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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 tavernjef
4.93/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My conversation with this beer:

Jef: (pours and looks at pint glass) Hmmm...Your color is moderately clouded in a copper-orangey russeted deep glow, speckled with light flecks of hops and/or yeasties suspended within your murk.
B: You make that sound bad, but don't forget my small but thickly dense dark ivory head that, sure, fades somewhat quickly to a solid skim, but that skim is always present and I have mega amounts of thinly placed sticking sheets of intricate lace all over your glass that eventually breaks into webbing patterns.
Jef: Yes thats quite striking to me.
Pause -
Jef: (Whifff) Ahhh...Hello hops, I love thee!
B: You do?!
Jef: Yes I do, Oh so much...again, Hello...hops, boy you seem awfully resiny and highly floral, fresh and green with a great sweet tone and woodish leafy notes don't you.
B: Yep, and don't forget my lovely backing of soft caramel malt.
Jef: Oh I won't, seems like you've got everything in check. I could smell you all day.
B: Please, you're embarassing me.
Pause - Laugh insinuated
Jef: (Slurp, gulp) Ahhh...Hello hops again, my oh my you are one fine and dandy hopped up beer. Your flavors aren't overly aggressive but layered in a nice complexity with wonderfully rendered resinous and floral tones that tend to bring out some very nice higher end sweet tones and woody fresh leafyness. The dryness is amazingly in control along with the bittering kept mild to my buds yet with enough grab to forward any attention that might otherwise be absent. How do you do that?
B: Well, the soft caramel malts are in an abundant quanity as to balance out any real strong or abrasiveness the hops may bring.
Jef: Ahhh...that's why you taste so good. Great balance with flavors on both scales weighing heavy, nice job my bottled friend.
B: Why thank you.
Jef: And your body seems favorable with a mediumness and some great effects of dryness with your hops. And that lingering resiny woody thing is mind boggling. I'm impressed.
B: C'mon now...stop it, I'm blushing already...
Pause - laugh insinuated.
Jef: I must say I could drink you all night, good thing you're in a bomber otherwise I might have thirsted for more long into the night.
B: Yes, bombers can be a nice treat. I too I'm glad. For the both of us.
Jef: Alas, I have poured all your hoppy yummyness into my glass, I will finish off my glass and smile with glee as the hops will surely be dancing in my head for the rest of my forseen future til next we meet.
B: (Left speechless)
Jef: Ahhh...A stupendous thanks goes to"...fish heads, fish heads, rolly polly weefisheads!"
End scene with a smile and a beer...

tavernjef, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottle, neat label. This is a dark maroon coloured brew with a lovely thick, off-white head of foam. The aromas are all freshly cut citrus hops, with a lovely alcoholic backbone of blended malts. The taste is quite hoppy, with citrus hops up front, and more floral hops in the middle. The malt backbone is blended well, and really picks through with some booz flair in the finish. The mouthfeel is thick, but not overly so, and the drinkability is wonderful, especially for a Double IPA! This is a wonderfully blended specimin from Moylans, a brewery that I am growing to love.


francisweizen, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of RootedFool
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 22 ounce bomber at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California.

Pours dark amber with a deep orange glow. Minimal off-white head.

Smell is very sharp hop citrus with a nice band of sweet malts stretched through the middle.

Taste is amazingly elevated in its dense reach of hops. Intense yet pleasantly drinkable. Sweet and spicy malts spin around the edges of the hop fest.

Aftertaste is a slight alcohol bite, and a singed lemon grass hop bitterness kick in the mouth.

Mouthfeel has just the right body -- coats my palate nicely without leaving any stickiness.

Loved it!

RootedFool, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours deep amber golden with a slight haze. The head is rocky, huge, and everlasting.

The aroma is malty and hoppy. The hops are citrusy and floral. The malt has a caramel component to it. The aroma is complex and pleasing.

The flavor is hoppy, bitter and has a roasty/dark caramel component that is almost chocolate.

The finish is hoppy, bitter and dry. The body is medium to medium full.

22 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Jan 18, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head: very big, tan, stable, major ice cream float collapse leaving mountain in the middle. Color: reddish amber, pretty; clear until opaque last pour. Lacing: psycho sticky/clumpy. Smell: sweet, almost chocolatey. Front: bitter, chocolatey, huge hops. Middle: thick, creamy, dark malt; lots of cream. Finish: hugely bitter, grapefruit, chocolate. Aftertaste: almost overwhelmingly bitter.

This beer is absolutely fantoobulous. Powerful, tasty, strong.

kbub6f, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of mzwolinski
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Get your hands on this one, kiddies! Moylan's generally does an excellent job in the "big beer" category, and this entry is no exception. Amber in color with a slight haze and a thick, creamy, off-white head. The aroma is just as hoppy as you'd expect -- resinous, citric, with a bit of a pine sap. So OK, you're thinking...Just another big-ass hoppy California IPA? Big Whoop, right? Wrong! This beer is balanced like you wouldn't believe by a *lovely* toasty, slightly biscuity malt. The hops are there, of course, piney and resinous, but while they are big in flavor they are also surprisingly soft. Crisp in mouthfeel with a somewhat oily texture, and a nice lingering bitter aftertaste that seems to fill the mouth like smoke. YUM.

mzwolinski, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of BeerManDan
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When poured the color was a medium amber brown. The foam, little that it was, is tan in color. The smell of a piney nature filled the nose. The taste of a pine nature, was very evident, along with the hops and a very slight taste of malts. The only set back was that it tasted a little flat. The flavor lingers on the palate for quit so time and that was a plus. But, I think that it was lacking the sort of, kick, I expected in their, Double IPA.

BeerManDan, Jan 06, 2004
Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This may be one of the very best looking beers I've ever seen. The body starts out looking a bit hazed and beautiful shade of tawny dark amber, nearly copper in appearance. The easy pour from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass creates huge amounts of tan, creamy foam that retains until the glass is finished, caking the sides of the glass with huge clumps of gorgeous lace. As the beer warms a bit the body clarifies and ends up looking quite clear, but the dregs of the bottle release small particles of yeast from the bottom of the bottle that settle to the bottom of the glass.

The nose begins with subtle hints of piney, resinous hops, backed by small elements of malt and a bit of fruitiness. As the brew warms the nose becomes progressively less hoppy and more malty, revealing nice levels of caramel.

The flavors are of piney hops with some citrus in the mix. Again, as the brew warms elements of caramel malt begin to intrude upon the hop party and become bold near the end.

The feel is fairly full, creamy and smooth with just enough snap in the end to finish it well. Really one of the most easily drinkable IPAs I've encountered, being full of hops but well balanced by the substantial malt backbone.

Recommended to me by the beer manager at Belmont Party Supply as I was loading up on Dreadnaught; nice recommendation of a great double IPA.

AtLagerHeads, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. It pours a light caramel color with two fingers of head. There is lots of lacing left down the sides of the glass. The smell is very full of hops and citrus, a regular IPA aroma on steriods. The taste starts malty and sweet, but not for long. The hops come in with a punch. It has a bit of orange to the taste as well. The mouthfeel is very thick and heavy. The drinkability is fairly good and it masks the 8.5% abv well. A decent double IPA.

SheepNutz, Nov 13, 2003
Photo of Jon
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper with a thick, sticky foam head. Excellent head retention and lacing ability. Piney, resinous hops dominate the nose, although a hint of the big malt that's to come lingers, as well. Flavor is highly hoppy at first with definitive notes of citrus and resinous, piney hops. After the beer breathes and warms up a bit, the flavor turns to sugar-coated hops with a complementary malt profile that kicks into full gear. Caramel, fruity malt backs up the hops very well. So much so that I would perhaps classify this as a strong ale rather than a Double IPA. Mouthfeel is smooth, oily and well-concentrated with minimal carbonation. Fairly drinkable for a brew of its strength, 22 ounces is just about the right amount. Enjoyable.

Jon, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled from a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange brown colored liquid with a small cream colored frothy head. As the beer is quaffed, the head recedes from to a film, but some impressively thick lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: Great balance between malts and hops on the nose. Caramel and golden raisin maltiness with good doses of orange citrus and subtle piney hops.

Taste: Bitter pine tastes overlaid on some caramel and fruity malts. A wee bit unbalanced towards the hoppy side, but acceptable for an IPA. Alcohol is adequately masked. A darker, more cynical IPA, but good.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but but not too heavy. Just a wee bit astringent, but given the hoppiness, I shouldn't be surprised.

Drinkability: A bomber should do ya just fine. I'll have to pick up a few more of these. Finally, a Moylan's I actually like. Am I becoming a hophead?

ManekiNeko, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 03, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color. Medium head. Aroma is hoppy, resiny and piney. This beer has the big bold maltyness of a barley wine with the whopping hoppyness of a BIG IPA. Flavorful and complex. Hops are grapefruit, citrus, pine and floral. Malts are fruity and a touch sweet. Smooth taste throughout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Sep 04, 2003
Photo of Mustard
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz. brown bottle with all sorts of crap on the label -- save for a "bottled on" or "best by" date; $2.79 from the Beverage Warehouse in Culver City.

Appearance: Pours a clear, or nearly clear, burnt-copper with a fat, foamy three-fingered head; looks like some one unloaded a dollop of Bisquick atop this puppy; heavy lacing; head retention is stellar -- at least two of those fingers made it down to the bottom of my 20oz. pint glass.

Aroma: Smells like a simple, innocent, Caramel malt laden brew being raped by a Cascade hop hooligan.

Taste: Not necessarily what you'd expect from the aroma; heavy, toasted Caramel malts upfront and throughout; robust, grapefruit nuanced hop bitterness in the finish; secondary notes of yeast and butter. Full bodied with a moderately creamy mouthfeel.

Notes: Not entirely unreminiscent of an über-hopped barleywine; 8.5% ABV well hidden.

Mustard, Aug 16, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle
This is a very nice DIPA. Especially if one is looking for a kick in the mouth of flavors.

Pours a nice looking red amber. Slightly cloudy. Very nice looking. I gave it a generous four because of floating particles. Probably just yeast but still takes away from the appearance. Lacing is excellent. All the way until the end. The smell is a predominant hoppy grapefruit. There is a definate malt presence and a bit of the alcohol as well. I also detected a slight cantelope scent lingering around. Very good on the nose.

The taste is a heavy hoppy grapefruit. A touch of pine and some caramel. The malt is well balanced for a DIPA and is extremely full bodied. The mouthfeel is a bit rough because of the high alcohol level. It still goes down pretty smooth. A crisp grapefruit aftertaste. It does finish weaker than it started flavor and hoppiness but still a well crafted DIPA.

I will definitely keep my eyes open for more of these. Hard to find in Santa Monica.

Rumrunner, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of Wildman
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a wonderous dark red amber color and formed a nice off white bubbly healt that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. Some carbonation is present. A wonderful balanced aroma of hops and caramel. The flavor is of hops and caramel with a touch of spices. The finish is of a medium body with a nice hop bitterness lightened by some caramel sweetness. A fine IPA and I wish Moylan's would now add Ohio to their distribution with our new laws.

Wildman, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of drewbage
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Judged at the 2003 Lucky Baldwin's IPA Festival (Blind Taste)

Beer is dark copper with a minimal loose big bubbled white head.

Malt aroma is full of corn and deep vegetal and woody hop aroma.

Malt body is disappears quickly behind a strong and astringent hop bitterness with a finish of strong bitter black tea.

drewbage, Jun 11, 2003
Photo of BierReise
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big pine/citrus nose on this beautiful deep amber double IPA. Huge frothy head which thickly laces and remains the duration. Mouthfeel is smooth and chewy, with fair amount of hop resins sticking to my mouth. Flavor is extrordinary for an IPA. Hops all the way with a good malt backbone just as promised. Bitterness is there but doesn't push you away. My favorite style and a hopheads dream IPA. Yet another great work of art from the coast with the most! My list of great California breweries continues to grow.

BierReise, Jun 10, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bronze to light amber with a huge pillowy beige head, high carbonation, and clumps of lace. Big spicy fruity hop aroma; more apple-ish than grapefruit. Fruity applely citrus hop flavor. Medium bodied but hard to tell since it is very airy due to carbonation levels. Leaves a bitter finish in the throat.

Note: I normally prefer the standard IPA's over the Double IPA's except in this case. Much prefer this over their standard IPA !

($5.99 / 22 oz.)

RBorsato, May 28, 2003
Photo of aracauna
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very bright, very glowing red body. Cream-colored head is boisterous and rocky. The aroma is strongly sappy but not harsh. Many super hoppy beers with this coniferous sappy profile can end up being harsh, but this avoids that. The flavor is surprisingly thin for the size of the beer. There's a surprisingly low bitterness as well. The hops turn grassy in the flavor. My guess as a homebrewer is that there was a very small amount of hops in the long boil, but the hopping was very large on the very short aroma boil and perhaps heavily dry hopped as well. Light caramel and a bit of biscuit in the flavor. Becomes a bit sweet when it's warm, but pleasantly so. This beer is better at room temp or maybe just a little cooler than room temp than it is chilled as the malt disappears almost completely. This would be a nice IPA, but it really doesn't show it's strength in either body or complexity.

aracauna, May 21, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label says “Moylan’s Moylander Double IPA Ale” as you read it top to bottom. Is it me, or is there one too many A and/or Ales in there? Geez, I’m being anal again – who friggin’ cares – this is one *seriously great* beer.

I have a feeling that if it came in an Alesmith, Bear Republic or better still, a Stone Bottle, it would be better known, more widely drunk, and people would better appreciate it and rave about it more. Although, as I read the prior reviews, some obviously do - well I have just joined their ranks.

It is a beautiful, exceptional clear looking copper brown color with a dark golden-orange light fantastic sparkle akin to that from holding a Jar of home made Marmalade up to the light. The head is extremely active, yet always behaved as it forms a well presented very smooth head, about 1” in depth at first. As it slowly dies to a thin covering throughout the drink, it laces the glass extremely well.

So that’s it then, it looks good – But Wait, NO!!! You just have to smell the aroma from this beer to really fully appreciate it. Definitely one of the very best from a hoppy beer, for it is so real, so “organic”. Have I just woken up in a Kentish Hopfield with a mouth full of hops, sure smells like it. A grassy, resin-like pine needle aroma that is something else. This smells SOOO good, Hopheads will love it. I have just fastened some string to an open bottle and it is now dangling from the rearview mirror in my Car – who needs those cardboard Pine Tree Air Fresheners? – A Quite Superb Nose!

The taste is not shy in backing up the big-ass nasal promise from the aromas. Pungent hoppiness invades the mouth. This is an oily hoppiness in the beginning, as opposed to a bitter one, and it coats the mouth with a slick viscous residue that lingers longer than Willy Wonka’s Ever-Lasting Gob-Stopper. Wow. As the middle warms the hop character becomes more bitter than your ex-wife, and eventually fades strongly to a lingering astringent hoppy vine bitterness. Shit this is good.

I have never drunk sap from a Pine Tree, but I guess it may smell and taste like this.

Bloody Hell I love this beer!!! It is well worth seeking out. Do not be put off by the rather plain looking brown and yellow label, nor the Moylan’s name, this is one serious kick-ass hop-juice that can mix it with the better known CA-IPA big boys quite easily.

Highly Impressive.

TheLongBeachBum, Mar 04, 2003
Photo of sinistersteve
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the huge aroma of hops off of this thing. The taste isn't too bad either. The hopiness of this beer is not disapointing. The cloudy carmel-colored doesn't show much head, but little there is sticks aound to lace the sides of the glass. Moylan's has another winner of a beer here.

sinistersteve, Jan 05, 2003
Photo of marc77
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bronze in hue, covered by a thin, but well retained off white large bubbled head. Very good clarity. Pungent "4 C" tangerine like citrus and pine hop nose, albeit with a floral roundness. This is combined with a lightly nutty melange of medium caramel malt and biscuit. Hints of butterscotch as well in aroma. Chewy, buttery caramel sweetness is perceived initially, then is quickly ensued by an assetive, but clean, grapefruit laced bitterness. Hop bitterness slowly mellows to allow well toasted malt to add token dryness to the flavor profile. Minimal yeast esters. Moderate in body, w/ a smooth, pleasantly viscous mouthfeel. Apparent copious use of body - building dextrin / caramel malts. Finishes with a resurgence of sweetness and mildly quinine bitterness. Although not as aggressively bitter and "in your face" as other double IPAs, this beer exhibits a tasty balance of bold hops and a "chewy" malt backbone. This beer becomes progressively more caramelly as it breathes (and the palate becomes saturated with alpha acids) yet remains hoppy 'til the end. Delicious!

marc77, Dec 19, 2002
Photo of mattmaples
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a large IPA that really does have balance. As with Moylan’s (single) IPA the malting on it is a little different. They both seem to have more of a brown malt flavor that the usual crystal malt. This gives it a more unique malt flavor that works very well with and stands up to the resiny chewy hop character.

The Ruination is cool but this is more my kind of thing.

mattmaples, Sep 21, 2002
Photo of mickeymac
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a nice golden amber that pours into a fairly thick off-white head. The smell is hoppy but not over the top. It's a pretty big smelling and tasting beer, with lots of malt and resiny flavor. If not for Moylan's huge barleywine, this Double IPA could almost fit into that category. This is another winner from Moylan's.

mickeymac, Aug 11, 2002
Moylander Double IPA from Moylan's Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.