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Brewed by:
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by womencantsail on 08-14-2011

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4.14
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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 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 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 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 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 MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from subpoenadeuces - thanks bro! Served in a tasting snifter with friends at Northdown.

A - White foam settles to wisps, a collar, and specks of lace. Lightly hazed pale golden body.

S - Zesty, with some onion and chive notes. Very herbal and piney, likely from the Chinook, with some grapefruit rind and peel as well. Malt character is quite understated in the aroma and lends a nebulous sugary character.

T - The taste has a bit more balancing malt sweetness to it, but it's still quite hop-forward, with notes of citrus zest, pine, and other grassy and floral notes. Moderate bitterness that lingers but never grows fatiguing.

M - Dry, crisp, medium body, with sufficient heft for a single IPA. No obvious alcohol, and pleasant, soft, moderate carbonation.

D - A nice IPA that is a bit heavier on the pine, zesty, and foresty flavors than I tend to like. Still, it was quite easy to drink the bomber and I'd order this again if I were out LA way in the future.

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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 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 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 wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber with great label art.

A: Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a 1-finger thick white head which fades slowly leaving sheet and spotty lace.

N: Citrus pith (grapefruit, tangerine) and tropical fruits (pineapple, passion, and mango). Pungent and floral.

T: Citrus stands up with some malt balance. There's a herbal and faint catty/onion note.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Bitter and dry finish.

O: Enjoyed fresh is best.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7.1% ABV per my bottle. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard black colour pressure cap and fantastic humorous label art served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; Beachwood's house beers have yet to impress me. Cost was a shockingly high $8.99; they really have to prove themselves more to be charging that. "India Pale Ale." Kettle hopping with chinook, summit, centennial, and simcoe. Dry hopped with simcoe and chinook.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Acquired earlier tonight. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige (ecru for the pretentious) colour head of nice froth, decent cream, and pretty good (~3 minute) retention. Light uneven lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is a clear pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Translucent.

Sm: Lovely citrus ester hop character. Floral hops; light pine. Nectary. Quite fresh and hoppy. Very pleasant and appealing. Pale malts. Light grapefruit. Fruit zest. A moderate strength aroma; quite nice for an IPA. Seemingly balanced. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: A bit soapy. Citrus/grapefruit zest. Pale malts. Floral hops. Some hop bitterness does come through. Not a fan of the soapy character. I like the nectary and citrusy character, but the hop bitterness and soap ruin the balance. Still, it's very pleasant for what it is. It really does taste fresh; it's probably less than a week old seeing as I bought it in L.A. and it was brewed in Long Beach. Decently built. Tasty in spite of its lack of balance. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. It's complex enough, but not very subtle.

Aroma was better than the head.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat oily, but not as much as I'd like. Good carbonation; it's not biting or sharp. Good body and presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile well.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the fairly high ABV. It's a nice little IPA; I'll have no trouble killing the bomber by meself. A surprisingly good brew from Beachwood, but probably not worth its undeserved pricetag. I'd like to see this in 6 pack format soon. I'd definitely get this on-draught, but the pricetag prevents me from wanting to pick it up in bottled form.

B-

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Photo of IKR
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a moderate white head .

Smell: Pine trees and citrus fruit aromas.

Taste:The pine and citrus fruit notes in the nose carry over to the taste. There's a mild hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light body with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: A good IPA. Beachwood has come out strong since they first opened the doors to the Long Beach locale.

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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 Nugganooch
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap @ O’Briens Pub
12/08/12

First sampled and enjoyed this at the FW Invitational. Nice to find it on tap here.

A: Thrillseeker IPA shows a mostly clear golden body with a drought pour that produces only a brim of off white head. Streaming with bubbles. Can’t really note on the retention but there is some nice squiggly stick down the glass as the drink progresses.

S: The nose produces some real aromatic pink grapefruit with a bit of sappy evergreens. There are some nice undercurrents of cured green herbs and faint tropical floras. No real malt detectable here or alcohol for that matter. Hops are pungent though and have me pretty excited about this one.

T: Sugary orange peel, grapefruit flesh, sativa, and pine oils. Less diversity than the nose but still nice. Malt is nothing more than a light dry cracker springboard for the hops. Maybe a dash of caramel in there. The beer has an upper moderate level of hoppy bitterness that permeates the palate without becoming too harsh or abrasive. Does have a lasting peppery effect. Alcohol is incognito here. Deliciously fruity, herbal, and refreshing.

M: Lighter body with a real dry texture. Carbonation is fair and might even be on the higher end. Producing a nice crisp snappy finish. Bitterness really saps the palate giving a pucker that lingers long after. Slight sticky residuals of oils and sugars.

D: A thirst quencher. Very light, hoppy, and refreshing. I could session a few of these for sure.
This is West Coast style to a “T”. Nicely done. One of my favs for the day. Sticky Icky!

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Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden color in the glass. A nice persistent foam and well carbonated in the mouth. Great aroma of hop flowers. It's a warm day in the piney woods. You can almost taste that sticky sap.

It's interesting how thin this is-- sort of a laser-focused hop delivery system without the distractions of malt. This is not so astoundingly bitter, it's just all about the hops. Lemony with plenty of pine. Very sharp and veering towards outright acidity.

It's too strong for gulping a couple of pints, but it's a serious hop fest. On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach.

05-04-2013 update: Tried this in the bottle. It is the most amazing aroma that is worth trying for the nose and scent along. I'd give it a little higher rating for flavor, but except for the hardened hop-o-holic it's virtally undrinkable. Just need a bottle of Longboard Lager to fill the other half of the glass with.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I seek for thrills in my beer. Not all the time, but in general I do. And when a beer is named "thrillseeker", it's very tough not to try it. Served on-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

A pale orange colored beer with good lasting cream and lace. Ok, now the nose, delish! You can tell this beer was dry hopped with passion, as the nose is nothing but delirious hops. Pine, citrus peel, grapefruit, orange, what's not to like.

OK, so perhaps the nose brought expectations a little too high. Dry and hoppy is the way Thrillseeker goes. Still, flavors of pine, cannabis, orange, and a dry bready canvas provide enough to entertain the tastebuds. It's medium bodied, not overly bitter, and can be consunmed at a good rate.

A thrill for thrill seekers. Seek it, drink it, and repeat.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a clear honey orange with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy chunks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of very nice citrus zest and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is the same with a malt finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA but I am digging the aroma more than the flavor.

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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 ehammond1
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration
CSU, San Marcos
San Marcos, CA

Clear orange and light amber with a somewhat thick white head.

Piney hop aroma, dank marijuana, and some faint citrus notes along with a little sweet and sticky caramel malt.

A solid, not overly bitter, pine-forward IPA, balanced nicely with a touch of caramel sweetness.

Medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

A very solid, delicious IPA.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Golden yellow with a 1/4 inch head and ok retention and some lacing

Smell: Upfront is a good amount of pine with traces of citrus and the background carries a very nice floral note

Taste: It is almost identical to the nose honestly. At first you get the sting from the pine notes that transitions into some grapefruit and other citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: Light body with high carbonation very light and refreshing

Overall: This is an average west coast IPA better then 99.9% of east coast IPA's but just a run of the mill west coast IPA. Definately worth a shot

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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

8/21/2011

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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Photo of FosterJM
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

730th Review on BA
Growler to goblet

Clusterfork7
Not sure what BA brought this out

App- A nice darker somewhat translucent amber looking IPA out of a clear growler. When poured had a nice bubbly head to it with some nice cling and some legs behind it.

Smell- Nice aromatics of pine, resin, wet hops and some delicate fruits. Had more hops and fruit overall. Maybe a touch on the end of some thicker malts.

Taste- Taste follows the nose and it is a very nice crisp west coast IPA. Big hops, balanced by the fruits. A little spice, a little pine at the same time to create that mentioned balance.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Left of course that resiny pine, fruit note.

Drink- A pretty good IPA. I had the melrose as well and this was just a tad less than that one. A little more punch to this one but still quite good.

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Photo of teamizm
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms' 3rd Anniversary Party.

A - Light amber color, lucid. Sticky lacking.

S - Very strong nose - tropical fruits, grapefruits, pine needles, orange zest. Hops, hops, and more hops. No real malt notes at all. Smells like summer in California.

T - Lots of resin and pine needles. Very wet forest tasting, but brightened with grapefruit and citrus notes.

M - nice mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Leaves a nice piney bitterness in the aftertase.

O - Great IPA, but as others have noted, not as stellar as Melrose IPA. I really love the direction Beachwood Brewing is going; very strong and delicious beers.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a light amber with a medium white head, lots of full concentric lacing as an IPA should look.

S: Pot and tropical fruit, some grassiness, an intense Summit and Simcoe mix.

T: Pine resin, grapefruit and grass. Some light pineapple and papaya. Nice mix of flavours. Completely hop dominated.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp carbonation, medium aftertaste.

O: A really good IPA; I'm with Andrew in that it's not as good as Melrose, but this is clearly an enjoyable pint.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The beer pours a clear, light amber color with a dense white head, and sticky lacing.

S: A very intense nose. Lots of pineapple fruitiness and plenty more piney hops. There's a moderate grapefruit aroma, along with mild herbal notes and sweet tropical fruits. Overall a really dank hop character.

T: The flavor is very heavy on the pine. Plenty of perfume with grapefruit, pineapple, and floral hop flavors. There is a decent amount of bitterness to it and only a touch of malt sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation and a little bit of bitterness on the finish.

O: A nice IPA, here. Perhaps not as good as Melrose, but definitely something you could have a glass or two of.

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Thrillseeker IPA from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
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