Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #279
Ranked #2,226
4.28 | pDev: 7.94%
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
California, United States
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 96 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jakecattleco from California

4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

30 day old can into a tulip glass.

L: Pours bright golden with 2+ fingers of variable density white head with good retention and left limited ringed and spotted lacing.

S: Great dynamic nose, Dank prominent, with mango and subtle candied fruit. As it warms it shows added berry, pine and white grape dimension. LOVED IT, just wanted it to pop a bit more to be perfect.

T: Follows the nose well, all the attributes mesh really well. Finishes with plenty of bitterness and slight acidity (but not a bitter bomb for being 100+ IBUs), bitterness lingers pleasantly on the palate.

F: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation, both slick and lively on the tongue, slick finish. For the ABV I'd put it on the thinner side for body, but its scary easy drinking for 10%.

O: An outstanding DIPA/TIPA that has incredible dimension. Very easy drinking for the ABV, will grab whenever I see it fresh. Bravo Beachwood!

Aug 14, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3 wk can from casknflask SJ.
Clear like a wcipa. Drank from can.
Pine and honey nose.
Tastes of pine/grapefruit balanced with some sweet honey biscuity malt. Berry.
Medium mouthfeel. Minimal booziness.
Overall: a beer that truly earns the phrase “dangerously drinkable”, at 10% abv.

Aug 09, 2020
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fmccormi from California

3.21/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straight pour from a 16oz can to a stemless wine glass (HPB’s Bottle Friends cat glass). This was canned on May 22, 2019 according to a canning date printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“C1 – CANNED 05/22/19”), making this can 19 days old at the time of consumption.

Appearance (3.75): A slow, straight pour yields two quite full fingers of custard-colored foam, whipped and tight at the edges but active and fat bubbly in the middle, dissipating at an average pace. The head caps a deep honey-golden body that’s got bright orange highlights. As it does down, it leaves not a whole lot of lacing, which isn’t too surprising for a 10% ABV beer. Just a few broken collar fragments around the edges of the glass.

Smell (4.5): This is wildly fragrant upon pouring, throwing off big notes of honeyed, toasted biscuits, jasmine, orange zest, slight pine, gooseberry, rather dank herb, honeyed white wine (like an Irish mead), limeade, a touch of fresh-cut grass, and of course, a bit of booze. It’s doing that thing that I love in West Coast triple-ish IPAs, where the booze and the hops both offer characteristics that blur together. Great nose!

Taste (2.5): Right off the bat, the beer offers some flavor notes that I was not expecting: something like fresh, red cherry, boozy honey wine, and a vegetal, herbal bitterness that feels slightly soapy—like lavender and cilantro boned. It dissolves into a strongly vegetal, resinous bitterness, calling to mind diesel-y ganja. Underneath this, there’s an easygoing malt body that’s mostly sugar cookie dough and honeyed, toasted biscuits. And, there’s a relatively strong booze presence here that does blur the line between resinous, weedy hops and cheap liquor. Unfortunately, the different elements here don’t really vibe together very well, and they clash. It doesn’t help that one of the more prominent hop characteristics here feels soapy and off-putting by itself. There are pieces here that I kind of like individually, but they don’t mesh.

Mouthfeel (3.0): The carbonation is fine and evenly distributed, covering all surfaces before foaming up softly. The body is a bit slick, fuller than medium weight but not heavy per se, with an oily feel. That said, the hops really dry it out pretty effectively, aided by the carbonation as it foams up on the way out. Still, the drying action on the back end is fairly aggressive, and the soapiness of the hops detract quite a bit from my ability to enjoy it.

Overall (3.0): You know what, I don’t love this beer. Maybe the next time I try it, I’ll see something here that I like more, or maybe my palate is just hideously off tonight. But the flavor is not great. The nose is lovely—quite lovely, really—and the appearance is rather pleasant, but the flavor and feel just aren’t going the distance. Which is weird, because I was pretty stoked for this beer and felt it had a lot of potential. To be frank, I wouldn’t bother with it unless you’re determined to try it, or just love Beachwood ‘til the cows come home.

Jun 11, 2019
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rand from California

4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Small Bar SD, into a stemmed stange glass

Clear, filtered, golden-tan color, the brew omits strong wafts of piney, West Coast style pale essence, with a caramelly malt-backbone. Flavors follow, more layered than the nose as a fair amount of tropical nuances join the profile. Peppery and zesty as the sip closes, combining with a fair amount of booze. Finishes long and bittersweet, with oily residuals lingering.

May 16, 2017
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a thick foamy white head that laces well. Smells of a culmination of everything past and present IPA; mango, melon, pine, citrus, spice, and floral hints all blend with a candied sweetness. Taste follows with the smorgasbord of tropical fruits, pine, sweet malt and freshly cracked grain blending together wonderfully. Feel is smooth, somewhat rich but still manages to have a nice crisp quality, and is definitely bitter in the finish after some noticeable sweetness. Overall, this is a no holds barred bomb of a DIPA, and this year's model is one of the best I've had. Cheers!

May 02, 2017
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aquabears from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber, and pours with no head. Smells like sweet malt and sweet resin, pine... Herbal pine hop bitterness, some malt sweetness on the tail end. There is also a clean, watery taste I can't put my finger on. Lower carbonation.

Oct 22, 2016
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cavedave from New York

4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A finger of white foam tops an almost clear, golden beer, then kicks back to a nice cap and ring. Excellent lace lashes lastingly to glass.

While the nose is a light/med. strength aroma, a careful inhale produces a very enjoyable mix of melon, pear, floral, neutral and caramel sweet, and hints of piney herbal bitter.

Really excellent blend of what tastes like different flavors than the bouquet. Much more herbal bitter in tthe taste than in the aroma, right from the start of sip, and it definitely crests impressively, but no flavor is over the top. There is definitely honeydew melon, but the other fruit notes are mainly grapefruit and bitter orange. The malt presence is caramel. Alcohol becomes a spicy component as it warms. The high astringency of this helps to hide the alcohol.

Highly viscous, a touch of resin buildup, very light bodied, medium carb., and decent finish.

There is a lot going on in this beer, sort of a collaboration of what a bittering charge of a mixture of many different hops can bring to the party. It works due to the light mouthfeel and lack of alcohol presence for its size, 10% ABV. West Coast Style with a new wave hop twist, and I like it.

Oct 10, 2016
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enrique_m from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look amber, 2 inch had and nice white lacing.
smell honey, oranges, and pine.
taste honey and manderins.
Feel not bitter, medium body, sweet with a slight bitter finish. Overall, damn good brew.

Jan 30, 2016
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a speiglau IPA glass.

Deep rich amber color that brightens to gold as you move towards the narrower are of the glass. The head quickly collapses to a thin line that leaves trails along the side of the glass.

Aroma is like orange blossom honey full of flowery esters rich sweetness from the honey and a citrus note.

The taste coats the mouth. Lots of bittern notes that linger as the thickens of the beer settles on your palate.


Dec 18, 2015
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Beer Nerd tulip glass
From: My friend Chad
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on Nov. 27, 2015
Consumed: Dec. 9, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Nov. 16, 2015

Thanks, Chad!

Poured a honey, caramel, semi-clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of fluffy, white head. Good deal amount of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good-looking, foamy, layered lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smell was just fantastic, getting tons of hops - Mosaic, Citra, Amarillo, Simcoe, floral, Nelson Sauvin and light resin - grapefruit, tropical zest, faint pineapple and tangerine. Perfect. (Smell - 5.00)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose, but still awesome. Getting all those hops first in Mosaic, Amarillo, Citra, floral, Nelson Sauvin, spicy Simcoe and resin. Also sharp grapefruit pulp, tropical, bitter mango rind and some veggies. Tasted nowhere near the 10 percent that the bottle reads. (Taste - 4.50)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, abrupt finish (Feel - 4.00)

Just an awesome IIPA. Best one I’ve had in a long, long time. (Overall - 4.50)

4.56 | 100 | A+

Dec 10, 2015
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MisSigsFan from California

4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Council anniversary glass. Pours an orange/copper color with a frothy white head. Leaves lacing all over the glass. Notes of tropical fruit, pine, and citrus burst out of the glass. Taste is full of tropical fruit with citrus and pine. Very dank as well. Slight onion. Slight alcohol burn. Good residual sweetness, not too much for a 10% IIPA. Mouthfeel is about average. Not too light and not too heavy. Just where you want it for an IIPA. Carbonation is slightly low but fits the style very well. Overall, a fantastic IIPA. Beachwood is killing it. This is an incredibly flavorful IIPA. I'd put this ahead of Enjoy By, RuinTen, and the like.

Dec 08, 2015
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CNoj012 from New York

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice golden slightly orange color. The head is big and white with large bubbles. The retention is great all the way through and the lacing is chunky and spotted. The smell on this is interesting. Very much tropical fruit and citrus forward. Most notably grapefruit, mango and candied orange, but there is a nice hint of pine, dankness and maybe just a touch of bready malt. Taste is much the same, juicy on the front, but a great deal of pine and bitterness on the finish. If Torpedo and Fresh Squeezed ever played some slow jams and got freaky, this would be their DIPA lovechild. Feel is medium and oily with nice carbonation. Very drinkable, the alcohol is undetectable. Would not believe this was even close to 10% if I was tasting blind. Overall this beer is awesome. My second offering from Beachwood, and once again world class!

Dec 03, 2015
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SuperChugLosAngeles from California

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What can I say? Beachwood Brewing has an excellent reputation in Southern California. They make a series of IPA's and they are all special. GREENSHIFT is interesting because it has high ALC which is masked by the beer's tame flavor.

Bottled on 11/16/15; imbibed on 11/19/15.

It pours out a bit foggy and seem to clear up after a bit, light golden color.

Smells of floral displays, hops and fruit- in that order

Carbonation is medium.

Taste is not pushing it too far but it does have some hop character to it. It very smooth and I could not taste the alcohol, which is good. But, it did it's job well. Don't get me wring, It is very drinkable, but I was expecting some "in-your-face" IPA statement. But the statement I got was that it was very smooth and not too bitter, with very nice smell. This is a top drawer IPA as it drains down your throat with ease.

This a very smooth and unassuming Imperial IPA brewed with care to produce a pure and simple very drinkable high alcohol content beer. If you did not know the ALC before you bought it- you are gonna get fucked up.

Nov 24, 2015
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luisitoelmatador88 from California

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3 day old bottle. bottled 11/16/15

Appearance: Slightly Chill Haze, not completely clear. Half Yellow Half Orange but certainly on the lighter side of the spectrum for a beer this big. Golden on the edges.
Aroma: Grapefruit essence and like an orangey liqueur. You can kind of detect the alcohol mixed with some green plant / matter. not detecting like a whole bouquet of tropical notes but there is at least one more other fruit in there I can't quite pinpoint.
Taste: I have to admit its not bad or too aggressive and boozy for a 10 percent imperial IPA. Maybe some semi sweet pineapple juice type notes. The nelson sauvin hops are slightly evident at the back end of the throat. Mosaic is not too intense either but I suppose all the hops balance each other decently. I certainly taste the simcoe all over the place in this batch, from start to finish. Maybe a tiny bit of mango juice flavor coming from the citra and mosaic.
Mouthfeel: nothing too heavy or full but certainly not watery or weak... hmm maybe medium. In between medium and medium +.
Overall: This beer is pretty good and tasty. This is actually the first time I have any beachwood brewing Double / Imperial IPAs from an actual bottle and it's not bad but also not mind blowing or spectacular. I still think think amalgamator and citraholic are my favorite IPA offerings by them since they are absolutely killer brews. Honorable mention to MELROSE my first beachwood beer ever, its nice.

Nov 20, 2015
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rawfish from California

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy golden hue with a small finger of white bubbles. Retention is pretty decent with flecks of lacing on the glass.

Very much a tropical forward IPA with mango and papaya all over the forefront, I can pull out some benign citrus character but it's mostly pithy and not juicy, late in is the resin and alcohol.

This is a Ménage à trois of equal tropical, citrus and resiny flavors. A nice mix of old school and new school hops. Over arching bitterness and alcohol.

You don't feel the alcohol as much as you taste it on the back end but carbonation and body are pretty standard.

Reminds me of a Port Brewing beer, maybe a hybrid of Mongo and Hop-15 which are both delicious btw. A nice addition to the Beachwood family of bottles.

Nov 18, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy golden orange. Nice white head. A bit of lacing and some chunks in the collar.

Smell - Citrus. I would have guessed from the name it would be a grassy hop, but it's only a bit of pine and mostly citrus. Lots of pale malt.

Taste - Malt actually comes first. Sweet right up front. Citrus hops. Kinda monotonous. Slightly astringent in the finish. Grassiness lingers in the finish giving it a strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel - A little astringent. Medium body. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - It's good, but it's not really exciting. Maybe I'm being picky.

Jul 22, 2014
Greenshift from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 96 ratings