Amalgamator | Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of tlema1
3.77/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: golden color, nice lacing
S: not a ton of nose, I get some pine
T: nice blend of citrus and pine
F: lots or upfront mouthfeel
O: very good west coast style IPA

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 11-28-16 into a tulip glass. Pours vibrant golden yellow with 2 fingers of medium density white head that left moderate lacing. Nose a bit faint, but very tropical,some bubblegum (more as it warmed), and just the slightest hint of pine. Taste starts tropical and finishes with a citrus punch. Plenty of astringency and some bitterness. Finishes dry and bubbly and lingers on the palate a bit. Mouthfeel is medium, just enough body, and the carbonation on the higher end. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one nails everything in balance. Everything fits perfectly in it's place. A near flawless west coast IPA. I can no flaws with it...actually. The closest thing to Pliny the Elder you're going to get from SoCal.

Juicy mangos, tangerine and some pineapple equalled by a nice Tahoe pine forest and some resin. Hops showcased masterfully at the forefront with just enough malt to let those hops shine, while still providing a near perfect body and mouthfeel. This beer is super clean and dry on the finsh. This is what west coast IPAs are all about, and this one has everything I look for in a IPA. It's lacking nothing. For my preference, IPAs don't get much better than this. Probably the best single IPA I've ever had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ChristianAlexander
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Will I be accused of homebase bias? Selecting three or four breweries located in Southern California on my list? Is SoCal some sort of Napa Valley for beer? Drive through the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma and watch the hilly geography thrive on the NorCal sun, the NorCal temperature. The chill a wino gets must be similar to that of a beerophile in SoCal, in bumper-to-bumper traffic, fighting for a parking space, inhaling SoCal smog and smelling SoCal bum urine. There exists, spread out, quite a few breweries in Southern California, and while many capatalize on the location to serve lackluster beer, much praise is due for the ones that craft a great beer. Beachwood Brewing is rather small, located in Long Beach not far from more flashy, more trendy, and more well-known breweries. Sure some of what Beachwood offers can be as "meh" as the names they're given (Alt(ernate) Reality, That's What She Said, Tart Simpson, don't make me list on) but you get to the Amalgamator and you get to the goods. It's an IPA that is clean, goes down easy, but leaves behind a taste in your mouth. Not so much a taste, but the feeling you had when you first sipped. I think a bias towards finding bias would explain any accusation of bias towards me. As far as I can tell, I'm being pretty darn objective about my tastes.

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Photo of jooler
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

look is amazing, smell is of pine, citrus and mango. very pungent smell. initial taste is quite bitter. then after i get a slight pine taste. this sort of leaves the tongue numb. also my burps keep coming up foamy. there is no date on the bottle for me to figure out if it is old or not. i had high hopes for this beer taste wise.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very nice West coast IPA! Great color, great lacing, great aroma and Hop punch!!! Taste is mega bitter, but balanced at the same time. Multiple flavors touch your buds. Would drink this all the time if I had the chance.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: clear golden light yellow thin but prominent bubbles

S: grass. Citrus. Pine. Bubblegum. Resin. Tropica pith

F: soft. Creamy. Very palate coating fruity ness. Crisp bitter finish

O: this is delightful. Great West coast style. Lots of bitter notes and resin and still packs that fruit citrus burst.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried the Amalgamater at the brewery. It poured a clear orangish with white head that left some lace. The scent and taste had citus peel and pine. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this was one of my favorites.

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Photo of mdlb44
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beachwood at its very best! Their Single Ipa series is as good as any. This is perfectly dry with a touch of malt and a beautiful hop profile. Great Beer #donthazemebro

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Photo of MonkeyBread
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

First beach wood BBQ beer I've had. Pretty standard light IPA look and smell is ok with a mixture of citrus, herbal flowers, medicinal herbs. The highlight here is a stupendous mouthfeel, maybe best I d ever had on an IPA. Super luscious and smooth.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What another exceptional beer. Very dry hopped smell taste and feel. So crisp and flavorful. Whatever Beachwood does to their Ipas is fantastic. Another great beer from them

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Photo of GregA135
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love me some West Coast IPA's!

My first time drinking Beachwood and it did not disappoint!

Poured a clear golden amber color with a nice white head
Smelled of citrus, tropical fruit notes and hops
Tasted amazing! Grapefruit, citrus, a little bit of tropical fruit notes and orange goodness
Clean, medium bodied and just the right amount of carbonation!

Highly recommend this great IPA!

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Photo of SuperChugLosAngeles
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

UPDATE: the January 2016 release was way dank and amazing- but this last batch 9/2016-present tastes watered down. Now it's real good and all, but it is 75% of what it used to be.

This beer is by far one the best I have had out of Beachwood Brewing. It is also on my top 10 list of coolness. This beer is a thick IPA with robust flavor. It is ROBUST. It lays it on thick.

There is a lot of shit going on here- hops, malt, fruit, citrus, kitchen sink, spices... that it is hard to express how it tastes in words other than my wife and I loved it.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.89/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured this into a ipa glass and it poured an amber color with a 2 inch white head and very nice lacing. the smell is of citrus and pine and it has a bitter finish. the feel is crisp and bittersweet and a bitter finish. overall this is a delicious and bitter ipa that is has a well balance bitterness with the citrus/pine flavor. simply delicious.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Beer Nerd tulip
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $9.59
Purchased: Jan. 13, 2016
Consumed: Jan. 13, 2016
Misc.: Born on Jan. 11, 2016 (are you kidding me?)

Saw two things that piqued my interest and eventually had me purchase it. 1) Beachwood Brewing and 2) Limit 1 per customer. Bottle is calling for Amarillo, Warrior, Columbus, Mosaic, passion fruit, blueberry, dank resin and citrus. Super psyched about this one.

Poured a honey, pale, clear color with 4-to-5 fingers of off-white, fluffy head. Tons of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass, looking like a snow globe. Very good amount of foamy, layered lacing on the sides of the glass. Excellent foamy retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Hops dominated the smell, getting Mosaic, resin, Amarillo and Citra. Also got huge tropical whiffs - mixed berry, passion fruit and bitter mango rind - as well as some pine and Warrior (I think) hops. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted a tad better than the nose. Not entirely sure, but I think bitter Warrior hops was leading the way. Also Amarillo hops, Mosaic hops, Citra hops, tropical hops, bitter mango rind, faint Nugget hops, dank resin hops, mixed berry, passion fruit and maybe some floral hops. (Taste - 4.50)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, abrupt finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This beer basically seems like a double IPA, but it is somehow just an IPA. I may be overrating this just a bit, but very good and I can’t wait to have it again. (Overall - 4.50)

4.40 | 98 | A

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Photo of Kraj30
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

best west coast I have had in a while.. nice pine and citrus on the nose.. mouthfeel is classic west coast.. I wish it was thicker... taste was great.. super fresh.. very great WC IPA..

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Photo of BeerME_562
4.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

by far out ranks blind pig, just outstanding, alpine nelson/duet, sculpin, etc... personal all time favorite
at 7.1abv it taste like a double ipa

On tap at BEACHWOOD BBQ long beach

A: clean lightly golden champange color, white two finger of head filled with micro bubbles
A: straight papaya, lemon, green mango, kiwi,
T: similar to the aroma, sweet papaya, citrus lemon, green mango, kiwi, basically tropical fruits. perfect balance between malt vs hops bitterness
M: similar to most Double IPA medium to full body, crisp and sharp up front, nice and dry thru the palate, flavor town thru and thru

Amalgamater is an outstanding IPA, super clean and refreshing

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Photo of MHurley
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange with white thick head and lacing that sticks around and not planning on going any where. Very beautiful see through orange. The smell of Citra is amazing fallowing a hoppy taste that feels the mouth with tropical fruit. Love it

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Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 09/18/15 notes. 22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip, thanks Dane!

Pours a somewhat clear bright orange color with one finger of white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Pine hops, resin, grapefruit, citrus hops, lemon, very good nose. Taste is very bitter. Medium body and moderate carbonation, bitter.

Overall a great nose but the taste is a bit too bitter which keeps the taste from being great. Very good though, worth checking out for sure.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I can always count of Beachwood to make a good IPA. Here's one more. On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Lighter orange colored brew that shines in a clean body, all while creamy lacing rings around the glass. The aroma is fantastic, and full of strong notes. Cantaloupe, orange, mango, all hitting the nose and being very vibrant as well. It's a very smooth beer, and the skill which Beachwood possess with hops is shown again in Amalgamator. Can I get another round of COGs (cantaloupe, orange, grapefruit) please?! It's not bitter, medium bodied, delicious, and very smooth.

Beachwood's best IPA? That's a tough call, because many of the one's I've had have been fantastic. This is just another one.

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Photo of mactrail
3.82/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The last bottle of a batch that showed up at Bine & Vine in San Diego. Lucious mango aroma. Label says this is brewed with Amarillo, Warrior, and Columbus as well as the Mosaic hops. Sharp on the tongue. Clear golden yellow with a fine cream of foam in the tall goblet.

Fruity but on the dry side. All this hop flavoring would make a good DIPA version. It's a little dry and austere for all the hops, but the aromatics are fabulous. Quite bitter. Every sip renews the bold fruity flavors, but mostly a gust of smells. Melon and piine with a toasty malt taste. Hop fanatics will want to try this one for sure. It's hard to drink much of it, but the hops rule.

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Photo of Mattygross44
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Glad i live 15 mins from beachwood and have a beer store 2 mins away from me that has a beachwood account. One of my favorite breweries. Such fresh stuff all the time and this ipa is just like the rest of the stuff they put out.. Top Notch!! My hats off to you again beachwood well done!

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Photo of mobrado
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 9/8, bought on 9/9, enjoyed on 9/10. The exceptional freshness definitely contributed to it, but this was one of the best IPAs I've had in my life and the best use of Mosaic hops in any beer that I can remember. It would probably be too much to ask to have it available in affordable sixers...

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap, on cask, and in the bottle. Review is for the bottle - bomber poured into shaker pint. Appearance is clear orange body with off-white head that has good retention and leaves some sticky patches on the glass. Aroma is super tropical with passionfruit and pineapple, solid citrus with grapefruit and orange peel, and finally some wet pine hop dankness and melon. Taste starts with some biscuit malt sweetness and then quickly yields to tropical fruit juice sweetness and citrus rind bitterness. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation, bitter finish.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

On tap at Beachwood in Long Beach, CA.

A fair amount of juice, but a very dry aftertaste like chewing on sawdust in the wind - and I don't know about you, but Raul really isn't into that. Overall taste is citrusy and fairly pleasant; but that Sahara desert aftertaste... No, no, no.

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Amalgamator from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
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