2x4 DIPA
Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #114
ABV:
9.9%
Score:
95
Ranked #850
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 7.67%
Reviews:
194
Ratings:
828
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Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
 
Wyoming, United States
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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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Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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

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Photo of Impetuous
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.31/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of Fatheroftoomany
4/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.13/5  rDev -4%
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).

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Photo of Treb0R
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of jpbrooklyn
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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,)

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Photo of Nova69
3.14/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looking at all the other ratings, I will need to try this again, as I did not care for this beer at first try. the taste was just not an enjoyable double IPA that I like.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at SD brewpub. Near clear warm golden orange pour with >1 finger off white head.
Aroma is prominently tropical fruit, citrus with piney dankness.
Taste starts strongly malty sweet with citrus and tropical notes, but finishes with dank piney flavours and well balanced bitterness.
Full creamy mouthfeel, smooth but sticky resinous finish. Fantastic.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 1/7/2019. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy medium golden/amber color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, cracker, white bread dough, light toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Slight booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, cracker, white bread dough, light toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, cracker, white bread dough, light toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, sticky/resinous/rindy, and lightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is great. Lightly increasing warmth of 9.9% after the finish. Overall this is an awesome DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV, with the moderately bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Awesome classic Columbus, Centennial, Citra, Simcoe profile. Extremely juicy, vibrant, dank, and earthy balanced hop complexity; with a great balanced bready pale malt backbone. Mild residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. Not overly sweet/heavy for the big ABV. A really enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tulip.

Pours a cloudy, not hazy, light gold, with limited head, but solid lacing.

The aromas of this heavy DIPA are skewed decidedly dank and piney, with only hints of fruit, mostly citrus, and pith at that--not flesh. The malt base is noticeable with a grainy texture. Floral and white pepper notes arrive as the brew warms and opens up. The ABV is high, but hidden from the nose.

The flavors, like the aromas, are weighted to the resin and dank end of the spectrum, but not unpleasantly so. The malt base presents on the first sip on the tip of the tongue with more graininess than outright sweetness. Just a hint of tropical and citrus fruit follows (again, pith and peel more than meat), but then as the brew crosses the mid-palate, the dank and piney hops show up with an aggressive and tingling feeling. The floral and white pepper notes show up just before the warming, but not burning boozy finish. In fact, this may be one of the most well-hidden 10% ABV's I've had. This is an intense approach that comes dangerously close to "trying to win an IBU trophy" but doesn't ever tip over into "hopelessly unbalanced" territory.

The brew is medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and fairly crisp, which is pretty impressive for a Double (Triple?) IPA.

There are more-complex and nuanced DIPA's out there, and this brew is undoubtedly concocted with true-blue hop-heads in mind, but it walks the tightrope between novelty and serious brew admirably. Straight, dank, hoppy goodness, with only a hint of the booze that is lurking below. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pouring from a 12 oz. can into a Willi Becher glass this beer pours out dark orange and hazy (not like juice or NEipa haze) and forms a huge, two finger width, rocky off white color crown.

The smell is dank with notes of pine and citrus. Tangy fruit like tangerine, oranges.

The taste brings a sweet, ripe citrus fruit presence. Like orange peel instead of oranges along with slight pine.

The mouthfeel is sticky, wet and oily. Coats the mouth.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear amber color, one finger white head, messy lacing, light carbonation.

S: Tropical fruits, hops. But very light aroma.

T: Tropical fruits, hops, bittersweet. Lower than average.

F: Medium bodied, subdued flavors.

O: Negatively surprised. It’s not a bad beer but it just can’t cut it in this day and age.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This strong dipa shows a very clean golden colour with a two fingers white head.
The smell is floral, citrusy with notes of tropical fruits.
The taste follows with a strong booze presence.
Syrupy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.
Overall a fine ale but a boozy one

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Almost clear golden color with off-white head. Aroma has pine notes, resin, candied fruits and clean malt. Taste is bittersweet with orange candy notes and hop resins. Medium plus body with medium carbonation. Not really easy drinking but the ABV is hidden quite well though.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can dated 10/2/18 poured into a tulip
A: Crystal clear light orange with a one-finger head
S: Packed with fresh hops. Tropical fruit, earthy/herbal, citrus, a touch dank
T: Dank and earthy along with some caramel, orange peel and pine
M: Full-bodied, almost but not quite boozy
O: A very nicely made DIPA

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Photo of barnzy78
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, canned on 08/31/18. Golden colored ale with a slight haze, tall frothy off-white head is persistent. Sweet & juicy aroma hinting at mango, citrus, pine, and light caramel. Assertive & hop-forward flavors with bold notes of pine, mango, orange & grapefruit zest, mild dank herbal marijuana, along with a light caramel malt backbone. Fuller body, ample carbonation, alcohol is weel concealed but sneaks up on you; bitter finish with a white pepper and earthy pine resin finish. Very good DIPA but there are many others I prefer over this one.

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Photo of FBarber
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden orange color. Mostly clear but there is some suspended matter in the beer. Looks oily. Two finger white fuzzy head dissipates steadily leaving a ring of foam along the outside of the beer.

Aroma has notes of orange, orange rind, guava, some dank weedy notes and a touch of onion grass. The onion notes become more pronounced as the beer warms.

Taste has notes of orange, orange rind, onion grass, and some weedy herbal notes. What almost immediately stands out here is the spiciness of this beer - its got that peppery spiciness you get in a saison but without any of the funk. Its odd but it works with this - it really gives it an herbal spicy onion profile that jives. Its not my favorite, but its well executed. Touch of sweetness here but the spiciness balances it out. Not at all cloying.

Feel is medium bodied, slick and oily. Mild carbonation could be a bit brighter.

Overall a unique and well crafted DIPA. However, its not one I'd really drink again given the flavor profile on this one.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a stemless wine glass.

Clear yellow with a white 2 finger head. Minimal lacing, white ring left around the perimter of the glass.

Tropical fruit, overipe mango, pineapple, guava, touch of onion and candied malt.

Medium mouthfeel. Soft light carbonation. Goes down nicely for such a high ABV. This could get you in trouble.

Another great beer from Melvin. Strong nose and complex flavors. It's a tad sweet but the hops fight long and hard to balance. Enjoyable and a pleasure to drink. Recommended.

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Photo of rypkr
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Similar to their (stellar "ipa") but bigger. Big oniony hops and honeysuckle sweetness.

Truly impressed by the 2 offerings I've had so far from Melvin.

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Photo of BB1313
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 8/31/18. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a mild haze, but has some clarity to it; small white head that fades leaving decent retention and lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of pineapple and rubber. Some mild alcohol aromas. Malts are there. The flavors are very bold. More pineapple and rubber leading the way. Some floral notes. Some pine sap. Some black pepper. Subtle hints of caramel. Slightly sweet and syrupy, but it's not cloying or over the top at all. Some alcohol notes in the finish. It's almost boozy, but it becomes balanced the more you get into it. It drinks big. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's slick. It's ultimately dangerously drinkable despite drinking like a big brew.

This is a really nice DIPA. Nice hop aromas and hop flavors. It starts off rough around the edges, but everything comes together quickly. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. Well done.

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Photo of UWDAWG
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass.

Look- Pale gold, opaque with no visible sediment, average head retention, above average lacing.
Smell- Citrus, dank, herbal.
Taste- Dank, citrus, spicy, herbal, slightly piney, complex flavor with good balance.
Feel- Medium body, average carbonation.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The hype is real on this one! I didn't even know I needed this beer in my life! Fantastic west coast hops, providing a level of dankness, spice and bitterness that cannot be understated or over appreciated. Boldly a classic west coast ipa, with uncompromising orange, flowers, grass, pine, grapefruit, honey, white bread, and of course those beautiful hops. Body is full and bready, while not losing any chewy hoppiness.

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2x4 DIPA from Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 828 ratings