Melvin IPA | Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up

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Melvin IPAMelvin IPA
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.31/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is really sturdy northwestern type ipa, and it is literally taking over the world, at least here in colorado anyway. its now appearing in every liquor store and bar i walk into, and for good reason, the beer is excellent. its super robust, heavier and bigger and more bitter than a lot of what else is around here. its got some serious frothy toasted malt going on, but its not sweet from the grain. the hops are piney and bitter and highly oily, very west coast, and even seem to have some slight sweetness in them, subtle pineapple and grapefruit rind behind the pine. i am amazed just how big this feels, almost double ipa-esque, pushing 8% abv, super full bodied, oily and sticky and malty frothy and churning, and weighty and filling as they go. i see the appeal, we needed a more robust ipa like this in this market, plus, its always fresh it seems, they have it dialed it. for me though, a few of these feels like a lot of beer to drink, more than i feel like most of the time. i have a lot of love for melvin and the hoppy beers they do, and this is sort of a perfect illustration of who and what they are. glad to see it becoming so popular.

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spycow
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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 of what the PAC-NW and tropics have to offer as far as hoppy goodness goes. Very tasty, engaging, and 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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3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | 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.


03/07/2018 me mum bought a sixer of cans, so here we go again:

Alcohol warmth drags down this otherwise pleasant enough beer.




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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a world of "smoothie" this and "pastry" that, it's great to see that the charm in simplicity isn't all lost. The Melvin brewing efforts bring a classic, dry and bitter west coast styled IPA that has all the hallmarks of IPA and with impeccable brewing cleanliness.

Cleverly named Melvin IPA, the beer pours a medium amber hue along with a moderate hop derived haze. As a creamy off white head builds the nose is fueled with citrus, spruce and a malty graham cracker scent. Sweeter flavors strike first on the palate with a combination of caramel, honey, bread crust and nuttiness.

But as the ale encroaches on the middle palate, the sweetness loosens and the hop begin to take command of the balance. The classic taste of pink grapefruit and dried orange peel shakes off the bulk of sweetness before heading into a deeply bitter late palate full of fresh grassiness, muddled pine needles and chive.

Medium bodied and trending dry, the finish comes quick with a premierely bitter taste of pine and botanicals the resonate long on the after palate. A spicy vodka twinge of alcohol aids the beer's dryness as the ale proves to be refreshing, crisp and highly palatable.

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Photo of zeff80
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

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3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong floral hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light amber color with a mild haze. Decent head which settles into a dome. Plenty of chunky lace on the glass, mostly in the form of spots.

Lots of pine resin to the nose. Alcohol and mild pale malt in the background.

While the evergreen hop leads the flavor, there's a solid and full-bodied semisweet malt base. Notable alcohol in the swallow, however, the aftertaste is all hop. High carbonation with an above average body. Overall, a strongly bitter IPA without sliding into the extreme category.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Welcome back to #WyomingWedneday as I CANtinue to do whatever I CAN to Bump the Hump & celebrate the midweek in my own indomitable fashion. I am looking at the cover of MAD #1, with the memorable exchange of a terrified man & woman and their thumb-sucking baby on the approach of a menacing shadow as follows: "That thing! That slithering blob coming towards us!" "What is it?" "It's Melvin!" Ha!

From the CAN: "Living Life to the Emptiest"; "Dear Enjoyer, Two brewers walk into a Thai restaurant in Wyoming, day drink, and write a recipe. The beer that came from that day started an empire. Well, not really ... but the beer was exactly what they wanted. So they made a hell of a lot more of it. Look at you Melvin, all grown up."; "Drink it. Don't overthink it. Testify."; "Recycle!"

Is this Melvin Melvin? Melvin squared? Melvin in a CAN, for sure! I Crack!ed it open & began a very gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. This one required an in-glass swirl to raise two-plus fingers of foamy, rocky, tawny head with limited retention. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose held a load of pine & grapefruit, like we were kickin' it old skool! I CAN get behind something like this! Mouthfeel was medium to full, not quite creamy, but big for the style. I let it kind of roll around in my mouth and on my tongue to really get a taste of the pine resin, especially. It also held grapefruit and a pleasant biscuitiness, but the cool mint of the pine was what really excited me. Finish was dry, but not gasping or really even overly bitter. Definitely a great addition to our area's distribution!

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Melvin IPA from Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
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