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

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50
Ratings:
250
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
7.49%
 
 
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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 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 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 mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Hopheadjeffery
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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 stevoj
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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 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 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 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 JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

4/4/4/4.25/4

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Photo of John_M
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Moose90
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
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 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 snaotheus
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2016-05-30
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 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 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 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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Melvin IPA from Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
4.27 out of 5 based on 250 ratings.
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