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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Photo of buzzy
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rkarimi
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of wisegreensoul
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArrogantB
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can from a four pack that cost $13.49. Aroma is heavy Mosaic, berries and some sweetness. Flavor is more Mosaic, berries, a nice malt backbone, some bitterness, a great West Coast IPA.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 16oz can to a tall, narrow pint (Green Cheek nucleated flute). This was canned on January 31, 19 days before the time of consumption, according to a black ink canning date on the underside of the can ("CANNED ON 01/31/18"). Refrigerated consistently.

Appearance (4.0): This pours three ecru-colored fingers of fine, slowly gurgling foam capping a crystal-clear, 24 ct gold-colored body. The head dies slowly, leaving a rocky cap and craggy lacing composed of wide splotches of foam all around the glass. This is a classic West Coast IPA in appearance, and well above average.

Smell (4.25): Sunny notes of papaya, passionfruit, peach, and cara cara orange, anchored by a quietly dank, herbal note jump out of the glass. A modest dose of white sugar cookies and just a touch of fresh boule crust lend some body to the nose, giving the fruit wings. Meanwhile, a slightly grassy note accompanied by a light combo of white grape and maybe honeydew come out as it opens up a bit. I sure do love Mosaic hops.

Taste (4.25): Crisp and bright up front, the beer comes at you with a tangy mix of underripe honeydew, limeade, white grapefruit pith, and a lightly resinous, herbal blend of "dank" characteristics. As it warms, some orangeade comes into the mix, but the grassy and pithy bitterness remains. There's some malt in here, too, but it's lean-a touch of white sugar cookies blended with common crackers and a pale toffee note come together to support the heaps of hops as they spread out and do their thing. No sign of booze.

Mouthfeel (4.75): The carbonation is appropriately well-distributed, cascading in a soft blanket over the palate, belying the lean, dry, just-shy-of-medium-weight body, lightening it up even more as the carbonation foams up with a smooth, velvety feel just before washing out. Meanwhile, the hops help to dry it out even more, but not so much that it shows any real sign of astringency. They really knocked it out of the park here, in that it drinks its size but still begs for another sip.

Overall (4.25): This is an appropriately hopped, adequately sized, nicely lean and bitter but still juicy IPA. And, pro tip? Have it in the shower. Hachi machi, that's relaxing. Admittedly, this is my first beer from Beachwood, but they prove with this that they've got the classic West Coast-style (D)IPA on lock. I drank at least two of the other three cans in the shower, too. Was not lying. Great in the glass, phenomenal in the shower. What can I say? Recommended.

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

Beautiful looking beer! Crystal clear straw yellow pour with a huge pillowy eggshell head. Had to give the look a 4.5 cuz it’s that pristine! Nose is piney. Full of sap, must and resin. Slight notes of grapefruit zest. Taste is of sticky pine sap, pine needles, light floral and crisp grapefruit. Some grainyness shows through as well. Medium body to slightly thin. Nicely coats my tulip with a thin oily film as well as the teeth ;) If I was ever questioning my love for “west coast” IPAs which I wasn’t this beer reaffirmed the beauty of a brilliant pine bomb!

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Photo of GaToWyo
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AllHopsMatter
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shaneb818
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Roguer
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden brew, leaning toward yellow. Head production and retention are solid, and lacing is excellent.

Nose is restrained, but features a nice balance of dank, herbal hops, biscuit, pine notes, and light grapefruit and passion fruit.

On the palate, the hops are again the main attraction, primarily piney, but with moderate dankness. Juicy notes are not the focus, but they range from grapefruit and lemon to passion fruit and pineapple. Balanced bitterness, and a nice showing of grainy pale malts, with a touch of caramel.

Very lively and active brew. Medium-light bodied. Long, gum-smacking finish thanks to lingering hop oils.

A nice modern take on the classic West Coast IPA style.

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Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Viaduck
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It’s body is a slightly hazy golden color. Coarse bubbles make up a nice looking head. It’s aroma is strongly influenced with grapefruit & pine tar. Grapefruit pith bitterness & a hint in sweetness. Flavor follows it’s aroma with tropical fruit & tangerine & grain flavors. Just a bit more bitterness than I like, but I’m not a fan of IPA’s. Feel is thin with plenty of carbonation. Overall it is excellent.

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Photo of sd123
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beernoobie
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MOTS77
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JustinPStewart
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of DefenCorps
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from ABV.

A clear amber with a dense, off-white head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a pungent blend of pine and grapefruit, along with a mild caramel note. The palate opens moderately bitter with grapefruit pith and pine sap, nice and clean with a lingering pith note. The mid-palate has some tangerine and a little melon. Drying, bitter on the finish, this beer is medium-light in body and moderately carbonated. Solid stuff.

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Photo of maltznhopz
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ultrarunnerandrew
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours copper color with nice light fluffy white head with lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma - Light tropical mango and orange combined with a nice pine aroma.

Taste - A very balanced IPA topical fruit and nice pine resin. Well hopped and bitter with a touch of sweetness.

Feel - Medium bodied well carbonated slightly dry bitter finish.

Overall - A very well done IPA, great well balanced flavors.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gotta say, it seems like Beachwood is underappreciated, especially when it comes to their hoppy beers, I just never hear anyone talk about them, but they seem to get good reviews, so I dunno, just not resonating with much of the beer nerd public I guess.

Anyways, this is probably the one ipa of theirs I see the most at festivals and the like. Pours a golden yellow with 3/4" white head. Aroma drops pine like smells from the dry hopping. Centennial?

Taste, nice, prototypical west coast ipa stuff going on here, lightly toasted pale malts that are a dry finish. Ample hopping, somewhere in the middle of the new proprietary hop wave, seems like this one goes for Simcoe and Amarillo. Hops not skimped on. I think they only do bombers of these though, which is a shame. Would bang these in 12oz bottles. Keeps leaning on those green, herbal, pine like hop notes the whole time.

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Amalgamator from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 370 ratings