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Moylander Double IPA - Moylan's Brewery

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Moylander Double IPAMoylander Double IPA

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680 Ratings
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Ratings: 680
Reviews: 507
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 34
Gots: 20 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-21-2002)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +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.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This arrived as a deep ruby color with a small head. It's leaving a few nice sheets of lace behind.

The smell is nice; deep and full of hops without leaving malts behind. The taste has a strong malt base and almost a bit of fig before the hops completely dominate the finish. Flavor is everywhere.

watermelonman, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark for an IPA, oooh - deep muddy amber color with a nice toasty hoppy aroma - has that nice rich malty aroma too that reminds me of how my apartments smells during a homebrew cookin'. Fruity cherry aroma in there as well. Such a well balanced brew - toasted caramel maltiness combines with a good wallop of resiny, piney hops, mildly sweet fruitiness, and a fairly strong warming feeling. Mouthfeel is buttery - so smooth with just a tinge of carbonation. Great drinkability, even nearing 9%. I cant wait to drink all these west coast brews I received from so many wonderful Cali BA's. Thanks to watermelonman for this one!

IrishRedRock, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of ElGordo
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this bottle well over a year ago, so I hope age has been kind rather than harsh. Pours a deep, cloudy amber color with a thick, 1-inch khaki-colored head that's not going anywhere fast. Aroma of spicy hops, sweet malt, resin, and a whiff of alcohol. Palate is very complex - starts out slightly piny, with a floral, aged hop character. Then the malt rushes in. Lots and lots of roasted malt, its sweetness tempered by the hops and a good deal of alcohol. Notes of oak and raisins are detectable in the aftertaste, along with some resin. The alcohol stays with you for a while, too. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, slightly syrupy, like a double IPA should be. Not the most drinkable beer in the world, but for its strength and assertiveness, it goes down pretty well.

ElGordo, Nov 11, 2004
Photo of GreenWBush
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was disappointed by Moylan's IPA during a steady run of west-coast examples in Oregon and California last summer. Way too plasticene like many of those rushed-to-market beers. That said, I had a migraine while drinking it so take it for face value. This one was properly reviewed via tasting notes.

The appearance is deep ruby with huge, fluff-froth head and marvelous lace.

The nose might have been my favorite part: aggressively sprucy, spicy, and (surprise) really, really hoppy. Major hints of booze and nose-tingling pinecone.

The malt character on this beer is what made me knock the score down a bit. Some more of that dry, plasticy inflection. Overall though the malt was doughier than the IPA and with hints of caramel and heady sweetness to counteract the mouth-scorching WMD of hop-character.

Super-poundable liquid hop sunburn in a bottle. Hop burps like no other.

Find this one fresh. Wickedly soporific.

GreenWBush, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This came in a 22oz bottle. Ahh I am always excited to try a new super hoppy brew. This poured out a murky orange with brownish highlights. A tall off white head formed that left lace strewn about the glass. Strong citric hop aroma here that is balanced out a bit by a caramel malt scent. There are notes of floral hops and a bit of pine in the nose as well. The flavor starts with a bittersweet taste that leads into hop domination by citric hops with notes of grapefruit and tangerines. A nice dry bitter after taste finishes this one, overall this a fairly balanced. Body is about medium with a creamy feel to it. The hops really grab a hold of your taste buds and don’t let go. Very drinkable and balanced for a DIPA makes this a great beer. It still packs a kick regardless of balance.

meathookjones, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of Gusler
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer after its departure form the 22-ounce brown bottle takes up residence in my glass a deep limpid mahogany color with a magnificent creamy light tan head and after its decomposing the left over lace forms a glutinous sheet to obfuscate the glass. Nose is dominated by the hop floral spiciness, backed up my the sweet malt, citrus crisp and quite pleasing to both the eyes and the nose, start is sweet with a delectable grain profile, the top moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is moderate in carbonation with the hops powerful in their spicy presence, desert dry aftertaste that lingers long after the beer is gone, a great beer from a great California brewery, and I am proud to say that it is now available here in Arizona “Woo Hoo”, thanks to the “Great People” at “Little Guy Distributing”!

Gusler, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliantly clear ruby-copper color. It is topped by a creamy tan colored head that is quite thick and lucious and leaves layers of Belgian lace as I take each sip. An immediate fresh aroma of American hops wafts from my glass, I get notes of grapefruit, lychee, tangerine, and fresh pine needles. My first sip encounters a medium bodied beer that coats my mouth. The flavor is quite hoppy with an aggresive hop bit in the finish. This beer is raw with fresh hop flavor, there is a bit of astringency from the hopping levels, though it is not so much that it really detracts. The flavor is sweet up front with lots of fruity hop notes of citrus, grapefruit, and lychee that sit on top of a layer of maltiness that has notes of caramel, and a bit of toasted malt.

This beer is quite enjoyable. It seems to be missing a certain something that would take it over the top, but that is an elusive thing to put your hand on. I guess the main complaint is that, while it starts out big and aggresive, it seems to fade a bit with time. Though I must add that it remains quite tasty, and I will certainly enjoy having the rest of this bottle.

Gueuzedude, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of sideshowrob
2.83/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looked good pouring out of the bottle. Nice orange-amber glow, with a fair amount of sediment and a rediculous amount of thick, foamy head that just did not want to subside.

Smell was promising, with good floral notes and a slight backbone of malt.

Taste was somewhat odd. Beer had a pretty good hop note, nicely blended and all, but there was a very strong and noticable back-note of malt. The malt note, a nutty, almost burnt-caramel, domminated the tasteing session instead of the hops -- not what I'm looking for in a big IPA.

Mouthfeel was around par for the course, but drinkability suffered from the aforementioned strong, and out-of-place, malt note.

sideshowrob, Aug 25, 2004
Photo of benmiliron
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Was bought for me in at Warren Tavern, Cleveland.

Looks like molasses in the glass. Generous dose of hops and malt in the nose. Tastes strongly of molasses and hops, a mix that just doesn't work. Heavy, heavy molasses, almost burnt. Lots of flavor, but nothing balances well in this brew. Far too sticky, even for the style.

This is a poor IIPA.

benmiliron, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of granger10
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an almost watery looking tangerine color with a moderate tan head that subsided quickly. Not much lacing along the glass. The smell is basically all hops. And grapefruit is the only thing that comes to my mind when smelling this beer which isn't a bad thing. The flavor however has much more complexity than the smell. A fruity sweetness comes first and is then joined by a honeyish maltyness. The hops soon take over though. At first the hop flavor is light and floral but it soon loses flavor and becomes intensely bitter. Alcohol hides in the back only to come out when the hops turn bitter. The carbonation was light but it did help the alcohol from being too strong. Medium thickness on the body. Defintely a good beer and I would consider it a great beer for it's price but not one of the top DIPA's I have tried.

granger10, Jun 25, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a lightly murky dark orange color with a medium thin light beige head. Thin lacing throughout. The aroma is very hoppy with citrus and grassy notes. Medium-bodied and crisp with tart hops, pine and fruit flavors. The hops slowly but surely overpowers the other flavors. The finish is dry and somewhat astringent. I like the dose of hops this beer provides but it could stand a little more substance to even it out.

Dogbrick, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of RedDiamond
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The aroma of this beer is ominous. It is aggressively sweet with fruity malts – almost barleywine-like – and ornamented with a fine thread of floral hop bouquet. The smell carries a prescient air that foreshadows a great beer to come.

The idea of the double IPA is consistent with the great American notion that more is better; a mythos I don’t subscribe to. Moylander’s label says, “If one is good, then two is better.” Many’s the man who has gotten himself into some serious trouble precisely by embracing such a doctrine. The branding of this as an “IPA ale” further emphasizes Moylan’s penchant for doubleness, if not redundancy.

But there can be no mistaking the brewer’s achievement here. The Double IPA pours with a tall, compact head to a body that is brawny and robust. It is a deep hazy garnet color with a full mouthfeel and crisp carbonation that leaves behind a total wall-to-wall mask of lace on the glass. The fruity taste is fig-like and features a profuse measure of mellifluous malts greeted by a tight punch of bittering hops. The hops are not merely abundant, but compellingly fresh and omnipresent. They shape a gentle slope towards a soothing aftertaste. It’s like a stroll through a hop garden.

The temptation is always there for a brewer to go overboard and spoil a 2IPA with gluttonous excess. Moylan’s has successfully resisted this temptation while still achieving the uncompromised musculature that the style requires. This beer is smooth and supremely well balanced. Its overall character is profound.

The Moylander Double IPA is a beer with its own appetite. Drink it deliberately, slowly, proudly and often.

RedDiamond, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 22 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is copper,with a foamy white head. The smell is a citrus hop, with a bit of alcohol in it. The taste is a citrus hop with quite a bit of malt for an Imperial IPA, and a bit too much alcohol for 8.5%. Mouthfeel is creamy. As for drinkability, I could probably have a couple of these.

This isn't a bad beer...I just don't see it as an Imperial IPA. Once again, I'm glad I got to have it, but all in all, this isn't one I'd actively seek out.

beergeek279, May 11, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – The body is darkish orange with tons of sediment. The slightly-tanned head came up beautifully and settled slowly, leaving thick, creamy pits of foam puddled on top of the liquid.

Smell – Nice, complex hop nose to this one. All of the usual West Coast suspects seem to be present here and perfectly in balance. The piney notes are handsomely offset by some big citrus and fuggle-type of smells. I enjoyed the floral aspect of this nose as well. It even had a slight, sugary malt compliment.

Taste – Oh, is this good. Talk about delivering! The flavors came out beautifully at the taste. They were strikingly similar to the nose but added a bit more of the sugary malts to come up with a brilliant balance.

Mouthfeel – A little heavier than medium-bodied and drier than expected, which was a nice surprise. This was creamy and extremely well-balanced.

Drinkability – This is one of the smoothest IPAs on the planet. It isn’t over-hopped like a lot of efforts at the style (although I love “over-hopped”). This was the epitome of balance for an Imperial/Double IPA. Another huge hit by Moylan’s!

RoyalT, May 09, 2004
Photo of rkhaze
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright orange/red with a big beige head that got creamy as it dissipated. Good retention and lace.
Big fresh and earthy hop smells. Citrus, floral and a bit of resin. The malt and a smidge of caramel were in the background.
Pungent hoppy flavors. Citrus, floral, some grassiness and spice. The malt eventually shows up and tries, but fails, to balance the hop attack. There was also a tea like aftertaste.
Medium bodied but with lots of tingly carbonation that gave it a
less than full mouthfeel. Most DIPA's I've drank have had a bit more viscosity to them.
Although it was out of balance to my taste, the light mouthfeel and good job of hiding the alcohol, made this a fairly drinkable big beer.

rkhaze, May 01, 2004
Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head sits atop this burnt orange colored brew. Large amount of particulate matter floating about (hop particles I presume).
Big hop aroma. Seemed citrusy at first, then mostly piney and floral. Toasty caramel malt just underneath the hops.

Taste shows a big hop flavor. Piney and slightly resinous with a hint of citrus. Toasty, caramel malt backbone does a decent to solid job of balancing the beer.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability.
Overall, a good double IPA.

PhantomVodoo, Apr 30, 2004
Photo of Bierguy5
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a copper color liquid with a foamy off-white head. The head stayed around for the entire time, and the lacing left was tremendous. The carbonation seemed a bit out of control. Says "Live beer", and the yeast in the bottom of the glass is proof. Smells a bit citrusy and piney. Tastes first of a good malt background, and then you are slammed with the hops. Good amount of bitterness, flavors of grapefruit, with grass, and a bit of a grainy flavor. Mouthfeel seems just a bit thin to me. I suppose I would have another although listed at 8.5%, probably one bomber will do the trick. I could notice the warming alcohol presence. I wasn't overly impressed, but not disappointed. I suppose other IIPAs have impressed me more, but this is still a good offering.

Bierguy5, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of Bierman9
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moylander Double IPA was shared with old pal Artied2 last night as we made it a night of IPAs.... Hell Yeah! This sucka poured a deep copper color, with some sediment and cloudiness thrown in the mix. Head was off white and short, though it left good sticking in the glass. Aroma was a healthy, herbal, earthy hop mixture....quite nice!! Body was medium all the way, perhaps even a touch more as it had some chewiness to it. Passed oh-so-nicely across the tongue, too. Taste begins with a smidge of toasty malt sweetness (just a touch) and segues quickly into hops 'r' us. It's a touch citrussy, but moreso earthy and floral, with a very long-lasting aftertaste. Hop resins just stick all over the mouth and tongue, allowing the pleasure to last and last. ABV was nicely hidden within all the flavor. A nice way to start the night! Thnx, Bro.... Zum Wohl!!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


Bierman9, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of grynder33
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight nice and hoppy grapefruit aroma, fine head especially for an ale, light gold amber color, very cloudy big full hop taste with grapefruit aftertaste, very smooth texture, Wonderful top 50 stuff, no fancy gimmicks, a succulent hop feast the way it should be.

grynder33, Mar 22, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

feloniousmonk, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of gnaussea
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Just like the regular IPA, this one explodes upon opening the bottle. Ridiculous amounts of carbonation produce a gigantic, immovable head that settles by the time the beer is room temperature. Pours a nice, caramel, golden amber though. Notes of caramel sweetness, nutty malt, plum, and a nice, delicate balance of hops. This is a pretty good double IPA. sweet, vegetable malts and a nice array of hops to back them up. Honestly, I like it very much, but I'm going to have to slam it for the carbonation levels.

gnaussea, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 22oz. bomber with Gaelic-styled writing on the label. This double IPA had a nearly blood red color and had a large foamy vanilla colored head that had great retention and left large foamy rings in the glass.
Wow, sticking your beak in the glass with this one is an invitation to a hops fest. Lots of pungent grapefruit and sticky pine sap aromas carried over a firm caramel malt nose. A light whiff of alcohol, too. Very enticing.
Fine carbonation gave this brew a nice full, creamy feel and the flavors of grapefruit rind and oily, sticky spruce sap slathered the palate in hops juice. In the mix and adding a good balance was the hefty malt base, holding firm and keeping things from spinning out of control. Also lurking on the fringes of the palate were mild licorice and caramel flavors. However, the hops rule the roost here.
I'm glad I've become an IPA fan prior to taking this hops monster out for a try. Make no mistake, this brew is a palate-punishing brute that non-hopheads would be advised to steer clear of. Definitely worth seeking out if you're looking for a serious blast of hops.

Boilermaker88, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of Crosling
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely lava colored hot red. The massive, dense and creamy head leaves sheets of lacing.

The nose is massive and filled up the entire room upon opening. Huge pungency in the aroma. Grapefruit with other citrus flavors with tons of pine in the aroma. Huge malt backround. The hops smell very fresh and damn this smells good.

Very resiny in the mouth. Grapefruit and pine all around with other citrus notes. As it warms caramel malt begins to come out but then is dominated by the hops. Not bitter at all but super oily and very lingering. Slightly undercarbonated which afftected the flavor some. The alcohol is hardly noticeable but does appear for a split second towards the end of the swallow. This is good but I certainly did experience a lack of flavor at during some part of the session. Very well balanced though. This was an enjoyable experience.

Crosling, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber. "Live Ale!"

Appearance: An aggressive pour results in a deep golden honey color with a billowing off-white head. Massive sheets of lacing on my glass. Head refuses to yield, maintaining a sturdy two-fingered layer.

Smell: Someone has inserted a grapefruit in my nose! Massive dose of grapefruit scents ravages the nostrils. Small notes of caramel malty sweetness also noted at the end. Absolutely lovely.

Taste: Folks...if you don't like hops, stay the hell away from this hop monster. Lots and lots and lots (repeat PRN) of hops dissect your palate into nothingness. But what is even nicer is the balancing act performed by the malts. You begin to appreciate just how large of a job the malt has in trying to tame this bucking bronco of leafy hopness. Finishes with a long-lasting, dare I say...ESB-like finish, with an iced tea sweetness right at the very end.

Mouthfeel and drinkability: Medium-bodied, and very smooth for such a hoppy beer. 8.5% ABV? Surely you must be kidding! Not even a whiff or ETOH noted with this one. EXTREMELY drinkable...the hoppy pine oils on the lips are just icing on the cake of hope leaves. As it warmed to room temperature, it changes somewhat, with the malty sweetness beginning to emerge.

Notes: What a great beer! This beer could certainly hold its own on the "muscle beach" of west-coast big-time IPA's. Very, very well-done.

Notes, part 2: A hugely stupendous thanks to WeeFishHeads for this bottle. Rest assured that it was truly enjoyed.

OldFrothingSlosh, Feb 21, 2004
Moylander Double IPA from Moylan's Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.