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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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 315
Photo of thebeers
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
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 PlinyMeNow
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub. It was my favorite of at least 5 different IPAs that I sampled there, so I settled on it for a pint. It was all about hops, hops and more hops. Strong in pine and citrus and bright aromatic spices, fresh, with plenty of notes to think about. Generally well made, but the bitterness was just a bit too high for me. I prefer a more balanced brew.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This a fantastic beer. Slightly hazy gold beer with a white head. The aroma is tons of citrus and pine. On first taste I swore I tasted fresh, bitter peach skin but subsequent tastes washed that away. In its place I found fruit, flowers and pine. A pretty clean and bitter finish. This is a damn fine beer.

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Photo of BeerRunner
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is blowing up with hop goodness and hop freshness. Citrus, tropical, resiny and dank. The malt is there but the incredible "amalgam" of hops steals the show. Buy it, drink it, love it!

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Photo of stakem
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip appears a clear copper color with off-white cap a finger strong that fades leaving patchy lace.

Aroma is fruity and herbal with hops slightly grassy and a bit vegetal.

Tastes bitter pith and pine with slight vegetal thing.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. Not bad

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer! Really well balanced, nice hop taste but not a hop bomb. Not a big aroma off the beer but the taste makes up for it. First beer from these guys but I am sure I will try a lot more

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
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 FBarber
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
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 pants678
2.55/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Gold with white foam.

Citric, malty.

Musty, grapefruit sorta. Another beer that says west coast IPAs are not for me. Fresh, though, bottle date of 2 days ago.


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Photo of spark3148857
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle dated 1/4/17:

Pours deep golden with bright orange edges. Eggshell white head of creamy tight white bubbles recedes to a solid ring around the glass and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is full of peach, pineapple, blueberry, melon, with a little dank oniony presence. On the palate the beer is remarkably balanced yet assertive. Peach, mango, and sweet pineapple juice intermingles with dank and resinous finish and assertive bitterness. Pithy orange and sweet malt balance out the bitterness. Impressively creamy on the palate for an IPA. Everything a west coast IPA should be.

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Photo of tlema1
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
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 -0.7%
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 +9.4%
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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Photo of ChristianAlexander
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
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 -8.5%
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 +0.9%
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 -1.6%
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 -7.8%
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 +9.4%
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 -4.8%
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 +6.9%
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 +3.7%
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 -0.5%
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 +12.7%
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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