Melvin IPA | Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up

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Melvin IPAMelvin IPA

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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

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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 Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had 2/12/17 at home on trade from Andy K. Smell is floral. Taste is also floral, resinous, little citrus. Unlike the IPA's I've been preferring lately, you can actually see through this beer. A west coasty gem, not exactly from the west coast.

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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 kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Currently #3 in the top beers of Wyoming list.

CAN: 12 fl oz. Aluminum. Standard pull-tab. Green label design.

7.50% ABV.

Hop profile is fine but not impressive. Floral notes, maybe a hint of oniony hop real fruit or resins or oily flavours. Pale malts keep it balanced.

Smooth, wet, a bit too medium-bodied.

Lacks hop pungency. Drinkable but underwhelming. I can't say I'm impressed with this; maybe it's the third best beer from Wyoming, but what is that really saying?


12/30/16 2nd impressions from another can:

Clear copper body under an off-white fluffy cap. Head retention is good - ~8 minutes.

Aroma brings floral hops and pale malts, but little else...I guess really faint mango and some muted candied orange peel?Bubblegum phenol from the yeast. I'm not finding any overt citrus, oily hops, strong resins, piney hops, or "dank" cannabis-redolent notes. Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a balanced IPA, but one which might lack depth of flavour and an interesting hop profile. I find no off-notes or booze.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Candied citrus and warm (read: boozy) tropical fruit is present - mango, orange peel, pineapple. Aside from that, hopwise it's all generic floral hop character. No overt resins, juicy citrusy fruits, oils, pine flavours, biting grapefruit, et al. A blip of oniony hop character. Pale malts and probably caramalt are in there, making this brew way too sweet for an IPA when combined with that candied fruit flavour. I can't say it's well balanced, and depth of flavour is lackluster (as are hop pungency and bite). Flavour duration is average. Flavour intensity is somewhat high.

Medium-bodied, overcarbonated, unrefreshing, slightly coarse, wet. Not oily, gushed, or astringent. Suffers from boozy warmth which is pretty intolerable when coupled with that off-putting pineapple (I happen to despise pineapple flavours in beer).

OVERALL: Booziness makes it less drinkable than most IPAs. Hop selection is poor, at least to my tastes. Those who adore warm tropical fruit will flock to this, but to drinkers like me who prefer juicy clean citrus or resinous oils or grapefruit bitterness, this will underwhelm. I wanted to love it given a trusted friend's recommendation, but it just didn't deliver for me - probably because pineapple-redolent hops aren't for me.


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Photo of cjgiant
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can dated 11/09:
A medium hazy orange gold, with visible steams of bubbles feeding a cap for my whole pour. Medium soapy bubbles lace in patches.

Nose is tropical citrusy with a lightly tart pithy bitterness.

Taste starts a little bland grain cracker opening, with a nice tickling but muted carbonation. The hops kick in mid-taste with a mango/guava mixed with grapefruit pith bitterness. The bitterness is a little more muted in the short term, and the end is slightly tropical. However, the bitterness grows in the aftertaste with each sip quite nicely.

Not as high onthis as the average score, but it is an enjoyable beer. Won't have trouble finishing the 6-pack.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can - 'two brewers walk into a Thai restaurant in Wyoming, day drink, and write a recipe'. Excuse me while I giggle in the corner for a wee spell.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some flawless hanging sudsy bursa sac lace around the glass as things lazily recede.

It smells of gritty and grainy caramel malt, slightly dank pine resin, some muddled domestic citrus flesh, further pineapple and mango tropical notes, a bit of wet stoniness, and more leafy, weedy, and estery floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, generic Pez candy, some orange, red grapefruit, and lemon citrus acerbity, further blended exotic locales fruity notes, a reduced resinous pine forest floor thing, some minor hard water flintiness, and more leafy, herbal, and grassy verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate for the job at hand here, via its stubborn frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with a minor airy creaminess arising as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes well off-dry, the big lingering malt aided and abetted by the tropical fruitiness, for the most part.

Overall, this is one brassy New World IPA, utilizing all both the PAC-NW and tropics have to offer as far as hoppy goodness goes. Very tasty, engaging, with with barely a lick of that 15-proof booziness even bothering to show itself over the course of this affair. Great stuff.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: 9-oz. clear plastic cup
From: Ridley’s Family Markets in Laramie, Wyo.
Price: $11.25 for a 6-pack
Purchased: Nov. 18, 2016
Consumed: Nov. 18, 2016
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: Canned on Oct. 29, 2016

First thing I did when I got to Laramie was go to a liquor store to pick up some Melvin. Wanted to try this after trying its killer DIPA back in San Diego for a special release party. Have high hopes.

Poured a straw gold yellow clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki white rocky head. Lots of bubbles coming up in a straight line from the bottom of the cup. Excellent foamy lacing. World-class foamy retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled a pleasant whiff of Citra, floral, passion fruit, tropical punch, stone fruit, pine, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, hints of guava and/or papaya. Pretty sweet on the nose overall. (Smell - 4.50)

Tasted rather boozy up front (looked at the can after the first taste and 7.5 pct. seemed about right). Similar tropical hops on the nose, getting floral, passion fruit, fruit punch, stone fruit, pineapple, papaya, light guava, Citra, nectarine, peach and dry cantaloupe. Tasty. Seem to be somewhat dry-hopped (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Bitter, boozy finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Definitely a good IPA. Would recommend it for sure. (Overall - 4.25)

4.28 | 95 | A

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Photo of zonker17
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour 4oz. Amber color, minimal head due to small glass but good lacing. Nose mainly fruity with a bit of pine and malt. Taste is hop forward with the malt in back and low bitterness. Easy drinker with medium body and average carbonation.

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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 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 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 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 DefenCorps
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from ABV.

A clear amber with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing. The nose is a wonderful, pungent pine and grapefruit slap to the face with a mild sweetness present. The hop character is resiny and clean and has no grassy off-flavors. On the palate, this beer opens quite bitter and pungent, with pine resin, grapefruit, grapefruit pith and grapefruit zest. The mid-palate has some sweetness, while usually unwelcome, does help with the huge bitterness present. Resiny and pungently hoppy on the finish, there's lingering pine and some honey. Delicious.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
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 kylesobrien
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
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 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 akolb
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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 GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a light orange/amber color, with a small head, and a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smells like dank grapefruit, some orange, lots of pine, and some bready/caramelly malt.

This is a pretty classic tasting West Coast style IPA. It's super crisp, with a good level of grapefruit and orange, and a sturdy, slightly sweet malt backbone. There's a good level of bitterness on the finish, nothing too crazy.

This has a pretty light body for the ABV, making it very drinkable. It's got a normal level of carbonation.

This is a good introduction to this brewery. It's a tasty, no-frills, well-executed IPA.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Damian
3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 12 fl. oz can purchased at Bottleworks, Seattle, WA
Served in a pint glass

The slightly hazed, bright orangey-amber body was topped by a two-finger tall, creamy, fluffy, ecru colored crown that quickly fell to a thin film. Excellent lacing. A thin, drippy wall coated much of the glass.

The nose was a mix of equal parts citrusy hops and sweet caramel malts. Candied orange peel came through big time. Some fresh, juicy orange and tangerine notes too. All in all, pleasant yet rather simplistic for the style.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose except more pithy and dry. Sweet, crystal malt notes led things off. Next the hops appeared. Loads of juicy orange and candied orange peel. Some ruby red grapefruit came through on the back end. The finish contained notes of pithy grapefruit rind and bitter pine sap that lingered long after the swallow.

Terrific mouthfeel. The liquid was medium bodied and contained a fine, zippy effervescence that turned creamy, soft and supple on the palate.

This is definitely a roller coaster IPA - almost cloyingly sweet on the front end and bracingly bitter on the finish. With so many flavorful and balanced hop juice bombs being made on both coasts these days, I find it difficult to get excited about old-school, PNW-style IPAs, such as this one.

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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 mac31
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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 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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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours hazy amber orange with thick white head, fades slowly leaving coating lacing. Aroma of ripe fruit, citrus, baked bread. Ripe citrus and sweet bready taste, fairly well balanced but overall on the sweet side. A good bit of piney citrus peel bitterness in the finish. Medium soft creamy mouthfeel. Very solid IPA here.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Ruddy amber body. Thin peach-fuzz head after an initial flourish. Decent amount of lacing. It's not really opaque, but I wouldn't really classify it as clear either.

Nose is big sweet fruits. Tropical and stone fruit alike. Maybe some floral patterning dancing around the edges. There's a woody pine in there as well when you dig.

Flavour is also fairly sweet ,but not in a cloying sense, more sticky nectar before giving way to a satisfying piney bitter finish. nectar-goodness hangs around fraying the hard edges of the pine through the finish.

Tight but persistent carbonation and a deceptively dry finish.

I'd heard good things about these guys. Glad I don't have to travel several states away to confirm/deny the rumours! Appreciate having yet another top notch option available around town.

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