2x4 DIPA | 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 Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Bitterbill on 10-19-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
396
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
7.78%
 
 
Wants:
94
Gots:
71
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Sheppard
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden hue with some orange veins. Cream colored head. It smells like a freshly cut orange. It is an orangey citrus overload. There's a great balance of juicy hop character coupled with a nice bitterness to cut through it. It's a little boozy. 2x4 is like booze soaked oranges, like a curacao, with that bitterness to cut it. This beer deserves the accolades that it gets. It truly is an amazing DIPA.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 FL OZ can
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours amber with golden highlights. It is topped with an inch of creamy, off white head that leaves a lacing ring from the initial pour.

Cannibus is the first smell that I get. It is dank and mineral-y.

The taste is dank and citrusy. There is pine in the finish.

Medium mouthfeel and very smooth.

It drinks quite easily for a nearly 10%er. I enjoy the flavors and aroma. It is not a resin bomb like a lot of NW IPA's. It pairs nicely with Metallica's "2 x 4."

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Photo of Aval88
2.95/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the 2x4 event at Beachwood in LB.

I must have had a bad batch or something, because none of the other reviews sound remotely like what I experienced. I was getting a strong jalapeno like flavor up front and the malty sweetness and hop profile were diminished by the presence of pepper. I was not a fan of this one.

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Photo of LordGrimalkin
4.82/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This ipa was so smooth it was insane! straight up tasted like it was cured with cannabis which is a positive. Absolutely smooth and excellent flavor! Highly recommend! Maybe one of the best IPA's I've ever had!

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Bittercreek Alehouse, Boise ID.

A: Clear gold with white lacing.

S: Tropical, piney resin. underlying biscuit and caramel malt. Hoppy and sweet...sugary grapefruit and pineapple.

T: Starts hoppy and tropical and piney, leans into a caramelly biscuit base, light bitterness and medium sweetness with the sugary pineapple flavor...light pine character throughout.

MF: Medium mouthfeel with a clean finish, not too dry or bitter.

O: Pleasant double IPA, still trying to find that 100 IBU though; this thing just really isn't that bitter with that malt base, but I think thats a good thing and I liked this one.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into tulip 31/1/2017

A light golden yellow, some very fine suspended particles being moved around by just a couple slow bubbles that manage a thumbs width of foam that leaves just a few random patches

S pineapple, passion fruit, guava, lemon and other citrus, floral honey, some pine, and a hint of booze

T more lemon and pine, some booze popping up stronger, burnt brown sugar but just a tiny bit, tastes good but the nose takes it

M has weight, bitter and boozy, sticky on the lips and slick inside, some lemon rind and pine linger

O a little hot now and then but solid overall, I was loving the nose but that world class smell didn't carry forward into other areas

I preferred the "light" IPA from these guys over this one, a little more then I want to spend at 5$ for short can

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler from B2 Taphouse poured into a shaker pint. Pours vibrant light golden with finger of white medium density white head with good retention and left a mix of ringed windshield lacing. Nose moderate intensity vibrant citrus and piney goodness, citrus dominates. Taste has a bit of a tropical start, but quickly removed by bisquity malt and citrus. Wish the taste mirrored the nose to a greater degree. Finishes with some lingering citrus, moderate bitterness and ABV heat. Moderate body and carbonation on the higher end leading to a slightly tingly feeling. Damn solid DIPA, I'd grab whenever fresh. Would love to try in packaged format, but based on draft comparison I prefer Asterisk.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can - you gotta love this brewery's chutzpah, their bravado, their, um, douchebaggery, yeah?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden copper colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves a bit of streaky and sudsy cloud pattern lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of dank pine resin, some mixed tropical fruitiness (guava, pineapple, and underripe mango), gritty and grainy caramel malt, further domestic citrus notes, a hint of table-top pepper mill output, and some plain leafy, weedy, and gently perfumed floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, biscuity toffee, muddled exotic fruit, a lesser lemon, orange, and grapefruit character, and more leafy, piney, and estery floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly subdued in its barely active frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with a nice basic bitch creaminess settling in as things warm up after some time out of the basement beer cave. It finishes off-dry, the malt and hops in a palate-pleasing battle of wits.

Overall, this is indeed a stellar DIPA, with nothing particularly complicated about its big fruity and forest floor hoppiness, or stoic sweetness. What is missing, however, is any suggestion of that essentially 20-proof booze factor - I know it's in there somewhere, but damned if I can find it! I have a feeling it will find me (across my head), in the titular manner of this offering.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

CAN
Pale hazy tangerine with steady carpet of white. 4
Sugared grapefruit + lemon balm. 4
Thread of blonde caramel, then candied orange slices, a touch of resin, sniff of flowers, and light pine. Hint of pineapple on the back end, and gentle IBUs. 4
Almost medium, chewy, salty, smooth. 4

Doesn’t live up to the label: the “light malt base” has more caramel than plenty else out there (but still not too much) the “pine, citrus” comes through but no tropical (classic C hop) and the “stupid amount of hops” is merely dim-witted (though still enough.) The accomplishment here is that all this goes on at what feels like 7.5% - heat only comes through when it warms. Sunkist hops + sugary malts do add up to be too sweet, but that’s a pretty minor complaint in the scheme of things. Accomplished and understated, but also not trying to do anything particularly complex - this isn’t Bottom Cutter.

I know this restaurant/brewery is supposed to be the cat’s meow, so I think there is some confirmation bias inflating the ratings here. Doesn’t achieve greatness, but a very very good DIPA. 4.25

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: One finger white head, slightly hazy orange body.

Smell: Big papaya, some orange, some resin, a hint of dankness.

Taste: Sweet cream, papaya, orange, and resin. Kind of like a strange milkshake.

Feel: Creamy medium body, medium carbonation, mild sweetness, low hop bitterness. Nice warming alcohol, no bite which is surprising for 9.9%.

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Photo of bobv
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Moderate to vigorous pour yields an inch plus head that leaves a bit of lacing as it recedes. Nose of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit. Taste follows with a fairly clean finish. Nice mouthfeel and overall, nice to finally try this one.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Can
Canned: Dec-6-2016 (Consumed Jan-3)


A:
Pours a clear golden orange with two-plus fingers of airy bone-white head. Good retention; some scummy lacing. (4.25)

S:
Light citrus, mango, pine. Juicy, sweet and unified tropical hop aroma. (4.25)

T:
Juicy with light malt backbone. Similar to taste with juicy citrus/mango and lingering lemon/orange zest aromatics. (4.25)

M:
Soft with medium carbonation, hop shellac finish. (4.25)

O:
Wow. Damn good beer.
Looks great, smells great and tasty too. It is fairly sweet and juicy but there is a stiff woody bitterness and a hoppiness to offset it (nice with the noticeable malt character). If anything it is a little sweet for my taste. Juicy but not juice-like like some NE IPAs. based on working my way through a six-pack it seems to fall off pretty hard, but it is a little hard to tell as it is already kind of a clusterfuck of booze and malt and hop sweetness. The more I have juicy IPAs, the more I realize that the lack of any discernible malt definitely does them some favors. Anyway, all-in-all a very good IIPA, regardless. (4.25)

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Photo of BCborn
3.4/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. can, no date stamp
expecting a lot from the beer
Taste, light citrus-tropical fruit, light malt, then hit with all the 9.9% alcohol (2x4?) from middle to end,
Not enjoyable, disappointed, maybe too far out of date?

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Photo of Reidrover
3.7/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz single can from Lifesource in Salem OR. $2.79 Has a burnt orange coloured body..slightly hazy, with a nice large ,frothy and rocky off white head, Aroma is strongly hoppy of course. Orange peel, peach stone, spruce tip etc..nice. Taste is strangely more balanced than the aroma. The hops are still there but the over the top fruitiness is gone..and what is there is matched by a strong caramel/toffee maltiness. Mouth feel is medium thick with lowish carbonation..but moves across the tongue OK. Get a tad sticky in the end..could have used more carbonation. An OK beer..not as good as i anticipated,

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Photo of breadwinner
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was just a touch too sweet and boozy for me. It's a hop onslaught, to be sure, with citrusy bitterness and tropical/floral overtones, but it just finishes to heavy for my taste (though at 9.9% this is to be expected). I liked it, but maybe my expectatios for finally getting a shot at Melvin were too high.

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Photo of gshak
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/18/2016, so about 45 days old at this point, and sitting out on the shelves at a local Bevmo. Normally I would let these sit, but these cans are just incredibly hard to find fresh, so I'll take what I can get,
A - Drank this one out of the can, so the only thing I'm viewing at this point is the can; which by the way is a fancy piece of art. Let's go 4.25 just to keep this consistent across the board.
S - Smells of pine, citrus peels, melon, apricot and grapes. Very faint traces of something very perfumey like flowers of some kind, but I'm not able to pinpoint what exactly it is. Phenolic notes observed as the beer warmed up.
T - Oh boy, this is super hoppy, and I mean it in the nicest possible way. This beer opens with a burst of pine sap, and citrus peels, on the center of the tongue and from then on, that is pretty much all you taste, except for the phenolic notes that creep in. For a beer bordering 10% ABV, I am sure a ton of malt went into this beer, but it is never noticed! This beer is hop-dominant by a mile, and I love it! While most brewers add hops to balance out the sweetness, I think the folks at Melvin went the other way, adding a touch of malt to somewhat counter the hoppiness. Lip-smacking, tongue-licking, inner-cheek-drying piney hoppy goodness.
M - Medium. The plentiful carbonation and the hoppiness just about ensure this beer never feels full or heavy.
O - How they managed to pull off a 9.9% ABV that drinks like a 6 % is beyond me. But the folks at Melvin sure do know how to brew up a good one. And this right here, is a repeat buy for me. A style true to the west-coast brewed by the good folks from Wyoming...take that you IPA brewers from Cali ;-)

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

Hazy gold with one finger of bone color head that drops in about ten minutes. Some splotches of lace.
Smell is dank fruity pine hops with a bit of bready malt support.
Taste is fruity bitter pine resinous hops with bready malt backing.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with good carbonation. Finish is mostly dry and bitter.
Overall a big bold and tasty DIPA. Easy drinking for a 9.9% abv beer. So be careful and make this your end of the evening beer. The alcohol is barely noticed in the taste but has plenty of warming in the chest.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to captain Sean who gets this out in CO and sent it my way. really great tasting iipa that is dangerously drinkable. 9.9?!?! drinks like a 6%. great one.

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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

White head with some lace. Golden orange color.

Big hop bomb. Not very tropical or juicy, just dank and weedy. Earthy a bit of oniony hops.

Medium to full bodied. Bitter and sticky.

Solid dipa. Definitely west coast style.

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can.
A; Pours a slightly hazy light golden with a off white head and super nice sticky lacing.
S: Strong pine with citrus and hops.
T: Nice and hoppy good bitterness but i sure can taste the alcohol .
F: Medium body but a bit oily mouth feel, medium carbonation.
O: A very good DIPA one of the best, pretty good buzz with 2 though.

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Photo of puck1225
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had it on draft with pizza in Estes Park, CO. Nice thick foamy head on a slightly cloudy yellow body, good lacing. Floral sweet smell. The taste was sweet with a piny bitterness. Great with the pizza!

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Photo of EnzymaticHops
3.49/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw golden with a super frothy, sudsy head. Subtle hoppiness on the nose. Hoppiness at first with a finish tinged with alcohol. Enjoyable but I preferred their standard IPA.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Damn! This is one of the tastiest DIPAs I've had..... ever. Light golden amber with a bubbly, tan head. The aroma is mango, orange blossom, peach, and endless fruit. Big citrus and pine flavor- bursting!!! A hint of floral sweetness and some warmth from the alcohol. I can literally "feel" this beer. I sense the favors long after I sip, and these flavors are wonderful! A truly fine brew.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh 12 ounce can poured into a snifter.

Look - Classic golden orange. Good head.

Smell - Dank tropical fruits.

Taste - Nice. Some bitterness. A little alcohol. I prefer their IPA...

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Nice DIPA. I would purchase again but not necessarily recommend to others.

Grade (B+)

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Photo of mac31
4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big pine, resin (w/o being sticky), and dank up front. Falling behind the front line is a layer tropical fruit- pineapple, mango, along with orange pith, and a touch of GF. On first sips the bitterness seemed amplified, but once the palate became acclimated the bitterness was actually mild. Post acclimation the hops are rather juicy. Malts are clean, delicate, honeyed, golden. Malt is intensely, but appropriately sweet w/o being overly viscous. Body is thinnish, wonderfully creamy, coating, and inviting. Finish is semi-dry. Very little lingering bitterness in the finish. The brew is very drinkable, deceptively dangerous (9.9%), ethanol vapors in the after breath and warming on the way down. Overall, this is an intense, well balanced, well crafted, uber tasty and BIG beer. While just a shade shy of the the prototype (PtE), this brew is easily now in my top 5 of DIPA's. If you can acquire it, do so and fast! Melvin has got it going on with 2X4 and Melvin IPA.

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2x4 DIPA from Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
4.37 out of 5 based on 396 ratings.
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