Melvin IPA | Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
247
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
7.49%
 
 
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29
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33
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Photo of Thansen44
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
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 +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Revisit: 14 Mar 17
12 oz. Can
Canned On: 021317

Poured into a tulip 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!

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 TrueOregonian
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one amazing ipa.. best beer I've had from a 6 pack can so far.

This reminds me of the fatheads IBUsive..
Tons of hop flavors.. dank aroma.
World class

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Photo of EnzymaticHops
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L-This is one beautiful IPA and an exemplar version of it. Deep, yet clear, this beer has a prismatic ruby hue with an soapy white head.

S-Strong melon and, grapefruit. Extremely lively aroma.

T-Sweet, grapefruit, bubblegum.

F-Super chewy for an IPA. Effervescent carbonation.

O-I am an unashamed admirer of the IPA; this one truly wowed me.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
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 mecmd
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served at 40-42 degrees. Poured into Melvin snifter.

Golden orange in color with slight haze. One inch slightly off-white head that fades over about five minutes to nice ring and thin foam layer. Good amount of lacing with some thick clumps.

Aroma is mostly piney and resinous with some grapefruit and mango notes.

Taste is juicy with slightly sweet malt backbone with some dank, resinous, and piney flavors.

Light to medium body. Creamy. Light to moderate carbonation with slight bitter finish.

An easy drinking great IPA.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +5.2%
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 +4.9%
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 +4.7%
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 +4.4%
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!

Enjoy

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +4.2%
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 +3.7%
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 +2.6%
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 +2.6%
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 WunderLlama
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a pint glass

Clear copper , no carbonation, solid one finger sticky white foam cap

Aroma of melon, tangerine , grapefruit

Taste bubblegum, grapefruit

Get the hops but without the bite , clean crisp, dry finish

Good beer

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Photo of Gobigvt7
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 jakecattleco
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can into a tulip glass. Pours bright copper bronze with a finger of medium density khaki head with moderate head retention and left spotted lacing. Nose is pine forward, then floral/earthy, and some subtle citrus. Taste is more equal competing citrus and pine, very enjoyable. Finish has a hint of astringency, plenty of bitterness, and lingers just a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and carbonation medium as well. This would be a staple when fresh in my beer fridge if it was in my distro area.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355ml can poured into tulip 24/1/17

A golden liquid with some very fine suspended particles, slow bubbles pop up here and there but manage a thumbs width of soapy foam that leaves some random lace

S pineapple, passion fruit, tangerine, maybe some mango and guava, big tropical nose on this one, floral notes and some hard toffee, smells massive

T pine comes out, citrus rind, not as much fresh tropical flesh the nose had going but has some balance keeping it from being a total hop runaway, spicy, piney hops come out and add to the mix

M medium weight but the bubbles cream it up, gritty inside and just a little sticky one the lips, like chewing on a pine needle after the fact with a hint of heat

O I thought this was a top notch IPA, not lacking anywhere other then the booze popping up and that's a minor problem compared to all the things it nails solid

I don't feel ripped off spending 25$ on a 6er of great 15 proof IPA but its hard to work something this expensive into my regular rotation. Great IPA that's worth a try and I'm not mad I have another 5 in the fridge.....

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +1.2%
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 Ghrymm
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into my IPA glass, its available now in Canada its not cheap but dam good .
A: Pours a clear Golden Amber with a nice white head and some sticky lacing.
S: Nice fruity citrus nose with a wet grass note there from the hops.
T: Pine citrus hop bomb .
F: Prefect balance with malts and hops clean crisp finish.
O: Super nice IPA a true 80 IBU's, i love this IPA.

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Photo of eppCOS
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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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