Amalgamator | Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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Brewed by:
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
California, United States
beachwoodbbq.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Halcyondays on 03-29-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
300
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
8.74%
 
 
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 300
Photo of pants678
2.55/5  rDev -41.4%
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.

Dry.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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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Photo of stakem
3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
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 tlema1
3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
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 mactrail
3.82/5  rDev -12.2%
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 jooler
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
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 WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -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 SierraFlight
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
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 MonkeyBread
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
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 ChristianAlexander
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
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 CJNAPS
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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 mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, peach, apricot, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a fantastic smell and some tasty flavors.

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Photo of Kraj30
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Hop_God
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
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 rawfish
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold pour nets a perfect, finger and a half of rocky stark white head. Excellent retention and lacing that coats the glass.

There's a huge initial tropical blast, passion fruit and pineapple without any acidity. Slowly it winds down to a more typical West Coast grapefruit and pine character that hints at berries and ripe melon. This underlaying malt provides a light sweetness that blends well with the tropical hops.

Caramel malt is thin and just enough to balance the bright and floral hop flavors. Yellow citrus dominant, with some Warrior hop dank pine, flashes berries and melon at times. Overall quite clean and the mild bitterness helps to cleanse the palate.

Light to medium bodied with active carbonation really helps to keep this beer bright and stir up the aroma. Very clean with minimal alcohol, sits wet on the palate.

Beachwood Brewing rings up another stellar IPA, clean, dry and floral with nuances of berries and melon. Terrific aroma that I wish translated more to flavor. Not quite the wow beer that Melrose is but well worth it if you can get some.

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Photo of FBarber
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
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 StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
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 jakecattleco
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
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 SuperChugLosAngeles
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

1/2016
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 spark3148857
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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 DrinkThemAll
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Halcyondays
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a golden amber with a soft white head, some thick lace as the pint is drunk.

S: All about the tropicality, but has a green streak running through it. Pungent, West Coast style.

T: Mango, passion fruit and grapefruit dominate the flavour which is very light on the malt. Rich and flavourful, another tasty IPA from these guys.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, dry, resiny and dank.

O: A stellar IPA, and well worth a try if you're a fan of this style. Right up there with Melrose.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
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 DoubleJ
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
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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