Melvin IPA
Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up

Melvin IPAMelvin IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #93
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,087
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 7.18%
Reviews:
145
Ratings:
635
From:
Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
 
Wyoming, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  34
Gots
  126
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Melvin IPAMelvin IPA
Notes: Melvin Brewing's OG IPA. Born out of the Shaolin temple. This old school west coast IPA is brewed with 2-Row, C-40, Carapils and hopped with Centennial, Simcoe, and Citra. Dry hopped with the same.

80 IBU
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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

melvin just hit my area, figured i'd make the safe choice with a straight forward brew. can't read the whole canning date but it ends with 2020 so i think i'm doing alright here. slightly burnt orange/honey color brew, little bit of cloudiness that's suspended in the liquid and a tight knit finger and a half of white foam resting on top, which has more or less lasted and left a mess behind. the aroma is a very nice candied grapefruit/orange with a lemon peel thrown in. there's a backdrop of that familiar pine and sweet malt smell, balancing out the pungent citrus nicely. the flavor profile is, as expected, more of the same. but it packs a bit more of a punch than the aroma let off, with a blend of tangerines, grapefruit and a tinge of citrus rinds smacking you right off the bat. lightly sweetened biscuit/cracker joins the party after a moment and keeps it all in check, while a floral/earthy note picks up the back end and especially kicks up after this has warmed a bit. heavier on the orange-y notes than i've had in a lot of ipa's like this but that's for the better. it's all blending nicely and going down like a dream. slight lingering bitterness and finishes quite dry. the most medium of medium bodied, not overly carbonated and really just very, very solid. a beer that will hopefull find it's way into my fridge again soon

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

12oz canned 10-18-19, opened 1-15-20.
1" white to slightly off white head with excellent retention...rocky and dense as it recedes slowly to 1/4" and leaves a trail of lace in its wake. Bright gold in color and slightly opaque.
Sweet candied orange and pine over a bready malt backing. Floral qualities show as it sits.
Very appealing nose even in its simplicity. Smells familiar.
Orange, pine and caramel malt sweetness. Simple and tasty.
Clean and bright, medium body and carbonation. Nice low level but persistent rind like hop bitterness. Lengthy flavorful finish.
Very good.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 110619. 16oz. can served in a tulip nonic. Pours lovely burnt orange with a dense, 1.5 inch bright white head and a slight haze to the clarity. Nose is all West Coast - piney and resiny with some light floral notes at the back. There's also a trace of caramel malt in the mix. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a candied quality. Taste consistent with nose; however, there are some hints of cardboard developing. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a carbonation that expresses a slight prickle. Overall, the nose had a lot of promise; however, I'm not sure if the flavor are due to the age or recipe. I'll need to revisit with a fresher can.

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Photo of DrBeergood
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Orange, hazy, and frothy

S: Hops. Citrusy and juicy.

T: Tastes excellent. Similiar to Headhunter, Hooey.

F: Great. Balanced lupulin oil flavor.

O: Melvin IPA radiates goodness, and you will subsequently piss excellence.

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Photo of FireMedk
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22 oz. draft at Lazy Dog in Temecula. Surprised by the smoothness of this IPA. Tropical fruits, hops. Very subdued aroma. Tropical fruits and hops. Extremely smooth and silky. Light bodied and minimal carbonation. Great IPA with pleasant taste.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Quite clear amber color, one finger white head, excellent thin lacing, no carbonation.

S: Tropical fruits, hops. Very subdued aroma.

T: Tropical fruits, hops.

F: Extremely smooth and silky. Light bodied.

O: Good IPA with quite unique taste.

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Photo of Radome
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Lazy Dog in Las Vegas, NV.

Based on my sample, I don't understand the high scores and the Top 100 ranking on BA. To me it was just an average, every-day IPA with no characteristics that stood out from the crowd.

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Photo of TheBeerAmbassadors
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The APPEARANCE of this beer falls under a copper tone in between yellow and brown. very clear I can see through the other side of the glass. The beer has a very good head lasting more then a minute it reminded me of a fluffy cloud. You can see the raising bubbles from carbonation going to the top of the beer. The AROMA of the alcohol is very noticeable. You can also smell the floral, grainy hops in the beer which I find very pleasant. Finally for the flavor the alcohol is strong but pleasant. Just as it smells you can taste of floral and grainy notes it wasn't sweet and there is a bitterness to it however, it's moderate very very enjoyable. This beer does have a long finish after taste it lingers around for a good while. The beer does feel a little bit dry afterwards and for the carbonation it felt less then a soda pop. My ratings for this beer are (4.0) for look (4.75) for smell (5.0) for taste and for the overall rating it's (4.73) for me. I highly recommend you to try it. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy this review. Please check out my page for more beer reviews to come.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one finger head; decent retention and a few spikes of lace

Smell: Caramel malt underpins the bitter, piney hops

Taste: Bitter from the get-go, with a pine forest developing on the palate; caramel and graham cracker malt sweet tones edge in underneath but the middle is dominated by the bitterness and the finish is relatively dry though some caramel tones linger

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A classic west coast IPA that shows off the style well; a big malt bill but the hops definitely win out

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Photo of Bberg26
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Happened to be in Jackson, WY last summer and was introduced to this natural wonder by the waiter. Have been able to locate some since then up the road in Viera, FL. A must on the IPA list as the aroma and mouthfeel are spot on and so pleasing to the palate. Delicious!

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

In Brighton, can is dated 03/15/19.
LOOK: Pours a slightly hazy, light amber with an off white head that has some excellent retention
AROMA: Pine resin, grapefruit, punchant acidic citrus. Biscuit malts also noted.
TASTE: First sip hits you with the strong grapefruit and citrus, but that fades a bit as your taste buds adjust.. Citrus hops
most prominent but the bread malts provide some balance.
My first Wyoming brewed beer and it's a good one.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy, deep golden amber, coppery coloration with a medium, foamy head. Smells of biscuity, caramel malt and citrus/tropical hops, with just a hint of pine. Taste follows the nose, with some sweet'ish biscuity, caramel malt in the foreground and somewhat faint, bitter, piney, citrus hops coming through as well, with notes of grapefruit and pine, as well as a hint of pineapple. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some sweet malts and piney hops lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

I debated not rating this at all, but ended up just giving it a higher score than I would strictly from this can, because it seems obvious that this is well past its prime at slightly over 5 months old. There's still a glimpse of those resinous, piney and bitter hops there, but they feel faded and somewhat overshadowed by sweet, caramel malt. Reminds me a lot of those cans of 5 month-old Stone IPA, Jai Alai and Two Hearted I've had in the past, a shadow of their former glory :(.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 3/12/2019. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, cracker, toasted biscuit, light caramel, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, cracker, toasted biscuit, light caramel, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, cracker, toasted biscuit, light caramel, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/sticky, and fairly crisp/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.5%. Overall this is an awesome IPA. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth, easy, and fairly crisp to drink with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish; not overly aggressive. Fantastic Centennial, Simcoe, Citra profile. Extremely juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hops; with a great balanced bready malt backbone. Mild residual sweetness with lingering crisp resin dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and outstanding classic tasting west coast style example.

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Photo of haines710
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a six pack at Wegmans in Pennsylvania canned on 2/8/19. First time seeing this beer here on the east coast. An outstanding beer with great citrus smell and taste with a little malt and bread on the tongue followed by a bitter finish. At 7.5% this is approaching DIPA but this beer goes down easy and doesn’t feel boozy at al. I am enjoying this one and it feels fresh almost two months out. Glad to have this option.

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Photo of malrubius
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned a week ago 3000 miles away. Amazing. Almost CLEAR deep gold with long lasting head and lace. Citrus and pine aroma with a hint of toffee. Medium sweet toffee and grainy sweetness with assertive citrus and pine finish. Medium body soft with a pleasant surprising bite. West Coast! Respect! Save us from the murk! FUCKING EXCELLENT.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a single serve can into a tulip.

Pours a hazy, nearly cloudy, amber/gold, with a finger and a half head and good lacing and legs.

The aromas are predominantly West-Coast IPA as described, but kissed with a touch of honey sweetness. A solid malt presence up front, with citrus (grapefruit) and tropical fruit (pineapple moreso than mango) following, and wildflower honey and grassy background notes. The little bit of alcohol is clear and clean in aroma.

The flavor follows the nose rather faithfully, albeit with a touch more bitterness and alcohol warmth. Malts, again, take the initial center stage on the tip of the tongue, but the hops come through with plenty of citrus flesh and peel (grapefruit, mostly), and some good grass and dankness as well. The booze is much more present on the palate and provides some drying warmth. The flavor is a bit thinner than the promise of the aroma on the whole.

Medium bodied, medium carbonated, and medium dry. There are a lot of "mediums" there, but that doesn't mean "average". Very well-balanced. The alcohol is there, but not in a sweet or sticky way. Very clean and "clear" in its presence. Just a well-balanced feel.

An excellent, if slightly-sweet, approach to the West Coast IPA, that almost reaches "DIPA" territory but never gets boozy. A good dank, dry brew.

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Photo of Nass
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I'm drinking this IPA at 3 months old so that's fresh in my opinion. It pour a nice orange color, almost close to amber. Big pine notes on smell & taste, a little bit of malt on the finish. It's a decent west coast IPA, well at the end of the day I can say that this was the first beer that I was able to try from the state of Wyoming. A big bighty IPA that might not appeal to many . Cheers! B

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

Man have only had a few beers by melvin, but I am really liking how much hop flavor they can put into a beer without overwhelming the balance. Pine and citrus forward hops are loud and powerful, but then are mated perfectly with buttery and caramel malt, to give the contrasting sweetness and bitterness through the finish. Has some leafy and earthy elements in the background of the smell especially. For a single ipa this is well crafted, balanced and potent. Has some bubble gum in the smell that distracts a little.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

CAN
Dark amber; caramel + red grapefruit rind; sweet toffee then orange juice, light pine + a touch of dank; medium, sticky, + salty.

Centennial, Simcoe
4 4.25 4 4 4.25

Very 2011. A very well done version of that thing, but at 7.5%, it has room to be. I’d probably still take Modus first, but it’s not far off.

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

L: Pours a slightly cloudy copper orange color with a small white head and thick bands of lacing around the glass.

S: Notes of tropical fruit mixed with some pine and danker hops, smells quite inviting.

T: Notes of tropical fruit, mixed with some piney bitterness, a bit of sap, quite tasty.

F: Medium body and creamier carbonation.

O: A very awesome IPA.

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Photo of Spikester
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden rose with three fingers of cream color head. Rings and swathes of lace on the sides.
Smell is slightly dank tropical fruit.
Taste is slightly dank tropical fruit with some resinous hop oil. Just enough malt for support.
Mouthfeel is medium with proper carbonation. Finish is long dry and bitter.
Overall another winner from the Melvin folks.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep gold clear liquid with a ton of suspended particles; huge fluffy off white foam; good cap retention and moderately heavy lacing. Pine cone, grapefruit, and lemongrass nose. Bitter pine, grapefruit and lemongrass start; earthy hops with semi sweet malt base. Medium lite body, moderate carbonation; lite sticky resin feel. Overall, a well balanced IPA with a dry earthy bitter hops linger.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a clear golden orange with a frothy white head.

Aroma is pithy citrus pine.

Taste exactly matches aroma. Delicious beer.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a shiny gold liquid with a beautiful white head.
Aroma is all over the place with resinous, floral and citrusy notes
The taste is bitter but balanced.
Highly drinkable, this is a treat

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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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Melvin IPA from Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 635 ratings