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Thrillseeker IPA | Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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Thrillseeker IPAThrillseeker IPA

Brewed by:
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 300
Photo of Turst3Since1987
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As I picked this up I was expecting an average single ipa. As soon a I poured this I got hit with deliciousness. Extremely smooth and refreshing. A pleasure to drink and def gives blind pig a run for its money!

More people need to try this!! This beer is much better then 93.

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Photo of beck2008
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bomber from Total Wine in Redondo Beach, CA (on suggestion from the floor clerk)

This IPA pours an amber/orange with lots of lacing. Two finger head. Smell is packed with tropical hops - sweet grapefruit, pineapple, citrus upfront with one whiff. Carbonation and mouth feel was just about right - on the creamy side, very pleasant. Taste overall is very balanced - nice malt base with lots of tropical hops. I would say if you can't get your hands on Pliny then this is a close second. The ABV is 7% but it tastes like a DIPA with a full bodied/balanced taste. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Look is a pale straw golden with a nice thick head.

Aroma is immediately prevalent from uncapping the bottle. It is herbal with a light pine and citrus. Very balanced.

Taste matches flavor. It has a TON of hops. With a resin note and a thin sweet malt thread running in and out of it.


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Photo of Reinheitsgebot
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Went down to the Seal Beach location this afternoon, unfortunately all of their bottles sold out the day of the release! A nice bartender recommended that I try Whole Foods, and I was able to find it there (albeit for a $1 more at $8.99).

If there's a better brewery in the greater LA/OC area, I don't believe you. I live in the valley, and am not able to travel to the actual locations very much, but have tried Thrillseeker, Melrose, and Amalgamator since they began bottling them. All are top notch IPAs.

Beautiful, clear golden color. Great lacing. Awesome nose. Slightly sweet finish to balance the hops. Excellent beer. The only thing I can knock off really is the price, which is slightly high. I wish their beers were more readily available in Los Angeles.

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Photo of rand
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 22 oz bottle to nonic pint glass

A: Clear copper-tan appearance, a small wispy head quickly dissipates leaving tiny patches of lacing.

S: Hop-forward but sweet bouquet. Tropical nectar meets caramelly-sweet malts. Boozy, but just enough to round the aromas.

T: Straight-up tropical juice on the palate. Sort of a mango-guava-papaya thing going on. The caramelly malts have almost a buttery undertone, but there's no diacetyl...it's like tropical butter-rum. Booze kicks in mid-sip, with floral, hoppy astringency keeping the flavors from becoming treacly. Medium, bitter-sweet finish.

M: Medium bodied, oily slick. Relatively lightly carbonated.

Wow, what tasty, juicy IPA. This might be the best pale ale from Beechwood so far. It's like adult tropical candy...could sip on this anytime.

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Photo of brewmastercat
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/11/2014 - Beachwood Brewing - Thrillseeker IPA - Poured into a Dogfish Head Spiegelau

A - The pour and look of this beer is amazing. The head has an amazing level of proteins. This is one of the only beers where the head extends past the top of my glass a good couple centimeters and doesn't spill over. An amazing clear golden yellow with cotton white head. The "stereotypical" beer appearance.
S - Pine, Citrus, Mango and Pineapple. A little astringency.
T - Biscuit, Citrus, Pine, Mango. A good amount of bitterness, I think this is more on the double IPA side, 1.5 IPA. Very smooth with a lasting bitterness. A tad bit of astringency.
M - Medium all around, medium carbonation, medium mouth feel, medium amount of creaminess, very easy to swallow.
O - Not my favorite IPA, but hell, this is a damn fine IPA. Great amount of bitterness with a fine malt background to project those hops. Style-wise this is an amazing beer if you love IPAs. If you're not fan of IPA's, I wouldn't suggest this beer. I personally love this beer. I think I'm developing a fetish for Beachwood, haven't had a brew from them I haven't liked.

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Photo of SirBentham
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Golden-Orange. 1 finger white head.

Smell – Hops, hops, hops

Taste – Incredibly hop forward (which I prefer). I love the Row 2 malts they use. You can taste them on the backend without cutting into the hops.

Mouthfeel – Medium body. Nice amount of carbonation with a slightly creamy texture.

Overall – This is really impressive. I knew Beachwood made solid beers, but this hangs with some of the best single IPAs out there. I prefer it over their Melrose IPA. Up there with the Alpine and KRBC offerings.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle release yesterday. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an orangish-light gold with some fine white head which quickly forms a nice ring. Leaves a smattering of lacing. Good retention.

S: Green pine and dank citrus hops balanced with caramel malt. Well balanced and appealing.

T: Fresh, complex citrus (grapefruit) and dank hops meld wonderfully with light caramel malt, transitioning to some moderate but well integrated bitterness (grapefruit peel) towards the back end which lingers on the finish, and which is balanced by a touch of sweet malt. Even so, I prefer a slightly lower level of bitterness.

M: Medium-light body and uber smooth, light carbonation makes this incredibly drinkable.

O: Wow, superb IPA. I could drink pint after pint of this. So fresh and so good.

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Photo of luisitoelmatador88
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

newest batch. Bottled on 11/02/15 and enjoyed on 11/03/15. #fresh-as-tits

Appearance: pretty fucking clear. on the slightly lighter orange / tangerine / dark yellowish / straw-esque. you get the picture.

Aroma: fresh ass american hops as expected. typical west coast danky dank, pine, citrus and kind of floral. minimal malt / grains. not huge powerful smells overall though.

taste: upfront is a smooth, slick, oily hoppy flavor and sensation. can't pin point exact fruit flavors but there is of course orangey and citrus notes. This beer finishes with dank herbaciousness. Surprisingly not too bitter, especially for a beachwood beer.. might be the least bitter of all their IPAs (at least this batch is)

Mouthfeel: carbonation is medium minus - medium. medium overall mouthfeel. its a little rich, nice bodied.

overall: pretty damn good even though my bottles got shaken up a bit.

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Photo of ZRBE
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Biggups to LieutenantSour for the bottle drop!

A - Very light lacing and head, despite a somewhat aggressive pour. Quite light yellow color.

S - Pine and citrus.

T - Just lovely. Pine, citrus, not too bitter at first but it catches up with you further down the bottle. Strong hop presence but still quite light. Could drink loads of this stuff.

M - Maybe a little low on carbonation, but only slightly. Looks like others found otherwise so maybe it's just me. Light and easy despite being fairly sweet.

O - I dig it. Very easy drinker, I could see this as a solid go-to if I lived in the area.

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Photo of MEsoJD
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

[glass from Verdugo bar]

I: A relatively new brewery to me that's based in Long Beach, Beachwood has been showing up beer drinkers minds recently. I only had the Melrose so I can't say I have a great grasp on their collection. That said, the Thrillseeker caught my eye with it's great presentation. At times I think I'm tiring of ipas, but I keep coming back. I'm hop head and on the label it says,"Thrillseeker is an India Pale Ale that will push your senses to the edge" we'll see about that.... my favorite overly hoppy bear is Hopsickle. Let's see if Thrillseeker impresses.

B: [7.1 ABV 1 Pint. 6 FL OZ. Bottle date. none to be found, but I figure it's recent] The bottle is an A - in terms of presentation. Beautiful label art and quality. Brief summary of ingredients, but no back story. Cant find bottle date... If all things work out, I'll be shelving this bottle. The art work of the hop bursting out of cannon and through a hoop of fire is infectious.

A: A golden honey orange/copper body with a big white loose head, fast dissipation, and decent lacing.

S: Very tropical fruit forward on the nose with pine hops.

T: Very tasty sweet malt and grapefruit, moderate pine hops that present itself in mid sip and lingers, good citrus presence with other tropical fruits like lemon/zest, pineapple, and guava.

M: medium bodied, dry/ slight slick finish, good/moderate crisp carbonation, and low apparent alcohol.

O: While it won't destroy you palate, it will delight. Thrillseeker is like drinking dessert in the world of ipas. Great balance and pleasing in almost every category. My favorite aspect is it's sweet tropical fruit presence. Just try and take only one sip. I do highly recommend this one and will buy again.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- 22oz. bottle (bottled 21-Mar-16) poured into Golden Road tumbler on 28-Mar-16 (week old)

I've had this beer a couple times before out of the bottle and those previous batches were pretty good. This batch, however, is a whole another level than the previous ones. Juicy, hoppy, and well-balanced. My only gripe was that it had a slight tinge of that buttery, diacytl flavor in the aroma (not in the taste). It was a bit weird, but overall a damn, fine west coast IPA. I wouldn't expect anything less from BW.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours dark golden with a tightly carbonated one finger head. Good soapy lacing down the glass.

S: Smells pretty great. Lots of tropical fruit and piney hops. An almost perfume like lychee aroma as well with some passionfruit, mango and tangerine in the background.

T: Definitely not as sweet as the smell would make you think. A good hit of piney and grassy hops over the palate right away with a nice caramel malt backbone. Finish gives a good dose of pine resin. Hints of grapefruit pith, floral hops and lemon zest. A really solid IPA.

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Photo of WingsAndBeer72
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My buddy from Cali gave me this. It's a great west coast IPA. I can tell that there was a lot of dry hopping - the nose is great. Simcoe is the dominant hop. The hops really shine in this beer. The aftertaste is really pleasent. The enjoyable hop taste lingers well into the next sip. There is nothing out of balance with this beer even though it's all about hops and not malt. Awesome experience.

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Photo of Resuin
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. This was bottled on 09/29/14 so is less than 2 weeks old.

Appearance: Pours a fairly transparent medium amber/honey color and leaves a couple fingers of fluffy, white head that linger forever. (4.25)

Smell: Pine, resin, honey, biscuity malts, a bit of mango and citrus as well. (4.5)

Taste: Resin, pine, honey, biscuity malts, pear, mango, citrus. Similar to the nose. Nice,smooth finish (4.25)

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a light to medium, slightly creamy body. (4.25)

Overall: Tasty piney and fruity hops with a nice malt presence as well. Really well balanced IPA. (4.25)

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly hazy medium yellow with one finger of off white head.

S - Pineapple, grapefruit, peach, pine. Slight caramel malt sweetness.

T - Good bitterness up front. Pine, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and some honey/caramel sweetness.

M - Light to medium body. Resinous and oily. Sticky. Light carbonation.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 7/27/15. Consumed 8/5/15.

Floral aromas with honey sweet malt.

Thankfully the malt is drier than the nose lets on but still dominates the palate. The hop combo has a floral, tropical fruit and citrus grapefruit pith character but is not overly bitter.

Medium body with soft prickly, creamy carb. Very nice.

This is a very good IPA. Balanced a little to the malty side compared to my ultimate IPA but very well executed.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 3-21-16, enjoyed 3-25-16...now that's fresh! Clear yellow-amber, smells and tastes like a classic piney IPA, and an outstanding example of just that! Good lingering bitterness. My kind of IPA. Cheers!

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into Founders snifter. Thanks CoolEthan!

Appearance is golden, a shade darker than straw

Smell is piney and citrus fruit. Only a tiny bit of sweet bready malt coming through. The focus is on the hops of course. Orange zest and grapefruit with some mango sweetness.

Taste is a pleasant bitterness up front, nice hop flavor, some light sweetness. Pine from the hops lingers for a good while after each sip.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Smooth, med-low carbonation, alcohol seems to be masked by all those hops.

Overall this is a very nice, clean drinking IPA. Definitely a great representation of West Coast IPAs. I would be very interested to try more from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Alex for sharing this growler at the amazing Super Bowl party he hosted. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a plastic cup with a nice dark amber/orange color and about a finger of slight tan head.

Smell – Lots of pine and citrusy hops, grapefruit and mango, slight toffee, and bready malts.

Taste – A nice bitterness up front mixed with some resiny pine. This fades to the aforementioned fruits. Not quite as sweet citrusy as I would hope, though quite obviously a great West Coast IPA. It is almost a mixed of Sculpin and PtE.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, nice carbonation for the style.

Overall – A very solid IPA from Beachwood. Very glad to have tried it.

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Photo of rudzud
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a filtered crystal clear golden hue with a nice nearly two finger creamy white head that fades to leave a thin blanket and light side lacing.

S - Aromas of nice pine, orange zest, tropical fruits (mango, passion fruit). Faint grapefruit as well.

T - Taste is much more bitter than the nose. Loads more pine and some grassy hops, the tropical notes are super, super faint. Light soft caramel, faint malty sweetness. Nice citrus zest. A very tasty beer, but doesnt really match up with the nose.

M - Mouthfeel is good, nicely carbonated, alcohol hidden well. Very drinkable.

O - Overall, this is a really solid IPA, nose is dominated by citrus and tropical notes, whereas the taste is nearly all pine and a hint of grapefruit. Kind of wish it tasted like it smelled, or vice versa.

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Photo of Mounty4Life
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

3-21-16 bottle date looks a little cloudy but mostly clearish orange hue. head retention is decent and laces light on glass. nose is awesome after a slight swirl and real fruity. Taste likes juicy fruit gum with a little bitterness follow through. i could drink this often if i lived in LA

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle dated 9/29/14 into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours a straw color with a two finger white head. Has some layered lacing.

S-The aroma smells of pine, peach, and citrus.

T-Taste awesome with the same as aroma with some tropical hops.

M-well balanced very great carbonation

O-Overall another great beer by Beachwood!

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Photo of kevanb
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a nice golden copper color, honey straw hues with a slightly hazy texture. A thick, soapy white head rises out of the beer, about 2 fingers high that has good retention and leaves behind a wonderful wall of lace. The aroma is nice, lots of bitter, resinous, piney hops with some grapefruit citrus behind it, touches of grassy, dirty hops and lightly sweet malt. The flavors are right in line with the aroma, lots of bitter piney hops, weedy, dirty grassy flavors right behind it with some bright and tangy grapefruit citrus with just a touch of malt sweetness that lingers at the finish with a slight alcohol heat. The body is relatively juicy but doesn't do much justice to the tongue and finishes with a really dry bitter kick.

Verdict: A damn fine IPA from Beachwood and a great showing of the West Coast style. Hops all the way but the piney and resinous nature lacks a bit of balance and brightness, but this is great stuff.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


On tap at Beachwood BBQ and Brewing.

A: Bright gold with two fingers of white foam. Good retention and lots of lacing.

S: This immediately strikes me as a little drier than Melrose. Bright citrus notes are apparent, redolent of orange flesh and pith, tangerine, mango, and grapefruit. There's just a dash of candied caramel and light perfumy floral notes.

T: The beer has a smooth moderate bitterness with lots of orange and tangerine flesh. Alcohol is well hidden, and the beer is devoid of harsh or astringent notes.

M: Upper light in body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, crisp, and sticky.

Overall: Another fine IPA from Julian.

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