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NorCal IPA - Moylan's Brewery

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NorCal IPANorCal IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: 4000qtrap on 07-12-2010)
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Reviews by jbweld:
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Drunkenass
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of DWolf
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of mikechance
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
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 tappangordo
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
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
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
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 Sammy
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of MrKennedy
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
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 PeterHilgendorf
2/5  rDev -44.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of MCDub
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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 4Socialanxiety
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Topher78
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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NorCal IPA from Moylan's Brewery
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