Moylander Double IPA - Moylan's Brewery

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Reviews: 509
Hads: 702
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 31
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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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 Rizalini
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass...

A - Pours a very clear, bubbly golden orange color. 1 finger off white head that clings to the sides.

S - Bold grapefruit, and some sweet carmeley malts.

T/M - Solid bitter hop front taste, that lingers on the tongue, but finishes a little weak in my opinion for a DIPA. Medium mouthfeel.

O - I Just feel a little let down with this one. I was expecting something a lot more aggressive. The malt is heavier than I would prefer. (482 characters)

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into my...O wait WTF...beer explosion. As soon as I popped the cap on this brew, the beer followed....luckily it made it to my pint glass. So...Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a hazy golden yellow with a thick sturdy head that is leaving some ok lacing. Almost a 4.5.

S: The aroma consist purely of notes of fruit without a ton of depth. Pineapple and a fresh apple orchard on a crisp fall day.

T: The flavor is mostly bittering hops. If you love bitter IPAs, this brew is for you. I was hopping for a little more malty sweet background (which would help bump up the ABV with some fermentable sugars).

MF: Overcabonated, but this is a raw, untamed brew.

Overall, this is barely an above average IPA. It can improve with complexity and a little higher ABV. (781 characters)

Photo of BobSmooth
3.04/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy / opaque copper color with plenty of head even with a steady pour. Leaves plenty of lacing as the head slowly dissipates. Plenty of unfiltered goodies to be found settling as it warms.

S: Mostly contains piny hops with an earthy undertone. Can just barely pick up a touch of sweetness mixed with the alcohol. Even with all this going on at once it appears to have quite a malt bill as well.

T: This one tastes much stronger than the nose lead on. For a very brief moment at the beginning you get the malt and touch of sweetness. Possibly caramel or maple syrup? Immediately after the initial taste you dive straight into a strong pine and floral bitterness. This one starts relatively dry and keeps going from there. Very bitter finish that keeps you reaching for more.

M: Medium bodied with a thick mouth feel. Possibly a bit over carbonated but not by much. Very resiny and clingy.

O: While I've only recently gotten into DIPA's I have had the chance to enjoy quite a number of them. However, this one was just to bitter. I tend to lean towards the sweeter side and this one was just not there. The price was higher than it's competition as well. This one just isn't for me. (1,199 characters)

Photo of deepchills
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was feeling a bit Hoppy today, so I stopped by Majestic on Camp Bowie and Hulen and dropped $9.50 on a bomber of Moylan's DIPA. I've seen this bottle sitting in the window several times, but this is my first go at any offerings from this brewery in California.

A nice amber/copper pour into my tulip glass with an inch of chewy head. The head holds well and provides a nice heavy lacing.

The nose is almost entirely malt. There is a hint of lemon as well. There's a musty, dank note there also, it could be something my nose doesn't recognize, but that's the way it comes across. I'm a bit surprised theres no hops, pine or other fruits in the nose.

Plenty of very tasty malt up front. Maybe some prune as well. There's a little pine in the middle and the hops start coming out. The hops really pour out of this DIPA in the finnish. A bitter, lingering finnish. The more I drink the more the hops move to the front, pushing out, what has been the best part of this beer, the malt.

Not bad overall, but with so many great choices out there in IPA & DIPA it may be a while before this ones back in the fridge.

Salud y amor y tiempo para disfrutarlo! (1,155 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into 13 oz tulip.

First time with thus one. Pours a hazy, translucent, golden-orange. Very thin crown. The smell is t the least bit prolific. Just the faintest of piney scent with some hops. The taste is strong on hops and pine. Only subtle citrus notes. This is a taste bud scorcher. This sucker is plenty bitter on the finish. Overall, a very good beer. Would recommend. (389 characters)

Photo of roodie
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip

A: pours an orange brown almost copper, clear, with copious orangish white head. Lots of lacing

S: soapy biscuity sweet malt with bitter hop undertone. enjoyable and reminds me of great divide's oaked DIPA

T: hop forward bitterness more bitter than piney/fruity. Biscuity sweetness rounds out the profile but hops
dominate throughout

M: sweet and bitter linger with bitterness drying out the palate to hasten the next sip

O: I really like this beer. Want it on tap or cask! (534 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice, pungent, and long DIPA

Presentation: 22oz brown capped bottle. Busy and identifiable Moylan's identity with Celtic embroidery, awards won, directions to the brewery, and finally a small paragraph with intent and description of the brew. Notes 8.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in tulip glass.

A - Clear medium amber pour, rich frothy head, nice retention, surface memory and lacing.

S - Nice hoppy nose that recedes a bit as it settles, pungent notes of resin, grapefruit and caramel malt sealing the aroma.

T - Pungent resin with grapefruit, nicely complex bitterness embracing the caramel sweetness of the pale malts with a floral hint… Direct, hefty, complex and quite remarkable.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a slightly sticky sense over the ride of bitterness.

O - If one likes pungent DIPAs this is quite the treat. It has a nice resinous edge that I had not had in a while.

Notes: Why did it take me so long to pick a bottle of this one? Fixed now… and it won't be that long before the next one. Pricing might be an issue with some of their other servings but this one, price/quality ratio wise, was phenomenal. (1,136 characters)

Photo of diamondc
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Excellent head retention. Sheets of lacing left on every sip. Hazy, copper tint. Perfect.

S: Pine, floral, lite citrus. Bread-like. There's some unpleasant vegetal aromas in there that kind of drag things down though.

T: Very resiny, dank and bitter. Lemon zest. Chalky, almost bordering on aspirin like. I don't even taste any malt, could have helped with some added sweetness.

M: Alcohol is showing up along with the lingering bitterness. For a hop lover, this is easy drinking.

O: Half done with the bomber and as its warming up the beer is becoming a bit more sweeter balancing the hops. Good DIPA, but I've had better ones. (637 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I must preface this review by saying that I am not a hop-head. I am more into malt, but I have about exhausted all of the good malty beers available and am going back to the hoppy ones to get them out of the way. I have been really happy with Moylan's beers, so let's see what the hop-monster has to offer:

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy slightly orangish golden color with a solid 1+" of quite airy off-white foam that must be maintained by a whole bunch of bubbles rising as the head still looks the same a couple minutes after the pour. There is a solid 1/2" of creamy foam that lingers and follows the beer to the finish. The foam leaves a complete sheet of lace on the glass after drinking

Aroma: I initially got lots of American hops that are contributing citrus and subtle floral notes. There is some malt and alcohol noticeable, but they are reserved when compared to the hops in this beer. There is a little bit of chalk in the aroma as the head settles a bit which I suspect means that the water may be reacting with the hops a bit.

Taste: The hops dominate every aspect of this beer. There is high bittering hops that is noticeable as soon as you take the sip and the oily resins coat your palate early and don't soften up at all. The second and subsequent sips start to show some more depth than the first sip, but this beer is a hop-beast and there is not subtlety about it. The overall body is surprisingly medium with this beer being so big. the carbonation is high and does a lot to balance the mouthfeel as this beer is balanced really bitter otherwise. There is a very subtle sweet caramel malt flavor there is you really concentrate on it, but it is reserved when compared to the hops.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. The hops balance in the finish is way much for my taste. I prefer a beer that doesn't completely dry out the finish with hops, and leave some of the malt to balance. You would think that with a 8.5%ABV beer, there would be a plethora of malt that they could just let shine through...as it is, the hops run this beer completely. I would prefer more balance such that the carbonation wouldn't have to be this high for the beer to be drinkable. As it is, this is a pretty good beer and if you are a hop-head, but all means give this beer a shot. I personally lean toward more balance. (2,328 characters)

Photo of Trizzle
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dense cream white head that has near perfect retention and leaves a good lather down the inner face of my wine glass. The body is a dark honey with a similar transparency, and a solid but fine stream of bubbles running up the centre..

Amazing blends of soft pine, grapefruit, some raisins or prunes, a gentle warming alcohol and freshly cut timber. There is some bready/sweet malts like buttered raisin toast. Yum-o.

A medium bodied and lightly carbonated mouthful of hop dominated smoothness. Pine, black pepper and grapefruit are so nearly perfectly balanced with a decent hit of bread malts that are not quite sweet and with a hint of nuts. MAYBE, the malt could come up (in body) a touch and allow even more of this yummy hop profile. Would love to try this fresh (trying in London so assuming some hop fade).

My first US dbl IPA in quite a few months and I'v enjoyed this thoroughly. (892 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a shaker pint. See-thru gold with a finger of off-white foam. Okayish retention, but a fair amount of sticky lacing is left up and down.

The shaker is an unfortunate vessel to show off the big citrusy sweet nose. In fact, I almost missed the pine altogether, but it sure doesn’t go unnoticed come sipping time. Scorching pine bitterness with citrus playing a supporting part. Some grassiness reveals itself at the swallow. Medium-bodied with a fair amount of malty sweetness, but it manages to mostly dry out a nice resiny finish. A bit of booziness is the only complaint I have (dial down that malt bill a bit and I suppose you’d take care of the extra sweetness and booze at once).

Overall impression: While overshadowed by Hopsickle, Moylander is a pretty tasty DIPA in its own right. Worth a try (although I’d recommend it on tap instead of the risk of an undated bottle). (894 characters)

Photo of generalnotsew
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous sunset orange with a creamy off white head. Smell is dirty earthy hops with a malty sweet lining. It is a nice changeup from the usual tropical fruit in most IPA's these days. Pleasant malty dirty earthy sweetness upfront and MONSTER bitterness on the backend. I love bitter IPA's but this is a tad to close to medicinal. The bitterness is way too sharp on the tongue I have to say but otherwise a good taste. Personally I think Hopsickle is more balanced. Go figure. Carbonation goes for a creamy quality here. Very oily and chewy mouthfeel as well. Overall I like it ok but not even close to Hopsickle. (621 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

shared with my BA in crime andrenaline
A - very hazy burnt orange, decent head retained at a thin cover
S - strong caramel, earthy and peaty aromas
T - warm earthy hops, sweet caramels maltiness, woody with tea leaves and a light spice note
M - lowish carbonation, starts very smooth, finishes mildly dry and bitter
O - solid DIPA from top to bottom, not a super hop bomb but a very balanced offering (400 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A precious find and a delicious share...

A - Pours a murky swamp water with an orange hue, finger of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and lemon citrus off the top. Definite earthy undertones as well.

T - The bitterness is prominent off the top, some earthy, unsweetened iced tea follows through and a musty caramel malts lingers on the palette. Nicely balanced indeed.

M - No complaints in this department, a medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Overall, one of the more uniquely flavoured DIPA's that I've had the pleasure of trying. Nicely balanced between the hops and malts, providing for a robust flavour offering. Highly recommended and glad I was able to share a bottle of this stuff. (779 characters)

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Darkness Snifter.

A golden honey color in the glass. Three full fingers of head on this beast. Pretty sure I could have floated the cap on it. I wait for the head to recede and as predicted lacing remains. Sweet honey and hop on the nose. Tiny bit of pine sneaks it's way into the aroma too. Bitter hop bite up front. Very bitter in fact. A little sweetness comes through, but as quick as you find it the dry bitterness slams the door shut on it. I do like how well this beer is carbonated.

This brew is pretty aggressive in your mouth. hop bite upfront and it is severely dry on the backend. There really needed to be some more sweet somewhere hidden in there for this beer to shine for me. It just falls short of what it could be. (749 characters)

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really nice looking DIPA: opaque orange, a huge, lush, off white head. Left nice lacing in my Sierra Nevada pint glass. Keeps a nice skim throughout.

Aromas of pine-y, resiny hops dominate, but a surprisingly bread-y or biscuit scent balances it all rather nicely. The flavor is similar, again quite well balanced, particularly after thinking I was in for a huge West Coast hop bomb. Of course it's still a hoppy beer, but it's finely crafted (not to imply hop bombs are not finely crafted) and fine for hop heads looking for something a little different or those preferring a smoother offering. Very little bitterness or spicy, sharp notes...smoother than I expected.

The mouth feel is mild to medium with low carbonation. Overall a nice DIPA, but one I wouldn't go out of my way to try again. I would try it on tap, however. (828 characters)

Photo of hoppyhampy
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. No freshness info. Pours a cloudy honey-amber orange with one finger of foam and lots of carbonation. Spotty lacing. Smell is classic, wonderful. Grapefruit citrus and pineapple sweetness. Malt and hops are balanced nicely on the nose with appropriate leaning towards the hoppy side. The hops smell bright and fresh. Mouthfeel is heavy and full. Almost syrupy but not really. Still not as drinkable as some DIPAs. Carbonation is right on, helping give it more life on the tongue and keeping it from weighing down. This is packing some serious IBUs. A tinge of rich malt hits the palate first before a tidal wave of hops singes off our taste buds. Lots of grapefruit citrus and a little bit of pine. Solid malt backbone keeps it from being too overwhelming but the finish is still nice and resiny. Definitely an outstanding effort and sure to please any hop head. (895 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a bright not quite clear orange with a 1 finger head of foam and brings a lot of lacing.

There's heaps of hops in the nose; grapefruit and pine, with a solid no, very solid malt backbone. A bit of sweetness and some bread. I like the nose as it's promising me some balance in the taste.

Oh yeah, very nice. Bitter for sure but not over the top like its "cuz". Grapefruit and pine bitterness tempered by a sweet malt flavour and some nice notes of bread and I'm sitting back, relaxing, and enjoyed a very well crafted brew.

Thickish luxurious mouth feel, a light level of carbonation helps with that. Not much sign of the alcohol so I'd reckon this is a very drinkable brew. Foam and lacing are holding up nicely. There's not much to dislike about Moylander DIPA. (819 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
2.92/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-almost a yellow orange color with white lacing
S-very malty. Wtf moylan's. Bottle date. This is definetly old. Almost no hop presence what so ever
T-slight hop presence in after taste. Other than that it is just faded hops and malt
M-medium bodied and smooth
D-ok. Not that I really want to drink it.

Really excited for this beer and really let down by moylan's... bottle date! (381 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-02-12 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear, burnt gold with a 1-finger head.

S - Strong tropical fruit, orange candy and some hop floral. Smells wonderful.

T - Hop forward grapefruit, pineapple, sweet caramel, herbal, candied fruit and sourdough bread. This continues into the aftertaste with the lingering orange peel bitterness. The alcohol is noticeable but well-integrated.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Moderately resinous and clingy.

D - Quite a nice brew. I am enjoying it a bit more from the bottle than the cask. I think the extra carbonation improves the aroma and helps quell some of the sweetness. (637 characters)

Photo of theboozecruise
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet... it's a copper color, a little hazy, with a huge creamy white head. Great retention and lacing. Heady beer, that's for sure.

The aroma is sweeter than I expected, a delicious blend of molasses, pine hops, and a little citrus as well. Well done.

The taste hits hoppier than the aroma... whoo this one is a more than a little bitter! The piney and floral flavors come through the strongest, but there's still a little molasses kick on the end and then back to the piney hops on the aftertaste.

Great mouthfeel, creamy, thick, again a pleasure to drink.

This exceeded my expectations, I'd absolutely drink it again. (667 characters)

Photo of BraveUlysses
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper color, a touch of gold, with almost no head. Smells like sweet flowers, sunshine and citrus. I can tell this one is a double but it's so sweet I can't wait to try it...or just bide my time because it smells so delicious. Wait a minute...apple cider. Yes, it smells a bit like apple cider.

The taste is immediately sweet and flowery, just like my nose promised. The hope come in with force on the swallow, with a bit and a lot of lingering bitterness. I taste honey and sugar first and lots of hops afterward. (Raisins too? Can't quite tell.) I like it, except that lingering bitter taste is too strong.

Mouthfeel is about right...not syrupy, but this beer has body. I could probably drink the entire bomber myself, but I'd prefer to take on a standard 12oz. bottle...at 8.5% abv, this one packs some punch. Overall, good solid beer (for those who enjoy some hops!) (888 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Does the dark orange color thing, fluffy head to it. Looks nice. Aroma came off piney and citrusy, really just plain ol' west coast dipa up in here, nothing fancy to describe it by.

Has a bit more of the malt bill filled out to keep the hops from really singeing your face off. Tad bit of wood flavor to it. Lingers on the tongue a little heavy, more substantial than its appearance would lead you to believe, sweeter too. Good alcohol presence to it, you won't confuse this with a single ipa. Comes backaround and finishes dry.

Cost is a factor, this seemingly is always $8-10 a bomber (no Moylans stuff in 12oz), and while its worth it to tick, it won't ever become one of the old standbyes at that price, hence, it suffers in drinkability because of it. (758 characters)

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice golden orange with some glowing yellow highlights. Head is a creamy white that is leaving some clumpy lacing.

S: Opens with a smooth, thick malt backbone and then the hops come forward. Resiny hop aroma with a good deal of grapefruit and pineapple. Sweetness from the malts is very nice up against the strong west coast hop aroma. Small amount of alcohol. This one is west coast through and through.

T: Bitter, resiny hops right up front and all the way through. Grapefruit and some bitter orange. The malt backbone that was noticeable on the nose isn't coming through much here. Very aggressive bitterness.

M: Pretty substantial body on this one, carbonation is moderate and not prickly. Clearly has a high malt bill, thick DIPA.

D: Have to stop myself from getting through this one too fast, absolutely delicious, in your face west coast DIPA. Definitely got a fresh bottle as this is a showcase of juicy, resiny hops. (933 characters)

Photo of redjameskidd
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is on the more purely bitter side, of the many DIPAs I've had. It almost sets a new baseline, honestly.

A true assault on the tongue and on the senses. Interestingly, if you go to the Moylan's site and look up the specs on both the regular IPA and this DIPA, this DIPA actually has a significantly LOWER original gravity. Ergo, it is much drier than the single IPA, and should be up the alley of those people who are say, Pliny the Elder Fans. (455 characters)

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