Hubert | 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 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:
#2,120
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
359
pDev:
6.02%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 359 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of Sammy
3.32/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i have to say with this recent round of melvin beers, they seem to have the basics right down to a science. its nothing radical or revolutionary, but its nice when a brewery thats new to the market comes in and everything is expertly done. i dont just mean the recipes, which are generally very good, but i mean the execution of them. all the melvin beers so far have been beautiful in the glass, holding tall white heads on the hoppy stuff, leaving beautiful rings as they drink, and with spirited carbonation and appropriate dryness. across the board these fundamentals, so often overlooked or missed by brewers, are on point with the melvin stuff. hubert might be the best example of that. a really tasty pale, perhaps not the most ambitious of their beers, but we need some drinkable stuff too. its more in the execution than in the recipe creation that this beer shines. its a flawless example of the style, pale enough on the malt front but not flavorless, with a delicate but not minimal body, and a capacity for drinkability and refreshment thats almost unrivaled by any pale we have here in the market. i think their big ipas are a bit more distinct, but as far as this one goes, its hard to imagine where it could be improved upon. great hop profile with more citrus brightness than piney density, although both are present. well hoppy too in scale, on the edge of being an ipa. i could drink ten of these this afternoon.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a hazy golden color with a white head. The smell has a very nice Hop aroma to it. The taste is also hoppy with a subtle sweetness. The feel is smooth and nearly sessionable. Overall it's a very good brew.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can - ok, so what does the 'M' in MPA stand for? Melvin? Madness? More? Inquiring minds would like to know.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, bright medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat fizzy off-white head, which leaves a bit of streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of dank pine resin, muddled tropical fruit (maybe some mango and generic melon standing out), bready caramel malt, and further leafy, herbal, and estery floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, some blood orange, red grapefruit, and aged lemon citrus, further indistinct melon fruity notes, a mild stoney flintiness, and more piney, herbal, and spicy floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its supportive and sometimes palate-pinging frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a bit of hop acridity messing with a burgeoning creaminess. It finishes off-dry, all fruity this, and verdant hop bitter that, over top of a decent lingering malt.

Overall, this is another bang-up job for this Wyoming brewing concern - they've created a very flavourful and hoppy pale ale, but one that keeps well away from (west coast, at least) IPA territory. Tasty, easy to put back, and I am getting tired of writing about it - I mean that as the highest compliment, in that I just want to get back to drinking it!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We've all got that one friend, right? That one that zigs when the rest of you zags; the one that's up when everyone's down; that one who thinks that bitterness is balanced when everyone else believes its too hoppy. Yea, the Hubert Brewing company has Melvin.

Pale gold and light amber, the beer's creamy frothness casts a scent of flowery hops and their citrusy perfume, herbal complement and spicy pine above all that's caramel, honey or toasted bread. Moderate sweetness though does encapsulate a caramel and toasted poundcake malty foundation... at least at first.

And as the malt sweetness begin to taper off, the hop flavors begin to mount, bringing a bright orange flavor along with pink grapefruit, light mango, cantaloup, and soft nectarine. A gradual bleed into bitterness arrives at a strong herb, pine and peppery finish that's curiously of cannabis, fresh-cut grass and dry hay.

As the balance shifts further from center and into the hoppy world, the texture trends also drying, spicy and bitter. A late follow through of piney hops extend well beyond the malt and trail deeply of bitter pine and grass.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.89/5  rDev -30.4%
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 WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boone757
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 10/27/17, "I don't know bro"
Pours a huge frothy foamy head that fades slowly with sticky lacing, hazy sediment laden pale orange color

Nose fair hops, some citrus, a touch of grapefruit, floral, a bit grassy, hint of malt

Taste brings more hops, citrus, orange candy notes, little zest, touch of grapefruit and almost tropical notes but not quite there, perhaps mango, a bit spicy and floral notes, candy sweet like malts, cracker notes, creamy too, finishes drier and very bitter like a nice APA, spicy citrus rind hops

Mouth is med bod, a bit creamy, decent fluffy carb

Overall not bad, feel like it would have been better fresh, but still not bad.

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can in Yellowstone NP.
6%
Hazy amber body topped by a thick creamy bone colored head.
Excellent retention.
Pungent hoppy aroma.
Mild - moderate bitterness with strong hoppy flavor.
Medium body with medium - high carbonation.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nickfl
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering floral hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of mactrail
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is really fragrant with citrus. It's a bullet to the brain. I think of lime peel and something like cedar. Appearance is clear golden amber with plenty of foam in the chalice. Mouthfeel is rather malty with a deliciously sudsy sensation.

Hopped with CTZ, Simcoe, and Citra, a winning combination it appears. Flavors of dry pineapple, green apples. The bitterness is moderate with a slight mineral bite in the finish, but the citrus peel flavor goes on forever. From the 12 oz can purchased in Belliingham, Wash. The label says Alpine, Wyoming. Brewing date is 7 07 018.

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dense moderate head that recedes very slowly. Good initial ring lace, plenty of streaks thereafter. The color is dirty gold worth a mild level of cloudiness.

Fresh apricot with citrus rind twist is the first smell. Mild pale malt and light alcohol as well.

The taste starts with a very brief, semi-dry pale malt. The hop is strongly black pepper pepper-like. Good body with a high effervescence. The swallow is spicy leading to a long bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Welcome back to #WyomingWedneday as I CANtinue to do whatever I CAN to Bump the Hump & celebrate the midweek in my own indomitable fashion. I am looking at the cover of MAD #1, with the memorable exchange of a terrified man & woman and their thumb-sucking baby on the approach of a menacing shadow as follows: "That thing! That slithering blob coming towards us!" "What is it?" "It's Melvin!" Ha!

From the CAN: "If your beer is not madness, it's not beer"; "Dear Enjoyer, Hubert, If I didn't know you better, I might take you for an IPA, but after one sip, I knew you were a Pale Ale. With your sleek sophisticated approach to life and you general debonairness. You smell of hoppy pleasure and the balance you possess is stunning. I promise not to misunderestimate you."; "Don't Hate, Party."; "Recycle!"

The usual CANundrum here at Chez Woody - To Crack! & inverted Glug or nah? Crack!, oui! Inverted Glug, non! I just could not imagine any value added to doing things that way on this one. It worked out well as, unbidden, it formed a finger of dense, rocky, eggshell white head with great retention that acted like a cap above the beer. Color was a gorgeous Gold (SRM = 5), enticing The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon to stop in for a visit while the beer gave off loads of CO2 bubbles. Nose was very dank with notes of grapefruit, pine and CANteloupe as well. Mmm. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, not watery, but given all of those CO2 bubbles, I was expecting more. The taste was also much more mellow than the nose had led me to expect. The melon flavor(s) was/were prevalent, along with a honey-like sweetness, perhaps from the malt as well as a tea-like mellowness. Oh my! I was expecting yet another AIPA passing itself off as an APA, but such was not the case. This was definitely NOT an AIPA, so by extension & default, their delineation would be fitting. Finish was dry but very mellow. The tea-like flavor gave it a sleep-inducing quality that was quite unexpected. Well done, Melvin. Thanks!

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Hubert from Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 359 ratings