Long Beach-based Beachwood Brewing — perhaps best known for its two SoCal BBQ restaurants and their ultra-high-end beer menus — has just released Thrillseeker, its first bottled IPA. The company suggests drinking it young and fresh, and keeping it refrigerated while you’re waiting.
The brew offers a big head, and is full gold in color. This is a classic, bracing IPA loaded with bitter hops character (and 99+ IBUs). The huge hoppiness — dry-hopped with Simcoe and Chinook hops — includes some evergreen notes and a touch of orange peel. Drying and brisk, this is a huge IPA that hopheads will love. I find the balance a touch off, a little muddy and lacking that strong citrus oil character that marks (and balances) a great IPA. Overall a nice ride, though.
B / $8 per 22 oz. bottle / www.beachwoodbbq.com