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Moylander Double IPA - Moylan's Brewery

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Moylander Double IPAMoylander Double IPA

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509 Reviews
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Reviews: 509
Hads: 707
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 31
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-21-2002

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double=An elegant IPA, more than your regular hops, well malted and carmel as not that bitter. Very drinkable citrus, not as carbonated as manufacturer's notes would lead me to believe. Grapefruit aroma. Lace. Bitter juicy citrus aftertaste. Good balance. Good for dinner although not the best of the class that I have tried.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some melon-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a herbal hop flavor on the finish. There is a fairly high hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's quite herbal and bitter in the flavor.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a sturdy head that retains to the nines while leaving plenty of lace around the pint

Smell: Boisterous amounts of hoppy goodness waft up from this one, primarily of the resinous piney variety; despite the strong hop presence, the caramel malt backbone is clearly detectable underneath

Taste: After an initial rich caramel malt infusion, the bitter, piney hops take over and scrape the tongue and sides of the mouth relentlessly; the bitter sensations just continue to build after the swallow and, once they settle down, the residual malt sugars once again influence the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Thick and resinously sticky; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: For a DIPA, this beer is nicely balanced with none of the stickiness that comes from a loaded malt bill

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet! Really like this beer. Similar to a hundred other IIPA's that I've had, but seem to prefer this one over those for a few reasons. Sure, it's big on hops with the typical citrus, pine, earthy flavor; intriguingly bitter. This seems better balalnced without allowing the body or the sweetness to become too heavy. The hops are allowed to shine just above the malt profile. Makes for easy drinking -- not a sipper, a drinker. Late, the hops give a mild metalic, soapy flavor, but does not distract too much. Lighter body than in most IIPA's, but I like feel. Like a standard IPA, just amped up a bit.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of deep bitter hoppy notes with some small notes of citrus also noticeable. Taste is also a mix between some deeply bitter hops with some notes of citrus. Malt bill is buried in the mix and doesn't play as big of a role as I was expecting. I am surprised that it wasn't more bitter then that...

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Photo of largadeer
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Unfiltered and bottle conditioned. Burnt orange in color, very hazy, almost turbid. Outstanding head retention and lace.

Smell: Zesty citrus and honey-like malt. The hop aroma could be bolder. Ripe fruit aromas come out more as the beer warms, revealing notes of mango and apricot.

Taste & mouthfeel: A big resiny hop smack appears almost immediately with flavors of pine and orange peel at the forefront. Malt is present but doesn't offer much flavor or get in the way of the hops. Dry and bitter in the finish with punchy but well balanced bittering hops.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another pleasant find in the interior of British Columbia...

This beer pours a dark, hazy golden apricot colour, with copious amounts of foamy, rocky, light beige head, which leaves some mostly unbroken webbed lace around the glass as it takes its time fading away. It smells strongly of pine and citrus hops, and some biscuit/caramel malt waiting in the wings. The taste upfront is a pine-scented backhand across the palate - resinous pine hop oil, some floral citrus essence buried in there, and a level caramel/toffee malt backbone. Not much in the way of alcohol warming. The carbonation is on the low side, the body full, viscous, and creamy, and it finishes off-dry, the caramel malt washed over by the earthy, leafy, coniferous hops.

Ya want bitter, we got bitter for ya - in spades. Not overly balanced, but sometimes being on tilt can be interesting, not to mention damned tasty.

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Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly cloudy, orange amber color with a small, bubbly, off-white head of foam. It left some patchy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and citrusy hops. It had a burnt toast malt aroma underneath the powerful hop smell.

T - It tasted very piney and resiny. Good burnt toast maltiness with touches of caramel. It had some alcohol heat, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is really good. I thought it tasted better than their Hopsickle Imperial IPA.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive beer explosion. If I hadn't kept the cap half-secured, my ceiling would be dripping beer right now. I'll try my best to keep it from influencing my review, but this shit is getting annoying. It looks like the only way to keep foam from oozing out of the bottle will be to fill my glass. The glass is now filled with foam, which is being replaced with beer at an excruciating pace.

Brassy orange-copper with the most furious carbonation that I've ever witnessed. The Bunyanesque head is ecru in color and is stiffly rocky. At last, something to celebrate... the nose is wonderous and smells like butter rum Lifesavers and explosively citric, tropical fruity hops. Pineapple, orange and pink grapefruit esters abound.

Double IPA is a good, but not a great, DIPA. Amazingly enough, the out of control amount of carbonation doesn't seem to have adversely affected the flavor. This beer is bold and ballsy with a wonderful interplay between caramel cake-like malt and juicy left coast hops. The hops aren't quite as rip snorting as I'd like thanks to the generous malt load.

The mouthfeel is a study in contrasts. The underlying feel is just how I like big beer to be, full and chewy. However, the still gonzo carbonation continues to wreak havoc and I feel as if I have no choice but to knock the score back a half notch. An appropriately gassed bottle should be wonderful.

I believe that I was successful in ignoring the obviously faulty carbonation of this beer and that I ended up giving it a fair shake. Although it's a quality DIPA, it'll never supplant my favorites of the style. I'll be sure to pick up another bomber though, if only to see what the brewers actually intended.

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Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper with a slight haziness to it with a nice big fluffy white,aromas to be expected are all about the hops very citrusy grapefruit and lemon pith an underlying herbal minty note.Very dry resiny hop flavors with not much matiness to speak of here finishing abruptly and very dry.This may be a little to dry for me and it took away from the drinkability a little for me.If your a hophead and Iam becoming one this is right up your alley.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So I am not totally sure where I should begin with this one. I had been saving this is in the fridge for a couple months as I had wanted to hunt this one down forever and did not just want to open it for no good reason. But, seeing as how I am fastly approaching review number 500, I wanna make these last 10 or so really count and really be some good brews. So I decided to go and pop this one open. Now this was a big time one for me, as I cannot get Moylans around here and have really fell over for anything I have tried from them before. So this was defiantly going to be a treat for me for sure…So onward to the review.

A – Ok I have never had a pour like this one before. Seriously I do not even know how to begin describing the pour out of this one. It had the Tallest, foamiest, stickiest, billowing monster of a head that I have ever scene. Retention does not even begin to describe what was going on here. This thing was all over the place. It literally took over 10 minutes for me to pour even one glass from this as it just would not settle at all. The lace was soo sticky and clingy that I could not even see through the glass. Not only that I could not even get the glass really clean when I was done with it. I have no idea what was put in this but it was thick and clingy. The color was great, a nice rich amber hue, nice and dark with lots of haze. Some sediment was also apparent when the last of it finally came out. Now there was adequate carbonation visible in here as you could probably guess. Overall the look on this one was tremendous. To say that it looked big would be doing it a grave in justice. This looked like a monster, only time and some testing will reveal whether or not it can hold up to the way it initially looked

S – Very nice, lots of citric orange present immediately. Orange peel, tangerine and some grapefruit hop flavors were doing the most damage here. Probably the most present being grapefruit as it had that certain little bit of a twang to it that really stands out when it gets bitter. Definatly a malted back present as it had a touch of sugar and even an earthen grain quality to it as you dove deeper into the aroma. A touch of a yeasty smell was there as well, and just the tiniest touch of a brandy like smell to round it out. Not smelling like a huge IBU hop bomb, but so far this looks and smells like a very well balanced monster.

T – Ok, so now this is where it is at for sure. A huge burst of bitter grapefruit and pine hits you right off the top. Not you strickly mouth ruining hop explosion, but rather a nice warm sticky assault that left you pondering and still able to dive into the more subtle flavors that were lying just underneath the surface. Speaking of which, just underneath the surface was a plethero of malted sugar balanced very nicely against all the citric hoppiness that was to be found. A great little grainy back was there and did a lot to help mellow it all together and get everything a bit more of a full and robust flavor. Great use of hops though, as it was not all just a full on assault but rather a nice balance between everything that made this just ohh that good. A slight touch of the abv, but nothing that was really killing you or making it bad in anyway. Great dry, very dry finish. Left your mouth, teeth and gums very sticky and dry. Almost reached for a glass of water during it. There was no mistake this one was big and meant some serious business.

M – Very nice here. First off it was very generously carbonated, full of life in the feel. And the hops just made it absolutely chewey and sticky. You could really feel the resin dripping off of this one with each and every sip you took. It was super smooth, I mean it went down literally like it was nothing at all. Lots of residual taste in that I could still catch some of it nearly an hour after my first sip. Nowhere near watered down or oily feeling. This was just really a treat to have, almost like a nice desert. A good thickness to it, but not syrup like, just enough to let you know it wasn’t thin and it definitely meant its business.

D – Awesome, only word that would sum it up properly. Just a great great enjoyable brew here. I was sipping on this one literally what felt like all night and it just never got boring. High ABV limits the amount you can have, but the absolute flavor bomb makes it a sipper anyway. I really could have just kept this one going and going. It really was just that good.

Overall I really do not have enough good things to say about this one. Such a great classic west coast hoppy mess. It really was just great. I do not really have anything negative I can say here. It was just put together so well that I was in heaven with it. The taste was very bitter and had just the right amount of balance to it. Great feel, super smooth, awesome look and a great overall profile. I wish all doubles were like this. Definitely need to get out and try more from Moylans.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, copper body topped with a fine layer of white foam.

Smell: Somewhat sweet-smelling aroma of flowers, spice, and juicy grapefruit rinds. Yes, it's just a tad bit boozey, too.

Taste: Pale malts, a bit of sugary caramel sweetness. Candied citrus fruits. A few flower petals. A spray of pine sap. Medium-high bitterness. Growing resinous quality near the end. Lengthy bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Somewhat oily texture.

Drinkability: Pretty good! A tasty, reasonably well-balanced Double IPA.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy dark copper with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Retains well with a nice creamy retention that includes a big ole' dollup right in the middle. Huge sticky lacing left behind from all of that. The aroma is resinous hops, tangy citrus notes, toasted malts, and a backing sense of heat.

The taste is straight up DIPA here with a big assertive resinous hop bite that is well balanced by juicy citrus character, floral notes, and a backbone of silky smooth caramel malts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy and smooth texture. Alcohol is present but seems to be just the right amount, adding some attitude to the feel but never becoming distracting.

A very nice DIPA from Moylan's, that while large and in charge with full flavors and a beefy character, still remains a drinkable and enjoyable affair. Good stuff!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beneath a short-but-creamy head of "vanilla" tan foam a hazy (bottle-conditioned) crimson-accented dark-copper body rests gently. Very fine bubbles can be seen slowly rising to take their place beneath its long-lasting cap. Additionally, walls of dripping, splotchy lace add greatly to its appearance. Lush, toasty and caramelish malt dominates the nose, peppered with piney hops. Across the palate it's creamy and smooth; medium/full bodied and delicately carbonated, leaving it's maltiness in the forefront. And in the flavor, the typical rich and sweetish malt found in all of the Moylan's beers holds this double IPA together exceptionally well. It's sugary, caramelish, and mildly toasty side acts as a solid backdrop for, and accompaniment to, it's citrusy and piney hop flavors. It's malty up-front, but its spicy/piney/citrusy hop flavors drop in almost immediately and stay straight through into a long, dry aftertaste. Wow! This is one drinkable IPA considering it's 8.5% abv. Highly recommended!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of fruit citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very well-balanced and starts with a fruity citrus and caramel sweetness. Then a strong and complimentary hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is very hearty. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, nice kick, very good representation of style, this beer has all of the qualities you look for in a 2IPA, I could definitely drink this throughout an entire evening.

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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Liqourama

Pours a slightly hazed amber with 3+ fingers of chunky cream colored head. Superior lacing & prolific head retention

S: Breadyness & pineyness

T: Piney & grapefruitty hops and a bit of breadyness up front. Some nice biscuitty malt & honey notes as this warms, along with oily & piney hops. Finishes with much grapefruit, pineyness, some warming booze & a bit of dryness

MF: Chewy, low carbonation, a bit oily. Skews a tad too grapefruitty for me

Drinks pretty good for the abv, the hoppyness would get to me after a while. A hopheads delight & certainly a solid DIPA

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber with a creme head. Nose is very firm with the pine and citrus. And I actually get spikes of pineapple in there as well. Hmmm. Interesting. Flavor is an unusual mix of smoky with earthy citrus hops. Much less citrus and more earthy than I would have expected. A vibrant mix that is above being balanced but gives a good flavor ride. Feel is smooth on liquid and the carbonation is unobtrusive. A nice DIPA. Very drinkable despite it's intensity.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy deep amber with a chunky tan caramel toned head very fluffy and mountainous nice to look out much texture seems to cling together well some proteins are binding, as for lacing big chunks are dispersed sporatically. Aroma: Massive amounts of hops for starters give off pine, floral layers of aromatic bliss this is defiinitely all built upon one huge backbone of lace very barleywine esque. Taste: Nice blend not as hoppy as the aroma entails, but still very huge rush of bittering hops comes through along with a soft not overly sweet bready yeast and malt background very good and quaffable, however I side with the some of the other big IPAs from California before this one. Mouthfeel: Label describes it as fat and resiny I would have to agree there, big bodied beer I likes it alot does the trick of supplying me with enough hops to fulfill my craving for some. Drinkability: Like I said this doesn't retain the drinkability that some other big IPAs but this is one of them that is very complex and delicious at the same time and also a bit filling in my book.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy, a dirty dark honey color. Small, but lasting head that leaves nice lace on the side of the glass.

For a Double IPA, the hop smell is muted, but wonderful. Very floral and fresh. Nice malt presence.

Lots of hop at the initial sip. The bitterness intensifies in the mouth and only fades after the swallow...slowly. The malt simply is the delivery system for the lip smacking hop. The body is solid and the carbonation is as expected.

In a Double IPA flight, I would think that this would show very well because it has the characteristics to the extreme. As a drinking brew, it may be too extreme. As a hophead, though, this is an exciting entry and worth seeking out.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my sinuses still need de-congesting, so I'm in need of a super-hoppy IPA to jump-start the nostrils...and so we delve into the Moylander, and observe it's rich, reddish-orange body, topped with a creamy, lacey bubbly, 1/2" cap of foam, besotted by various floating things, though I fear them not.
Aroma: bangThere's that pine-resiney hop essence to the core, right up in your nasal cavity, thrilling every spot of you, fresh, fruity, full, and spikey, hints of apricot, grapefruit, melon rind, cherries, choice grapes...yum, I says, and yum, it is. Just wait a bit, I want to keep smellin'...
So, to taste: Aaahhh, there's hops all over the place, jumping on board the palate, sticking their flag of humulus lupus on the tongue, driven straight through that taste-receptive organ, with not a chance of departure or eviction. Bristling, buzzing, shining, really, for this is the juicy, tasty stuff, bitter, yes a bit, but that's the part that fades. And every swallow repeats this process, it's like chomping through the very whole of a particularly ripe and luscious fruit, a warm and electric thrill, wholly natural, yet almost out of this world.
Body is plentiful, texture, a blast of hoppiness, a orgasm of gorgeous, bitter flavors, and the finish near undefeatable, lasting long on the palate, but not quite as long as we like.
Yet another greatly flavorful brew that earns the bomber respresentation more than handily, but truly get me a carafe, no, a growler, heck, a magnum of this stuff...no, a Jeroboam, a Hezekiah, a Methuselah...don't think I could ever tire of it, to be true.
Nearly at the end, at there's still potency and freshness here, a glorious expression of hop character that must rank with the best!
Big thanks to Mr. Wee of the Fisheads for another excellent PNW treat!

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Photo of orangesol
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on cask at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a clear dark copper color with a thin white head that leaves a very faint lacing down the glass.

S - Strong tropical fruit aroma with hints of mango, lemon, and other citrus fruits. A slightly sweet smell from the malt is a welcome addition to the strong hop presence.

T - Based on the smell I thought this was going to be a hop bomb, that was not the case. The malt, while hiding slightly behind the strong hop presence in the nose, offers tons of sweet malt flavors that overpower the somewhat subdued hop presence. The hops are there, just not as much as you would expect.

M - The body is medium-light with the flavor being a little on the heavy side. Fairly good carbonation that fades over time. The malt flavors linger on the pallet for some time afterwards.

D - The nose was much better than the taste. While I enjoyed the opportunity to try this one I just feel that it could have been better, especially for $7 a glass.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter:

Pours orange amber with a thin head that becomes a swirling patch. Dotting lacing sticks.

The smell is of a hop bomb - resiny, rum-like booze, pineapple and other citric/tropical fruits and grassy - medicinal notes mix in.

The taste is of raw hops - citric, leafy, resiny, a bit piney - with a rounding caramel sweetness. Warming rum-like booziness mixes in, but not too sharply.

The carbonation keeps it from being too sticky, while maintaining a full body and a certain smoothness despite initial acidic astringency.

Very drinkable for the abv level and general "bigness". Personally, I remember liking the Hosickle more, but this is a certainly a hop-lover's delight!

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Photo of tdm168
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle with me.

A - amber wtih a thin, white head that has little retention

S - caramel, earthy, herbal, piny

T - caramel, wheat bread, piny, herbal; this is very malty and very hoppy though the balance is a bit off. The flavors seem to be at odds with each other.

M - warm, mediumto full bodied, well carbonated

This was a bit of a let down. The malts were strange and the hop character didn't mesh well at all. The flavor profile just didn't sit well with me. I would stick with the Hopsickle if I wanted a DIPA from Moylan's.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice malt scent that boasts of pale and carapils malts along with a huge citrus hop aroma. It is quite bitter and refreshing to the nose. The taste is great also. It's a hopheads dream. It's extremely bitter from the initial sip to the finish. It has a fine malt bill that adds some stability, but the hops steal the show. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a damn fine double IPA. It's bold and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

07/31/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no dating. Poured into my Stone IPA tulip.

Appearance- Odd color for a DIPA. A dark copper amber pour. Was hoping to see a orangish color or something. The head was big and firm and the lacing was fine.

Smell- Wonderful citrus and piney hop scent jumps out of the bottle. It comes to you, you didn't have to go to the bottle. It just oozed out when the cap came off.

Taste- Hmmm, this is one occasion where the taste does not match up with the scent. The main flavor here is dark malt rather than hops. Hops are detectable, but there is a big drak roasted malt flavor along with a smoky or almost cigarette ash flavor? Not digging on this one too much. Halfway through the beer mellows out and the hops kick in a little more, but I just can't get through this super dark malt taste in a DIPA.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation and leaves a slight sticky ash taste on the tongue.

Drinkability- Not my style of DIPA at all. Maybe I snagged a bottle past it's prime. Don't know, but I didn't particularly enjoy this one.

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Moylander Double IPA from Moylan's Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.