Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #277
Ranked #2,218
4.28 | pDev: 7.94%
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
California, United States
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 96 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Frosty11161:
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Frosty11161 from California

4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jun 12, 2017
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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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deereless from Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 18, 2019
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jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 14, 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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cmurphy7 from Massachusetts

3.19/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jun 09, 2019
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belgbeerdrinker from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Aug 04, 2014
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TallGuyCM from California

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jun 11, 2020
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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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drewone from California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Aug 01, 2014
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markgugs from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11%

Aug 09, 2014
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pkalix from California

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 30, 2017
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PretzelCity from California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Jul 15, 2014
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wethorseblanket from California

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%

Sep 13, 2014
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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
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GRG1313 from California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 23, 2016
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Rollzroyce21 from California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

Jul 06, 2014
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zestar from California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Jul 15, 2014
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matt2591 from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Jul 20, 2014
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zhanson88 from California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Jul 05, 2014
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ShanePB from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

Jul 18, 2014
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Wowcoolman from California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Aug 01, 2014
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acurtis from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Aug 09, 2014
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RWNay from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Sep 18, 2014
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 01, 2018
Greenshift from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 96 ratings