Asterisk IIPA | Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
Wyoming, United States
melvinbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our award winning 2x4s cousin. The * double ipa uses copious amounts of mosaic hops that give this beer strong notes of tropical fruit, stone fruit, mango and berries. Brewed with a blend of Great western 2-row, light crystal, mosaic hops and some top secret stuff.

88 IBU

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,320
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
290
pDev:
6.99%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
40
Trade:
0
 
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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 290
Photo of starstar11
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This review combines multiple consistent recent experiences with Asterisk poured on tap and from cans

A: Gorgeous light golden color outlined by silky white lacing
S: Citrus, melon and hops build great expectations
T: Taste follows the nose. Alcohol very well hidden. Agree with other reviews that first smell and taste create anticipation of a NE but quickly evolves into a wonderful WCDIPA style powerhouse

O: Nectar of the gods. Time to book a trip to Wyoming.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shows an hazy yellow body with a two fingers head

Very fruity with orchard fruits and tropical fruits but also very floral with notes of elderflowers.

The mouthfeel is great, very smooth

Overall a great imperial ipa

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pouring from a 12 oz. can into a snifter glass. This beer pours a straw shade of gold with lemon highlights. Hazy, but not completely murky. Forms a pinky width of tight, off white colored crown with nice retention. Some spotty lacing throughout.

The smell is melon mixing with citrus notes. Some floral on the backend.

The taste brings bright notes of melon, citrus notes of tangerine, orange. Finishes with cracker like notes on the backend.

The mouthfeel is wet and sticky enough for me to like it and not fall under the truly hazy category for me. But it does have a nice cracker like dry presence as well that seems to balance it out really nicely. Slightly tangy. Alcohol present but not overwhelming.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Hazy amber color, half finger quickly dissipating head, ok lacing, light carbonation.

S: Tropical fruits, hops.

T: Tropical fruits, hops. ok, but nothing super special.

F: Medium bodied, nicely flavored.

O: It'k ok but nothing I will look of again.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy amber yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high light beige head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of mangos and other tropical fruits are present in the nose along with hints of caramel.
T: The taste has flavors of papayas and mangos along with underlying hints of caramel malts. There is a light amount of bitterness and faint amounts of alcohol.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a little crispness to the mouthfeel.
O: The smell and taste of this beer do a good job at showcasing the tropical fruit hops. It wasn't too difficult to drink for an Imperial IPA.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost clear golden color with light beige head. Aroma has quite intense resiny hop notes with tangerine rind on top. Taste follows with really resiny, earthy and leafy hops with bittersweet flavors. Medium body and carbonation. The slightly harsh bitterness makes it more drinkable, hiding the alcohol quite well.

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Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can.
ASX 27
Canned 10/05/18.
Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch white head over a bright amber body with some sticky lacing. Nose of tropical fruit, some pine, and a bit of citrus. Taste of tropical fruit, sweet citrus, and pine with a citrus pith/pine resin bitterness on the finish. As it warms the malt comes forward and asserts itself. Nice feel and overall, it starts out smelling a bit like New England and quickly turns into a WCDIPA. I really like the brightness of this beer. Good job from Wyoming. Cheers!

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Photo of ONUMello
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can dated 9/4/18 poured into a tulip
A: Crystal clear light orange with a one finger head
S: Tropical fruit, pine and citrus rind
T: Tropical fruit, citrus, pine, caramel and earth/herbs
M: Full-bodied but hides the alcohol well
O: A pleasant, well-made DIPA

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Photo of BB1313
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 9/4/18. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity; fluffy white head that falls leaving great bubbly retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice blend of floral, tropical and citrus notes. Some bread and crackers. Some malts. The flavors are bold. There's a nice amount of orange, pineapple and grapefruit. Nice hop flavors. Solid hop bitterness. Malts do their thing. Finishes juicy. Subtle warmth in the finish, but the alcohol is ultimately well hidden. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, slick, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a great DIPA. I understand why it gets the hype that it does. Really nice use of hops. The craftsmanship is on point. Well done.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ can
Served in an IPA glass

This beer pours a bright amber color with golden highlights. It is topped with an inch of beige head that leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is citrusy and dank. It also has a noticeable sweetness.

It tastes just like it smells. It is dank and citrusy with some sweetness.

Velvety smooth with good carbonation

This brewery is new to Ohio. I was excited because the couple beers that I have tried from them were great. This beer is no exception even though they shipped us two month old cans to launch. I would love to try this fresher.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep clear orange color-off white 1 finger head leaving small trails of lacing.

Sweet orange and stone fruits on the nose and palate. Big time battle between bitter hop resin and sweet candy like malt.

Light carbonation, medium bodied and a fairly smooth drinker. Some warming in the chest develops but doesn't detract from the experience.

My first Melvin beer and certainly not my last. I usually don't like sweet DIPAs but this one although on the sweet side, somehow works. Quite unique and enjoyable.

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Photo of haines710
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this in cans for he first time on the east coast and was very happy to try. Picked up a four pack and have been enjoying. So easy to drink. Very dank and slightly citrus smells and taste. This is a great beer

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Photo of CraftConsumer_97
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a somewhat thick foamy head, which dies down quickly.

Slightly more than moderate (but nowhere near excessive) amount carbonation gives this one an effervescent quality.

This is a very UNIQUE, west coast style double IPA. I see some reviews describe the flavor as "fruity" and "citrus" and "tropical", but, those are not the flavors that dominated when I drank this. The aroma--which is absolutely wonderful--does have sublte fruity/cirtus/tropical hints, but, when you actually drink it, then there's enough bitterness to mute those flavors. Instead of the aforementioned tropical, frutiy flavors, there is a malty/bready, perhaps even carmel-like sweetness, which lingers, and it is balanced by the consitent bitterness. There is a sort of musty overtone to the flavor which adds complexity to the sweetness and challenges the taste buds in an enticing way. I think that's what really makes this unique and gives it an origional personality.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium-pale gold with a faint haze a coupla fingers of head... Brewed and dry hopped with Mosaic... 5/17/18 canning... Fruity and dank with pine at the same time, it presents tropical notes of mango and orange, with a mustier, herbal edge... Medium feel, moderate carbonation, mildly sweet, moderately bitter... Decent, but not great - and I'm usually keen on Mosaic hops - but in all fairness, even as a canned IIPA, I'd have preferred to try it fresher the first time...

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Photo of Damian
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 fl.oz can purchased at Julio’s Liquors, Westborough, MA
Canned on: 03/07/18
Served in a snifter

The shockingly clear, medium amber body was topped by a small, frothy, bright white head that quickly dropped to a thin collar. Some drippy, streaky lacing trickled down the glass.

Like the appearance, the nose was surprisingly clean with big fruity notes. I could have mistaken this for actual fruit juice instead of fruity hop notes. Tropical fruits came through strongest. Loads of passionfruit and mango. There was a dank, weedy quality too. As the beer sat, juicy orange notes appeared. Nice amount of sweetness.

The flavor was solid but definitely less exciting than the aroma. Citrus dominated. Big juicy clementine and tangerine notes. Moderately tart and tangy. Fair amount of malty sweetness too. Slightly sticky. Grapefruit appeared as the beer moved along the palate. The beer finished with pithy notes of grapefruit rind and some lingering bitterness.

The mouthfeel was uber soft and frothy. Medium-light for the style. The liquid contained a super fine, zippy effervescence that turned fluffy on the palate.

Most hoppy beers I drink now are New England-style haze bombs, but it was refreshing to try a filtered, West Coast-style double IPA for a change. This is a unique and well crafted take on the style that I would someday love to try on tap (or from a fresher can).

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Photo of dertyd
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a hazy golden orange color, with a thin white head------------- the aromas are of blueberries, pineapple, citrus and dank weed-------------- the flavors are of sweet Carmel malt, pineapple syrup, blueberries, brown sugar, dank weed and pine, the beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light bitterness on the finish------------- overall this beer was delicious, it's a big bold west coast ipa!!!

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Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 11/15/17. Pours clear, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is herbal hops and a touch of tangerine and starfruit. Medium bodied, slightly bitter, with medium carbonation. Makes for an above average to good dank ipa. I prefer others from Melvin, but this is solid.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Welcome back to yet another #WyomingWednesday ! There has to be some reason to #BumptheHump & this is my latest means of so doing. After last week, I thought that this might go into hiatus for a period since I drank my last two Melvin beers that day, but a recent visit to Dominion Pizza turned up this one & one more. An added bonus is that they also further The CANQuest (tm), which is reason for celebration in & of itself.

From the CAN: "RIIPA Series"; "Dear Enjoyer, One year, at this great beer fest in America, we got a gold medal for 2x4. The next year, they did not let us enter the contest. So we decided to make a new beer from the future. That year's winner will forever put an asterisk next to their gold medal. Brewed & dry hopped with Mosaic."; "Rotational Imperial India Pale Ale Series"; "Don't hate, party."; "Recycle!"

I am getting a little tired at the end of this long day so following the Crack!, I simply CANducted a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. Following its deCANting, an in-glass swirl raised just over two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with moderate retention and light lacing in its wake. Color was a pretty Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting an impromptu visit from The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon. Nose had the tropical fruitiness that I would expect from Mosaic hops, but the malt gave it a dank, earthy quality as well. Intriguing! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, a little light for this style. The taste was full-on tropical fruits (mango, papaya, guava), like popping a roll of Tropical Fruit Life Savers in my mouth as a kid. It was certainly pleasant, but as there have been a preponderance of like-tasting beers flooding the market, my hophead self finds them lacking the intense bitterness that is the hallmark of the style. Finish was semi-sweet, held in check by the earthy malt. I liked it, but it did not scratch my itch.

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Photo of Holderness
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned two months ago.

L — Pours a slightly hazy golden straw body with a two-finger white head produced with moderate pour. Great retention and some lacing
S — Dank pine, grapefruit rind, earth, tropical melange
T — Quite bitter, herbaceous, and citrus rindy upfront. The malt bill is fairly sweet, accentuating the mild floral character
F -- Fluffy and smooth drinking, although there's a definite resinous hop bite on the tail end. Medium+ mouthfeel, medium carb.
O -- 2x4 has a more unique and endearing character to it, but this is definitely worth a try if mosaic is your thing

82/100

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

It pours golden amber with a huge head that leaves some seriously cool lacing behind. The aroma is piney and dank from the get go with some sweet maltiness coming through. The taste is very well balanced but it essentially features a very prolonged and late bitterness. Tropical fruit (mango, papaya), pine, and some sharp quinine bitterness. Chewable and with a med-level carbonation bite.

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Photo of Pencible
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at SAVOR 2017. This brew had great, bright mosaic hops, with a clean and bitter finish. Not the most balanced character, but really smooth finish.

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Photo of IronLover
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a short, soapy white foam with medium low retention. Medium high, sharp, herbal, resinous and spicy hop aromas. Light fruity, tropical and onion-like notes along with a medium maltiness beneath. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Light smoothness through the middle and pleasant, prickly, boozy heat to the finish. Medium high herbal spicy hop flavors up front with light notes of tropical and stone fruits and sweet malt beneath. Medium bitterness through the middle along with sharp herbal and oniony hop flavors. Boozy heat rides the coat tails of the hop bitterness to the end along with persistent herbal hop flavors. Finished dryly with a lingering herbal hop bitterness. Hop character is quite complex. Herbal hop flavors play nicely with the light fruity and malty sweetness as well as the boozy heat. Easy drinking for a DIPA. Very tasty.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impression from a can:

Ample supple blueberry. Tropical fruit. Floral flavours. Pale malts keep her balanced out.

Pretty damn good by my estimation. Hides its ABV dangerously well.

B- / WORTHY

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Photo of Buck89
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a snifter. Hazy golden color with a modest but long-lasting white head. Big dank and fruity aroma - Mosaic with berries and earthiness. Taste was just awesome. Huge dank resiny undertone with berries and tropical fruit. Medium bodied and medium carbed. Nice malt backbone with no booziness. Just outstanding.

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Photo of jhavs
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into snifter.

Golden, orange tint, clear with thick white head. Thick head settles into small ring of bubbles around the glass. Leaves foamy lacing.

Bit sweet, some pine and fruity hops with nice citrus bitterness to balance things out. A good bit maltier than the current trend in hoppy brews.

Moderate carbonation and medium bodied.

Balanced malt, hop flavor and bitterness. Interesting to have cans available all over New England now.

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Asterisk IIPA from Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 290 ratings