Friday, June 17, 2016

Melvin Brewing Hubert MPA

Beer Name: Hubert MPA
Brewery: Melvin Brewing (Jackson Hole, WY; Alpine, WY)
ABV: 6.0%
How sold: 12 oz cans; 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Total Wine & More (Vancouver, WA)
Price: $1.99 for 12 oz can

Date Purchased: June 12, 2016
Date Opened/Drank: June 12, 2016
IBUs: 77
When brewed? Year-round beer.

Where distributed: Until earlier in 2016, Melvin Brewing largely stayed in Wyoming. As of June 2016, Melvin Brewing beers can be found in five states (CO, ID, OR, WA, and WY). Check to see whether Melvin Brewing is in your area!

What's on the Can: "Hubert, if I didn't know you better, I might take you for an IPA, but after one sip, I knew you were a Pale Ale. With your sleek sophisticated approach to life and your general debonairness. You smell of hoppy pleasure and the balance you possess is stunning. I promise not to underestimate you."

What's on the Website: "Hubert? I've heard of him. A friend of a friend knows him. Apparently he's awesome, but we've never met. Well. It's about time you did. Most you connoisseurs would just call him an IPA, but we call him an MPA. The Melvin Pale Ale. A welcomed hand shake to your taste buds. Light, crisp, fresh, and a little bitty bitter. Let's just say he won't be that jerk that leaves you at the bar at 2am. He's low in alcohol. What a nice guy...that Hubert." Read more here!

Appearance (5%): Poured clear golden into a pint glass. Frothy off-white head. Frothy lacing left on the glass. Looks incredible. 4.75/5

Smell (25%): Sensual passion fruit aroma. Refreshing and incredible. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Hop-forward and slightly dank combination. Aftertaste really brings out grapefruit, pineapple, and passion fruit flavors. Also getting slight floral with bready. Showcases bitterness but nothing overpowering. Low malty notes. Walks the borderline between an American Pale Ale and an IPA. Whichever side of the fence you're on, Hubert is super balanced and delicious. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied and refreshing, yet velvety and silky on the tongue. Slight carbonation. Pleasing hop bitterness tickles the tongue. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding Pale Ale. Melvin officially labels this a "Melvin Pale Ale" - which they translate to an IPA for beer connoisseurs. The first time I had Hubert was on draft at Belmont Station in Portland earlier in 2016. My friends and I all basically believed this was an IPA. I still believe that now, but places like Beer Advocate and RateBeer both say American Pale Ale, so I'll go with that for official categorization. Hubert has received tons of rave reviews and comparisons to 3 Floyds Zombie Dust. I haven't had Zombie Dust (yet), but I certainly plan on comparing the two. For right now, Hubert is an amazing beer. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.575/5

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