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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 UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
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 StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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 brentk56
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenrod with a decent head that leaves some splashy lace behind

Smell: Tropical fruit tones, with passion fruit, pineapple, papaya and pith (the four Ps)

Taste: Just a touch of the biscuit and then the hops take over, bringing a wallop of the tropical fruit flavors detected in the aroma and a very pithy bitterness that builds into the middle; there might even be a touch of custard apple, after the swallow, with the floral and bitter tones intermingling into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a top notch IPA that makes great use of the Mosaic hop

Thanks, lincolnbeard, for the opportunity

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Photo of mactrail
3.82/5  rDev -13.6%
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 mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev -5%
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 WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -9.5%
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 DoubleJ
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Halcyondays
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
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 HopHead84
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Pellucid gold in color with a finger of white froth. The aroma is bright and aromatic. Guava, passion fruit, orange, grapefruit, pine resin. No malt. Flavor is moderately bitter, dry, and clean with lots of hop flavor. Tropical notes remind me of passion fruit and mango. Orange pith blends with juicy flesh, grapefruit, and a little pine. Clean, dry, hoppy finish. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rjp217
4.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle, no date, after receiving in a trade...

Beautiful orange color with a frothy head and sticky lace. The aromas are absolutely stunning. Lovely citrus notes to include oranges, mangos, passion fruits. The taste echoes those sentiments with some resin and grass notes and nice pine backbone. The mouthfeel is medium body, solid carbonation with a nice biting finish.

Overall, this is one of the damn finest IPAs out there. Reminds a lot of Hill Farmstead offering in the aroma and mouthfeel. Lots of citrus with a piney finish which makes it incredibly balanced. I'm happy to have gotten a bottle of this. Wonderful!

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Photo of rawfish
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Keananmichael5
4.64/5  rDev +5%
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 BucannonXC5
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Rollzroyce21
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- 22oz. bomber (bottled ) poured into Golden Road tumbler on 11-Sep-15

This is my 3rd experience with this beer and it's still my favorite IPA from Beachwood. It really pushes the hoppy bitterness to the level where it does a tight-rope balance between hop goodness and hop overload, at least for me. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing for the abv level that its at. One of the best west coast style IPA's around.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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 reebtaerG
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
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 SierraFlight
4.02/5  rDev -9%
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 ChrisL24481
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden orange with an inch off white head. Plenty of lacing sticks to the glass. The smells is amazing. It consists of a combination of dank resin, citrus fruits, and a touch of passion fruit. The taste is very similar. Passion fruit, tropical fruits is followed by a dank resinous flavor and ending with a citrus bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy (somewhat buttery) with little (but some) carbonation. Overall, a great IPA and deserves do be up there with the best west coast IPAs!

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Hop_God
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Nugganooch
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar - Escondido, CA
Served in my FW snifter glass

A: Pours a darker golden amber color with orangey tones and some soft hop haze. Bubbly with a lively fizz producing a thin layer of short-lived paper white foam on top. Lower marks in the retention and stick department for an IPA but that is a minor setback all things considered.

S: Super pungent and tropical hop aromas with some dank green herbs intertwined. Gooseberry with mango spice, pineapple, guava, grapefruit, and some white wine grape. No trace of malt here only a touch of candied citrus fruits. And the aroma doesn’t quit long after the pour. One of the best smelling hoppy beers I have come across in some time now. So so juicy and dank.

T: Taste is the pure dank sauce. Wow! So much dankleberry going on. Grapefruit spice, mango, papaya, citrus, gooseberry, and pine with an upper mod amount of peppery bitterness on the palate. Malt is just a dry crackery after thought and almost doesn’t even hold up all them potent hop flavors. So clean and crisp with some really well masked alcohol. Resinous and reiterating with the hops. This one is all about the tropics and mary jane and I am loving it. Easily moving to my top IPA.

M: Super light and frothy with an upper level of constricting bitterness and a bone dry finish. Somewhat resinous linger action afterwards.

D: Amalgamator is some true dank sauce. For those who disdain this term. Drink an Amalgamator and see for yourself. This one is touching all my feels. Tropical and weedy with a super light and dry crisp body.

Highly highly recommended.

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Photo of mdlb44
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
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 jooler
3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
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 RaulMondesi
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

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 mobrado
4.64/5  rDev +5%
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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