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:
#1,319
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
290
pDev:
6.99%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
40
Trade:
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User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 290
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

another killer hoppy beer from melvin. so glad to see the diversity of beers from them coming down now. this is really solid, hazy and paler yellow, bright and attractive, sunny, with in inch of white head on it. i do get the little bit of onion in the nose the that other reviewer here mentions, but its not there in the taste for me, and doesnt really present a problem. these hops are pungent, orange and lime notes in the nose, more grapefruit in the flavor, but its citrus driven for sure. a little sappy pine tasting oil in the middle here, but this is mostly fruity as they go. cool malt bill too, nothing sweet or heavy, but it has a distinct flavor, perhaps some wheat in here, and only a passive attempt if any at all on filtration. i like that east coast cloudiness, a little rawer, and this definitely has it. bitterness is robust but not too intense for a double. very little leftover sugar here too, and such an awesome mouthfeel. expansive and super charged, palate coating and very lively, hearty and satisfying without being heavy, and not a trace of its strength there at all. one of the few that gets even better when it warms up a bit, really dynamic brew. wish i knew more about what hops all go into this, definitely a mixture. tastes great. keep them coming melvin!

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Photo of acurtis
3.69/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djrn2
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 nmann08
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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 Kurmaraja
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of brentk56
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a frothy head capping the yellow/amber liquid; some streaks linger on the way down

Smell: Floral and dank; citrusy with tropical fruit tones

Taste: Powerful citrus and tropical fruit tones build from the outset, with grapefruit, mango, pineapple and lime; just a touch of sweetness to complement the dankness through the mid-palate; bright and floral on the finish'

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Do we now need to add another category to the IPA kingdom - first west coast, then Vermont and now Wyoming?

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

SAVOR D.C. 2017

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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 oberon
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mactrail
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12 oz can. Huge aroma of honeysuckle, grilled mango, and a whiff of onion. Clear golden brew with a fine-grained foam in the lager glass. Delirious aromatics. But the alcohol seems to cut the sweetness, and while it's a malt wine the body is light with the right touch of acidity. Orange, mango, and kumquat with the bitter peel and sweet juice.

It's surprising to me how much different single hop Mosaic beers vary in bitterness. As much as I like the hop it seems as if some brewers overdose their brews. Maybe this one is just the right amount of hops with all that alcohol to glide down the gullet. Whatever, it's a splendid strong beer and I'm glad I got the six pack at Haggen Market in Burlington, Wash.

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

Large, more than four fingers, head. Recedes in a lumpy fashion. Extensive latticed lacing on the glass. Gold color with a light, mild haze.

More malty than most DIPAs. The smell reminds me of a regular pale ale.

Smooth body and flavor. Strong malt presence on the initial sip. The hop is equally powerful, but it comes in slowly, culminating in the swallow. The carbonation is low. Long aftertaste.

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Photo of BEER88
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a bright to semi-bronzed yellow color with a slight transparency about it. Carbonation bounced upward to hit a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Some filmy lace ran here and there.
The aroma hits upon a bright citrusy sweet pulpiness to end up pulling in a hard nosed bitter grapefruit rind for a great balance. Some pine came in underneath.
The flavor had that normal West Coast styled fully bittersweet component of balance between pine bitter freshness and a sly forgiving malt bill gliding right on into the aftertaste extremely nice, subtle, and a little bit of a bite that I like.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good sipping quality about it. Carbonation seemed to hit just right. ABV felt good without flaw. Finish had a nice mobile bite of the pine that almost knelt below an ever so slight stickiness.
Overall, extremely nice West Coast styled DIPA with that bite that West Coast DIPA fans tend to love, however, I love this beer too and am fortunate to have had the opportunity to try.

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Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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