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 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 primocarnerra
3.28/5  rDev -24.9%
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 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 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 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 Damian
3.76/5  rDev -14%
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 SammyJaxxxx
3.86/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Murrhey
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
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 Todd
4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Falling Rock.

A bit hazier than I like, but the nose is full of hop danky goodness (like pine needles and mint) that's unlike most of its kind. Flavor follows the same path with a clean malt profile and medium, creamy body. And despite the high ABV and hop-focus it's surprisingly balanced and easy to throw down the neck hole; although the brewer recommended that I use a straw; no joke.

Glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours slightly hazy light golden orange with a huge creamy bubbly white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is lots of piney resiny hops with some dank fruit.

The flavor is tons of piney resiny dank hops with some sweet ripe tropical fruit and a big peppery bitter alcohol finish that lingers. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a monster hop bomb.

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

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 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 Benish
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
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 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 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 snaotheus
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 spoony
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz can to a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated May 8, 2016. Multiple cans tasted.

A-The beer is nice and clear, and on the lighter side of the color spectrum for the style. Not much carbonation is visible, but a dense, tall head of sticky off-white foam hangs around the glass for a while. Looks like a IIPA should look.

S-The aroma is intense and on the bitter. Leafy pine notes, a good dose of alcohol heat, some orange, and a little bit of pineapple tropical flavor round out the hops. There is also some toffee and caramel aromas, and a medium sweetness that balances things nicely.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. The beer tends towards spicy, earthy, and bitter, rather than juicy or bright. Lots of pine and orange here, and I feel like I am getting close to onion and garlic. Again, a toffee sweetness provides some balance and a noticeable heat warms my stomach.

M-The body is heavier than average, but not overly syrupy. There is just a little stickiness that is mostly broken up by the smooth carbonation.

O-It is nice to see Melvin distributing to Colorado, but I have to say that the hype for this beer exceeded its value. Not saying it is bad by any stretch, and I will happily drink more, but I like other IIPAs better.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Falling Rock. On the lighter side of orange with an ok head. Aroma is piney, definite west coast style IPA. Flavor is more of the same and reminds me a touch of Pliny the Elder. It does have a pronounced astringency and alcohol flavor but it is a really good DIPA. I'd like to sit down at home with a bottle to really give it an in-depth go-round.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Moose90
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served On-Tap 10.5oz

A – Pours a very bright and hazy yellow, thin white colored head that leaves behind nice enough lacing.

S – Notes of lemon, orange, pineapple, citrus, mango, sweet notes abound.

T – Light notes of pine and bitter hop, then comes big waves of juiciness, pineapple, mango, citrus, sweet overall.

M – Medium bodied, the amount of alcohol is very well hidden, drinks a bit thin somehow

O – Nice IIPA here, glad I got to try it, juicy, bright, sweet, nice balance.

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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 DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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 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 ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can into an oversized tulip. But you probably already knew that. Glass of choice for me.

Pours a light to medium copper color but settles a tad lighter in the glass. Glowing with clarity and color. No carbonation to note. Tons of frothy head and lace. 5

Mmmmm. More of that pungent tropical fruit that I love. Spicy and resinous hops on top of that. A bit of a solvent boozy nose. I think Asterisk or the IPA have this beat on aroma, but it's still pretty nice. Gotta love all that fruitiness, unless of course you're tired of the fruit-bombed IPAs. I'm not. 4

Unriped mango is prominent in the flavor. Earthy and resinous hops flavors follow. Light bread, caramel and vanilla notes play with the tropical fruit. 4.25

This is pretty damn bitter and resinous. Aggressive. Seems to capture the viciousness of the meanest west coast IPAs while still presenting some of the juiciness to smooth things out. But alongside the bitterness is that spicy, prickly dryness that I associate with pineapple (and it has that flavor too!). There's a dank feel in there too. Plenty of sensations and all the while pretty damn drinkable although this is on the heavier side for any IPA or DIPA that I can think of. 4.25

Peeped the ABV and it's 9.9%. Jigga what? This is a beast. Given that and how fresh this is, I'm impressed how it's drinking. I've got a few more to get through and I think I'll revisit at various intervals as this could settle in some lovely ways. Right now it's drinking pretty freaking great.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.24/5  rDev -3%
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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