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NorCal IPA - Moylan's Brewery

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NorCal IPANorCal IPA

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168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.8%

08-27-2013 11:45:27 | More by Sammy
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3.18/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

08-03-2012 03:04:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -10%

02-02-2014 03:27:55 | More by nmann08
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

11-03-2012 20:23:11 | More by metter98
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

08-10-2014 07:28:40 | More by zestar
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-02-2011 15:24:58 | More by kjkinsey
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3.1/5  rDev -14.1%

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, orange-golden body with a two-finger-high stand of whitish froth.

Smell: Citric-scented and smelling of sap-glazed pine needles, with lighter, lesser underlying notes of malt and yeast.

Taste: Starts biscuity, follows with a touch of crisp grains. Small amount of short-lived, honeyish sweetness. Full of pithy grapefruit, lightly grassy, and with a coating of resin. The bitterness is big and rather insistent of staying around. Once the hops hit the tongue, it's well past the slow, bitter, pithy finish when they finally fade off.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A bit of oiliness rolling over the tongue.

Overall: It's fine, it's nice enough for a try, though, all in all, I'd have been happier with just a bomber of their standard IPA.

07-24-2011 17:47:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

12-21-2013 19:52:15 | More by jaydoc
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3.13/5  rDev -13.3%

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

07-27-2012 00:21:10 | More by kylehay2004
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North Carolina

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
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

11-28-2013 01:34:01 | More by largadeer
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Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%

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...

05-12-2012 05:22:23 | More by biboergosum
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3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

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.)

08-15-2012 08:12:59 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.23/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

07-27-2012 00:21:31 | More by nickfl
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West Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

03-12-2011 07:37:07 | More by WVbeergeek
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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
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3.4/5  rDev -5.8%

I quite enjoyed Moylan's Kilt Lifter when I had it a couple of years ago. I'm not quite sure exactly why it's taken me this long to try another of their brews. This one pours a pale golden colour with a fine bubbled, but collapsing head of white foam. Some lacing, but it's minimal, staying in drips and drabs around the glass. Not bad.

Nose is ripe with fresh pine notes, quite strong and pungent, and extremely sharp. Minimal sweetness, either from malt, or from fruity hop characters, but it's to the point at least. Slight chlorine character comes off it after a while. OK, but a bit one-dimensional, and not all that exciting.

Taste is pungently bitter, with the piney hops giving a big dollop throughout most of the palate. When if finally recedes, there's a pleasant vanilla character left, which is something of a relief, but again, it's a little one-sided. Some pepper becomes noticeable later, but it's just another sharp character in a beer that doesn't need to be any more pointed.

Feel is light and smooth, but a little flat as well.

I appreciate the robustness of the beer overall, but it's just a little too unbalanced to my mind. Hey, I love hops as much as the next guy, but this just sears the palate too much, and it ends up being difficult to drink a lot of.

11-01-2010 02:59:08 | More by lacqueredmouse
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New York

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
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3.08/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

02-16-2012 02:59:44 | More by Stinkypuss
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-22-2011 03:44:54 | More by brandoman63
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New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -3%

05-12-2014 19:45:27 | More by LXIXME
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3.48/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

03-17-2013 01:19:29 | More by DrJay
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3.73/5  rDev +3.3%

A - This Nor Cal IPA pours an impressive burnt orange that is extremely clean and clear. The head is small, but quite bubbly releasing enticing aromatics.

S - the nose is dominated by the citrusy notes of the hops coupled with an abundance of piney aromas.

T - An unexpected malt character is balanced very nicely with the hops. The taste is dry, refreshing, and crisp, but doesn't linger on the palate dissipating quickly leaving hop bitterness.

M - Nicely carbonated with a medium-body.

D - A good beer, from a great brewery. Definitely worth trying if available, but wouldnt seek it out.

04-22-2011 00:16:36 | More by PEIhop
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3.44/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

10-20-2013 01:15:59 | More by Brad007
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3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

on tap at tapestry in philly

Pours a slightly hazed golden orange color with a two finger high white head on top. Retains for a bit, leaving plenty of lacing all over the glass while drinking.

Bitter and pithy in the nose with pine. Some lighter bread notes with a light touch of warmth. Fairly simple.

Pine bitterness up front with some citrus peel and grapefruit flavor. Some orange notes before the bready backbone kicks in. Not too sweet, but with a touch of caramel. Finishes with a mounting pine bitterness and very soft warmth.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue. Drinks pretty well, nice piney, bitter West coast style beer.

12-05-2011 04:21:09 | More by xnicknj
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NorCal IPA from Moylan's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.