Citradamus IIPA
Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #198
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,445
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 7.03%
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
228
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Notes: The great Citradamus predicts this IIPA will be one of your favorites. Citradamus is Melvin’s world class IIPA brewed with 100% Citra hops, pristine mountain water and northwest malt. Flavors of citrus (duh), pine and total dankness. Dry hopped with ludicrous amounts of Citra for that classic hoppiness that Melvin has become known for.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Growler Guys Meridian.

Clear gold body (chill hazed) with minimal head.

Nose does explode with citrus and citrus rind bitterness: orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit, mango, papaya. Good stuff.

Taste follows the nose, citrus juicy-ness, some resinous bitterness, smooth body and balanced between flavor and bitterness.

Overall a solid double IPA that doesn’t feel too big.

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Photo of BB1313
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 12/24/19. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity; small white head that fades leaving decent retention and lacing. The aromas have the obvious citrus notes. Some bread and crackers. Subtle hints of caramel. Malts are there. The flavors have a nice amount of orange leading the way. Lots of grapefruit, especially in the finish. Moderate bitterness. Mild and subtle sweetness. Solid hop flavors. Malts do their thing without completely dominating. Mild warmth in the finish, but the alcohol is still well hidden. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's slick and smooth. This one is ultimately dangerously drinkable.

This is a pretty solid DIPA. Solid flavors. The citrus comes through. It drinks big without being over the top. It's fun to drink. Not bad at all.

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Photo of stevoj
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at OreFunk. This did not come across as a DIPA. Fruity enough to mask the potent brew underneath. Tons of citrus character. Slightly sticky, light citrus overtones. Nice.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Melvin Brewery has got some really fine beer and this is one of their better ones. Smooth and tasty. Highly recommend a try for the reader and make up your own mind.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

100% citra? Well I cant believe it as it shows a complexity and a profile I've never found in an all citra ipa. Except the usual mango and citrus you've got a big resinous profile alongside the caramel malts.
Good

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Photo of Billolick
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can...."canned on 12/28/18" so about 7 weeks in the can.

Pours out about medium hazed, lifting a large and super long lasting cap. Leaves gobs of thick frothy lacing all over the glass...Fine looking product.

Citric and quite dank sniff..

Heady brew at 9.5%

Oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple notes abound..a hint of gin/alcohol in the back of the mouth.....mighty tasty and highly enjoyable...worth seeking out.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip...

Pours a hazy golden/amber. A decent single-finger head with good lacing.

The aroma is very juicy for a DIPA, and very strong and fragrant. Strong orange and grapefruit citrus notes, mostly flesh, rather than zest or pith. Hints of white pepper, floral, grassy, and dank notes are present. The tropical notes come forward as the brew warms. Mango and pineapple in equal measure. Just a hint of booze in the background.

The flavor is classic DIPA, and explodes in all aspects. A strong, but not sticky, malt backbone leads the party with plenty of bread/biscuit. Juicy flavors of pineapple, orange, grapefruit, mango, peach, pear, and white grape burst on the front and middle of the tongue. Resin and dank hop notes show up as the quaff crosses the mid palate. The back of the tongue is teased by white pepper and warming alcohol.

Medium bodied, the brew lacks a little carbonation, and certainly can't be called "crisp" (although, how many DIPA's are?) but never gets sticky. The booze and white pepper notes provide a drying note to help the finish.

Overall, a very in your face and unique DIPA. Very fruity for the style, it presents a variety of flavors without clashing. Tropical sweetness, resin/dank hops, and grassy/pepper notes all present on the nose and the tongue, with unapologetic, but welcome warming booze. A good brew.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark orange color with a light tan head and nearly clear, this beer presents itself as a substantial beer, and the aromas confirm that verdict - big, dank tropical orange notes and a substantial toffee malt component, too.

The dank citrus notes literally assault the palate, but the toffee malt is the lifeguard, pulling this magnificent beer to safety before the hops can overwhelm your willingness to plow ahead. The slight alcohol burn at the very end of the taste is the perfect end to a beer that I could not stop sipping. Exceptionally well done by Melvin, IMHO.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange color. Small white head that receeds leaving spotty lacing.

Huge pop of bright citrus in the nose. Lemon, orange, grapefruit and lime.

Sharp citrus assaults the taste buds. One of the most intense citra hop beers that I have ever had.

Medium body with adequate carbonation. Goes down easy.

Another winner from Melvin. Hoppy, intense and delicious. Great use of citra. Recommended.

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Photo of metter98
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is rather hazy amber yellow in color. It poured with a finger high light beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of orange citrus are present in the nose along with slight hints of caramel malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by strong flavors of orange citrus from all of the Citra hops and has underlying hints of caramel malts with bits of dankness. Little if any bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is detectable.
O: This beer is a definite hop bomb and really packs in its aromas and flavors of citrusy hops. While it manages to hide its alcohol very well, it also seems to mask any bitterness and crispness, so it's almost like drinking and Imperial New England IPA if there was such a style.

Serving type: can

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Photo of REVZEB
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Predicts this will be one of my favorite dipas of all time? No, but it is pretty, pretty good! Pours golden orange with white lacing. Smell is the star, with huge citra, orange, lemon zest and pine up front. Taste is well balanced, allowing citra to lead but not overpower the palate with orange as leading accomplice. Very well made, as detected in the feel.

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Photo of FBarber
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pous a clear dark orange color. With a thin but nice velvety white head. Lots of sticky white lacing is left behind as the beer is consumed. The head reforms somewhat along the way.

Aroma is somewhat muted - mild notes of citrus, orange, and grapefruit are there, but its mostly caramel malts on the nose.

Taste follows the nose with some notes of orange, grapefruit, citrus, and pine with a strong sweet caramel malt backbone. Touch of honey comes through as it warms. Mild bitterness on the finish that lingers well into the finish.

Feel is medium bodied, smooth and slick. Mild carbonation.

Overall its a decent IPA, but it comes across much more muddled and subdued. I need this to be crisp and pop to justify the ratings its getting here. As it is, I just don't see it.

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Photo of c014572
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Immediately smacked in the face by wonderful citrus fruit aromas when I opened the can. Heavy fruit flavors follows the aroma. Perfectly balanced to me between hops & malt. One of the best tasting beers I have had in a long time. This does not have the bitter backbone so many IPA's have. Where is the alcohol? Perfectly hidden.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz, canned on 08/20/18. Caramel colored ale capped with a thin layer of ivory foam. Juicy Citra hop aroma with light caramel malt. Big and bold flavors with notes of papaya, mango, pineapple, orange blossom honey, caramel, and grain. Full body, modest carbonation, alcohol is very well concealed; quite a sweet finish. Nice flavors with this one, just wish it was more bitter - it's a little too sweet in my opinion, otherwise it was good.

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Photo of ksimons
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-golden orange with two fingers worth of white head

S-lots of tropical fruits and citrus

T-taste also is full of tropical fruit sweetness and citrus with a light bitter finish

M-medium body and good carbonation

Overall I really like the tropical fruits in this one, alcohol is well hidden, dangerously drinkable

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.17/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Canned 8/20/18; drank 9/16/18 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice eggshell head; thick frothy tree-rung lace.

Corn syrup, burnt caramel & faint orange soda notes in the nose; an unpleasant aroma.

Medium thick, syrup-y mouthfeel.

Orange soda & baking soda flavors up front; burnt caramel notes on the finish. No booze heat.

Well...it tasted better than it smelled? I've had my last.

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

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 fl oz can on August 3, 2018. Brewed and dry hopped with Citra hops. Notes of citrus fruit, pine and dank hops. Recommended.

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Photo of UWDAWG
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce can poured into a IPA glass.

Look- Pale amber, clear, average head retention and lacing.
Smell- Citrus, orange, dank.
Taste- Citrus, dank, great balance.
Feel- Thin body, average carbonation, clean finish.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-deep amber can pour with a some haze and thin tan cap. The aroma is sweet. The flavor is more like honey less like the Citra flavor I expected. This is tasty, but a bit hot.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz undated can from the source.

Golden-copper with a chill haze and a nice head. Citra hops aplenty in the nose. Juicy peach and orange juice. Medium bodied with a creamy, crisp mouthfeel. Juicy tropicals on the palate and some light balancing malt and bitterness. Finishes with ripe citrus and faintly sweet.

Probably my favorite Melvin that I was able to try in Wyoming.

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Photo of haines710
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer and so glad to find it on the east coast. Having a can with lunch on a summer day sitting outside. Hard to beat that and I love the taste of this beer. I get the citrus and hops but doesn’t feel boozy at all to me. I don’t notice the alcohol which might be dangerous lol. Very smooth and perfect. Think I might have another!!

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

Very close to clear orange-gold beer with a coupla fingers of ivory head... Delivers what you'd expect - a big dry hopped Citra vehicle, with ample floral orange impressions with a dank shellac beneath... Medium-weight, kinda tacky, carbonation feels low, mild sweetness, moderate bitterness... About two months old with a 5/14/18 canning but tastes great - was probably even better fresher...

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Photo of augustgarage
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 5/18, consumed on 6/3 - poured from a 12oz can into my Bruery tulip.

Deep persimmon body with the clarity of old stained glass supports a half-hearted champagne cap. Fast running lacing; unspectacular retention; faint sticky legs.

Candied orange, and low skunk like cannabis notes in the nose - some floral and cotton candy notes as well.

Robust palate entry with heavy sweetness initially, giving way to an electric wave of herbaceous/minty bitterness followed by a punch of ugli fruit/tangelo in the expansive medium finish. Faint graininess from the base malt, and a bit of heat from the alcohol, but no real off notes. Improves a bit as it warms as some of the mango notes emerge.

Full bodied, not-quite-sticky, fairly warming, though I might prefer a bit more attenuation in this style.

Sort of a boozy, sloppy version of Kern's Citra, but still pretty tasty.

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

Almost clear glowing orange color with beige head. Aroma is quite intense with lots of piney, resiny and orange forward hop notes. Some crystal malts in the background as well. Taste is sweet and malty at first with overripe orange notes, tangerines, sugared pink grapefruit flesh, orange candy but also pine resin and other earthy hop notes. Finish has some bitterness but overall the beer leans on the sweet side. Light alcohol warmth but it's legit for 9.5%. Medium to full bodied with smooth mouthfeel and soft carbonation. A more old school take on a DIPA but it's quite tasty and well made.

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Photo of Damian
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 fl. oz can purchased at Julio’s Liquors, Westborough, MA
Canned on: 02/03/18
Served in a tulip

Crystal clear, crimson-amber appearance. The shockingly transparent body was topped by a barely-there, finely bubbled, off-white film that quickly dissolved. A few thin streaks of lacing stuck along the glass.

As stated on the can, the aroma was amazingly hoppy and dank. Cannabis notes dominated. There was a fairly intense citrus presence as well. Candied orange peel came to mind. Quite sweet. Honey-like notes were also apparent. As the beer sat, the sweet citrus notes competed with the weedy dankness for dominance, and the citrus eventually prevailed.

The flavor was hoppy as well and also quite sticky and sweet. Citrus notes dominated. Loads of juicy orange. Like the nose, candied orange peel came to mind. Bit of tangerine. Touch of dankness in the center. Hint of floral honey. More orange rind and pithiness on the back end and in the finish. Some rind-like bitterness and syrupy sweetness lingered after the swallow.

Terrific frothy, fluffy mouthfeel. Fuller bodied for the style. Syrupy and quite viscous. The liquid contained a fine, zippy effervescence that turned slick and smooth on the palate. By the drink’s end, the liquid left a slightly sticky film on my lips.

Is this, as the can proclaims, “the best IPA that (I) have ever had”? Definitely not. Regardless, it is a solid, West Coast-influenced take on the style that balances big dank, citrusy hop notes with a nice caramel malt sweetness. While this IPA might not totally be my thing, it is a welcomed respite from the New England-style juice bombs that I usually drink.

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Citradamus IIPA from Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 228 ratings