2x4 DIPA
Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #133
ABV:
9.9%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,020
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 7.69%
Reviews:
211
Ratings:
873
From:
Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
 
Wyoming, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
95
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Notes: Dear (insert your name here), This is the best damn DIPA in the world. So if you were even considering sulking today, think again. Our 2x4 Double IPA is the Gold Winner of numerous note-worthy awards, including the Alpha King Championship; two years in a row and counting. You'd be crazy not to drink this. So close your eyes, open up, and experience the mad floral, citrusy, and clean taste of hop talent. If you don't love it, no...... you will.

100+ IBU
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up at the local store and saw that it was canned on 8/24/2021. Today is 8/31/21! It’s only a week “old”! I chilled it down and then poured one into a Rick and Morty themed pint glass. This is a DIPA with 9.9% ABV and 100+ IBUs!

Look-It pours a light-yellow color with good clarity. The head is one finger and white with a foamy, choppy consistency. The head retention is OK and left sparse, drooping, and wet lacing on the glass.

Smell-It smells strongly of grapefruit followed by peach and pineapple in roughly equal amounts. It also has a malty aroma leaning towards honey-suckle. I also get subtle hues of yeast esters.

Taste-The taste roughly follows the nose. I get peach, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine pith, honey-suckle, a rich malt base without being sticky or syrupy. I also get some subtle herbal notes like clove, dandelion, and white pepper. The flavor is predominantly fruity and citrusy as I described. Therefore, it is almost like a modified west coast IPA! Noticeable piney hops though well-balanced and some light floral notes as well. Mild bitterness carries through to the end. It is on the heavier side of medium-bodied which was surprising for a DIPA.

Overall-This is a very delicious brew that has a clean flavor, and its attributes shine through unambiguously. The alcohol content isn’t very noticeable so pace yourself. Enjoy!

Sep 01, 2021
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Aleforge from Missouri

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark hazy gold
S: Complex notes of pine & citrus, it smells amazing
T: Strong hit of boozy pine resin with a hint of bitter orange peel that lingers for a very long time.
F: Dry mouthfeel, but expected at this ABV.

I like it a lot and had no idea who "Melvin Brewing" even was until today.

Aug 21, 2021
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark golden color. This beer looks somewhat murky, and dank. There's a 2 finger white head. The head looks very fluffy, and cloud-like. The head retention is damn good, and there's some beautiful lacing on the glass.
The nose is a total pine hop bomb. The pine just clings to my nose.
Taste - There's a lot of pine here, but there's also some tropical flavors as well. Tons of guava and mango.
The body is nice and thick. The hops cling in my throat and don't let go.
Solid beer overall.

May 07, 2021
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argock from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

08/19/20 stamped on bottom of can. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Mildly hazy light amber with frothy 2-finger off-white head with good retention and a solid collar of lacing.

S: Aroma is more malty than I would expect with some lighter caramel and then hop character of pineapple, peach, and grapefruit notes jump out. Clean without yeast ester character in the nose.

T: More of a balanced DIPA, probably tends more to malty than I usually want, but still a fine beer, but it is showing its age - I bought this can and picked up 3 days after the email and it was disappointing to see such an old date. Despite this, it still tastes great with some mild honey and lighter caramel and pale malt cakelike malt character. Pineapple, grapefruit, peach, honeysuckle, and candied orange come through. Clean without esters and moderate bitterness.

M: Even with the malty character, this DIPA finishes dry with medium body at most and low-medium carbonation to ease drinkability.

O: I wish I had a shot at this 2 months ago but still it was an enjoyable beer.

Dec 03, 2020
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a can to a snifter glass. Had a bright, golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A very good aroma of hops, citrus fruit, malt, peach, and tropical fruit.

T: Tasted of a bit of peach (an underlying sweetness), a good shot of citrus fruit (orange and grapefruit, in particular), some tropical fruit (pineapple, especially), a slight floral quality, a good shot of hops (definitely present, but not overdone), and a little malt (mostly in the finish). This is a remarkably well-balanced and vibrant flavor. Very tasty.

F: An above average amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of the more solid DIPAs I've tried recently. Drinkable.

Aug 23, 2020
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cbbjr from District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a can into a tulip 30 days after the canning date.

Dark gold. Grapefruit, orange, flowers and pine, and slight (emphasis on slight) caramel aroma and flavor. Strong bitterness on front end that carries throughout. Small burning of alcohol, but less than you would expect for being a whopping 9.9%. Medium fee.

One of the easiest drinking and best best west coast DIPAs. Definitely one you have to be careful with since you could drink a few of them all too easily.

Aug 08, 2020
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Limazulu from Idaho

3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-dark amber with one finger of very creamy head that persisted. Not meant to be a hazy, but I suppose the dry hops cause the cloudy appearance that almost acts like a prism on the sunlight through it
S-Peach and caramel
T-Peach, apricot, piney resin and toasted bread. Maybe a bit sweeter than average for the style. Very bitter as expected, but actually below average for the style due to the excellent malt base
M-Medium (+) body, slick, gently carbonated.
O-very well done. Could have done a better job of hiding the booze

Jun 20, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can with no visible date. Opened 5-17-20.
2 finger fluffy white head with very good retention...slow roll down to a solid cap.
Bright golden DIPA with a slight initial chill haze. Thick lacing.
Ripe citrus, peach, pine resin, floral, honey and some wild onion/garlic. Syrupy oranges.
Subtle bready and caramel malt aromas.
Peach, floral and citrus hops. Pine. Fairly sweet malt base and leads to a sweet DIPA overall.
Full body DIPA, medium carbonation. Long and piney semi-sweet finish.
Very Good.

May 18, 2020
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review #1413

This the second DIPA for the night will consume a third after this. The DIPA was a mess of a beer. I want better results. This beer is from Melvin the last beer I drunk was not astonishing, but it was palatable. The artwork on the can is remarkable. I opened the beer with a hiss followed by a pleasant citrus aroma. The beer is 46 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour of the beer created a two-fingered head. The creamy white foam has excellent retention. No lacing was left on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 6, a deep golden yellow with dark amber hues. This beer is not hazy.

The initial aromas in the beer are pine, grapefruit, lemons, and oranges. Nosing further in the glass, I smell floral ester, resin, bread crust, toasted biscuit, a hint of herbal, and earthiness. A lovely bouquet of aromas in the glass.

The flavors in the beer are resin, pine, oranges, dank, a touch of mustiness, oranges, lemons, herbal (similar to thyme and bay leaves), floral esters, grapefruit, toasted bread crust, a hint of honey, earthiness, and a subtle pineapple undertone.

The mouthfeel of the beer is astringent and slick.

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

This beer is remarkable. The hop profile meshes well, and the malt backbone is sturdy. The flavors are well rounded, unlike the other beer I drank. This beer, I can taste the 100 plus IBU. I could drink a few of these, yet a few could knock my dick in the dirt. I enjoyed this beer. Must try for any hop head.

May 16, 2020
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drjamyma from Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I wanted to like this but it just wasn't my cup of tea. Too strong alcohol with out taste to balance it. More of a double pale ale than ipa. I'm particular about my beer though, about 6.5 percent is the sweet spot for me and I drink plenty of 8 percent ipa's and enjoy them but this at 9.9% missed the mark for me.

Mar 28, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gold in color with a faint haziness. There’s a half inch of densely packed, creamy white on top. Moderate lacing. The nose is citrus and pine. I’m tasting sharp citrus and light peppery to earthy hops. The mouth is lightly sticky and dry.

Mar 20, 2020
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big frothy snow white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Body is a clean, clear, lively, transparent gold.

Grassy, lightly herbal nose, with hints of citrus, honey, pepper, and biscuit.

Clean and bitter on the palate. Notes of melon, cracker, dough, pine, pear, grape, and a kiss of citrus peel, with a bracing, pithy finish.

Smooth and nearly crushable. No hint of the sky high ABV. Lively; not syrupy.

This is a straight forward but incredibly well executed WC-style IIPA. It lacks the depth and nuance of Pliny, and despite the triple digit IBU, it doesn't come across quite as bitter - possibly due to the massive malt base providing the foundation for the 9.9% ABV. It's virtually without flaw, however; color me very, very impressed.

Mar 06, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Golden in color with a big fluffy head and good lacing. Smells of mango, pineapple and floral hints. Taste has citrus and pine. Very smooth and not heavy. Hides the higher avb well. Really good double.

Mar 06, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a hazy, golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, light pine. Taste is dank, piney, some tropical fruits, very bitter, surprisingly little alcohol. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Jan 07, 2020
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not sure why we keep getting brews from all over the place, but this one from cowboy country (Wyoming) is welcome here in Ohio. But why send it all this way? Perhaps they are trying to get some more market in the super-premium price range. This was a bit over-priced.

It pours a beautiful hazy, deep, yellow, with just a bit of head. The aroma is funky and skunky - hops, yeast and booze melded together nicely.

The taste is very much what you smell - a mostly dry, hoppy AIPA with extra malts sweetening and boozing things up a bit.

Recommended. But not really worth the premium - there are many other huge AIPAs that are cheaper and easier to find.

Dec 03, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of fluffy ivory colored head. Great head retention and lacing

S: Tropical fruit and breadyness

T: Follows the nose, pineapple and dryness along with green melon up front. Pineapple and more bready dryness, green melon as this warms. Finishes dry with green melon, peach and pineapple

MF: Medium body with delicate carbonation

One of the best of this style I have had in a while

Nov 09, 2019
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Impetuous from Montana

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful, clear golden body with good white head, and great lacing.

Flavors are layers upon layers of hops- juicy, piney, juicy. Also, there is a layer of malt, sweet and biscuits, underneath. Light carbonation makes it easy going, despite the abv.

Very, very good.

Sep 29, 2019
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.31/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. can with a canning date of 02/21/19. Old for an IPA on September 1, 2019 when I sampled it.

Not a bad looking light amber, heady pour with decent clarity. Lots of lacing.

Yep, hops have faded in the aroma. It's more like a stale, cardboard malt presence and a lower grapefruit or tropical fruit presence.

Smooth, medium body.

The taste is at first sweet and then this herbal (stale) tropical fruity character kicks in the finish it off. I bet it would have been a lot better last Spring.

Sep 01, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Melvin Brewing "2X4 DIPA"
12 fl. oz. can coded "214 133 CANNED ON 03/11/19 14:19:18"
$3.99 @ Rioger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice label, great artwork. Nice looking glass of beer: hazy golden body teeming with upward streaming bubbles beneath a finger-thick head of densely creamy white. The aroma is bright, fresh, and resinous with citrus and pine, followed by some floral and herbal notes over lightly sweetish and bready malt. Quite well done I would say! Now let's see if the flavor lives up to the aroma... and it does, There's more malt to it than I expected given the aroma, but it is a double IPA so that makes sense. It's basic, bready and sweetish malt, but there's a richness to it. The hops remain basically what they are in the aroma. There's some orange and pink grapefruit to the citrusy side, a middle of the road pine - not to raspy or brash, and not so light that you just get a little bit of it. The pine does linger in the dry finish though. How did we get to that dry finish? Although it's got that rich maltiness to it there is some very firm bitterness in there as well, so you get a sweet start but a drying middle and bitter finish. The bitterness is listed at 100+ but it comes of more like 45-50. The malt when mixed with the orange from the hops at the start is almost like orange marmalade, and then in the end with the pine there's some floral notes, herbs, and earthiness. It's interesting, it's not really that complex but it has a lot of character to it. Damn! I just noticed it's 9.9% abv as well! I had no clue, it doesn't appear like that, but then that rich maltiness should have given that away, the alcohol sure doesn't. Looking back, the head retention was good to start, and I've still got a nice collar on it at this point, but the head is gone. There was some lacing left as well but not too much, just some patches of spots and streaks here and there - although that is common with higher alcohol beers. In the mouth it's full bodied, gently crisp, and then creamy smooth in the finish. So, what to sat about this? I wish it was clearer but I can't complain, it's obviously pretty heavily dry-hopped and therefore the haze is exempted, as is the limited lacing. The aroma is great, and I think that the flavor is even better. I also find it remarkably well-balanced and drinkable for what it is. I'm starting to feel its strength now and I would never drink two in a row (too much alcohol, too many calories) but I'll be damned if I don't really feel like I'd like to have another - dangerous beer this one! Well worth seeking out.

Review #6,642

Aug 12, 2019
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Fatheroftoomany from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good beer. Strong hop flavor. Pours a hazy appearance that is gold and smells of so Danny hops. I disagree with others and say that you can’t drink more than one of these.

Jul 26, 2019
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy golden.

S: Lovely balanced nose. Lots of hops.

T: Pine, resin, oil. Very approachable 10% ABV.

F: Hopped, double hopped, and dry hopped.

O: Hard to drink unless you're A REAL MAN!

May 30, 2019
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BeerImmediately from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dank, resinous, sticky, but well balanced for the style. Above average, and well done. At 9.9%, I’m glad they do this in 12oz cans instead of larger.

May 07, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(First sampled in early-2018)

On-tap at The Malted Barley, Westerly, RI

Pours a crystal clear burnt orange topped with a soft, foamy white cap; solid retention leaves a thin layer of cap and the occasional thick web of lacing holding firmly to the wall of the glass.

Aromas of dense prickly pine and dank grapefruit zest are strong in tandem upfront, with musty floral tones building to a composting fruity depth gaining prominence in the background; very dank, which fades to a subtle fruity depth over time.

Taste brings a prickly pine resin accompanied by sweet red grapefruit peel, dank mango and peach, and topped off by a fading citrusy tropical medley; floral honey and hints of flaky, grainy malt in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, oily, and with muggy, resinous tones coating the palate; mild-moderate booziness; restrained bitterness progresses, but transitions to fluffy/creamy on the back end going down; the balance of resinous/bitter qualities against the smooth, boozy punch is something to remember, and very well-done.

Juicy, dank, boozy, and uniquely smooth, this is a very well-executed DIPA, and dangerously easy drinking to boot; it's got plenty of the elements of a burly DIPA that begs for further, flavorful sipping (or even crushability, if desired).

May 01, 2019
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Treb0R from Oregon

4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow and translucent for the most part, with a slight hop oil haze. When emptying the glass, you notice a lot of sticky foam clinging to the glass, but the beer doesn't taste particularly sweet or high FG. Resinous and oily with hops, but not malty on the palate. Aroma is lackluster for the aficionado, but still pleasant and present. The flavor is a celebration of hops, but there is room for improvement. I detect a hairspray note, perhaps from the yeast selection and the temperature of fermentation. The higher alcohol can also accentuate this subtle hairspray taste. Nevertheless, the well orchestrated dance between subtle malt character, near perfect body, and hop flavor is why I rated this beer so high.

Apr 24, 2019
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jpbrooklyn from New Jersey

4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 3/1/2019; drinking in Union County NJ 4/12. Looks beautiful, tastes a clean resinous, citrusy, a delightful light malt backbone. I gotta say I do feel the 9.9%, not necessarily a bad thing and certainly not overpowering taste wise but...two cans of this and I’m done for the night. Can’t wait to try the other two Melvins my local just got in! (FYI per header up there: I see no reference to Thai Me Up on my can, but I do see a Wild Goose Ale logo,)

Apr 13, 2019
2x4 DIPA from Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 873 ratings