2x4 DIPA | Thai Me Up / Melvin Brewing

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2x4 DIPA2x4 DIPA

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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

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Photo of primocarnerra
3.28/5  rDev -25.6%
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 Damian
3.76/5  rDev -14.7%
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 -12.5%
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 -10%
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 -8.8%
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 -8.6%
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 Benish
4.07/5  rDev -7.7%
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 snaotheus
4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
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 -7.3%
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 -7%
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 -6.6%
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 -5.7%
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 DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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 ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
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 -3.9%
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 StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a quadruple pale ale huh? these names have juse become meaningless now, with no distinction whatsoever, i think its a bit absurd, but at least the beer tastes good. this one is cool because it doesnt have the body from the a lot of heavy grain, but that also doesnt leave it exposed, its nto alcoholically hot at all, and packs a heavy hop punch. i think the varietals are mostly familiar, nothing radical on the ingredient list, but the way the come together is bright and polished, fruity enough but primarily furiously intense bitterness and resinous texture. balance isnt the intent here i dont think, and under normal circumstances it might be too much, but because the beer is so dry, and because the booze never shows, it stays pretty doable for what it is. im not as floored by these guys so far as others seem to me, anointing them the best of the mountain division here, but their hoppy beer is real solid. not earth shattering by any means, but different enough and super fresh.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a slightly cloudy medium orange body, one finger white head with good retention, lots of lacing on the contralateral side of the glass as I drink it. Medium collar. Smells of a big burst of grapefruit and pine with an equally big burst of caramel and sweet citrus, if that makes sense. Whoa. It's going to be a nice one, I can tell by just smelling it. Flavour is a huge burst of grapefruit and caramel with an equally strong kick of pine on the finish. It's complex enough for a hop-forward beer, but the malt and hops are both there in huge quantities, such that they don't balance each other out. I don't know if that makes sense, but that's what I like from a big IPA. No booziness at all, a big dry finish with a touch of toffee. Mouthfeel is full bodied, almost syrupy without being off-putting, a bit too easy to drink for a nearly 10% DIPA. I am not sure that this is a DIPA, it is almost straddling that border where it should be a triple IPA, and it is pretty much a great triple IPA to me at this point.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
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 NizzleEGizzle
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
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 simcoeluv
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap.

Nice look and head. Fine aroma, excellent taste and feel.

On par with the better Imperials available. If you can find it, don't pass it up.

A very nice Imperial IPA.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.32/5  rDev -2%
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 DaveBar
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got on trade! Served at 7deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny 1/2" high white head that films out within a minute. Medium gold colour and filtered clear

S- Lots of hops here. Tons of dry hopping.

T- Traditional hops and malt base. A bit sweet. Not a lot of wet hops but they are there. Not bitter like I thought it would.

M- Sticky and sweet

O- Nice overall blend. Nothing sticks out at you including the heat. Will buy again.

Food Pairing

This nice brew went very well with....... Spicy stir fry!


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Photo of gatornation
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful golden color with a nice white head and lacing, smell is all tropical fruit, and citrus with sweet caramel , taste is fantastic loads of citrus, and mango ,papaya, with a pine hop lingering, sweet malt and hops with slight bitterness makes this highly drinkable with the ABV, superb 2IPA here .

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of stevoj
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Albertsons. Pours out with huge frothy head, caramelly malt aroma. Taste follows with big, rich toffee flavors. And then there’s the hops, astringent, bitter, stinging, but not enough to detract from the malt. Beautiful!

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