New England Breakfast Ale
Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up

New England Breakfast AleNew England Breakfast Ale
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Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #161
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,036
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 7.81%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
28
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Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
 
Wyoming, United States
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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a nonic glass. Can't make out the canned on date.

L- Clear medium mahogany color. Nice foamy khaki head with great retention and ample lacing. Moderate carbonation streams as it sits.

S- Molasses, maple syrup, hazelnut, chocolate and coffee, toffee, brown bread and spicy hop notes.

T- Very much like the aroma with some cherry cola in there too.

F- Lighter side of medium bodied, a little watery actually. Fairly crisp with a slight bitterness in the finish, average carbonation.

O- Pretty nice brown ale, wish the body was a bit heavier but not something I'd really complain about. Worth a shot if you see it.

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Mister_Faucher from Washington, May 24, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It’s got a reddish brown colour in the cup with a huge beige head. Not too much to the smell smells very much like a normal brown ale. It taste hints of smokiness and maple syrup. It’s very smooth. Not really clear from the name what this beer will be so the elephant in the room, no pun intended because there’s an elephant on the front, is that it’s a surprise. This brown ale taste good. I got this in Sacramento a couple weeks ago and I am drinking in Redding California May 7, 2020.

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patre_tim from Thailand, May 07, 2020
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2020-05-01
16oz can served in a big snifter. Don't see a date. Need to remember it's a brown ale, not a stout...

Pours really dark translucent amber with a medium sized head and plenty of carbonation. Smell is nutty, lightly roasted coffee, with a hint of toffee.

Taste is a little heavier in the coffee direction, lighter in the nutty direction, and maybe can barely taste a toffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and slightly effervescent. Overall, really nice, relaxing beer.

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snaotheus from Washington, May 01, 2020
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can, dated 12/18/19 into Odell Teku.

A dark burgundy-mahogany colored body emerges with a butter colored head of 2 fingers, with a 1/2 finger remaining and lots of thick lacing on the sides.

Aroma of coffee, maple, and brown malts. Like a maple brown ale almost.

Flavor brings sharp peppery dirty coffee right off the bat, and then some sweeter flavors of honey, maple, and molasses surface in rotating fashion. Nutty, chalky brown malt finishes it out.

Feel is wet, thirst-quenching, easy, with a spiking carbonation and some mild to moderate alcohol heat.

Overall, a very decent coffee-breakfast ale, maybe not a repeat purchase but if it were fresher I may entertain it.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Apr 26, 2020
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3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Clear, transparent brown.

S: Nutty, malty, slightly roasty, coffee, maple.

T: Brown ale, nutty/malt, fruity ale yeast esters, hints of coffee, maple syrup sweetness, hints of a hazelnut character, faint molasses and brown sugar.

MF: Light body, starts somewhat creamy but feels thin on the dry finish

O: Had somewhat higher hopes for this one but honestly wasn't expecting a mind-blowing brown ale. However the coffee and maple syrup that the can proclaims just don't show up as advertised.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 12/17/19. I'm not worried, it's a brown ale and should be fine to drink now.
This was poured into a becher pint glass. A subtle dark red/amber color with a subtle brown color closer to the center. A mellow off white to slightly eggshell white foamy head. This slid off briskly. Subtle messy lace here and there.
The aroma had an earthy sweet coffee bean note rolling into some mellow biscuity to dark bready and cocoa powdery tone to it. Extremely light on the maple syrup.
The flavor charged with some dry semi-sweet earthy coffee to subtle cocoa powder tones. Once again, the maple syrup seems barely there. Aftertaste of some biscuits, dark bread, dark toast and cocoa powder.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a fantastic sessionability about it. Good carbonation. Slow smoothness of cocoa powder, some dryness, extremely light on the maple syrup. Finishes with coffee earthiness and some cocoa powder.
Overall, nicely done coffee brown ale worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of darktronica
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A reasonable, basic nut brown with coffee. Plenty of malt flavor for a relatively thin body, good roast and some earthy coffee notes that add more bitterness than balance. Bready, maybe a hint of maple to boot.

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Photo of stevoj
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can from Brewer's Haven. Clear, medium brown pour with a small creamy beige head.Light coffee aroma, some brown bread. Taste amps up the coffee a bit, while also featuring light maple notes. Coffee kind of dominates, with some underlying minor sweetness.

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stevoj from Idaho, Mar 20, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can
CANNED ON: 12/15/2019

Poured into a Trilium glass a pretty nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus tan head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, with a pretty nice chocolate/toffee note, pretty nice coffee note, vanilla, pretty nice roastyness. The taste is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, pretty nice chocolate/toffee note, really nice coffee note, with some vanilla, roastyness. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very nice brew. Nice to see this one around here.

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Wasatch from Colorado, Mar 15, 2020
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3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely dark chestnut brown with a finger of head. The nose is straight up fresh roasted coffee. Getting coffee in the flavor for sure. Not much breadiness or maltiness however. This offering finishes with some tingling hoppiness.

This is solid and enjoyable but not worth the price IMHO.

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57md from Pennsylvania, Mar 15, 2020
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about sixteen dollars. My sixth brew from these guys. Not my favorite style, but this was pretty solid.

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brewme from Massachusetts, Feb 28, 2020
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4.69/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was skeptical when I bought this beer. I found out it was a brown ale and a breakfast style beer. Oh, now I am intrigued, was this a gimmick. Lately, breweries have released too many gimmicky beers. Several of those gimmicky beers are terrible. The beer is served in a nonic and is 46 degrees. The pour of the beer produced a two-finger creamy light tan head. The head retention is satisfying, leaving thick lacing on the glass. The color of the beer SRM 18, brown with amber-brown hues.

The aromas in the beer are medium roasted coffee, nutty, toasty malts, toffee, caramel, cereal, earthy, and a subtle hint of chocolate.

The flavors in the beer are medium roasted coffee, nutty, toasty malts, caramel, cereal, earthy, and a subtle hint of chocolate.

The mouthfeel of the beer is touch dry.

The body of the beer is medium, medium carbonation, and full finish.

This beer is amazing. The best brown ale I have drunk. I am going to Alpine to hoard this beer. When I want a brown ale, I want a beer like this. Thank you, Melvin!

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time I've ever seen or purchased a Breakfast Ale and this one made its way from WY to MA. I was skeptical that it might be just a gimmick but it had a gentle coffee flavor and a lot of body. I happily ended up wishing I had more than 1 can. Doubt that I'll be having this for breakfast but can see it as being very desirable at day's end

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Greenlabel from New Hampshire, Jan 27, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Holds true to style with color. Since, clear brown ale with beautiful, bright wood and ruby highlights. Two fingers of light khaki crown.

The nose brings some roasted malts being mixed with quite astringent smelling coffee. Very light maple.

Light flavors of chocolate, coffee and not getting hardly any maple myself.

Light on the body, maybe not so much for a brown though.

Overall, it’s alright but nothing wowing.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can, canned December 3rd 2019.

Pours a clear brown with a 2 finger head of tannish foam. Lacing is impressive.

Smells of coffee grounds, roasted malt, wee bit of maple syrup sweetness.

Taste matches the smell to a tee. Coffee is in your face, roasted malt is up there, just a tiny bit of any maple syrup sweetness. Overall, especially in the finish, it is very bitter. A lot of flavour for the abv.

Medium describes the body and carbonation.

Replace a cup or 2 of coffee in the morning? Only if you don't have to work that day.

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Bitterbill from Wyoming, Dec 10, 2019
New England Breakfast Ale from Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 28 ratings