layer of short-lived paper white foam on top. Lower marks in the retention and stick department for an IPA but that is a minor setback all things considered.

S: Super pungent and tropical hop aromas with some dank green herbs intertwined. Gooseberry with mango spice, pineapple, guava, grapefruit, and some white wine grape. No trace of malt here only a touch of candied citrus fruits. And the aroma doesn’t quit long after the pour. One of the best smelling hoppy beers I have come across in some time now. So so juicy and dank.

T: Taste is the pure dank sauce. Wow! So much dankleberry going on. Grapefruit spice, mango, papaya, citrus, gooseberry, and pine with an upper mod amount of peppery bitterness on the palate. Malt is just a dry crackery after thought and almost doesn’t even hold up all them potent hop flavors. So clean and crisp with some really well masked alcohol. Resinous and reiterating with the hops. This one is all about the tropics and mary jane and I am loving it. Easily moving to my top IPA.

M: Super light and frothy with an upper level of constricting bitterness and a bone dry finish. Somewhat resinous linger action afterwards.

D: Amalgamator is some true dank sauce. For those who disdain this term. Drink an Amalgamator and see for yourself. This one is touching all my feels. Tropical and weedy with a super light and dry crisp body.

Highly highly recommended.

 1,620 characters

Photo of rawfish
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold pour nets a perfect, finger and a half of rocky stark white head. Excellent retention and lacing that coats the glass.

There's a huge initial tropical blast, passion fruit and pineapple without any acidity. Slowly it winds down to a more typical West Coast grapefruit and pine character that hints at berries and ripe melon. This underlaying malt provides a light sweetness that blends well with the tropical hops.

Caramel malt is thin and just enough to balance the bright and floral hop flavors. Yellow citrus dominant, with some Warrior hop dank pine, flashes berries and melon at times. Overall quite clean and the mild bitterness helps to cleanse the palate.

Light to medium bodied with active carbonation really helps to keep this beer bright and stir up the aroma. Very clean with minimal alcohol, sits wet on the palate.

Beachwood Brewing rings up another stellar IPA, clean, dry and floral with nuances of berries and melon. Terrific aroma that I wish translated more to flavor. Not quite the wow beer that Melrose is but well worth it if you can get some.

 1,079 characters

Photo of arcaris22
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most florally aromatic IPA's that I have tasted. The first nose on this beer served in a glass is almost hibiscus meets grapefruit. The 22oz. bottles I had were bottled on 2/22/14 and the freshness definitely contributed to the fruity lead into a very subtle hop drag, through a smooth finish. This beer on a nitro tap would be the bomb. I hope to visit Beachwood soon! Drink this one as cold as you can get it!

 430 characters

Photo of MCImes
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to a random guy at the bar who shared this with some of us.

This IPA is great. The nose has a lot of Grapefruit and Pine with just a hint of cat pee, even though there's no Citra hops in it.

The taste follows the nose closely. Pine, grapefruit, and possibly some subtle berry flavors. The body is just thick enough to back up the hops, but is still fairly light.

Overall this is my new favorite IPA that Ill never have again, as supply is small . That sucks. Its a really well done west coast IPA. Worth trading for and delicious.

 542 characters

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Grabbed a 22 oz. bomber within a week of bottling, poured into Golden Road Brewing pint glass.

A: Slightly translucent, light copper appearance. Minimal head, but one that sticks around to create a lasting film as you drink.

S: Tropical and citrus fruits -- pineapple, mango, orange -- shine through immediately, along with a fresh hop aroma that reminds you how much freshness matters with IPAs.

T: Delivers on the initial aromas. Each sip is a delicious burst of citrus flavors and hop bitterness that stays consistent throughout drinking.

M: Crisp and light, the moderate carbonation helps remove any overly sugary tones it would otherwise have. Just an easily drinkable brew.

O: Again, this beer reminds you why freshness does matter. It's crisp, clean and aromatic -- a near-perfect representation of a West Coast IPA. If you can locate it on tap (bottles are gone by now), I'd highly recommend you do so.

 916 characters

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- 22oz. bomber (bottled ) poured into Golden Road tumbler on 11-Sep-15

This is my 3rd experience with this beer and it's still my favorite IPA from Beachwood. It really pushes the hoppy bitterness to the level where it does a tight-rope balance between hop goodness and hop overload, at least for me. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing for the abv level that its at. One of the best west coast style IPA's around.

 417 characters

Photo of ElSid
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Beers of California


Freshness Date: None

A: Golden orange with a moderate amount of hazy yellow topped off with an off white head of stick foam. The foam lasts ultimately leaving behind a blanket of lace on the glass and several islands of bubbles on top of the brew.

S: The tropicality comes through first: passion fruit, mango and pineapple. There is also a good amount of citrus and hints of apricot. Some dank resinous character is also there adding to the bready, honey malt foundation.

T: The hops lean toward mango, passion fruit, and pineapple tropical juiciness along with grapefruit peel and moments of apricot. There is also dank and resin which highlight the honey bread malt backbone which does its best to hold this brew together. Mild alcohol warmth along with earthy hop bitterness comes though in the finish.

M: Medium feel and crisp with a resinous linger and good supporting carbonation.

O: Beachwood BBQ is a Brewpub gem. So good I needed to take this brew home. I love the complex, juicy hop characteristics with strong tropical tones. Just the way I like my IPA's. Looking forward to filling this growler again.

 1,149 characters

Photo of HopHead84
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Pellucid gold in color with a finger of white froth. The aroma is bright and aromatic. Guava, passion fruit, orange, grapefruit, pine resin. No malt. Flavor is moderately bitter, dry, and clean with lots of hop flavor. Tropical notes remind me of passion fruit and mango. Orange pith blends with juicy flesh, grapefruit, and a little pine. Clean, dry, hoppy finish. Highly recommended.

 428 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone colored 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, peach, apricot, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a fantastic smell and some tasty flavors.

 560 characters

Photo of Halcyondays
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a golden amber with a soft white head, some thick lace as the pint is drunk.

S: All about the tropicality, but has a green streak running through it. Pungent, West Coast style.

T: Mango, passion fruit and grapefruit dominate the flavour which is very light on the malt. Rich and flavourful, another tasty IPA from these guys.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, dry, resiny and dank.

O: A stellar IPA, and well worth a try if you're a fan of this style. Right up there with Melrose.

 518 characters

Amalgamator from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.