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2x4 DIPA | Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up

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2x4 DIPA2x4 DIPA

Brewed by:
Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
Wyoming, United States

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

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
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 -1.8%
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 +5.4%
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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Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at NWIPA the other day during some sort of Melvin release event.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, you can tell right off the back that this is a "big boy" DIPA. There is a huge aroma of tropical fruit, underlying pine and dank week, with a hint of underlying pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this sizeable DIPA. Also, while the there's plenty of noticeable tropical fruit and underlying pine, the finish is still pretty dry, with considerable hoppy bitterness. There's none of the over the top sweetness you get in the asterisk, which helps this beer's drinkability considerable. Mouthfeel is fairly full, and while the alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, you can tell it's up there a bit.

Very impressive DIPA. I tried this side by side with the Melvin, and found both beers to have similar aroma and flavor components. It's just that the 2x4 has more of everything (aroma, flavor, bitterness and alcohol). Very well done.

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Photo of jdamaso84
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look(s) like a IIPA.
Smell(s) like a IIPA.
Taste(s) like a IIPA.
Feel(s) like a IIPA.

Overall: Very tasty, floral IPA. Everything about the beer is on the brink of being top-notch, but I do feel like those that have claimed it's up there with Pliny and Topper haven't had either of those beers in a while.

This is definitely a worthwhile sub when you can't get your hands on the true IIPA heavyweights, but it doesn't quite pack the same punch as those fantastic beers.

Still delicious and worth the money!

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Photo of Pencible
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a hazy gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like grapefruit and lemon zest, with some pineapple and sweet honey malt.
T: It tasted like bitter grapefruit and citrus zest, with some sweet honey malt and melon. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a really nice DIPA with balanced bitter and sweet scent and taste. The body was solid, and the finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. Not quite top tier, but a solid brew that would be nice to have again and again.

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Photo of mattsmith413
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jeremy and crew do a fantastic job...great looking beer in the glass and laces very well. Citrus, faint pine and subtle peaches. Great mouthfeel and everything you can want in a IPA.... Unless that something is a cloudy haze juice bomb.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Soft golden and honeycomb hues and reasonably translucent with a mild haze complemented by a fluffy white head
S: Peaches, pine trees, mild dankness
T: Exceedingly hop forward with moderate citrus, tangerine, and lemon notes, but mostly pine; mild malt flavor
F: Moderate feel with no alcohol burn for me
O: Delicious DIPA! While I'v been drowning my taste buds in NE style IPAs lately, this was a refreshing nod back to a time a few years ago when west coast styles reigned supreme. Aggressively hopped with a bit of citrus - very well integrated and smooth despite the bitterness.

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Photo of erk0607
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Straw yellow with a bubbly white head that hangs around
Smell: Fruity hops and more hops. Grapefruit, orange, grass, lemons, fragrant pine.
Taste: Lightly malted, grassy and pine-y, hop bomb. Grapefruit and orange juice that is noted in the smell show here as well.
Feel: Resiny, medium heavy mouthfeel, smooth going down, no notable alcohol burn
Overall: I prefer Belgians to IPAs, let alone DIPAs, and this was good enough to overcome my bias. Would get again.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Roscoe's

A clear light orange with a dense, white head that falls off to a ring leaving little lacing, this looks decent. The nose is a big, resiny hop slap, pungent with grapefruit and pine, a little alcohol, minimal malt. Mandarin, a touch of honey and floral hops are present. The palate opens bitter and pungent with grapefruit and pine, minimal sweetness and moderate flavor. Citrus, pine and a little honey are present. Excellent, long lasting bitter finish with pine and grapefruit zest and a touch of archbishop, this is excellent.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a clear rusted orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

Smells pretty intensely floral and piney, with a smattering of grapefruit and orange citrus, smells little oily, and almost hash-like, with barely any malt presence on the nose.

This is definitely a crazy hoppy West Coast bruiser. It's very floral and super piney and bitter. It doesn't delve into syrupy hop territory, which is nice, with a crisp citrus kick to it, mainly the classic grapefruit thing, but also some good orange flesh and orange rind. There's definitely a good malt backbone here, but it's not sweet, and doesn't get in the way of the hop attack.

This is very crisp, surprisingly so for the 9.9% ABV, with really no syrupy characteristics at all. It's got a normal level of carbonation for the style.

One of the best West Coast IPAs I've had- awesomely tasty.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
3.86/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks good. The aroma is good. Orange and bitters. The taste and mouthfeel is overwhelmed with booziness. I know it is 9.9% but the booziness is up front.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can with a canned on date of 6/6/16; into a tulip.
Appearance - hard gold, almost orange; cloudy with very little carbonation and a thin layer of white head. Lacing is
Smell - tame yet there is noticeable booze paired with pine and tropical hops.
Taste - sweet tropical fruit, tangerine, mildly boozy, but full of flavor and very tasty!
Feel - sweet and boozy, but not heavy; dank bitterness carries through each sip, but certainly doesn't overpower. Nicely done!
Overall - very solid DIPA in a can, however this is big enough to pack for a camping trip, rather than the pool!

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Photo of akolb
4.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Big orange and pine aroma. Also some mango and earth. Very nice and complex.
Taste starts with an intense blast of orange and fruit. Pine is very present here along with an overwhelming juiciness. Sweet-but-not-too-sweet malts are in the background along with some earthy dankness. The aftertaste has a substantial bitter bite and a warm alcohol glow. This is an absolutely phenomenal DIPA. On par with the very best DIPAs at a much more affordable price and easy availability. A must-try.

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Photo of Damian
3.76/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 12 fl. oz can purchased at Bottleworks, Seattle, WA
Served in a snifter

The slightly hazed, medium amber body was topped by a finger-tall, frothy, eggshell colored crown that quickly fell to a barely-there film of bubbles. A few streaks of lacing stuck along the glass.

Juicy orange notes came through big time in the aroma. Fragrant and pleasant. Somewhat zesty and rind-like. Loads of pine as well. Grapefruit rind was also apparent. There was a touch of sweetness from the malt base. As the beer warmed, the sweetness intensified. Candied orange peel came through strong.

The flavor profile contained the same notes as the aroma except in vastly different ratios. Sweet caramel malts appeared on the front end before a tidal wave of hops took over. Intense citrus and citrus rind. Very orangey. Both sweet and bitter. Loads of resinous pine sap. Some white grapefruit. The beer finished with an immense amount of pithy grapefruit rind and bitter pineyness. There was a pervasive booziness that crescendoed on the swallow.

The mouthfeel was terrific. Medium bodied for the style. Creamy, smooth and supple on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, zippy effervescence that frothed up nicely on the palate.

For many years, my double IPA choices were mostly limited to East Coast versions that were cloyingly sweet and boozy and West Coast versions that were punishingly bitter and astringent. 2X4 DIPA definitely reminds me of something from the latter category. Luckily, there are many other (better) options available now in all parts of the country.

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Photo of vautman110
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing find. Living in the northwest I've come to miss the availability of Pliny but this will make you forget all about that. This should be on every IPA fans list of beers to try before you die. This beer is a little pricey but 9.99 for a four pack of 12oz cans sounds better that what most people on here were paying. I did find it on tap at Imbibe in Maple Valley and it was transcendent.

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Photo of CigarGuy36
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite DIPA - absolutely flawless! I started a BA account just to give this brew a rating.


Melvin knows how to brew some hoppy beers. Its a must try!

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very nice malt-forward DIPA. Tons of tropical fruit present, but a little marginalized by the malt with too little integration. That and a thinner body with some alcohol heat make this a good-not-great in my books.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange/gold body with a nice finger of soapy off white head. Decent lacing.

Nose is a bouquet that bursts forth from the can as soon as the top is popped. Sweet tropical fruits jump in first: sweet mango and nectar. Some cool pine to tuck the tail in... it's just so saturated and dripping with aggressive sweet hops...

Medium body and coarse persistent carbonation greets the tongue. Flavours splash across the canvas with those same tropical fruits, albeit less distinct, and the sweetness is transformed from sugary sweet to just... heft? Pine and resin are more pronounced here. But not bitingly bitter. Sits comfortably in that middle field with its chest puffed out and... oh holy shit. 9.9%?? That sure sneaks up on you. Masterfully blended in. 2x4 has a great reputation, and I am hard pressed to find cause to argue. I could see it being one of those rare ones from out of state that becomes semi-regular in the rotation. Glad they're distributing here!!

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Photo of Doryman
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love IPA's above all others. It's my sworn duty as PNWestern man after all. This double IPA is delicious. Extraordinarily drinkable for a double, and that's that problem. 9.9%!!! You don't taste that alcohol, but good god do you feel it. It's too delicious. I should stop at two (12 oz cans) but I have to drink a third, it's that good...and then I'm walking home.

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Photo of Benish
4.07/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: a light orange gold in color. Completely filtered with no sediment. Head came to the top of the glass after pouring.
Smell: aroma is aggressive. It hits your noes with a ton of pine and mango. Smells like some fruit nectar drink. Kind of dank as well.
Taste: resin, pine, and an assortment of tropical fruits. It's a balance between sweet and bitter; very aggressive malt and hop flavors.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied; kind of sticky, almost like some sap off a tree. Very slight burn from the alcohol content.
Overall: this beer doesn't make it much more unique that any other double IPA. But it doesn't make it less enjoyable. A very good double IPA that I would drink again and again.

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Photo of primocarnerra
3.28/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

My Missus bought me this for some reason. When I drank it I looked up and there was a hole in the sky and a breezy eyed angel was beckoning to me and singing Queen "We are the champions" as she poured a goblet of grapefruit juice over my half naked body. I was weeping and shaking and I though I saw my great grandma in the bleachers.

Just joking. I did drink this beer and my wife did buy it for me. I put a meat thermometer in it until it read 50 degrees, hoping it would taste better and justify the $3.50 or whatever she paid for it. It did not taste any better having drunk it at the CORRECT temperature ----- whatever that might be. Overall this beer is fine. It has a sort of full mouth feel, like drinking a mouth full of sea water in accidentally when you are drunk and have tried to pee into the ocean but got knocked over by a goddamn wave of some kind. As for the mango, kiwi, grapefruit, tropical grass, pine cone action ------- sure, if you think so.
I gave this a pretty high rating, since this thing is running 96 or so ----- World Class! I would hate to miss out on the band wagon...... high rate beers get high ratings and all that. Wait, I am am going to get my meat thermometer out again -----53.3 degrees and tastes like like an guava that I hid in my underwear drawer for later and then just found and ate anyway, even thought I had to scrape off a bit of mold.
Beware you people I am just LEARNING. Clearly the bestest thing about this beer is the 9.9% alcohol. That means I am really only paying $1.75 instead of $3.50 right ------ Budweiser at my local Safeway costs $7.00 a sixer now, so that is $1.14 a beer. Wait ----- paid too much for this GOD like elixir. I am going back to LAGUNITAS. Let it roll. Like a JELLY.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE - Opaque, light, hazy, 3FH.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, fruit, pine, grass, citrus, floral, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, sweet, pine, nutty, citrus.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Dry, smooth, clean, light, effervescent, crisp, refreshing.

VALUE - $3.50 for a 12-oz. can. Decent.


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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This will be the smoothest and most easy to drink DIPA you try. So fruity and tropical in aroma and taste makes it go down smooth. Finishes with a subtle fruit on the tongue but very mellow really. As the can says, this is the best DIPA you can try so do it!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. Pours clean deep golden, two finger white head fades slowly, lots of lace. Bready aroma, touch of ripe fruit. Sweet malt and piney floral hops, booziness throughout. Slick oily mouthfeel. This one is a bit sweet and boozy, could use a little more hop punch, but overall very good.

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2x4 DIPA from Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
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