I’ve had one of those weeks where I just want to sleep all the time, yet I’m stuck adulting way too hard. I frequent this bottle shop in Kirkland called The Cave, and found myself searching the rows upon rows of brews the other day. I’m not sure what’s so calming about reading all the different labels, but someone should seriously drag me out of beer infested establishment. Why don’t they give you a time limit?
I stumbled upon a few cans of Melvin Brewing, and instantly had to swoop them up! I don’t know who had the bright idea to keep Melvin a secret in Wyoming, but I’ve been a fan ever since their first keg walked in to Ballard Beer Company.
Naturally I had to get both the regular Melvin IPA and their 2×4 DIPA, which is their double IPA.
This IPA is definitely tasty with an awesome aroma of pine, grapefruit and resin. I guess you could say this is one of your typical Northwest style IPAs; I really liked the level of grapefruit and orange in this guy- allowing it to be a bit sweet, but not over-the-top. I felt like the hop profile definitely was full bodied and present without overpowering the other flavors in the brew, and I didn’t get that weird bitterness that lingered. I’d say this guy is a light to medium body and a nice level of carbonation- basically I didn’t feel like the bubbles were going to kill me. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of this IPA, and it’s definitely one of my go-to’s that won’t disappoint! I love this brew on tap, and it tasted almost identical in a can (which can be rare), so keep a look out for this tasty guy!
Up next was the 2×4 DIPA from Melvin, and it’s definitely a punch in the face with its 9.9% ABV. The pour on this guy is a bit deceiving, but only because it doesn’t mirror the levels of ABV! The head poured fluffy white and lingered for quite a hot minute, too. This was a bit overwhelming for me, but I guess I need to get back in to the flow of IPAs… so I’ll take the blame for that. This DIPA was completely hop forward with notes of citrus, tangerine and pine and a lingering bitterness for awhile. The mouthfeel was definitely heavier than the Melvin, and added a density I can’t quite put my finger on. I wouldn’t say it was syrupy, because that’s not the case here! For a West Coast style DIPA, I am into it!
So what’s the big deal about Melvin, anyway? Well, lucky for you guys I just wrote an article about Melvin’s plans on opening up in another state (a-hem… possibly THIS state?!), but you’ll have to read more on Respect My Region!