2x4 DIPA | Thai Me Up / Melvin Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

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:
62
Ratings:
316
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
16.97%
 
 
Wants:
96
Gots:
58
For Trade:
2
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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.

Seriously.

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.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Very chuggable!

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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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Photo of Treyliff
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a small foamy white head that has short retention before settling into a ring around the edge. Smells of fresh citrus fruit, pine and grass. Tastes of orange peel and grapefruit, along with mango and guava, and line. Underlying light bready malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, foamy finish. Very tasty DIPA

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Photo of snaotheus
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016-05-29
12oz can poured in a shaker pint. No date I can see on the can, but the for pack was labeled 5/5/16.

Pours clear golden without much head out carbonation. Smell is tropical juicy, I think lots of pineapple.

Taste honeysuckle sweetness, tropical fruit, and some grapefruit rind bitterness. Bitterness builds pretty quickly, which is crucial for this beer.

Mouthfeel is much more effervescent than it looks. Overall, very good beer.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's been quite a long time since I reviewed a beer on BeerAdvocate.

This beer is one I quite like and has become an obsession for Seattlites of late.

Pleasant malty aroma that hides the heat from the relatively high alcohol content. Surprisingly thick mouthfeel, wonderful lacing. I can see why this beer is so popular. Hopefully if I use this site some more I can expand my thoughts.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355 mL can obtained in a recent CANBIF; thanks to Farees for shipping this one to Ontario. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours a translucent orange-amber colour, topped with one finger of frothy white head that proceeds to fade off quickly over the next few minutes. A token amount of lace is produced, and a narrow, foamy collar remains. On the nose I am getting a mixture of toffee, pineapple, mango, peach and plum, alongside citrusy hints of mandarin orange and grapefruit. Quite piney as well, with notes of dank resin and a modest whiff of ethanol.

With the first sip, a relentless onslaught of hoppy goodness ensues. Notes of caramel/toffee are buried in the background, while flavours of orchard and tropical fruit wash across the tongue. Pineapple, papaya and mango, as well as peach and plum, supply a juicy sweetness to the profile that soon gives way to more citrusy, bitter, pithy flavours of grapefruit and orange. Big dank, piney, resiny bitterness and floral notes on the tail end that persist into a boozy-sweet aftertaste. Full-bodied, with restrained carbonation levels that gently nudge the palate, and a soft, slippery mouthfeel overall.

Final Grade: 4.35, an A grade. Melvin's 2x4 DIPA is everything I expect from and love about this style. Its wide range of tasty, fruity hop flavours dazzles the palate from start to finish, while the malt backing and boozy sweetness serve as a sturdy foundation that complements the hop bill perfectly. I don't know how fresh this can is, but it's definitely fresh enough. A fabulous beer that I would not hesitate to purchase - thanks again for benevolently including this awesome DIPA in that shipper.

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2x4 DIPA from Thai Me Up / Melvin Brewing
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