Review: Melvin Brewing Citradamus, Killer Bees, and Stay Tuned
Something old and something new from Alpine, Wyoming’s Melvin Brewing. Let’s dig into this trio of beers, all available by the can.
Melvin Brewing Citradamus IIPA – Part of Melvin’s rotational Imperial IPA series, Citradamus uses “dank-ass Citra hops” as the basis for a ridiculously dense brew, resinous and syrupy, a hoppy monster that melds intensely bitter pine notes with a healthy grating of citrus peel. (Literal) syrup notes endure on the bittersweet finish, coming across almost like a barleywine, round, chewy, and mouth-filling. 9.5% abv. B+ / $12 per four-pack of 12 oz. cans
Melvin Brewing Killer Bees American Blonde Ale – A solid, aggressive blonde. Malty like a pilsner, but with plenty of hops on the back end to give it a lightly bitter punch. As with many Melvins, it’s got a bold body that gives it a chewy consistency that feels much weightier than its relatively low alcohol level. The finish is slightly nutty, with a rounded, lingering maltiness. 5% abv. B+ / $9 per six-pack of 12 oz. cans
Melvin Brewing Stay Tuned MPA – This “Melvin Pale Ale” is brewed in conjunction with a film called Stay Tuned, which is billed as a movie about “staying tuned on every level, physically, mentally, intuitively” but which really seems to be mostly about snowboarding. Its honorary beer is incredibly bitter, with barely a trace of fruit in the mix, an outstandingly hoppy brew that offers little respite from its pungent attack, all the way through to the slightly weedy finish. 5.4% abv. B / $9 per six-pack of 12 oz. cans