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2x4 DIPA | Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up

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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
Ranking:
#548
Reviews:
127
Ratings:
562
pDev:
7.62%
Bros Score:
4.02
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
104
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 562 |  Reviews: 127
Photo of acurtis
3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
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 kjkinsey
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
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 nmann08
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and only has faint amounts of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high frothy off white head that died down, leaving a layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of thick lacy rings of bubbles around the edges of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dank pine are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of dank pine and has a moderate amount of associated bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has quite dank flavors of piney hops but does a very good job at hiding any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: can

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can - you gotta love this brewery's chutzpah, their bravado, their, um, douchebaggery, yeah?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden copper colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves a bit of streaky and sudsy cloud pattern lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of dank pine resin, some mixed tropical fruitiness (guava, pineapple, and underripe mango), gritty and grainy caramel malt, further domestic citrus notes, a hint of table-top pepper mill output, and some plain leafy, weedy, and gently perfumed floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, biscuity toffee, muddled exotic fruit, a lesser lemon, orange, and grapefruit character, and more leafy, piney, and estery floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly subdued in its barely active frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with a nice basic bitch creaminess settling in as things warm up after some time out of the basement beer cave. It finishes off-dry, the malt and hops in a palate-pleasing battle of wits.

Overall, this is indeed a stellar DIPA, with nothing particularly complicated about its big fruity and forest floor hoppiness, or stoic sweetness. What is missing, however, is any suggestion of that essentially 20-proof booze factor - I know it's in there somewhere, but damned if I can find it! I have a feeling it will find me (across my head), in the titular manner of this offering.

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%
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

***
09.11.17 on-draught @ the Bull & Bush.

High C+

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Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours cloudy and amber colored with a one finger head that scatters lacing around the glass

Smell: Tangerine, pineapple, mango and cantaloup, with undertones of graham cracker

Taste: Tangerine and mango forward, with cantaloup, strawberry and pineapple tones developing; underneath a base of graham cracker malt eases the tropical flavors through their progression; after the swallow, the 100+ IBUs kick in, bringing a very bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet and a tingling on the tongue

Overall: My second Melvin beer and this leaves me wanting more; a bit old school with the scorching bitterness but there is so much more going on in this brew

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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
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 SocalKicks
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

White head with some lace. Golden orange color.

Big hop bomb. Not very tropical or juicy, just dank and weedy. Earthy a bit of oniony hops.

Medium to full bodied. Bitter and sticky.

Solid dipa. Definitely west coast style.

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4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong floral hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. There is a touch of an alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a while.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Savor 2016

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4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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2x4 DIPA from Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 562 ratings
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