2x4 DIPA | Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up

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95
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455 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
455
Reviews:
103
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
7.83%
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
82
For Trade:
3
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Photo of kmoen
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffKowalek
3.25/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Expectations were high, but this definitely isn't my favorite. This was from a 3 week old 6'er, purchased in Denver. Lots of residual sugars and caramel malt. Piney, but not nearly the bright citrusy qualities I was looking for in this beer.

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Photo of DoctorEvil65
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kkarimi
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of madelf66
3.59/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BellinghamBiker
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 22Blue
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of varian7
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jera1350
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zeff80
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of tropical, citrus fruits, floral notes and touches of pine. Big hop bitterness with tropical fruit sweetness.

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Photo of benloho
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

CAN: 12 fl oz. Fun label art. Standard pull-tab.

9.9% ABV. "DIPA."

APPEARANCE: Frothy head of ~5-7 minute retention. Pale copper body - clear, filtered, clean.

AROMA: Faint pine, more present floral notes, vague citrus, tangerine, mango, guava, pale malts, a blip of dried lime. Fruity esters from the ale yeast.

Pleasant and inviting, suggesting a refreshing approachable brew in spite of the 9.9% ABV. Aromatic intensity is average.

No off-notes are detectable, nor is any booze.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Some alcohol warmth does worm its way in, unfortunately - and is 9.9% ABV really necessary in an imperial IPA? But it's a minor issue, and the beer is actually less warm than I anticipated.

No overt off-flavours. A pleasant pale malt backbone, some sweet caramalt (or maybe it's crystal?), floral hop flavours, faint piney hop flavour, vague tropical fruit (I guess mango or tangerine citrus).

Balance isn't quite dialed in, but the beer doesn't want for cohesion; it's a generally well-built beer. But the flavour profile could use more focus and direction, and it doesn't excel in terms of depth of flavour, subtlety of execution, or intricacy. The hop profile isn't horribly interesting compared to the best expressions of the style, and it seems Melvin is conflating a high ABV and high bitterness with quality, but I do like it for what it is.

OVERALL: It's drinkable for the high ABV, but toning it down a good 20% would only help take the edge off all that alcohol-induced warmth. Hop selection could be improved; this isn't noteworthy or interesting in terms of its hop profile. I'll enjoy working my way through the 4-pack I bought ($11.99 in Colorado), but its quality isn't up to snuff given the $3 per can pricetag and I wouldn't buy another 4-pack based on this experience. That said, I'm curious to see how Melvin develops as a brewery going forward and I'd happily try their future attempts at the oversaturated imperial IPA style.

High C+ (3.25) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of earljones199
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Impressively radiant and succulently delicious, the Melvin brewing team brings a "come-to-jesus" meeting that's a lot like "come-to-hops" And the rest is recent history lupulin history

Their 2x4 "double" IPA pours a rich honey, moderately amber color and one that crowns with a lacy, lavish and withstanding froth. As its scent opens up, the breadth of hops are realized in a bright taste of citrus, tropical, berry and melon perfume. Common IPA sweetness comes from hops and portray a caramel and graham cracker soothing character.

As the middle palate unfolds, the taste leaves most of the sweet maltiness behind as the taste quickly favors the hops. Tangerine, mango, apricot, red grapefruit and cantaloup. Trending bitter and drying, the flavors soon go to citrus peel, tropical fruit rind and a soft spruce resiny finish.

Crisp, refreshing and clean, the bittering power of the ale comes way of those pine resins that are equipped with the lingering bite of fresh grass clippings and a light sappy grip. Still, the beer's overwhelming character is bursting with the fruit flavors of summer.

Medium and moderate, the beer's textures trend dry but retain a glimmer of malt to take an edge off of the hops, but also without standing in their way for refreshment's sake.

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Photo of acurtis
3.67/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a slightly hazy orange color with a nice white head on top. The smell of the beer is very well hopped, very inviting aroma. The taste of the beer is well balanced with some solid bitterness in the finish. The feel of the beer is very smooth for almost 10%. Overall a very good brew, really enjoyable.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of millerbuffoon
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DucksFan16
3.64/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

05/12/2017

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2x4 DIPA from Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
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