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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Added by Halcyondays on 03-29-2013

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Reviews by silentdonkey:
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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Photo of joe1510
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Stubby

Bottled: 6/6/17

Big thanks goes out to Phil for this guy! Cheers, bud! A beauty of a beer, Amalgamator is. Polished brass from top to bottom. A touch of light haze keeps it from being totally clear. A sturdy white crown forms easily on the pour and rises to a finger in height. Some vertical lacing gets left behind over time and a phat ring remains throughout the drink. That's right, phat.

The nose is big on stone fruit. Apricot leads the way. A quick pass of peppery, clean booze hits before blueberry and forest floor dankness kick in. A melange of tropical notes pop up but don't lay out specific fruits. The malt base is simply present to add enough sweetness so the hopping doesn't run away with the show. It's white bread crust all the way. This beer smells absolutely mouthwatering.

The flavor follows the nose pretty closely, though the Mosaic is more pronounced off the bat. Big blueberry and forest dank kicks things off in the most delicious of ways. The aforementioned stone fruits pop up mid palate long with that touch of booze. The booze is ultimately clean and compliments the beverage overall. Crackery, white bread crust makes up the malt base again. Very well done. This is a delicious IPA.

The body is moderate in weight but a lively, nearly prickly carbonation makes it seem very light in nature. The bitterness grows with each drink, reaching moderate at its peak with a nice dry finish. I could drink this beer all day long. It's bright and refreshing yet really drinkable and dangerous at 7%.

This is a really great IPA from the folks at Beachwood. It smells great with some nice depth. Ditto on the flavor. It's bitter and dry and immensely drinkable. Thanks again, Phil! This is some great stuff!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Beachwood BBQ and Brewery in Long Beach, CA.

This one pours a clear burnt orange, with a tight small white head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like zesty burnt pineapple, grassiness, resinous pine, grapefruit, mango, and slight malt.

The taste is similar- this is pretty much a quintessential West Coast style IPA. It's a bitter bruiser, with lots of fruit flavor- peach pineapple and grapefruit. There's very little crackery malt, enough to prop it up.

This is very crisp, and finishes super clean, with a good level of carbonation.

This is so wonderful.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 6/6/17 stamped 12oz bottle into a tulip.

It is a glowing gold to orange color. Just slightly opaque. A beautiful thick white foam that has very good retention and leaves some sticky residue behind.

This beer smells phenomenal! I dialed it back from 4.75 just to try to remain objective, because it is right in my wheelhouse. Very dank/pungent hops. If they aren't Mosaic, then they are some killer Citra. A little bit of body odor, medicinal green leaves, guava/stone fruit, grapefruit rind, a bit of pineapple, and a lighter pilsner like grain.

There is a tangy/spicy bite up front with some tropical fruit flavors. Musty/earthy fruit rinds that come across like guava and pink grapefruit with some fermented pineapple. There is also a pink bubble gum note mixed in there. It is followed by some green weed and a little bit of scallions. A lot of lingering piney/florally resin. Fairly aggressive with the hops. Although there is some sweet white bread malt to help out, it is still very bitter.

It has a prickly feel from the hops, but the carbonation is even keeled. Tons of oily resin left on the tongue. Nice amount of body. I would say it feels a bit more like an 8% beer than a 7, but not enough to make you scream imperial by any means.

I love this one. It is a true west coast IPA. That being said, it is not for the faint of hops. Very aggressive. I would say more so than Fat Heads Head Hunter which is toward the top of my list of face ripping IPAs. Not one that I could probably drink 4 or 5 of just because of palate fatigue, but I would probably put it in my top 10 non-imperials off the top of my head. Thanks @lingenbrau

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah! A crystal clear IPA. Almost a true gold body with a white head, about a finger and a half, that dissipates to a thin ring around the glass.
The aroma is pine, resin and grapefruit.
The taste is full and balanced. tropical and piney, with grapefruit and resin. Solid malt backbone with some sweetness.
The body is medium with medium carbonation. It has a wonderfully, dry, piney finish that compliments the beer.

This is the kind of beer that reminds me that I still like IPAs.

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Photo of FBarber
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant clear golden color. Thinnish white head dissipates steadily. Smell is pungent and fragrant. Lots of peach, pineapple, mango and a hint of citrus. Taste followed the nose with the aromas coming through in the flavor albeit not as robustly. Still very good. Feel was a touch thin, but it made it very drinkable. Overall a wonderful classic IPA -very well crafted.

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Photo of thebeers
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazed light yellow color, highly effervescent, with three fingers of lasting white head that leave heavy lacing.

Strong aroma of soft grapefruit, soft pine and melon, with a peppery herbal note in the background. Not big and abrasive, but approachable, light and summer-like.

The taste follows the nose, but dialed up a notch. Pine and citrus stand out, with a peppery backend and strong bitterness lingering in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with a nice prickliness to the feel.

This is a superbly crafted beer. Love the west coast flavors in this one.

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Photo of mschrei
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip. Hazy gold/orange color, not a lot of foam but healthy lacing. Tangy hop scent, know that there's definitely going to be some bitterness on the taste. There definitely is, with a mild happiness. A crisp and tangy feel to it, definitely a West Coast style IPA and a real winner.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

absolutely world class ipa here, one of the best expressions of mosaic hops i have seen, and a true west coast style gem from beachwood. the color is a radiant orange amber, quite clear but with a bit of fuzz as the bottle pours out. heady, one inch plus of thick and permanent white fluff. the nose is the best part, and its immaculate. rich and fresh mosaic hops, high in alpha acid, but showing less citrusy and more of a tropical fruit bouquet. i get passion fruit and pineapple, along with tart peach. its complex and awesome, and the grain bill is just large enough to keep these flavors on the tongue for awhile, before finishing off rather clean with a lingering bitter kick. i wish the brightness of the hops in the aroma came through into the flavor just a bit more cleanly, but they are still there, and its so juicy and delicious. fuller medium body and only enough carbonation to keep it in motion. overall a very well refined west coast ipa, special, and more interesting than many of the "throw it all in the kettle" types. the artwork on the label is also gorgeous. top notch ipa that i wish i could drink whenever i wanted.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Magnify 16 oz snulip bottled on 4/26/17. Pours a very attractive dark yellow with a 2 plus finger sticky white head that leaves thin wisps of lace all over the sides of the glass.

Smell is guava,papaya, tangerine, pine resin, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows nicely pone, guava, papaya upfront, with some tangerine and grapefruit in very balanced finish.

Mouthfeel is a sticky medium, plenty of life, a little dry, and excellent drinkability for sure.

Overall as the say don't judge a book by its cover, this is a very simple bottle with some excellent liquid in it. Thanks @Lingenbrau for this one.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bomber into New Belgium globe

A-It pours a nice golden color with a white head.

S-The aroma is sweet peaches, grape and mango hops. A little grapefruit blast as well.

T-The flavor is full with grapefruit, papaya and citrus. Massive fresh hop character. Very little caramel malt and a big citrus and spice finish.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium body and carbonation

O-Overall a great west coast IPA! Need more!

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I will leave this review simple. This is a world class, clean, crisp, refreshing, bursting with aroma and flavor IPA, that makes me question why I bother with any others. Nice simple malt profile, with huge hop everything. Now that it in six packs, and somewhat more easily obtainable...this will be finding itself in my fridge way more often. Cheers!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of warnerry
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Callmecoon
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of ElSid
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Beers of California


Freshness Date: None

A: Golden orange with a moderate amount of hazy yellow topped off with an off white head of sticky foam. The foam lasts ultimately leaving behind a blanket of lace on the glass and several islands of bubbles on top of the brew.

S: The tropicality comes through first: passion fruit, mango and pineapple. There is also a good amount of citrus and hints of apricot. Some dank resinous character is also there adding to the bready, honey malt foundation.

T: The hops lean toward mango, passion fruit, and pineapple tropical juiciness along with grapefruit peel and moments of apricot. There is also dank and resin which highlight the honey bread malt backbone which does its best to hold this brew together. Mild alcohol warmth along with earthy hop bitterness comes though in the finish.

M: Medium feel and crisp with a resinous linger and good supporting carbonation.

O: Beachwood BBQ is a Brewpub gem. So good I needed to take this brew home. I love the complex, juicy hop characteristics with strong tropical tones. Just the way I like my IPA's. Looking forward to filling this growler again.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of virinow
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rack0flamb
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GlassHound
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RobertH50
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
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 find 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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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

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