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Melvin IPA | Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up

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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 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 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 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 Wasatch
4.84/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 -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 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 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 Bitterbill
4.46/5  rDev +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 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 ArrogantB
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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 beergoot
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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 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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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 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 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 thehyperduck
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
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 -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 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 DaveBar
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got on trade! 12oz can served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny 1/2" high white head that films out within a minute or two. Medium to dark gold colour and unfiltered

S- Oodles of hops here. Tons of citrus. Blast of hops. Must be few varieties in here. Doesn't have that big sugar bite either. Nice! Every bit of the 80IBU's are there.

M- Dry and tart

O- Nice brew. So refreshing. Bit rich so it's not a sunny day sipper but it is a nice change up brew.

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went well with....... Chili!


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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 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 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 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 raynmoon
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer. Tons of tropical fruit notes as it warmed.Definitely west coast in style, but very new aged. It did finish a little dry and fizzy, but still very enjoyable.

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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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