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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: 35 | Ratings: 198
Photo of Damian
3.76/5  rDev -12.4%
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 GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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 JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft and from a bottle now... Pours clear light orange with a very nice white head... Pretty intense citrusy and pineapple hoppiness.. piney and a little dankness with warmth... Again, not as bitter as most IPA's that are this big... Very balanced and deceptively drinkable.


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Photo of DefenCorps
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
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 NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Moose90
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a nice orangey amber hue into the glass, with an straw colored head on top of the beer, leaves behind a nice bit of consistent lacing.

S — Smells quite piney, earthy, herbal, resinous, pithy and dank. Lots of woody, grassy, and lemony hop character.

T — Much like the nose, though not so in your face, a nice balance of pine and lemon, with a nice bit of malt sweetness to round everything out.

M — Medium bodied, great carbonation level.

O — Great overall, it's really tough to bet against Melvin. Keep up the good work.

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Photo of stevoj
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Albertsons. Cloudy amber body with thick, fluffy head. Malty aroma, tastes even better, smooth toffee malts, and just minor hop bitterness. Well balanced and super tasty.

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Photo of John_M
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Arch Bridge in Oregon City the other day.

The beer pours an orange peach color with pretty good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this is just lovely, as if I get a wonderful, perfumy aroma of dry citrus, light malt, maybe a hint of graham cracker, a hint of pine and a dash of white pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this NW style all the way IPA. The finish is dry and bitter, with a lot of up front, in your face hoppy goodness. There's enough sweet malt to balance the bitterness on the mid palate, but I love the dry, hoppy bitter finish in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the finish is fairly long, dry and bitter. Alcohol is barely noticeable (I was surprised by the 7.5% abv), and drinkability is terrific.

Delicious beer from the folks at Melvin.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Photo of snaotheus
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can served in a Belgian glass (halfway between a tulip and a snifter). Six pack was packed on 5/12/16.

Pours amber with a nice, coarse head and moderate carbonation. Fairly clear. Good retention. Smell is tropical and floral. Deep pine background. Smells very nice.

Taste is pine up front, with moderate floral sweetness and moderate tropical notes, and a strong pine finish. Improves with every sip.

Mouthfeel is thin and dry, resinous. Overall, very good, very tasty beer. Excited to have four left after this one.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of mac31
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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 akolb
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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 DenverHopHead
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Beaver13
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -0.2%
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 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 eppCOS
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Rogerlb
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +0.7%
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 Gobigvt7
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +1.9%
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 LiquidAmber
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +2.1%
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 ONovoMexicano
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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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