Asterisk IIPA | Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up

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Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
Wyoming, United States

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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 290
Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite from the new Melvin beers which are recently available in my area.

Lots of flavor, good transition from aroma to finish. Excellent hops.

Honey color with a 3F head in a Spiegelau IPA glass. Took a while for the head to resolve.
Lemon, grape, tropical fruit, apple flavors in the aroma, taste and finish. Good bitterness.

The brewers gave a lot of thought to this recipe. Really well done. I’ll buy some more.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reminded me a lot of Hopslam. Lots of hops, some sweetness reminiscent of honey, smooth and creamy mouthfeel, incredible lacing from the huge head, and a good price point. A great DIPA.

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

L - no haze, redish orange, nice one-finger head with decent retention

S - sweet sticky tropical fruit, pineapple, melon, grain, medium pungency overall

T - medium plus sweetness, medium bitterness, grapefruit, a little pine on the finish

F - medium minus thickness, very slight oiliness, slight burn

O - pretty good, glad to see this in the nyc area, but the modest flavors don't quite support the ABV

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Passion fruit, orange, grapefruit rind, tangerine and melon. Biscuit malt profile. Clean tasting. Floral. Somewhat dank yet tropical. Fairly dry. Easy drinking for a 9% beast. It's good.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Mosaic DIPA" is one of the more common pale ale styles in the US these days, and I guess I can see why; Mosaic, with its huge dank notes, complementing citrus and sometimes-subtle berry and pine backing aspects, does indeed have its "lupulistic" charms. I have found many Mosaic-focused/single-hopped to be rather all-over-the-place, but I still like to check them out as I've found several diamonds in the rough. Let's hope this big ol' 9%-er from the newcomers to New England at Melvin Brewing can compete with my favorites!

Pours a really beautiful, clear-leaning golden/light orange color with a big, viscous, frothy head of bone-white foam. The surface is rocky and has some chunky islands of sudsy goodness. Insane legs on this one with similarly excellent lace after some time sitting in my glass. Carbonation rises from the bottom rather slowly and lazily, but the head is buoyed quite well overall. Great looking stuff... just super solid, and that head is the literal icing on top!

Nose has all of the weird, complex qualities I expect from Mosaic... pine, guava, pink grapefruit, dank and grassy notes, as well as some light funky white wine or something. My can is about a month old here, full disclosure, but this still smells fairly fresh, by comparison with other bigger Mosaic pales I've had. It's a bright and inviting nose, yet it has that characteristic Mosaic "disorienting" aspect to it that I think most brewers are actually looking for when they go with this hop. The dank and somewhat catty element gets pretty strong here as this warms to room temperature, so if you don't like that kind of thing I'd keep this on the cold side. Unfortunately, that also means you need to drink it rather quickly, which brings us to the next part of this review.

Flavors of very light crackery malt, fusel alcohol, pine sap, grapefruit, mango chunks in syrup, dank and grassy overtones and light elements of passion fruit and guava. This is just too damn hot, and the overly-present ethanol really hurts the flavor profile. In addition, it's a bit too bitter going down, with a rather weak attempt at a balancing act from the almost-nonexistent malt backbone.

The feel here is on the weak side, too, for mostly similar reasons as detailed in the preceding paragraph. The balance is all off and the malt body does nothing to support being 9% here, nor does the beer have any need to be a DIPA by the same token. It's too thin bodied, feels over-attenuated and comes off of each sip feeling kind of slick and oily, which is at odds with the crispness it proudly touts with the snappy and light-bodied graininess. This beer gave me a really good first impression, but it just doesn't impress me much overall. I guess this goes into the "not for me" column of Mosaic-hopped IPAs, but, interestingly enough, not because of the hops. That may be a first!

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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 Wasatch
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can
Packed On: 10 8 17

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy two-finger white head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, with some nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), some sweetness, piney. Medium body, ABV could be hidden better, with a dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew, but kinda hot/spicy.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. canned on 10/23/17

Pours mostly clear gold with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like bubblegum, grape, apricot, blueberry, melons, mango, pineapple, passionfruit, orange citrus, grapefruit, lemon, marmalade, bready toasty caramelized malt, lemongrass, with dank spicy floral earthy herbal resinous grassy pine. Tastes like fruity bubblegum, grape, apricot, blueberry, melons, mango, pineapple, passionfruit, orange citrus, grapefruit, lemon, marmalade, bready toasty caramelized malts, fresh peppers, lemongrass, with dank spicy floral resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a real nice DIPA.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 10.23.17 with the question, “ may i asterisk you a ?’

Pouredinto a teku glass

Clear golden yellow, frothy two finger white foam cap , settles to rafts and islands of foam, some lacings

Very fragrant apricot, mango, tropical fruits, citrus

Taste of citrus, pine,

Low sudsing, hop taste, not a bite, lingers on the tongue afterwards, alcohol well hidden

Wonderful beer


Great beer

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

Second of two Melvin beers picked up after a surprise drop in MA (the other was the IPA). This puppy was canned on 10/24 - impressive!

Didn’t notice the ABV until after I cracked open the can. Surprisingly not at all hot for such a big beer.

Poured a fresh looking golden hue with orange highlights. Fat puffy head that floats above the surface of the beer.

Robust aroma screams citrus, pith and resinous pine right in your nose. Plump, ripe, leafy green hops dripping with alpha oils.

Pine, resin, fresh cut grapefruit, kiwi HOPS. Man that’s tasty. Doesn’t cascade much; comes right at your palate. Aggressive but still somehow drinkable and not hot at all.

Dry, chewy and crisp. Perfect carbonation. One and done for me but that ain’t the beer’s problem.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a speiglau ipa glass.

Look is a clear bright yellow with a big bubbly white head.

Aroma is astrigent lemongrass herbal citrus hops.

Taste hides all the alcohol. Just a astrigent pine hop balanced by sweet molasses.

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

Canned 09-16-17

L-The beer pours a clear golden with a towering 3 finger plus off white head. Lacing is very good a clings from the top of the glass on down.
S- There are notes of grapefruit pith and citrus and maybe a wiff of alcohol.
T-Citrusy up front on the palate. Pith and a bit of pine come in at the back of the palate. This is growing on me the longer I drink it. Alcohol is present mostly in the warming sensation I get after swallowing.
F-Carbonation is on the light side. Mouthfeel is slick and lighter than I would have suspected for a DIPA.
O-Another really great hoppy brew from the guys at Melvin. If I lived in that side of the country they would be, without a doubt, regulars for me.

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

A: Hazy, golden orange in color with a thin head that dissipates rather quickly.
S: Tropical juice galore. The citrus notes linger in the nostrils. Grapefruit pith and orange rind as well as a combination of berries and fruits.
T: Grapefruit pith and orange rind. Has a bit of a sweetness mid sip.
M: Hops pop out with a crisp, dry and a tad bit bitter finish. Alcohol is hidden well, but can be noticed once the beer sits for a bit.
O: This is a beer to seek out. Really enjoyed it.

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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 UWDAWG
4.96/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz can to an IPA glass.
Appearance- golden/orange.
Smell- citrusy, slightly dank.
Taste- slight orange notes, well balanced and a hint of floral notes on the finish.
Feel- slight warming sensation on mouth.
Overall- awesome beer! I wish this beer was available year around. I love 2x4, but I think this is even better. Picked this beer up on a recent trip to Portland. I wish I would have picked up more than 8.

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Photo of macpapi
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I cannot get enough of this beer. Whenever I see it at a beer store or supermarket, I am tempted to pick up a can. It's dankness and Mosaic flavor profile overwhelms me each time.

Asterisk pours a hazy dark-golden color. It has a nice fluffy white head.

Its aroma is full of a dank hop essence. There are also notable hints of citrus and tropical fruits on the nose as well as a bit of a thin malt pull.

Flavor is full of mango and citrus (notable hints of tart lemon balance out the sweet tropical fruit taste). There is also a bit of an astringent hop bitterness that makes for a bit of a pucker effect at the end of the swallow. The beer also has a decent malt backbone to go along with its impressive hop profile.

Moderate carbonation goes along with a bit of bite. A full-flavored and potent feel.

I'll end this review in the same way that it began, by saying that I love this beer. When fresh (and that's the only way I've had it) it is a force to be reckoned with. Pick one up and enjoy it if you like hoppy, flavorful DIPAs.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: murky, hazy golden hue with a thick finger of frothy ivory foam; a very nice looking beer.

Smell: sweetly malty with a rather dank hop aroma profile. There is also a suggestion of fruitiness in the hop character, although that could be an illusion due to the sweetness.

Taste: very malty with herbal, earthy, fruity, melony hops and a hit of bitterness up front that kind of fades on the palate. For me, it seems sweet even for a DIPA, but the flavor is interesting.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a decent carbonation and creaminess for the style.

Overall: I like the hop complexity here, but it's a bit too sweet for me.

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

Rich hazed gold with three fingers of bone color head that lasts about ten minutes leaving nice swathes of lace.
Smell is complex fruity melon dank catty some old gym socks. Some bready malts.
Taste is similar to the nose but even more dank. Good malt support.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter.
Overall a big DIPA that drinks quite easily.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can from ABV.

A clear light orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks excellent. The nose is, eh, hoppy with orange, peach, mango, grapefruit and a little pine. As it warms, a little alcohol is noticeable. A little onion is present as well. The palate opens mildly sweet with honey, peach, orange, mango, and a little kiwi. Bitterness is moderate, allowing the focus to be on the hop flavor. Unfortunately, the alcohol is noticeable and lends a mild astringency to the palate. Drying, moderately bitter on the finish with a bit of a boozy bite, this beer is solid.

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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 thatche2
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass. Appearance is orange brown with almost no transparency with one finger thick white head. Smell is grapefruit, mango, onion and blueberry (classic Mosaic smell). Taste follows the nose with a decent amount of sweetness and moderate to low bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-full in body and smooth with moderate carbonation.

Overall this is an excellent IPA with incredible aroma. This beer does a great job of showcasing the Mosaic hop. My only critique is that it is a little sweet.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gold color with a white head on top. Can smell hops, hops, and more hops. Very delicious, overwhelming hop taste. Goes down real clean and smooth.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

YES, A DIPA that doesn't taste like a barley wine! At 9% this is still all hops. Pours a slightly hazy bright light gold. Mosaic is huge in the nose, and probably the most present I've ever had it. Taste follows nose with a big punch of tropical fruit, some pine resin and the slightest bit of onion (I pick that up from Mosaic but I think I am in the minority). This is a bitter and somewhat dry beer for the ABV and it tastes closer to 7% to me. I wouldn't really call it balanced as the hopping was obviously aggressive - which is right up my alley for a DIPA, as I sometimes find them to be sugary messes. With everyone and their mom making a DIPA, they can be hit or miss for me. When they are executed well they can be fantastic, which is definitely the case here and everything I have tried from Melvin.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A can from Tavour, this pours a deep but clear orange. 2-finger head that is micro-bubbly and slow to dissipate.

Aroma is very citrus, with a little bit of lighter fluid (Hey, I call them like I see them.).

Taste is dank, baby. Hoppy and bitter, candied pineapple and boiled pinecone. There's cat in here and yet this is a DIPA so all bets are off. Raspberry? A bit of heat from the booze, sticky, honeysuckle, bitter is surprisingly mellow although persistent.

Tobacco juice. Not a palate killer, I like the fact it's too much but doesn't go south. Everything wrong about DIPAs done right. F*** you if you can't take a joke.

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Photo of Meow49
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear golden amber hue, thick, creamy head, scent (and taste) of pineapple, mango, peach and guava with a dank underpinning of cannabis-like cattiness/earthiness. Despite the sharpness, there is almost a paradoxical smoothness to this brew, and, although it is not quite as quaffable as its brother 2X4, it is also somewhat more dynamic. The bitterness is more really know you're drinking a hop-monster, albeit a somewhat refined and complex one.

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