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Moylander Double IPA - Moylan's Brewery

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Moylander Double IPAMoylander Double IPA

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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 507
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 33
Gots: 24 | 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 ccrida
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a nonic pint, the Moylander DIPA is a orangish light amber color with a fluffy, 1 finger off-white head that slowly subsides, leaving thick foamy lace. There's also an unusual amount of loose yeast sentiment on the bottom of the bottle for a DIPA.

The nose is very strong, resiny hops, behind which lingers semi-sweet malt, as well as a metallic tinge that kinda throws it off a bit for me.

The taste is maltier and sweeter then the nose, but there still a very pungent pine resin hop profile that keeps it from being anywhere near sugary. The finish is bitter with a really puckering hop resin that coats the tongue, but not astringent, just very hoppy. Incredibly satisfying to the hop head, I'm sure this overwhelms most. I like my DIPAs big and fresh and in your face, and this delivers in spades.

The mouthfeel, while thick, is very creamy and not syrupy, and overall quite nice.

If your a hop head, your in heaven, and this goes down easily. If your not, you bought the wrong beer! Of course the weight and punch of the hops is gonna slow down even the most devout enthusiast, but that just helps one savor the experience.

This beer comes with a lot of pedigree, the numerous awards are listed on the bottle, and I remember first reading about the brewery winning the alpha king. Now that I've finally had it, I have to say it really delivers.

Photo of dhilltop2000
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an electric copper red color topped by the classic tight ice-cream like head typical from Moylan's. Beer is clear until, drinker willing, the yeast is poured from the bottle. A sweet hoppy, cooked caramel and candy aroma is present. An abundant citrus aroma tamed by a resiny pine bitterness. Notes of peat, a wee heavy dose of malt, and hops are dissected by the tongue. A fairly thick brew, but goes down well.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a clear orangish-golden body with a strong carbonation of micro-bubbles. There is a thick creamy head that turns rocky but last and last. There are rings of head that stick to the glass after each sip and stay as register marks when the beer is finished.

S- The big bold smell of pine needles and juicy green hops has a light fishy note to the hops. As it warms the fishy note turns into a raw grain note with a hint of toasted malt and chestnuts.

T- The big juicy green hops flavor has notes of pine and citrus rind followed by a slight sweet light caramel note. There is a light biscuit note with the caramel that increases with warmth. There is a slight fruity note to the malt that build up to the resiny bitter finish with a slight earthy note that hangs on after each sip.

M- This beer has a creamy mouthfeel and a soft alcohol warmth in the finish that really compliments the hops bitterness.

D- This beer has a big juicy hop flavor and hop bitterness that are complex and supported by a nice sweet malty flavor which also has some good depth.

Photo of stevemcqueenjr
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

not a bad ipa. not great either.

a: cloudy appearance, lots of head, takes a while to recede, lots of lacing. golden color.

s: hoppy

t: just get the bitter, not so much balance to it, not so much depth. tangy. lots of hops.

m: a little rough, not so smooth, somewhat thick, a little substance.

d: im good with one, cant see drinkning any more than that.

Photo of joe1510
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
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Moylander Double IPA pours a dirty orange with a slight chill haze. A dense 2 finger head appeared on the pour that slowly fell and left sheet lacing down the glass after each sip. The head never fell to less than 1 finger. Good looking beer.

There is definately a solid caramel backbone but that's way in the back. What really stands out is the big juicy resiny hops. There's a bitter grapefruit rind citrus aroma shining through occasionally but it always leads back to the resiny hops. Excellent.

Not a great deal of malt in the flavor but in this case it's just right. This beer is a hop bomb. Resiny hop bitterness hits mid palate and coats the tongue with a tastebud stomping bitterness. There is some malt, in the form of caramel, that kickes things off but the hops quickly take over. Good tongue numbing bitterness on the swallow as the hops get more bitter and resinous. My kind of IIPA.

Medium bodied with a mildly prickly carbonation that awakens the tongue for the ass kicking it's about to recieve. Bitterness throughout that lingers. Good body for the abv. Not sticky like others tend to be.

Easily drinkable for a big brew. The hops will wreck the tongue though so drinking more than one at a time seems like a waste to me cause you wont get the tongue lashing.

My first beer from Moylan's and won't be my last. I'm anxious to try the others. Now if I can only figure out how to get my hands on some more.

Photo of ecooper
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep golden hue with a large, 2-finger, sticky, off-white head that leaves tons of lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Great smell. Full of tart, citrus aromas - grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, and the like. Very inviting.

T - Starts with a blast of floral and citrus hop bitterness which quickly gives way to an earthier, piney hop flavor. The hops are supported by a mild, biscuity malt backbone and finishes on a spicy, floral note.

M - Medium body with an average mouthfeel.

D - Good drinkability for an 8.5% brew, but might benefit from a touch more malt flavor to even things out.

Photo of number1bum
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerTruth for this one.

22oz bomber pours an orangey amber with a huge foamy light beige head. Head is almost chunky and has a ton of retention and lots of stick. Retention is too chunky for my liking though...I don't love sludgy head in the bottom of my glass.

Smell is strongly of citrusy cascade hops. Also some nice floral and piney aromas, but the grapefruit dominates. Just a little malt sweetness, as well. Taste is not quite as hoppy as I expect from a DIPA, but is really nicely balanced. There is a nice malt sweetness from first sip through the finish that complements citrusy grapefruit hop flavor. Mouthfeel is very slick and creamy, lots of hop oils going on, and the carbonation is very subdued. Finish is a little bitter. Solid DIPA overall but not my favorite.

Photo of bosco7
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color with a nice foamy head.

Smells of centennial/cascade hops. Resinous, orangey, with some floral aroma mixed in there too.

Sweet up front with some caramel flavors that quickly are dominated by orange rind, pine, and lots of grassy flavors. Very rough bitterness that lingers well into the next sip.

Slick oily mouthfeel with some carbonation bite that excentuates the aggressive bitterness.

Pretty good DIPA. Their Hopsickle is much better though; the hop flavors are much more enjoyable.

Photo of froggyfrog
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky dark brown orange. Sexy carbonation when rocked. Fluffy large head. Catty aroma. Orange peel flavor found in nose and mouth. Heavy mouthfeel. Peppermint aroma. Honey-coated hops. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp hop bite. Very resinous. A strong and complex DIPA. Another winner from Moylan's. Thank you BeerRun13.

Photo of kpantz
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: Put simply, a very well-executed DIPA. Not too sweet, but enough extra malt to jack it up from a traditional IPA and deftly balance one hell of a hoppy ride.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange/copper with a moderately thick and fluffy orange-tinged off-white head. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Floral and citrus hops. In abundance. A bit sweet-smelling as well, no doubt thanks to the hefty malt bill.

Taste: Initial brief sweetness, and then THWACK - hops upon hops, first in the form of intense flavor and then in the punishing bitterness. The flavors are floral and citrus, just like the nose. Quite nice. Floral/herbal aftertaste dances in and out of the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Actually not as thick or syrupy as I expected. It's got some body, but it's nothing like, say, Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe. Carbonation levels are perfect.

Drinkability: For the relatively high ABV and the aggressive hop character, this is damn quaffable. Even as I finish the bomber, I'm still enjoying each time the hops completely run over the initial sweetness of every sip.

Photo of grub
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one with me. thanks eric!

22oz bottle.

pours slightly hazy amber with a huge fluffy tan head. very slow to drop and leaves tons of clumpy lace behind.

aroma is nice. grapefruit and floral hops. bit of caramel. bready malt. bit of alcohol. slightly fruity too, bringing in a bit more of the orange and tangerine citrus.

taste is great. medium-high bitterness. big citrus blast. nice orange and tangerine sweetness, with the bitter grapefruit coming through in the end. light floral character. bit of caramel. touch of alcohol. nice bready malt.

mouthfeel is good. well integrated medium-low carbonation with a nice medium body.

drinkability is good. the light sweetness and malt character balances very well with the bitterness, hiding the alcohol almost entirely.

Photo of k3n
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, no freshness dating.

A: Mostly clear amber, ~2" of off-white, tiny bubbles, which slowly fade, leaving sheets of goopy lacing. Lacing is still there as I'm finishing the glass...

S: Upon popping the cap -> PINE. Even at a foot from the bottle. Immediate aromas of pine and some citrus. Aromas fading as the beer warms up.

T/M: Starts with syrupy maltness, but not too sweet. Ends with a bracing bitterness (citrus peel) that lingers. Good heft in the mouth, and the finish is nice as well.

D: One of my first ventures into DIPA, and I like it quite a bit. Very enjoyable, and the 8.5% abv is extremely well-hidden.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

How ironic that I got this from the Wine Exchange? The bottle label shows it has won numerous competitons with this beer, attempting to drive out any speculation I might have about this brew. Well, let's pop the cap and try this out:

Poured into a chalice, a fluffy dense head rises from its hazy orange body. An assortment of tropical flavors are caught by the nose, with grapefruit, sour lemon, and orange flavors. Strong flavor is not surprising with more of the same flavors, with a hint of a peppery finish. A thick, gummy beer that satisfies, and one that should be shared with others.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, capped, sans date. The label featutres symbols of various awards this brew has won from 2001-06. Pours a pale gold with a faint orange hue. The white three-finger head is quite creamy, firming up nicely, leaving furry whisps of marshmallow lacing.

Hops dominate the nose, strong pine and herbs. Hops really dominate the flavor, as they begin bright and bitter grapfruit on the tongue, then dry out and with pine, spice, orange peel, and some dried bark on the finish.

The mouth is full and well carbonated. It consists almost entirely of characteristics derived from hops, but they morph and shift enough to grant an overall sense of complexity. A little creaminess even arises in the middle.

I could drink plenty of this stuff, but some not as keen on hops might not feel the same. Very strong overall. Though not as well balanced or sublime as Bell's Hopslam.

Photo of prototypic
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It poured a hazy, dark copper color with a nice foamy one and half finger head. Retention was excellent and a very nice, thick coat of lace stuck to the mug as it dissipated.

Smell: Very big piney hop aroma. Thick scents of grapefruit blend well with the hops. A tad bit of an earthy smell. Secondary citrus scents are orange and mango. Very nice malty smell as well.

Taste: Initially it has a nice citrusy sweet taste. Grapefruit makes it a little bitter. But, that's nothing compared to the bitter blast of hops that emerge. Really great bitter taste. Malt presence is very nice and adds some balance to it. But, this is primarily a hop bomb.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. A bit syrupy. Actually very drinkable. At 8.5%, I probably wouldn't have more than one bomber. Overall, it's a very good beer. Certainly recommended.

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

Appearance: pours a luminescent copperish orange color with a big creamy white head and loads of lacing plastered to the wal of my glass long after the beer is finished.

Smell: Pungent hop aromas. My wife who don't like bitter hops asked me to leave the room. I was trying to enjoy the one beer while on the couch with her after our company left and the aroma is so big it was bothering her from the chair. =) I love that. Very piney citrus West Coast Hoppy aroma.

Taste: This is a hop dominated flavor that starts with citrus hops a nd ends with long lingering citrus hops, and in the middle there is the slightest touches of balancing malts and fruit but it is a bitter beer start to finish.

Mouthfeel: A creamy medium full body that leaves the mouth dry and beaten with hops.

Drinkability: Personally I found this more drinkable the the Hopsickle. Nice DIPA all around.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of jdoncbus
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at From the Vine in Columbus, OH - poured into a pint glass. Hazy, amber color with moderate lacing and a three finger head.

Pleasing smell that gives off a biscuity, malt foundation that follows with a swwet smell of hops. Has somewhat of a sour smell as well; not an overpowering smell by any means

The beer goes down with a bold, piney maltiness which sits on the palette then is rounded out with a nice slam of hops providing a sour aftertaste that lingers for quite some time. Mouthfeel is oily with a relaxing resin and a nice mellow warmth of alcohol.

Overall this Double IPA has outstanding balance and intriguing flavor. Every hop head should try this one and would definitely pick it up again. Definitely not a session beer -- for this 22oz'er will be a nice start to a night filled with Harpoon.

Photo of Cresant
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Flexabull for the opportunity to try this one. Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The body was a dark golden orange and was rather murky. The big sudsy, off-white head left soapy lace down the glass. The head lasted until the end.

Smell was pine sap. Light grains were a bit sour. Syrupy malt sweetness. Mild alcohol smell. Floral elements came late. The faint sourness was a little different than many West Coast DIPAs.

Taste was juicy sweetness and grapefruit pith bitterness. Nice interplay and counterbalance. The taste was not as interesting as the aroma.

Mouthfeel was a full/medium body and medium carbonation. Rather smooth.

Photo of BradBLR
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a rich amber color with a sightly off white head that lasted most of the beer with better than average lacing. The smell was that of pure hops, a very floral aroma with hints of grapefruit. There were some hints of malt, but they were very faint.

The taste of this beer was great, a very strong hop flavor all the way through. There was some malt flavor there that was very good, because it was not sweet at all. It was a nice bitter malt flavor that was a nice base for all the hops. The mouthfeel was very good, with the beer having a slightly thick viscosity and the CO2 being perfect.

A great DIPA from Moylan's. If you are a hop head give this beer a shot, you will not be disappointed.

Photo of czechsaaz
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

aroma has lots of malty goodness including brown sugar and caramel. Then come the hops. Strong citrus aroma and some grassy notes. Very nice balance between malt and hops. There's also a spicy aroma that some smells seems smokey and other times is peppery.

Deep gold, almost orange with a thick white lasting head that leaves clinging lacing all over the pint glass.

Very bitter hop effect right off. It carries through to the aftertaste too. I do get some malt underneath all the hops that includes some fruity fermentation. But it's really hard to pick out under all the hops.

Full bodied and nice creamy carbonation level.

Overall, a beer that tries to be hoppy over all other considerations. So some will love it but for me it's one dimensional.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a chalice at 50 degrees. Thanks to rayjay for sending this one my way!

A - Explosive pour (literally - it blew up on me...); when it simmered down, a cloudy iced-tea color remained in the glass with a half-inch tan head.

S - Of all the beer in which I detected fruit in the aroma, none had a more discernable note than this - smelled like sticking my nose in a grapefruit, with hops in the background. Straight up hops & grapefruit...gotta love it.

T - This is a good example of a not-very-malty, hopped-up IPA...I dig it. Rather than making it too sweet, this contains notes of malt that are scattered through the hops, which it what I've come to enjoy...no need for sugary/extra-caramel malt in there!

M - A little thinner than I would have liked, but still finishes strong.

D - I enjoyed this selection...I hope the next time I have one, it doesn't explode after popping the cap! Again - I enjoyed it because it focused more on the hops than adding the extra malt.

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy amber in color with deep orange hues. Fluffy off white head pours two fingers thick and breaks down into a craggy bubble covering. Good retention. Nice sticky lacing that crawls on the edges of the glass.

S: Citrus fruit. Pine forest. Yeast. Asprin.

T: Strong citrus and pine hop bitterness with a nice bite on the tongue. Tropical citrus fruit sweetness is followed by a soft caramel malt appearence. Wet grass and earth are taken over by more hops with an medicinal or asprin like fiinsh.

M: Syrup and smooth. Minimal carbonation. Bitter sweet and drying.

D: Very drinkable for a higher ABV content. Extremely sweet but not offensive. The hops are the showcase here. Citrus hop bomb in a bottle. Enjoy.

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

22oz bottle thanks to nflmvp. Pint glasses were the choice for this DIPA. Appearance is dark-orange with a creamy head. The smell was a little piney. The taste was piney and had citrus elements as well. It drank really smooth and my glass didn;t last long. I'd probably buy this every once in a while if it was available.

Photo of jackorain
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So on one of my trip's out west I went to BevMo! to bring back some bombers. I was in a frugal mode, so I opted for this one over the Moylan's Hopsickle right next to it. I tell you this because, my expectations were low as they are both DIPAs and there was a $2 difference in price. Needless to say, given the numbers above, I was pleasantly suprosed.

A-Cloudy orange/amber. Interesting Orange tingerd white head. Great lacing and good retetnion.

S-Carmel Malts, biscuit malts, tropical fruit, pineapple and citrus. Hops come into play here as well, but the malts and fruit dominate the nose.

T-Carmel and biscuit malts with a noce not cloying sweetness. Green and citrus hops (lemony, not grapefruit) hop with a nice bitternes, not over the top but nice.

M-Creamy medium body has some chew to it. Nice even carbonation that does not detract from the creaminess.

D-prety darn good for an 8.5%.

Photo of Gatch
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very cloudy. Typical IPA color, a hazy orange. Nice fluffy, cream white head.
S - Hops, apricots and other light fruits. Very hoppy once you pop the bottle open, which is a great welcoming.
T - One of the hoppier Double IPA's I've had, which was surprising. Great pairing of hops and malt, with the hops being more powerful. Light fruits with a hint of vanilla. I nice hop bite which heightens your senses. Definitely for a hop head.
M - Very hoppy on the palate, but leaves the mouth dry. Still leaves a vanilla-like coating on the mouth, which is good.
D - Very drinkable while being very hoppy. Not one of my favorites but will definitely be drinking again because it's a better-than-average Double IPA and priced very well.

Moylander Double IPA from Moylan's Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.