Hubert | Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up

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4.16/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hubert? I’ve heard of him. A friend of a friend knows him. Apparently he’s awesome, but we’ve never met. Well. It’s about time you did. Most you connoisseurs would just call him an IPA, but we call him an MPA. The Melvin Pale Ale. A welcomed hand shake to your taste buds. Light, crisp, fresh and a little bitty bitter. Lets just say he won’t be that jerk that leaves you at the bar at 2am. He’s low in alcohol. What a nice guy… that Hubert.

Added by LotsofLupulin on 10-01-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,928
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
344
pDev:
6.01%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of kojevergas
2.89/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

6-pack purchased at Argonaut Liquor in Denver, CO earlier today. 12 fl oz can format with standard pull-tab top. Blue, white, and black label.

6% ABV. Pale ale.

HEAD: White in colour. Occupies ~50% of my Sam Adams perfect pint glass with ~11cm of head. Frothy, soft in appearance, inviting. Retention is excellent - ~10+ minutes.

BODY: A little cloudy, actually, but transparent and translucent. Pale copper colour of average vibrance. No yeast/lees are visible within.

Appears well-carbonated. It's not a unique or special appearance for a pale ale, but it's generally inviting.

AROMA: I believe the kids would refer to this as "dank." Tropical, floral, grassy, fruity. Hits diverse hop aromatics, nailing everything except pine, juiciness, and resin. Tropical fruit dominates, evoking mango and maybe tangerine. Pale malt aromatics suggest the hop bitterness is well-balanced by malty sweetness, but I don't find any overly sweet caramalt or crystal malt aromatics.

An inviting aroma of limited pungency that suggests a balanced and enjoyable yet straightforward pale ale. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Aromatic intensity is above average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Hoppy yet balanced, bringing tropical fruit: mango and tangerine, primarily. There're some floral hop flavours as well, but no pine, resin, juice, grapefruit, or overt citrus.

Some scratchy bitterness does tag along with the hop flavours, and the mouthfeel gets too scratchy and coarse, dragging on the palate a bit and making the beer a little parching instead of refreshing. But it's aptly light to medium-bodied, boasts apt carbonation, and doesn't suffer from any harshness, astringency, booziness, oiliness, etc.

Backbone is all pale malt. I don't find any overly sweet caramalt or crystal malts.

Balance needs dialing in, but there's enough hop flavour here even if it wants for more depth of flavour and expressiveness/vividness.

I do like it in a general sense, but the flavour profile isn't in clear focus, it doesn't amount to a gestalt whole of a beer, and the mouthfeel is troublesome. Not a juicy or refreshing pale ale, but rather an aggressive and challenging one that sacrifices drinkability in favour of hop bitterness.

OVERALL: Far from a great expression of the style, but not a bad brew by any means - even if it's a bit too aggressive to be labelled "pleasant" or "enjoyable." Indeed, it's rather unapproachable for a pale ale, coming off feeling like a beer that wanted to be an IPA but didn't want to commit. If the mouthfeel weren't as flawed as it is, this might be solid work; its hop build is interesting enough. But that dragging scratchiness is tough to get past, and as a result I wouldn't recommend this to others - even if I'll enjoy working through the sixer I bought in spite of the beer's obvious textural issues. Finally, it's worth saying what's obvious from the get-go - this is just too bitter for a pale ale.

C (2.84) / AVERAGE

***
05.31.17 2nd impression:

Low C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of Sammy
3.32/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of justintcoons
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance
Blonde. Good clarity. Light carbonation. 1 finger of creamy white head.

Nose
Grapefruit, sulfur, and passion fruit.

Taste
It tastes much better than the smell. Grapefruit, navel orange, papaya, and slight pineapple. Light caramel and candy sugar maltiness. Finishes with pine and zesty florals.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, smooth, and semi-dry with a medium-light bitterness.

Overall
The smell is off putting, but it goes down easy for a beefed up Pale Ale.

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Photo of ControlVolume
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just a standard, mildly citrus APA. Doesn't beat the Sierra Nevada standard

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Photo of zknight
3.57/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeezy973
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drone
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of will4738
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Qwest_35
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into pint glass, thanks to Kyle for the brew.
A: pours a medium golden wheat body, bright white one finger foam head that fades to the perimeter, stringy lacing, carbonation
S: buttery orange, tropical fruit aroma like pineapple, cracker, sweet malt
M: medium creamy body that has some crispness
T: orange oil, grapefruit rind, heavy hop punch, biscuit, malty, pine resin
O: good solid IPA that packs a punch

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear burnt orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like burnt pine, grass, melon, and caramel malt.

This isn't the best Melvin beer, but it's still pretty aight. It's bit malty, with a subtle stake astringency. There's melon and lots of grapefruit, with resinous intense pine and grassy hops.

This is very bitter on the finish, but otherwise pretty clean. It's got a good level of carbonation.

This isn't my favorite pale ale, but I dug it anyway.

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Photo of dynajack1
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of casapy
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at the brewpub and now from a bottle.... Clear dark golden with a short lived white head... Light bready pale maltiness with a nice shot of citrus and tropical fruity hops... Definitely still in the Melvin wheelhouse, but leans distinctively back toward the APA side of things... Very drinkable.

All 3.75's

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Photo of Massbmx
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattXT
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bacher468
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CPAles
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hubert from Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 344 ratings