NorCal IPA - Moylan's Brewery

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NorCal IPANorCal IPA

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BA SCORE
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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: 4000qtrap on 07-12-2010

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Ratings: 182 | Reviews: 67
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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see another new Moylan's ware to try.Poured into an imperial nonic a rich clear medium to full golden with a thinner but well defined white head atop.Whoo big resiny hops in the nose,sharp and in your face,there is also a grapefruit rind note that is just as brash,a hop lovers dream right here.Dry and sharp on the palate,the hops come off bitter and resiny with not much fruitiness to them,there is a semblence of a sweet biscuit malt base underneath the hop onslaught but it really plays a smaller role.A hopheads beer if you like resiny bitter instead of fruity hops,I like both,and I like this beer, this is hardcore.

Photo of mikechance
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a nice rusty amber color with a two-three finger head. Lots of hops in the nose and citrus scents you would expect from a Northern California IPA. A nice mixture of hops and malts not too dominate on either side --- good balance. It’s a medium bodied drink that is pretty smooth and bitter at the end.

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

happy to give this a try on tap at the Birdsall House in Peekskill, NY

Pours lighter almond amber, clear, lite oatmeal head, stays a spell, before going to a nice sheen/tiny bubble film, and leaves ample fine lacing.

Hop cone nose is always a pleasure, here with floral and spice accents.

Full flavor pale, hops are fresh and glowing on the palate. Earthy, resiny, and fresh tasting. Nice hoppy pale, worth a try or two if available at your local tavern or bottle shop

Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to my dad for bringing this and a few other goodies home from chicago!

22oz. bottle out of the fridge poured into a snifter. no freshness date. the bottle has this listed as 6.5% ABV.

pours out a nice looking, slightly cloudy orange/ amber color. a nice big 2+ fingers of foamy slightly off white head, formed somewhat of a cap off of the pour. some nice sticky lace. very nice retention.

a nice balanced aroma. pine resins and slightly spicy hops are balanced by a caramel, buttered, biscuity malt.

again, a very nice balance. lots of resinous pine takes over the palate and then is balanced by a very nice biscuit slightly candied caramel malt. big resinous, slightly spicy hop finish with lots of lingering bitterness that sticks to the palate.

medium bodied, lots of sticky malt and resinous hops. sharp bitterness. carbonation is just a tad lively for the style.

overall, i thought this was a solid ipa, some nice resiny pine qualities and definatly some nice malt. i feel as the few reviews of this beer do little justice to it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange pale copper hue with a slightly off white head, forms thick and bubbled. Aroma has citric layers/grapefruit pretty much upfront. Flavor doesn't seem as vibrantly hoppy as it should be but it's got a nice redeeming bitterness a bit of citrus peel but overall it's hop flavor fades to the bitterness and light biscuit malts. Why no date on the bottle I don't know but there's a ton of Moylan's floating around Pittsburgh, this was picked up at Giant Eagle Market District. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with hop oils, a bit of alcohol. Drinkability is pretty pour I need fresh Nor Cal, it would be much more complex and fresh hops helps this type of experience. This isn't so old that I'm getting off flavors just the hops are less vibrant than a super hoppy fresh version.

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 6.5% ABV. Another selection from the Kahala Whole Foods, whilst on a vacation/wedding/honeymoon sojourn to these islands.

This beer pours a clear, glassy, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of foamy, bubbly dirty beige head, which leaves some random island archipelago lace around the glass as it readily recedes.

It smells of toasted bready malt, a small twinge of caramel, thin citrus peel and leafy hops, with a mildly metallic lukewarm booze edge. The taste is bitter resinous pine, nondescript citrus rind, some earthy herbal, somewhat spicy notes, and a sturdy bready caramel malt.

The carbonation is a bit zingy, but in support of a commendable cause, the body an oh-so-close-to medium weight, and smooth, but for the offsetting edgy hops. It finishes off-dry, the underappreciated grainy malt still having its hands full with the lingering resinous hops.

NorCal, SouCal, can't everyone just be friends? Anyway, this is a wee bit too herbal, without the heavy-handed (once introduced, one yearns for it) requisite citrus gatekeeper, but still with a game-saving bitterness, to justify recommendation to those who may still hold sectarian Cali biases...

Photo of paganbeast
2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden orange in color, with incredibly light lacing. The aroma isn't very striking, some citrus and grassy notes.

The mouthfeel is very thin, light bubbles and a bit watery.

Strong initial taste of grapefruit rind. The bitterness mellows out after a few sips. The hops really flow throughout this beer, there is so little malt balance that it doesn't suit my palate.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6.5% on bottle label, as well as Moylan's claiming that the IPA style "provides a stimulating assault on all senses." So I'll make sure to listen to this beer, the sense that we all forgot to use when tasting beer. Right?

Well, doncha know, it is an audible beer, the head crackling and snapping with intensity. The head is a slightly dirtied white, and leaves a lot of lace on the glass. Color is a glistening copper-amber color with a lot of clarity (no hop haze).

This aroma floors me. I cannot NOT love this smell. It's a resin explosion, yet doesn't seem like it'll taste anything but balanced, and it's got a candy-like sweetness, toffee and salty taffy both. Plenty of California IPA personality, ie. hoppy as hell, yet never forgets to bring plenty of malt along. Oh, you're supposed to taste this too? Almost forgot.

Beautifully bitter on the tongue, also having that interesting character known as "resin" (let's cut to the chase, it tastes like resin from a hash pipe might taste). Sharp edge of grapefruit peel also, some astringent/unripe tangerine. It's interesting how there's a very, very strong suggestion of maltiness here -- and maybe that's the interesting burnt flavor that lingers. You know the malt is trying to exert a little bit of influence/balance here, but its presence hangs back in the shadows. Very much unlike the aroma, which seems to hint at more malt inclusion. A bit soapy in the finish, more grapefruit too. The totality of the taste is exceptionally pleasing, if you can handle the bitterness.

Soft, smooth, round, lighter body but hardly thin. More malt and bigger body would have pushed this easily over the edge into double IPA territory.

I don't know, maybe I've just lost my mind, but this is a fantastic IPA! I've tried to lay off the super-hoppy beers of late, it's easy to burn out on them, but I love my hops. Also, hop lovers tend to get jaded quickly, and I think I did, so maybe it takes a twisted flavor like NorCal IPA to bring a hophead back around to praising the freaky flower once again. All I know is this is superb and one of the better Moylan's beers in a stable of usually really good (and hop-heavy) beers.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a Redoak globe glass. Purchased from Platinum Liquor, North Strathfield.

Orange golden appearance, with a white head of foam measuring two fingers. The bubbles of foam are very defined and surprisingly big.

Smells of fruit salad originally finishing with pine. Smells quite fresh, even with a trip round the world behind it. No date on the bottle to tell how old it is.

Taste doesn't flow with the smell. Quite hoppy but tasting a little pungent and stale.

The body is a touch watery and thin for the rest of the beer. The finish is bitter, as you would expect, but lacks any real direction. Not driving you to take another sip, nor is it rounding it off real well or ruining one of your senses.

Overall, quite disappointing given the reputation of the brewer/brewery and my past experience with their beers. Perhaps it didn't survive the journey too well, given the smell is good and the rest struggles.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows piney hops, along with peach and floral notes. Underneath is biscuit-like malt and caramel.
Very hop-focussed flavours, lots of resinous pine and a massive sharp bitterness. Not much malt.
Slightly overcarbed.

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lots of carbonation racing to the surface. Golden yellow. Smells like raw honey, pear, some kind of sweet bread that I could not identify. I tasted honey, flower nectar, black pepper and slight bitterness, which was not overwhelming. The hops were not as strong as I had expected. Overall, it is a good beer, but I think I prefer other hop varieties. However, it does make me curious to try some of their other IPAs.

I’ll have another.

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rattle n' Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of citrus and pine resin hops and is accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a hop forward beer that isn't that difficult to drink and has a nice mixture of citrus and pine resin flavors from the hops.

Photo of spicelab
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber thanks to Beermasons.

Orange stained glass. Two centimetre sudsy white head. Drops gradually leaving a nicely raised ring.

Quite malt forward, with a healthy quota of savoury, caramel and nutty aromas. Hop character is subdued at first, and comprised mostly of pine with the barest fresh grass notes. As it warms get increasing amounts of sherbety citrus.

More hop forward, led by bitter grapefruit, mint and earthy pine. Still a solid biscuity caramel malt backbone but doesn't quite carry the character in the aroma.

Medium bodied with a deceptively long fresh bitterness. Well hidden carbonation.

Nothing out of the ordinary, but a decently structured and tasty IPA.

Photo of TheSeeker61
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance is a kind of filtered orange and the smell is a mostly malty up front with a slight grapefruit fragrance. The taste is the opposite with a strong grapefruit hoppy taste with a slight malt in the midst. Mouthfeel is just average to me. Overall a solid IPA and I've had it a few times.

Photo of Macca
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a golden colour with a solid bright white head. Good retention. Good looking beer.

Those big hoppy notes jumped out at me even as I was pouring this. Citrus and floral. Some sweetness as well hiding in behind.

The malt profile is the first thing that struck me on the palate. Quite full but not really sweet given the huge amount of hops that have been shoved in. Very assertive bitterness but not out of proportion.

Full bodied.

I've given this a pretty decent score because I can see that it is well made and ticks a lot of boxes but it's not really a style that I like.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours out a mildly hazy,dull,amber with a ridiculously dense,3 inches of pearly white foam
that diminished very slowly and left gummy strands of lace.

S-Slightly subdued grapefruit-like citrus,floral hop notes,fresh herbs,pine and a slight hint of white pepper.

T-More grassy,floral hops,slight citric bitterness,biscuity malts and pine.Very earthy and perfumey.

M-Semi-slick with a pleasant tingle and light/medium body.Nice,dry finish.

O-Decent go-to IPA.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy nectarine-orange color with two fingers of creamy off-white head.

Hop-dominated aroma of grapefruit, lemon zest and grass. Malts not in play at this point.

The taste opens with a big and bitter hoppiness of grass and grapefruit which, as it fades, reveals a nice amount of caramel maltiness. Light bitterness lingers through the finish.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

Not one of my favorites but an enjoyable IPA from Moylan.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to light copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, faint grapefruit hops and somewhat like an English maltiness. In the taste, starts with pine hops and ends with grapefruity citrus, and a quite large maltiness. A small bite and a medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, fresh hop aftertaste. Kind of English like, nice hop but but malt mellows it out.

Photo of dougmiller112
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle.

Appearance: Pretty typical beer color - light mahogany, light sienna.

Smell: Earthy. Some raisons. Piney, maybe cedar for sure. Everyone mentions resins. I'm not sure what they means, but they could be right.

Taste: Definitely hoppy. I can taste the pine, too.

Mouthfeel: This is a somewhat confusing, but intersting beer. It has a somewha thick feel.

Overall: I would definitely try this again. 22 ounces doesn't seem to be enough to make up my mind. After it's gone, it has made me very happy :)

Photo of champ103
4.34/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had several samples at the Petrol Station in Houston.

A: Pours a hazy orange color. A one finger white head forms with decent retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Big floral hops up front that I love. Herbal and tea like with some fresh cut grass. Really green. Some citrus as well as some sweetness for balance. Just the way I like my IPA's.
T: Follows the nose with tons of floral and grassy hops. Plenty of citrus as well. There is some sweetness. Overall a very well balanced IPA, that I enjoy a lot.
M/D: A medium to full body. Perfectly carbonated. Crisp, and very dry. Very textured. Just a bit of alcohol, but very easy to quaff.

I had this side by side with Stone IPA, and it held up really well. Overall an excellent IPA with tons of hop flavor. Really no bitterness to speak of, just floral and grassy hops that is really dry. This is the way I like my IPA's. Something I highly recommend.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Moylan's NorCal IPA

Pours a dark orange with a chill haze. Soapy head forms and has good staying power. Aroma of citrus hops, floral, soapy, and some toasted malts as well. The first thing that struck me was how malt forward this beer is, with an almost scottish/scotch style malting, then a lot of citrus, grapefruit and pine. There is a pretty even balance; with nutty, biscuity, toasted flavor and citrusy, bitter pine hops. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, and decently carbonated. Overall, I'd call this a Scottish IPA, and it is interesting.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Natural carbonation. Tan head. Big bubbles. Nice retention. The color is a nice golden red-orange. Clear and fresh looking.

Smell: This is a extremely sweet beer. It smells of floral and herbaceous hops. Lemon citrus, grass and melon rind. The malts and candied and caramel but overall too sweet.

Taste: It taste more like a typical west coast pale ale than an IPA. It isn't that bitter and it is the malt balance pushes it towards the APA side. I taste sugar. The hops taste of grass, roses, and lychee fruit. The character doesn't develop in the way that I'd like.

Mouthfeel: The balance leans to the malt side. It has a good medium feel and there is some serious chewy malt character. Not too bad.

Overall: This is a beginners IPA. Nothing too assertive. I do find the bitterness to be slightly cloying. I think the recipe should be revamped

Photo of garymuchow
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber -
Grassy, weedy, earthy hop aroma. Fairly heavy, kinda' sticky and resiny in taste.
Needed to pour a little aggressively, but did get about an 1.5 inch darker head with good stamina. Somewhat cloudy with a darker yellow color to a golden amber. Some lacing, but the head does settle out before the drink is done.
Flavor seems to approach the aroma quite closely. Firm to aggressive bitterness on the extended finish leaving a strong grapefruit quality to the experience. There appears to be a heavy malt character that I'm trying to pinpoint, but it could just be the heaviness of the hops. There is a touch of sweetness, but the presence of the bitterness is what stays with me. Fairly full-bodied with the carbonation helping it out, but it holds a good softness in the feel.
This one is growing on me as I think about it and take additional pulls, however, in the end it is the mix of hops that doesn't overly impress, or at least impress enough to say "I'll have another".

Photo of scottfrie
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into New Belgium snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a honey-amber with a thin off-white head that receded into a thin film that lasted the whole beer through. Great retention, not so great lacing.
S: Notes of pineapple, honey sweet malt, green leafy hops and maybe a touch of ambiguous tropical fruit.
T: Just like in typical Moylan's fashion this is a very green and "leafy" tasting beer. Not as crushingly bitter as some of their other offerings, but this is still one heck of a bitter beer for an IPA. Flavors start leafy and grassy and then get fairly malty and sweet. Finish is a fresh type of bitterness. I get notes of tea all the way through.
M: Medium-full body and soft carbonation but the bitter aftertaste lingers forever on this one.
D: Not a bad IPA, above average in flavor I'd say, but nowhere close to as good as their other hoppy offerings. It's still pretty palate wrecking all around, which doesn't really make me want to drink another one.

Photo of david131
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange liquid with numerous strings of rising carbonation. The head is thick and craggy with excellent retention. It doesn't get any better than this for the style.

S- Caramel, pine, citrus rind, and grass. Aromatic and a but old school, but not in a bad way.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma. Definitely borders on the old school style IPA. Not bad but not particularly unique.

M- Abundant carbonation, in a good way. The lasting bitterness is spot on.

O- A bit old school but it is well made. This beer could still get lost in the IPA shuffle.

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NorCal IPA from Moylan's Brewery
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