Experimental J-Hole
Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up

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American IPA
3.94 | pDev: 12.18%
Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
Wyoming, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: This brewmance began with a mutual respect for the lupulin arts, refined in Melvin’s brew temple high in the Tetons of Jackson Hole, WY. Reunited at sea level, we form like Voltron to bring you this Red IPA. An avalanche of hops swarms the palate with malts soft as powder balancing out this spectacular, oracular brew.

Brewed in collaboration with our friends at Rhinegeist Brewery.
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Photo of Tucquan
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2018-08-09 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz can

A - Murky amber-brown with a 2-finger off-white head and very nice lace.

S - Caramel, apricot, light pine, citrus, earthy/herbal spice, moderately-dank.

T - Toasted brown, sourdough bread, caramel, pine, earthy spice, fairly bitter, lingering aftertaste. I would have appreciated a sweeter, less resinous finish.

M - Medium-full body and light-medium carbonation. Smooth at first, then a little prickly and sticky.

O - Initial reaction is this is like a "low" ABV American Barleywine.

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Photo of 3rrrdstone
1.81/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Must have gotten a bad batch. No hop presence at all. Otherwise a completely unremarkable red ale with no head. Purchased 6 pack of cans at Andover (MA) Fine Wines. 122217 date

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale tulip
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.42 (with 10 percent off for a variety 6-pack)
Purchased: Feb. 8, 2018
Consumed: Feb. 8, 2018
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: Collaboration between Melvin and Rhinegeist; Canned on Dec. 21, 2017 at 6:48 a.m. MT

Heading into this Melvin was my favorite brewery and I didn’t expect that to change with this one, a collaboration with Rhinegeist Brewery out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Really couldn’t find much about it going into this. Looks like a hoppy red ale.

Poured a copper/garnet-to-light brown semi-clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy khaki-white head. Lots of slow moving bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass. World-class spiderweb foamy lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled roasty malts, grain, biscuit, red grapefruit peel, orange zest, trash, wet pine and brown bread. From the can got straight pine needles. Had me interested. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted similar to the nose, particularly the can smell. Wet pine needles, grain, biscuit, caramel, bitter red grapefruit peel, orange rind, brown bread, rye, trash, resin, bitter berries and grass. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Earthy finish. (Feel - 3.75)

A very interesting beer. Really could have been an American Amber / Red Ale instead of an IPA. Probably overrated it thought as an IPA. (Overall - 3.75)

3.70 | 84 | B

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 12/21/17 into a nonic pint.

L: Pours a mahogany brown with almost 2 fingers of eggshell white frothy variable density head with good retention and left substantial mixed lacing.

S: Nose is enjoyable floral and herbal balance, with malt undertones. Wonder what this was like fresh? Enjoyable now at nearly 3 months, but bet I'd love it fresh.

T: Follows the nose well, but with more malt prominence. Definitely a cooler weather taste profile I'd buy regularly. Finishes with plenty of bitterness that's balanced by some sweetness.

F: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, somewhat slick on the tongue and finish.

O: Hoppy reds are one of my palate favorites. I liked this with 3 months age, bet I'd love it fresh. Will definitely be looking for in the future (if it's brewed again).

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a deep reddish copper with a fine two finger ivory head with great retention and thick lacing; looks fantastic. Aroma of biscuit malt, citrus hops, red berries and orange. Flavor is lightly biscuit malt, citrus and piney hops, red berries, orange and grapefruit; finishes with piney and citrus hops. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess and nice mouth feel. This leans much closer to a hoppy red ale to my taste; not as alpha oil intense as an IPA, but the character of both is evident in this flavorful hybrid. Great citrus and berry flavors and well selected hop profile that is balanced between citrus and pine. Not as lingering in bitterness as most current IPAs, but certainly hopped to fit that style. Very enjoyable; looks, smells and tastes great.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from ABV.

A clear deep red with a dense, off-white head that falls off to a disk leaving nice lacing, this looks good. The nose has a nice, spicy, grainy note, a blend of rye and pine hops with a little bit of grapefruit and mandarin. Reminiscent of Nugget Nectar, there is a touch of alcohol present. A light honey note is present as well. The palate opens with a moderate bitterness and mild sweetness, a blend of buckwheat honey, caramel and a moderate bitterness, a blend of pine and some orange peel. The mid-palate has flavors of fruit - melon, grapefruit, a little raw mango - but is a little thinner than I'd like. Drying and with a blend of mild sweetness and a little bitterness, this beer is medium-light in body and moderately carbonated. Solid stuff.

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Photo of beergoot
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark, reddish-amber hued body; frothy, sticky head. The aroma fills your head with notes of fresh pineapple, passion fruit; powdered sugar. Very strong hop bitterness dominates the flavor; notes of light fruitiness with faint caramel toasted grain elements; boozy. Heavy body; a tad sticky with residual sugars; some alcohol heat and dryness.

The smell is the strong point of this beer but it doesn't quite carry over to the taste. Hop bitterness and a bold alcohol presence marks the flavor. A little off-balanced as far as the taste goes but should hold a strong appeal to lovers of tongue-ripping bitterness in their IPAs...

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

6pack bought at Liquor Shed.

Pours a clear copper red, massive long lasting head of foam, lacing.

Smells hoppy, grapefruit with some pine, a bit malty, caramel and toasted.

Taste is very pleasing. The hops come across as resinous pine with equal flavours of grapefruit. Toasted malt is more noticeable than caramel but there's still some mild sweetness going on.

Sticky yet slick mouthfeel.

At +$12 a sixer, it's pricey, but it's good and worth it, imho. Great Collaboration.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Experimental J-Hole pours a perfectly beautiful shade of burnt orange. It is absolutely clear and even looks crisp. The slightest off white head is foamy, and it settles into a complete but splotchy coverage, and coats the glass with ease.

An intense burst of orange and grapefruit fills the air. It reminds me of orange hard candies as there is a sweet and sugary presence. Damp pine needles linger in the background, and balance the aroma perfectly.

Orange and grapefruit juice follow as the dominant flavor profiles. The sweetness is like a citric marmalade, but the tingly pine bitterness cuts through swiftly and persistently. A burnt pizza crust flavor cones in strong, and light traces of caramel show up from time to time in the after taste.

This is my kind of texture. Crisp, clean, bitter, and dry. Perhaps a tad too dry as it seems to foam up in the mouth a bit, but overall it is superbly drinkable. Though there is an initial sweetness, I'd put this in the bitter end of the balance spectrum, and it is well carbonated.

I don't have a go-to red IPA, but if this was readily available, this might be it. A beer that's easy to drink without a ton of frills. Simple enough to not over think, and complex enough to thoroughly enjoy with the occasional, "Shit! This is damn good!", outburst.

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Experimental J-Hole from Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 28 ratings