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NorCal IPA - Moylan's Brewery

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NorCal IPANorCal IPA

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66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 187
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | 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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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 187
Photo of garymuchow
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
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". (986 characters)

Photo of Zach136
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent yellow with a one finger white head. Solid lacing. Nose is musty grass clippings and pine cone. The palate is super hop forward. Very astringent bitterness up front with pine and spicy hops attempting to peek through. Bitter finish is lingering and coats your mouth for a super oily mouth feel.

Overall, a typical one trick pony IPA. (354 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (310 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden blonde with a huge head that fades to leave some lacing on the glass. The label extols the virtues of dry-hopping.

My nose struggles to find the hops, though they are certainly there. Just a touch of pine upfront is all I can tell.

A short burst of pine greets the tongue. Not much of anything else. More malt-forward than previously thought.

Dry-hopping is a non-starter in the nose and the taste reflects it. You still get that nice lingering bitterness at the back.

Not bad but the main appeal is gone because when you dry-hop something, the aroma fades over time, the longer it's on the shelf, etc. (619 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice orange gold, two fingers of marshmallow head, thick lacing, looks great.
S - Big dank hops, earthy pine resin, biscuit malt.
T - Very pungent and spicy hop attack, mildly sweet malt, peppery .
M - overly bitter and spicy.
O - Meh, what a let down, this beer, is just overwhelming in spicy hop potency. Its just too much to enjoy, I couldnt finish my glass. (397 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow-orange... leaning to amber. Head is really sudsy. Bubbles sticking deep along the walls of the glass.

Pine, toasty malts, citrus (orange), and some leafiness. Slightly dank.

Scruffy and super-bitter. Lots of hop oils and fresh wet-hop leafiness. Body holds up with a whoosh of toasty pale malts. Very dry, to match the bitterness. Lotta pine and pith. A bit aggressive. Finishes clean. Carbonation broke free from the leash. Sudsy. Burpy. A lot to swallow.

Good stuff. I'll down it without problem. (514 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lighter amber color with a two finger white head. The head fades moderately quickly leaving some spotty lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of a grapefruit citrus hop mixed with a little bit of tangerine sweetness. With these citrus aromas so too comes a pine and light earthy hop smell as well as a bit of breadiness.

Taste – The taste begins with a decent showing of the grapefruit hop that was detected in the nose. A lighter breadiness and caramel sweetness is present upfront, with these two flavors fading as the taste moves on. While these flavors fade a bit, of a light fruit flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle. This fruit however is largely overshadowed by the hop, which now becomes a blend of grapefruit and pine. In the end a somewhat drier and moderately hoppy taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is average in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. Both rather appropriate for the style as well as for the abv and make for a clean drinking and crisp brew.

Overall – It is a very drinkable and middle of the road IPA. Nothing too special, but enjoyable none the less. (1,250 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can't believe I haven't tried this yet. Guess I go for other beers when at Moylan's. Wife pick-up.

Nice amber colored ale with a billowing off-white foamy head. Good lacing.

Getting some nice aroma. Blood orange, pineapple, bready, doughy, malt, toast. Some dankness is very present.

Very malt forward taste with a big dose of bitterness on the back end. Still getting more bitterness on the aftertaste. Not totally balanced here. Big hops abound. Resiny as it states on the label is apparent. Getting some rye as well and pepper on the finish. Not bad, but definitely a non-sweet IPA if you are wondering. I like mine on the spicy, bitter side so this is cool with me.

Nice and full bodied. Carbonated well.

Overall this was a unique experience. A bold, bitter, malty IPA. Sweetness took off at the start of this production. The price point is nice for this and worthy of trying if not for the interesting ride. Still salivating after each sip. Sho'nuff. (960 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light amber, perhaps more of an orange colour, with a thin, fine, eggshell cap. Decent head retention with some spotty/streaky lacing. Aromas of oranges and biscuit, grapefruit and malt. Citrus bitterness with a bit of harshness in the finish, grain and biscuit/bread, grapefruit and orange, slight alcohol. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, a bit dry and creamy. Nicely put together, but I'm not a big fan of the malt profile with these hops. (454 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at the brewery two weeks ago states 6.5% ABV, but did not take notes while enjoying it on draught.

Pours a clear golden colour with amber undertones. Although the surprisingly small white head dissipates quickly, the mouthfeel has body despite this limited carbonation. Beautiful hop-forward aroma of citrus with an underlying backbone of caramelized malts. Resinous flavour is a pleasant surprise, with citrus and mango hop elements as well. Finishes with an impressive amount of bitterness, that lingers...

Unfortunately was only able to bring one bottle back, but definitely a beer I will try to find again. (631 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of Hopheadjnr
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into frosty mug.

A...hazy orange with a tall billowing three finger head.

S...getting a very earthy aroma. grassy with a little bit of hay. Could be the cold glass or this beer just isn't much on the nose.

T...bready malt up front easing into the earthy grass and pine resin that was on the nose, finishing with a bitter orange peel.

M...very high carbonation gives it a fairly light mouth feel.

o...has its goods and bads. Not a much citrus as I like on an ipa. Norcal name led me to expect a more west coast ipa style. Nothing to run out and try but, an easy drinker never the less. I think I would enjoy this more if paired with food. (661 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This starts off looking a bit promising, but seems to go wayward in numerous areas at first. There seems to be more malt in use than I would have expected, and it does show prominently. As times goes on it gets more tolerable, though I suppose me choosing a word such as tolerable is telling in of itself. Decent, but could have been so much more. (Better as it warms.) (369 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange with a 1/2 inch foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, herbal hops, and alcohol. Taste is of malt up front with some very earthy and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is fairly drinkable but not something I would go after again. (571 characters)

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with a healthy, two and a half finger head of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body.

S - Spicy, sweaty hops with a hint of pine in the background and a backdrop of bready malt.

T - Sweet bready malt up front with some spicy hop notes. A touch of orange it the middle with more thick malt and a finsh of grassy, spicy hops.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The aroma is decent, but the flavor profile really falls flat and seems like it has lost a lot of what it once may have been. So, is it old or just poorly made? we will never know since someone couldn't be bothered to put a date on their bottles and under those circumstances I have to assume it is as the brewer intended it to be. (737 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: two finger head with nice retention and lacing on a hazy golden with copper hues body.

S: very sweet with mostly candied citrus and pineapple.

T: I think this one is bad. the malts and hops mingle in the finish to make an earthy and metallic note with a touch of an unwanted aftertaste.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I think I have an old bottle. I took a chance on it. Too metallic with unwanted aftertaste. I guess my review is not really a reflection on the beer overall. Date your bottles please (526 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a clear yet strong amber/copper color with a nice white head that pops up to about 1 inch. Retention is very nice with some great lacing sticking behind.

Aroma is of strong grain notes. Bready and earthy with some nice toasty notes to it. Smells just like the wort would while its boiling. There is a nice piney and resinous yet light hop backed nose to the brew that adds some nice body to it.

Taste starts off with very nice sweet caramel pale malt notes. Grain and bread a plenty with some nice spice notes to it. Very nice and malty with some good grassy spice from the hops coming in throughout the middle and some nice resinous pine notes rounding out what is a very nice and balanced brew. Good hop bitter notes with some piney notes. Mouthfeel is very nice and balanced with some crisp carbonation but a good strong malt body that gives the beer some weight.

Pretty good IPA. It took me a while to come around and decided to try this but it was worth it. Solid malt backbone with some good balancing pine hop notes. (1,080 characters)

Photo of david131
3.74/5  rDev +3%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of TheSeeker61
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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... (1,186 characters)

Photo of dougmiller112
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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 :) (534 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- foam spilled out once opened after sitting on the counter for 20 minutes. Pours a light golden with huge, neary full glass of thin white foam. Big bubble, blotches all over the glass.

S- lemon, tons of pine and dank grassy smell.

T- lightly toasted malts, slightly sour lemon, with big pine bitterness and some grassy taste.

M- light body, high carbonation. Fairly easy to drink with long grassy bitter aftertaste.

O- just an ok ipa. Hops overtake the malt and makes for an unbalanced beer. (549 characters)

Photo of evilkalla
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (530 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (559 characters)

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NorCal IPA from Moylan's Brewery
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