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Moylander Double IPA - Moylan's Brewery

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Moylander Double IPAMoylander Double IPA

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Ratings: 694
Reviews: 507
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 32
Gots: 25 | 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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Ratings: 694 | Reviews: 507
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.

Photo of RedDiamond
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of beergeek279
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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.

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!

Photo of rkhaze
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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


Photo of grynder33
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

Photo of gnaussea
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of Crosling
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
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...

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.


Photo of RootedFool
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of kbub6f
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of mzwolinski
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Jon
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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?

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Moylander Double IPA from Moylan's Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 694 ratings.