2x4 DIPA | Thai Me Up / Melvin Brewing

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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

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58
Ratings:
297
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
17.01%
 
 
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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 LiquidAmber
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine, half finger white head with great retention and lacing. Hop aromas are distinct on opening and pouring. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus, dank and piney hops, lemon, orange, grapefruit and light tropical fruit. Smells really good. Flavor is well integrated caramel malt, resinous piney and citrus hops with some dankness, tropical and citrus fruit juice. Nice mildly estery light fruit and resinous piney and citrus hop finish with lingering fruity hop flavors. Great lightly creamy body and mouth feel. Like the last Melvin IPA I tried, the first thought is "smooth", the next is "how did they get these intense resinous hops to be smooth?". But there it is. Wonderful integration of malt and hops, awesome finish and lingering flavors that invite savoring. Alcohol well covered. Really a world class IPA and that's saying a lot in a world of incredible examples of this style. Highly recommended. Probably deserves a 10, but I'll be conservative.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. Can
9.9% ABV

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellowish color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which also leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, very nice sweetness, very nice citrus notes, very nice pine note. The taste is very nice hoppy, nice sweetness, citrusy, piney. Full/Medium body, ABV hidden very well, very nice chewyness, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, my 2nd from this brewery, and it KICKS ASS! Highly Recommended!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Draft at B:30, PreFunk and then a bottle at home!! Pours the expected hop hazed light orange... foamy white head is pillowy and had great retention and lacing.

Huge tropical fruit/pithy citrus bowl in the nose and the palate... Great bitterness without ever being abrasive... Nearly perfectly balanced with some background pale malts that help carry the hoppiness.... Surprisingly drinkable given the ABV..

Had many/MANY world class DIPA's last weekend at the RBWG and I would handily put this up against any of them.

Legit.

4.25/4.5/4.5/4.75/4.5

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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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Bitterbill
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draught at the Keg & Cork in Casper.

Poured into a 10 ounce globe.

Arrives filled to max with minimal head of foam. Yes, I believe that to be a proper serving of a double digit DIPA.

The smell is all sorts of tropical fruit..mango pineapple. With an abundant sweetness from the malt. Smell is slightly boozy.

The taste. Yeah the taste. Tropical fruit glazes then sticks to my tongue. Youzza. There's still some of that grapefruit goodness mixed in with that ample malty character that I noted in the smell.

There IS a more than a hint of the alcohol in the taste; minor flaw. Tip: if you want to experience everything that this beer offers, swish it in your mouth.

Which brings me to the mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated near full bodied.

I have been bitchin to Melvin like forever to make their beers available to the rest of Wyoming. They just did and I couldn't be happier.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-This "Quadruple Pale Ale" pours a relatively clear, soft orange hue. Head swells up and slowly exhales leaving lacing rings.

S-A symphony of luscious hoppy notes. Macerated tropical fruits and a full glass of grapefruit juice. Very impressed with the level of hoppiness in the nose. There is also a clear, thick maltiness that was of sweet bread and biscuit.

T-This was so interesting because at first sip I wasn't enamored all too much. Every sip after, I loved it more and more. The girth of the malt was at first too much, I thought. Then I noticed how well the hops and malt worked with one another. Big on both ends, with a huge, pressing tropical and citrusy hoppiness. It's honeyed sweetness complemented the aggressive hoppiness in a magnificent fashion. Unique, and although it took me a while to warm up to it, I ended up loving the flavor.

M-Big bodied. A bit creamy. Very bitter. Aftertaste lasts for days. Alcohol well hidden. Softer carbonation. Resiny.

O-Boy did this one grow on me. By the end of my glass I realized that it was one of the better beers I have had in quite some time. I was mostly unaware of this beer. Another brew I will probably never try again. Still very happy to try it at least once!

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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 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 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 williamjbauer
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a shaker pint on tap

A - Mostly clear pale straw with a 1 finger eggshell head with good froathy head retention and moderate lacing

S - Strong tropical and citrus fruits with a big emphasis on mango, grapefruit, apricots.

T - A nice balance of mild bitteness, touch of alcohol, and big tropical fruit notes with a suprising large malt presence. Most DIPA utilize yeast that process all the fermentable sugars to let the hops shine, but this beers seems to showcase the hops well while still staying pretty sweet. Despite the sweetness very palatable, I could drink this all day!

M - Light body, moderate carbonation, alcholol is ridiculously well hidden, I almost doubt the near 10% rating they have on this one.

O - Freaking amazing. One of the brewers was kind enough to chat it up with me and gave me a mini tour. Mad props, can't wait to come back to see their progress. Drink this beer and everything they have as you won't be dissappointed.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
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 beergoot
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright amber body crowned with a frothy, sticky, white head; lots of fine carbonation rising. Pine and spicy aroma; toasted grain notes edging through the hop smells. Gentle pale malt sweetness gives way to a solid wall of pleasant hop bitterness; crackers and honey with a black pepper spiciness. Heavy body with a gentle, well-rounded softness; dry finish.

A most amazing DIPA that gives little hint to its ABV content. It's gentle softness and subtle flavor belies the huge alcohol content yet doesn't back away from suggesting its big-beer qualities. This one could very well be dangerous because it is so drinkable and and tasty. Ah, you just gotta love experiencing such deftly crafted, high-quality brews. I never heard of Melvin Brewing prior to this, yet I can see doing a weekend run up to Jackson, WY just to sample more of their beers.

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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 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 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 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 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 BucannonXC5
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Type: 10-oz. draft
Glass: Plain teku (like) glass
From: Hamilton’s Tavern in South Park (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $9.00
Purchased: Feb. 4, 2016
Consumed: Feb. 4, 2016
Misc.: Release day and only bar in California featuring Melvin

Had never heard of this beer or Melvin Brewing until a few weeks ago when Nick texted me that Hamilton’s would be the only place in California for 2x4 day. Still wasn’t sold, but snuck out of work early to see what the fuss was about. Place was packed, but I was lucky to find a seat when two jokers left with the rush. A bit skeptical heading in, but hoping for something fantastic. Will be shorter review because of locations and atmosphere.

Tough to see at Hamilton’s, but poured an orangeish, pale, clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy white head when I got it. Excellent lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled tropical notes, dank resin, Simcoe, Citra and floral. Hops I tell you. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste was so much better, getting Citra, grapefruit, floral, tropical, pineapple, dankness, resin (but not as much as the nose) and Simcoe. Could practically taste the pulp. Not boozy or bitter. Just awesome. (Taste - 4.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, citrusy finish. Perfect for the style. (Feel - 5.00)

Just an awesome beer overall. Thanks for pointing this out, Nick! (Overall - 4.75)

4.63 | 100 | A

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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 snaotheus
4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
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 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 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 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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2x4 DIPA from Thai Me Up / Melvin Brewing
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