Amalgamator
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

AmalgamatorAmalgamator
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #24
ABV:
7.1%
Score:
96
Ranked #734
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 8.06%
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
436
From:
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating
Wants
  71
Gots
  68
SCORE
96
World-Class
AmalgamatorAmalgamator
Notes: Amalgamator is a dynamic West Coast-style India pale ale that's delightfully light in body and bursting with unique aromas and flavors. A massive dry hop charge of Mosaic hops lays down an aromatic amalgam of passion fruit, blueberry, dank resin, and citrus notes.

MALT: American 2-row, Honey Malt.
HOPS: Mosaic, Warrior, Columbus, Amarillo.
IBUs: 70
Reviews: 102 | Ratings: 436 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

West coast IPA in appearance, as welcome as an old friend.
I get a gentle mosaic-influenced blueberry note, along with some piney resin. The beer tastes just shy of sweet, with enough pith to hit just the right spot. Delicious and easily drinkable. I like it.

 260 characters

Photo of bret27
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can from Lúpulo.
Only about 10 days old.
Appearance: clear golden. Soapy white head.
Smell: can smell the hops from 2 feet away. Piney. Lemons. Dank.
Taste: just the right amount of breast/malty backbone. Mainly citrus + pine. Resiny wet grass and/or dank. A hint of tropical fruit. Dank becomes dominant as it warms in both smell and taste.
Feel: Slick. medium dry.
Overall: solid wcipa. No gimmicks.

 409 characters

bret27 from California, May 03, 2020
Photo of Wheezy
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

DANK GOODNESS! - being local helps, and I now know why some of these reviews aren't great. If it's not fresh, it seems to decline rather quickly.

Crack the can, smell the dankness. This is hands down my favorite IPA right now. They did a double gator (double ipa) version that I thought would be even better, but honestly, not really. I think the OG Amalgy is a home run magic potion type beer.

I prefer to pour into a 16 oz tulip (aka double ipa style) - not that it makes much difference, I just like it that way.

Pur is deep gold, a PRETTY beer with a 1" head. Great lacing.
The smell is absolutely insane, full-bodied, fruity, piney, citrus dank goodness.
Taste: HOP MAGIC - Dudes, I love this blend - it's got that upfront hop bite, but such a smooth yummy flavorful mid and absolutely smooth, pleasing malty finish. It's perfect really.
Feel: I'll put it this way... I can drink one after work... Or, I can get absolutely faced on these bad boys. It's a medium body, very drinkable delicious brew.
Overall: I think you get it by now... I love this stuff. I will say again, I had a batch in the fridge, purchased directly from Beachwood that I had one of. I went on vacation, got home, busy with work, got sick. So they sat for almost a month and the taste had changed quite a bit!!!! It wasn't BAD by any means, but if that had been my only sample, I probably wouldn't have gone back for a second 4 pack. Just sayin. It might be worth trying again some of you guys that got a can from a friend that had been who knows where for who knows how long.

 1,563 characters

Wheezy from California, Mar 11, 2020
Photo of shambeano
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 pint can, poured into some fancy beer glass at this bar I am in’s
Look: golden yellow. gentle pour gives about 1.5 inches of fluffy head that sticks around for ages.
Smell: stone fruit, citrus, passion fruit, a little pine. Strong upfront and quite nice.
Taste: hop forward, orange and citrus straight up, pine in there and I’m getting a bit of tropical fruit as well. A touch of malt in there to balance it out.
Feel: decent body, not light bodied but feels refreshing. A nice rounding bitterness and a good length.
Overall: delicious. Loved it.

 557 characters

shambeano from Australia, Jan 23, 2020
Photo of jdhops
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 11/22/19. Pours clear gold, with a thick white head that dissipates to a thin film. Noticeable upward bubbling. Irregular but pretty lacing. Aroma is faintly blueberry. Taste is classic west coast piney hops, with hints of citrus and fruit. Finishes dry but with minimal bitterness. Light mouthfeel. A clean, easy drinking, enjoyable WCIPA.

 347 characters

jdhops from Tennessee, Dec 25, 2019
Photo of Spikester
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with one finger of white head. Some minor lacing.
Smell is dank green hops with a modest amount of bready malts.
Taste is dank green hops with a touch of bready malts. Some light pine and fruits.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Finish is dry and lightly bitter.
Overall a fine example of a West Coast IPA.

 336 characters

Spikester from Oregon, Dec 04, 2019
Photo of sjdevel
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

LOOK - nice frothy foam and thick - great retention - slightly hazy and a nice golden color
SMELL - great tropical fruit aroma
TASTE - slight bite upfront with a decent bitterness - plunges into oily mango and pineapple - some pine in there - somewhat sweet / somewhat tart - dries out and left with some citrus and malt
FEEL - flattens out a bit but still a nice medium bodied beer with effervescence
OVERALL - this is an amazing IPA - it hits the marks for me as I am more into tropical fruit hoppiness than I am pine or citrusy - I would recommend to any hop head as this one is quite forward with the hop flavor

 615 characters

sjdevel from Colorado, Nov 23, 2019
Photo of unlikelyspiderperson
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful golden amber, crystal clear with lots of active carbonation and a solid, active, off white head.
Nose is big and piney and citrus-y. Bright, clean aromas, with a little bit of yeastiness.
Taste goes big on the citrus bitter bite with grapefruit and lemon zest playing over bitter lime flesh and navel orange. Very nice, crisp clean, classic west coast flavors. This definitely compares favorably to Blind Pig and even Pliny the Elder.
Mouthfeel is perfect, full flavored and strong malt backbone that supports a big crisp hop finish.
Overall this is an excellent WC IPA. Top tier without a doubt, and at 13 bucks for a 4 pack it's a truly unbeatable value. Get this beer, drink this beer, feel good about yourself

 734 characters

Photo of Ahypercube
4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Been about 11 months and 33 beer reviews since I last had this. Was saving a pint can for reviewing, but life called upon me to share it, so I did. Lo and behold, despite having moved from Cali out to the great state of Colorado, I actually found a four pack of it again at a very large liquor store in downtown Denver, and only about three weeks old.

L: Pouring about 12 oz of it into a pint glass produces a sudsy two-finger head of eggshell white bubbles. Its body is a perfectly transparent copper-tinted golden amber.

S: I get strong dose of piney Columbus hop dankness right off the bat, followed by plum, yellow grapefruit, lemon, passion fruit, banana, papaya, blueberry, mango, jasmine, honeysuckle and white pepper. An incredible aroma. Perfectly balanced between dank herbal, fruity, and floral notes (or at least my nose thinks so).

T: The dank is strong on the palate, but it gets accented by the plum, mango, and citrus notes mid sip, and softened by some toasted biscuit notes from the malt, keeping it smooth. The finish comes as an elegantly long but sharp spike of white pepper with underlying hints of papaya, jasmine and lingering pine. I'd say it might be just a tad heavy on the dankness, so it doesn't get a five.

F: Sticky with hop oil, but remarkably dry and peppery with a clean finish. Again, exemplary, but I think it could use a touch more body to reduce the oiliness of the feel.

O: Easily one of the best IPAs in America. Beats everything on that "Other Beer Style Examples" list hands down, except maybe Racer 5. It's actually very similar to old Union Jack, from before FW economized it for mass-production about 3 years ago. Cheers!

 1,671 characters

Ahypercube from California, Oct 15, 2019
Photo of BillRoth
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had a bomber from Beechwood Brewery /Long Beach during Beer Safari stop. Another great IPA from Beechwood. Smooth as silk with great malt base. Really nice hop bill...Mosaic tropical and citrus fruitiness (some pineapple sweetness too) with notable but not overbearing resin/ dankness from the Warrior and Columbus.and Amarillo
Nice So Cal west coaster.

 355 characters

BillRoth from Maryland, Aug 29, 2019
Photo of Parmesan
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a brilliant clear yellow gold with a medium creamy white head and no lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is greeted by a strong tree sap, mixes with a nice ripe tropical fruit including banana, mango, orange, some pineapple. A bit of light toasted malt underneath and some pine. Smells like a very inviting West Coast IPA.

T: Notes of pine and tree sap intermingle with a very strong ripe tropical fruit including banana, mango, orange, some pineapple and lemon. Fairly sweet but also has a nice bitterness to balance it out. Overall, I like the taste just a tad less than the aroma.

F: Smooth Carbonation, medium body.

O: This is a very good west coast IPA.

 677 characters

Parmesan from Colorado, Jun 19, 2019
Photo of beersampler6
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a nice IPA from a brewery that’s new to me. Pours an orange-yellow color with lots of fluffy white head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of grapefruit, mango, papaya, orange, lemon and pineapple fruity hops. Also with a good hit of malt, floral hops, vanilla and bread. Taste follows the nose, and there is a very strong dankness in the finish as well as some strong bitter hoppy notes at the end. Smooth, mild, slightly sticky mouthfeel with good carbonation. The dankness was quite a surprise and not unpleasant. Higher ABV was present but still well-balanced.

 573 characters

beersampler6 from Michigan, Jun 07, 2019
Photo of VoodooBear
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 16 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a can-shaped pint glass.

Appearance: The thick, bone white, two finger head stays around for a long time and leaves behind a lot of lacing in chunky patches. It's a clear, bright gold color.

Smell: It's a big, hoppy aroma starting with notes of grapefruit, passion fruit, mango and pineapple. It finishes with some herbs and a dank, pine resin scent.

Taste: It's quite bitter with a lot of fruit flavors that include orange, grapefruit, mango, papaya and pineapple. There's some malty, honey sweetness to balance things out and it finishes with a sticky hop resin aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It's medium bodied but quite crisp and refreshing with medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice, fruity, balanced, traditional American IPA with a lot of character and some heft on the palate that keeps it interesting.

 885 characters

VoodooBear from Puerto Rico, May 31, 2019
Photo of macrosmatic
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to WestCoastBeerDude for sending this bottle! Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Mildly hazy gold, darker than most recent IPAs. Forms a finger's worth of white head that lasts quite well for style. A good bit of visible carbonation.

S: Tropical fruits, lychee, and berries. Melon, citrus, and dank. Some biscuit malts - enough to come across as maltier than expected for a West Coast IPA, but not at all caramelly and it remains hop-forward for sure. A little different, but I’m digging it.

T: Tropical fruit, berries, and stone fruit. Citrus pith, dank, melon. Mild biscuit sweetness from the malts, but again no real caramel flavors. Melon and tropical fruitiness in the hang with moderate bitterness.

M: An average IPA body and mouthfeel with good carbonation sensation. The alcohol seems maybe a bit obvious for style but not terribly so.

O: Drinking this, I was very curious which hops were used. Seeing the list on here, these aren't any exotic varieties. But they really did manage to pull some different flavors out of these familiar hops. This wouldn’t be a constant go-to for me as to personal preference, but quite tasty as a change of pace. A well-constructed beer, and solid for sure. An interesting introduction to Beachwood beers.

 1,342 characters

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've never heard of this IPA until now but I thought it was a great IPA. I think Mosaic hops might be my favorite. Delicious.

Look: hazy golden with an inch thick white head

Aroma: grapefruit, mango and piney hops

Taste: The flavor is fruity passionfruit, blueberry, mango, dankness and pine resin at the end.

Body/Overall: light to medium body

 348 characters

Photo of spelingchampeon
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 3-25-19
L: Clear copper. No head or lacing, 1 minute post pour.
S: Flowery, fruity and malted.
T: Flower, citrus and malts. Oh, and some light pine.
F: Light to medium MF, light bitterness. Smooth.
O: Great balance of malts and hops. Mostly getting that famous Mosaic flavor I love, but it plays well with everything else. My 1st beer from this brewery was a winner!

 377 characters

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1/18/19
L: Bright golden straw yellow with total transparency. About 2 fingers of a vibrant white cap that dissipated quickly. Generous amounts of residual lacing on the glass.
S: Berry-forward with hints of malts, citrus and black pepper. Smells inviting, just wish it was more pungent.
T: Mosaic shines here, lending a burst of berry flavor. Lemon, orange and grapefruit aren't skipping on that party either. Finish is dry with lingering flavors of lemongrass and malts. Light sappy pine flavor in the aftertaste.
F: Light in body and weight. Moderate carbonation. Smooth, easy to drink with the right amount of bitterness.
O: This is fantastic. I can see this being a daily drinker and a must-have in the warm summer months. I am very much enjoying it, and I am very grateful to have tried. Cheers!

 812 characters

TheBrewsky from California, Apr 20, 2019
Photo of gcasher
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can fresh
Poured golden and hazy with little head.
Smelled great, but taste was mild.
The BEER was flat and a bust in my opinion. Blah, way overrated.

 157 characters

gcasher from Pennsylvania, Mar 22, 2019
Photo of Wasatch
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 09/05/18

My first from this brewery.

Almost 5 months on this can.

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice cloudy yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, papaya, guava, mango), slight blueberry, piney. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, papaya, guava), some blueberry, piney. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty nicely, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Nice to see this one around here.

 682 characters

Wasatch from Colorado, Feb 02, 2019
Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 2beerdogs for this one. 16oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a lightly hazydark yellow/light orange color with about 1/4 inch of white head that had low retention and very light lacing.

The aroma was hop dominant, mostly citrus, with some pine and floral, and just a touch of grainy malt showing through. The flavor profile was very much the same, with the addition of a nicely tart citrus tang on the finish.

The body was just a bit lighter than is typical for a traditional American IPA, and had a nicely dry finish. Drinkability was fine, I could see having this in my regular rotation if it were local to me. overall, a very nice brew, certainly worth your time if you see it.

 695 characters

beertunes from Montenegro, Nov 22, 2018
Photo of Taylor88
4.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My FAVORITE IPA. The blend of Mosaic, Warrior, Columbus and Amarillo hops just does it for me...and maybe the fact that Beachwood is local for me, I’ll get this 16oz can/4-pak at my local bottle shop when it’s just a few days old!

 239 characters

Taylor88 from California, Oct 19, 2018
Photo of Smakawhat
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a shaker pint glass, boo hiss... canned September 24 2018.

Golden pale body color with real nice clarity. Fine carbonation ti a three finger somewhat soapy head. Minimal retention but a nice off white simple puck.

Simple but good hop aroma. Light citrus and touches of zest. Hints grapefruit and orange, but with more bitterness than sweetness character.

Real nice juicy palate. Chewy touches of wheat and orange, with tropical earth and grassy flavors. Mid palate mint and basil, with a light grassy aftertaste. Lovely rich mouthfeel giving real supportive flavors.

Excellent bright flavorful West style Ipa.

 646 characters

Smakawhat from Maryland, Sep 30, 2018
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Damon.
Treated as a DIPA because a 7.1% IPA seems to be out of range for a regular IPA, so this was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a glossy semi-clear bronzed golden color with a small cap of a little white semi-foamy head. This swiftly glided off to barely leave any lace.
The aroma had a sweet piney to grassy with a bit of danky to catty earthiness. Some kind of hoppy oily character with some passion fruit and citrus peel.
The flavor yields to the mix of the entire blend of the aromatics sweetly. There's a little bit of dry bitterness. Then a mild aftertaste of citrus peel, catty earthiness and sweet pine.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Sly carbonation and a good ABV about it. Crisp bittersweet fruity finish.
Overall, a very nicely done West coast styled DIPA I would welcome again.

 854 characters

Photo of augustgarage
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 5/7; consumed on 5/26 - poured from a tall boy into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Brilliantly clear amber body with an active half finger of magnolia suds - vague lacing, decent retention.

Intensely fruity aromatics loaded with passion-fruit and a touch of grapefruit. The malt bill contributes something to the nose as well, with a gentle cookie like note (presumably from the honey malt).

Tropical fruit and citrus on the palate with a peppery/herbaceous finish with a hint of cannabis. Moderately bitter; fairly dry, clean, and quite crisp. Something approaching a malt back-bone, but the hops are of course the star of the show.

Refreshing, traditionally crafted West Coast IPA utilizing a more contemporary array of hops.

 747 characters

augustgarage from California, May 27, 2018
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clean golden color. Aroma has sweet honey and pollen notes, quite floral hop profile. Taste has a sweet malty backbone with floral hops and medium bitterness on the finish. Medium body, crisp carbonation.

 204 characters

Ciocanelu from Romania, May 17, 2018
Amalgamator from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 436 ratings