NorCal IPA - Moylan's Brewery
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4.43/5 rDev +22.7%
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.
12-20-2011 23:28:10 | More by Metalmonk
4.4/5 rDev +21.9%
A: Translucent golden with a white head.
S: Fresh orange, mango in the nose.
T: Delicious bitter citrus peel, fresh orange fades into a malty finish. Deliciously dry.
M: Medium bodied with a bit less than average carbonation.
O: Though it's not as good as Moylander or Hopsickle, it is a delicious dry IPA.
01-24-2014 05:23:05 | More by BierJager89
4.35/5 rDev +20.5%
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.
10-13-2010 04:53:27 | More by champ103
4.35/5 rDev +20.5%
Serving: Bomber into my Arrogant Bastard Ale glass.
A: Pours clear and golden. Barely any head though. A fair amount of carbonation is visible. No haze to speak of. Very nice.
S: Piney and resinous hops, with orange and lemon peels. Quite a bit of malt in there as well.
T: IMMEDIATE blast of bitterness followed by hints of malt. Bitterness is absolutely huge. Holy cow. Maybe a little unbalanced in its bitterness but I still love it.
M: Not thin but not thick either. Very nice.
O: Very good IPA. Very bitter. I love it.
03-18-2012 20:14:42 | More by evilkalla
4.33/5 rDev +19.9%
A light amber color, somewhat hazy, with a big frothy eggshell color head and plenty of lacing. The aroma is a beautiful yeasty malt herbal hop. The flavor brings more yeasty, multi-grain bread with a stick to your ribs herbal hop. Really nice and highly edible. It’s medium bodied or better with modest but adequate carbonation. It really brings a strong yeast theme on top of the grainy hops. Pretty unique and reasonably drinkable.
06-03-2011 03:19:07 | More by Durge
4.22/5 rDev +16.9%
I had this on tap in a small beer-bar in Hiroshima. Imported beer in Japan can often be a little less fresh than it should be, but I was just floored by the freshness and tastiness of this -- it just oozed fresh piney and grapefruity hop taste, and smelled great. It was also a lovely deep bronze color with a smallish but creamy and attractive lacing.
This is exactly what I want an American IPA to be.
04-03-2011 06:01:37 | More by snogglethorpe
4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
10-14-2011 20:37:10 | More by oberon
4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
A - Clear bright copper, nice but small white head. Slow to leave and has promise of some good sticky cling lace.
S - Hops take the seat, mostly citrus. Some sweet malt in the back.
T - I like malty IPAs and this is one of them. Sweet up front, nice bittering at end.
M - Medium body, good carb and balance. Some Depth there.
D - Sessionable for sure.
10-13-2011 04:58:13 | More by srandycarter
4.05/5 rDev +12.2%
Pours a pale bronzey colour with fair amount of bead and nice generous head, off-white with nice dense puffery on top. Looks good.
Smell is lovely, fruity and tangy. Lots of citrus without a lot of bitterness. Nice floral notes with lavender, rosewater, a touch of lychee and fair amount of sherbet. Bit of pine and white pepper as well for good measure. Lovely hop fragrance.
Taste is lovely upfront, with lots of caramelly malt and early hops. Citrus-forward with floral tang; lavender, peach and orange peel. Some sherbet late-mid, then some hop whallop rises up late but assertively. Very bitter - lots of citrus rind and some white pepper and pine resin. Big bitterness punch that lingers but is only intense for the right amount of time and ends actually rather nutty. Very pleasant IPA palate, just hits all the right notes.
Fairly full, bit of fizz but not harsh. Decent.
Not exactly the most drinkable of beers because the bitterness is very assertive, some more mid-late hopping could help the balance as it moves towards the bitter finish. But for the most part a very enjoyable IPA.
06-27-2011 05:38:59 | More by laituegonflable
4.03/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
09-24-2011 23:33:37 | More by dogfishandi
4.03/5 rDev +11.6%
Sampled on tap 1702, Tucson; October 2011
Arrives from the tap with a frothy, pale head. The beer is a clear, slightly copper tinged, deep gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. My nose is greeted by a righteously hoppy blast of tangelo zest, ripe lychee, ample floral tropical fruit notes, super fruit driven bright citrus notes and perhaps a hint of dank / herbal and perhaps a touch of pine. The nose is exactly what I want to find in a proper IPA.
A biting bitterness grips the palate up front and just holds on through to the long finish where it significantly dries out the beer. The bitterness, backed by a piquant pine like character and a dankly herbacaous hop character is the dominant hop flavor in this beer, but there is a soft, somewhat supporting hoppy fruit character that provides notes of lychee, floral, tropical peach and super ripe tangelo. This beer is quite dry throughout, which is why the hop fruit character is so surpressed in the flavor; it is also quite light bodied and extremely quaffable; this beer drinks quite dangerously for its strength. Because of the dryness, this beer is aggressively hoppy in a tongue flagellating, abrasive way (definitely a beer for the hop lovers out there). The malt plays a distant, extremely supporting role here, it barely contributes a touch of pale biscuit maltiness and perhaps a touch of cracker like character that lingers a bit in the finish.
A thoroughly aggressive, quite dry, IPA; it is almost a touch too dry as much of the bright, promised fruitiness from the nose is greatly suppressed in the flavor. A beer that is definitely for the hop heads out there, but I wish there was a touch more residual malt character that could have accentuated more of the fruit leaning hop notes in the flavor.
02-15-2012 03:19:30 | More by Gueuzedude
4/5 rDev +10.8%
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
11-17-2011 01:07:30 | More by Billolick
NorCal IPA from Moylan's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.