Hop Ninja | Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by LongBeachHopHead on 10-10-2011

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Photo of jeff1973
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this at the brewpub in Long Beach. Reviewing from notes.

The pour reveals a slightly hazy brass liquid with a rocky pure white head. Huge amounts of lace cling to the glass. Aromatic floral hop notes fill the smell. Some tangerine and grapefruit mix with passionfruit notes. The taste is delicate and balanced. Tropical sweet hop notes blend flawlessly with a citric bitterness and layers of bready, cookie dough malts. Alcohol is impeccably hidden behind all the hop and malt flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a spritzy carbonation. Floral hop notes in the finish eventually give way to a long long lasting bitterness.

This is an outstanding DIPA. Hop forward but very well balanced. A subtler, more tropical hop character than their Melrose IPA. Went amazingly with my spicy sausage sandwich.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange pour at the FW Invitational Fest. Mild white head, 1/2" deep. Good retention, especially for something quadruple dry hopped.

What a pungently delicious of aroma, Simcoe, Amarillo & Columbus just blast the nose with an amazingly dank glowing light green herbal vivaciousness.

Taste, yup, hits hard there too. Tons of pine notes. Not that there isn't any citrus, its there, but the soft bitterness and high times pine notes really do a number on the taste buds in an entirely appopriate and awesome way. Screw Doritos, this tastes how awesome feels.

This was probably the best beer that didn't seem to have many talking or making much waves.

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some light tropical fruit aromas. Taste is exactly the same with a medium hop bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great aromas and flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad.

A: Yellow gold with perfect clarity. The head is a finger of white sea foam exhibiting good retention and leaving much lacing on the glass.

S: Strong floral notes with a prodigious pine resin presence. There's a touch of candied sweetness but it quickly fades. Notes of tangerine, honeydew, and apricot waft from the glass. Very nice.

T: Grapefruit flesh and rind with a little stone fruit and melon. The beer has a light malt sweetness with a prominent pine resin profile. Bitterness is at an upper moderate level and there's a touch of alcohol in the flavor that wanes apace as the bitterness waxes toward the finish.

M: Medium body with a nice level of upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: Another nice beer from Julian. Recommended.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I and II,

A: Pours a light amber with a full white head leaving good lace down the glass.

S: Simcoe city, lots pineapple and mango. Intensity in 10 cities.

T: Initially it is very green. Pine needles, like sucking on a Christmas tree, also has a very minor vegetal component. As the beer warms the complexity and the Simcoe come out bringing a lot of citrus and that pineapple. Complex, now it's world class.

M: Medium-bodied, very resiny with a long dry hoppy aftertaste which is always fun.

O: Arguably Beachwood Brewing's best, I don't know if it's better than Melrose though they're different animals. A must try.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

Dark orange and amber with a thin but persistent off-white head. Tons of lacing left down the glass.

Powerfully pungent, hoppy aroma: lots of citrus (grapefruit) and a ton of pine character.

As in the nose, this is a big, hop-forward DIPA: lots of citrus and tons of pine along with a pretty high level of bitterness throughout.

Medium to thick mouthfeel, though very drinkable.

A very bitter, super hoppy DIPA. This is good stuff.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The beer pours a golden orange color with a finger of white head.

S: An intense hop aroma to this one. Lots of citrus hops and perhaps even more pine. A strong herbal hop aroma, too, with lots of grapefruit peel. Just a touch of grass, a little bit of malt on the back end.

T: Intense resinous and oily pine flavors. Decently bitter without being overly so. Citrus peel and grapefruit hop flavors and a light herbal note. Slight malt sweetness in there somewhere.

M: Medim bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Another solid hoppy beer from Julian/Beachwood. Good stuff.

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Photo of beerdweeb
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Julian's second DIPA to be brewed and tapped at Beachwood BBQ Long Beach.

Beer pours a deep orange color with a touch of haze.

Amazing nose. Straight dank. Pine and citrus. Sim/Ama/Col quadruple dry hopped goodness.

Tasted watermelon right up front day one it was tapped. Freshness was evident, but in the best of ways. Starts fresh, finishes hoppylicious. Hop profile lingers and lingers. Alcohol hardly evident, those a tad noticeable.

Overall one of the best Julian's put out thus far. Drink responsibly and watch out for the flying KAPOW!

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Photo of LongBeachHopHead
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hop Ninja served on tap at the brew pub, two days after it was tapped.

A: straw colored, nice head that lasts throughout the beer, good carbonation. Very light for a double IPA so less malty which is fine with me.

S: piney, citrus, FRESH hops. I think it was Amarillo/Simcoe dry hopping.

T: One of the best Double IPA's I have tasted all year. This beer tastes like it went through a randall. Very fresh, with no off flavors or after taste. The hop bitterness lingers and a great treat for a hophead. Lots of piney citrusy notes that a West Coast Double should have. WINNER!

M: Mouth feel was good, light with good carbonation. As it warmed up, I got a lot of alcohol coming through so I took off a bit for that...

O: Overall I really enjoyed this beer. It's brewed at Beachwood BBQ and Brewing in Long Beach and a world class DIPA in my opinion. This is up in the ranks with Citra, Sculpin, Aroma Coma, Pliny, Poormans and Nelson in the hop intensity category; though some aren't DIPA's. If you're a hophead check this one out!! Julian Shrago is the brewer.

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