Melvin IPA | Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up

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Melvin IPAMelvin IPA
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Melvin IPAMelvin IPA

Brewed by:
Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
Wyoming, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
West coast style with secret hops and a fresh blast of citrus. 80 IBUs

Added by Bitterbill on 10-19-2010

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Ratings: 556 |  Reviews: 120
Photo of MeganandDana
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vetbidder
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber and see through with a quickly faiding white head from tap. Actually interesting mix of caramel malt and piney notes. Ok. Very caramel based flavor sweet yet slightly better and sticky thick. Pretty decent.

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Photo of FBarber
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear dark orange color. Mildly effervescent. Thin white head dissipates steadily but not completely leaving a thin layer of velvety foam along the top of the beer. Nice white lacing is left on the glass.

Fragrant orange, pineapple, grapefruit, and citrusy notes waft across the nose. There is a malty backbone present on the nose with some mildly sweet and caramel notes. Hint of pine comes through as the beer warms.

Taste has notes of grapefruit, orange, citrus and a strong piney flavor that starts out in the background before becoming more powerful and prominent on the back end through the finish. Getting a bit of a copay note from the hops, but that just may be me. Nice solid malty backbone with some caramel-y sweetness. A touch of spiciness is noted more cumulatively in the beer.

Feel is light but it has a bit of an oily slickness to it. Very mild carbonation. Semi-dry to dry finish.

Overall an very well done classic west cost style IPA.

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Photo of desint
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CreedeSon
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Overall very good. A classic & well made West Coast IPA.

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Photo of joe1510
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can
$11.99 6-Pack
Iron & Glass - Romeoville, IL

Melvin's IPA is a mighty fine looking drink. It's bright polished copper, a good shine. Good clarity runs throughout and carbonation rises from everywhere. The foam is the purest of whites and easy to get two fingers in height on the pour. The head eventually fades to a silky cap but it leaves behind sticky lace.

The nose is slam packed with citrus qualities. Grapefruit and orange are big but surprisingly enough, lime zest leads the way. There's a touch of drying alcohol amidst the biscuity and sugar cookie malt base. There's a drizzle of caramel with some added sugar but this beer is pretty bright and lean overall. The sugar cookie qualities when mixed with the citric qualities brings about the smell of candied citrus peel. Unique smell with all the forward lime zest. I'm thirsty.

Again, this beer is huge on the citric hops. Candied orange, lime, and grapefruit peels lead the way while orange oils pop up on the backend. This is one vibrant hop profile. That lime is really unique and enjoyable. The sugar cookie malt base is fitting and the compliments of biscuit with the drizzle of caramel really adds a nice depth to the malt profile.

The body sits squarely at moderate in weight. The carbonation is active but soft. There's a sturdy dose of bitterness that lingers until the next sip. The finish is semi dry which helps that bitterness linger. This beer is highly drinkable, especially when considering the abv at 7.5%.

This is my first beer from Melvin and I'm very impressed. It certainly won't be my last. A big, bold, bitter, citric driven West Coast IPA. I can get behind that concept. Keep 'em coming, boys.

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Photo of AleManDan
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid IPA—indeed, in many ways it functions as a sort of standard. Piney hop bitterness combines with stonefruit citrus and those “classic west coast style IPA elements are backed up by a malt profile that is at once both dry but also has a bit of a caramel profile that adds just enough sweetness. It’s dank and complex but nothing jumps out in particular. Very balanced but interesting, especially as it warms up.

Worth trying for any hop inclined drinker of ales!

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Photo of barnzy78
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, canned on 08/30/18. Clear copper colored ale capped with a thick layer of ivory colored foam. Balanced aroma hinting at grain, caramel, spicy hops, pine, and citrus. Hop forward flavors with a bold malt backbone and notes of pine, grapefruit zest, toasted grain, bread crust, and caramel; some fruitiness comes through in the back of the palate adding some depth to the flavors. Medium body, resinous hop oils stick to the palate, bitter and pungent piney finish. This is a very good IPA and is unique enough to recommend to others.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a snifter.

Clear orange color with a nice fluffy off white head. Good amount of lacing.

Nice pop of what I believe to be mosaic. Slightly dank, tropical fruit and malt.

Taste mimics the nose. Slightly sweet malt clashes with bittering hops.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Soft, ample carbonation makes this a really easy drinker.

Really good and a pleasure to drink. Glad Melvin is in Ohio. Will definitely have this one again. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Electros
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdrpi
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft , in a shaker pint glass

Fairly clear, yellow golden in color, white head. Good head retention. Nice bright hop aroma, good mix of citrus and more earthy hops. Taste is similar, quite bitter, fairly dry. Medium bodied. Well rounded IPA.

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Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a world of "smoothie" this and "pastry" that, it's great to see that the charm in simplicity isn't all lost. The Melvin brewing efforts bring a classic, dry and bitter west coast styled IPA that has all the hallmarks of IPA and with impeccable brewing cleanliness.

Cleverly named Melvin IPA, the beer pours a medium amber hue along with a moderate hop derived haze. As a creamy off white head builds the nose is fueled with citrus, spruce and a malty graham cracker scent. Sweeter flavors strike first on the palate with a combination of caramel, honey, bread crust and nuttiness.

But as the ale encroaches on the middle palate, the sweetness loosens and the hop begin to take command of the balance. The classic taste of pink grapefruit and dried orange peel shakes off the bulk of sweetness before heading into a deeply bitter late palate full of fresh grassiness, muddled pine needles and chive.

Medium bodied and trending dry, the finish comes quick with a premierely bitter taste of pine and botanicals the resonate long on the after palate. A spicy vodka twinge of alcohol aids the beer's dryness as the ale proves to be refreshing, crisp and highly palatable.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

enjoyed from the can in a glass
The color is golden amber with 2 fingers of frothy head with lace that sticks with fine bead and hazed clarity.
The smell is fruity scent with yeasty and mild caramel with a light citrus type aroma
The feel is bitter and has mild alcohol with gentle malt base with semi-sweet middle and mild warmth as the somewhat bitter and sweet finish that dries out
The flavor is very hop forward but mostly pine-like with some citrus bitterness in the taste and light bready malts in the back with a mild orange rind taste with mild astringent element but more piney and light grassy taste with mild caramel sweetness in the finish.
This is solid for an IPA, mostly west coast in American IPA with more mixture of sweet, bitter w/ a good level of hop flavor , a well made brew

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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChipChaight
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rypkr
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Honeysuckle, lots of onion, modest pine, zesty fruit, earthy dirt and floral finish. I literally taste nearly every facet of hop descriptor in this.

Fantastic offering. Can't wait to try 2x4.

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Photo of herman77
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color is deep honey in color like tree sap, head is white and rather thick, slowly fading away leaving nice lacing. Nose is the sweet smell of hops, piney. Taste is resinous and piney. The follow through takes a bit to fade, but eventually it does...unfortunately. Great beer.

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Photo of meanmutt
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BB1313
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 8/6/18. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and transparency; creamy white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice blend of citrus and floral notes. Some fresh bread and crackers. Some malts. The flavors are citrus forward. Orange cream leads the way. There's a touch of sweetness to it, but nothing crazy. Moderate bitterness. Finishes juicy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice IPA. The citrus flavors really come through. Well done.

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Melvin IPA from Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 556 ratings