Melrose IPA
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

Melrose IPAMelrose IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #54
Ranked #1,265
4.27 | pDev: 7.73%
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
California, United States
Melrose IPAMelrose IPA
Notes: A full-blown “West Coast” IPA chocked full of sticky hop resins. Melrose is brewed with American 2-row malt and a touch of Canadian “honey” malt to accentuate the tropical and citrusy flavors of the Simcoe and Amarillo hops. This beer is generously dry hopped for an over-the-top aromatic experience.
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RyanK252 from California

4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewery pint glass

A: Pours faintly hazy golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Mix of citrus with tropical and stone fruit, pine, some slightly dank herbal notes hiding in there, biscuity malt, and a little caramel sweetness.

T: Citrus, orange plus a little lemon and grapefruit, spicy pine, slight dank herbal notes, tropical and stone fruit really comes forward as it opens up, passion fruit, peach, and mango, biscuity malt, and a little caramel sweetness.

M: Just a touch on the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: After reading some of the other reviews on here I'm wondering how much this can has softened up in the 2 months since it was packaged up. It still tastes good, but it's more fruity and not the full resinous West Coast IPA I was expecting. Hopefully I can snag a fresher can in the future for a revisit, but for now this review will reflect how I'm experiencing this can.

Nov 05, 2020
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minterro from Colorado

4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can from Hazels in Boulder. Canned: 08/24/20, consumed: 10/02/20. Paired with pizza.

A&S: The beer is a lively, transparent copper. The head is white head sticks around in a thin layer leaving some lacing behind. The aroma is herbal and grassy with a light hint of peaches.

T&M: Classic west coast IPA. Taste is lemongrass, slight pine resin, and light biscuity malt. Earthy and slightly bitter in the finish. reminds me of Pliny. Light and crisp not at all heavy or sticky. Very drinkable especially for something over 7% ABV.

Overall: Fantastic brew. I would highly recommend it! So far, this is my favorite I have tried from beachwood.

Overall: fantastic brew. I would highly recommend it! So far, this is my favorite I have tried from Beachwood.

Oct 03, 2020
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L:. Pours a brilliantly clear gold orange with a small white head and sheets of thick lacing around the glass.

S: Notes of pine resin, lemon grass, lemon rind, some kiwi, mango and orange with a bit of grapefruit in the end. Very awesome aroma and super inviting!

T: Bitter pine resin mixes with sweet orange, some lemon rind and lemon grass, some mango and grapefruit, very nice taste.

F: Quite prickly carbonation, which is a tad much, medium body.

O:. This is what an IPA should be, I recommend it.

Sep 29, 2018
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RBassSFHOPit2ME from California

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really solid IPA. It's no Amalgamator or Citraholic, but damn fine in it's own right. Very clean & well crafted west coast style. Pine Resin, kiss of honey, and the citrus is primarily melon with some grapefruit. An old school, arguably flawlessly executed west coast IPA. Bottled 27 days ago. Flavors really open up as it warms. Recommended.

Feb 15, 2017
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Hop_God from California

3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: perfectly clear. District creamy white thick bubbles to orange to neon Amber hue. Gourgeous

S: resin. Grass. Hops. Citrus. Malty seeetness. Pine

T: sticky pine. Resin. Bitter grass. Hops. Subtle lemon and orange peel.

F: crisp and clean. Bitter palate coating

O: true to description.

Jan 27, 2017
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cavedave from New York

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to 2beerdogs for these delicious Beachwood beers. From notes

Pours a clear, dark gold, nice topper of white foam, exc. lace on glass.

Med. strength aroma featuring bitter herb, pine, bitter orange, citrus pith, neutral sweet. Quite alluring.

All the flavors of the aroma with a dank hint and light touch of caramel added to the mix, and an almost juicy/almost dry end of sip. Balanced and mellow flavor presentation.

Med. carb., med. body and viscosity for style, tasty clean finish. Refreshing character.

Excellent beer that was enjoyed greatly. Definitely recommended.

Nov 01, 2016
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billshmeinke from California

4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine glass.

Look: dark golden hue, with a nice creamy head that leaves loads of carbonation.

Smell: Honey, citrus, grapefruit, pine, herbs. Yum. Delicious sweet round fragrances,

Taste: Melon, grapefruit, sweet bread and caramel malts.

Overall: This is an amazing IPA, very low bitterness, and great flavor.

Oct 15, 2016
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another wonderful IPA from Beachwood, and this years is the best yet. Great clarity, melon and citrus aroma followed nicely in the taste, light to medium body, good carbonation. Love it. Cheers!

Jun 14, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber into a nonic glass. April 18, 2016 bottling.

Copper tinged liquid with excellent clarity and a foamy head.

Smells a bit catty, then melon-like and floral. Light citrusy notes.

Taste doesn't deviate from the path much, thought there's a clear malt presence and corresponding sweet bready notes. Has a bit of a funky note to it like maybe it's got Nelson or Equinox hops. Not bad at all.

Timing is probably not right but on a warm day, the 7.1% ABV isn't quite satisfying. Feels a tad heavy and malty. Excellent light bitter quality and citric and zesty notes.

May 12, 2016
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Myotus from Texas

4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 45°F from a 22oz bottle (bottled on 18Apr16) into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Consumed on 11May16.
LOOK: Pours with two fingers worth of dense, off-white foam that remained well after 3 minutes. Honey orange in color with a slight cloudiness. There is a large quanitiy of medium bubbles. Lacing is high in amounts and both thick and very thick in various areas.
SMELL: Strong aromas of piney hops entangle with mild aromas of white bread, earthy hops, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit. Subtle aromas of papaya, mango, and guava are also present.
TASTE: Strong piney hop flavors initially burst onto the palate and are immediately followed by mild flavors of orange, grapefruit, and tangerine. Balance is achieved as mild white bread flavors flow in. Mild earthy hop flavors and subtle flavors of mango, guava, and papaya further expand the hop profile as all previous flavors press on.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough due to the carbonation. Due to the huge hop presence, the beer finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness.
NOTE: A great West Coast IPA that had a nice malt presence that didn't overpower that huge hop profile. I'm not too big on the piney hop flavors, so I personally couldn't rate this any higher.

May 11, 2016
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SuperChugLosAngeles from California

4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This year's release of Melrose is fucking awesome. It made a much higher impression on me compared to the last couple years. If you can get your hands on a bottle of this, you must. This brew had the fruity citrus smell down and it followed with a fantastic hoppy/sweet flavor that matched- I REALLY liked this release- OUTSTANDING.

May 04, 2016
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DaltonCastle from California

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- Nice golden color with a nice two finger foamy head

Smell- Very tropical with a hint of astringency. Really picking up the Simcoe here

Taste- Very much like the smell. Tropical with a bite of dankness. Again pretty Simcoe forward.

Feel- Good body. Very slightly under carbonated but by no means flat.

Overall- A very nice West Coast IPA from one of the best in brewing IPAs.

Apr 27, 2016
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ptykozoon from California

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear honey with light lacing.

Nuanced pine, sweet syrup, french bread, citrus and a light sourness.

Dry pine with sweets in the background. Earth notes in the finish.

Dry and puckery, tastes around 7.5%.

Nice summery IPA.

Nov 08, 2015
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MisSigsFan from California

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very solid IPA. After all the hype I was hoping for something a bit more special but I would probably put it on the same level as Just Outstanding. A little on the malty side. Not sweet but there's definitely a good amount of backbone. Floral and tropical. Not too bitter.

Nov 03, 2015
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Keananmichael5 from California

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this beer is good. Great dry hop aroma and taste that is crisp and easy to drink. Good hop balance and great overall taste. Beachwood kills when it comes to ipas.

Nov 02, 2015
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luisitoelmatador88 from California

4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden / light amber / copper. mostly pretty clear. small head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma: the smell is admittedly not very huge or pronounced. I smell dankness, citrus rind, a little not of sweet bread malt, fresh hops and a little piny. (smells more like a light imperial IPA as it warms.
Taste: I taste some papaya (the regular kind not the sweeter and smaller hawaiian or island varieties, has some melon / cantaloupe notes, of course its showcases some orange and grapefruit qualities. ever so slight malty doughy flavor but dries up quickly and cleanly. And like any proper classic socal ipa, it is has a resiny type finish mixed with a little bit of mild pineapple. finish remains pretty bitter and dank. Bitter orange / peel flavors for sure
mouthfeel: mouthfeel is excellent considering the 7.1 abv. its medium but substantial that leaves a semi sticky and pretty oily sensation on the palate.

Overall: I've probably had 3 or 4 different released of this beer. I probably loved the first two more than the most recent but it still hods as a mighty fine IPA in a region (LA county) that is definitely growing and improving but is still very lackluster compared to other parts of CA and the westcoast in terms of the craft beer movement.
beer is very tasty and quite perfect if you're in the mood for a pretty bitter beer with great mouthfeel and a very powerful finish for a regular / single IPA.

Oct 26, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy amber that clears to brilliant as it warms. It produces a thin white foam cap that produces splotchy lace. Smells like a tropical fruit bowl in a pine forest after a light rain. The palate starts with tropical fruit and then dissolves into a resiny bitterness. Very nice.

Aug 24, 2015
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SammyJaxxxx from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber datedbJune 11, 2015 into my home made marlin glass.
A: Beautiful beer. Light copper beer with a thick creamy head. Laces the hell out of the glass.
S: Piney floral citrus rind
T: similar to the nose. A little sweeter than I normally like but it works here.
MF: No discernable alcohol burn. A little thin but very drinkable
O: A very good beer. Not for someone looking for an orange juice type ipa but does what it set out to very well.

Aug 03, 2015
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mschantz from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This isn't one of those all the rage air freshener fruity beers. While the nose exhibits a fair bit of orange sweetness the taste is dominated by the huge hoppy bitterness.

Jun 27, 2015
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CNoj012 from New York

4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding West Coast IPA! Thanks @augiemelodee for the hookup. Pours a golden copper color. Smell is floral, citrus and piney. Taste is sweet, citrusy with a piney slightly bitter finish. Medium body and very drinkable, fantastic beer.

May 13, 2015
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Ryancthomas7 from California

3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite IPAs so far this year. Loved the balance the honey malts gave the intense hop flavors.

Edit: Their most recent bottling, 6/1/2015, has thoroughly disappointed. I bought 5 bottles after having a great experience with their prior release and am now kicking myself.

I initially rated this beer at 4.5, but it's more like a 3.75/4.

May 10, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a brandy snifter 2/24/2015.

A- Slightly hazy orange body, one finger white head with nice retention time, no lacing.

S- Pineapples, citrus, tropical fruit, bread, onions. The onions are killing me, but the rest of the aroma is pretty solid- resinous hops galore. Not too oily, with a mild floral aspect hidden in there as well.

F- Bread, biscuits, tropical fruit dominant with a bitter citrus finish. Solid west-coast style IPA profile.

M- Medium bodied, a bit dry and resinous on the finish which is mostly citrus and floral hops. Not difficult to drink.

O- Solid west coast IPA. There are better ones out there, but this isn't a bad one to have at the bar.

Feb 25, 2015
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

about 2-3 wks old
The beer pours a clear, deep golden-copper color with a foamy white head that clings to the glass while drinking. The nose is floral (lavender and honeysuckle) and slightly boozy with some tropical citrus and grain on the back end. It drinks very clean despite aggressive and flavorful hops, which don't seem to out-compete the beer' sucrose backbone. It's well carbonated, exceptionally hoppy, but quite drinkable due to its balance and semi-sweet finish with a bite. This bomber was very easy to drink and I could easily see myself drinking this beer in the future

Feb 13, 2015
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spykespnoypbg from California

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at total wine and consumed on 1/30/15. It tastes very fresh with a bit of a dry finish. If it was a blind test I would've instantly guessed Enjoy By, they both share freshness of hops. Would drink again but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Feb 01, 2015
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Herky21 from Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Excellent looking beer and by all standards well made, but the hop profile could be better. And by that, I mean the selection of hops, not the presentation of what ingredients were used.

Dec 31, 2014
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