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
Ratings:
300
Reviews:
60
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
7.31%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
46
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1
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Photo of Texasfan549
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of spycow
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | 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 kjkinsey
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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 kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -31.6%
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 character...no 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?

C+ (3.15) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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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.

C- / BELOW AVERAGE

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of zeff80
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of billab914
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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 millerbuffoon
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chippo33
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a pint glass from draft at Town Square Tavern on March 26, 2017. Look is dark gold with a creamy head and sticky lacing. Smell and taste is citrus. Feel is smooth.

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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IPAchris
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Melvin IPA from Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
4.24 out of 5 based on 300 ratings.
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