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Melvin IPA | Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up

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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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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 195
Photo of Thansen44
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on-tap at Thai me Up Restaurant in Jackson Hole, WY.

Appearance- It poured a light copper color into a 16oz glass and retained a minimal head.

Smell- Intense hoppy floral aroma

Taste- Amazing hops, hops, hops, with a zesty crisp finish

Mouthfeel- Subtle carbonation with a smooth buttery texture

Drinkability- Though the minimal head and subtle carb. may lead you to think this beer is sub par; it's not! Never have I experienced such a magnificent IPA. The hops and citrus notes leave your palette wanting more. Delicious!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. Can

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy HUGE two-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slight malt note, very nice citrus note, nice piney note. The taste is very nice hoppy, slightly malty, with a very nice touch of citrus, pretty nice pineyness. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, a little chewyness as well, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, another awesome brew from Melvin. Highly Recommended!

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Photo of raynmoon
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer. Tons of tropical fruit notes as it warmed.Definitely west coast in style, but very new aged. It did finish a little dry and fizzy, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Falling Rock. orange color, great head. Aroma is piney, dank, citrus, you could have told me this was from San Diego and I would believe it (makes sense given the heritage). Flavor was the same and had a nice malt backbone, almost chewy. Delicious IPA, up there with my favorites from the West Coast.

Update from the can

This beer is a perfect example of why I love west coast IPA. This is that fire you might get served at O'Brien's or Pizza Port or Hamilton's. Chronic.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About a month old-
L- a dull orange (not my favorite) but tons of sticky lacing.
S- sugary orange,pine and some ripe fruit (like peach)
T- caramelized hops up front (sweet citrus and pine) with a lingering moderate grapefruit bitterness. Well balanced, juicy and very drinkable as it masks the ABV quite well.
F- not dry, stays on the tongue with sticky, sweet biterness.
O -top notch IPA, would love to try this within a couple weeks of canning but at a month in still one of the best IPA's you can get in CO. Trying Melvin's lineup has been a real treat.

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Photo of beepill
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a growler fill from Safeway in Bellingham, WA. Poured (same day as fill) into a Spiegelau IPA glass and reviewed from notes on first taste.
A - Clear amber, not a lot of puffy head like I tend to like in my IPAs, but a thin head that is consistent throughout.
S - Tropical notes dominate - mango, mandarin orange - but also a bit piney.
T - Hop and malt balance is on point. Malt sweetness dominates the front with tropical fruit hoppiness at back. Reminds me of Manila mangoes and calamansi skin/pith.
M - Pretty even body. Makes for a decent mouthfeel. Carbonation is good, which has turned out to be good for the growler fill. I've been drinking for 3 days now out of the growler, and it still has good carbonation.
O - A pleasant surprise IPA. This is higher ABV for an IPA, but it works well. Glad to have met Melvin IPA. Hope to see more of it. Paired the other night with take-out Korean food, and it went well with the spiciness.

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

Richly hued golden color; very thick, foamy and dense, white head. Citrus and pine hop notes; fruity and yeasty. Malty, bready flavor with an fine yet prominent hop bitterness; citrus notes; grapefruit. Medium-heavy body; slick and oily; dry finish.

One of the most delicious and finely balanced IPAs I've had in a long, long time. There is no real weakness to this one as it delivers ample hop and malt goodness with every sip. It's bold and muscular without being in your face. Easy drinking and lip-smacking good...

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Photo of DaveBar
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got on trade! 12oz can served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny 1/2" high white head that films out within a minute or two. Medium to dark gold colour and unfiltered

S- Oodles of hops here. Tons of citrus. Blast of hops. Must be few varieties in here. Doesn't have that big sugar bite either. Nice! Every bit of the 80IBU's are there.

M- Dry and tart

O- Nice brew. So refreshing. Bit rich so it's not a sunny day sipper but it is a nice change up brew.

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went well with....... Chili!


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Photo of Bitterbill
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pint pour at the Keg & Cork in Casper.

Medium gold colour under a small head of foam. Nice lacing.

Hoppy nose consisting of grapefruit, pine, yet has a sweetish component to it is on the fruity side.

Hoppy and somewhat bitter to start. The bitterness continues with ample heaps of pine, some grapefruit than gets fruity with a pineapple like sweetness. Level of dankness. .high.

Another great mouthfeel from a Melvin hop forward beer.

This is one delicious IPA. I hope to find it again in town.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355 mL can received as part of Spring CANBIF '16 - thanks to my sender in BC for supplying this one, which also happens to be my first beer from Wyoming. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy amber colour, initially generating about two fingers' worth of frothy, foamy off-white head. It recedes steadily over the next couple of minutes, depositing a nice curtain of sticky lacing on its way down to becoming a modest-sized collar and patchy, bubbly cap. Beautiful aroma, with a nice melange of tropical fruit and piney hop flavours. Juicy pineapple, papaya, peach and mango embrace my nostrils with each sniff, alongside notes of citrusy grapefruit, lemon, pine needles and dank resin, all overlying some mild caramelized sugar sweetness. If I may shamelessly rip off DiCaprio's character in Django Unchained - this beer already had my interest, but now it has my attention.

Delicious stuff, with nary a peep from the sturdy 7.5%. The taste follows the path trodden out by the nose - some doughy, bready malt and caramel sweetness, followed by lots of fruit (and finally, lots of hoppy bitterness). I'm getting a lot of pineapple, papaya and grapefruit, with suggestions of peach and cantaloupe. Finishes with dank resin and pine needle earthiness, which powers a persistent bitterness into the aftertaste; this is in addition to some lingering fruity notes. Medium-full in body, with moderate carbonation levels that provide a restrained bite to the mouthfeel. Feels smooth and just a tad slick in the mouth, and goes down the hatch effortlessly.

Final Grade: 4.45, an astounding A grade. Melvin IPA is an undeniably impressive example of the West Coast style. Its tropical fruit flavours are intense, yet I still find this to be an unusually well-balanced example of the style - it's bitter, sure, but that astringency is well-countered - partially by the malts, but mostly by the juicy, fruity goodness that permeates this IPA's profile. If this beer were available in Ontario, I would be a loyal customer. Thanks again, Farees!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into a ten ounce nonic glass.

Light copper-colored liquid with a sudsy inch and a half of head. Light trickling carbonation is visible as the body is nearly perfectly clear. Lace forms a crown around the glass. 4.75

Very sexy aroma. Pungent tropical fruit. Mango, pineapple and papaya. The usual suspects. A malty aroma is present in the form of light caramel, bread and vanilla. Spicy and resinous notes appear too. This is great. 4.25

I'm surprised by how juicy this flavor is. Pungent, prickly and spicy both in flavor and feel. Pineapple bursts. Dry mango follows. Dry, resinous and earthy notes take things out. I'm impressed how much tropical fruit flavor this is hitting with. Who says haze is required for a juice bomb? T- 4.5 M- 4.25

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a two finger white head with great retention and lots of thick lacing. Aroma is just what I'm looking for: caramel malt, piney and citrus hops, hints of stone and tropical fruit. Flavor is mildly caramel malt, resinous, but not intense, piney and citrus hops, tropical fruit, lemon and orange. Finishes with smooth resinous piney and citrus hops. Great medium body with pleasant creaminess, great mouth feel. My first reaction to the first sip, was "smooth", everything seems in harmony, great balance of hops and malt. The malt feels substantial and has a light caramel component, but its flavor melds with the other parts. I expected a little more intense hoppiness, but for an IPA this balanced, I'm willing to enjoy everything else. My second Melvin and I'm very impressed.

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Photo of gshak
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 8/11/2016, so less than a month old, but stored at room temperature at my local Bevmo. Since it is canned, I suppose it should be ok. Threw it in the fridge to chill out for a day, popped it open the next day. Here it goes.
A - Orange with tight, off-white, almost nitro looking foam. No lacing observed on my Hennepin pokal glass. Besides that, I think they nailed the presentation.
S - I will say that the smell on this beer changes quite a bit as it warms up. When cold, the predominant smell was peaches and pine. As it warms up, you get some pineapple, green apples, mango and traces of guava. I am now left to wonder what it might have smelled like, fresh off the bottling line. Oh well, one can always dream.
T - Opens sweet with a strong presence of peaches, pine and some marmalade. The taste does not bring about as much juiciness as promised in the smell. Nonetheless, it drinks much lighter than a 7.5% ABV beer. The hops have been masterfully blended to bring about a drying, thinning, lasting aftertaste making this an extremely drinkable brew. Beware though, at 7.5%, this will get you down if you are not playing it safe.
M - Light, which is extremely surprising given this IPA is bordering on DIPA territory. Kudos to the brewmasters on a wonderful effort.
O - Very impressed with this beer. Wish it wasn't as priceyr.

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Photo of Gobigvt7
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler, opened in Portland Oregon.

A - Pours straw colored with amber edges, a thin but frothy white foam on top. Crystal.

S - Bruleed grapefruit, kumquat, resinous pine, & sweet biscuit.

T - Tight, bright and bitter, grapefruit pith, lemon, long lingering bitterness.

M - A nice, even body with surprising carbonation, given the growler transport.

O - A very tasty, well-executed rendition of the style. Next Level, I'd say. Glad I got to try it!

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can into a tulip. Packed on 5/2/16.

Amber in color, with a big foamy head that clings to the glass.

Fruity aroma, peaches and mango. Unlike quite a few IPAs, fruity here does not mean it's a grapefruit bomb.

The taste is sweeter than usual for an IPA, but it isn't what I'd call a sweet beer, not at all. There's some caramel in there, a good bit of malt, lots and lots of piney hops, and a moderately bitter finish.

Overall, this is a really fine beer, and it's moving onto my short list of go-to IPAs. So glad that Melvin is now distributing in Washington.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a little orange, a bit cloudy but that may be cold haze. No carb bubbles visible. Frothy head dissipates quickly leaving nice lacing.

The aroma is sugary orange like BA user CO-Bloom says in his review: right on the money. Peach and also a pine hoppy undertow. Taste is juice, mango and pineapple, with hoppiness coming in right after. Maltiness and biscuit balances it out to play nice with the bitterness without killing your tastebuds. Crisp, very juicy and full-bodied, feels big with the carb. Even still, alcohol is well hidden in the taste. But it's warming after half a can. I betcha 2 in a row would get you more than you realize.

Pretty great juicy IPA from this brewery.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear amber/gold with a touch of haze. Good lacing, not much head, but that was likely due to the pour.

A: Big, sweet citrus/floral hops, pretty fruity. A slight maltiness is also present, but mainly hops.

T/M: Smooth bitterness upfront, moves into big sweet citrus with grassy pine complexities. The malt is subtle but provides just enough backbone to keep things in check. Smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation lead to great drinkability, especially for the abv.

Overall, a great hoppy treat. Good complexity and balance, and a really fruity citrus hop character. I love getting this beer when I come to Jackson.

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Photo of eppCOS
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid, if almost over the top, IPA. Appearance is a hazy, orange-gold hue, with just enough lacing to let you know it means business. The smell is maybe the best part of the beer, citrus-dank-fruit pith, etc... The taste is a great balance of hops/malt, with a nice round taste to it. A little sweet for my (IPA) taste, more like what you'd get in a DIPA or IIPA but very nice. Mouthfeel is good, creamy, not overly fizzy from carbonation. Overall a very nice beer, although I'd hesitate to drink more than a couple of these at 7.5%. Well done, Wyoming... good job Melvin!

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Photo of Beaver13
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a big meringue white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet bready malt, soft fruit and lots of piney resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet fruity caramel malt with lots of resiny dank piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a very nice IPA.

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Photo of kylesobrien
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is paler than I expected, slightly orange-gold in colour. Loads of hops, with plenty of piney/resinous character, a little lemony aroma, a whiff of bready maltiness.

Flavor is thoroughly hoppy, more piney/grassy than fruity, though there's a bit of citrus and tropical fruit-like flavours too. Smoothly bitter and very well balanced. Some malt and hops in the finish. Perfect carbonation and body for the gravity, very well crafted IPA. Will definitely seek this out again, a fantastic and supremely drinkable interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange, slight haze. Tan head diminishes into a thin film. Streak lacing. The aroma is tropical fruit, light citrus, and caramel malt. Floral notes as well. Tangerine and grapefruit with hints of pine and fruit. Crisp and smooth - so well balanced and full of flavor

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can with a packaged on date of 7/12/16; into a pub glass.
Appearance - hazy, sunset orange with noticeable floating sediment and light carbonation. Head is very thin and white. Lacing is weak.
Smell - sweet tropical notes dominate with a hint of earthy hops.
Taste - dank and oily tropical hops with some grass and herb. Super flavorful with a strong hop profile!
Feel - medium body with a sweet and bitter hop tinge that's strong from start to finish!
Overall - excellent hop forward IPA in a can, that reminds me a lot of Odell's IPA, though possibly a bit more flavorful!

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Photo of akolb
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is sweet, piney, resin, grapefruit, rich malt. The smell of good things.
Taste is packed with orange rind, grapefruit, pine, sweet candy-like malt, and tropicals.
Dull glowing orange appearance. Opaque.
This is a really good, assertively hoppy IPA. A must have for hop lovers.

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Photo of mac31
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big, piney, clean bitterness up front. Subtle breadiness as a background flavor. Following the malts is an orange/tangerine citrus wave. Hops are piney, citrus, earthy/dirty, danky, and minimally resinous. The hops are bright and big, but not overdone. The malts are bready- sweet, cooked caramel, touch of orange with cereal grains in the finish. The hops and malts are very well balanced. A light amount of hoppy bitterness lingers on the palate, in the finish. Body is medium. Carbonation is a tad on the soft side. All of this makes this beer very drinkable and downright crushable on a nice warm, summer day. Since I only have one left, I'll sip and savor. I'm as picky as it gets with IPA's and this one passes my test without a doubt. If I have another chance I'm grabbing a bunch. I would encourage you too as well. A must try if you are an IPA fan.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Thai Me Up. Review from notes.

A: Pours a darker copper color with a small off-white head on top, decent retention and lacing.

S: Wow, extremely fruity. Lots of citrus and tropical fruits, pineapple, grapefruit, and papaya.

T: Very similar to the aroma, just a blast of tropical fruits, chiefly grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine.

M: Medium bodied with smooth mouthfeel. Very easy drinking.

O: A really nice beer, tons of citrus fruit which is something I am always looking for.

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